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2014 News Flash Headlines
ANNOUNCEMENT: Municipal Service Center Town Hall Meeting 12/30/2014
The City of Marquette will hold a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. in Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and answer questions regarding potential locations for the new Municipal Service Center. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Please note that this is a “Public Forum” and not a City Commission meeting; however, members of the City Commission may be in attendance.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: New Year's Eve Ball Drop 12/29/2014
From 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, to 1 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, the intersection of Front Street and Washington Street will be closed for the annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic: Washington Street from Third Street to Lakeshore Boulevard Front Street from Main Street to Bluff Street The motoring public is advised to use caution when traveling near this area and be aware of all pedestrians crossing the streets.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Municipal Service Center Town Hall Meeting 12/18/2014
The City of Marquette will hold a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. in Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and answer questions regarding potential locations for the new Municipal Service Center. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Center Holiday Hours 12/18/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) will observe shortened hours on Monday, Dec. 29 and Tuesday, Dec. 30 of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The MACC will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 24; Thursday, Dec. 25; Wednesday, Dec. 31; and Thursday, Jan 1. For any questions, contact the MACC at 906-228-0472 or e-mail arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: BLP Holiday Office Closures 12/18/2014
The Marquette Board of Light and Power offices will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 24; Thursday, Dec. 25; Wednesday, Dec. 31; and Thursday, Jan 1. For emergencies call 228-0300.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: February Art Exhibits 12/17/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its February Main Gallery exhibition: The Magic of My New Life by Bulgarian artist Georgi Tsenov. This exhibit will be a collection of oil paintings of Marquette and the Upper Peninsula. The SmallWorks Gallery will feature artwork by writer, photographer and visual artist Christine Saari. Originally from Austria, Saari has lived in Marquette since 1971. Her exhibit Travel Bag is a series of cigar boxes that she has transformed into small shrines. The shows will be running from Feb. 2 to 28 and there will be an artist reception on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Holidays 12/16/2014
Offices at Marquette City Hall; the Arts and Culture Center, located in the Peter White Public Library; the Municipal Service Center; and Lakeview Arena will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 24; Thursday, Dec. 25; Wednesday, Dec. 31; and Thursday, Jan. 1. The Lakeview Arena’s ice rinks will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The ice rinks will be open from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and closed on Thursday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday. An “Open Skate Ball Drop” will be held on Dec. 31 in the Russell Arena during public skating hours, 1 - 3 p.m. This year’s theme for attire will be “Da Yoopers Ball.” Special attire is not required to skate and admission will be standard rates. Call Lakeview Arena at 228-0490 for further information. Marquette Police, Fire, and Public Works and Utilities will remain staffed during the holidays.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: February Art Exhibit - Call to Artists 12/11/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is accepting entries for February’s Wintercharm exhibit. Wintercharm is an annual art exhibition sponsored by the Lake Superior Art Association, the MACC and the Peter White Public Library. Artwork that embodies the spirit of our wintry climate will be accepted. This is a non-juried exhibition open to the public, and all media is welcomed. The exhibition will be held at the Peter White Public Library in the Huron Mountain Club Gallery located at 217 N. Front Street, Feb. 2 through Feb. 28. There will be a reception on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Artists and public are welcome to attend. Entry forms and guidelines for the show can be picked up in the SmallWorks Gallery at the MACC. Artwork (with entry forms attached) is due on Friday, Jan. 30 before 5 p.m. and artists will pick up their work in the Huron Mountain Club Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 28 between 1 and 5 p.m. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Arts Awards - Request for Nominations 12/11/2014
The City of Marquette is welcoming citizens to anonymously nominate deserving members of the community to be considered for the 2015 Annual Arts Awards. The MACC offers theses awards to recognize and thank citizens who have demonstrated artistic excellence and/or have made significant contributions to awareness of arts in our community. Nominations for the 19th Annual Art Awards are being accepted for the following categories: Arts Volunteer, Arts Activist, Arts Educator, Youth Award, Visual Artist, Performing Artist, Special Recognition, Community Arts Impact, Art Business Honor Roll and Writer. Nomination forms and criteria may be picked-up at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street or downloaded from the City website. Nominations will be accepted until March 9, 2015. The Award recipients will be honored in a public ceremony in May. For more information contact the MACC at arts-culture@mqtcty.org or 906-228-0472.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: DDA Meeting Cancelled 12/9/2014
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority regular meeting scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Marquette Downtown Development Authority Office at 203 S. Front Street, Suite 1-B, has been cancelled.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeview Arena Public Skating Cancellation 12/4/2014
The City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena announces that, due to the Marquette Junior Hockey Holiday Tournament, the public skate session scheduled from 1 to 2:50 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 has been cancelled. Please call the Lakeview Arena office for additional information at 228-0460.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 5K Event to Take Place on Saturday 12/2/2014
On Saturday, Dec. 6, there will be a 5k run and walk starting at Mattson Park at 9 a.m. The event will proceed north on the multi-use path, cross Lakeshore Boulevard by Fair Avenue and continue to a point just south of Pine Street before turning around and returning along the same route. No streets will be closed, but the motoring public is asked to obey road crossing attendants and use caution while driving in this area.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Closures Scheduled for Holiday Parade 12/1/2014
Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority will be hosting the annual Holiday Parade. The parade will start at the intersection of Pine & Fair, proceed west on Fair to Third, then travel south on Third Street, concluding at Third & Baraga. Third Street from Bluff Street to Spring Street will be closed to all traffic from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The following streets will be closed to through traffic from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m: Washington Street from Front Street to Third Street and Washington Street from Third Street to Fourth Street. Third Street and Washington Street will re-open upon conclusion of the parade at approximately 7:30 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: January Art Exhibits 11/26/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its January Main Gallery exhibition: Mud, Myth, and Matter by artists Martha Fotopulos, Mary Ann Kublin, Allison Kublin and Paula Kiesling. This exhibit will be a collection of paintings, ceramic pottery, masks, rusted metal and wood. The SmallWorks Gallery will feature artwork by interdisciplinary artist and designer, Sophia Thomas. This exhibit explores the intersection of art, technology and human experiences through designed objects applied to domestic goods. Thomas received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Northern Michigan University in 2014 and currently is a Master’s of Fine Arts candidate at Cranbrook Academy of Art. The shows will be running from Jan. 5 to 31 and there will be an artist reception on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, contact 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Elections Board Meeting Cancellation 11/26/2014
Due to the lack of agenda items, the Nov. 26 meeting of the Elections Board has been cancelled.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: First Thursday Series - Sparrow Tree 11/26/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center invites the public to attend the expanded January music series. On Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m., Troy Graham will host an autoharp lecture in the Wave Workshop of the MACC in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette, Mich. Graham’s band Sparrow Tree will also perform on Thursday, January 8 at 7 p.m. in the large Workshop of the MACC. The performance will be held on the second Thursday of the month instead of the original first Thursday due to New Year’s Day.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Annual Report Now Available 11/26/2014
The City of Marquette’s 2013-14 Annual Report is now available on the City’s website at http://www.mqtcty.org/annual-report.php.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Cancelled 11/25/2014
The Board of Zoning Appeals regular meeting on Dec. 4 has been cancelled due to lack of agenda. The next scheduled meeting will be held on Jan. 8, 2015.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Winter Property Tax Bills 11/25/2014
Winter tax bills totaling $2.3 million dollars will be mailed to Marquette City property owners on Nov. 26. Tax collection begins Dec. 1 and payments are accepted at the City Treasurer’s office without penalty through Feb. 14, 2015. A penalty of 3 percent will be added to any unpaid winter tax bill on Feb. 15, 2015. On March 1, 2015, taxes will be considered delinquent and will be transferred to the County Treasurer for collection.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeview Arena Public Skating Cancellations 11/25/2014
The City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena announces the following public skating cancellations due to the Thanksgiving holiday. On Thursday, Nov. 27, Lakeview Arena will be closed; all public skating is cancelled. On Friday, Nov. 28, Drop-In Figure Skating (9 to 9:50 a.m.) as well as Preschool/Parent & Senior Citizen (10 to 11:20 a.m.) skate have been cancelled. Please call the Lakeview Arena office at 228-0460 for additional information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Right-of Way Work Requiring Pavement Restoration Prohibited 11/24/2014
With the local asphalt plants shut down, contractors and homeowners are reminded that work in the City right of way that requires street pavement or curb removal and restoration is prohibited. This restriction will remain in effect until the spring when the frost is out of the ground and the asphalt plants are operating. This restriction will not apply to emergency repairs such as broken sewer and water lines.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Turkey Trot Run/Walk 11/24/2014
On Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov. 27 – from 9 to 11 a.m., the Marquette Senior High School will hold its annual 5K and 10K Turkey Trot Run/Walk. This longstanding event will begin at the Marquette Senior High School and proceed west along Fair Avenue to the multi-use path where it will then cross Fair Avenue and proceed north along the path to Hawley Street, then east along the path to Lakeshore Boulevard, then north along the path on Lakeshore Boulevard to the ore dock. Participants will return back along the same route to finish at the Marquette Senior High School. The 5K walk/run event will follow the same route, but will turn around near Tourist Park. An alternate route may be utilized in the event of inclement conditions. No City streets will be closed for this event and the public is asked to use caution while driving in these areas.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts Awards Request for Award Design Proposal 11/24/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is accepting design proposals for the Annual City Arts Awards. Every spring, 10 artists are chosen to receive an award acknowledging their contribution to arts and culture in Marquette. Each recipient will receive a hand-crafted award during the ceremony. The artist selected to complete this project will be required to create 10 awards. The stipend for the design and creation of the awards is $600. Past awards have included found art, sculpture, original watercolor paintings, one-of-a-kind ceramic pots and framed origami. To be considered, artists are asked to submit the following: resume, application form, project proposal (one-page maximum) and images. The 2015 design proposal deadline is Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The artist application, criteria and a timeline can be found online at www.mqtcty.org/arts.php or can be picked up at the MACC at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Holiday Parade & 30th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: Press Release 11/24/2014
The Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade & 39th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, December 4. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Fair Avenue and will venture down North Front Street, ending at the Marquette Commons. The Marquette Commons is also the site of the tree lighting ceremony, which will take place promptly following the conclusion of the parade.

This downtown tradition transforms Third Street into an enchanted scene from the North Pole, featuring over 25 festively decorated floats, vehicles and marching units. The United States Postal Service will be collecting letters to Santa along the parade route. Letters should include a return address. Following the parade, the fun will continue with the tree lighting ceremony and photos with Santa Claus at Marquette Commons.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Opening - 2 Days Only 11/21/2014
On Monday, November 24th, and Tuesday, November 25th, the City compost site will be made available for drop off of leaves and brush. It will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days. Please note that the site will be open from the Wright Street entrance only for this extended drop off.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT:Office Closing Announcement 11/20/2014
The Marquette Board of Light and Power Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28, 2014 in observance of the the Thanksgiving Holiday.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Board of Light and Power Regular Board Meeting Change: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 5:30pm 11/20/2014
At the November 12, 2014 Regular Board Meeting, Marquette Board of Light and Power Board of Directors voted to change the Regular Board Meeting scheduled on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 to Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the MBLP's Main Office, 2200 Wright St., Marquette, MI 49855
   
ANNOUNCEMENT:SECTION OF LAKESHORE BOULEVARD TO REMAIN CLOSED 11/20/2014
Lakeshore Boulevard between Wright Street and Hawley Street will remain closed until further notice. The road was closed during a Nov. 11 storm, which sent large waves and pieces of the shoreline rock barrier into the roadway. That closure was the third in nine weeks.
  • City staff has determined the shoreline revetment has been seriously degraded and compromised, and the road sub-surface and near-road shoreline has been seriously weakened and damaged;
  • Ongoing and anticipated winter weather conditions are expected to cause additional damage and impacts which will diminish the ability of the remaining barrier to protect the road;
  • Extensive flooding along Lakeshore Boulevard into adjoining areas has accelerated erosion, and is degrading groundwater and stormwater management
The City has reached out to Federal, State, and local partners seeking emergency support, and is working towards prompt resolution.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: PRESQUE ISLE PARK ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING LOCATION CHANGE 11/20/2014
The Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee meeting scheduled in the Citizen’s Forum for Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. has been relocated to be held in City Hall Room 103, located at 300 W. Baraga Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: CITY OF MARQUETTE OFFICES CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 11/20/2014
City offices located at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue; the Municipal Service Center, 850 W. Baraga Avenue; the Arts and Culture Center, 217 N. Front St. (in the Peter White Public Library); and Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Avenue, will be closed on Nov. 27 and 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Marquette Police, Fire, and Public Works will remain fully operational during this time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Recognition of Service 11/18/2014
The City of Marquette would like to thank the following individuals for their service on volunteer advisory boards and committees: Michael Conley, Harbor Advisory Committee, 09/10/12–11/11/14; David Carlson, Peter White Public Library Board, 05/02/12–11/10/14; Peter Frazier, Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee, 01/25/10–11/16/14; and John DePetro, Traffic-Parking Advisory Board, 01/13/14–11/11/14.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: MACC: Call to Artists 11/14/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is seeking instructors, musicians and artists interested in scheduling workshops, performances and exhibits for the 2015 Winter and Spring schedule.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: UM-Dearborn’s iLabs’ eCities Research Recognizes Marquette for Developing a Positive Entrepreneurial Climate 11/14/2014
Marquette has been recognized for its work to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development in the annual eCities study conducted by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. Marquette was honored as a four-star community along with 32 other communities across the state.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: BLP Regular Board Meeting Date Change 11/14/2014
At the November 12, 2014 Regular Board Meeting, Marquette Board of Light and Power Board of Directors voted to change the Regular Board Meeting scheduled on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 to Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the MBLP’s Main Office, 2200 Wright St., Marquette, Ml 49855.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Bagged Leaf Collection to Resume Friday 11/13/2014
The bagged leaf collection will resume Friday, Nov. 14. Please have bags that were previously placed curbside removed from the snow bank and made visible. Bags not previously placed curbside may be placed curbside on the snow bank or driveway apron prior to Friday’s collection. This will conclude the City curbside collection for this year. The compost site will be made available for drop off of leaves and brush weather permitting. Hours and dates for drop off will be announced at a later date. Please note that the site will be open from the Wright Street entrance only for this extended drop off.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Curbside Refuse/Recyclable Collection 11/11/2014
Waste Management will be continuing curbside refuse/recyclable collections as scheduled. They are asking to refrain from placing refuse/recyclables out until 7 p.m. tonight due to the heavy snow fall. Please place containers at the end of the driveway to allow visibility of the containers.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Cancelled--City Manager Community Office Hours 11/11/2014
Community office hours with City Manager Bill Vajda on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Peter White Public Library, have been cancelled. The next regular community office hours will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost and Household Rubbish Site Closures 11/11/2014
The City of Marquette household rubbish drop-off site, located off of Wright Street between Presque Isle Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard, will be closed today due to inclement weather. Reopening of the site will occur in the spring of 2015, as weather permits. An announcement will be made in the spring.

The City of Marquette compost drop-off site located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 12 due to inclement weather. Reopening of the site will be announced at a later date, weather permitting. A public service announcement will be issued to state if it will reopen this year or if it will be closed until spring.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Park Cemetery Closure 11/11/2014
Beginning immediately, Park Cemetery will be closed until further notice, due to inclement weather.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Picnic Rocks Park Parking Lot Closure 11/11/2014
Beginning immediately, the parking lot at Picnic Rock Park, located at the intersection of Fair Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard, will be closed until further notice, due to inclement weather.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Bagged Leaf Collection Suspended Due to Weather 11/11/2014
Effective Nov. 11, bagged leaf collection has been suspended due to the inclement weather. Notification will be sent out when the collection will resume.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Street Closures 11/11/2014
Beginning immediately, Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed to through traffic, between Hawley Street and Fair Avenue due to inclement weather. Also, Wright Street will be closed to through traffic, between Lakeshore Boulevard and Presque Isle Avenue, and Pine Street will be closed to through traffic from Fair Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard. All street closures will remain in effect until further notice.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed Due to Inclement Weather 11/10/2014
Offices at Marquette City Hall, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena will be closed today, November 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. for the remainder of the day due to inclement weather. Marquette Police, Fire, and Public Works and Utilities will remain fully operational during this time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Mt. Marquette Road Closed for Season 11/10/2014
Effective today, Nov. 10, the Mt. Marquette Road will be closed for the season.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter White Drive Closed for Season 11/10/2014
Effective today, Nov. 10, Peter White Drive, the road around Presque Isle, will be closed for the season.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Grove Street Closure 11/10/2014
Beginning at 8:00 a.m., Monday, November 10th, the 700 block of Grove Street will be closed to through traffic due to a water service line repair. The work is expected to be completed by 7:00 p.m. A detour will be provided.
   
NEWSFLASH: Marquette City Band 2014 11/10/2014
Marquette City Band 2014 and Festival Program
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Ladies Night in Marquette's Downtown District 11/06/2014
The 18th annual Ladies Night will be held on Thursday, November 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those attending the event can enjoy a night of shopping, delicacies, entertainment and fun as Ladies Night provides the perfect opportunity to spend a night on the town in Marquette's Downtown District. Participating businesses pamper customers with in-store giveaways, hors d'oeuvres, sales, specials, prizes and more. Checker Bus will be providing free limousine rides to stops throughout the district. Shoppers can also register to win one of several custom gift baskets each valued between $400-$600 and stocked full of gift certificates and goods from participating businesses. To register, ladies can stop by one of three distribution centers located throughout the district during the event to pick up an official Ladies Night Passport. They can also be picked up in advance from the Downtown Development Authority office from Tuesday, November 11 to Thursday November 13 during regular business hours. Passports will be available with a donation of $2, with all proceeds benefiting the Marquette Women's Center. Pick up locations during the event includes the Masonic Center, The Ramada Inn at 412 West Washington Street, and Flower Works at 1007 N Street.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Reminder: Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade Sign-Up  11/06/2014
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is extending an invitation to all local businesses, organizations, musicians and bands to enter a decorated float, vehicle or marching unit in the fourth annual "Winter Snow Fun" Holiday Parade, scheduled for Thursday, December 4. This downtown tradition complementing the City's annual tree lighting ceremony features all of the traditional trappings of the holiday season, including sleigh bells, colored lights and the jolly man himself. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on North Third Street and will conclude at the Marquette Commons, the site of the tree lighting ceremony. There is no cost to participate. If interested in participating or sponsoring the Holiday Parade, contact the Downtown Development Authority at (906) 228-9475 before Tuesday, November 25.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Let's Chat with President Erickson and City Manager Vajda 11/06/2014
Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson and Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will be holding a Let’s Chat on Monday, Nov. 17, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Northern Michigan University. The meeting will take place in the lounge at 1100 Jamrich Hall, and is intended to provide students with an opportunity to ask questions of President Erickson and City Manager Vajda, for students to discuss concerns and ideas for Northern Michigan University and the city of Marquette and to provide President Erickson and City Manager Vajda an opportunity to address the student body.
   
NEWSFLASH: 2014 Marquette County, Michigan Election Results 11/05/2014
   
FEATURE: Historic Book Discovered 11/04/2014
In recent research, the above linked book titled "Marquette, Michigan" was discovered. The book was published by the Citizens' Association in 1891 and shows Marquette's public buildings, private residences and views of its vicinities.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Household Rubbish Drop-Off Site Seasonal Closure 11/04/2014
The City of Marquette Household Rubbish drop-off site located off of Wright Street, between Presque Isle Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard, will close for the season on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The site will reopen in the spring, as weather permits.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Winter Hours 11/04/2014
Beginning Friday, Nov. 7, Presque Isle Park will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Manager Community Office Hours 11/04/2014
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 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.
   
FEATURE: Croatian Business and Finance Monthly 11/04/2014
The above linked publication, shared with the City of Marquette by the Consul General of Croatia, demonstrates many parallels in our local economy such as food, Code Michigan and our up and coming SmartZone. To read more about the publication, PV International, visit their website here.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Closure - Lakeshore Boulevard 10/31/2014
Beginning immediately, Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed to through traffic, between Hawley Street and Wright Street, due to inclement weather until further notice. Also, the parking lot for Picnic Rocks Park at the intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and Fair Avenue will be closed until further notice.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Recognition of Service 10/30/2014
The City of Marquette would like to thank the following individual for their service on a volunteer advisory commission: Joseph Scanlan, Planning Commission, 1/13/14 – 10/8/14.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Housing Commission Board Meeting Changes 10/30/2014
The Marquette Housing Commission has cancelled the regular November Board meeting. The December Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 5:15 p.m. in the Conference Room at Pine Ridge Apartments, located at 316 Pine Street.
   
NEWSFLASH: Ordinance #608 10/30/2014
An ordinance to amend the Marquette City Code, Chapter 46, TRAFFIC AND VEHICLES; Article V. Truck Traffic
   
NEWSFLASH: Hospital Relocation Project 10/29/2014
The new Duke LifePoint (DLP) Hospital Project has been underway since late 2011, including many specific activities that culminated in a Memorandum of Understanding between the City and DLP signed during September, 2014. The project has a complex background, and as a result, many different considerations led up to City Commission endorsement based upon Federal, State, Local, and public issues and requirements.
The project is based upon the use of State of Michigan Brownfield redevelopment incentives that will pay for required municipal improvements - including road realignment and other infrastructure considerations; relocation of the existing Municipal Service Center; as well as support to DLP regarding site preparation needs.
There is a wealth of information available, and active public interest is welcomed and encouraged. In order to ensure interested parties remain well-informed, the City Manager provided a statement during the October 27, 2014 City Commission meeting to illustrate key references considered over the past several years that referenced the following information - otherwise available in the public domain or through the archives of the Marquette City Commission - and by no means inclusive or extensive. Interested parties are encouraged to conduct their own research, or otherwise contact the City Manager of members of the City Commission in the event of further interest:
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: December Art Exhibits 10/28/2014

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its December Main Gallery exhibition: Tectonic Perceptions by artist Brian Kakas.  Kakas is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Northern Michigan University. He received his Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Notre Dame and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Montana. Kakas has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in China, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Romania and the United States. This installation is an exploration between traditional and contemporary ceramic arts.

The SmallWorks Gallery will feature paintings by local artist, Karen Jilbert. Jilbert is a member of the Lake Superior Art Association, Bay Area Art Association, International Society of Experimental Artists and Zero Degrees Artist Cooperative. Jilbert explores different mediums including oils, stained glass, porcelain painting, fabric art, watercolor and acrylics.

The shows will be running from Dec. 1 to Jan. 4 and there will be an artist reception on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, call (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.

   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Work Session 10/27/2014
The City of Marquette Planning Commission will hold a work session on Tuesday, Oct. 28th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Room 103 of City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to work on future land use maps and zoning recommendations for the update of the Community Master Plan.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Granite Street Lift Station Replacement 10/22/2014
Beginning on Monday, Oct. 27, the City of Marquette will be replacing a lift station located at the end of Granite Street. The project will result in limited access to driveways located at the end of Granite Street. This project is expected to be completed on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Please use caution when in the area.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled 10/21/2014
The Oct. 21 regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled due to lack of quorum.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Advisory Committee Openings 10/21/2014
Marquette residents have the opportunity to get involved in the community by serving on a number of different City boards and committees, many of which have current openings. Click on the link above for a list of openings.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Downtown Late Fall Farmers Market 10/17/2014
The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market season will continue on Saturdays, rain or shine, at the Marquette Commons through December 20, 2014. Beginning November 1, the time will change to 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Late Fall Market will consist of a variety of vendors each week. The market will feature: meat; eggs; maple syrup; honey; jam; baked goods and mixes; jam and late season produce. Choose from a large selection of the freshest small farm produced food to fill your freezer; pantry and holiday tables. Locally made wine; bean to bar chocolate and locally roasted coffee will be available for those looking for something a little more indulgent. Additionally, one can find local artisans featuring gift quality handmade soaps and body care items; wooden toys, utensils and crafts; hand crafted knives and jewelry; along with a wide variety of goods made from wool,
paper, leather and glass. The Downtown Marquette Late Fall Farmers Market is cash only. Hoophouses for Health voucher will be accepted by qualified farmers as well. For more information regarding the market please visit www.mqtfarmersmarket.com. Questions can be directed to Myra Zyburt, Market Manager at 906-362-3276 or marketmanager@mqtfarmersmarket.com
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Holidays Light Up Third Street and Downtown 10/17/2014
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is extending an invitation to all local businesses, organizations, musicians and bands to enter a decorated float, vehicle or marching unit in the fourth annual "Winter Snow Fun" Holiday Parade, scheduled for Thursday, December 4. This downtown tradition complementing the City's annual tree lighting ceremony features all of the traditional trappings of the holiday  season, including sleigh bells, colored lights and the jolly man himself. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on North Third Street and will conclude at the Marquette Commons, the site of the tree lighting ceremony. There is no cost to participate. If interested in participating or sponsoring the Holiday Parade, contact the Downtown Development Authority at (906) 228-9475 before Tuesday, November 25.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Monday Night Senior/Adult Skate 10/17/2014
Monday, Oct. 20 kicks off the Monday Night Senior/Adult Skating (18 and older) at Lakeview Arena. Skating hours are 7:30 to 9:20 p.m. Skating takes place in the Olson Rink.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Pet Licenses and Off Leash Area Permits 10/17/2014
The City Clerk’s office will not be selling Pet Licenses or Off Leash Area Permits from Oct. 27 through Nov. 7 due to preparations and conduction of the Nov. 4 general election. Please purchase your licenses and off leash permits prior to Oct. 27 or after Nov. 7. Most local Veterinarians and the County Clerk’s Office also sell dog licenses. To purchase a pet license you will need the paperwork from the veterinarian proving the animal has been vaccinated.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Aging Services Advisory Committee Meeting 10/17/2014
The Aging Services Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. in City Hall Room 103 has been cancelled due to lack of quorum.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Facilities to Close for Season 10/16/2014
Effective Nov. 1, the Presque Isle Bandshell, Presque Isle Gazebo, Presque Isle Senior Pavilion and Presque Isle Island Store Pavilion will close for the season. The road around Presque Isle will remain open as weather conditions permit. The Presque Isle Pavilion will still be available for rent throughout the winter months. Please contact the Community Services Parks & Recreation office for further information at 228-0460.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marinas and Mooring Field to Close for Season 10/16/2014
Effective Nov. 1, the Cinder Pond Marina, Presque Isle Marina and Mooring Field will be closed for the season. All boats must be out of their respective slips by Nov. 1. The boat launches at Cinder Pond Marina and Presque Isle Marina will remain open as weather conditions permit. Daily and seasonal launch permits are required as long as boat launches are open.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Tourist Park Campground to Close for Season 10/16/2014
Tourist Park Campground and Picnic Sites will be closing for the season on Oct. 19. Please call 228-0465 for reservations through Oct. 18. Tourist Park Campground will be open for reservations starting January 1, 2015.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Third Street Repairs Scheduled 10/16/2014
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Third Street will be closed to traffic from Spring Street to Baraga Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to repair the street surface. The southbound detour will be via Spring Street, Fourth Street and Baraga Avenue. The northbound detour will be via Baraga Avenue, Fourth Street and Washington Street. In the event of inclement weather, the work will be performed on Wednesday, Oct. 22.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeview Arena Public Skating 10/16/2014
The City of Marquette announces Lakeview Arena’s Public Skating Hours. Click on the title above for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Area Wastewater Treatment Advisory Board Meeting Change 10/15/2014
The Marquette Area Wastewater Treatment Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Oct. 16 has been changed to Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be at the Marquette Township Hall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee Meeting Change 10/15/2014
The Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee meetings scheduled at City Hall Room 103 for Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. have been relocated and will be held in the Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena, located at 401 E. Fair Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Project 10/15/2014
The City of Marquette in partnership with Superior Watershed is undertaking a stormwater improvement project on the Lakeview Arena Storm Drain. The project is being funded through the Great Lakes Initiative Grant Program and is designed to improve the quality of storm water discharged into Lake Superior. During construction, parking access behind Lakeview Arena will be limited. Please use caution while utilizing the facilities. The project is expected to be completed by Nov. 15.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Art Center Call to Performers 10/15/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center invites performing artists to submit their applications for the 2015 Winter/Spring season. Concerts are held in the Peter White Public Library Community Room, located at 217 N. Front Street, on the first Thursday of each month. Local and visiting artists are welcome to submit their talents for consideration.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Art Center Call for Instructors 10/15/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is seeking instructors interested in renting the art center workshops for the upcoming 2015 winter and spring class schedules. The MACC offers a great location, accommodations fit for an art class, many hours of availability, affordable rates and other benefits. The MACC has previously hosted classes in many creative disciplines, including illustration, watercolor painting, woodburning, gourd decorating, tai chi, voice lessons, origami, collage, movement and music, ceramics, acting, language courses and clothing design.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Walking Hours 10/15/2014
The Presque Isle Park’s walking hours on Thursday, Oct. 16 will be extended. Walking hours will be from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. due to the Michigan Municipal League Conference.
   
FEATURE: GovExec.Com Article Features Marquette 10/15/2014
Marquette recently got some national press when GovExec State & Local invited City Manager Vajda to write a guest post about the increasing strength of micropolitan communities. The article can be found here.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: MSHS Homecoming Parade Scheduled for Friday 10/14/2014
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. and continuing through approximately 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, Marquette Senior High School will be holding its annual homecoming parade. The parade will begin at Graveraet Middle School at 611 N. Front Street, then proceed north on Third Street to Magnetic Street, then west on Magnetic Street to Lincoln Avenue, then north on Lincoln Avenue to Fair Avenue, then to the Marquette Senior High School at 1201 W. Fair Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Downtown Marquette Halloween Trick or Treat 10/13/2014
The Marquette Downtown District will once again be providing a safe and fun opportunity for children to trick or treat. On Saturday, October 25, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., families can bring little ghosts and goblins door to door collecting goodies from downtown businesses. Participating locations will have orange "Welcome Trick or Treaters" signs in their windows. Last year, more than 1,500 children and parents visited the district. Following trick or treat, the City of Marquette and Downtown Development Authority will host the third annual Halloween Spectacle. Lake Superior never gives up her dead, except for one night. This year's theme, Spirits of the Lake, is in tribute to an original poem, written by the U.P. Poet Laureate, Russell Thorburn titled, "The Drowned Sailor's Lament." The audience will witness ghost puppets, dancing fire, musical performances, zombies from the deep and much more. As the evening grows dark, the community is invited to join in processions throughout the City starting at 6:40 p.m. and converging in the Marquette Commons at 7 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT:Baraga Avenue Temporary Parking Restrictions and Closure 10/11/2014
The 100 block of West Baraga Avenue will be closed to overnight parking on Friday, October 10, and will close to all traffic at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 11, in preparation for Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest. West Baraga Avenue will reopen at 11:00 p.m. on October 11. Those needing to utilize the businesses on West Baraga Avenue during the closure are urged to park in the Spring Street public parking lot, the Baraga Avenue public parking lot or park on Third Street. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. You are invited to join us at the Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest presented by New Holland Carhartt Woodsman Beer. Events for all ages will take place throughout the festival,including a big equipment petting zoo, a complimentary carousel, Paint Baraga Avenue Chalk Contest, living statues, local vendors, a Carhartt fashion show, a pasty eating contest, trivia and live music. A wide variety of food vendors from the local area will be on hand, and New Holland Brewery will be showcasing their newest brew, The Carhartt Woodsman, in honor of Carhartt's 125th anniversary, as well as an Ore Dock/New Holland Brewery collaboration.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: Forum Scheduled for LDFA SmartZone Development and Plan 10/08/2014
The Local Development Finance Authority Board will conduct a Public Forum on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall. The purpose of the Public Forum will be to discuss and answer questions regarding the SmartZone Development and the TIF Plan that has been prepared and submitted to the City Commission. The Public Forum will be televised live on Charter Communications Cable TV Channel 191 for those not able to attend.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Housing Commission Special Meeting 10/07/2014
The Marquette Housing Commission will hold a special meeting regarding a proposed amendment to the 5-year plan. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 12:30 p.m. in the Pine Ridge Conference Room at 316 Pine Street.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: SmallWorks Exhibit - Carol Phillips 10/07/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its November SmallWorks exhibition: Disconnected, Reconnected by Carol Phillips. This exhibit is composed of oil and mixed media paintings. Phillips has studied art at the University of Idaho, Sun Valley Center for Arts and Humanities and received her BFA from the University of Washington. In 2002, she received her certification in art education from Northern Michigan University and teaches art at Powell Township School in Big Bay. Phillips is the curator of visual art for the City of Marquette’s gallery venues and is the director of a nonprofit organization for the art enrichment of rural children, Liberty Children’s Art Project. The show will be running from Nov. 2 to Nov. 29 and there will be an artist reception on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: First Thursday Series - All Strings Considered 10/07/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center presents the band, All Strings Considered on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free concert held in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette. The group was formed in 2007 from the Old-Time Acoustic Jam at the Hiawatha Music Festival. The band’s style is inspired by the instruments and vocals of the Appalachian region with a mix of Celtic and Scandinavian styles. Musicians are Jamie Kitchel on fiddle, Rochelle Schuster on hammered dulcimer, Phil Watts on guitar, Annette Watts on autoharp and Maggie Morgan on bass. For more information or questions, call (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Closure for Baraga Harvest Festival 10/06/2014
Beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing through 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, Baraga Avenue will be closed to motor vehicles between Front Street and Third Street for the Baraga Harvest Festival. Detours will be via Front Street, Main Street and Third Street and via Front Street, Rock Street and Third Street.
   
