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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. 


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