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by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Are you passionate about your City and have a desire to give back? 

The City welcomes your active participation on the Human Rights Commission!

The Human Rights Commission fosters mutual understanding and respect among all groups and discourages discriminatory practices in our community. It formulates and carries out programs of community education and information. It receives and acts as conciliator regarding occurrences of acts of prejudice or discrimination, and secures the cooperation of various community groups.

This board meets on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

As a potential Board member, you will serve as an ambassador to the community, helping our City Commission move forward with services affecting the community. No matter your interests, we have a Board to fit your passion. All Boards help us build a great community together.

For more information on these boards and other City boards, or to find our “Application to Become Involved, please visit www.traversecitymi.gov/boards.asp.

Other boards with available positions - 

  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Election Commission
  • Board of Tax Review
  • Historic Districts Commission 
  • Downtown Development Authority 
  • Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Coast Guard City Committee

If you are interested in serving, please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office by Friday, August 7, 2020 by email: kzeits@traversecitymi.gov or by dropping your application packet in the red drop box in front of the Governmental Center.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions.

Contact: Katelyn Zeits, Deputy City Clerk, kzeits@traversecitymi.gov

by Alanna Crouch
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
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PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Subject: City Commission confirms appointment of Kelli Martin as City Treasurer/Finance Director

Primary Contact: Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk, tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov  (231) 922-4480

Issued: July 22, 2020

On Monday, July 20, 2020, the City Commission unanimously approved City Manager Marty Colburn’s appointment of Kelli Martin as City Treasurer/Finance Director.   Ms. Martin will officially assume her position upon being sworn into office; she is expected to begin on Monday, August 24, 2020.  Ms. Martin will succeed William Twietmeyer, who retired on July 7, 2020, after serving as City Treasurer/Finance Director since 1990.

The City of Traverse City conducted a recruitment for the position which functions as the city’s Chief Financial Officer; and an interview team consisting of senior management (City Manager Marty Colburn; Assistant City Manager Penny Hill; City Clerk Benjamin Marentette; and Human Resources Director Kristine Bosley) conducted in-depth interviews of candidates for the position.   The team unanimously concluded that Ms. Martin should be considered as a finalist, at which point City Attorney Lauren Trible-Laucht and Downtown Development Authority CEO Jean Derenzy were asked to participate in a second, in-depth interview with Ms. Martin.   Ultimately, the (expanded) team concluded Ms. Martin would be an excellent fit for the City Treasurer/Finance Director position.

Ms. Martin has served in a variety of financial and strategic roles within city government (serving as financial manager for the City of Ann Arbor), within state government (State of Michigan and State of Ohio) and currently serves in a responsible financial capacity for Michigan State University, overseeing financial management of an extensive portfolio of grants for Michigan State University.   She holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) with a concentration in management information systems, a Master of Science in Accounting Research, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in finance and international business.  

Ms. Martin is excited at this opportunity, saying “I have deep roots in Northwest lower Michigan.  As a lifelong public servant, I have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure the efficient use of taxpayer dollars.  The appointment as City Treasurer/Finance Director of Traverse City is an honor.  I look forward to serving the City and am excited about the future in this vibrant City.”

City Manager Marty Colburn, who brought forward the appointment of Ms. Martin for City Commission approval, adds “Kelli Martin brings with her a breadth of experience.   Through her various positions, she has built skills and acumen as a result of serving in responsible financial oversight and advisory roles within city and state governments as well as her current position at Michigan State University.”    

Mayor Pro Tem Amy Shamroe, who enthusiastically made the motion to approve Ms. Martin’s appointment adds, “Ms. Martin’s professional and academic background will serve our city government and this community very well; as a key member of the city team, as one of our advisors, she will help guide decisions we make and how we allocate public funds under our trust.  I was very glad that her appointment was unanimously approved by the City Commission and that so many of my colleagues articulated excitement to have someone with Ms. Martin’s background join the team.”  

The City Charter requires the City Manager’s appointment of both the City Clerk and the City Treasurer be approved by five affirmative votes of the City Commission.  The appointment is for an indefinite term, with the City Manager’s removal of either of these two corporate officers requiring five affirmative votes of the City Commission.  This provision exists so that these two corporate officers, whose duties include providing final approval on all disbursements of approximately $140 million, in addition to other functions, may be done with proper independence, for checks and balances purposes.   

 

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by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Subject:                      Shared Streets Project

Primary Contact:      Jim Tuller, Fire Chief & Frank Dituri, Director of Public Services

                                    jtuller@tcfire.org, fdituri@traversecitymi.gov

Issued:                         July 07, 2020

The first Shared Street Project – Washington Street between Boardman Avenue and Rose Street – will conclude the evening of Thursday July 09, 2020. The traffic advisory signs that have been used during this project will be picked up early on the morning of Friday July 10.   The City extends its appreciation to the residents in the area of the first Shared Street Project for their patience, cooperation and invaluable input, which helped shape this and future Shared Streets.

The Shared Street Planning Group is in the final stages of determining the location of the next Shared Street project in the Central Neighborhood, on the west side of the City, which will be announced soon.

Michigan remains amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, and social distancing remains a necessity for public health.  The Shared Street program is in partnership with local organizations Norte, TART Trails, and others. The program aims to provide additional space for everyone to continue to get out for essential activities and will be evaluated throughout the summer for improvements and possible expansion. 

We welcome people to walk, run, bike, and move about on all of our streets! Questions and thoughts can be directed to: Gary Howe: 231-883-5121; and Brian Beauchamp: 734-904-9915.

 

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by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Subject: Get Involved and Make a Difference in Your Community – Be a Volunteer!

Contact: Katelyn Zeits, Deputy City Clerk, kzeits@traversecitymi.gov

Are you passionate about your City and have a desire to give back?

The City welcomes your active participation on a volunteer City board. Join other volunteers in shaping policy initiatives and services affecting your community!  

The City is seeking applications for the following boards:

  • Board of Zoning Appeals – Regular and Alternate Member
  • Board of Tax Review
  • Election Commission
  • Traverse City Light and Power Board
  • City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority Board
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Historic Districts Commission

As a potential Board member, you will serve as an ambassador to the community, helping our City Commission move forward with services affecting the community. No matter your interests, we have a Board to fit your passion. All Boards help us build a great community together.

For more information on these boards and other City boards, or to find our “Application to Become Involved, please visit www.traversecitymi.gov/boards.asp.

If you are interested in serving, please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office by Friday, July 17, 2020 by email: kzeits@traversecitymi.gov or by dropping your application packet in the red drop box in front of the Governmental Center.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions.

by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Happy Independence Day!