FEATURE: 2014 U.P. Food Summit 10/06/2014
Registration for the 2014 Together at the Table U.P. Food Summit is now open. Check out the website here. This is your opportunity to hear about the local food initiatives happening in the U.P. and learn how you can get involved. The poster can be viewed here.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Forum Scheduled for LDFA SmartZone Development and Plan 10/03/2014
The Local Development Finance Authority Board will conduct a Public Forum on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers of City Hall. The purpose of the Public Forum will be to discuss and answer questions regarding the SmartZone Development and TIF Plan that has been prepared and submitted to the City Commission. The Public Forum will be televised on Charter Communications Cable TV Channel 191 for those not able to attend.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Tourist Park Campground Season Extension 10/02/2014
The City of Marquette’s Tourist Park Campground has extended the 2014 camping season through Saturday, Oct. 18. The campground will officially be closed as of the noon checkout time on Sunday, Oct. 19.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Second Annual Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest Presented by New Holland Carhartt Woodsman Beer 10/01/2014

MARQUETTE, MI- The second annual Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest will take place on Saturday, October 11, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the 100 block of West Baraga Avenue between Front Street and Third Street.

Events for all ages will take place throughout the festival, including a big equipment petting zoo, a complimentary carousel, Paint Baraga Avenue Chalk Contest, living statues, local vendors, a Carhartt fashion show, a pasty eating contest, music by Nick Adams and the Aral Sea Divers, Chasin' Steel, and the Ben Daniels Band. A wide variety of food vendors from the local area will be on hand, and New Holland Brewery will be showcasing their newest brew, The Carhartt Woodsman, in honor of Carhartt's 125th anniversary, as well as an Ore Dock/New Holland Brewery collaboration.

This year's events are sponsored by New Holland Brewery, Pike Distributing, and Carhartt, along with Getz's, Double Trouble Entertainment, the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, and the Marquette Downtown Development Authority.

   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Community Office Hours 10/01/2014
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, Oct. 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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Closure - Lakeshore Boulevard and Compost Site 09/29/2014
Beginning immediately, Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed to through traffic, between Hawley Street and Wright Street, due to inclement weather until further notice. The compost site will also be closed. The compost site will be open again on Oct. 1 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Park Cemetery Seasonal Item Removal 09/29/2014
All remaining annual flowers, plants and other temporary seasonal items must be removed from the City of Marquette’s Park Cemetery before Monday, Oct. 6. After Oct. 6, City crews will be winterizing the cemetery and will dispose of items left at grave sites.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Closure for Firemen's Parade and Static Display 09/29/2014
On Saturday, Oct. 4, West Bluff Street will be closed to traffic from Seventh Street to Morgan Street from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate the annual Firemen’s Parade and static display.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Correction - Annual Holiday Art Sale to be Held 09/26/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to announce the 2014 Holiday Art Sale, held on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This sale will take place at the MACC, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette. The sale will stretch through all of the MACC three workshop spaces and into the Community Room. There will be over 30 artists exhibiting their work for the sale in a variety of mediums, including the following: wood, glass, metal, fibers/wearable art, painting, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, photography and Christmas decor. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Minor Street Disruptions Due to Traffic Counting 09/26/2014
Beginning Monday, Sept. 29, various streets in the City of Marquette will experience minor traffic disruptions due to traffic counting and study activities by DLZ Michigan, Inc. The public is advised to be aware of technicians setting up the counting equipment and of all flagging and traffic control devices. Please use caution when traveling through areas requiring this process. It is anticipated that the first phase of counting will be completed by Friday, Oct. 3.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Halloween Spectacle 09/25/2014
On Oct. 25, the City of Marquette and the Marquette Downtown Development Authority will host a large-scale community outdoor performance of giant puppetry, percussion and theatrical dance. This year’s theme is Spirits of the Lake. As the evening grows dark, the community is invited to join in processions throughout the City converging in the Marquette Commons at 112 S. 3rd St, Marquette, MI.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Library Board Special Budget Meeting 09/25/2014
The Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a special budget meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at 5 p.m. in the Lions Room at the Peter White Public Library. The purpose of this meeting is to approve the final General Operating Budget for FY 2013/2014, to reaffirm Board action taken during the Board’s regular meeting on Sept. 16, and to approve the previous meeting’s minutes.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Wetland Mitigation Herbicide Treatment Scheduled 09/25/2014
On Sept. 30, herbicides will be applied to the invasive and aggressive species at the wetland mitigation sites on Presque Isle adjacent to Island Beach Road and behind the old Shiras swimming pool. These wetland mitigation sites were constructed in order to satisfy part of a DEQ permit for the 2012 McClellan Avenue extension project. In order to comply with the permit, invasive and aggressive vegetation is to be controlled in order for native vegetation to be established. The herbicide treatment will be performed under the direct supervision of a licensed pesticide applicator following the manufacturer’s recommendations. The herbicides used are relatively non-toxic to animals unless the product is ingested or large quantities of the freshly sprayed vegetation are ingested. The treated sites will be flagged with “invasive species” and the applicator’s vehicles will display magnetic signs with additional information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Holiday Art Sale to be Held 09/25/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to announce the 2014 Holiday Art Sale, held on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This sale will take place at the MACC, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette. The sale will stretch through all of the MACC three workshop spaces and into the Community Room. There will be over 30 artists exhibiting their work for the sale in a variety of mediums, including the following: wood, glass, metal, fibers/wearable art, painting, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, photography and Christmas decor. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Telephone System Restored 09/24/2014
The City of Marquette’s telephone system has been restored and is in full service as of 9:45 a.m. today.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Telephone System Issues 09/24/2014
The City of Marquette is currently experiencing problems with the telephone system. The system is down for both incoming and outgoing calls. The City’s Information Technology Department is working quickly to resolve the problem. City offices remain open to the public.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: NMU Homecoming Parade Scheduled 09/22/2014
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, Northern Michigan University will be holding the annual homecoming parade. The following streets will be closed to thru traffic for the parade: Pine Street from Lakeshore to Fair Avenue; Fair Avenue from Pine to Third Street; Third Street from Fair Avenue to Hewitt Avenue; Hewitt Avenue from Third Street to Front Street; Front Street from Hewitt Avenue to Fair Avenue. The streets will be re-opened at 7 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Grove Street Disruptions 09/18/2014
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23, Grove Street from Specker Circle to the Marquette City Limits will experience traffic disruptions due to street milling activities by Payne & Dolan, Inc. Beginning Friday, Sept. 26, Grove Street from Specker Circle to the Marquette City Limits will experience traffic disruptions due to street paving activities by Payne & Dolan, Inc. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging, detours, advisory signing, and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through this area. Weather events may delay and change these dates. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: LDFA Special Meeting Scheduled 09/17/2014
The Local Development Finance Authority Board will hold a special meeting on Friday, Sept. 19, at 12:30 p.m. in City Hall Room 103. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss and schedule a Public Forum for the SmartZone Development and TIF Plan.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Hockey on Third Parade 09/15/2014
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority will be sponsoring the annual “Hockey on Third” parade. The parade will start at Pine Street behind the NMU Superior Dome, then proceed south on Pine to Fair, then west on Fair to Third, then south on Third to Arch, then east on Arch to Front, then north on Front to Fair, then east on Fair to Pine, then north on Pine, returning to the parking lot behind the dome. The parade is expected to finish by approximately 6:45 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Wetland Mitigation Herbicide Treatment Scheduled 09/15/2014
Between Wednesday, Sept. 17 and Friday, Sept. 19, herbicides will be applied to the invasive and aggressive species at the wetland mitigation sites on Presque Isle adjacent to Island Beach Road and behind the old Shiras swimming pool. These wetland mitigation sites were constructed in order to satisfy part of a DEQ permit for the 2012 McClellan Avenue extension project. In order to comply with the permit, invasive and aggressive vegetation is to be controlled in order for native vegetation to be established. The herbicide treatment will be performed under the direct supervision of a licensed pesticide applicator following the manufacturer’s recommendations. The herbicides used are relatively non-toxic to animals unless the product is ingested or large quantities of the freshly sprayed vegetation are ingested. The treated sites will be flagged with “invasive species” and the applicator’s vehicles will display magnetic signs with additional information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled 09/15/2014
The scheduled Planning Commission meeting for Tuesday, Sept. 16 has been cancelled due to lack of business. The Planning Commission usually meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, and the public is welcome to attend these meetings.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Westland Drive Road Closure 09/12/2014
Beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, Westland Drive from Forest Park Drive to the westerly end will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and storm water utilities. This project is scheduled to be substantially complete in two weeks. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction and advisory signing. Smith Paving, Inc. is the general contractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Aging Services Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled 09/12/2014
The Aging Services Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. in City Hall Room 103 has been cancelled due to lack of quorum.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeshore Boulevard Partially Reopened 09/11/2014
Effective immediately, Lakeshore Boulevard between Fair Avenue and Wright Street has been reopened. Lakeshore Boulevard between Wright Street and Hawley Street is still closed until further notice.
   
FEATURE: Local Attorney Featured in National Publication 09/11/2014
Recently, local elder law attorney Bob Anderson was interviewed for the feature member story in the August/September edition of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys News publication. Click here for the full article.
   
FEATURE: Marquette Community Foundation Grant Opportunity 09/11/2014
The Marquette County Community Foundation recently announced they are accepting applications for the Fall 2014 grant cycle. Check out their website here for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Updated Emergency Closures - Lakeshore, Wright Street and Presque Isle 09/10/2014
Effective immediately, Lakeshore Boulevard is closed to through traffic until further notice between Fair Avenue and Hawley Street and Shiras Park, due to inclement weather. Wright Street is also closed between Presque Isle and Lakeshore Boulevard as well as the Presque Isle island loop and Compost Site. The Compost Site will reopen on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Closure - Lakeshore Boulevard 09/10/2014
Beginning at 3 p.m. today, Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed until further notice to through traffic, between Hawley and Wright Street, due to inclement weather. The compost site will be closed for Wednesday, Sept. 10, also. The compost site will reopen on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Carp River Sanitary Sewer Crossings Project 09/08/2014
Beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, Lake Street from Hampton Street to U.S. 41 will be closed to through traffic to allow for the replacement of the sanitary sewer transmission mains that cross the Carp River. This project is scheduled to be substantially complete by mid-October. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction and advisory signing. Lake Street will be closed at U.S. 41. Hebert Construction, Inc. is the general contractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Commission Work Session/Public Meeting for Lakeshore Boulevard 09/08/2014
The Marquette City Commission will be holding a work session at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 in the Commission Chambers at City Hall to receive a presentation on the final draft of plans for the Lakeshore Boulevard Relocation and Shoreline Restoration Project. Since the last public meeting on Feb. 25, the project team (City of Marquette Community Development Department and Superior Watershed Partnership) has refined the plans based on community input and oversight provided by BAIRD Coastal Consultants. For more information on the project, please visit: http://www.mqtcty.org/plan-lakeshore.php. This project is a grant-funded project provided for by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Coastal Zone Management.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Walt Kyle Mile Scheduled for Saturday 09/08/2014
On Saturday, Sept. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon, there will be a community cancer walk and 5k run benefitting the Beacon House. The Walt Kyle Mile will begin at the Berry Events Center, then proceed south on the Third Street sidewalk to Spring Street, then east on the Spring Street multi-use path to the Lakeshore Boulevard multi-use path, then north on the multi-use path to Fair Avenue, then west on the Fair Avenue sidewalk, returning to the Berry Events Center. The run will begin at the Berry Events Center, then proceed east on the Fair Avenue sidewalk to the multi-use path along Pine Street, then north on the multi-use path along Pine to the multi-use path along Lakeshore Blvd, then north on the multi-use path along Lakeshore Blvd to the Dead River, before turning around and returning along the same route. The 5k run will be held as an event and not a race. Traffic will not be stopped and participants are to follow the rules of the road. No roads will be closed, however the public is asked to be aware of pedestrians and runners crossing the streets.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Disruptions Due to Crack Sealing on City Streets 09/08/2014
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9, various streets in the City of Marquette will experience traffic disruptions due to street crack sealing activities by JCS, Inc. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through areas requiring this process. The contractor will be starting at the north end of the City of Marquette and will work south. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by the end of September.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Xterra Marquette Triathlon to Take Place Saturday 09/08/2014
On Saturday, Sept. 13 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., traffic on Sugar Loaf Avenue near the Tourist Park entrance will be subject to temporary disruption to allow participants of the Xterra Marquette Triathlon to cross the street. Race participants will also be using the Hawley Street Bridge over the Dead River. Motorists are asked to be aware of race participants on these streets and to obey the instructions of the on-site traffic regulators.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Disruptions Due to Street Paving 09/05/2014
Beginning Sept. 9, various streets in the City of Marquette will experience traffic disruptions due to street paving activities by Payne & Dolan, Inc. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging, detours, advisory signing, and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through these areas. The contractor’s tentative schedule is as below. Weather events may delay and change these dates.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Disruptions Due to Milling - Revised Schedule 09/05/2014
The schedule for the milling operations on various streets in the City of Marquette has been revised by Payne & Dolan, Inc. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging, detours, advisory signing and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through these areas. The contractor’s tentative schedule is as below. Weather events may delay and change these dates.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: College Avenue Street Closure 09/05/2014
Beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, College Avenue will be closed to through traffic due to sanitary sewer lateral and curbing repairs. College Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Pine Street to Spruce Street. The road closure for this work is anticipated to last a week. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging, detours, advisory signing and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through this area. Smith Construction, Inc. is the general subcontractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Investment Advisory Board Meeting Rescheduled 09/05/2014
The Sept. 10 regular meeting of the Investment Advisory Board has been rescheduled for Sept. 17, at 8 a.m. in Room 103, City Hall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Commission Work Session Cancelled 09/04/2014
The Marquette City Commission work session scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11, at 5:15 p.m. in City Hall Room 103 regarding the Next Michigan Development Act Interlocal Agreement, has been cancelled.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Baraga Avenue Traffic Disruptions 09/03/2014
Beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, Baraga Avenue will experience traffic disruptions and brief road closures to through traffic due to sanitary sewer lateral repairs, curb work, and storm sewer repairs. The limits of disruption will be from Seventh Street to McClellan Avenue. This construction work, along with the subsequent mill and overlay of the street, is anticipated to last two weeks. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging, detours, advisory signing, and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through this area. Smith Construction, Inc. is the general subcontractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Manager Community Office Hours 09/03/2014
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: First Thursday Series: Kirsten Gustafson 09/03/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center presents professional singer Kirsten Gustafson on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free concert held in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette, Mich. Gustafson, an Upper Peninsula native, began singing professionally in the late 1970’s with a band whose repertoire included rock, pop, country, disco and polkas. In 1990, she moved to Chicago and signed with Atlantic Records. In 1991, Gustafson recorded her first CD You Taught My Heart to Sing. She has performed in countless clubs, festivals and venues across the U.S. and Europe. For more information or questions, call (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: LDFA Board Special Meeting 09/03/2014
The Local Development Finance Authority Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Sept. 4, at noon in City Hall’s Room 103. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss and approve the SmartZone Development and TIF Plans.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: October/November Exhibit: Fleet 09/03/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its Main Gallery October and November exhibition: Fleet by artist Jason Limberg. Limberg specializes in ballpoint pen and graphite drawing. Previously he has had solo art shows in Indiana and Wisconsin; he produces commissioned drawings, and has been featured in publications such as Juxtapoz Magazine. Fleet is a collection of drawings influenced by the artist’s fascination with nature, animals, and the passing of time. The pieces displayed will be of an intimate scale while being imaginative, observant and detailed. These works are executed with graphite on paper. The show will be running from Oct. 1 to Nov. 20, and there will be an artist reception on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Trash to Treasure Day Set for Saturday 09/02/2014
City of Marquette residents are invited and encouraged to participate in the community-wide “Trash to Treasure Day” on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the only day for this event. The program provides a venue for the recycling of reusable household items such as furniture, lamps, electronics and other working household items, and is designed to increase awareness in recycling by creating an alternative means of reusing items that would otherwise end up in the landfill.
   
FEATURE: September/October Marquette Matters Newsletter 08/29/2014
The Marquette Matters newsletter for September/October 2014 has arrived. Click on the link above to check it out!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette to Host Michigan Municipal League Convention 08/28/2014
The City of Marquette will be hosting the Michigan Municipal League annual convention in Marquette Oct. 14-17. Attendance is expected to be in excess of 500 municipal officials and family members. The City of Marquette on Wednesday, Oct. 15, will be holding the Host City Reception. This will be an opportunity to showcase the City and welcome convention attendees. The city is in need of sponsors for the reception. Sponsorship and attendance at the Host City Reception will allow businesses to explain their products or services to hundreds of municipal officials from throughout the state. Please contact Pat Black at the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 228-7749 or the City Manager’s office at 228-0435 for information on sponsorship at the convention.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Traffic Disruptions Due to Street Milling 08/28/2014
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 4, various streets in the City of Marquette will experience traffic disruptions due to street milling activities by Payne & Dolan, Inc. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging, detours, advisory signing, and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through these areas. The contractor’s tentative schedule is detailed below, though weather events may delay and change these dates.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Cleveland Avenue Street Closure 08/28/2014
Beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, Cleveland Avenue will be closed to through traffic due to sanitary sewer lateral and curbing repairs. Cleveland Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Lincoln Avenue to Sheridan Avenue. This road closure is anticipated to last a few days. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging, detours, advisory signing and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through this area. Smith Construction, Inc. is the general subcontractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Closed for Labor Day 08/27/2014
The City of Marquette Compost drop-off site located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will be closed on Saturday, August 30 and Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day. The site will reopen on Wednesday, September 3. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: End of Beach Season 08/27/2014
Regular waterfront lifeguard service at Marquette’s beaches will terminate on Monday, September 1 at 7 p.m. The City beaches will be posted “no lifeguard on duty” on Tuesday, September 2. Depending on weather and personnel availability; lifeguards may be posted during September weekends. During the month of September the Marquette Fire Department will continue to post beachfront advisory flags, however the public is reminded that they enter the water at their own risk. The Marquette Fire Department urges the public to exercise caution and common sense in and around the beach areas. Beach flags are updated daily and can be viewed on the City’s website at www.mqtcty.org then click on the waterfront safety tab on the left.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Hall to Begin Winter Hours 08/26/2014
City Hall winter hours will begin on September 2. Offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The City police department is not affected by this change.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Bluff Street Road Closure 08/26/2014
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Bluff Street will be closed to through traffic due to sanitary sewer lateral repairs. Bluff Street will be closed to through traffic intermittently from Seventh Street to Fourth Street. This road closure is anticipated to last two weeks. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging, detours, advisory signing and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through this area. Smith Construction, Inc. is the general subcontractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fair Avenue Street Closure 08/26/2014
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Fair Avenue will be closed to through traffic due to sanitary sewer lateral repairs. Fair Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Eighth Street to Northrop Street. This road closure is anticipated to last a week. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging, detours, advisory signing, and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through this area. Smith Construction, Inc. is the general subcontractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Labor Day 08/25/2014
City offices located at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue; the Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Avenue; the Municipal Service Center, 850 W. Baraga Avenue; and the Arts and Culture Center, 217 N. Front St. (in the Peter White Public Library) will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day. The Fire and Police Departments will remain open and staffed during this time. There will be no change in the garbage pickup schedule. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, City Hall offices will resume open hours of 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. These hours will remain in effect through next spring.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Marquette Marathon 08/25/2014
The annual Marquette Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Kids’ Fun Run will be held August 29 and 30. The Friday, August 29 Kids’ Fun Run begins at 7 p.m. and the 5k race at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday, August 30 marathon and half marathon begin west of the City limits and enter the City on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. Runners are expected to arrive within the City limits at 8:30 a.m. and follow the Heritage trail to McClellan Avenue, then continue on the multi-use path to Lakeshore Boulevard.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Special Meeting 08/21/2014
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Citizens Forum in Lakeview Arena located at 401 East Fair Avenue. The topic of the meeting is a potential summer dog park location and amenities.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Wetland Mitigation Herbicide Treatment 08/20/2014
On Tuesday, August 26, herbicides will be applied to the invasive and aggressive species at the wetland mitigation sites located adjacent to McClellan Avenue across from the Medical Center and at the Presque Isle wetlands adjacent to Island Beach Road and behind the old Shiras swimming pool.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Code Michigan Comes to Marquette 08/18/2014
Software developers are invited to participate in the state’s Code Michigan event this October for an opportunity to build mobile and web applications and win cash prizes. “Code Michigan is an exciting opportunity for civic-minded developers and designers to help reinvent Michigan’s government by creating mobile and web apps for the public good,” said David Behen, director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) and state chief information officer. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what our competitors develop this year.” Code Michigan, a free “civic coding event, is scheduled to begin on Friday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. and run through Sunday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. at three locations across the state – at the Grand Circus in Detroit and The Stream Center in Newaygo in the Lower Peninsula, and on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Local Musicians Play Street-Side  During Final Music on Third of the Season 08/18/14
An eclectic mix of local musicians will play along the sidewalks of Third Street in Marquette's Downtown District from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, as part of a summer series titled Music on Third. The summer line-up includes the talents of Eclettico, The Circle of Willis, Green Gene, Fast Eddie, Log Jam, Tyler Dettloff and more, as well as rotating musicians at Blackrocks Brewery. Held the third Thursday of the month, June through August, Music on Third brings the community out onto the summer sidewalks of Marquette's Downtown District to enjoy fresh, local music and visit the more than 100 unique shops and restaurants that line Third Street.

For more information, contact the DDA office at (906) 228-9475 or email Lizzie Corser at Lizzie@downtownmarquette.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: SEPTEMBER SMALLWORKS EXHIBIT: WEAVING CROSSROADS 08/15/14
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its September SmallWorks exhibition, Weaving Crossroads: New Fibers and Old Traditions by the Yarnwinders Fiber Guild of Marquette. This exhibit is composed of contemporary hand weaving using traditional and non-traditional fibers and various mediums. The Yarnwinders have been a group for over 65 years with a purpose to promote the knowledge and practice of contemporary hand weaving. They have participated in demonstrations around Marquette including school presentations, community events, and fundraisers. The show will be running from Sept. 1 to Sept. 28, and there will be an artist reception on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: BECKY SAVES THE BEES RESCHEDULED PERFORMANCE 08/15/14
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center invites the public to attend “Becky Saves the Bees” on Sunday, August 17 at 5 p.m. in the band shell on Presque Isle in Marquette. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Lakeview Arena at 401 E. Fair Avenue in Marquette, at 5 p.m. This free performance is put on by E.A.R.T.H. Angels, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization using aerial performance art to raise awareness of environmental issues. Becky Saves the Bees will teach participants and audiences the global importance of pollinators and the epidemic Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. The production will include singing, dancing, EcoSuperheros, aerial bees and butterflies. Audience participation is encouraged. Children dressed as pollinators will be invited on stage to be a part of the performance. For additional information, contact the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center at 906-228-0472 or e-mail arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: HALLOWEEN SPECTACLE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
08/15/14
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to announce the third annual Halloween Spectacle, scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2014. The City of Marquette and the Downtown Development Authority will host a large-scale community outdoor performance of giant puppetry, percussion and theatrical dance. The community is invited to create, build and perform in this year’s Spectacle. The MACC is looking for volunteers – individuals, groups, teams, organizations, coworkers, and families. If you or your group has an idea or want to take part in the Spectacle, contact the arts center, located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. Needed are actors, musicians, set builders, stage managers, costume designers, make up artists and security personnel. All ages are encouraged. For additional information, please contact the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center at 906-228- 0472, or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: U.P. Nature Writing Event Scheduled 08/14/2014
An evening of Upper Peninsula Nature Writing will take place on Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library located at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette, Mich. Writers from across the Upper Peninsula will read their entries in the Second Annual Nature Writing Contest. All entrants from the contest will be invited to read their work and talk about nature writing. Members of the public are also welcome to read their writings related to nature in the U.P. This is a free event and the public is encouraged to attend. For additional information, contact North Country Publishing at 906-942-7879 or e-mail northco@up.net.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter White Public Library Late Opening Friday 08/14/2014
The Peter White Public Library will open late on Friday, August 15, 2014. Library hours will be from 1 to 6 p.m. due to staff training in the morning. For more information please call (906) 228-7434.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: September Art Exhibit 08/13/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s September exhibition will be Burden of Place by Russell Thorburn and Sons. Russell Thorburn, a poet-in-residence for 12 years in the Upper Peninsula public schools, and U.P. Poet Laureate, will have a collection of poetry on exhibit, accompanied by photographs taken by his sons. His sons are Gabriel Thorburn, a Northern Michigan University Art and Design graduate who lives in Los Angeles and is employed by Warner Bros as an editor; Christopher Thorburn, a Michigan State University student studying bio chemistry; and Michael Thorburn, a Marquette Senior High school student and a published poet. The show will be running from Sept. 1 to Sept. 28, and there will be an artist reception on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Government Access Channel Moved 08/13/2014
The City of Marquette’s government access channel – previously Channel 21 – has been moved to Channel 191 following the transition from analog to digital programming by Charter Communications. Programming on the City’s government access channel is not affected by this change. Please call 228-0418 or e-mail helpdesk@mqtcty.org for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Watercolor Workshops Offered 08/13/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will be hosting two watercolor workshops by nationally acclaimed painter Carl Mayer on Saturday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 4. Classes will be held at the arts center, located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. Tips, Tricks, and Techniques with Carl Mayer will be held Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Creative Fall Color with Carl Mayer will be held Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both classes are intended for intermediate to advanced students and the cost is $40. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fiscal Year 2015 Proposed City Budget Available 08/13/2014
The City of Marquette’s FY 2015 Proposed Budget is available for viewing at the following locations: City Clerk’s office during normal business hours at City Hall, Peter White Public Library, or on the City’s website at: http://www.mqtcty.org/budget.html. Remaining Budget Hearings are scheduled for August 13th at 5:15 p.m., August 15th at 8:30 a.m., and August 20th at 8:30 a.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Recognition of Service 08/11/2014
The City of Marquette would like to thank the following individuals for their service on volunteer advisory boards and committees: Jack LaSalle, Local Officers Compensation Commission, 7/1/08 – 7/1/14; Jess Jones, Regional Recreation Authority Business Plan Ad-Hoc Committee, 7/9/12 – 3/1/14; and Nicole Dewald, Regional Recreation Authority Business Plan Ad-Hoc Committee, 5/29/12 – 3/1/14.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Government Access Channel Moved 08/08/2014
The City of Marquette’s government access channel – previously Channel 21 – has been moved to Channel 191 following the transition from analog to digital programming by Charter Communications. Programming on the City’s government access channel is not affected by this change. Please call 228-0418 or email helpdesk@mqtcty.org for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter White Public Library Board Meeting Cancelled 08/08/2014
The Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 19 has been cancelled.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Household Rubbish and Compost Site Closures 08/08/2014
The City of Marquette household rubbish drop-off site, located off of Wright Street, between Presque Isle Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard, and the compost site, located off of Lakeshore Boulevard, between Wright Street and Hawley Street, will be closed on Saturday, August 9, due to the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic. Both sites will reopen with normal hours of operation on Monday, August 11.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Local Development Finance Authority Board Meeting Scheduled 08/08/2014
The Local Development Finance Authority Board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at noon in Marquette City Hall Room 103. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss and approve the SmartZone Development and TIF Plans and joint agreement with the cities of Houghton and Hancock.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Hall Parking Lot Striping 08/06/2014
Crews will be re-striping the east and west parking lots of City Hall from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, August 7th. Please remove all vehicles from the lots no later than 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Access to the building will still be available, but all visitors and employees should utilize on-street parking during this time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Road Closures for Ore to Shore 08/05/2014
On Saturday, August 9, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continuing through 6:00 p.m., Pine Street from Fair Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard, and Powder Mill Road from County Road 550 to the north end will be closed and Wright Street from Presque Isle Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed to thru traffic for the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic. The public is advised to use caution when traveling on Wright Street, Hawley Street, River Park Circle and Schneider Mill Court. Race participants will be crossing at designated locations at various times.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Local Development Finance Authority Board Meeting Scheduled 08/04/2014
The Local Development Finance Authority Board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at 3 p.m. in City Hall’s Room 103. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss and approve the SmartZone Development and TIF Plans and joint agreement with the cities of Houghton and Hancock.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Center Hours 08/04/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s hours for the week of August 4 through August 9 will be as follows: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, Closed; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located at 217 N. Front Street, in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For any questions please call 906-228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Commission/Planning Commission Work Session Postponed 08/01/2014
The joint Marquette City Commission/Marquette Planning Commission work session – regarding the recent traffic study – scheduled for Monday, August 11th, at 5:15 p.m. in City Hall, Room 103 has been postponed. The joint work session has not been rescheduled at this time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Division Street Closure 08/01/2014
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014 Division Street at the Furnace Street intersection will be closed to through traffic due to the Furnace Street reconstruction project. This closure is anticipated to last through August 18, 2014. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction and advisory signing. The detour route will follow M553, Grove Street, and U.S. 41. Smith Paving, Inc. is the general contractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Hearing Scheduled for BLP Budget 08/01/2014
In accordance with the provisions of the General Laws for the local units of government, Part III, Act 43 (2nd Ex. Ses.), the Board of Light and Power of the City of Marquette will hold a public hearing on its 2014-2015 operating budget. Such hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 in the Board of Light and Power’s meeting room, at 2200 Wright Street in Marquette. A copy of the budget document will be available for public inspection during regular hours Monday through Friday at the offices of the City Clerk, located in City Hall at 300 W. Baraga Ave.; at Peter White Public Library, located at 217 N. Front St.; and at the offices of the BLP, located at 2200 Wright St.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Road Closures Scheduled for Street Reconstruction Projects 07/30/2014
Beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, August 4, Mite Street from Hampton Street to Hogan’s Alley, Hogan’s Alley from U.S. 41 to Mite Street, and Furnace Street from Division Street to the west end will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. These projects are scheduled to be substantially complete by September 13th. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction and advisory signing. Smith Paving, Inc. is the general contractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks residents for patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sidewalk Repair and Extension Project Set to Begin 07/30/2014
Beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, contractor U.P. Concrete Company will be replacing sidewalk at designated sections throughout the City of Marquette. These locations have been prioritized by City of Marquette personnel based on the severity of the elevation difference in the adjoining sidewalk squares. Pedestrian access may be limited in the immediate area of the repair but should be only a few days in duration. It is anticipated that the sidewalk work will be completed by the end of August. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during these needed utility repairs. Work is scheduled to start on the north end of town and proceed to the south. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction and advisory signing. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during this construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Recognition of Service - Lankinen 07/30/2014
The City of Marquette would like to thank the following individual for their service on volunteer advisory boards and committees: Jorma Lankinen, Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority, 7/1/08 – 7/1/14.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled 07/29/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Advisory Committee meeting, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, August 6, has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette. Community members are invited to attend, and there is an opportunity for public comment. Please call 906-228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Japanese Direct Investment Survey: Summary of Michigan Results 07/28/2014
Marquette is a sister city to Higashiomi, Japan. Annually, the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit surveys Japanese-owned facilities and Japanese nationals in Michigan. The 2013 results were shared with us recently. As the data indicate, Japanese investment contributes significantly to Michigan's economy. Click here to read the letter and results from Dr. Kazuyuki Katayama, Consul General of Japan in Detroit. The Consulate General of Japan in Detroit can be found online here.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT:  Readers of Lake Superior Magazine Name Downtown Marquette The Best Shopping Experience for 2014 07/25/2014
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is pleased to announce that Downtown Marquette has been named "The Best Shopping Experience for 2014" in Lake Superior Magazine's Best of the Lake Awards. Downtown Marquette will be featured in the August/September 2014 issue of the magazine which will highlight the winner of each of the eleven categories that were open for voting. The survey let visitors vote for their favorite views, restaurants, lodgings, hikes and a host of other activities. Categories include Best Annual Event, Best Overnight Stay or Lodging, Best Toe-Dipping Beach, Best In-Town Hike, Best Spectacular View, Best Local Fish Dish or Sandwich, Best Restaurant or Lodging Staff, Best Shopping Experience, Best Art Gallery/Museum, Best Family Attraction, Best Waterfall and Best Boat Ride. Lake Superior Magazine will announce the winners on their website on August 1. The magazine has subscribers in all 50 of the U.S. states and most Canadian provinces, along with 20 other countries. More information can be found on their website at www.lakesuperiormagazine.com
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Postponed: City Commission Special Budget Meeting 07/25/2014
The Marquette City Commission special budget meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall, Commission Chambers, has been postponed. The meeting will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Halloween Spectacle Coordinator Needed 07/24/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is seeking an event coordinator for the 3rd Annual Halloween Spectacle on October 25, 2014. The Spectacle Coordinator will be required to collaborate with participating community groups, performers, artists and volunteers on all aspects of the performance. Highly organized individuals with experience in coordinating community events are encouraged to apply. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the MACC at 300 W. Baraga Ave or hand deliver to the center, which is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette. The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 11, 2014. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Commission Tour of Marquette Housing Commission 07/24/2014
The Marquette City Commission will be participating in a facility tour of the Marquette Housing Commission. No official business of the City will be conducted. The tour will begin on Thursday, July 31st, at 3:30 p.m. at the Pine Ridge Apartments, located at 316 Pine Street.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: LDFA Board Meeting Location 07/24/2014
The Local Development Finance Authority Board meeting scheduled for Friday, July 25, 2014, at Noon will be held in Room 103 at City Hall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Magnetic Street/College Avenue Intermittent Closure 07/23/2014
Beginning immediately, Magnetic Street from Seventh Street to Lincoln Avenue and College Avenue from Fourth Street to Seventh Street will be closed intermittently throughout the day today for road repair.
   
