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County Sewer Main Experiences Accidental Release

by Colleen Paveglio
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Public Health Advisory

UPDATE: Grand Traverse County has lifted the Public Health Advisory as on July 28, 2021.

On Monday, July 26, 2021, at approximately 6:00 p.m, there was an accidental release of an

estimated 200 gallons of untreated sewage from Grand Traverse County’s sewer main near Hastings Street and Parsons Road in Traverse City. The raw sewage entered a storm sewer catch basin that discharges near Bryant Park on West Grand Traverse Bay.

Although this is a minor amount of sewage, out of an abundance of caution, the Grand Traverse County Health Department is advising the public against any body contact of the waters in Bryant Park Beach.  Sampling of Bryant Park water is being conducted today and results will be available on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Once water testing results demonstrate that the affected waters meet the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) standards for E.Coli, the advisory will be lifted.

The public is further advised that the drinking water supply for the City of Traverse City is not affected, since the drinking water comes from East Grand Traverse Bay.

The City will work with Grand Traverse County to further address this matter and keep the public informed on future updates.

Media Contact: Emmy Schumacher,, 231-493-8376


Candidates for Mayor and City Commission

by Colleen Paveglio
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021: As of the 4:00 p.m. deadline to file nominating petitions, the following individuals have filed for the following offices as indicated:

Mayor; two-year term expiring November 13, 2023 (one office available):

Richard I. Lewis

City Commissioner; four-year terms expiring November 10, 2025 (three offices available):

Mi Stanley

Tim Werner

Mark L. Wilson

City Commissioner; partial, two-year term expiring November 13, 2023 (one office available):

Tim Pulliam

Merek Roman

Mitchell Treadwell

The withdrawal deadline for candidates is this Friday, July 23, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. After that time, and once the City Clerk has determined the filings are sufficient and eligible, the City Clerk will certify those candidates who are eligible for placement on the November ballot. 

Candidates that are elected will be sworn into office by City Clerk Benjamin Marentette at the City Commission Organizational Meeting of November 8, 2021, at 7 p.m., and will assume office immediately upon being sworn in. 


Input Sought on Draft Lower Boardman River Unified Plan

by Colleen Paveglio
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

July 7, 2021 -  The Lower Boardman Leadership Team has scheduled a series of public engagement sessions in order to obtain feedback on draft elements of the Lower Boardman River Unified Plan. All public engagement sessions will be held at City Opera House, located at 106 E Front Street.

Stakeholder Sessions (also open to the public):

  • Recreation Groups, Community Event Organizers:
    Tuesday, July 13, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
  • Sustainability, Fisheries, and Natural Resource Focused Organizations:
    Tuesday, July 13, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
  • Business and Property Owners:
    Wednesday, July 14, 8:30 AM- 10:00 AM
  • Community and Economic Development, Business Focused Organizations:
    Wednesday, July 14, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM

Open Public Works Session:

On Thursday July 15th, three Open Public Sessions will take place at the City Opera House to gain additional input. These sessions would be conducted in a similar manner to the Focus Groups, only each of the three topics (Physical improvements south of Front Street, Physical Improvements north of Front Street, and Zoning and Policy Concepts) will be discussed together. The morning session and evening session will be facilitated by Smith Group, a lunch session will be held like an open house where people can provide feedback on boards around the room.

  • Morning Session:
    8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Lunch Open House:
    11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Evening Session:
    5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Public Open House:

On August 10th, a summary of the engagement session results will be presented in an open house style meeting where participants can meet face-to-face with the project team. The Open House begins at 5:30 PM

On-Line Feedback and Community Survey:

Individuals who are unable to participate in person can provide feedback on the draft elements of the Unified Plan on the project website beginning on July 13th. In addition, all community members are encouraged to complete an online survey, which can also be found on the project website beginning July 13th.

Pop-Up Meetings:

The Lower Boardman Leadership Team will host a series of pop-up meetings over the last two weeks of July. A full list of pop-up meeting locations and times can be found on the project website.

