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Transmission Line Maintenance

by Colleen Paveglio
Monday, November 29, 2021

Traverse City Light & Power’s tree contractor, Asplundh Tree Expert Co. will be performing vegetation line clearance work starting on Monday, December 6, 2021 along the railroad corridor from Barlow Street to Airport Access Road in preparation for the transmission line upgrade project planned to begin in April 2022. The work is expected to be completed by Friday, December 31, 2021.

The upgrade project will involve rebuilding 2.71 miles of existing electric transmission line to improve capacity and increase grid reliability. TCL&P will be bringing the right-of-way back to industry standard clearances in order to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the utility lines. This matches up with TCL&P’s goals as a community owned utility to provide affordable and reliable electric service.  

For a map of the project area and project updates, see the “Our Community” section of the L&P website at www.tclp.org.

This work will create a minimal level of noise and cause some inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please contact Mark Watson, Field Engineering Supervisor, at 231-932-4564 if you have any questions or concerns about the work or schedule.

 

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Traverse City Light & Power

1131 Hastings Street

Traverse City, MI 49686

24- Hour Dispatch: 231-922-4940

Accounts & Billing: 231-922-4431

Grandview Parkway Reconstruction Public Meetings

by Colleen Paveglio
Monday, November 22, 2021

CONTACT: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications

                  906-250-0993
                  LakeJ1@Michigan.gov


Virtual and in-person public meetings scheduled to discuss 2023 US-31/M-72/M-37/Grandview Parkway rebuilding
 

WHAT:

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has scheduled both a virtual public meeting and an in-person open house to discuss current plans to rebuild a section of US-31/M-72/M-37 (Grandview Parkway) in Traverse City from South Garfield Avenue to Division Street in 2023. The meetings will include presentations about the current plans for the project, followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

Virtual attendance is encouraged. Capacity for the in-person event is limited to 49 people.

WHO:

MDOT Traverse City Transportation Service Center (TSC) staff

Staff from AECOM, the project consultant

Interested residents, commuters, and business owners                     

 

WHEN and WHERE:

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021

5 – 7 p.m.

Microsoft Teams virtual public meeting

To join by phone without using Internet, call 616-512-3275

Conference ID: 852 521 379#

How to attend a Teams public meeting

 

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021

5 – 7 p.m.

MDOT Traverse City TSC

2084 US-31

Traverse City, MI 49685

           

Accommodations can be made for persons who require mobility, visual, hearing, written, or other assistance for participation. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers are available upon request. Please contact Orlando Curry at 517-335-4381 or complete Form 2658 for American Sign Language (ASL) located on the Title VI webpage: www.Michigan.gov/MDOT/0,4616,7-151-9621_31783---,00.html. Requests should be made at least five days prior to the meeting date. Reasonable efforts will be made to provide the requested accommodation or an effective alternative, but accommodations may not be guaranteed.

           

BACKGROUND:

In addition to complete removal and replacement of the existing pavement in this corridor, MDOT is working with the city to coordinate replacement of underground utilities during construction. This project will include operational improvements at the intersections of Division Street, Hall Street, Park Street, Front Street, and Peninsula Drive; drainage improvements; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) review and upgrades; repairs to the Murchie Bridge over the Boardman River; and new signs and pavement markings. Additionally, the project will improve safety at several intersections for all users of the highway, helping to make crossings more convenient and comfortable for pedestrians and bicyclists.

MDOT is planning to add a pedestrian crossing at Peninsula Drive with an island refuge and wider sidewalks; add a pedestrian crossing and improving geometry at Front Street; improve the pedestrian crossing at Division Street; and partner with TART and the city to accommodate extending the trail to the east (Sunset Park, Hagerty Center and Senior Center) and widen where possible.

MDOT is working with the city to develop a plan to redirect and maintain traffic during construction, and schedule work to minimize disruption to the National Cherry Festival.