FEATURE: Proposed Truck Route Ordinance #608 07/22/2014
The Marquette City Commission conducted a work session on July 21 to discuss the proposed City truck route ordinance, and to discuss other documents and information associated with interlocal discussions with Marquette County, Marquette Township, Negaunee Township and various other interests. The documents include draft intergovernmental agreements proposed to the City of Marquette and to Marquette Township by the Marquette County Road Commission, as well as a “Midway Bypass Project” study overview and copies of existing and proposed City ordinances. The materials are available online here.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fill the Boot Fundraiser Scheduled 07/21/2014
The City of Marquette Fire Department will be participating in the annual “Fill the Boot” fundraising drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firemen will be raising funds on Friday, July 25, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the intersections of McClellan & Cleveland Avenues; Third Street & Hewitt Avenue and Fourth & Washington Streets. They will be out again on Saturday, July 26, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the intersections of Third Street & Hewitt Avenue; Front & Washington Street and
Fair Avenue & Pine Street. These street intersections will be open to traffic and drivers are asked to exercise caution.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeshore Boulevard Closure 07/21/2014
Beginning at 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 23rd, Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed to through traffic between East Ridge Street and East Washington Street for a water main leak. Mattson Park will be accessible via East Ridge Street to Lakeshore Boulevard to the entrance of Mattson Park. This closure is anticipated to last until 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 24th. A detour will be posted.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: West Fair Avenue Closure 07/21/2014
Beginning at 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 22nd, a portion of the 1700 and 1800 blocks of W. Fair Ave., between Gray St. and Woodland Ave., will be closed to through traffic due to a water service replacement. The closure is anticipated to continue until 6:00 p.m. A detour will be provided.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Closures Scheduled for Blueberry Festival 07/21/2014
The following streets will be closed to traffic on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 5:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. for the 13th annual Blueberry Festival: Washington Street from Third Street to Front Street and Front Street from Washington Street to Spring Street. The following streets will be closed to through traffic: Front Street from Bluff Street to Washington Street and Main Street from Third Street to Front Street. Traffic will be detoured using Baraga Avenue and Third Street. To ensure no cars are parked in the event area and to allow for vendor set-up Friday morning, parking will be prohibited on the 100 block of West Washington and the 100 and 200 blocks of South Front Street after 2:00 a.m. on Friday, July 25.
   
FEATURE: U.S. Postal Service Changes in the U.P. 07/17/2014
The United States Postal Service is in the process of closing a number of processing centers in Michigan, but most importantly for us is the processing center located in Kingsford that handles all mail processing in the U.P. Recently Senator Carl Levin contacted the U.S. Postmaster General in Washington DC to address the concerns of businesses and residents alike in the U.P.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Aging Services Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled 07/17/2014
The Aging Services Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, July 21, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall Room has been cancelled due to a lack of quorum.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Halloween Spectacle Think Tank 07/17/2014
Join the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center for a Halloween Spectacle “think tank” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20. This event will be held at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. located at 114 W. Spring Street in Marquette. Share and generate ideas with other community members for the third annual Halloween Spectacle, which will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014. All skills and talents welcome.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Call to Performers - First Thursday Series 07/17/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is seeking artists to be featured in the City’s First Thursday Performance Series. Singers, dancers, poets and musicians are encouraged to apply for a spot in one of the monthly concerts, performed on the first Thursday of each month in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library, which is located at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette. Send a digital file or photos or a link to a website or Facebook page to the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 1.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Baraga Avenue Project  - Final Design Presentation To Be Held 7/17/14
A presentation for final design recommendations for Baraga Avenue will be held by the design team from the MSU Urban and Regional Planning Program on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00p.m. at the Marquette Commons (112 S. Third Street) The community is invited to attend. Guests are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch, complimentary beverages and dessert will be served. The Marquette Downtown Development Authority received a MI Place Plan initiative grant for redesign assistance to Baraga Avenue. The MI Place Plan team is a collaboration between the Michigan Municipal League (MML), the MSU Urban and Regional Planning Program, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). The project parameters are Baraga Avenue from Third Street to Lakeshore Boulevard and address development and redevelopment opportunities, traffic, transportation, walkability and access to adjacent neighborhoods.  The final design presentation is an accumulation of input from stakeholders which included; community members, business owners, building owners and public officials. While in Marquette in March, the consulting team conducted a visioning session with the community to identify opportunities, gather input to guide the process and help direct the future development of Baraga Avenue. The second phase, held on in April, were a series of workshops, known as charrettes, designed to solicit feedback on the preliminary design ideas conceptualized from the visioning session.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: DOWNTOWN MARQUETTE PREPARES FOR 13th ANNUAL BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL 7/17/14
Preparation is underway for the 13th Annual Blueberry Festival, set for  Friday, July 25, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Downtown Marquette.  Washington and Front streets will be bustling with sidewalk sales, food  vendors, artists, demonstrations, pony rides, inflatable arcade games, and  activities for children and families. Downtown restaurants will satisfy  your cravings for blueberry fare, from blueberry pizza to blueberry beer,  while many downtown shops offer will offer "blue" specials.  Music fills the streets as live musicians perform throughout the day.  Enjoy the melodies of Eclettico at the Washington Street Pocket Park from  11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by Troy Graham from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and  The Sass Captains from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Center Stage at Washington and  Front streets will rock with the live music of the "Blueberry Jam" by local  favorites Union Suits 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Travis Swanson Jazz Trio 2 p.m. to  3 p.m., Wil Kilpela & Friends from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Flat Broke Blues Band  from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Jerry Kippola & Friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Additional entertainment includes karate demonstrations by Spirit Warrior  Karate Academy at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., a dance performance by the Beladinas  at 4 p.m., and the popular Youth Talent Show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  sponsored by the Lake Superior Youth Theatre. This year's festival will  also feature medieval armored combat demonstrations at 2 p.m. by the Shire  of Skerjastroud.  The thirteenth annual limited edition festival posters are available for  $10 each at select downtown businesses and at the information booth on the  day of the event. Concurrent with the Blueberry Festival is the Blueberry  Dance Festival sponsored by the Second Skin Shop and the third annual  Northern Michigan University Blueberry Classic Golf Outing at the NMU Golf  Course.  For more information on the Blueberry Festival, call the Marquette Downtown  Development Authority at 906-228-9475 or visit www.downtownmarquette.org
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Commission Work Session Postponed 07/15/2014
The Marquette City Commission work session scheduled for Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. in City Hall Room 103 regarding Truck Ordinance #608 and Truck Route Bypass, has been postponed. The meeting will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Hiawatha Music Festival 07/14/2014
From Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20 traffic on Sugar Loaf Avenue near the Tourist Park entrance will be subject to temporary disruption to allow pedestrians to cross the street for activities related to the annual Hiawatha Music Festival. Motorists are asked to be aware of pedestrians in the street and to obey the instructions of the on-site traffic regulators.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Meeting Location Changed 07/14/2014
The Marquette City Planning Commission will hold its scheduled July 15th regular meeting in Room 103 of City Hall, rather than in the Commission Chambers of City Hall as scheduled. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.
   
FEATURE: Amazing Croatia Exhibit Brings Consul General to Marquette 07/11/2014
Recently, the Consul General of the Republic of Croatia in Chicago, Jelena Grčić Polić, visited Marquette to represent a photographic exhibit at the Peter White Public Library called "Amazing Croatia." While in Marquette, the Consul General met with local government officials and shared various native brochures and materials. The Croatia Quarterly is a free electronic newsletter published by the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America. The Summer 2014 edition is available here.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: DDA Special Meeting Scheduled 07/10/2014
There will be a special meeting of the Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Marquette DDA Offices, located at 203 S. Front Street, Suite 1-B. The purpose of the meeting is to evaluate and act on bid proposals for the 200 Block West Washington Street curb and sidewalk repair project, to approve the 2015 fiscal year budget and to evaluate and act on professional service proposals for the Main Street Tower Repair Project.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Board of Light and Power Work Session Scheduled 07/10/2014
The Marquette Board of Light and Power will conduct a work session to review/discuss the 2014-15 budget at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. The meeting will be in the board room at the BLP’s main office, located at 2200 Wright Street in Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Harbor Advisory Committee Meeting Times Changed 07/09/2014
The Harbor Advisory Committee meeting times for the remainder of the 2014 calendar year have been changed. Rather than starting at 5 p.m., the meetings will now begin at 5:15 p.m. This change takes effect with the July 15 meeting.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Becky Saves the Bees Performance Rescheduled 07/09/2014
Due to inclement weather, the original children’s play Becky Saves the Bees has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 17 at 5 p.m. in the band shell on Presque Isle in Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee Meeting Location Change 07/09/2014
The August 13 Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee meeting, originally scheduled to be held in City Hall Room 103, has been relocated to the Presque Isle Pavilion located on Presque Isle. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Mount Marquette Road Open 07/09/2014
Beginning immediately, Mount Marquette Road is open. All washouts have been repaired.
   
FEATURE: Federal Government Seeking Space 07/08/2014
In accordance with Executive Order 12072, the General Services Administration hereby notifies you that the Federal Government is seeking 4,367 ANSI/BOMA square feet of [Space Type] to be located in MARQUETTE, MI. The space will house the SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION. The desired location will be within the following delineated area: City Limits of Marquette Mi. Should you have any questions regarding this project please notify Gerald Kosman, Lease Contracting Officer, in writing no later than August 1, 2014. Gerald can be contacted by e-mail at gerald.kosman@gsa.gov or by phone at 312-353-8754.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Forum Regarding Truck Route Ordinance Postponed 07/08/2014
The Marquette City Commission’s public forum scheduled for Wednesday, July 9th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Citizens’ Forum, Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Avenue, has been postponed. The forum has not been rescheduled at this time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sister Cities Public Reception 07/08/2014
The City of Marquette’s Sister Cities Program will hold a public reception on Tuesday, July 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Huron Mountain Gallery space of the Peter White Public Library, located at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette. Community members are invited to welcome the nine delegates from Japan. Guests include the Mayor of Higashiomi, the Chairman of the City Assembly and the Director of the City Planning Department.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Holiday Art Sale Applications Being Accepted 07/08/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its 2014 Holiday Art Sale, which will be held on Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This holiday sale is open to artists in all media, including painting, photography, fibers, glass, jewelry, metals and wearable art. This is a juried show that will not accept any kit, import, country craft or resale items. Artwork for sale must be made by the artist. Applications are available online or can be picked up at the MACC, which is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library, at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fiscal Year 2015 CFO Forecast and Proposed Capital Improvement Plan 07/08/2014
The city of Marquette’s fiscal year 2015 budget process kicked off this month with a presentation of the CFO Forecast and the proposed FY 2015 Capital Improvement Plan. The CFO Forecast, presented during the Marquette City Commission’s July 1 work session, is intended to set parameters and provide guidance during the preparation of the coming budget. A copy of the CFO Forecast can be found here. The contents of the FY 2015 Capital Improvement Plan, presented during the July 2 City Commission work session, will be incorporated into the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget. A copy can be found here.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Library Board Meeting Rescheduled 07/08/2014
The July meeting of the Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees has been rescheduled to Thursday, July 10, 2014. The Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees meets in the Shiras Room of the library at 5:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Mount Marquette Road Closure 07/08/2014
As of Monday, July 7, Mount Marquette Road is closed until further notice due to wash-outs. Another PSA will be released when the road is re-opened.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Local Development Finance Authority Service Opportunity 07/03/2014
Volunteers are needed to fill seven openings on the City of Marquette's Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) board. The LDFA board will review and approve financing procedures which can be used to fund economic development efforts in the Marquette area. Full details of board duties are available online at http://www.mqtcty.org/smartzone.php. Applications are also available in City Hall, located at 300 W. Baraga Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: East Hewitt Avenue Reconstruction Project Phase 1 – Road Closure 07/02/2014
Beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9, East Hewitt Avenue from Lakeshore Boulevard to Cedar Street will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. This is the first phase of this two-phase project. This phase is scheduled to be substantially complete by August 16th. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction and advisory signing. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process. Oberstar, Inc. is the general contractor for this project.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: August Art Exhibits 07/02/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its August exhibition: Sender Channel Receiver Feedback by Chicago-based artist Noelle Allen. Allen’s exhibition is a collection of experimental, interdisciplinary sculptures made from resin, felt, wax and concrete. The SmallWorks Gallery will feature: Art Meets Quilting by artists Ragene Henry and Judy Parlato and other members of the Marquette County Quilters Association. The shows will be running from Aug. 4 to Aug. 30, and there will be an artist reception on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Closed Saturday 07/02/2014
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 5, in observance of Independence Day. The site will reopen on Monday, July 7, 2014 and hours will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting 07/01/2014
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Marquette by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Open Office Hours 07/01/2014
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 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.
   
FEATURE: July/August Marquette Matters 06/30/2014
The Marquette Matters newsletter for July/August 2014 has arrived. Click on the link above to check it out!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: First Thursday Performance Series Presents: The 906 Band 06/30/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center presents reggae group The 906 Band on Thursday, August 7 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free concert held at the Presque Isle Band Shell in Marquette, Mich.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Independence Day Office Closure 06/27/2014
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 4, 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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Traffic Disruptions - Sanitary Sewer Cleaning and Televising 06/27/2014
Beginning Monday June 30, various areas in the City of Marquette will experience traffic disruptions due to cleaning and televising of the City’s sanitary sewer mains. Upper Peninsula Rubber Co. will be performing the work at various locations throughout the City of Marquette. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through these areas and be aware of all traffic control. Work will be continuing for the next three weeks.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Truck Route Ordinance Public Forum Scheduled 06/27/2014
The Marquette City Commission will hold a public forum on Wednesday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Citizens’ Forum in Lakeview Arena, at 401 E. Fair Avenue. The Marquette City Commission will be on-hand to answer questions regarding Ordinance #608: Truck Route. No official business of the City will be conducted.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: "Amazing Croatia" Exhibit at Library 06/27/2014
“Amazing Croatia,” an exhibition of photographs by a contemporary Zagreb born artist Marko Vrdoljak, will be held at the Peter White Public Library Huron Mountain Club Gallery from June 30 through August 28, 2014. The author has been praised as an important promoter of Croatian natural and cultural heritage. Vrdoljak’s photograph “Sheep Paradise,” taken in Lika area in Croatia, was chosen as the cover photo for the 50th issue of DigitalFoto Magazine, the first ever cover featuring the work of a Croatian photographer. The exhibition consists of 86 photographs, out of which two dozen featuring different parts of the country will be on display, taking the visitors in Marquette through beautiful scenery in Croatia. The Consulate General of Croatia in Chicago, together with the Peter White Public Library, will hold an opening Reception on June 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Short remarks will be made by Croatian Consul General, Dr. Jelena Grčić Polić. Croatian wine and light refreshments will be served.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Summer Property Tax Bills 06/25/2014
Summer tax bills totaling approximately $30 million will be mailed to Marquette City property owners on Monday, June 30. The due date for payment of City summer taxes is September 14. Tax collection will begin Tuesday, July 1 and payments are accepted at the City Treasurer’s office without interest through September 14. Interest of 1% is added to the summer tax bill on September 15 and again on the 15th of every month. The 2014 summer property tax bill represents millage levies for the City of Marquette, Library, Senior Millage, DDA, Marquette Public Schools, State Education, Market-maker RESA, County Operating, and Iron Ore Heritage Authority.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: DDA Meeting Rescheduled 06/23/2014
The July 10, 2014 meeting of the Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7:30 AM in the DDA Offices, located at 203 S. Front Street, Suite 1-B in Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 400 Block of South Third Street to be Closed Tuesday 06/23/2014
On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the 400 block of South Third Street will be closed from West Baraga Avenue to Rock Street from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a water service leak repair.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Commission Facility Tours 06/20/2014
The Marquette City Commission will be participating in facility tours of the Municipal Service Center, Lakeview Arena, and the Water Filtration Plant prior to the upcoming Capital Outlay work session. No official business of the City will be conducted. The tours will begin on Friday, June 27th, at 10:00 a.m. at Lakeview Arena.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: U.P. Book Tour to Make Stop at Library 06/19/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will be hosting a discussion on Giving Motherhood a Voice: A Conversation about the Creative Lives of Women on Friday, August 15 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library, located at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette. Author, editor, artist and blogger Suzi Banks Baum has organized an afternoon of “mothers reading to others” with live words and a conversation with local women artists and the audience. Joining Banks Baum will be authors Kathy Drue, Monica Devine and singer/composer Terri Bocklund who will share their work and host this lively conversation about the intersection of motherhood and creativity.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: MCACA Grant Application Workshop 06/19/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) will host a free informational workshop presented by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). This workshop is open to anyone interested in filing for a MCACA grant and will be offered on Thursday, July 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the MACC, which is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library, at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Spruce Street Closure 06/19/2014
Beginning Friday, June 20, 2014, at 7:00 a.m., Spruce Street will be closed between East Hewitt Avenue and East Prospect Street for road repair. Reopening of Spruce Street will be approximately Friday, June 27, 2014 by 6:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Right-of-Way Signs 06/18/2014
The City of Marquette would like to remind the community that placement of signs within the City right-of-way is not permitted. Signs that are found to be in violation are removed by City staff and kept at City Hall for 10 days prior to being disposed of.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Road Closure - Sixth Street 06/18/2014
On Monday, June 23, Sixth Street will be closed to through traffic between Washington Street and Bluff Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for abandonment of an obsolete water service to the new Food Co-op.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Seventh Street Closure 06/13/2014
Beginning Monday, June 16, 2014, at 7 a.m., Seventh Street will be closed between Fisher Street and U.S. 41 for road repair. There will be NO access to Seventh Street from U.S. 41 during the closure. Seventh Street is expected to re-open by Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: West College Avenue Emergency Closure 06/12/2014
Beginning immediately, the 500 and 600 block of West College Avenue, between Seventh Street and Hebert Court, will be closed to through traffic due to a water repair. The street is expected to be reopened by 7 p.m. today.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Awarded 2014 Certificate of Excellence 06/11/2014
Recently TripAdvisor awarded a 2014 Certificate of Excellence to Presque Isle Park in Marquette, Mich. This prestigious award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions that Presque Isle Park has earned on TripAdvisor over the past year. The Park has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Becky Saves the Bees Performance 06/11/2014
On Friday, June 20, as many as 100 Marquette area youth will participate in Becky Saves the Bees, an original children’s play by E.A.R.T.H. Angels. This free performance will be located in the band shell at Presque Isle in Marquette, Mich.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Work Session Scheduled 06/09/2014
The Marquette City Planning Commission will hold a work session on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in Room 103 of City Hall. The purpose of the work session is to continue development of a Master Land Use Map for the Community Master Plan update. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: July Exhibition: Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal and Gordon Gearhart 06/06/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its July exhibition: UNEARTHING/RECONSTRUCTING, Pieces of Landscape by artists, Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal and Gordon Gearhart. This exhibition reflects on the current environmental crises. The show will be running from July 1-31. There will be an artist reception on Thursday, July 3, at 6-8 p.m. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street. For more information or questions, please call (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Open Office Hours 06/05/2014
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Changes to Sister City Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule 06/05/2014

Dates and times for the Sister Cities Advisory Committee meetings will be changed for the months of June, July and August. These meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month at 4pm. All meetings will be held at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette, Mich., in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, June 12th, 4 p.m.
Thursday, July 10th, 4 p.m.
Thursday, August 14th, 4 p.m.

Please call 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org for more information.

   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Commission Work Session Cancelled 06/05/2014

The joint work session with the Marquette City Commission and the Harbor Advisory Committee scheduled for Thursday, June 26th, at 5:15 p.m. in Room 103 of City Hall has been cancelled.  A new meeting date has not yet been set.

   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting Rescheduled 06/05/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Advisory Committee meeting, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, June 5, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. due to lack of quorum. The meeting will be held at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette, Mich., in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. Community members are invited to attend, and there is an opportunity for public comment. Please call 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lower Harbor Ore Dock Inspection Begins 06/04/2014
Starting this week, GEI Consultants, in partnership with Collins Engineers, will be inspecting the lower harbor ore dock superstructure. Inspection will entail above water and below water structural assessment.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Opening of Marinas 06/03/2014
The Presque Isle Marina facilities were officially open as of Monday, June 02, 2014. City staff anticipates that the Cinder Pond Marina facilities will open Wednesday, June 4, 2014, barring any unforeseen construction delays.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Road Closures Due to Trails Festival 06/03/2014
From Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8, the Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) will be hosting a series of biking, hiking, and running events.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Run for Life Event Scheduled for June 7 06/03/2014
On Saturday, June 7, 2014 there will be a 5k and 10k foot race starting at Mattson Park at 9:00 a.m. Both races will start at Mattson Park and proceed north on the multi-use path. The 5k will proceed to a point just north of Pine Street and then around and return along the same route. The 10k run will proceed to the upper harbor ore dock and then turn around and return along the same route. No streets will be closed and the public is asked to use caution while driving in this area. Any questions can be directed to Amy Harju at 869-6680.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: THE PETER WHITE PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER HOURS OF OPERATION 5/30/2014
The Peter White Public Library's summer hours will be in effect from June 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014. The summer hours will be as follows:

Monday through Thursday: 10am to 9pm
Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed

For more information, please call (906) 228-7434
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: OPENING OF PRESQUE ISLE & CINDER POND BOAT LAUNCHES 5/30/2014
Presque Isle & Cinder Pond Boat Launches will be open beginning Friday, May 30, 2014. However, the Presque Isle Marina and Cinder Pond Marina will remain closed until further notice. 

The City of Marquette requires all boaters to obtain a launch permit to launch a boat at Presque Isle and Cinder Pond. Seasonal launch permits are available for purchase at Lakeview Arena Parks and 
Recreation office, located at 401 E. Fair Ave., the City of Marquette’s Treasurer’s office located at 300 W. Baraga Ave. The cost is $50 per seasonal launch permit, and $12 for an additional launch permit (restrictions apply). Daily launch permits are $5.00 and are available in the red launch boxes located and Presque Isle and Cinder Pond Marina launch areas.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: US 41/ S. FRONT ST. LANE CLOSURE FOR PETUNIA PANDEMONIUM 5/29/2014
Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014, S. Front Street/U.S. 41 (from Furnace St. to the round-a-bout) will be tapered down to one lane heading north for the Marquette Beautification Committee’s annual planting of petunias. The lane is expected to be open to through traffic at 3:00 p.m. 

On Saturday, May 31, 2014, starting at 6:00 a.m. the southbound lane of S. Front Street/U.S. 41 (from Jackson to Furnace) will be tapered down to one lane heading south for the planting of petunias. All lanes are expected to be open to through traffic at 1:00 p.m. the same day.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Cleveland Avenue Closure 05/28/2014
Beginning at 7:00 a.m., Thursday, May 29th, the 1200 block of Cleveland Avenue between McClellan Avenue and Sheridan Avenue will be closed to through traffic due to a sewer repair. The work is expected to be completed by 2:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting Date Change 05/28/2014
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Citizens Forum in Lakeview Arena located at 401 East Fair Avenue, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall Room 103 located at 300 West Baraga Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Reminder to Obtain Public Right-of-Way Permit 05/28/2014
The City of Marquette Engineering Department would like to remind City of Marquette residents, community event organizers, business owners, contractors and developers that a Public Right of Way Work Permit is required whenever work or an activity is planned in a public right of way or City held public easement.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Park Summer Hours 05/23/2014
The City of Marquette’s official park hours go into effect on Friday, May 23, 2014. City park hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Please note, there is no camping or overnight parking allowed in any City park. The road around Presque Isle will be closed for walking hours on the following days and times: Monday & Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Closed for Memorial Day 05/22/2014
The City of Marquette compost drop-off site located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will be closed on Saturday, May 24th and Monday, May 26th in observance of Memorial Day. The site will reopen on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The hours are 3 - 7 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Beach Season 05/22/2014
The 2014 Beach Season starts Saturday, May 24th. At that time, beaches will be staffed with lifeguards. The City of Marquette Fire Department encourages all residents and visitors to swim at the lifeguarded beaches. Lifeguard hours in 2014 will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week. Marquette’s guarded beaches include South Beach, McCarty’s Cove and Tourist Park.
The North Breakwall Gate is now in service. The gate’s status and the beach flags informing the public of water conditions can be viewed online by clicking on the “Waterfront Safety” button on the left of the page.
Due to ice conditions, swim area and warning buoys will not be deployed until ice conditions cease. Please remember that a swimming prohibition still exists at Picnic Rocks area.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle and Cinder Pond Marinas 05/21/2014
Due to Lake Superior ice conditions, the City of Marquette’s Presque Isle Marina including seasonal mooring, transient mooring and boat launch as well as the Cinder Pond Marina boat launch will remain closed until further notice. City staff will evaluate on an ongoing basis. Future updates will be available on the City’s website, www.mqtcty.org/parks-marinas.php. Any questions can be directed to Community Services-Parks and Recreation at (906) 228-0460.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Road Closure - Lincoln Avenue 05/20/2014
Beginning at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 21st, the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Center St. and Waldo St., due to a water service line repair. The work is expected to be completed by 6:00 p.m. A detour will be provided.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Police-Fire Pension Board Meeting Time Change 05/20/2014
The time of the Police-Fire Pension Board regular meeting on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 has been changed from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in Room 103, City Hall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City of Marquette Offices Closed For Memorial Day 5/19/2014
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 Monday, May 26, 2014, in observance of Memorial Day. Marquette Police, Fire, and Public Works and Utilities will remain fully operational during this time. Following the Memorial Day holiday, City offices will begin summer hours, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any questions can be directed to the City Manager’s Office at 225-8102.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Commission Work Session - Boat House Proposal 5/19/2014
The City Commission will convene a work session on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 4 p.m. at the Marquette City Hall, Room 103. The topic of discussion for the work session is the Upper Peninsula Community Rowing Club boat house proposal.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Forum Scheduled to Discuss SmartZone and LDFA 05/16/2014
The City of Marquette will hold a public forum on Tuesday, May 20, in the Marquette Commons. The forum will begin at 2:30 p.m. Representatives from the City of Marquette and various partner institutions will be on-hand to discuss regional municipal efforts to establish a satellite SmartZone and to answer questions about a proposed expansion of the City’s Local Development Finance Authority. Additional forums will be held in the Marquette Commons as follows: Monday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Police Department Bike Auction 05/16/2014
On June 4, 2013, the Marquette Police Department will be holding a sealed bid bicycle auction along with other misc. items. This auction will be held to reduce the number of found bicycles that have not been claimed. Viewing and bidding will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 between noon and 6pm. Viewing/bidding will be held in the Cold Storage building located behind the Municipal Service Center building at 850 W. Baraga Avenue. Follow the orange cones to the building. The winning bidders will be notified by phone and the items can be picked up on Wednesday, June 11th, between noon and 6pm. Payment is by cash or check only. For additional information or questions please call 228-0400.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting Date Change 05/15/2014
The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 4th at 5:30 p.m. has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 5th at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the MACC, in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information please call (906) 228-0472 or e-mail arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Center Summer Hours of Operation 05/15/2014
In order to reflect the Peter White Public Library’s summer hours, from June 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014 the City of Marquette Arts and Culture office’s hours will be as follows: Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday: CLOSED. Staff will be available by phone from 9 - 10 a.m. Monday-Friday. For more information please call (906) 228-0472 or e-mail arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Closure - Lincoln Avenue 05/14/2014
Beginning at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, May 15th, the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Center St. and Waldo St., due to a water service line repair. The work is expected to be completed by 6:00 p.m. A detour will be provided.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Big Bay Relay 05/13/2014
On Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m., the Annual Big Bay Relay will once again take place. This event will start at the River Park Sports Complex on Hawley Street, proceed along Hawley Street and then northerly along County Road 550. No city streets will be closed for this event; however, the public is asked to use caution while driving in this area.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Commission Strategic Planning Meetings Begin 05/12/2014
Tuesday, May 13, will kick off the first in a series of four City Commission work sessions regarding City of Marquette strategic planning priorities. Work sessions will be held in Commission Chambers at City Hall on May 13, 14 and 15 beginning at 8 a.m. The wrap-up work session will be held on Monday, May 19, at 5:15 p.m. at Presque Isle Pavilion. Agendas for the sessions can be found here. For detailed information on what will be discussed, the informational packet can be found here.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Closure - Cleveland Avenue 05/12/2014
Beginning at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 13th, Cleveland Avenue will be closed to through traffic between McClellan Avenue and Sheridan Avenue due to a water service line repair. The work is expected to be completed by 6:00 p.m. A detour will be provided.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 2014 Summer Workshop Series 05/12/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center invites the community to register for the 2014 Summer Workshop Series. This season the center is offering a wide variety of workshop genres and styles, including fine arts, music, woodworking, senior courses and children’s workshops. A workshop brochure can be found online, or at the Arts Center. Anyone interested in registering for a workshop may visit the MACC, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Manager Community Office Hours 05/08/2014
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Proposed Lundin Agreement Released 05/08/2014
The City of Marquette has released a copy of the proposed agreement with Lundin Mining, which is scheduled to be considered at the May 12 meeting of the Marquette City Commission. In order to give the public a chance to review the document prior to Monday’s meeting, the City has posted the proposed agreement online. It can be found here.
   
FEATURE: Proposed Lundin Hauling Agreement 05/08/2014
The Eagle Mine and Lundin Mining, LLC have received approval from the State of Michigan to operate a mining operation in north Marquette County. Over the past seven years, several transportation alternatives for moving ore from the mine to benefaction facilities have been proposed. The City, County, County Road Commission, neighboring Townships, and Northern Michigan University remain committed to a long-term solution that bypasses the heavily populated urban areas within their respective jurisdictions. To that end, a coordinated regional transportation white paper was submitted to the Michigan Legislature identifying short-, mid-, and long-term regional needs. The City Commission appointed a Subcommittee in August 2013 to lead policy coordination discussions with surrounding jurisdictions and commercial interests. The focus of their efforts included evaluation of short- and long-term solutions, as well as determining “best-fit” options for minimizing undesirable or unanticipated impacts on other community quality of life interests. A detailed timeline and level of effort document is attached here.

As a result of these discussions, Eagle Mine and Lundin Mining, LLC seek to compensate the City of Marquette for wear and tear/maintenance of City roads used as a haul route between their facilities. The proposed agreement (attached) includes specific identification of the route to be used, characterization of haul traffic, and a schedule of payments to be made for maintenance and capital improvements. It must be noted that the proposal specifically provides for early termination upon successful implementation of any bypass solution, as well as provisos for continued use and compensation to the City in the event a bypass is not realized. It should further be noted that the agreement provides for additional annual payments to be used for public safety improvements that address previously identified community and area concerns.