About the Lower Boardman River Unified Plan:
In 2018, the DDA, in cooperation with a community-led Leadership Team, initiated a planning process to develop a comprehensive plan for the 1.6 miles of the Boardman River that meanders through Downtown. To date, the Leadership Team has worked to complete a comprehensive inventory and understanding of the rivers conditions (above and below the surface), identify through extensive civic engagement, guiding values and a general vision for the future of the river. The Leadership Team has recently completed draft recommendations around zoning regulations and land use, public access, capital improvements and habitat management. Following this summers civic engagement activities, the Leadership team will reconvene and work to develop a final plan for consideration in the fall.   

Filing Deadline Approaching for November 2, 2021, Mayor and City Commission Election

by Colleen Paveglio
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

July 7, 2021 - The filing deadline for the nominating petitions and other required documentation for the Office of Mayor or Office of City Commissioner is approaching on July 20, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Nominating packets for those who wish to run for the Office of Mayor or Office of City Commissioner are still available from the City Clerk’s Office, first floor, Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan.   

Offices available:

  • Mayor, two-year term ending November 13, 2023
  • 3 City Commissioners, four-year term ending November 10, 2025
  • 1 City Commissioner, two-year term ending November 13, 2023

Candidates must file nominating petitions and other required documentation, including 70 signatures from City registered electors, with the City Clerk by the deadline.  

The City Commission is the legislative body of the City of Traverse City, essentially functioning as the city's "board of directors."   The following is the mission statement for the City Commission:

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.

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 in order to maintain a system of checks and balances, to provide for appropriate separation of duties and autonomy in conducting and performing official and corporate functions, the City Commission approves the City Manager's indefinite appointment and removal of the City Clerk and the City Treasurer
  • Appoint individuals to various board 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. This year, a partial term is available due to the resignation of Commissioner Putman effective November 8, 2021.

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 as the City Commission, City Charter, Michigan Law require. 

For further information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (231) 922-4480, or email   

Candidates elected at the November 2, 2021, election, will be sworn in by City Clerk Benjamin Marentette and take office at 7 p.m. on November 8, 2021.







City of Traverse City Public Body Meetings Return to In Person July 6, 2021

by Colleen Paveglio
Thursday, July 1, 2021

July 2, 2021 - In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the City of Traverse City quickly pivoted to a “virtual city hall” in March 2020 and a method was prescribed by the State of Michigan for public boards to conduct their meetings remotely. Live streaming continued to be broadcast and a method was developed for the public to attend the meetings, virtually, and provide public comment.

The City of Traverse City will return to in person meetings for all of its public bodies beginning July 6, 2021 when the first in person City Commission meeting will take place in over 15 months. “During the past year, the City, with the community, took the precautionary and preventative steps to slow the pace of the development of new COVID-19 cases to reduce the risk of overwhelming our healthcare system and keep our community safe. At the same time, we developed a way to continue to allow for public comment which is critical. We want to thank our community for adapting to the “virtual city hall” and we look forward to moving forward in person, together,” says City Clerk Benjamin Marentette.

All commissions, boards, and ad hoc committees will conduct their meetings in person moving forward, excluding the Historic Districts Commission that will meet one last time in July virtually should a meeting be needed. In person meetings will continue to be broadcast live on Cable Channel 191 and the meeting will be streamed at “The City followed proper scientific MDHHS guidelines to conduct business safely to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, keeping our community members and City staff safe. I am grateful that Traverse City is in a position within this pandemic to return in person meetings and look forward to continuing our work on behalf of the residents of the City,” says Mayor Jim Carruthers.

City of Traverse City Public Bodies

  • Act 345
  • Arts Commission
  • Board of Tax Review
  • Brown Bridge Advisory Committee
  • Downtown Development Authority
  • Election Commission
  • Grand Traverse Commons Joint Planning Commission
  • Historic Districts Commission (in person meetings after August 1, 2021)
  • Housing Commission
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Local Officers Compensation Commission
  • Lower Boardman River Leadership Team
  • Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Traverse City Coast Guard Committee
  • Traverse City Light & Power