The City of Marquette compost drop-off site located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will be closed on Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The site will reopen on Monday, July 6. Hours are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to noon in the main floor conference room of the Peter White Public Library. The meeting is intended to provide an informal opportunity to discuss issues within the community, and to give citizens the opportunity for direct dialogue with City staff about interests and concerns.
Summer tax bills totaling approximately $31 million dollars were mailed to Marquette City property owners on June 30. The due date for payment of City summer taxes is Sept. 14.
Tax collection begins July 1 and payments are accepted at the City Treasurer’s office without interest through Sept. 14. Interest of 1 percent is added to the summer tax bill on Sept. 15 and on the 15th of every following month.
The 2015 summer property tax bill represents millage levies for the City of Marquette, Library, Senior Millage, DDA, Marquette Public Schools, State Education, Marquette-Alger RESA, County Operating and Iron Ore Heritage Authority.
Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, Washington Street from McClellan Avenue to Third Street and Third Street from Washington Street to Baraga Avenue will be closed to thru traffic to hold the annual Fourth of July Parade. Third and Washington streets are scheduled to re-open as soon as the parade is completed.
McClellan Avenue from Baraga Avenue to Ridge Street and areas on Baraga Avenue east and west of McClellan Avenue will be closed for the parade staging areas starting at 10 a.m. These areas will open up to traffic as soon as the parade is completed.
North Front Street will remain open as an emergency vehicle route.
The State Treasurer has officially signed off on the 15-year funding plan for the new Innovation Marquette SmartZone. The approval, which came on June 18, was the final step after more than a year of work by the Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) and the SmartZone Ad-Hoc Committee. The process of putting programs in place to support new technology ideas in Marquette can now begin.
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center and the Marquette Blues Society presents David Gerald on Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free concert at the Band Shell on Presque Isle.
City offices located at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue; the Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Avenue; the Arts and Culture Center, 217 N. Front St. (in the Peter White Public Library); and the Municipal Service Center, 850 W. Baraga Avenue, will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Marquette Police, Fire and Public Works and Utilities will remain fully operational during this time.
There will be no change in garbage pickup for City residents.
LQC Parklet and Bicycle Corral Placement on Third Street
The North Third Street "Lighter Cheaper Quicker Placemaking" project
will kick off on Wednesday, June 17. Starting at 11:00 a.m., the first parklet
and bicycle corral will be installed in the 1100 block. A second parklet will be
installed in the 400 block and a future bike corral will be placed in the 900 block.
The parklets are constructed platforms that occupy public street space as a public
amenity available for outdoor seating and open space. These structures are part
of the Lighter, Quicker Cheaper (LQC) placemaking initiative. The LQC approach
to placemaking is based on community engagement and activities, and taking incremental
steps for tactical implementation of concepts and ideas using low-cost "experiments."
By engaging in widespread low-cost placemaking initiatives like LQC activities,
communities can continue to educate and build support for more substantial and
longer lasting placemaking projects.
The North Third Street LQC placemaking project is funded with a grant from the Michigan
Association of Realtors and UP Association of Realtors. Additional funds for this
project were provided by the City of Marquette, Marquette Downtown Development Authority,
Marquette Community Foundation and River Valley Bank. Construction of the parklets
was provided by Northern Michigan University Construction Management Program.
Fourth of July Fireworks 50/50 Raffle Tickets for Sale
The Rotary Club of Marquette and Marquette West Rotary are partnering
with the Marquette Area Fourth of July Fireworks Committee to sponsor a community-wide
50/50 raffle drawing in support of Marquette's fireworks display. Tickets are available
for $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at Mathews Floor Fashions, the Marquette
Downtown Development Authority, Marquette Fire Hall #1 on Third Street, Marquette
Township Hall, Vango's, and from any partnering Rotary Club or Fireworks Committee
member through Friday, July 3. The groups hope to sell 6,000 tickets, with the winning
ticket to be drawn prior to Marquette's parade and posted on the final float. Proceeds
from ticket sales will be used to fund future fireworks.
For more information contact Michele Butler at 906-228-7707.