Proposed Hauling Agreement
Eagle Mine Payment Schedule

   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Let Run Discontinued 05/06/2014
Beginning immediately, the City of Marquette is discontinuing the let run status for ALL City of Marquette residents. You may now shut off your running water following usage. Final reads under the let run program will be taken and starting with next billing cycle actual reads will be used for your water bill. Thank you for your cooperation.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Hope Starts Here Challenge 05/05/2014
On Saturday, May 10, 2014, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and continuing through 1:00 p.m., the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center will be hosting the 8th annual “Hope Starts Here Challenge”. Events will include 5k, 10k, and half marathon runs, a duathlon, and a family-friendly walk and bike ride on the multi-use path.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Recycling Changes and Public Forums 05/02/2014
Effective Sunday, May 11, the City of Marquette will implement minor changes to curbside collection of residential recyclables. Recyclable materials must be divided into two separate streams – fiber materials and rigid materials – which will be collected on alternating weeks at the same time as curbside garbage collection. In order to address any questions or concerns related to these changes, the City will host three public forums during the first week of May. City staff will be on-hand to explain the new system and to answer any questions from residents.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Housing Commission Special Meeting 05/02/2014
There will be a special board meeting of the Marquette Housing Commission on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 5:15 PM in the Marquette Housing Commission Conference Room located at 316 Pine Street. The meeting replaces the regular board meeting that was scheduled for April 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM.
   
FIRST THURSDAY PERFORMANCE SERIES PRESENTS: THE BAD LUCK LULLABIES 05/01/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center presents The Bad Luck Lullabies on Thursday, June 5 at 7p.m. The group performs a mix of Rockabilly, Country and Swing music. The band was launched by two local musicians, Jesse DeCaire and Jim Bellmore, both on vocals and guitar. Joseph James DeHut joined on drums, Jen Koppin on vocals and Brian Geshel on bass. Their music is influenced by Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochran, Wanda Jackson, Loretta Lynn and Louis Prima. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts- culture@mqtcty.org. This concert is free to the public.
   
W. COLLEGE AVENUE CLOSURE 05/01/2014

Beginning 8:00 a.m., Monday, May 5, 2014, the 400 block of W. College Ave., between Presque Isle Ave. and Hebert Court, will be closed to through traffic due to a water service line replacement until 8:00 p.m.

   
FEATURE: Marquette Matters Newsletter 04/30/2014
The Marquette Matters newsletter for May/June 2014 has arrived. Click on the link above to check it out!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Upcoming Traffic Disruptions 04/30/2014
Beginning Monday, May 5 and continuing through Friday, May 16, AT&T will be performing underground and overhead work at the following locations: Third Street from Bluff Street to Fisher Street; Fisher Street from Third Street to Seventh Street; Seventh Street from Fisher Street to US41 US41 from Seventh Street to Grove Street; Grove Street from US41 to McClellan Avenue. No City streets will be closed; however, work will involve periodic disruptions to traffic. The public is asked to be aware of workers in the area and flagmen stopping traffic.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marina Openings Delayed 04/30/2014
Due to the extreme weather conditions, the City of Marquette’s Presque Isle Marina including seasonal mooring, transient mooring and boat launch as well as the Cinder Pond Marina boat launch will remain closed until further notice. City staff will evaluate on an ongoing basis. Future updates will be available on the City’s website, www.mqtcty.org/parks-marinas.php. Any questions can be directed to Community Services-Parks and Recreation at (906) 228-0460.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Seventh Street Opening 04/29/2014
Seventh Street is now open between Fisher Street and U.S. 41 as of April 28, 2014. The City of Marquette is asking drivers to use caution and slower speeds while in the area.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Yard Waste Collection Scheduled 04/29/2014
The City of Marquette 2014 Spring Yard Waste & Brush Collection is scheduled to begin Monday, May 19, 2014. The week of May 19 – May 23 will be brush only collection. The weeks of May 27 – June 6 will be leaves, grass clippings and garden debris only. There will be a detailed schedule published in the Mining Journal on May 7th, May 11th and May 17th. The City of Marquette compost site is opening Monday, May 5, 2014 for the season. Hours of operation are Monday and Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The site will be closed Saturday, May 24th and Monday, May 26th for the holiday. Visit our website at www.mqtcty.org for a complete listing of scheduled dates and accepted material.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: REVISED DATE - Sister City Host Families Needed 04/29/2014
The Marquette Sister City Program in conjunction with the Sister City Advisory Committee is looking for 10 interested area families to host delegates from our Sister City, Higashiomi, Japan this summer. The delegates will arrive on July 28, 2014 and depart on August 4, 2014. This is the 35th year of the Marquette-Higashiomi program. These Delegation visits support the long-standing principles of the Sister City Program of cultural understanding and international friendship between Marquette and Higashiomi. Applications will be available at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center located in the lower level of the Peter White Library. For any questions, contact the MACC at 228-0472 or e-mail arts-culture@mqtcty.org
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: June Art Exhibits Announced 04/28/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its June exhibition: Collections by photographer, Christine Hinz Lenzen. The SmallWorks Gallery will feature: Essence of Scene and Spirit of Wood by artists Tomoko Hirao and Takayuki Fukuyama. The shows will be running from June 3-28. There will be an artist reception on Thursday, June 5 at 6-8p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Special Meeting - Investment Advisory Board 04/28/2014
A special meeting of the Investment Advisory Board has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Room 103, City Hall to discuss and/or approve the Strategic Planning Process Template.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Work Session Scheduled 04/28/2014
The City of Marquette Planning Commission will hold a work session on Tuesday, April 29th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Room 103 of City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to complete issue statements for consideration of inclusion in the Strategic Plan that will be developed under auspices of the City Charter.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Meeting Rescheduled 04/28/2014
The City of Marquette Planning Commission will move their meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday May 20, 2014 to Wednesday May 21, 2014, so that commission members may attend training that was scheduled for May 20th. The Wednesday May 21st meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of City Hall, as usual. The Planning Commission usually meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend all meetings.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Opening 04/25/2014
The City of Marquette compost drop-off site, located off of Lakeshore Blvd. between Hawley St. and Wright St., will be opening on Monday, May 5, 2014 with hours of operation from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The regular schedule for the Compost site will be every Monday and Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit our website at www.mqtcty.org for a complete listing of excepted material.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Household Rubbish Site Opening 04/25/2014
The City of Marquette household rubbish drop-off site, located off of Wright St. between Presque Isle Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd., will be opening on Saturday, May 3, 2014 with hours of operation from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The regular schedule for the Household Rubbish drop-off site will be every Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the second Saturday of the month, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Visit our website at www.mqtcty.org for a complete listing of excepted material.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City of Marquette Let-Run Orders 04/25/2014
Due to the deep frost levels, many residents in the City of Marquette were advised to let their water run to prevent water lines from freezing. The City will notify these residents when the let-run advisory has been lifted. The City is still experiencing deep frost levels. Although the temperatures are warming up, the deep frost needs more time to thaw before the possibility of pipes freezing is eliminated. Any updates or additional information can be obtained through our City website as well as future Public Service Announcements.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee Special Meeting 04/25/2014
There will be a special meeting of the Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. in the Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena located at 401 East Fair Avenue. The topic of the special meeting will be Strategic Planning.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Special Meeting 04/25/2014
A special Arts and Culture Committee meeting will be held on Monday April 28, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. The Committee will discuss the Arts and Culture Strategic Plan as required by the City Charter. This special meeting will be held at City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. Please call 906-228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sister City Advisory Committee Special Meeting 04/25/2014
A special Sister Cities Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday April 30, at 4:30 p.m. The Committee will discuss the Sister Cities Strategic Plan as required by the City Charter. This special meeting will be held at City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. Please call 906-228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Recycling Changes to be Implemented May 11 04/25/2014
Effective Sunday, May 11, the City of Marquette will implement minor changes to curbside collection of residential recyclables. Recyclable materials must be divided into two separate streams – fiber materials and rigid materials – which will be collected on alternating weeks at the same time as curbside garbage collection. Fiber materials include papers, newspapers, magazines, envelopes, books, cardboard materials, paper bags and other similar items. Rigid materials are plastic, metal and glass materials, and include everything from food and drink containers to CD cases and hard plastic toys. What can’t be recycled must go to landfill. The City encourages residents to divert as much as possible from the landfill, through recycling, composting and re-use. Items that can’t be recycled curbside include foams, films, photo paper, food- or grease-coated items, bubble envelopes and organic materials. Additional information about the recycling program can be found on the City’s website, www.mqtcty.org, and on the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority’s website, www.mcswma.com. In order to address any questions or concerns related to these changes, the City will host three public forums during the first week of May. City staff will be on-hand to explain the new system and to answer any questions from residents. The forums are scheduled as follows: Monday, May 5 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Peter White Public Library’s Shiras Room; Tuesday, May 6 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Peter White Public Library’s Shiras Room; and Wednesday, May 7 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Marquette Commons
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: August Primary Election - Candidates Verified 04/24/2014
The City Elections Board verified candidate information at their meeting on Thursday, April 24, 2014 and has confirmed the following as eligible candidates for City elective offices. City Commission: Thomas Baldini, Brice Burge, Mike Conley, Peter White Frazier, Craig Miller, Adam Robarge, and Jesse Schramm. Board of Light and Power: John Braamse, Dave Carlson, Jerry Irby, Thomas Tourville, and Kenneth Wanberg.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Tourist Park Campground Late Opening 04/24/2014
Due to the extreme weather conditions, the City of Marquette’s Tourist Park Campground will not open until May 15, 2014. Any questions can be directed to Community Services-Parks and Recreation at (906) 228-0460.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Band Offers New Spring Concert 04/24/2014
The Marquette City Band will perform on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Recital Hall at the C.B. Hedgcock Building at Northern Michigan University. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Grugin, the concert is free and open to all.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Baraga Avenue Design Charrettes 04/22/2014
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority recently received a MI Place Plan initiative grant for redesign assistance to Baraga Avenue. The MI Place Plan team is a collaboration between the Michigan Municipal League (MML), the MSU Urban and Regional Planning Program and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). The project parameters are Baraga Avenue from Third Street to Lakeshore Boulevard and will address development and redevelopment opportunities, traffic, transportation, walkability and access to adjacent neighborhoods...
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sister City Host Families Needed 04/22/2014
The Marquette Sister City Program in conjunction with the Sister City Advisory Committee is looking for 10 interested area families to host delegates from our Sister City, Higashiomi, Japan this summer. The delegates will arrive on July 23, 2014 and depart on August 4, 2014.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Brush/Leaf Collection Dates 04/22/2014
The spring brush and leaf collection dates have not been set at this time. Earliest anticipated dates for curb side collection will be approximately mid-May. Once the dates have been determined, a complete schedule will be published in the Mining Journal as well as released to the local media, City of Marquette website and Channel 21.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Park Cemetery Spring Item Removal 04/22/2014
The City of Marquette is announcing that all Park Cemetery winter gravesite decorations must be removed before Monday, May 5th, 2014. After May 5th, City crews will begin spring cleanup of the cemetery grounds and will dispose of such items left at gravesites.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Police-Fire Pension Board Meeting Cancelled 04/22/2014
The regular meeting of the Fire & Police Pension Board scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 was cancelled for lack of a quorum. The meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in Room 103, City Hall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Board of Review Special Meeting 04/22/2014
There will be a special meeting of the City of Marquette Board of Review on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 102A located at 300 W. Baraga Ave. The topic of the special meeting will be the new City Charter strategic plan requirement of a committee report.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Local Officers Compensation Commission Special Meeting 04/21/2014
The Local Officers Compensation Commission will hold a special meeting on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at noon in Room 103 of City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss strategic plans and objectives.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Governor's Emergency Declaration 04/17/2014
In response to Marquette County’s April 2 request for a Governor’s Emergency Declaration and State Assistance, Governor Snyder this morning proclaimed a State of Emergency pursuant to his authority under the Michigan Constitution and Section 3 of the Emergency Management Act, 1976 Public Act 390, MCL 30.402. This declaration will expand the ability for the state to provide resources to assist with public safety and emergency response and will permit local units of government to apply for reimbursement for qualified expenses related to the response efforts. Read the full announcement here.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Children's Performance Workshop 04/17/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will be hosting a Children’s Performance Workshop for the original child’s play Becky Saves the Bees.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 18th Annual Art Awards 04/17/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center invites members of the community to celebrate the arts by attending the 18th Annual Art Awards. Take the opportunity to honor outstanding individuals in our community at the MACC on Friday, May 30th at 7 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture - May Exhibits 04/17/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its May exhibition: The 38th LSAA Annual Members’ Show. This show is a collection of mixed medias by members of the Lake Superior Art Associations. This juried exhibit celebrates the coming of spring after a long U.P. winter which was spent engrossed in creativity. To recognize the achievements of these artists, prizes will be awarded. The Small Works Gallery highlights artwork made by homeschooled children. The children are being supported in their artistic endeavors by artist Renee Michaud of The Nook and Cranny Art Studio located in the Gossard Building in Ishpeming. The shows will be running from May 6- May 30. There will be a closing artist reception in conjunction with the Annual Arts Awards held on Friday, May 30, from 6-7 p.m. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Lane Closure - West Washington Street 04/17/2014
Beginning immediately the west bound lane of the 1000 block of West Washington St. will be closed between Garfield Ave. and Rublein St., due to a water main break.  Reopening of the lane is expected by 6 p.m. today.  
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Curbside Refuse/Recyclable Collection 04/15/2014
Reminder - All refuse placed curbside for pickup must be in City approved prepaid bags. A prepaid bag may be placed in a covered garbage can for pickup, provided all refuse is contained by the prepaid bag and the bag is tied. All bags shall be tied and each filled bag shall not exceed 30 pounds. The property owner is responsible for damage to bags resulting from dogs, cats, rodents, birds, etc.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Election Board Meeting Date Change 04/15/2014
Due to new legislation from the Bureau of Elections, the regular Election Board meeting originally scheduled to be held on May 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. has been moved to April 24, 2014 at 3 p.m. in Commission Chambers.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: First Thursday Presents-Derrell Syria Project 04/15/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center presents The Derrell Syria Project on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. The group performs original music along with a large variety of rearranged cover tunes. This versatile group of musicians performs Reggae, Latin, Blues southern country rock, contemporary, and covers bands such as the Eagles, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Nora Jones, and the Beatles. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org. This concert is free to the public.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: DDA Board Special Meeting Scheduled 04/14/2014
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board of Directors will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:30AM, at 203 S. Front Street, Suite 1-B. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss strategic plans, objectives, and activities.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Work Session Scheduled 04/14/2014
The Planning Commission will hold a work session on Tuesday April 15, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall Room 103.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Named Finalist for All-America City Award 04/11/2014
The City of Marquette has been named as a finalist for the 2014 All-America City Award. Marquette is the only Michigan municipality among this year’s 25 national finalists for the prestigious award. A local delegation has been invited to represent Marquette in Denver during June’s 65th annual All-America City Awards competition, wherein the 10 award winners will be determined.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Let-Run Orders 04/11/2014
Due to the deep frost levels, many residents in the City of Marquette were advised to let their water run to prevent water lines from freezing. If you were placed on a let-run, this is a reminder not to shut your water off. Although the air temperatures are warming up, the ground is still frozen and needs more time to thaw before the possibility of pipes freezing is eliminated. The City will notify these residents when the let-run advisory has been lifted. Any updates or additional information can be obtained through our City website as well as future Public Service Announcements.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Good Friday 04/11/2014
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, April 18th, in observance of Good Friday. Marquette Police, Fire, and Public Works and Utilities will remain fully operational during this time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Lane Closure - Washington Street 04/11/2014
Beginning immediately the west bound lane of West Washington Street will be closed between McClellan Avenue and the Washington Street entrance of Shopko, due to a water main break. An updated Public Service Announcement will be sent out when the west bound lane of West Washington Street is reopening.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Road Closure - Seventh Street 04/11/2014
Beginning immediately Seventh Street will be closed between Fisher Street and U.S. 41 for a water main break. There is no access to Seventh St. from U.S. 41. An updated Public Service Announcement will be sent out when Seventh St. is reopening.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled 04/10/2014
The regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting for April 15, 2014 has been cancelled due to lack of business.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Local Development Financing Authority Boundary Change Public Hearing 04/10/2014
On Monday, April 7, 2014 notices containing information regarding an upcoming public hearing were mailed to taxpayers in the City of Marquette. Click the title above for a further explanation of that notice.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Harbor Advisory Committee Meeting Location Change 04/09/2014
Effective June 2014, all regularly scheduled meetings of the Harbor Advisory Committee for the remainder of 2014 will be held in the Citizen’s Forum at Lakeview Arena located at 401 E. Fair Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Harbor Advisory Committee Meeting Rescheduled 04/09/2014
The Harbor Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in City Hall Room 103, located at 300 W. Baraga Avenue, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Citizen’s Forum at Lakeview Arena, located at 401 E. Fair Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: West Magnetic Street Closure 04/08/2014
Beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, West Magnetic Street will be closed between Norway Avenue and Lincoln Street for a water main repair. The work is expected to be completed by 10 p.m. A detour will be provided.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: High School Art Show Special Reception 04/08/2014
Due to the Marquette Area Public Schools’ spring break there will be a special art reception on Thursday, April 10 at 6-8 p.m. for the second annual High School Art Show. This exhibit gives the community an opportunity to see the local youth talent and for the students to present what they’ve achieved during the academic year. The exhibit will be installed from April 1 to May 3. Refreshments will be available and the public is encouraged to attend. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Street Closure 04/08/2014
Beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, April 11, and continuing through midnight on Saturday, April 12, Spring Street will be closed to motor vehicles between Front Street and Third Street for a Spring Festival sponsored by the Ore Dock Brewing Company. No detour will be provided. Egress from the MarqTran drive through and the Marquette History Museum will be available at the west end of Spring Street.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Commission Work Session Postponed 04/07/2014
The Marquette City Commission work session scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. in City Hall Room 103 regarding the proposed Lundin Mining Corporation Road Use Agreement has been postponed. The meeting will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed Due to Inclement Weather 04/04/2014
REVISED: Offices at Marquette City Hall, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena will be closed today at 2 p.m. for the remainder of the day due to inclement weather. Marquette Police, Fire, and Public Works will remain fully operational during this time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: YMCA Run/Walk Road Closures 04/04/2014
The YMCA of Marquette County will be sponsoring its 14th annual YMCA Run/Walk on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Events will include a 10 mile and 10k run, a 5k run/walk, a 1 mile youth run, and a toddler trot.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice of Mailing to Homeowners 04/04/2014
The City of Marquette has been notified of an upcoming mailing from American Water Resources (AWR) of Michigan, a subsidiary of American Water. This is a utility insurance service similar to those you may have seen with your natural gas provider. The program is offered by AWR. This is not a City activity, or otherwise a City-initiated or endorsed program. The City of Marquette and City of Marquette Water Utility are not endorsing the program. Resident responsibilities for maintaining water and sewer laterals are outlined in Chapter 48 of the City code. The company provided the following contact information: www.AWRUSA.com/info or by contacting Barbara Boyarsky at BarbaraB@amwater.com or (856) 359-2794.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Park Cemetery Closure 03/31/2014
Beginning immediately, Park Cemetery will be closed to vehicular traffic due to drainage issues. It is expected to be re-opened by 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, April 1.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Outdoor Ice Rinks 03/31/2014
Effective March 31, 2014 the City of Marquette will no longer be maintaining the ice or providing portable toilet facilities for the outdoor ice rinks located in the north Marquette ball field area on Presque Isle Avenue and east of the Municipal Service Center on Baraga Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Hawley Street Closure 03/26/2014
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 27th, Hawley Street, between Presque Isle Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd. will be closed for a utility repair. The work is expected to be completed by 7:00 p.m. A detour will be provided.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Road Closure - Logan Street 03/25/2014
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26th, the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Logan Street, east of McClellan Avenue will be closed for a sewer repair. The work is expected to be completed by 5:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Housing Commission May Meeting Cancelled 03/18/2014
The Marquette Housing Commission meeting which was scheduled for May 27, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. has been cancelled.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Open Skate Cancellation 03/18/2014
The City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena announces the open skate (all ages) scheduled for Sunday, March 23, 2014, has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. Please contact the Parks and Recreation office at Lakeview Arena for additional information (906) 228-0490.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Snow Summit Town Hall Meeting 03/17/2014
The City of Marquette will hold a meeting to discuss snow management issues with the City Commission, Downtown Development Authority, local property owners and business owners/residents. The meeting will take place at Citizens Forum in the Lakeview Arena on Tuesday, March 25, at 5 p.m. The meeting will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to engage in thoughtful dialogue about snow management across all policy and operational interests. It will be conducted as a Town Hall meeting/City Commission work session. The discussion will focus on snow management topics including snow plowing basics and routes, sidewalks and multi-use paths, snow removal as well as opportunities for improved information sharing.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Road Closure - Fisher Street 03/14/2014
The City of Marquette is welcoming citizens to anonymously nominate deserving members of the community to be considered for the 2014 Annual Arts Awards. The Marquette Arts and Culture Center offers theses awards to recognize and thank citizens who have demonstrated artistic excellence and/or have made significant contributions to awareness of arts in our community.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts Awards Request for Nominations 03/12/2014
The City of Marquette is welcoming citizens to anonymously nominate deserving members of the community to be considered for the 2014 Annual Arts Awards. The Marquette Arts and Culture Center offers theses awards to recognize and thank citizens who have demonstrated artistic excellence and/or have made significant contributions to awareness of arts in our community.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Cyber Awareness Luncheon 03/12/2014
Save the date for the 2014 Michigan Cyber Awareness Luncheon Series upcoming on Wednesday, April 9 at Northern Michigan University. The series will serve as a follow up to the sold out Michigan Cyber Summit 2013 hosted last fall by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. This series will provide updates to the Michigan Cyber Initiative designed for Michigan citizens, education, business and industry.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Road Closure - 1200 Block of Joliet Road 03/11/2014
Beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting until approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, the 1200 block of Joliet Road, between Brule Road and Division Street will be closed to through traffic due to a water line repair.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: High School Art Show - Call to Artists 03/11/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will host the second annual High School Art Show in April. Any high school age student living in Marquette may enter a piece for this non-juried show. Any medium is welcome; however, all art must be gallery ready. Please drop off work by Monday, March 24. The show will be on exhibit from April 1-May 3.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: First Thursday Performance Series 03/11/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center presents Marquette Poets Circle as April’s First Thursday Performance Series on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Members of the Marquette Poets Circle will perform original poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. This performance of poetry puts a literary twist on the Thursday Performance Series.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: April Art Exhibits 03/11/2014
For the month of April, the Main Gallery at the Arts and Culture Center will host the High School Art Show. The SmallWorks Gallery will feature artwork by the NMU Art Student League (ASL). ASL advises student groups within the NMU School of Art and Design. This show will feature a variety of works and mediums that highlight NMU’s art programs.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Open Skate Cancellations 03/10/2014
The City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena announces the several open skating cancellations and a pending cancellation due to various hockey games and scheduling conflicts. Click the link above to read more.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Seventh Street Closure 03/10/2014
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10th, Seventh Street will be closed between Magnetic St and Park St. for a storm sewer repair. The work is expected to be completed by 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11th. A detour will be provided.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fourth Street Closure 03/07/2014
Beginning at 7 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8th, South Fourth Street will be closed between Fisher St and Rock St. for a water main repair.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Brownfield Authority Meeting Rescheduled 03/04/2014
The City of Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2014, has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 8 a.m. The meeting will take place in Room 103 at City Hall, located at 300 West Baraga Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Senior Play Performance 03/03/2014
The Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s Senior Acting Class will perform He Said She Said, a one-act play under the direction of Jeff Spencer. Senior Acting was formed in 2013 by the City of Marquette Senior Center and Arts and Culture Center. Classes in the performing and visual arts are free to City residents ages 55+. Performances of He Said She Said are free and open to the public. The play will be performed live on Wednesday, March 5, from 1-1:40 p.m. at the Snowberry Heights Community Room, as well as from 3-3:40 p.m. at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (lower level of the Peter White Public Library).
   
FEATURE: Marquette Matters Newsletter 02/28/2014
The Marquette Matters newsletter for March/April 2014 has arrived. Click on the link above to check it out!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Baraga Avenue Visioning Session Rescheduled 02/27/2014
The Baraga Avenue Visioning Session scheduled for, Thursday, February 27, 2014, has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. due to inclement weather. The visioning session will be held at the Marquette Commons located at 112 S. Third St.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Meeting Cancelled 02/27/2014
Due to a lack of a quorum, the February 27, 2014 Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting date will be announced at a later date.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Harbor Advisory Committee Special Meeting 02/26/2014
The Harbor Advisory Committee will have a special meeting Thursday, February 27th, at 5:00 p.m. in City Hall Room 103, located at 300 W. Baraga Avenue. This meeting will be to discuss the Michigan Department of Resources-Waterways grant application, Phase III of the Presque Isle Marina project.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter White Public Library Board Special Joint Meeting 02/26/2014
The Peter White Public Library Township Advisory Council and the Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a joint meeting Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm in the Shiras Room at the Peter White Public Library at 217 N Front Street. The topics of the special meeting will be library programs, services, and operations.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Open Skate Cancellations 02/26/2014
Due to the Beckman Memorial Mite Tournament and Marquette Junior Hockey games, open skate scheduled for Saturdays, March 1 and 8, from 1:30-3:20 p.m. has been cancelled. Please contact the Lakeview Arena office for additional information (906) 228-0490.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Seasonal Launch Permits 02/24/2014
Beginning March 1, 2014 the City of Marquette will require all boaters to obtain a launch permit to launch a boat at either Cinder Pond or Presque Isle Marinas. Seasonal launch permits are available for purchase at Lakeview Arena Parks and Recreation office, located at 401 E. Fair Ave., the City of Marquette’s Treasurer’s office at 300 W. Baraga Ave. Seasonal launch permits will also be available at Cinder Pond Marina, and Presque Isle Marina offices beginning May 1, 2014. The cost is $50.00 per seasonal launch permit, and $12.00 for an additional launch permit (restrictions apply). Daily launch permits are $5.00 and are available in the red launch boxes located at Presque Isle and Cinder Pond Marinas.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Open Skate Change 02/24/2014
The City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena announces a change to the open skating time on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Open skate will be held from Noon-1:50 p.m. rather than 1:30-3:20 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Open Skate Cancellation 02/24/2014
The City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena announces the Friday, Feb. 28 (1-2:50 p.m.) Open Skate has been cancelled due to the Beckman Memorial Mite Tournament.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Cancelled 02/19/2014
The Board of Zoning Appeals regular meeting on March 6, 2014 has been cancelled due to lack of agenda. The next scheduled meeting will be held on April 3, 2014.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: First Thursday Performance Series 02/19/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center presents “Emerging Artists” as March’s First Thursday Performance Series on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. This concert will celebrate young, talented musicians and performers from the area who are 18 and younger. With a variety of full band music, to solo acts, this concert is free to the public.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: March Exhibits: Carolyn Snyder and Christy Binoniemi 02/19/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s Main Gallery features artwork by oil painter, Carolyn K. Snyder. The SmallWorks Gallery features work by Minneapolis based artist, Christy Binoniemi. Binoniemi uses wool roving to felt real life subjects by with techniques such as layering the fibers and the use of a single needle. The Main Gallery and SmallWorks Gallery run from March 4-March 28. There will be an opening reception for both artists on Thursday, March 6 from 6-8 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Water Shut Off - 800 Block of W. Magnetic 02/19/2014
Beginning immediately, water will be shut off on the 800 block of W. Magnetic St. due to a water main break. Services will be restored by approximately 5:00 p.m. today. Road will be closed to through traffic.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Baraga Avenue Visioning Session 02/18/2014
The Marquette DDA recently received a MI Place Plan initiative grant for redesign assistance to Baraga Avenue. The MI Place Plan team, a collaboration between the Michigan Municipal League (MML), the MSU Urban and Regional Planning Program, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), will be in Marquette on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 and will be conducting a visioning session. The community is invited to attend and share their input and vision for the future development and design of Baraga Avenue. The project parameters are Baraga Avenue from Third Street to Lakeshore Blvd. The session will be held on Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Marquette Commons.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Closure 02/14/2014
Beginning immediately, Presque Isle Park will be closed to vehicular traffic due to inclement weather. It is expected to be re-opened by 5:00 p.m. today.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: National Quilting Day 02/13/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will host National Quilting Day on Saturday, March 15th, at 11 A.M. in the Peter White Public Library’s Community Room. At noon the Marquette County Quilter’s Association (MCQA) will speak about their quilts for a “sew and tell.” The MCQA will hold fun demonstrations for children and adults on hand quilting, machine quilting, scenery quilting, and other unique techniques. An old fashioned bed turner will be on display along with new and antique quilts. All skill levels are encouraged to come and enjoy this time honored art, but please, all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please call (906) 228-0472 or e-mail arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeshore Boulevard Relocation and Coastal Restoration Project Community Meeting 02/13/2014
The City of Marquette Community Development Department and Superior Watershed Partnership will be hosting a community meeting to present the recommended design option for the Lakeshore Boulevard Relocation and Coastal Restoration Project. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25th at Citizens Forum in the Lakeview Arena. For project information and drawings of the recommended design option, please visit this link. This project is a grant-funded project provided for by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Coastal Zone Management.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Aging Services Advisory Committee February Meeting - CORRECTION 02/13/2014
The Aging Services Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall Room 102A, located at 300 W. Baraga Avenue, has been rescheduled for Monday, February 24, 2014 at 9:00 am in City Hall Room 102A, located at 300 W. Baraga Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Curbside Refuse/Recyclable Collection 02/13/2014
The City of Marquette provides once per week collection of household refuse and properly prepared recyclables from all residential properties with the City. All refuse placed curbside for pickup must be in City-approved prepaid bags. A prepaid bag may be placed in a covered garbage can for pickup, provided all refuse is contained by the prepaid bag and the bag is tied. All bags shall be tied and each filled bag shall not exceed 30 lbs. The property owner is responsible for damage to bags resulting from dogs, cats, rodents, birds, etc. All recyclables placed curbside for pickup must be in a bin or a clear or translucent plastic bag for easy detection that it is recyclables. During winter months and windy evenings it is required that the property owner secure recyclables to avoid wind blown items throughout the neighborhood. Like materials should be bundled or bagged together. Large items, such as cardboard, must be broken down into 2’ x 2’ pieces. During winter months, all refuse and recyclable containers shall be placed in a driveway opening or some other established opening in the snow bank. Containers and bags should not be balanced on snow banks.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Aging Services Advisory Committee February Meeting 02/12/2014
The Aging Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall Room 102A, located at 300 W. Baraga Avenue, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 8:30 am in City Hall Room 102A, located at 300 W. Baraga Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Master Plan - Public Survey 02/11/2014
The City of Marquette is seeking public opinion for a 10-year Arts and Culture Master Plan. Consultants Tom Borrup of Creative Community Builders and Christine Harris of Christine Harris Connections have been contracted to assess and determine ways to improve the quality of Marquette’s cultural life. The City will be collecting ideas and reflections on building a vibrant community through a public survey. This invaluable data is being gathered to ensure the sustainability of Marquette’s vital arts and culture scene. The information will be added to the data collected in the recent City Planning survey for the fullest picture possible. The public is encouraged to take a moment of time to answer this important survey. This survey will close on March 7, 2014. If you have any questions about this survey or how to complete it, please contact Tiina Harris, Community Services Manager—Arts and Culture, at tharris@mqtcty.org or by calling 906-228-0472. Click on the link below to take the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/imaginemarquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Master Plan - Artist Survey 02/11/2014
The City of Marquette has a vibrant arts and culture community. Our creative sector plays an important role in the economic health of our community. To better understand your economic footprint the City of Marquette is conducting this survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses of the arts and culture community. This information will be used in the development of a 10-year Arts and Culture Master Plan. Please help support arts and culture in Marquette by filling out the Artist Survey at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5QS6M6Y. If you or an artist you know would prefer a paper copy please contact us or visit the Marquette Arts and Culture Center located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. Please call 906-228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org and we will be happy to mail you a survey.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sled Dog Documentary - “Le Routier” 02/10/2014
The City of Marquette is proud to welcome Quebec-based film company, Productions Balbuzard, Inc., to the Ore Dock Brewing Company for a premiere of “Le Routier.” This documentary was mainly shot during the 2013 Midnight Run and features musher Cheril d’Aiguebelle. Please visit the following link to view the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7nq5J283nw. The film will be shown at the Ore Dock Brewing Company on Friday, Feb. 14. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and the film will begin shortly before 5 p.m. The film is sub-titled. Opening ceremonies for the U.P. 200 will begin at 6:30 p.m. downtown Marquette. This event is FREE to the public and family friendly!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presidents' Day Closure 02/10/2014
Offices at Marquette City Hall, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, in recognition of Presidents’ Day. Marquette Police and Fire Departments will remain staffed.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Road Closures for U.P. 200 and Downtown Showdown 02/07/2014
Several downtown streets will be closed to thru traffic on Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15. Traffic will be detoured via Baraga Avenue, Third Street and Washington Street for the Saturday closing. Pedestrian access will be allowed all days throughout all the street closure areas.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Water Freeze-Ups 02/04/2014
Frost levels are approaching depths that may effect water and sewer utilities. Information can be found on the City website here for preventative measures and procedures should your service freeze. If you suspect your utilities are freezing, please contact the Department of Public Works at 228-0444 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. During after hours or weekends, please contact 228-0488. It is recommended to keep a few jugs of water, suitable for drinking, as well as a bucket of water for toiletry use should you experience a water freeze up. Any updates or additional information can be obtained through our City website as well as future Public Service Announcements.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Road Closure - 300 Bock of North Front Street 02/04/2014
Beginning at 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 5, 2014, the 300 block of N. Front St., between Arch St. and Ridge St., will be closed to through traffic due to a frozen water service line repair. The road will be open by approximately 5:00 p.m. Detour will be provided.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Open Office Hours 02/03/2014
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Solid Waste 01/31/2014
Per the terms of the contract extension with Waste Management, effective January 1, 2014, the green bag cost was set at $1.40 per bag for curbside garbage collection for the City of Marquette residents.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Bike Path Maintenance - Portion of Lakeshore Blvd. 01/29/2014
The section of bike path along Lakeshore Blvd., from Mattson Park going through Founders Landing to South Beach, is no longer being maintained in preparation for the upcoming U.P. 200. The bike path maintenance will resume on February 17, 2014.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Eligible Personal Property Exemption Deadline Approaching 01/28/2014
Beginning in 2014 there is an exemption for business owners who have a combined true cash value, within the City of Marquette taxing jurisdiction, of under $80,000. Business owners who qualify for the “small taxpayer exemption” must file the “Affidavit of Owner of Eligible Personal Property Claiming Exemption from Collection of Taxes” with the City Assessor by Feb. 10, 2014. The form can be accessed here, or by coming into the Assessing office to pick one up. Please remember failure to file the form, if qualified, will result in you receiving a tax bill on property that may have been exempt.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Hall Warming Shelter 01/27/2014
Current and forecasted wind chills pose a danger to the health and safety of residents. During this extreme cold, the City of Marquette is making City Hall available as an emergency warming shelter. City Hall, located at 300 W. Baraga Ave., is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and residents can also seek shelter from the cold weather at the Marquette Senior Center, located beneath City Hall and accessible from Spring Street. In both locations, coffee and hot water will be available to citizens. This temporary accommodation will be in effect through 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts Awards Request for Nominations 01/27/2014
The City of Marquette is welcoming citizens to anonymously nominate deserving members of the community to be considered for the 2014 Annual Arts Awards. The MACC offers theses awards to recognize and thank citizens who have demonstrated artistic excellence and/or have made significant contributions to awareness of arts in our community. Nominations for the 18th Annual Art Awards are being accepted for the following categories: Arts Volunteer, Outstanding Arts Activist, Outstanding Arts Educator, Youth Award, Outstanding Visual Artist, Outstanding Performing Artist, Special Recognition, Art Business Honor Roll, and Outstanding Writer. Nomination forms and criteria may be picked-up at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library or downloaded from here. Nominations will be accepted until March 10, 2014. The Award recipients will be honored in a public ceremony in May.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sister Cities Public Reception 01/27/2014
The City of Marquette’s Sister Cities Program will hold a public reception in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1-3:00 p.m. Meet members of our community who traveled to Japan in October 2013 and learn about their cultural experience. Refreshments will be provided.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Frost Depth Increasing 01/23/2014
Frost levels are approaching depths that may affect water and sewer utilities. Information can be found on the City website at http://www.mqtcty.org/pworks-water.php for preventative measures and procedures should your service freeze. If you suspect your utilities are freezing, please contact the Department of Public Works at 906-228-0444 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After normal business hours or on weekends, please contact 906-228-0488. Any updates or additional information can be obtained through our City website as well as future Public Service Announcements.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeview Arena Open Skate Cancellations 01/24/2014
The City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena announces the following open skating cancellations due to the Marquette International Open Figure Skating Competition: Friday, February 14, 2014- Drop In Figure Skating (9 -9:50 a.m.), Preschool/Parent & Senior Citizens (10-11:20 a.m.), Drop-In Hockey (11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.) and Open Skate (1-2:50 p.m.). Saturday, February 15, 2014- Open Skate (1:30-3:20 p.m.) Please contact the Lakeview Arena office for additional information by calling (906) 228-0490.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Cancelled 01/23/2014
The Board of Zoning Appeals regular meeting on February 6, 2014 has been cancelled due to lack of agenda. The next scheduled meeting will be held on March 6, 2014.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Band Winter Concert 01/23/2014
After decades of being a summer only band, the Marquette City Band is expanding their musical season. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Grugin, they will perform in concert on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Reynolds Recital Hall at the C.B. Hedgecock Building at Northern Michigan University. The concert is free and open to the public.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Channel 21 Service Interruption 01/22/2014
Broadcasting service on Channel 21 will be interrupted for four hours beginning Friday, January 24, 2014 at midnight for video equipment upgrades. Service will be restored by 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Please call 906-228-0418 or email helpdesk@mqtcty.org for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Closures for Noquemanon Events 01/21/2014
The following streets will be closed from 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25 to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 26 for the 2014 Noquemanon ski, skijoring, snowshoeing, and snow bike events: Hawley Street, from Presque Isle Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard; Wright Street, from Presque Isle Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard; Schneider Mill Court, from River Park Circle to end of Schneider Mill Court; and Powder Mill Road, from Wright Street to end of Powder Mill Road. The detour route to access Lakeshore Boulevard from Hawley Street and Wright Street will be Presque Isle Avenue south to Fair Avenue, then Fair Avenue east to Lakeshore Boulevard. Access to the Biolife Plasma Services will be available on Hawley Street from Lakeshore Boulevard.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Joint Meeting to be Televised Live 01/21/2014
The joint meeting between the Marquette City Commission and the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Jan. 23, will be broadcast live locally on Charter Channel 21. The meeting will take place in Commission Chambers at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue.
   