E. Eighth Street Bridge Open to Vehicular Traffic

by Colleen Paveglio
Friday, November 19, 2021

Bridge Update

E. Eighth Street Bridge Opens to Pedestrian and Vehicular Traffic

 

The City of Traverse City began major bridgework throughout the City in June 2021. Bridge work was bundled to attract bridge contractors to bid on the project, drive competitive pricing and complete in the shortest amount of time possible.   The infrastructure improvements include the bridges on Park Street, S. Cass Street, E. Eighth Street, and W. Front Street.

The E. Eighth Street Bridge is expected to be open by the end of the day Friday, November 19th.  The installation of the architectural fascia panels will require a bridge closure for 1-2 weeks once the materials are delivered. Communication will be provided in advance of the closure.  

Work has been completed to reopen the S. Cass Street Bridge to traffic. Work to strengthen the temporary wood railing is expected to be complete after November 29th as materials are delivered and work crews are available. Once the temporary wood railing is complete, the sidewalk will be open for pedestrian use. Pedestrians will continue to use the shoulder, while the bridge sidewalk remains closed.  Work to strengthen the temporary wood railing is expected to be complete after November 29th as materials are delivered and work crews are available. Once the temporary wood railing is complete, the sidewalk will be open for pedestrian use. The temporary railings will be replaced by the permanent railings once materials are delivered which is expected to occur in December.  

Work has resumed on the W. Front Street Bridge after a brief delay relating to protection of the active phone lines. The contractor will be finishing demolition and beginning cofferdam work over the next couple of weeks.

The Park Street, S. Cass Street, and E. Eighth Street Bridges are all open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic at this time. However, when work is being completed, the bridges will be active construction zones and pedestrian detours should be followed. Entering work sites demands caution and concern for the safety of the workers and to not interfere with their activities so the remaining work can be completed efficiently. 

The construction will generate dust and noise. Traffic delays are expected. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic is asked to follow the detour signage. The Boardman River will continue to be closed to traffic during the weekdays and open on the weekends as much as possible. Businesses in the affected areas will remain open and will easily be accessed by utilizing the pedestrian detours.

To learn more about upcoming bridgework and view project updates and detour information, visit https://www.traversecitymi.gov/bridgework.asp

 

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Monitoring Services of the Union Street Dam to Begin

by Colleen Paveglio
Friday, November 19, 2021

Contracted Consultant Monitoring Services of the Union Street Dam to Begin  

Monitoring necessary due to a recent MDEQ downgrade of dam condition

Beginning Monday, November 22, 2021, the City of Traverse City will have monitoring services conducted of the Union Street Dam.  A required MDEQ Dam Safety Unit inspection was recently performed and indicated a downgraded rating from Good to Fair/Poor condition. The Michigan Dam Safety Unit inspected the Union Street Dam on May 27, 2021 and recommended several maintenance activities and investigatory tasks in their June 18, 2021 inspection report.

The City of Traverse City has been permitted through a Joint Permit Application process with the USACOE and MDEQ for the replacement of the Union Street Dam. Due to unexpected delays, because of the litigation against the city in connection with the FishPass Project, the City has contracted with AECOM to perform monitoring services at the Union Street Dam. The scope of work is as follows; 

  • Establishing a topographic survey and survey monuments on the dam
  • Investigating slope stability and seepage and monitor piezometer levels
  • Evaluating spillway capacity
  • Evaluating and planning for tree removal
  • Monitoring and developing sheet pile Gap Closure
  • Monitoring and plan for repair of Concrete surfaces
  • Inspecting submerged portions of the dam through dive/video inspections
  • Updating the project operations and maintenance plan
  • Conducting two (4) quarterly inspections of the dam and project structures; including survey of monuments

“While the planned FishPass Project is on hold, to continue to maintain public safety, it is necessary to provide services to monitor the condition of the Union Street Dam,” says City Manager Marty Colburn

Initial work will include surveyors and engineers onsite to measure, document and photograph the site. Additional work will set reference monuments with hand tools on existing structures. The geotechnical "slope stability" component of this work will require a drilling equipment truck and vehicles on-site to facilitate the installation of water level monitoring devices. Future monitoring will include specially trained divers, who will conduct an underwater dive to inspect subsurface components of the dam.