FEATURE: Governor Commends U.P. SmartZones 01/15/2014
Governor Snyder included Marquette in his State of the State address Thursday evening. In cooperation with Northern Michigan University and Houghton, Hancock and Michigan Technological University, we hope to establish a life sciences/IT business accelerator here in Marquette in 2014. The Governor’s message can be viewed here. (The Governor speaks about the initiative at 42:08.)
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Call to Young Performing Artists 01/16/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is seeking young artists to be featured in the City’s First Thursday Performance Series. March’s concert will celebrate young, talented musicians and performers from the area. Actors, singers, dancers and musicians, 18 and under, are encouraged to apply. Present a digital copy of your piece and a short biography to the MACC. The deadline is Wednesday, February 12. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts Awards Design Proposals 01/15/2014
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is accepting design proposals for the Annual City Arts Awards. Every spring, 10 artists are chosen to receive an award acknowledging their contribution to arts and culture in Marquette. Each recipient will receive a hand-crafted award during the ceremony. The artist selected to complete this project will be required to create 10 awards. The stipend for the design and creation of the awards is $600.00. Past awards have included found-sculpture art, original watercolor paintings, one-of-a-kind ceramic pots and framed origami. To be considered to make the award, artists are asked to submit the following: artist resume, application form, project proposal (1 page maximum) and project proposal images (up to 6). The 2014 design proposal deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The artist application, criteria, and a time line can be found online at http://mqtcty.org/arts.php or can be picked up at the MACC at 217 N. Front Street in the Lower level of the Peter White Public Library.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Open House 01/15/2014
Community Members are invited to the City of Marquette Annual Open House Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 4-7 p.m. at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center. Meet City Commissioners, Partners and staff, including, Police and Firemen, City Manager, Canine Unit and more. Inter-active displays by City departments, Downtown Development Authority, Board of Light and Power, Superior Watershed Partnership and Peter White Public Library. Families and children can look forward to raffle drawings, fun give-a-ways, interactive displays, snacks and refreshments. The MACC is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information, call 906-228-0472 or e-mail arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: February First Thursday Series 01/15/2014
The City of Marquette presents The Superior Sackbuts as February’s First Thursday Performance Series on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. This quartet features trombonists from the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra. A variety of musical styles are sure to entertain: ranging from Renaissance through Rock. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: February Exhibits- LSAA Members and Paul Grant 01/15/2014
The City of Marquette features work by Sue Roubal, Marc Himes and Charlice Stewart. The MACC Main Gallery combined show, “Rock, Water, Wood” is a tribute to Marquette’s local environment with pastels, oils and turned bowls. The SmallWorks Gallery features work by Paul Grant titled “Revisiting People and Places,” inspired by subjects over the last four decades. Grant’s exhibit will display works of watercolor, oil and charcoal. The Main Gallery and SmallWorks Gallery run from February 4-March 1. There will be an opening reception for both artists on Thursday, February 6 at 6-8 p.m. Refreshments will be available and the public is encouraged to attend.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Made In Marquette Display Case Open for Business 01/10/2014
Following the success of the local artist galleries throughout City Hall, “Made In Marquette” is being expanded to highlight local City businesses. Space is available, free of charge, in display cases located on the main floor of Marquette City Hall. Businesses are invited, on a first-come/first-serve basis, to provide items related to locally developed goods or services. City Hall is a high-traffic area, so the displays will be enjoyed by the local viewing public, as well as frequent visitors from across the globe. Available space may vary, and additional conditions apply. An application may be picked up in the City Manager’s Office. For questions, please contact Assistant City Manager Kyle Whitney at kwhitney@mqtcty.org or call 228-0435.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Downtown Marquette Farmers Market Meetings 01/10/2014
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board of Directors will host several facilitated meetings in order to provide a comprehensive review of the Downtown Market Farmers Market. The sessions are meant to provide an opportunity for open dialogue and communication among all Downtown Marquette Farmers Market constituents and to provide recommendations for positive improvements and planning for long-term sustainability of the market. The DDA is looking to gather input regarding the structure, organization, operations, and the future of the Market.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: January Sister Cities Committee Meeting Cancelled 01/07/2014
The Sister Cities Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday January 8, at 5:30 PM has been cancelled due lack of new business. This City Committee’s next regular scheduled meeting will take place Wednesday February 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM. Community members are invited to attend, and there is an opportunity for public comment. The meeting will be held at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette, MI. in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. Please call 906-228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Hall Warming Shelter 01/06/2014
Current and forecasted wind chills pose a danger to the health and safety of residents. During this extreme cold, the City of Marquette is making City Hall available as an emergency warming shelter. City Hall, located at 300 W. Baraga Ave., is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and residents can also seek shelter from the cold weather at the Marquette Senior Center, located beneath City Hall and accessible from Spring Street. In both locations, coffee and hot water will be made available to citizens. This temporary accommodation will be in effect through 5 p.m. Tuesday.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Master Plan Public Meetings Announced 01/03/2014
Imagine Marquette, Defining a Vibrant Arts and Culture Community, is exactly what the City seeks to do with the ten year Arts and Culture Master Plan. Since the first master plan was written twenty years ago, arts and culture in Marquette and the region has changed significantly. The City's new Arts and Culture Master Plan will create vision for a vibrant and sustainable arts and culture scene which will include recommendations and define the role of the City in implementing its plan. The process will include community input, identifying assets, opportunities and challenges facing the arts and culture community. Community input is the most critical component of this planning process. The City will host two public meetings and conduct a survey to identify and understand the needs, challenges and vision for our unique area. Public Meetings will take place in the Citizen Forum Room at Lakeview Arena. Public meetings will be facilitated by consulting firms Christine Harris Connections of Milwaukee and Creative Community Builders of Minneapolis.

Monday January 20, 2014
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday January 21, 2014
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette City Manager Offers Community Office Hours 01/02/2014
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 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.
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting Rescheduled 12/30/2013
The Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees January board meeting has been rescheduled to begin at 4:30PM rather than 5:00PM, Tuesday, January 21st.
   
FEATURE: Marquette Matters Newsletter 12/27/2013
The Marquette Matters newsletter for January/February 2014 has arrived. Click on the link above to check it out!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: New Year's Eve Ball Drop Road Closures 12/27/2013
On Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m., the intersection of Front Street and Washington Street will be closed for the annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic: Washington Street ( Third Street to Lakeshore Boulevard) and Front Street (Main Street to Bluff Street). The motoring public is advised to use caution when traveling near this area and be aware of all pedestrians crossing the streets.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice of Mailing to Marquette Homeowners 12/26/2013
The City of Marquette has been notified of an upcoming mailing from American Water Resources (AWR) of Michigan, a subsidiary of American Water. This is a utility insurance service similar to those you may have seen with your natural gas provider. The program is offered by AWR. This is not a City activity, or otherwise a City-initiated or endorsed program. The City of Marquette is not endorsing the program. Resident responsibilities for maintaining water and sewer laterals are outlined in Chapter 48 of the City code.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Winter Charm Call for Artists 12/20/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is accepting entries for February’s Winter Charm exhibit. Winter Charm is an annual art exhibition sponsored by the Lake Superior Art Association with support from the MACC. Artwork that embodies the spirit of our wintery climate will be accepted. This is a non-juried exhibition open to the public, all media is welcomed. The exhibition will be held at the Peter White Public Library in the Huron Mountain Club Gallery, February 2 – 28. There will be a reception on Thursday, February 6, from 6-8 p.m. Artists and public are welcome to attend.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 100 Day Project Launch 12/20/2013
The launch date for the community 100 Day Project will be on January 21, 2014. The Community 100 Day Project invites people to create small daily acts of art everyday for 100 days in a row. Register for free online at The100DayProject.com to become eligible to participate in the project. Registering also offers virtual gallery space and a subscription to the E-newsletter.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Online Personal Property Filing 12/19/2013
The City of Marquette will be offering the opportunity for business owners to file their annual Business Personal Property statement online this year. Letters will be sent to business owners explaining the online filing process. However, if you prefer you may download a hard copy of the 2014 Personal Property Statement from our webpage at www.mqtcty.org. You may also come into the assessing office to pick up a 2014 Personal Property Statement. Please remember this form is required to be annually filed by February 20th.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Holidays 12/18/2013
Offices at Marquette City Hall, the Arts and Culture Center, located in the Peter White Public Library, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 25; Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The Lakeview Arena’s ice rinks will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 25. The ice rinks will be open from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday. A “Disco Ball Drop” will be held on December 31st in the Russell Arena during public skating hours, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Come dressed in ‘70s attire and admission will be only $2; otherwise, standard rates apply. Call Lakeview Arena at 228-0490 for further information. Police and Fire Departments will remain staffed during the holidays.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Board of Light and Power Holiday Closures 12/16/2013
The Marquette Board of Light and Power office will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The office will also be closed Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in observance of the New Year holiday. For emergencies, call 906-228-0300.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Christmas Tree Drop-Off Sites 12/16/2013
Properties paying the “Garbage” fee on their monthly bills (green bag users) are eligible to use the Christmas tree drop-off sites. Owners and tenants of properties not paying the fee should contact their regular waste hauler for service. These sites are supported by fees, not taxes. Beginning December 26, 2013 through January 13, 2014 there will be two (2) drop-off sites available for Christmas tree disposal.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Open Skate Cancellation 12/12/2013
The City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena announces the following open skating cancellation due to the Marquette Junior Hockey Tournament: December 14, 2013 — No open skate. Please contact the Lakeview Arena office for additional information (906) 228-0490 or email parks@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Outdoor Ice Rinks 12/12/2013
The City of Marquette’s outdoor ice rinks will be opened beginning Friday, December 13, 2013. The ice rinks are located in the north Marquette ball field area on Presque Isle Avenue and east of the Municipal Service Center on Baraga Avenue. Lighting, until 11:00 p.m. nightly, and porta jon facilities will be available at both sites. The ice rinks will remain open as long as weather permits.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Ballroom Dancing for Seniors 12/11/2013
The City of Marquette Art and Culture Center Senior Arts Program presents Ballroom Dancing. Professional dancers, April Nyquist and Dan Ohman will lead the class for seniors 55 years and over. No experience or partner necessary and refreshments will be provided.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Drop In Art Classes Offered for Kids 12/11/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is offering drop in music and art classes for kids priced at $5 a day, with the exception of an additional small material fee for Make a Mess. Give your children an art experience with local instructors.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: First Thursday of the Month Concert Series 12/11/2013
Helena Antoni and Heidi Boyd of Highway Harmony have teamed up with local musician Troy Graham to provide Marquette with a cutting edge evening of music. This performance will take place on Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: January Exhibits in the MACC 12/11/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to announce Kathy Peters as the January Main Gallery exhibit. Peters, a Lake Superior Art Association (LSAA) member, will exhibit winter scene inspired quilts created over the past 26 years including Presque Isle’s moose, sled dog races, ice fishing, saunas, and the Hyakutaki comet.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Japanese Cultural Classes Offered 12/11/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is offering three Japanese cultural classes, free for kids and teens. Experienced instructor, Tomoko Inoue will teach all three classes. Participants must pre-register.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Housing Commission Special Meeting 12/11/2013
The Marquette Housing Commission is holding a special meeting on December 13, 2013, in the Pine Ridge Apartments Board Room at 9 a.m. The special meeting is to begin the strategic planning process for the Marquette Housing Commission.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City of Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Meeting 12/05/2013
The City of Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board meeting which was scheduled for Thursday, December 12th at 8:00 a.m. has been cancelled. The next meeting of the City of Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. in Room 103 in City Hall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Open Office Hours 12/03/2013
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Holiday Parade 12/03/2013
Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority will be hosting the annual Holiday Parade. The parade will start at the intersection of Pine & Fair, proceed west on Fair to Third, then travel south on Third Street and conclude at Third & Baraga.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Meeting Cancellation - Arts and Culture Committee 12/02/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Committee meeting which was scheduled for Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. has been cancelled. The next meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee will be held on Thursday, January 9th 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Arts and Culture Center.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Meeting Change - Marquette Board of Light and Power 12/02/2013
At the November 26, 2013 Regular Board Meeting, the Marquette Board of Light and Power Board of Directors voted to change the Regular Board Meeting scheduled on Monday, December 23, 2013 to Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the MBLP’s Main Office, 2200 Wright St., Marquette, MI 49855.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 100% Disabled Veterans Exemption 11/27/2013

Due to Governor Snyder’s recent signing into law of P.A. 161 of 2013, disabled veterans qualify for a 100% exemption of property tax based on certain criteria. The Act amends MCL 211.7b regarding Veterans Exemptions to read as follows:

Sec. 7b.(1) Real property used and owned as a homestead by a disabled veteran who was discharged from the armed forces of the United States under honorable conditions or by an individual described in subsection (2) is exempt from the collection of taxes under this act. To obtain the exemption, an affidavit showing the facts required by this section and a description of the real property shall be filed by the property owner or his or her legal designee with the supervisor or other assessing officer during the period beginning with the tax day for each year and ending at the time of the final adjournment of the local board of review. The affidavit when filed shall be open to inspection. The county treasurer shall cancel taxes subject to collection under this act for any year in which a disabled veteran eligible for the exemption under this section has acquired title to real property exempt under this section. Upon granting the exemption under this section, each local taxing unit shall bear the loss of its portion of the taxes upon which the exemption has been granted.

(2) If a disabled veteran who is otherwise eligible for the exemption under this section dies, either before or after the exemption under this section is granted, the exemption shall remain available to or shall continue for his or her unremarried surviving spouse. The surviving spouse shall comply with the requirements of subsection (1) and shall indicate on the affidavit that he or she is the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran entitled to the exemption under this section. The exemption shall continue as long as the surviving spouse remains unremarried.

(3) As used in this section, “disabled veteran” means a person who is a resident of this state and who meets 1 of the following criteria:

  • (a) Has been determined by the United States department of veterans affairs to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100% rate.
  • (b) Has a certificate from the United States veterans’ administration, or its successors, certifying that he or she is receiving or has received pecuniary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing.
  • (c) Has been rated by the United States department of veterans affairs as individually unemployable.

Due to this new law, the following are requirements for eligibility:

  1. This exemption is only available to disabled veterans or, if the veteran has died, to their unremarried surviving spouse who own and use the home as their homestead, also know as principal residence.
  2. The disabled veteran or their surviving spouse must be a resident of the State of Michigan.
  3. Eligible disabled veterans will be able to apply for a 2013 exemption through December 2013 Board of Review action. An exemption will cancel the July and December 2013 taxes, but will not cancel any taxes levied before 2013.
  4. The Act requires an Affidavit be filed. An Affidavit is located on the city of Marquette’s website under Assessing Forms which can be found here.
  5. The Affidavit must be filed annually.

PLEASE NOTE – For tax year 2013, the affidavit should be brought into the City of Marquette Assessing office prior to December 10th, along with the certificate verifying the veteran as being 100% disabled or unemployable, so the Marquette City Assessor may present the information to the City of Marquette Board of Review for action. The Marquette City Board of Review is set to meet at 9 a.m. on December 10th in City Commission Chambers. Failure to get the affidavit and supporting certification to the Marquette City Assessor by December 10th will result in a qualified disabled veteran not receiving this exemption for 2013. After 2013, the affidavit must be filed with the Marquette City Assessor between December 31st (which is tax day) and the final adjournment of the March Board of Review.

   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Winter Property Tax Bills 11/25/2013
Winter tax bills totaling $1.6 million will be mailed to Marquette City property owners on November 27, 2013. Tax collection begins December 1, 2013 and payments are accepted at the City Treasurer’s office without interest through February 14, 2014. A penalty of 3% is added to the winter tax bill on February 15, 2014. On March 1, 2014, taxes are delinquent and are transferred to the County Treasurer for collection. The 2013 winter property tax bill represents millage levies for Marquette County Transit, County Aging, County Medical Care Facility, County Dispatch, and County Rescue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Turkey Trot Run/Walk 11/25/2013
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. the Marquette Senior High School will hold its annual 5K and 10K Turkey Trot Run/Walk. No city streets will be closed for this event and the public is asked to use caution while driving in these areas.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Meeting Cancellation - Election Board 11/21/2013
Due to lack of an agenda, the previously scheduled Election Board meeting on November 27, 2013 has been cancelled. The next meeting of the Board will be May 15, 2014 to verify candidates for offices in the Primary Election to be held August 5, 2014.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Work Requiring Pavement Restoration 11/20/2013
With the local asphalt plants shut down, contractors and homeowners are reminded that work in the City right-of-way that requires street pavement or curb removal and restoration is prohibited. This restriction will remain in effect until the spring when the frost is out of the ground and the asphalt plants are operating. This restriction will not apply to emergency repairs such as broken sewer and water lines.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Washington Street Traffic Signal Installation 11/19/2013
New traffic signals will be installed this week at the intersection of Washington Street and Lincoln Avenue. Traffic may experience interruptions during installation of the signals and drivers are asked to be aware of workers and alert for disruptions.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving 11/19/2013
City offices located at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue; the Municipal Service Center, 850 W. Baraga Avenue; and the Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Avenue, will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Fire and Police Departments will be staffed during this time. Any questions can be directed to the City Manager’s Office at 228-0435.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Recognized as Entrepreneurial City 11/18/2013
Marquette has been recognized for its work to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development in the annual eCities study conducted by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. Marquette was honored as a four-star community along with 51 other communities across the state.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Open Saturday, Nov. 23 11/18/2013
The City of Marquette’s compost drop-off site located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will be OPEN on Saturday, Nov. 23. The compost site will be opened for one day only. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Mt. Marquette Road Closure 11/14/2013
Effective today, November 14, 2013, the Mt. Marquette Road will be closed for the season.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Road Closure 11/14/2013
Effective today, November 14, 2013, the road around Presque Isle will be closed for the season.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Water Shutoff 11/08/2013
Beginning immediately, water will be shut off for the 1200 block of N. Front Street between College Avenue and Kaye Street due to a service line repair. Services will be restored by approximately 6:00 p.m. today. Detour will be provided.  
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Closure Date Extended 11/06/2013
The City of Marquette Compost drop-off site, located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will remain open for two additional days to allow residents an opportunity to drop off any brush, leaves and/or garden debris. The site will be open Monday, November 11th, and Wednesday, November 13th, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The site will close for the season on November 13th. The site will reopen in the spring, weather permitted.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Community Office Hours 11/06/2013
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Promotional Fund Application 11/01/2013
Application for the Promotion Fund will be accepted as follows: due to the City of Marquette changing its fiscal year to October 1, there are two fee waiver applications available--July 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014 and October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. For any questions, please contact Community Services Director Karl Zueger at (906) 225-8589.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Discount or Waiver of City Fees Fund Application 11/01/2013
Applications for the Discount or Waiver of City Fees Fund will be accepted as follows: due to the City of Marquette changing its fiscal year from July 1 to October 1, there are two discount or fee waiver applications available this year. For any questions, please contact Community Services Director Karl Zueger at (906) 225-8589.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lift Station Maintenance 11/01/2013
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5th, Lakeshore Boulevard at Founders Landing, between S. Front St. and E. Baraga Ave., will be closed to through traffic for lift station maintenance. Detours will be posted. Repairs are expected to be completed by 3:00 p.m.
   
FEATURE: Successful Community Electronic Waste Collection 10/31/2013
The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) in cooperation with the City of Marquette hosted a free e-waste collection on September 21st. Hundreds of citizens participated and contributed over 13 tons of used electronic devices including computers, appliances and office equipment. Marquette High School students and NMU students volunteered to help with this community event. In addition, many local schools contributed obsolete computers, office equipment and other electronics. If not properly disposed, e-waste can create long term environmental and human health impacts. All e-waste collected is recycled using and EPA approved contractor.
   
FEATURE: Community Dune Restoration Event 10/31/2013
On September 28th the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) in cooperation with the City of Marquette hosted a community dune restoration event. Did you know that less than 10% of the total Lake Superior shoreline is made up of sand beach and dune systems? Marquette is fortunate to have over ten miles of public lakeshore with much of it composed of sand beach and dunes! However some of our favorite beaches are being impacted by too much foot traffic (especially people walking on beach grass). Over 25 community volunteers showed up to help plant beach grass, remove invasive plant species and pick up beach litter. The SWP will continue to work with the City of Marquette on dune restoration, public access improvements and community education regarding our sensitive dune and beach ecosystems.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Winter Hours 10/31/2013
Presque Isle Park winter hours, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., will go into effect Monday, November 11, 2013.
   
FEATURE: Marquette Matters Newsletter 10/30/2013
The Marquette Matters newsletter for November/December 2013 has arrived. Click on the link above to check it out!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Commission Special Meeting Cancelled 10/29/2013
The Special Marquette City Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall Commission Chambers regarding the proposed Truck Route Ordinance #608 has been cancelled.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Closing of Marinas and Mooring Field 10/29/2013
Effective November 1, 2013 the following City of Marquette facilities will be closed for the season: Cinder Pond Marina, Presque Isle Marina and Mooring Field. The boat launches at Cinder Pond Marina and Presque Isle Marina will remain open as weather conditions permit. Daily and seasonal launch permits will be required as long as boat launches are open.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Closing of Presque Isle Facilities 10/29/2013
Effective November 1, 2013, the following City of Marquette rental facilities/grounds will close for the season: Presque Isle Bandshell, Presque Isle Gazebo, Presque Isle Senior Pavilion and Presque Isle Island Store Pavilion. The road around Presque Isle will remain open as weather conditions permit. The Presque Isle Pavilion will still be available for rent throughout the winter months. Please contact the Community Services - Parks and Recreation Office for further information at 228-0460.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Household Rubbish Drop-Off Site Seasonal Closure 10/28/2013
The City of Marquette household rubbish drop-off site located off of Wright Street, between Presque Isle Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd., will close for the season on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The site will reopen in the spring, weather permitted.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Drop-Off Site Seasonal Closure 10/28/2013
The City of Marquette compost drop-off site, located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will close for the season on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The site will reopen in the spring, weather permitted.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Legistar System Goes Live 10/24/2013
Beginning Friday, Oct. 25, Legistar, the City of Marquette’s new online legislative access program, will be live. New City Commission agendas, minutes and videos will no longer be posted directly to the City website, but will instead be made available through Legistar InSite, the system’s public portal. Legistar, a program used by municipalities across the country, will allow the City of Marquette to create a robust online database based on the meetings and actions of the Marquette City Commission.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Piano Concert 10/24/2013
Pianists, Craig Randal Johnson and Nancy Royce Railey will have a shared concert on Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. Johnson is a Minneapolis-based conductor, piano recitalist and double bassist. An active teacher and accompanist, his work and interests have taken him across the United States and to several European countries, performing and promoting 20th century American music. Johnson was named Finlandia Foundation’s Performer of the Year and was conductor for the Rockland Opera.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: End of Year Exhibit: Russell Prather 10/23/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to announce Russell Prather as the end of the year exhibit. Prather, an English professor at Northern Michigan University, will have multi-layered, Plexiglas hanging installations in the gallery on November 26-December 21, 2013. Prather is a visual artist who has exhibited his work nationally in solo and group shows. He was winner of the Featured Artist Award for his installation at the Northern Exposure XIX exhibit at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: December Small Works Gallery Exhibit: Carl Mayer 10/23/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center has transformed the former gift shop space into a new Small Works Gallery. Small Works is a multi-use educational gallery that encourages creativity and community involvement. For the month of December, watercolorist, Carl Mayer will be exhibiting his artwork.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Hewitt Avenue Closure 10/23/2013
On Thursday, October 24, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and continuing through 5:00 p.m., Hewitt Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Spruce Street and Lakeshore Boulevard. The closure is required for paving operations associated with the Cedar Street reconstruction project. The closure may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Washington Street Closure 10/21/2013
Due to inclement weather, the paving and lane marking painting scheduled for last Friday, October 18th, on Washington Street between Lincoln Street and Rublein Street has been delayed. Weather permitting; Washington will be closed between Rublein and Seymour Avenue beginning at 7:00 a.m. and continuing through 5:00 p.m. for a full day this week. In the event that the paving and painting occur on separate days, a two day detour will be necessary. Traffic will be detoured via Rublein Street, Bluff Street, and Seymour Avenue. All businesses will be open and vehicles traveling on Washington Street and Lincoln Avenue will have access to all businesses. Only the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Washington Street will be closed to vehicles.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Commission Walking Tour of Ore Dock 10/21/2013
The Marquette City Commission will be participating in a walking tour of the lower harbor ore dock structure. No official business of the City will be conducted. The tour will begin on Monday, October 28th, at 5:30 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Winter Parking Ban 10/18/2013
Marquette city residents, NMU students, and visitors are reminded the city's winter parking ban will be in effect beginning November 1st. The winter parking ban requires owners of vehicles to find off street parking between the hours of 1:00am and 6:00am each night. The winter parking ban will be in effect from November 1st, 2013 to April 1st, 2014. The fine for violating the parking ban is $50.00. Marquette residents are encouraged to find alternate off street parking before the parking goes into effect.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fire and Police Pension Board Meeting Cancelled 10/18/2013
The regular meeting of the Fire and Police Pension Board scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 2013 has been cancelled for lack of a quorum.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting 10/18/2013
The Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees November board meeting has been rescheduled from Tuesday, November 19, 2013 to Thursday, November 21, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Holiday Art Sale 2013 10/17/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to announce the 2013  Holiday Art Sale, held on Saturday, November 23 from 10:00- 4:00 p.m. This  sale will take place at the MACC, located in the lower level of the Peter  White Public Library. The sale will stretch through all of the MACC three  workshop spaces, gallery and into the Community Room.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Truck Route Ordinance FAQ 10/16/2013
At its October 15 meeting, the Marquette City Commission voted to schedule a special meeting for 7 p.m. October 30, 2013 in Commission Chambers, to conduct a Public Hearing and consider adopting a proposed truck route ordinance. The City of Marquette is seeking input from all interested parties during this process, and will provide residents with information updates as the process moves forward. The City has crafted a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) document, and will continue to provide updates and clarifications as required.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Special Arts and Culture Advisory Committee 10/15/2013
The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee will hold two special meetings to discuss the Arts and Culture Master Plan. The meetings will be held on Wednesday, October 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, 217 N. Front Street; and Thursday, October 17, at 7:00 a.m. in City Hall, Room 103, 300 W. Baraga Avenue. Please call 906-228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 21st Annual Fire Prevention Display and Parade 10/11/2013
21st Annual Fire Prevention Display and Parade 
11:00am - 12:30pm 
Harlow Park 
Marquette, MI 49855
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Concert Series Presents: Eric Leonardson 10/09/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s Concert Series welcomes Eric Leonardson on Thursday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m., in the Peter White Public Library’s Community Room. Leonardson is a Chicago-based composer, radio artist, sound designer, instrument inventor, visual artist, and teacher. He will perform a solo concert on his self built instrument – the “Springboard.”
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: One Mile and 5K Run/Walk "Scott Trot" 10/07/2013
On Saturday, October 12, 2013, there will be a one mile and 5k run/walk starting at Mattson Park at 9:00 a.m. The one mile run will start near the Fireman’s Bell Tower at Mattson Park and proceed north for one-half mile and then around and return along the same route. The 5k run/walk will start near the Fireman’s Bell Tower at Mattson Park and proceed north on the multi-use path to Picnic Rocks Park and then around and return along the same route. No streets will be closed and the public is asked to use caution while driving in this area.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Baraga Harvest Festival 10/07/2013
Beginning at noon and continuing through 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, Baraga Avenue will be closed to motor vehicles between Front Street and Third Street for the inaugural Baraga Harvest Festival. The detour will be via Front Street, Main Street, and Third Street and also via Front Street, Rock Street, and Third Street.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: MACC Schedule of Events Available 10/07/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s (MACC) schedule of events has been published in a new ‘zine’ and is available at area businesses, online at www.mqtcty.org/arts-workshops.php, and in the MACC, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. You may also contact us via email at arts-culture@mqtcty.org or call us at 906-228-0472 to request a ‘zine’ by mail.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled 10/07/2013
The October 9, 2013 Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee meeting is cancelled due to a lack of business. Their next meeting is scheduled for November 13, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall, room 103.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fire Prevention Week Schedule - UPDATE 10/07/2013
The Marquette City Fire Department is pleased to announce the schedule of events for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6 – 12, 2013. The theme this year is “Prevent Kitchen Fires” and the campaign focuses on fire escape plans, smoke detector upkeep and fire safety in the kitchen.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Firemen's Parade and Static Display - UPDATE 10/07/2013
On Saturday, October 12, West Bluff Street will be closed to traffic from Seventh Street to Morgan Street from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to accommodate the annual Firemen’s Parade and static display. This was originally planned for Saturday, October 5th, but has been changed due to weather.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lincoln/College Intersection Closure 10/03/2013
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the intersection of Lincoln Ave. and College Ave. will be closed due to a storm sewer manhole repair. Work is expected to be completed by 10:00 p.m. Detour will be provided.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Community Art Project 10/03/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will host three informational meetings about the community 100 Day Project. The 100 Day Project started with an exhibit of artwork at the MACC created by nine Upper Michigan artists over 100 consecutive days.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Assistant City Manager Community Office Hours 10/02/2013
Marquette Assistant City Manager Kyle Whitney will be holding the next community office hours on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Brownfield Authority Meeting Cancelled 10/02/2013
Due to a lack of agenda items, the October 10, 2013 MBRA Meeting has been cancelled. The next regular meeting is scheduled for November 14, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Firemen's Parade and Static Display 09/30/2013
On Saturday, October 5, West Bluff Street will be closed to traffic from Seventh Street to Morgan Street from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to accommodate the annual Firemen’s Parade and static display.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fire Prevention Week Schedule 09/30/2013
The Marquette City Fire Department is pleased to announce the schedule of events for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6 – 12, 2013. The theme this year is “Prevent Kitchen Fires” and the campaign focuses on fire escape plans, smoke detector upkeep and fire safety in the kitchen.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Early Purchase Encouraged for Off Leash Area Permits 09/30/2013
The Marquette City Clerk’s Office is encouraging those interested in using the OLA Park for their pets to purchase their permit and pet license if needed prior to October 28, 2013, or after November 7, 2013, as no sales will be available during that time due to the general election on November 5, 2013. The OLA Park opens November 1, 2013. The Clerk’s office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Local Impacts of Possible Government Shutdown 09/30/2013
A federal shutdown will not affect the city’s municipal operations. The city Administration continues to work with federal and state government officials and is developing strategies to mitigate unintended repercussions from a potential federal shutdown. City leadership is aware there could be many direct and indirect consequences for city residents. The Administration remains available to support anyone who may be directly affected by a federal shutdown and will work to minimize any unintended impacts, and to find reasonable accommodation. In the event of a shutdown, all federal, state, and local laws remain in effect, and will be enforced. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Manager’s Office at 225-8102.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Disruptions Due to Traffic Counting and Study 09/30/2013
Beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2013, various streets in the City of Marquette will experience minor traffic disruptions due to traffic counting and study activities by DLZ Michigan, Inc. The public is advised to be aware of technicians setting up the counting equipment and of all flagging and traffic control devices. Please use caution when traveling through areas requiring this process. It is anticipated that the first phase of counting will be completed by Friday, October 11, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled 09/26/2013
The October 1, 2013 City of Marquette Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled due to a lack of business.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Skating Cancellation 09/26/2013
Due to the Old Timers Hockey Tournament, all open skating and drop-in sessions have been cancelled for Friday, September 27, 2013, Saturday, September 28, 2013, and Sunday, September 29, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Hires Assistant City Manager 09/26/2013
The City of Marquette is proud to announce the appointment of Kyle Whitney as the new Assistant City Manager. Kyle joins staff after spending nearly three years working for The Mining Journal, where he served most recently as the publication’s local government correspondent. His knowledge of regional issues, interest in local government, and communications skills will greatly enhance broad public engagement and transparency as required by the Marquette City Charter.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice of Air Pollution Comment Period and Public Hearing 09/25/2013
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is holding a public comment period from September 24, 2013 until October 24, 2013, and a public hearing, if requested, on October 28, 2013, on Presque Isle Power Plant's proposed modifications to and operation of five existing coal fired electric utility steam generating units. Presque Isle Power Plant proposes to add air pollution control systems to each of the five existing coal fired electric utility steam generating units. The air pollution control equipment will include low nitrogen oxide (NOx) burners and over fire air systems for NOx control, spray dryer absorbers and dry sorbent injection for acid gas control, and powdered activated carbon injection for mercury control. The facility is located at 2701 North Lakeshore Boulevard, Marquette, Michigan. The public comment period and hearing, if requested, are to allow all interested parties the opportunity to comment on the Department's proposed conditional approval of a Permit to Install (PTI). It has been preliminarily determined that the installation of the air pollution control systems will not violate any of the Department's rules nor the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Sign Unveiling Ceremony 09/25/2013
On Monday, September 30, 2013, the City of Marquette and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) will be unveiling the new sign at the entrance of Presque Isle at 5:30 p.m. The sign was illustrated by Ojibwe artist, Sherri Loonsfoot-Aldred, and will be honored with an unveiling ceremony at the sight. The public is encouraged to attend.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Washington Street Closures and Disruptions 09/25/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 30, 2013, Washington Street will experience street disruptions and closures due to street and traffic signal work activities by Associated Constructors. Washington Street and Lincoln Avenue intersection traffic will be restricted to one lane each direction.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: County Road 550 Bridge Repairs 09/25/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 30, 2013, the County Road 550 Bridge at the Dead River will experience traffic disruptions due to bridge deck repairs. The bridge will be restricted to one lane during this repair process. Temporary traffic signals will be placed on each side of the bridge to control traffic flow. The bridge repairs are expected to be completed on or before October 12, 2013. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging, advisory signing, and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through this area. Motorist using the bridge can expect short delays.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Skatepark Plaza Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 09/25/2013
There will be a dedication and ribbon cutting for the new Skatepark Plaza located at the corner of E. Fair St. and Pine St. on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: High Street Reconstruction Project - Phase 2 09/25/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013, High Street from Kaye Avenue to College Avenue will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. College Avenue will be closed briefly to allow for water main work but will be open during most of this phase. This phase is scheduled to be substantially complete by October 19.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Park Cemetery Seasonal Item Removal 09/24/2013
The City of Marquette is announcing that all remaining annual flowers, plants and other temporary seasonal items must be removed from the Park Cemetery before Tuesday, October 1st, 2013. After October 1st, City crews will be winterizing the cemetery and will dispose of such items left at grave sites.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Community Walk to End Alzheimer's 09/24/2013
On Saturday, September 28, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and continuing through 12:00 noon, there will be a community walk as follows: Walk to begin at the YMCA, crossing Lakeshore Boulevard at Fair Avenue to the multi-use path, then continuing along the multi-use path to the lower harbor before turning around and returning along the same route.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Yarnwinders Weaving Demonstration 09/23/2013
On Saturday, October 12, the Yarnwinders Weaving Guild will host a demonstration and workshop: How to Prepare Your Loom for Weaving. This workshop will be at the MACC at 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to see what it takes to prepare a project. Observe the first steps of the weaving preparation stage using warping boards, warping reels and loom dressing techniques.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Hockey on Third Parade 09/23/2013
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority will be sponsoring the annual “Hockey on Third” parade.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Walk for Autism 09/23/2013
Beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continuing to approximately 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2013, the Marquette Area Public Schools will be sponsoring a Walk for Autism.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Senior High School Homecoming Parade 09/23/2013
Beginning at 5:15 p.m. and continuing through approximately 6:15 p.m. on Friday, September 27, the Marquette Senior High School will be holding their annual homecoming parade. The following streets will be closed to thru traffic while the parade is taking place. The parade will begin at Graveraet Middle School at 611 N. Front Street, then proceed north on Third Street to Magnetic Street, then west on Magnetic Street to Lincoln Avenue, then north on Lincoln Avenue to Fair Avenue, then to the Marquette Senior High School at 1201 W. Fair Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCMENT: October First Thursday Concert: Mil 09/20/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center's Concert Series welcomes Mil, a folk group from Quebec on Thursday, October 3rd at 7p.m. The performance will be held at the Reynolds Recital Hall on the campus of NMU. This concert is part of the French Canadian Heritage Days that has been presented by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and the MACC.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: French Canadian Days 09/19/2013
On the evening of Thursday, October 3, at 7:00 p.m., the Beaumier Center will present a concert by the Quebecois folk group, Mil, at the Reynolds Recital Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University. This concert, which is free to the public, will be in place of the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s First Thursday Concert for October.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeshore Boulevard Bridge Repairs 09/19/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 23, 2013, the Lakeshore Boulevard Bridge at the Dead River will experience traffic disruptions due to bridge deck repairs. The bridge will be restricted to one lane during this repair process. Temporary traffic signals will be placed on each side of the bridge to control traffic flow. The bridge repairs are expected to be completed on or before October 5, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Division Street Traffic Markings 09/16/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Division Street will experience traffic disruptions for the painting of pavement markings. Division Street will be disrupted from Joliet Road to M553. The painting of the pavement markings will be completed by Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Be aware that weather and unforeseen circumstances may delay the completion.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: High Street Reconstruction - Phase I 09/16/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 the Fair Avenue and High Street intersection will be closed to allow for street paving. This intersection is scheduled to be open to traffic by 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: South Front Street Traffic Markings 09/16/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 16th, crews will begin repainting street intersection markings on South Front Street in Marquette. Expect intermittent lane closures. Please use caution near the slow moving paint vehicles during this time. Also watch for cones which indicate the presence of wet paint. Work is expected to be completed on Wednesday, September 18th.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Traffic Shift on West Washington Street 09/13/2013
On Tuesday, September 17, starting at 8:00 p.m., westbound traffic on West Washington Street between Third and Fourth Streets will be shifted into the parking lane in front of the old City Hall building to allow AT&T to perform work in the center of Washington Street. Westbound traffic is expected to resume normal travel by Wednesday, September 18.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeview Arena Public Skating Hours 09/13/2013
The City of Marquette announces Lakeview Arena’s public skating hours, beginning September 16, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Second Annual Halloween Spectacle 09/13/2013
On October 26, 2013, the City of Marquette and Downtown Development Authority will host a large-scale community outdoor performance of giant puppetry, percussion and theatrical dance. This year’s theme is Heroes versus Villains and the community is encouraged to dress as their favorite character and pick a side. As the evening grows dark, the community is invited to join in processions throughout the City converging in the Marquette Commons to witness Marquette’s second Halloween Spectacle.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: DDA and NMU Pre-Game Celebration 09/13/2013
On Saturday, September 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Third Street will be closed between Kaye Avenue and Magnetic Street for a “Pre-Game Celebration” sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and Northern Michigan University. A detour will be established via Kaye Avenue, Presque Isle Avenue, and Hewitt Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: NMU Homecoming Parade 09/13/2013
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013, Northern Michigan University will be holding their annual homecoming parade. Several streets will be closed for the parade.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Crack Sealing for Street Maintenance 09/12/2013
Due to some unforeseen circumstances the crack sealing activities have been postponed until Monday, September 16, 2013. At this time various streets in the City of Marquette will experience traffic disruptions due to street crack sealing activities by JCS, Inc. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through areas requiring this process. The contractor will be starting at the north end of the City of Marquette and working their way towards the south. It is anticipated that all these areas will be completed by Friday, September 20, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Water Main Flushing 09/12/2013
Beginning Thursday, September 12, 2013, the City of Marquette Water Department will be flushing water mains in the Logan Pressure District for approximately one month. Logan Pressure District includes residents north of Logan St. and west of McClellan Ave. Residents may experience cloudy water and minimal water disruptions during this time. Please let the water run until it is clear prior to usage.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Third Street Corridor Plan and Code Presentation 09/12/2013
Robert Gibbs, Gibbs Planning Group, will be in Marquette on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, to present the Draft Third Street Sustainable Corridor Plan and Form Based Code developed for the North Third Street Corridor.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Cedar Street Reconstruction Project 09/12/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 16, 2013, Cedar Street from Hewitt Avenue to Prospect Street will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. This phase is scheduled to be substantially complete by October 5th.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT:October Exhibit: 100 Day Project 09/11/2013

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to announce the 100 Day Project as October’s exhibit. This exhibit will be a collection of artwork created over 100 consecutive days by nine Upper Michigan artists. Gallery visitors will see how each artist worked with a simple idea and the evolution of it over a period of 100 days. The exhibit offers a glimpse into the artists’ minds and their creative process.

The artists participating are Louisa Barkalow, Catherine Benda, Julie Benda, Jason Limberg, Melissa Middleton, Diana Magnuson, Peg McNinch, Ann Russ, and Elizabeth Yelland.

The 100 Day Project will be displayed in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library in the new Small Works Gallery and the Main Gallery from October 1-November 15 with an opening reception on Saturday, October 5 at 4-7p.m. with a special artists talk at 5p.m. This exhibit is unique to the MACC because it offers an opportunity for the community to get involved by starting their own 100 Day Project. The public is encouraged to attend an informational meeting at the MACC on Saturday, October 12 at 1-4p.m.

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.

 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT:Marquette Urges Residents to Refrain from Texting While Driving 09/11/2013

At the September 9th, 2013 Marquette City Commission meeting, the Commission issued a proclamation designating September 19th as the "Drive 4 Pledges Day" and called Marquette residents to take the pledge to never text and drive.

"Text messaging has become the way many people communicate today, which means some people are doing it at the worst possible time -- while driving." stated Mayor DePetro "We need to help spread the message and educate our community that when it comes to driving, texting can and should wait."

According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in some type of safety critical event as compared to those drivers who don't text while they drive. Texting while driving is involved in over 100,000 motor vehicle crashes each year, often causing injuries and death.

Wireless provider AT&T launched the "It Can Wait" campaign in Michigan and throughout the United States in 2009 to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving by encouraging consumers to take the personal pledge not to text while driving.

The City of Marquette and AT&T are calling on all drivers to go to www.itcanwait.com to take the no-texting-and-driving pledge, and then share their promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook. For additional information and resources, visit www.att.com/itcanwait.

 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT:Sky Stories Workshop 09/11/2013

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to present visiting, star lore, historian, astronomer, and author, Mary Stewarts Adams and artist Patricia DeLisa to Marquette for two unique workshops.

Beyond the Telescope will be held at the Shiras Planetarium thanks to a new partnership with Marquette Area Public Schools. This workshop will be a dynamic and entertaining evening about finding one's own story in the stars and is geared for all ages. This workshop will be held on Friday, September 27 at 6-7pm.

Social Astronomy will be held at the City of Maruqette Arts and Culture Center on Saturday, September 28 at 10:30am to 1:30pm and consists of using maps of the current night sky of Marquette to create star stories.

Adams and DeLisa will also be at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba for an artist exhibit and workshop. For more information about events at the Bonifas Arts Center, call 906.786.3833.

 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT:September Arts and Culture Committee Meeting - Rescheduled 09/11/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center Committee meeting, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 4th, at 5:30pm has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 5:30pm. Community members are invited to attend and there is an opportunity for public comment.
The meeting will be held at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette, MI in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. Please call 906.228.0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org for more information.

 
   
ANNOUNCMENT: 2013 Fall 2014 Winter Spring Workshop Series 09/11/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center invites the community to register for the Fall 2013/Winter and Spring 2013 Workshop series. This season the center is offering a wide variety of workshop genres and styles, including fine arts, mixed media classes, senior courses, and children's workshops.
Anyone interested in registering for a workshop may call or visit the Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org
   
ANNOUNCMENT: High Street Phase 1 Reconstruction Project - Fair Avenue Intersection Closure 09/10/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 12th, 2013, the Fair Avenue and High Street intersection will be closed to allow for water main reconstruction. This intersection is scheduled to be open to traffic by 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12th, 2013. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction, detour, and advisory signing. Smith Paving, Inc. is the general contractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process  
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: September Arts & Culture Committee Meeting Rescheduled 09/06/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center Committee meeting, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 4th, at 5:30pm has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 5:30pm. Community members are invited to attend and there is an opportunity for public comment. The meeting will be held at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of Peter White Public Library.  
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Disruptions Due to Crack Sealing for Street Maintenance 09/05/2013
Beginning Monday, September 9, 2013, various streets in the City of Marquette will experience traffic disruptions due to street crack sealing activities by JCS, Inc. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through areas requiring this process. The contractor will be starting at the north end of the City of Marquette and working their way towards the south. It is anticipated that all these areas will be completed by Friday, September 13, 2013.  
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Xterra Marquette Triathlon 09/04/2013
On Saturday, September 7th from 7:00am – 5:00pm, traffic on Sugar Loaf Avenue near the Tourist Park entrance will be subject to temporary disruption to allow participants of the Xterra Marquette Triathlon to cross the street. Motorists are asked to be aware of race participants crossing the street and to obey the instructions of the on-site traffic regulators.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall 2013/Winter and Spring 2014 09/04/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center invites the community to register for the Fall 2013/Winter and Spring 2014 Workshop series. This season the center is offering a wide variety of workshop genres and styles, including fine arts, mixed media classes, senior courses and children’s workshops. Anyone interested in registering for a workshop may call or visit the Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Community Office Hours 09/03/2013
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Grove Street Road Closure 09/03/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, Grove Street will be closed to through traffic from M553/South McClellan Avenue to Vandenboom Road due to paving. The work is expected to be completed by 3:00 p.m.
   
FEATURE: Marquette Matters Newsletter 08/30/2013
The Marquette Matters newsletter for September/October 2013 has arrived. Click on the link above to check it out!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City of Marquette 2012-13 Annual Report 08/30/2013
The City of Marquette’s 2012-13 Annual Report is now available on the City’s website here.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fire Department Training Operations 08/30/2013
Marquette City Fire Department will be conducting Fire Training operations on a donated structure located at 143 W. Michigan. This structure will not be burned; however, the training will generate smoke which may be heavy at times. The street area of the training will be posted “No Parking” within 100 feet each side of the training structure. The Fire Department will additionally post warning signage for traffic approaching the site from either Third or Front Street. The City Fire Department asks that motorists in particular please slow down when passing through the training area.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: End of Beach Season 08/30/2013
Beginning September 3rd 2013 the swimming beaches in the City of Marquette will no longer be staffed with lifeguards. City personnel will maintain the Beach Flag Advisory System until October 1st. The City Fire Department strongly encourages anyone visiting the beaches to pay close attention to the flags and to understand that no lifeguard personnel will be present.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Division Street Closure 08/28/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013, Division Street will be closed to through traffic due to milling and paving activities. Division Street will be closed to through traffic from Pioneer Road to M553. The detour route will be by means of Pioneer Road and M553. The milling and paving will continue into Friday, August 30, 2013 and will be completed on September 3, 2013. Be aware that weather and unforeseen circumstances may delay the completion.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Closure for Labor Day 08/27/2013
The City of Marquette’s compost drop-off site, located at the old Cliffs Dow property, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will be closed on Saturday, August 31, and Monday, September 2, 2013, due to the Labor Day holiday. The site will reopen on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Hours are Monday and Wednesday, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Offices Closed for Labor Day 08/26/2013
City offices located at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue; the Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Avenue; the Municipal Service Center, 850 W. Baraga Avenue; and the Arts and Culture Center, 217 N. Front St. (in the Peter White Public Library) will be closed on Monday, September 2nd, in observance of Labor Day. The Fire and Police Departments will be open and staffed during this time. There will be no change in the garbage pickup schedule. Following the Labor Day holiday, City Hall will begin winter operating hours of 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. These hours will remain in effect through next spring.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Off Leash Area Permits 08/26/2013
The Marquette City Clerk’s office is encouraging those interested in using the off leash area (OLA) park for their pets to purchase their permit and pet license if needed prior to October 28, 2013 or after November 7, 2013, as no sales will be available during that time due to the General Election on November 5, 2013. The OLA Park opens November 1, 2013. The Clerk’s office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until August 30th, and will change to winter hours as of September 3, 2013; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Washington Street Disruptions and Closures 08/23/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 26, 2013, Washington Street will experience street disruptions and closures due to mill and overlay activities by Payne and Dolan. There will be three different phases of mill and overlay work from the limits of U.S. 41 to Garfield Avenue. Milling will take place during the day and paving will be during the night. After final paving, final project cleanup and restoration will continue as well as installation of pavement markings.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: "Trash to Treasure Day" Upcoming 08/23/2013
City of Marquette residents are invited and encouraged to participate in the community-wide “Trash to Treasure Day” on Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is the only day for this event.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Road Closure - South Fifth Street 08/23/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27th, S Fifth Street will be closed to through traffic between Washington and Spring Streets due to manhole repair.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Music in the Park Final Concert 08/23/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces the last summer 2013 event for Music in the Park. This concert, themed “Beatles Night,” will take place in the Bandshell at Presque Isle on Friday, August 30, at 6:00 p.m. This concert is a free event for the public that showcases local and regional talent.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Cedar Street Reconstruction - Phase 2 08/22/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 26, 2013, Cedar Street from Arch Street to Michigan Street will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. Ridge Street will be open during this phase. Arch and Michigan Streets will be closed to through traffic at the intersections. This is the second phase of a four phase project. This phase is scheduled to be substantially complete by September 21st.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Altamont Street Reconstruction - Phase 3 08/22/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 26, 2013, Altamont Street from Rock Street to Fisher Street will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. This is the third and final phase of this project. This phase is scheduled to be substantially complete by September 14th.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Aging Services Advisory Committee Meeting 08/22/2013
The first meeting of the Aging Services Advisory Committee will take place on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Room B of the Marquette Senior Center, 300 W. Spring Street.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Halloween Spectacle Volunteer Opportunities 08/21/2013
The second annual Halloween Spectacle will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The City of Marquette and the Downtown Development Authority will be host to a large-scale community outdoor performance of giant puppetry, percussion, and theatrical dance. The community is invited to create, build and perform in this year’s Spectacle. Take part in the free workshops happening at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) leading up to the main event.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Special Meeting 08/21/2013
A special Arts and Culture Committee meeting will be held on August 22, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. The Committee will discuss the establishment of a fair jury and selection process for City exhibits and the Thursday Night Concert Series. This special meeting will be held at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. Please call 906-228-0472 or email arts-culture@mgtcty.org for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeshore Boulevard Emergency Closure 08/20/2013
Lakeshore Blvd. will be closed to through traffic beginning today (August 20) at 3:00 p.m. between East Ridge St. and East Washington St. for a water leak. Mattson Park will be accessible via E. Ridge St. to Lakeshore Blvd. to the entrance of Mattson Park. Closure is anticipated to last until 10:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013. A detour will be posted.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: DDA Special Meeting 08/20/2013
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will hold a meeting on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. to discuss staffing issues. The meeting will be held at the DDA Offices, 203 S. Front Street, Suite 1-B, Downtown Marquette, MI.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Division Street Closure 08/16/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013, Division Street will be closed to through traffic due to a sanitary sewer lateral repair.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Board of Light and Power Joint Work Session 08/15/2013
The Marquette Board of Light and Power (MBLP) will conduct a Joint Work Session with the City Commissioners to discuss the Cost of Service Study and Rate Design prepared by Utility Financial Solutions, LLC that was approved by the MBLP Board of Directors at their Regular Scheduled Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. The Joint Work Session will be held on Monday, August 19, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. at 2200 Wright Street, Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: September Art Exhibit: Michael Sarnacki 08/15/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to announce distinguished photographer, Michael Sarnacki for September’s artist exhibit. This exhibit will be a collection of the last 15 years of his documentation of a sacred and old festival in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Since 1995, Sarnacki has made numerous trips to Sri Lanka to document the country and the event known as the Kandy Esala Perahera. During a ten day period, in July or August, the Lord Buddha relic, located in the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is worshipped by pilgrims from all across the country. This exhibit will be displayed in the Huron Mountain Club Gallery at the Peter White Public Library. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 5 at 6-8p.m. where Michael Sarnacki is scheduled to give a 20 minute artist talk about his Esala Perahera project. For additional information please contact the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center at 906-228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Powder Mill Road Reconstruction 08/15/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013 Powder Mill Road from Sugarloaf Avenue to a point 750 feet westerly into Tourist Park will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street. Work will continue until Thursday, August 22, 2013 until 7:00 p.m. when it is anticipated to be completed and open to traffic. Tourist Park can be accessed by following the detour signs down Sugarloaf Avenue to Wright Street, from Wright Street to Enterprise Street, and along Enterprise Street to the south gate of Tourist Park. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction and advisory signing. Oberstar, Inc. is the general subcontractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: High Street Reconstruction Phase 1 08/15/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013 High Street from Fair Avenue to Kaye Avenue will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. Fair Avenue will be closed briefly to allow for water main work but will be open during most of this phase. This is the first phase of a two phase project. This phase is scheduled to be substantially complete by September 8th. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction and advisory signing. Smith Paving, Inc. is the general contractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Allouez Road Reconstruction - Phase 3 08/15/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013 Allouez Road from East Nicolet Boulevard to the cul-de-sac will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. Allouez Road from West Nicolet Boulevard to Jonathan Carver Road will be open only to local traffic. This is the last phase of this three phase project. This project is scheduled to be substantially complete by September 7th. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction and advisory signing. Oberstar, Inc. is the general contractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Mattson Park Building Exterior Maintenance 08/14/2013
Beginning on Friday, August 16th, crews will begin painting the exterior of the structure that houses the ice cream store and restrooms at Mattson Park. Work is expected to be completed the following Wednesday, August 21st. Please use caution when visiting this area.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Division Street Closure 08/14/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, August 16, 2013, Division Street will be closed to through traffic due to a sanitary sewer lateral repair. Division Street will be closed to through traffic from Pioneer Road to County Road 553. The detour route will be by means of Pioneer Road and County Road 553. The public is advised to be aware of all flagging, detours, advisory signing, and traffic control devices and to use caution when traveling through this area. Oberstar, Inc. is the general subcontractor for this project. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: PWPL Board of Trustees Meeting Cancelled 08/14/2013
The Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees meeting has been cancelled for Tuesday, August 20, 2013.
   
FEATURE: Marquette Board of Light and Power Presentation 08/14/2013
The Marquette Board of Light and Power presented a lot of interesting and valuable information during the last City Commission Meeting on Monday, August 12th. You can view the presentation materials by clicking the link above.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Road Closure - Division Street 08/13/2013
Effective immediately, Division Street has been closed to through traffic from Craig Street to Mesnard Street due to paving. The street will reopen on Wednesday, August 14th, at approximately 3:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Hall Winter Hours 08/08/2013
City Hall winter hours will begin on September 3, 2013. Offices will be open from: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The City Police Department is not affected by this change.
   