The monitoring work will enable reproducible measurements which when compared can indicate any change or movement in the conditions of the dam.

Project Updates:

December 3, 2021: Pedestrain access has opened to the Union Street Dam area.

November 29, 2021: Mobilization for sampling and monitoring will begin on Monday, November 29th. A drill rig and and additional equipment will be onsite to perform the work.

The pedestrian route across the bridge on the dam will be obstructed for 5-7 days while the equipment is onsite and work is being performed. Pedestrians should utilize the Union Street Bridge as an alternative route.

Mayor & City Commissioners Take Oath of Office

by Colleen Paveglio
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Mayor and City Commissioners take Oath of Office

Mayor Pro Tem Selected & Appointments made to Boards and Committees

At the City Commission’s Organizational Meeting on November 8, 2021, City Clerk Benjamin Marentette swore in Mi Stanley, Mitchell Treadwell, Mark Wilson and Tim Werner as City Commissioners and Richard Lewis as Mayor. The Mayor and Commission officially assumed their offices upon taking the Oath of Office.

Following the Swearing-in Ceremony, the City Commission selected Amy Shamroe to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for a two-year term. The City Commission then made various appointments to boards and also form nomination (ad hoc) committees to make recommendations on various citizen appointments to boards. The appointments are as follows;

 

  • Appointment of Jim Tuller to a two-year term expiring November 13, 2023 as an administrative official to serve on the City Planning Commission
  • Appointment of Commissioner Wilson and Commissioner Treadwell to a one-year term expiring November 14, 2022 on the City Planning Commission
  • Appointment of Commissioner Walter to an ad hoc interview committee to make a recommendation regarding two Mayoral appointments to the Planning Commission
  • Appointment of Commissioner Stanley as a City Commissioner Representative on the Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation with a term expiring December 31, 2027, subject to approval by the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners
  • Appointment of Mayor Lewis, Mayor Pro Tem Shamroe and Commissioner Walter to an ad hoc interview committee to make a recommendation regarding a Mayoral appointment to the Downtown Development Authority Board of Trustees
  • Appointment of Mayor Pro Tem Shamroe as a City Commissioner Representative on the Traverse Connect Board of Directors, subject to approval by the Traverse Connect Board of Directors
  • Appointment of Commissioner Stanley to a term expiring November 13, 2023, with Commissioner Werner as an alternate member, on the NEXT Michigan Corporation Board
  • Appointment Mayor Pro Tem Shamroe and Commissioner Werner to two-year terms expiring November 13, 2023 on the Traverse City Light and Power Board
  • Appointment of Commissioner Walter to a term expiring November 11, 2024 on the Traverse City Arts Commission
  • Appointment of Commissioner Walter, Commissioner Treadwell and Commissioner Wilson to an ad hoc committee to make a recommendation regarding six appointments to the Brown Bridge Advisory Committee
  • Appointment of Mayor Pro Tem Shamroe, Commissioner Stanley and Commissioner Werner to an ad hoc committee to make a recommendation regarding one appointments to the Coast Guard City Committee
  • Appointment of Commissioner Walter, with Commissioner Wilson as an alternate member, to a term expiring November 13, 2023 on the Traverse Transportation Coordinating Initiative
  • Appointment of Mayor Lewis to a two-year term expiring November 13, 2023 on the Grand Traverse County Township Association
  • Appointment of Commissioner Wilson to a term expiring November 14, 2022 on the Grand Traverse County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee

 

The City Commission is the legislative body of the City of Traverse City, essentially functioning as the municipal corporation’s “board of directors.”   Very broadly speaking, the functions of the City Commission for the City of Traverse City are to: 

  • Set public policy for the city through ordinances and other official actions
  • Allocate public funds under the city's control and responsibility, including adoption of the City Budget
  • Exercise policy oversight of the city's resources
  • Appoint the City Manager and City Attorney; and to maintain a system of checks and balances, to provide for appropriate separation of duties and autonomy in conducting and performing their official and corporate functions, the City Commission also approves the City Manager's appointment and removal of the City Clerk and the City Treasurer 
  • Appoint individuals to various boards and commissions
  • Exercise other authority and powers granted to it by the Michigan Constitution, Michigan Law, Michigan Promulgated Rules, the City Charter and other authorities

The City Commission consists of six members and the Mayor, all elected at-large (all members of the City Commission represent the entire city, as the city is not broken into "wards" or "districts").  All offices on the City Commission are non-partisan.   The Mayor is elected for a two-year term and Commissioners are elected for four-year terms.  City Commission terms are arranged so that no more than four terms (or "seats") expire every two years.   City Commission elections are held in November of odd years.