FEATURE:Tourist Park Detour Route 2013 08/08/2013
Attention Tourist Park Campers: From Aug 19 - Aug 23 and Aug 28-29, the main entrance to the park will be closed for construction. During these times, the campground can be accessed from Enterprise Street off of Wright Street.  
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Washington Street Closures and Disruptions 08/07/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 12, 2013 Washington Street will experience street and water disruptions and closures due to water main and service work for the upcoming mill and overlay project by Payne and Dolan. There will be three different phases of water main and service work from the limits of U.S. 41 to Garfield Avenue. Businesses will be open during the construction work.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Tree Inventory 08/05/2013
Beginning Tuesday, August 6th, the Davey Resource Group will be conducting a street tree inventory in the City of Marquette. Technicians will gather data including GPS coordinates, species, size, condition and maintenance needs for all trees located on street rights-of-way. This project will take approximately two weeks to complete.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Community Office Hours 08/05/2013
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will be holding his next community office hours on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, from 10:00 a.m.-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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Grove Street Closure 08/02/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on August 6, 2013, Grove St. will be closed to through traffic from M553/S. McClellan to Vandenboom Rd. due to a sanitary sewer lateral repair. The work is expected to be completed by 7:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic 08/01/2013
On Saturday, August 10, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continuing through 6:00 p.m., Pine Street from Fair Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard, and Powder Mill Road from County Road 550 to the north end will be closed and Wright Street from Presque Isle Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed to thru traffic for the “Ore to Shore” Mountain Bike Race. The public is advised to use caution when traveling on Wright Street, Hawley Street, River Park Circle and Schneider Mill Court. Race participants will be crossing at designated locations at varying times.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fire-Police Pension Board Meeting Change 08/01/2013
Due to lack of a quorum, the special meeting of the Fire & Police Pension Board on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 was cancelled. The special meeting has been rescheduled for August 15, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Room 103 City Hall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sidewalk Repair/Replacement and Extension Project 07/31/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, the contractor, Arrow Constructions, will be replacing sidewalk at designated sections throughout the City of Marquette. These locations have been prioritized by City of Marquette personnel based on the severity of the elevation difference in the adjoining sidewalk squares. Pedestrian access may be limited in the immediate area of the repair but should be only a few days in duration. It is anticipated that the sidewalk work will be completed by the end of August. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during these needed utility repairs. Work is scheduled to start on the north end of town and proceed southerly. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction and advisory signing. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during this construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Canvassing Board Meetings 07/31/2013
According to Public Act 51, passed June 11, 2013, all local Canvass Boards have been dissolved, and the responsibility for canvassing is entirely through County Canvassing Boards. Therefore, the previously scheduled Marquette City Canvassing Board meetings on August 7 and November 6, 2013 have been cancelled.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fireman's 5K Race 07/31/2013
On Saturday, August 3, 2013 there will be a 5k foot race starting at Mattson Park at 9:00 am. The race will start near the Fireman’s Bell Tower at Mattson Park and proceed north on the multi-use path to Picnic Rocks Parks and then around and return along the same route. No streets will be closed and the public is asked to use caution while driving in this area.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Road Closure - Division Street 07/30/2013
Beginning at 12:00 p.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30th, Division Street will be closed between Craig Street and Mesnard Street for water main repair. A detour will be provided.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Altamont Street Reconstruction Project - Phase II 07/30/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 5, 2013, Altamont Street from Baraga Avenue to Rock Street will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. This is the second phase of this three phase project. This phase is scheduled to be substantially complete by August 30th. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction and advisory signing. The detour route will be by means of Fisher Street, Fifth Street, and Seventh Street. Oberstar, Inc. is the general contractor for this project.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Small Works Gallery Accepting Applications 07/30/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) has transformed the former gift shop space into a new Small Works Gallery. Small Works is a multi-use educational gallery that encourages creativity and community involvement. Applications to curate or show work are now being accepted. Area youth, community groups and arts and culture organizations are encouraged to submit proposals. Exhibit opportunities are also available at City Hall and in MACC workshop spaces. The space is approximately 10 feet by 12 feet.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Police-Fire Pension Board Special Meeting 07/25/2013
There will be a special meeting of the Fire-Police Pension Board on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Room 103 at City Hall, to take action regarding a Duty Disability.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Blueberry Festival Parking 07/24/2013
As a reminder, due to the Blueberry Festival there will be no parking after midnight on Thursday, July 25th in the 100 Block of West Washington Street and the 100 and 200 Block of East Washington Street.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Fire Hydrant Testing 07/23/2013
The City of Marquette will be conducting its annual fire hydrant testing July 24th through September 24th. This year’s test area will be the eastside/center of the City of Marquette from Seventh Street on the west, to Pine Street on the east. Fire Department officials ask that drivers use caution when approaching flowing hydrants and working firefighters. Homeowners may notice slightly discolored water for a short period of time during testing in their area. The Marquette Fire Department thanks you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions feel free to contact the Fire Department at 906-228-0410.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Household Rubbish and Compost Site Closures 07/23/2013
The City of Marquette Compost drop-off site located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, and the Household Rubbish drop-off site, located off of Wright St., will be closed on Saturday, August 10th due to the Ore to Shore mountain bike race. The Compost site will reopen on Monday, August 12th, and the Rubbish site will reopen on Tuesday, August 13th. The hours are from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: August Art Exhibition - Oil Painter, Gary Ruhinen 07/22/2013
The August exhibit at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) will be oil painter, Gary Ruhinen. His paintings include life-like paintings of well-known icons, street people, as well as still life. Ruhinen, a US Navy veteran, has been painting for over 30 years. He draws influence in his paintings from places he’s lived such as Guam, Hawaii, Spain, Scotland, Morocco, and Puerto Rico.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Featured Artist Award Opportunity 07/22/2013
The City of Marquette is a proud sponsor of the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center’s Northern Exposure XX show. The Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) offers a “Featured Artist Award,” and encourages artists of Marquette to apply for exhibition that will be up November 7- December 31, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: MDA "Fill the Boot" Fundraiser 07/22/2013
The City of Marquette will be participating in the annual “Fill the Boot” fundraising drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firemen will be raising funds in various street intersections on Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27. These street intersections will be open to traffic and drivers are asked to exercise caution.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeshore Boulevard Relocation Project Survey 07/19/2013
As a follow-up to the public meeting held this past spring, a survey has been developed to gather public input. The survey will be available both online and in print from July 22nd through 11:45 p.m. on August 8th. Online surveys may be accessed via the City of Marquette website: www.mqtcty.org, while print surveys may be obtained at City Hall and the Peter White Public Library.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Baraga Avenue Closure 07/19/2013
On Wednesday, July 24 Baraga Avenue will be closed to through traffic between McClellan Avenue and Seventh Street from 7:00am to 9:00 pm to allow for the connection of water utilities associated with construction of the new Peninsula Bank at the corner of Baraga and McClellan. All businesses on Baraga will be open and access to businesses and homes on Baraga Avenue will be available from Seventh Street. Traffic will be detoured via McClellan Avenue, Washington Street, and Seventh Street.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Performers, Thursday Night Concert Series 07/18/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) invites performing artists to submit their applications for the 2013/2014 season. Concerts are held in the Peter White Public Library Community Room, the first Thursday of each month. Local and visiting artists are welcome to submit their talents for consideration. Please include any press photos, video or audio recordings, reviews, and other materials relevant to your talent, as well as a statement of your qualifications. A stipend will be offered for performers, and special consideration given for artists who are willing to provide additional community enrichment in the form of lectures, workshops or master classes. Submissions will be accepted until Monday, August 12, 2013. Please call 906-228-0472 or email art-culture@mqtcty.org for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Cedar Street Phase I Reconstruction 07/17/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013 Cedar Street from Ridge Street to Arch Street will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. Ridge Street will be open during this phase and Arch Street will be closed to through traffic at the intersection. This is the first phase of a four phase project. This phase is scheduled to be substantially complete by August 10th.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Local Officers Compensation Commission Meeting 07/17/2013
The Local Officers Compensation Commission scheduled their 2013 meeting for September 26, 2013. Due to a conflict, this meeting has been changed to Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. in City Hall, Room 103.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Wright and Huron Street Closures 07/17/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013 East Avenue from Wright Street to Huron Street will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the underground utilities. In addition the east bound lane on Wright Street will be shifted into the center turn lane near East Avenue to allow for work in Wright Street. This project is scheduled to be substantially complete by August 17th.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee Meeting 07/17/2013
The Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for August 14, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall room 103 located at 300 W. Baraga Ave., will instead be held at the Presque Isle Pavilion located on Presque Isle at #3 Peter White Drive.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Hiawatha Music Festival 07/16/2013
From Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 21, 2013, traffic on Sugar Loaf Avenue near the Tourist Park entrance will be subject to temporary disruption to allow pedestrians to cross the street for activities related to the annual Hiawatha Music Festival. Motorists are asked to be aware of pedestrians in the street and to obey the instructions of the on-site traffic regulators.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lincoln Avenue Closure 07/16/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. until approximately 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17th, Lincoln Ave will be closed between Center and Wright Streets for paving.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Maintenance Scheduled 07/16/2013
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, crews will begin power washing various wood structures in Presque Isle in the City of Marquette. Work is expected to be complete by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Crews will be staining the wood structures the following week, beginning on Monday, July 22, through Wednesday, July 24; with the 29 – 31 being utilized if there are rain days.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Committee Special Meeting 07/16/2013
There is a special meeting set for the Arts and Culture Committee on Thursday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center. The special meeting will focus on artist selection for the 2014 exhibit calendar. Please call 906-228-0472 or e-mail arts-culture@mqtcty.org for more information
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Allouez Road Reconstruction Phase 2 07/12/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 15, 2013, Allouez Road from Jonathan Carver Road to East Nicolet Boulevard will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. Allouez Road from West Nicolet Boulevard to Jonathan Carver Road will be open only to local traffic. This is the second phase of this three phase project. This phase is scheduled to be substantially complete by August 10th.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Applications for Holiday Art Sale 07/10/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its 2013 Holiday Art Sale, on Saturday, November 23, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This holiday sale is open to all media: painting, photography, fibers, glass, jewelry, metals, wearable art, etc. It is our intention to create a broad rage of works to produce a well-rounded show. Artwork for sale must be made by the artist. This is a juried show that will not accept any kit, import, country craft or resale items. Applications are available online or can be picked up at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Senior Art Workshop Update 07/10/2013
Due to popularity and limited supplies, the Marquette Arts and Culture Center will now require seniors to sign up for this class. There will be a limit of 20-30 students per class depending on the months’ activity. To sign up, call the Senior Center at 228-0456. These free workshops are sponsored by the Reynolds Foundation and the Senior Center.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Baraga Avenue Closure 07/09/2013
On Thursday, July 11, Baraga Avenue will be closed to through traffic between McClellan Avenue and Seventh Street from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to allow for installation of water utilities associated with construction of the new Peninsula Bank at the corner of Baraga and McClellan. All businesses on Baraga will be open and access to businesses and homes on Baraga Avenue will be available from Seventh Street. Traffic will be detoured via McClellan Avenue, Washington Street, and Seventh Street. A similar closure and detour will occur next week at which time the public will be notified.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Cured-in-Place Sewer Pipe Lining 07/08/2013
Beginning the week of Wednesday, July 10, 2013, various areas in the City of Marquette will experience traffic disruptions due to cured-in-place sanitary sewer pipe lining operations. . The public is advised to use caution when traveling through these areas and be aware of all traffic control. Work will be continuing for the next five weeks on the following streets: Allouez Road, Front Street, Pioneer Road, Elder Drive, Fairway Avenue, Jonathan Carver Road, Radisson Drive, Saint Lusson Drive, Kimber Avenue, Union Street, and West Avenue. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during this construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fourth of July Fireworks Status and Updates 07/01/2013
The Fourth of July Committee and City of Marquette would like to keep residents well informed of the status of the fireworks display throughout the evening of the Fourth. Beginning at 8:00 p.m., the “go/no-go” status will be updated on the City’s website every half hour beginning at 8:00 p.m., until the last update is made at 10:20 p.m., at which time the final status will be posted. Please visit this page for updates.
   
 ANNOUNCEMENT: Volunteer Opportunities at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center 07/03/2013

Are you interested in meeting new friends, serving your community, and building your resume? Your opportunity has arrived, The Marquette Arts and Culture Center is now taking applications for volunteers! The MACC offers a variety of volunteer positions such as docent to the gallery, host at gallery and concert receptions, assisting in workshops, poster distribution, creating window displays, as well as the chance to take part in many other special events. There are numerous ways to get involved with the arts and culture center, if you’re interested in volunteering please drop by the MACC to pick-up your volunteer application or for more information please call (906) 228-0472, you may also e-mail arts-culture@mqtcty.org

 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette City Manager Offers Community Office Hours 07/03/2013
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will be holding his next community office hours on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, from 10:00 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  
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Opening of Presque Isle Marina and Boat Launch 07/01/2013
As of July 1, 2013, the Presque Isle Marina and Boat Launch will be open. The City of Marquette requires all boaters to obtain a launch permit to launch a boat at Presque Isle and Cinder Pond Marinas. Seasonal launch permits are available for purchase at Lakeview Arena Parks and Recreation office, located at 401 E. Fair Ave., the City of Marquette’s Treasurer’s office located at 300 W. Baraga Ave., and Presque Isle and Cinder Pond Marina offices. The cost is $50 per seasonal launch permit, and $12 for an additional launch permit (restrictions apply). Daily launch permits are $5.00 and are available in the red launch boxes located at Presque Isle and Cinder Pond Marinas.
   
FEATURE: Marquette Matters Newsletter 07/01/2013
A new issue of the Marquette Matters Newsletter for July/August 2013 has arrived. Click on the link above to check it out!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Regional Recreation Authority Meeting 06/28/2013
There will be a meeting of the Regional Recreation Authority Task Force on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in the Citizens Forum in Lakeview Arena located at 401 E. Fair Avenue. The topic of the meeting is to review proposals.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sunrise Dog Dash Route 06/28/2013
On Thursday, July 4, 2013, UPAWS will host the annual 1 mile and 2.5 mile Sunrise Dog Dash from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Road Closures for Fourth of July Parade 06/28/2013
Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2013, 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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Downtown Road Closures for Bike Jam 06/27/2013
On Friday, June 28, several downtown streets will be closed at the following times for the Bike Jam criterium.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Altamont Street Reconstruction Project 06/27/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013, Altamont Street from Spring Street to Baraga Avenue will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. This is the first phase of this three phase project. This phase is scheduled to be substantially complete by July 19th.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Closure 06/26/2013
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 6th due to the 4th of July holiday. The site will reopen on Monday, July 8, 2013. Hours are 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Summer Property Tax Bills 06/26/2013
Summer tax bills totaling approximately $30 million will be mailed to Marquette City property owners on June 28th. The due date for payment of City summer taxes was changed from August 4th to September 14th as a result of voter approval of the new City Charter in November 2012.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Independence Day 06/25/2013
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 Thursday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. The Fire and Police Departments will be staffed during this time. There will be no change in garbage pickup for City residents.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting 06/25/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Advisory Committee meeting, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday July 3rd at 5:30 p.m. has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 11th at 5:30 p.m. at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. The schedule change is due to the July 4th holiday. Community members are invited to attend, and there is an opportunity for public comment.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Aging Services Advisory Committee 06/25/2013
The Marquette City Commission has established a six-position Aging Services Committee to advise them on senior citizen needs in our community. Committee membership will include one representative from a senior housing organization, home care organization, health care organization, the Marquette County YMCA, and two resident representatives with appropriate background and interests. Members are required to be residents of the City of Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: West Washington Street Closure 06/24/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, and continuing through 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 28, Washington Street from Garfield Avenue to Seymour Avenue and Lincoln Avenue from Bluff Street to Washington Street will be closed to thru traffic to allow for construction of sewer and water utilities associated with the Veridea development on the site of the former Sara Lee Bakery at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Washington Street. Traffic will be detoured via Garfield Avenue, Bluff Street, and Seymour Avenue. All businesses will be open and vehicles traveling on Washington Street and Lincoln Avenue will have access to all businesses. Only the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Washington Street will be closed to vehicles.
   
FEATURE: Sail the Schooner S/V Denis Sullivan: Science Under Sail Lake Superior - Marquette, MI to Duluth, MN from July 22 - 25 06/20/2013

Come aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan and challenge your group to an intensive, adventure based academic program. Students develop a community of learning on the water, while investigating the physical, geological, chemical, and biological features of an aquatic environment.  While underway, students work with the professional crew and education staff to maintain a 24-hour watch system and are actively involved in all operations of the ship. 

This sail starts in Marquette, Michigan and arrives in time for Tall Ships event in Duluth, MN. Along the way, sail with other tall ships of the world during Tall Ships America’s Great Lakes Challenge Sail. 

Physical limitations and sailing knowledge are taken into consideration. The ship meets or exceeds U.S.C.G. regulations for small passenger and sailing school vessels. This sail is available to High School age students (or just graduated). 

All accommodations provided: food, lodging, beverages, and snacks. (Transportation to/from port of origin is separate.) $300 per person.

Learn more about the S/V Denis Sullivan click HERE or contact:

Jeff Phillips
Marine Operations Manager
Discovery World Ltd.
500 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414.765.8641

   
ANNOUNCEMENT: West Nicolet Boulevard to Jonathan Carver Road Street Closure 06/20/2013

Beginning at 7:00am on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 Allouez Road from West Nicolet Boulevard to Jonathan Carver Road will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. This is the first phase of this three phase project. This phase is scheduled to be substantially complete by July 15th.

The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction and advisory signing

Oberstar, Inc. is the general contractor for this project

The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.

 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Summer Events at Tourist Park 06/20/2013

The City of Marquette announces the summer schedule for youth art and nature programs at Tourist Park. There is no cost and a light snack of crackers and juice will be provided for the children at both art programs. For more information, contact the Tourist Park Staff at (906) 228-0465.

Wilderness Survival & Rescue
Tuesday, June 25, 1-3pm
Learn how to survive with limited resources and how to treat injuries that occur in the woods at the Tourist Park Campground. Youth Event.

Make a Birdhouse
Saturday, July 6, 1-3pm
Children will learn about North American mammals and then construct a bird house at the Tourist Park Campground.

Also offered:

Campfire Songs
Fridays, June 28 and July 26, 7-8pm
The campfire will be located in the community fire pit by the Tourist Park office and anyone is welcome to attend with no charge. The public is encouraged to bring their own instruments, snacks, and songs!

 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Special Arts and Culture Committee Meeting 06/20/2013
There is a special meeting set for the Arts and Culture Committee on Tuesday, June 25th at 5:30pm at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center. The committee will be discussing the Arts and Culture Master Plan request for proposal. The Master Plan will outline all Arts and Culture goals for the next 5 - 10 years. The purpose of this meeting is to identify scope of work and experience considered necessary for the planning firm or consultant.  
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Local Officers Compensation Commission Meeting 06/14/2013
The Local Officers Compensation Commission originally had scheduled their 2013 meeting for September 11. Due to a conflict, this meeting has been changed to Thursday, September 26, 2013, at noon in Room 103 of City Hall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fire and Police Pension Meeting Change 06/14/2013
The regular meeting of the Fire and Police Pension Board has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall, Room 103.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Living Statue Workshop 06/13/2013
The Marquette Arts and Culture Center will be holding a workshop called “Living Statue Movement Intensive” with instructor, Denise Townsend. Living Statues students will have the opportunity to showcase their new talent as the Tall Ships sail into Lower Harbor the weekend of July 19. The cost of this workshop is $50 for City residents and $55 for non. The class is scheduled for July 12 and 13 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., July 16-18, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and July 19, TBA.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Music in the Park Summer Schedule 06/13/2013
The City of Marquette announces the summer schedule for Music in the Park. Concerts take place in the Bandshell at Presque Isle on Friday nights at 6:00 p.m. This free event for the public showcases local and regional talent.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Organic Waste Recycling 06/13/2013
The City of Marquette is accepting organic waste recycling at the Municipal Service Center located at 850 W. Baraga Avenue. Material can be placed in the green Waste Management container located at the south east corner of the front parking lot during normal operational hours of Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please use paper food bags for delivery of items.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Art Center Instructors Needed 06/12/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is seeking instructors for the upcoming fall and winter class schedules. We are now accepting applications for any and all artistic courses. Each class will be featured in MACC’s comprehensive 2013-14 events brochure, which will also include events such as performances, special guests, gallery exhibits and receptions. Applications are available online or at our offices located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Intersection Painting 06/12/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, contracted crews will begin painting street intersection markings in the City of Marquette. Expect intermittent lane and intersection closures. Please use caution near the slow moving paint vehicles during this time. Also watch for cones in and around intersections which indicate the presence of wet paint. Work is expected to be completed the week of July 9th.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Thursday Painters 06/12/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its July exhibition: All Seasons by Thursday Painters. All Seasons will be on display for the month of July in the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. The public is invited to a closing reception that will be held on Thursday, July 25, from 6-8p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Mental Health and Wellness Commission 06/11/2013
Governor Snyder created the Mental Health and Wellness Commission in February when he issued Executive Order 2013-6. The six-member commission, chaired by Lt. Governor Calley, is tasked with strengthening the state’s mental health system. The Commission is taking their public hearings across the state and welcome individuals to come testify on Monday, June 17th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Presque Isle Pavilion located at 1 Peter White Drive, Marquette, Michigan.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lincoln Avenue Closure 06/11/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, Lincoln Ave will be closed to northbound traffic between Magnetic Street and College Avenue due to utility maintenance.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Board of Light and Power - Budget Public Hearing 06/06/2013
The Board of Light and Power of the City of Marquette will hold a public hearing on its 2013-14 operating budget on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Board of Light and Power's meeting room, 2200 Wright Street, Marquette, Michigan.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Invitation to Meet Sotkamo Forest Owners Delegation 06/05/2013
Delegates from Marquette’s Sister City of Kajaani, Finland are visiting Marquette June 10-18, 2013. The Sotkano Forest Owners will be here to study the forestry practices of the U.P. to compare with the forest practices of Finland. The Sister City program has been running since 1979 welcoming delegates into our community to learn and be immersed in a new culture. The Sister Cities program focuses on cultural understanding, international friendship and the sharing of ideas. The public is invited to welcome the Finns at K.I. Sawyer on Monday, June 10th at 9:00 p.m. On Tuesday, June 11th from 7:00-9:00 p.m., there will be a welcoming reception in the Huron Mountain Room at the Peter White Public Library. The public is encouraged to attend and there will be light refreshments available.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Seasonal Road to Mount Marquette Open 06/05/2013
As of 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, the road leading to Mount Marquette will be open for the season.
   
FEATURE: Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Comes to Marquette 06/04/2013
The 10th Anniversary Conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is quickly approaching. This annual meeting and conference will be held for the first time in Marquette June 19-21, 2013. Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor Calley will be in attendance at the conference, among hundreds of U.S. and Canadian mayors and administrators. For more information, visit their website: http://www.marquette2013.com/.
   
FEATURE: A Great Effort By Marquette Police! 06/03/2013
On Saturday at approximately 12:30 p. m., Officer Roth investigated a very unique and interesting complaint regarding a traffic issue. A mother duck and approximately a dozen ducklings decided to move locations from Park Cemetery to the Lower Harbor. In doing so they created quite a stir. The Police Department received calls and were flagged down by citizens with concerns with this move. The ducks were located near Snowbound Books on Third Street. Officer Roth was able to capture and transport them to the Harbor where they now seem to be content. One of the ducklings had an extended stay under the seat of the patrol car and was later returned to the mother. Click the link above for a photo.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Ribbon-Cutting for Tourist Park Beach Re-Opening 06/03/2013
The City of Marquette will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11th to celebrate the re-opening of the beach at Tourist Park. The ceremony will be held near the lifeguard station at the beach, and will be attended by City of Marquette staff and officials, Marquette Board of Light and Power staff and board members, and project stakeholders.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Community Office Hours 06/03/2013
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Special Meeting 05/29/2013
There will be a special meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena located at 401 East Fair Avenue. The topic of the special meeting will be the Tourist Park Master Plan.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: By Way of the Water: Celebrating Marquette's Legacy 05/29/2013
The City of Marquette announces By Way of the Water: Celebrating Marquette’s Legacy. Explore local history, art and the restoration of the Father Marquette statue. The week’s events will include live theatre and musical performances, tall ships, bus tours, exhibits, lectures, living statues and a celebration of the Father Marquette statue restoration.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lane Closure for Petunia Pandemonium 05/29/2013
Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013, S. Front Street/U.S. 41 (from Furnace St. to Jackson St. and from the round-a-bout to Fisher St.) will be tapered down to one lane heading north for the Marquette Beautification Committee’s annual planting of petunias. The lane is expected to be open to through traffic at 12:00 p.m. On Saturday, June 1, 2013, starting at 6:00 a.m. the southbound lane of S. Front Street/U.S. 41 (from Jackson to Furnace) will be tapered down to one lane heading south for the planting of petunias. The right turn lane of Genesee Street at the corner of S. Front Street/U.S. 41 will also be closed for the planting of petunias. All lanes are expected to be open to through traffic at 12:00 p.m. the same day.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: DDA Work Session Cancelled 05/22/2013
The previously scheduled planning work session on May 23, 2013, for the Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is cancelled due to unavailability of majority of board of directors.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sealed Bid Bicycle Auction 05/22/2013
On May 29, 2013, the Marquette Police Department will hold a sealed bid bicycle auction that will also feature other miscellaneous items. This auction will be held to reduce the number of found bicycles that have not been claimed. Viewing and bidding will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, between 12:00-6:00 p.m. Viewing and bidding will be held in the Cold Storage building located behind the Municipal Service Center building at 850 W. Baraga Avenue. Follow the orange cones to the building. The winning bidders will be notified by phone, and the items can be picked up on Wednesday, June 5, between 12:00-6:00 p.m. Payment is by cash or check only. For additional information or questions please call 228-0400.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Park Summer Hours 05/20/2013
The City of Marquette’s official park hours go into effect on Monday, May 20, 2013. City park hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Please note, there is no camping or overnight parking allowed in any City park.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Health Check Offered for Community Challenge 05/17/2013
There will be a health check offered at the Marquette Senior Center, 300 W. Spring Street, on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., as part of the 2013 MI Big Green Gym & Blues Community Challenge. Free height, weight, basic BMI and blood pressure screening will be offered. For a $5 fee blood sugar testing will also be available.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Memorial Day 05/16/2013
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 Street (in the Peter White Public Library); and the Municipal Service Center, 850 W. Baraga Avenue, will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. The Fire and Police Departments will remain staffed during this time. There will be no change in garbage pickup for City residents. Following the Memorial Day holiday, City Hall offices will begin summer hours, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any questions can be directed to the City Manager’s Office at 225-8102.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Summer Workshop Series 05/16/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center invites the community to register for the summer 2013 workshop series. This season the center is offering a wide variety of workshop genres and styles, including fine arts, movement, mixed media classes, free and drop-in courses and children’s workshops.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Artist Chosen for Sister City Exchange 05/15/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center and the Sister Cities Program are proud to announce the artist chosen to participate in the Sister City Artist Exchange to Higashiomi, Japan: Jason Limberg.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Arts and Culture Center Presents: Beth Millner Exhibit 05/15/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its June exhibition: Beth Millner’s painting and jewelry. Millner is a well-known jewelry maker in Marquette who owns her own shop, self-titled, on Washington Street. She will have a collection of paintings and jewelry on display. There will be an artist reception on Thursday, June 6, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Assembly 05/15/2013
The Marquette City Planning Commission will assemble to view and provide feedback on in-progress public plans during the Third Street Corridor Planning and Design Charrettes. No official business will be conducted. This will take place on Friday, May 17, 2013, and Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at the Marquette Commons.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Big Bay Relay 05/14/2013
On Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m. the Annual Big Bay Relay will once again take place. This event will start at the River Park Sports Complex on Hawley Street, proceed along Hawley Street and then northerly along County Road 550. No city streets will be closed for this event, however the public is asked to use caution while driving in this area.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: First Thursday's Concert Series Presents: Desire, Poetry, Music, and Dance 05/13/2013

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s Concert Series welcomes Desire: Poetry, Music and Dance on Thursday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m., in the Peter White Public Library’s Community Room. Carrie Biolo, who holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from DePaul University in Chicago and leader of the ensemble, is joined by performer and published poet, Beverly Matherne, dancer and performance artist, Maria Formolo, and dancer, Clara Biolo Thompson. Matherne will perform her original Cajun blues poetry in French and English set to original percussion music by Biolo, with captivating dance choreographed by NMU dance instructor Maria Formolo. This performance features vibraphone and percussion music accompanied by voice, movement, visual images and pre-recorded sound. In April of this year, the ensemble performed Cajun Blues in Sitges, Spain for the Catalonia-America Festival, as well as in Barcelona, Spain.

Biolo is cofounder of Percussive Attack Camp, percussionist with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and is a featured artist on Exploding Star Orchestra’s 2010 release, Stars Have Shape. She has traveled to Italy to perform at the prestigious St. Anna Arrissi Jazz Festival.

Beverly Matherne has a Ph.D. in Drama from Saint Louis University. A professor in the Department of English at Northern Michigan University, Matherne takes influence from her upbringing in New Orleans, with the culture, music, and language. She is author to six bilingual books of poetry.

Maria Formolo, also a professor at Northern Michigan University for multiple movement courses, is known for her collaborations with artists, composers, writers and mask makers. Currently she is teaching and developing a dance program at the University where she completed a Master’s Degree of Individualized Study, in 2011.

A donation of $5.00 is requested at the door to defray the artist’s cost. For more information please call (906) 228-0472 or e-mail arts-culture@mqtcty.org.

 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Water Main Break - East Washington Street 05/09/2013
Due to a water main break during the East Washington Street Reconstruction Project, area residents may experience air and discoloration in the water. Taps may need to be run to let out any air and to flush out any discoloration. Grit may build up in the aerators located at the ends of the faucets which may cause decrease in water flow. Simply clean out the aerator by removing it and tapping out any grit. If discoloration or low water flow continues, please contact the Department of Public Works at 228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter White Public Library Early Closure 05/08/2013
The Peter White Public Library will be closing at 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013 for a special event.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter White Public Library Board Special Meeting 05/08/2013
The Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Friday, May 10, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. in the Shiras Room at the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street. The special meeting will be held to discuss a property lease.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Band Summer Concert Schedule Announced 05/08/2013
The Marquette City Band proudly announces their 2013 summer concert dates! The City Band will perform seven themed concerts this season. Concerts are FREE to the public and are an amazing way to connect with friends, family, and neighbors.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Band Summer Auditions 05/06/2013
The Marquette City Band invites instrumentalists to audition for the coming summer concert season. The Marquette City Band performs concerts locally in Marquette throughout the summer. Rehearsals begin June 4th, and the final concert of the season takes place August 8th. Only new members to the band need to audition and no appointment is necessary.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presentation of Draft Economic Development Survey CANCELLED 05/03/2013
The previously noticed meeting has been cancelled.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presentation of Draft Economic Development Survey 05/03/2013
The City of Marquette will be holding a second community meeting on the draft Economic Development Survey at 6:00 p.m. on May 8th in Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena. All interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Harbor Advisory Committee Special Meeting 05/03/2013
The scheduled special meeting of the Harbor Advisory Committee on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in City Hall Room 103 located at 300 West Baraga Avenue has been changed to Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena located at 401 E. Fair Avenue. The topic of the special meeting will be waterfront strategic priorities.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Hope Starts Here Challenge 05/02/2013
On Saturday, May 11, 2013, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and continuing through 1:00 p.m., the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center will be hosting the 8th annual “Hope Starts Here Challenge.” Events will include 5k, 10k, and half marathon runs, a duathlon, and a family-friendly walk and bike ride on the multi-use path.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Marina and Boat Launch Closure 05/02/2013
The City of Marquette announces that Presque Isle Marina and boat launch will be closed to the public beginning May 6, 2013 until July 1, 2013, for the Presque Isle Marina Dredging Project, for approximately ten (10) weeks. Cinder Pond Marina boat launch is available to the community for the duration of the project.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Park Cemetery Spring Cleanup 05/02/2013
The City of Marquette is announcing that all Park Cemetery winter gravesite decorations must be removed before Monday, May 6, 2013. After May 6th, City crews will begin spring cleanup of the cemetery grounds and will dispose of such items left at gravesites.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Center Presents: LSAA's About Town 05/02/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces the continued community art project, put on by Lake Superior Art Association (LSAA) called, “About Town.”
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: MI Big Green Gym & Blues Community Challenge 05/02/2013
The City of Marquette has been chosen by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Michigan Recreation and Parks Association to compete in a community wellness challenge. The challenge will be between Kalamazoo, Grand Traverse and Marquette. The communities will compete based on how much exercise their team members record over an eight-week period
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sustainable Vision for Third Street Corridor 05/02/2013
The City of Marquette, with support from the Marquette DDA and Northern Michigan University, has received grant funding from the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority to conduct a comprehensive planning effort called the “Third Street Corridor Sustainable Development Plan.”
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager's Community Office Hours 04/30/2013
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. 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.
   
FEATURE: Olmsted's Report on Presque Isle 04/29/2013
Frederick Law Olmstead, renowned architect responsible for the landscape at Presque Isle, visited Presque Isle in September of 1891.  He graciously finished his report with the words “we beg to congratulate Marquette on having one of the most beautiful parks in the world, and to earnestly advise that its natural beauty be religiously preserved at whatever inconvenience, as it will be worth far more than everything that art and wealth can create in a park.”   
   
FEATURE: Marquette Matters Newsletter May/June 2013 04/29/2013
A new issue of the Marquette Matters Newsletter for May/June 2013 has arrived. Click on the link above to check it out!  
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City-Appointed Board and Committee Openings 04/26/2013
Marquette residents have the opportunity to get involved in the community by serving on a number of different City advisory boards and committees, many of which have current or upcoming openings.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: East Washington Street Closure and Reconstruction 04/26/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013, East Washington Street from Front Street to Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the street and underground utilities. The project is scheduled to be substantially complete by the end of June.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Revised Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Schedule 04/25/2013
The scheduled meetings for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board are now at 6:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The meeting location is Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Ave. for the remainder of the 2013 calendar year. The next regular meeting will be held on May 20, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in Citizens Forum.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Center Announces Icebreaker 04/24/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center and the Bonifas Arts Center of Escanaba present Icebreaker. An exhibit of student work created during classes and workshops at both sites.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Delays for Collections, Compost Site and Rubbish Site 04/24/2013
Due to the snow remaining on the ground, all curbside collections, as well as the opening of the Compost and Household Rubbish sites, will be delayed by an additional two weeks.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Downtown Development Authority to Hold Meeting 04/23/2013
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:30 AM at the Marquette DDA Offices, 203 S. Front Street.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: MML Selects Marquette to Host 2014 Annual Convention 04/23/2013
The Michigan Municipal League (MML) has selected Marquette to host its 2014 Annual Convention. This selection means that upward of 500 Michigan mayors, managers, and locally elected officials will descend to Marquette for the Convention September 16-19, 2014. The last time Marquette hosted the League Convention was in 2006. The City also hosted it in 1993 and 1989.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Cancelled 04/23/2013
The regular meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals scheduled for May 2, 2013 has been cancelled due to lack of agenda. The next scheduled meeting will be held on June 6, 2013.
   
FEATURE: Submit an Entry to the 2013 Blueberry Festival Poster Contest 04/22/2013

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority invites residents of all ages and skill levels to submit original artwork for the 2013 Blueberry Festival Poster contest. The selected design will be reproduced as a full-color, limited edition 10 x 13 inch poster. Original artwork in any medium is welcome but should not be larger than 11 x 17 inches and must not have been previously reproduced. The entry deadline is Monday, April 29th.

The winning entry will be determined by an online vote open to the public. Voting will take place Monday, May 13, through Wednesday, May 29, at www.downtownmarquette.org. All entries will be displayed at Marquette City Hall, 300 West Baraga Avenue, throughout that time period and will also be on exhibit at the Marquette Arts & Culture Center in July. In exchange for the rights to the selected artwork, the winner will receive $150 in gift certificates from downtown businesses and 10 posters. The wining poster will debut prior to the festival, which is scheduled for Friday, July 26.

The entry deadline is Monday, April 29. Bring or mail entries to the Marquette Downtown Development Authority, 203 S. Front St., Suite 1-B, Marquette, MI, 49855. A complete list of rules and the entry form is available at www.downtownmarquette.org.