As provided by Michigan Law and the City Charter, for ceremonial purposes, the Mayor is the chief executive officer of the city.  The Mayor presides over all meetings of the City Commission and has a voice and vote on all matters before the City Commission, but is without veto power.  Along with the City Clerk, the Mayor executes various items by signature where authorized by the City Commission, City Charter and Michigan Law. 

The mission of the Traverse City City Commission is to guide the preservation and development of the City’s infrastructure, services, and planning based on extensive participation by its citizens coupled with the expertise of the city’s staff.  The Commission will both lead and serve Traverse City in developing a vision for sustainability and the future that is rooted in the hopes and input of its citizens and organizations, as well as cooperation from surrounding units of government.

 

 

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Cass Street Bridge Opens to Vehicular & Pedestrian Traffic

by Colleen Paveglio
Monday, November 8, 2021

Cass Street Bridge Update

Cass Street Bridge Opens to Pedestrian and Vehicular Traffic

 

The City of Traverse City began major bridgework throughout the City in June 2021. Bridge work was bundled to attract bridge contractors to bid on the project, drive competitive pricing and complete in the shortest amount of time possible.   The infrastructure improvements include the bridges on Park Street, S. Cass Street, E. Eighth Street, and W. Front Street.

The City would like to remind pedestrians that each bridge site is an active construction zone and pedestrian detours should be followed. Entering work sites demands caution and concern for the safety of the workers and to not interfere with their activities so the remaining work can be completed efficiently. 

S. Cass Street Bridge Opens to Vehicular, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Traffic

As of 5 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2021, two travel lanes will open for traffic/bicyclists on the west half of the Cass Street Bridge. Pedestrians will be routed on the easterly side of the vehicular traffic lanes and between construction barrels delineating the path. Painting subcontractors will occupy a portion of the east travel lane and the parking lane to complete applying a protective sealant on a concrete arch.

The S. Cass Street Bridge construction began on June 14, 2021. The project includes bridge removal and replacement.  Amenities include a decorative pedestrian railing and traditional streetscape. The site will remain an active construction zone through mid-December when railing materials are anticipated to arrive.  The City would like to remind pedestrians that each bridge site is an active construction zone and pedestrian detours should be followed. Entering work sites demands caution and concern for the safety of the workers and to not interfere with their activities so the remaining work can be completed efficiently.

Park Street Bridge Completed

The Park Street Bridge construction began on June 2, 2021 and opened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic on September 2, 2021. A short-term closure occurred between Monday, November 1st and Friday, November 5th to finalize necessary items on the bridge such as the installation of end wall caps and bridge and pedestrian railings. The project included the construction of new bridge deck and an increased sidewalk width to 9.5’ from the existing width of 6’ – 4 ½”. Pedestrian scale lighting and traditional streetscape were also included in the project. Pedestrian scale lighting will be installed in the near future and may impact traffic.

E. Eighth Street Bridge Anticipated to be Complete in November 2021

Street paving is complete on the E. Eighth Street Bridge. Sidewalk work is on-going and will be completed as possible (weather dependent). Concrete work will take longer due to colder temperatures. Thus, pedestrian/cyclist detour cooperation is needed to ensure the concrete cures correctly. 

The E. Eighth Street Bridge construction began on July 26, 2021 and is anticipated to be complete in November 2021. The project includes the replacement of the bridge deck and extension of a watermain transmission line. Additional features incorporated into the project include the extension of the cycle track to connect with existing bike lanes, increased width of the sidewalk, decorative railings, and an aesthetic double arch fascia. The sidewalk under the bridge will be elevated and lighting will be installed. The site will remain an active construction zone through November. Short-term closures may be implemented if required. The City would like to remind pedestrians that each bridge site is an active construction zone and pedestrian detours should be followed. Entering work sites demands caution and concern for the safety of the workers and to not interfere with their activities so the remaining work can be completed efficiently.

W. Front Street Bridge

The West Front Street bridgework began on September 27, 2021 with anticipated completion in June 2022.   The project will include bridge removal and replacement and an extension of a watermain. Vehicular parking will be maintained along the bridge on the north and south sides. Amenities will include expansion of the sidewalk from the existing 7.5’ width to 11’-17’ in width with a traditional streetscape that includes pedestrian-scale lighting and street trees. Aesthetic treatments on the end walls and a fascia to resemble an arch will also be incorporated.  Vehicular traffic detour signage will be placed in the area. The pedestrian detour will utilize the pedestrian bridge over the Boardman River at Pine Street, to Garland Street, and Hall Street. 

The construction will generate dust and noise. Traffic delays are expected. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic is asked to follow the detour signage. The Boardman River will continue to be closed to traffic during the weekdays and open on the weekends as much as possible. Businesses in the affected areas will remain open and will easily be accessed by utilizing the pedestrian detours.

To learn more about upcoming bridgework and view project updates and detour information, visit https://www.traversecitymi.gov/bridgework.asp

 

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Mayoral & City Commission Swearing in Ceremony

by Colleen Paveglio
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

November 3, 2021 - City Clerk Benjamin Marentette will swear in Mi Stanley, Mitchell Treadwell, Mark Wilson and Tim Werner as City Commissioners and Richard Lewis as Mayor at the City Commission’s November 8, 2021, Organizational Meeting.   The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and will be held in the Commission Chambers on the second floor of the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue in Traverse City, Michigan.   They will all officially assume their offices upon taking the Oath of Office.

Following the Swearing-in Ceremony, the City Commission will select one of its members to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for a two-year term; and then the City Commission will make various appointments to boards and also form nomination (ad hoc) committees to make recommendations on various citizen appointments to boards.

The City Commission is the legislative body of the City of Traverse City, essentially functioning as the municipal corporation’s “board of directors.”   Very broadly speaking, the functions of the City Commission for the City of Traverse City are to: 

  • Set public policy for the city through ordinances and other official actions
  • Allocate public funds under the city's control and responsibility, including adoption of the City Budget
  • Exercise policy oversight of the city's resources
  • Appoint the City Manager and City Attorney; and to maintain a system of checks and balances, to provide for appropriate separation of duties and autonomy in conducting and performing their official and corporate functions, the City Commission also approves the City Manager's appointment and removal of the City Clerk and the City Treasurer 
  • Appoint individuals to various boards and commissions
  • Exercise other authority and powers granted to it by the Michigan Constitution, Michigan Law, Michigan Promulgated Rules, the City Charter and other authorities

The City Commission consists of six members and the Mayor, all elected at-large (all members of the City Commission represent the entire city, as the city is not broken into "wards" or "districts").  All offices on the City Commission are non-partisan.   The Mayor is elected for a two-year term and Commissioners are elected for four-year terms.  City Commission terms are arranged so that no more than four terms (or "seats") expire every two years.   City Commission elections are held in November of odd years.

As provided by Michigan Law and the City Charter, for ceremonial purposes, the Mayor is the chief executive officer of the city.  The Mayor presides over all meetings of the City Commission and has a voice and vote on all matters before the City Commission, but is without veto power.  Along with the City Clerk, the Mayor executes various items by signature where authorized by the City Commission, City Charter and Michigan Law. 

The mission of the Traverse City City Commission is to guide the preservation and development of the City’s infrastructure, services, and planning based on extensive participation by its citizens coupled with the expertise of the city’s staff.  The Commission will both lead and serve Traverse City in developing a vision for sustainability and the future that is rooted in the hopes and input of its citizens and organizations, as well as cooperation from surrounding units of government.

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