 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Adapting to a Changing Climate - Part 2 04/22/2013
The City of Marquette will host the second public workshop for the development of an action plan to address "climate change adaptation." The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24th, in Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena (401 E. Fair Avenue) in Marquette, and will end by 8:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: YMCA Run/Walk and Closure of Pine Street 04/19/2013
The YMCA of Marquette County will be sponsoring its 13th annual YMCA Run/Walk on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Events will include a 10 mile and 10k run, a 5k run/walk, a 1 mile youth run, and a toddler trot.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Community Art Project- Decorate a Lake 04/19/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center in cooperation with the Superior Watershed Partnership and the DDA are pleased to announce a new community art project in preparation for the upcoming Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities conference that is scheduled for June 19-21, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Harbor Advisory Committee Special Meeting 04/18/2013
There will be a special meeting of the Harbor Advisory Committee on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in City Hall, Room 103 located at 300 West Baraga Avenue. The topic of the special meeting will be the waterfront strategic priorities.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: May Exhibition: LSAA Member Show 04/15/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its May exhibition: the Annual LSAA Member Show. This show is a collection of mixed medias all made by members of the Lake Superior Art Associations. This juried exhibit celebrates the coming of spring after a long U.P. winter which was spent engrossed in creativity. To recognize the achievements of these artists, prizes will be awarded.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: MACC 17th Annual Arts Awards 04/15/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to announce the winners for the seventh annual Marquette County Arts Awards. The Annual Arts Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Peter White Public Library Community Room. A celebratory reception will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Art Center in conjunction with Lake Superior Art Association’s Annual Members’ Exhibition on display in the Lower Level Gallery for the month of May.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" Community Walk 04/15/2013
On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and continuing through 7:30 p.m., there will be a community walk starting at the Northern Michigan University Center and proceeding as follows: Walk to begin at NMU University Center, then proceed east to Third Street, then south on Third Street to Magnetic St, then west on Magnetic St to Hebard Court, then north on Hebard Court and returning to the University Center. The community walk will occur only on the sidewalks and no roads will be closed, however the public is asked to be aware of pedestrians crossing the streets.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Park Cemetery Temporarily Closed to Vehicular Traffic 04/12/2013
Due to the recent heavy wet snowfall, Park Cemetery will be closed to vehicular traffic until Monday, April 15th.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Cleveland Avenue Closed 04/12/2013
Cleveland Avenue has been closed to through traffic from Lincoln Avenue to Sheridan Avenue for a utility repair. The closure is expected to last until approximately 7:00pm this evening.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice of Mailing to Marquette Homeowners 04/11/2013
The City of Marquette has been notified of an upcoming mailing from American Water Resources (AWR) of Michigan, a subsidiary of American Water. This is a utility insurance services similar to those you may have seen with your natural gas provider. This program is offered by AWR. This is not a City activity, or otherwise a City-initiated or endorsed program. The company provided the following information: www.AWRUSA.com/info or by contacting Barbara Boyarsky at BarbaraB@amwater.com or (856) 359-2794.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Concert Series Presents Gretchen McKenzie 04/10/2013
The Arts and Culture Center welcomes Gretchen McKenzie on Thursday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Peter White Public Library's Community Room.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arbor Day Foundation Names Marquette Tree City USA 04/09/2013
Marquette was named a 2012 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 32nd year Marquette has earned the national designation
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sister City Call for Exchange Artist 04/08/2013
The City of Marquette’s Sister Cities Program is now accepting applications for the 2013 Artist Exchange program. Deadline for applications is April 27, 2013. One artist will be selected to travel to Higashiomi, Japan on October 17-28 of 2013 as part of the Marquette Sister Cities delegation. To learn more about this amazing opportunity you are invited to attend an informational meeting on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Peter White Public Library from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Senior Task Force Special Meeting 04/03/2013
The City of Marquette Senior Task Force will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 8, 2013, at 9:00 am in Room 102 of City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Senior Center Facility Plan.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Delays for Collections, Compost Site and Rubbish Site 04/03/2013
Due to the snow, all curbside collections, as well as the opening of the Compost and Household Rubbish sites, will be delayed by two weeks.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Road Closure - 500 Block of Bluff Street 04/02/2013
Beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2nd, the 500 block of Bluff Street between 6th and 7th Streets will be closed to through traffic due to a utility repair. Repairs are expected to be completed by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3rd.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Road Closure - Portion of Lakeshore Blvd. 04/01/2013
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2nd, the 2700 block of Lakeshore Boulevard by the WE Energies Power Plant will experience traffic disruptions and a possible lane closure due to a utility repair. Repairs are expected to be completed by 5:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: High School Art Show 04/01/2013
The Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its April exhibition: High School Art Show. This collection of art work is by students in the Marquette Area, home schooled or attending Alternative High School at Graveraet, North Star Academy, and Marquette Senior High School. All different types of mediums are on display from painting, drawing, and ceramics.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Nominating Petitions 03/28/2013
The Marquette City Clerk's Office is accepting nominations for the City elective offices which will be filled this year. There will be two vacancies on the Marquette City Commission. There will be one vacancy on the Board of Light and Power. All offices are for three year terms.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City to Implement Summer Hours 03/28/2013
Summer operating hours will begin on May 28, 2013. City Hall Offices will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from May 28th through August 30th, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board April Meeting 03/27/2013
The regular meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. in the Citizens Forum has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. The meeting is rescheduled for Monday, April 15th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena located at 400 E. Fair Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Spring Cleanup for City of Marquette 03/27/2013
The Marquette Beautification & Restoration Committee will be holding its 35th Annual Spring Cleanup of the City of Marquette on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Actual clean-up dates will be anytime between April 13th and May 6th.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sister City Advisory Committee Special Meeting 03/27/2013
There will be a special meeting of the Sister City Advisory Committee on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. The topic of the meeting is to discuss the committee’s objectives and goals.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting Change 03/27/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will be holding their Committee meeting on Thursday, April 11th, at 6:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. Please note the Arts and Culture Committee meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 3rd. Community members are welcome to attend this meeting and there will be an opportunity for public comment.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Concert Series Presents: Troy Graham 03/27/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s Concert Series welcomes Troy Graham on Thursday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m., in the Peter White Public Library’s Community Room.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 2013 Marquette - Higashiomi Delegation Visit 03/27/2013
The City of Marquette’s Sister Cities Program is now accepting applications for the 2013 Higashiomi Delegation Visit. Ten delegates will travel to Japan to visit our Sister City October 17-28, 2013. To learn more about this once in a lifetime opportunity we invite you to attend an informational meeting on Saturday, April 13, 2013, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Peter White Public Library. To request an application, please contact the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center at 228-0472. The application deadline is April 20, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Intergovernmental Work Session Location Change 03/25/2013
The meeting location of the Marquette City Commission Joint Intergovernmental Work Session scheduled for Monday, April 1st, at 8:00 a.m. in City Hall Commission Chambers has been changed to the Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena. The topic of the meeting is to discuss regional traffic management.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Senior Center Task Force Special Meeting 03/22/2013
There will be a special meeting of the Senior Center Task Force on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 102 of City Hall. The topic of this special meeting is to review the discussions of the recent community informational meetings for the Senior Center Facility Plan.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter White Public Library Holiday Closures 03/22/2013
The Peter White Public Library will be closed Friday, March 29, 2013 and Sunday, March 31, 2013 for Good Friday and Easter holidays.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeshore Boulevard Restoration Project Meeting 03/22/2013
The City of Marquette, in cooperation with the Superior Watershed Partnership, will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Citizen's Forum room of Lakeview Arena. The purpose of the meeting is to review and gather public input on five concepts developed for the potential redesign and restoration of a 3,000 foot section of Lakeshore Boulevard and adjacent Lake Superior shoreline.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Offices Closed for Good Friday 03/21/2013
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, March 29th, in observance of Good Friday. The Fire and Police Departments will be staffed during this time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: April Community Office Hours 03/21/2013
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.-Noon in the main floor conference room of the Peter White Public Library. Please note the Community Office Hours was originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 10th. 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.
   
FEATURE: 30th Annual Pigs-N-Heat Game Success 03/21/2013
The Pigs-N-Heat annual benefit hockey game began in 1983 to raise money to assist families whose homes were lost to fire. The game features players from Marquette County Fire and Police Departments in a competitive rivalry. This year's game was held on March 13th, with the "Pigs" taking the title for this anniversary game, but the ultimate winners are the community members that benefit from this fundraiser. The support from this benefit has helped give over $350,000 to fire victims over the last 30 years. Check out a few photos from the event!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Downtown Development Authority Planning Sessions 03/18/2013
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will hold planning work sessions on the following dates: March 21, April 25, and May 23, 2013. All meetings are at 7:30 a.m. at the DDA offices located at 203 S. Front St., Suite 1-B.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Special Meeting 03/15/2013
There will be a special meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 6:00p.m. in the Citizens Forum in Lakeview Arena located at 401 East Fair Avenue. The topic of the special meeting will be the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Bylaws.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Work Session- City Manager and Attorney Evaluations 03/13/13
The Marquette City Commission will be holding a Work Session to discuss the City Manager and City Attorney evaluation process and goals for the City Manager and City Attorney. The Work Session will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. in Room 103 of Marquette City Hall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Capital Outlay Budget Work Session Cancelled 03/13/13
The Marquette City Commission Capital Outlay Budget Work Session that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. in Room 103 of Marquette City Hall has been cancelled.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeview Arena Announces Skating Schedule Change 03/13/13
The Lakeview Arena has announced changes to the drop-in hockey schedule. Please use the link above for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Audio Connection Issues for the Live Broadcast of the Marquette City Commission Meeting March 11, 2013 03/12/13
Due to a loose audio connection, the Marquette City Commission meeting's live broadcast of the March 11, 2013 was barely audible. The problem has been corrected. Those who would like to watch the rebroadcast of the March 11, 2013 Marquette City Commission meeting may do so at various times throughout the week. Please see link above for schedule.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Senior Center Facility Plan Informational Meetings 03/08/13
The Marquette Senior Center along with the City of Marquette Senior Task Force has set dates for four community information sessions to discuss the Senior Center facility plan. Please see link above for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: A Place for Teens 03/07/13
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center engages teens with new free arts programs and workshops. Teens are invited to drop-in after school to work on sketches, practice acoustic instruments, or use the space for recreational time. MACC will provide a welcoming atmosphere, sketch books, art magazines, hot beverages and popcorn. The intent is to involve teens in the Center and offer resources to help develop their creative potential.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: High School Art Exhibit 03/07/13
Any high school student is eligible to enter an art piece into the first High School Art Show at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center in April. The show is non-juried and any medium is welcome. Videos submitted have the opportunity to be shown on Channel 21. All art must be gallery ready.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Community Office Hours Time Change 03/06/13
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next community office hours on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. in the main floor conference room of the Peter White Public Library. Please note the time change from the previously announced start time of 10:00 a.m.
   
FEATURE: 2013 30th Annual Pigs & Heat Hockey Game 03/04/2013
On Wednesday, March 13th at 7:00pm, the Marquette County Police and Fire Departments square off on the ice at Lakeview Arena. All proceeds from the game go to the Marquette Fire Relief Fund. Since its inception in 1984, the Pigs & Heat Hockey Game has raised over $375,000 for fire victims throughout Marquette County. Tickets are on sale at the Marquette Police Department window in City Hall and City Fire Halls for $1.00.
   
FEATURE: 2013 Downtown Marquette Farmer's Market 03/04/13
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. The market will be open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Marquette Commons, located at 112 South Third Street, Marquette. The regular season will begin on May 25th and run through October 26th.  
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Harbor Advisory Committee Meeting 03/04/13
The Harbor Advisory Committee’s regularly scheduled meeting on February 19, 2013 that was cancelled due to inclement weather has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in room 103 of City Hall, located at 300 W. Baraga Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: MACC Presents National Quilting Day 03/01/13
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center presents National Quilting Day on Saturday, March 16, at 11:00 a.m., in the Peter White Public Library’s Community Room.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Cancelled 02/28/13
The regular meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals scheduled for March 7, 2013 has been cancelled due to lack of agenda. The next scheduled meeting will be held on April 4, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant 02/27/13
The Marquette City Commission will hold a meeting to consider the public input on the City of Marquette’s Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) Grant Application to construct a permanent restroom facility at Presque Isle Park Band Shell, Williams Park, and Harlow Park. The meeting will be held in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013. Any person wishing to comment on the MNRTF grant application may do so at that time. Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office prior to the meeting.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Seasonal Launch Permits 02/27/13
Beginning March 1, 2013 the City of Marquette will require all boaters to obtain a launch permit to launch a boat at either Cinder Pond or Presque Isle Marinas.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Offers Community Office Hours 02/25/13
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will be holding his next community office hours on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, from 10:00 a.m.-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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Economic Development Planning Conversation 02/22/13
The City of Marquette is hosting a community conversation regarding the results of a recent Community Assessment of Economic Development. The discussion will take place on February 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Citizen's Forum Room at Lakeview Arena.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Special Meeting 02/22/13
A special Arts and Culture Committee meeting will be held on February 27, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. to review staff’s recommendation for the Presque Isle Sign RFP. This special meeting will be held at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Work Session 02/22/13
The Marquette City Planning Commission will hold a work session on Monday, February 25, at 6:00 p.m. to review and deliberate regarding the street projects portion of the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). This meeting is open to the public.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Senior Task Force Meeting Notice 02/20/13
There will be a meeting of the Senior Task Force to discuss the Senior Center Facility Plan on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 102 of Marquette City Hall located at 300 W. Baraga Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee Special Meeting 02/20/13
There will be a special meeting of the Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Moosewood Nature Center located at 2 Peter White Drive. The topic of the special meeting will be the Presque Isle Park Inclusive Playground Project.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee Special Meeting 02/20/13
There will be a special meeting of the Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall room 102 located at 300 W. Baraga Avenue. The topic of the special meeting will be the Presque Isle Park Inclusive Playground Project.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeshore Boulevard Emergency Road Closure 02/19/13
Beginning immediately, Lakeshore Blvd. will be closed from Wright St. to Hawley St. due to ice and snow build up from the storm producing flooding of the road. It is unknown at this time when the road will be re-opened. A public service announcement will be released to announce when the road will be re-opened.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled 02/19/13
The Marquette City Planning Commission meeting for February 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. has been cancelled due to the closing of City Hall for inclement weather. The public hearing for the Sign Ordinance amendments will be heard at the next regular scheduled Planning Commission meeting on March 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of City Hall (300 W. Baraga St.).
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed Due to Inclement Weather 02/19/13
Offices at Marquette City Hall, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena will be closed today, February 19, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. for the remainder of the day due to inclement weather. Marquette Police and Fire Departments will remain staffed during this time. City-appointed board and committee meetings scheduled for this evening have also been postponed at this time. This includes meetings for the Harbor Advisory Committee, Traffic/Parking Advisory Committee, and the Planning Commission.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces March exhibition: Another Hit of Fresh Air 2/15/2013
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its March exhibition: Another Hit of Fresh Air by local artist group, Painters on the Loose. This collection of artists often paints outdoors, "en plein air." Painting outdoors allows artists to enjoy local landscape while providing them with a rich source of inspiration.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: PWPL Board of Trustees Joint Meeting Notice 02/14/13
The Peter White Public Library Township Advisory Council and the Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a special joint meeting Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Shiras Room at the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street. The topics of the special meeting will be library programs, services, and operations.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Climate Change Adaptation Planning 02/12/13
Michigan State University Extension (MSU-E), in partnership with the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA), the City of Marquette, and the Superior Watershed Partnership, is hosting A Community Conversation on Climate Variability and Change. The event will take place on February 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Concert Series Presents: Derrell Syria 02/12/13
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s Concert Series welcomes Derrell Syria on Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m., in the Peter White Public Library’s Community Room.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Presidents Day 02/11/13
Offices at Marquette City Hall, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena will be closed on Monday, February 18th, in recognition of Presidents Day. Marquette Police and Fire Departments will remain staffed.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planning Commission Work Session 02/08/13
The Marquette City Planning Commission will hold a work session from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 in Room 103 of City Hall (300 W. Baraga Ave.). The purpose of the work session is to begin review of street and utilities projects in the fiscal year 2013-2014 Capital Improvements Plan.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Organic Waste Recycling 02/08/13
The City of Marquette is now accepting organic waste recycling at the Municipal Service Center located at 850 W. Baraga Avenue. Material can be placed in the green Waste Management container located at the south east corner of the front parking lot during normal operational hours of Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Listing of Acceptable Items
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Bike Path Maintenance for U.P. 200 02/07/13
The bike path along Lakeshore Blvd., from Mattson Park going through Founders Landing, is not being maintained due to the upcoming U.P. 200. The bike path will resume maintenance on February 18, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette City Commission Facility Tours 02/07/13
The Marquette City Commission will be participating in facility tours of the Marquette Municipal Service Center, the Marquette Water Filtration Plant, and the Marquette Area Wastewater Treatment Facility prior to upcoming Capital Outlay Budget Work Sessions. No official business of the City will be conducted. The tour will begin on Wednesday, February 27th, at 8:00 a.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager's Community Office Hours 02/06/13
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will hold his next Community Office Hours on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the main floor conference room of the Peter White Public Library.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Open Skate Cancellations 02/06/13
Lakeview Arena has announced changes to the open skating schedule due to the MIO Figure Skating Competition
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: U.P. 200 and Downtown Showdown Road Closures 02/04/13
Several streets will be closed to thru traffic at various times for the annual U.P. 200 & Midnight Run Dog Sled Races and inaugural Downtown Showdown snowboard and ski competition.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: DTMB Seeks Data Center Co-Location/Server Hosting Support Services 02/01/13
The State of Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management & Budget, Procurement has issued a Request for Proposals regarding Data Center Co-Location/Server Hosting Support Services. The deadline for questions is February 8, 2013. The deadline for bid responses is April 26, 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.govbids.com/scripts/Bid4Michigan/public/OpenBids/BidStatus.asp?TN=111673
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Snow Safety 02/01/13
With the winter season upon us, the City of Marquette is asking all residents to refrain from building tunnels or forts inside snow banks by the street. Snow banks near the road can be a dangerous area to play as plow drivers and snow removal crews may not be able to see children playing in the snow banks. In addition, snow removal operations may weaken the structure of the bank, increasing the chance of a cave in.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Board of Zoning Appeals February 7, 2013 Meeting 01/30/13
The Board of Zoning Appeals regular meeting on February 7, 2013 has been cancelled due to lack of agenda. The next scheduled meeting will be held on March 7, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette City Commission Special Meeting Regarding County Road 595 01/29/13
The Marquette City Commission will be having a Special Meeting on Thursday, January 31st, at 8:00 a.m. in Commission Chambers of City Hall to discuss issues resulting from the decision not to construct County Road 595.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee Special Meeting 01/25/13
The City Commission Work Session scheduled for Thursday, January 31st, at 8:00 a.m. in Room 103 of City Hall has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. A new meeting date has not yet been set.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Commission Fundraising Work Session Rescheduled 01/23/13
The City Commission Work Session scheduled for Thursday, January 31st, at 8:00 a.m. in Room 103 of City Hall has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. A new meeting date has not yet been set.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Special Sister City Advisory Committee Special Meeting 01/22/13
There will be a special meeting of the Sister City Advisory Committee on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center. The meeting is to prepare for an upcoming Joint Work Session with the City Commission. Please call 906-228-0472 or e-mail arts-culture@mqtcty.org for more information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City to Host Third Annual Open House 01/18/13
The community is invited to the City of Marquette Annual Community Open House on Tuesday, February 5, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Concert Series Presents Bobby Bullet 01/18/13
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s Concert Series welcomes Bobby Bullet on Thursday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m., in the Peter White Public Library’s Community Room.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lincoln Avenue Road Closure 01/17/13
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013, Lincoln Avenue will be closed between Center Street and Wright Street for utility work.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Joint Work Session with Marquette City Commission and Sister City Advisory Committee 01/16/13
The Joint Work Session with the Marquette City Commission and the Sister City Advisory Committee scheduled for Tuesday, January 22nd, at 5:15 p.m. in Room 103 of City Hall has been cancelled.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 17th Annual Arts Awards Request for Nominations 01/11/13
The City of Marquette is welcoming citizens to anonymously nominate deserving members of the community to be considered for the 2013 Annual Arts Awards.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 2013 Winter/Spring Conference Series 01/11/13
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center invites the community to register for the Spring/Winter 2013 Workshop series. This season the Center is offering a wide variety of workshop genres and styles, including fine arts, mixed media classes, free and drop-in courses and children’s workshops.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Closures for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon 01/09/13
The following streets will be closed from 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013 to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013 for the 2013 Noquemanon ski, skijoring, snowshoeing, and snow bike events.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Open Skate Cancellation 01/09/13
The City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena announces that Open Skating will be cancelled Saturday, January 12, 2013 due to the Mite Jamboree.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Hazardous Materials Exercise 01/07/13
Local Fire, Police, EMS and hospital agencies will be participating in a hazardous material exercise on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Included in the exercise is the Michigan National Guard Civil Support Team that is headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan. This is the first exercise that this National Guard Unit has participated in the local area.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Open Skate Cancellation 01/04/13
The City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena announces that Open Skating will be cancelled Saturday, January 5, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Tourist Park Lake 01/02/13
The City Fire Department cautions residents and visitors about walking on the Tourist Park lake ice. Tourist Park Lake is actually a moving body of water that is used for electric power generation. As such, water may move and fluctuate in depth. This at times, can make for unstable and dangerous ice conditions.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Playground 01/02/13
The City of Marquette invites participation in a meeting to review plans for a new Presque Isle Park playground. [Poster]
   
2012 News Flash Headlines
ANNOUNCEMENT: Christmas Tree Drop-Off Sites 12/26/12
Properties paying the “Garbage/Yard Waste” fee on their monthly bills (green bag users) are eligible to use the Christmas tree drop-off sites. Owners and tenants of properties not paying the fee should contact their regular waste hauler for service. These sites are supported by fees, not taxes.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lincoln Ave. Road Closure 12/27/12
Beginning immediately, Lincoln Ave. is closed between Magnetic St. and Cleveland Ave. for a water main break.  Closure is anticipated to last until 6:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Water Meter Replacement 12/21/12
Beginning January 2013, the City of Marquette Water Department will be replacing water meters in the South Marquette neighborhoods. It is part of our on going capital outlay project to replace existing water meters with new meter technology. Residents will be notified via door hanger to contact the City of Marquette Water Department to schedule an appointment. If you have any questions, contact the City of Marquette Water Department at (906) 225-8997.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed Due to Inclement Weather 12/20/12
Offices at Marquette City Hall, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena will be closed today at 3:30 p.m. for the remainder of the day due to inclement weather. Marquette Police and Fire Departments will remain staffed during this time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Joint Work Session with City Commission and Sister City Advisory Committee 12/20/12
The Joint Work Session with the Marquette City Commission and the Sister City Advisory Committee scheduled for Thursday, December 20th, at 5:15 p.m. in Room 103 of City Hall has been postponed due to inclement weather. The meeting will be rescheduled for a later date and time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Tourist Park Land Use Plan 12/20/12
The City of Marquette invites the participation of all interested community members in the land use planning process for Tourist Park. The plan will address all aspects of the public space, beach front, and campground at the park.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: New Year's Eve Ball Drop 12/20/12
On Monday, December 31, from 11:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., the intersection of Front Street and Washington Street will be closed for the annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fourth Annual Disco Ball Drop Open Skate at Lakeview Arena 12/20/12
The 4th Annual Disco Ball Drop Open Skating will be held at Lakeview Arena on New Years Eve, Monday, December 31, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Bring the whole family, dress in disco, and skate to your favorite 70’s tunes. Admission is $3, or $2 if dressed in costume. Costume contest at 2:30 p.m. for prizes! Skate rentals available on a limited basis – arrive early!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Holidays 12/17/12
Offices at Marquette City Hall, the Arts & Culture Center, located in the Peter White Public Library, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays on Monday, December 24th; Tuesday, December 25th; Monday, December 31st; and Tuesday, January 1st.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Biosolids Storage Facility Dedication 12/14/12
The Marquette Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, located at 1930 U.S. Hwy. 41 South, has scheduled a dedication of the recently constructed Biosolids Storage Facility for Thursday, December 20, 2012. The Dedication is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 17th Annual Arts Awards Request for Nominations 12/14/12
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is welcoming citizens to anonymously nominate deserving members of the community to be considered for a Marquette County Arts Award.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Design Proposals for the 2013 Marquette County Annual Arts Awards 12/14/12
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its 2013 Marquette County Annual Arts Awards call for award design proposals. Each chosen artist will receive a hand-crafted award during the ceremony. The artist selected to complete this project will be required to create one award for each of the 10 award categories.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Shots and Stories Submissions Sought 12/7/12
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces call for artists to participate in the annual “Shots and Stories” exhibit. This show will be on display downstairs in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s largest workshop room for the months of February and March. Photographers who are interested in telling stories about their work are invited to submit their work to this non-juried show. There is no submission fee.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Right of Way Removal 12/6/12
With the winter season upon us, the City of Marquette is asking all residents to please remove all portable items from the right-of-way with the anticipation of the up coming snow removal season. Examples of portable items would be basketball nets, lawn ornaments, landscaping rocks, bricks and/or boulders. Any permanent structures that have been placed in the right-of-way are the resident’s responsibility to clearly mark the location for any future snow removal activities that may occur. Any damage that may occur to any personal items that are located in the right-of-way will not be replaced and/or repaired by the City of Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Offers Community Office Hours 12/5/12
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will be holding his next community office hours on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, from 10:00 a.m.-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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Be a Part of the Planning for Tourist Park Land Use! 12/5/12
The City of Marquette invites the participation of all interested community members in the land use planning process for Tourist Park. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 13, 2012, from 6-8pm, at the Citizens Forum located at Lakeview Arena at 401 E. Fair Ave.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Tourist Park Land Use Plan (UPDATE) 12/3/12
The December 3, 2012 Tourist Park Land Use Community Planning session scheduled at the Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena has been canceled. The planning session will be rescheduled for December 13, 2012 from 6pm-8pm at the Citizens Forum. We apologize for any inconvenience.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Winter Tax Bills Mailed on November 30th 12/3/12
The 2012 Winter Tax Bills were mailed November 30, 2012. They are payable from December 1, 2012 through February 15, 2013 without penalty. A 3% penalty is applied to the taxes February 15th through February 28th . If you have not received a Tax Bill and should have, please contact the City Treasurer's office at (906) 228-0475.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Tourist Park Land Use Plan 11/30/12
The City of Marquette invites the participation of all interested community members in the land use planning process for Tourist Park. The plan will address all aspects of the public space, beach front, and campground at the park.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Winter Property Tax Bills Mailed 11/29/12
Winter tax bills totaling $1.4 million will be mailed to Marquette City property owners tomorrow. Tax collection begins December 1, 2012 adn payments are accepted at the City Treasurer's office without penalty through February 14, 2013.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Mount Marquette Road Closure 11/28/12
Effective today, November 28, 2012, the road leading up to Mount Marquette has been closed for the season. If there are any questions, please contact the Public Works department at (906) 228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Boards and Committees Openings 11/27/12
Marquette residents have the opportunity to get involved in the community by serving on a number of different City boards and committees, many of which have current or upcoming openings. [Application form]
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Playground 11/26/12
City of Marquette invites the participation of all interested community members in the planning and design of an inclusive playground facility for Presque Isle Park. The new facility will replace the existing playground at the park.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Road Closure 11/26/12
Effective today, November 26, 2012, the road around Presque Isle has been closed for the season. If there are any questions, please contact the Public Works department at (906) 228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Picnic Rocks Parking Lot Closure 11/24/12
Due to inclement weather the parking lot at Picnic Rocks will be closed until November 27, 2012, when the Department of Public Works can clear the debris.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Tuba Christmas 11/26/12
TUBA CHRISTMAS is an international event and is held on various dates during the Christmas season in hundreds of different cities across the United States and in other countries. It has been a tradition in cities throughout the world since the first Tuba Christmas event was held on the Ice Rink Stage of New York City’s Rockefeller Center on Sunday, December 22, 1974.
Participation is open to tuba and euphonium players (high school age and older). You can check out www.tubachristmas.com for information about the event and/or type in “tubachristmas” on YouTube to see what it’s like at various places such as New York, Chicago and Grand Rapids. We are expecting around 30 musicians to participate from all across the Upper Peninsula!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Wins Safe and Sustainable Snow Fighting Award 11/21/12
The City of Marquette has won a 2012 Safe and Sustainable Snow Fighting award from the Salt Institute for excellence in environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Thanksgiving Holiday Garbage Collection 11/19/12
There will NOT be a delay in garbage collection due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Garbage collection will remain on schedule. If you have any questions contact the City of Marquette Public Works Department at 906-228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Turkey Trot Run/Walk 11/19/12
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. the Marquette Senior High School will hold its annual 5K and 10K Turkey Trot Run/Walk.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Channel 21 Service Disruption 11/16/12
The City of Marquette has experienced a failure with the equipment that is used to broadcast programming on the government access channel 21. Replacement parts are scheduled to be installed on November 19th , with broadcasting resuming as soon as possible. Videos of City Commission meetings and public service announcements are still accessible on the City website. We apologize for any inconvenience.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Work Requiring Street Pavement Restoration 11/14/12
With the local asphalt plants shut down, contractors and homeowners are reminded that work in the City right of way that requires street pavement or curb removal and restoration is prohibited. This restriction will remain in effect until the spring when the frost is out of the ground and the asphalt plants are operating. This restriction will not apply to emergency repairs such as broken sewer and water lines. Special circumstances will be reviewed on a case by case basis for approval.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving 11/13/12
City offices located at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue; the Municipal Service Center, 850 W. Baraga Avenue; and the Lakeview Arena, 410 E. Fair Avenue, will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22nd and 23rd, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Fire and Police Departments will be staffed during this time. Any questions can be directed to the City Manager’s Office at 228-0435.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade 11/09/12
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is extending an invitation to all local businesses, organizations, musicians and bands to enter a decorated float, vehicle or marching unit in the second annual Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade, scheduled for Thursday, November 29, at 6 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Walking Trails Closed 11/08/12
Presque Isle Park walking trails will be closed on Friday, November 9, 2012 and Friday, November 16, 2012 due to trail maintenance. If there are any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (906) 228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Offers Community Office Hours 11/08/12
Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda will be holding his next community office hours on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, from 10:00 a.m.-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.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Household Rubbish Drop-Off Site Closed for the Season 11/07/12
The City of Marquette Household Rubbish drop-off site located off of Wright Street, between Presque Isle and Lakeshore Blvd, will close for the season Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. The site will reopen in the spring, weather permitted. If you have any questions contact the City of Marquette Public Works Department at 906-228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Closed for the Season 11/07/12
The City of Marquette Compost drop-off site located off of Lakeshore Boulevard, at the old Cliffs Dow site, will close for the season Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. The site will reopen in the spring, weather permitted. If you have any questions contact the City of Marquette Public Works Department at 906-228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: New Gallery Exhibition: Visual Textures 11/05/12
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center and Lake Superior Art Association are proud to present the new gallery exhibition, Visual Textures. This exhibition will be on display from December 4, 2012 through January 4, 2013. There will be an opening reception for the show on the evening of Thursday, December 6, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Winter Hours 11/02/12
Presque Isle Park winter hours, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. will go into effect on Sunday, November 4, 2012. If you have any questions, contact the City of Marquette Community Service - Parks and Recreation Division at (906) 228-0460.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Investigation - Damage to the Father Marquette Statue 11/02/12
The Marquette Police announce the investigation into the damage to the Father Marquette Statue located at 501 S. Front Street in the City of Marquette. On November 1st at approximately 5:15pm, Marquette Police took the report of damage that had been done to the Father Marquette Statue. The damage consisted of the statue being spray painted with red paint over the face and chest area. The crime is believed to have happened between October 30th and 31st . A $500.00 reward has been offered by the Marquette Beautification Committee for information leading to the arrest of the individual/individuals responsible for the damage. Anyone with information can contact the police by calling 228-0400.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Receives Entrepreneurial Award 11/01/12
The City of Marquette has been recognized for its work to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development in a study by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. Marquette was honored as a four-star community, along with 53 other communities across the State.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 2012 Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest Winners 10/30/12
Click the link above to see the 2012 Fire Poster Contest Winners from Fire Prevention Week..
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery 10/30/12
The City of Marquette Fire Department would like to remind City residents to “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” as we adjust to Eastern Daylight time on November 4, 2012. Our annual campaign is to remind residents that battery replacement in their smoke detectors is part of a sound home safety strategy. This year, Energizer Battery has donated three cases of 9 volt batteries for use during this promotion. Working smoke detectors double your chances of surviving a house fire. Telephone, or stop by the Marquette Fire Department on Third Street, for a free battery. The batteries will be given one (1) per household as long as supplies last.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest Winners 10/26/12
Marquette Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest winners will receive rides to school on fire trucks. On Monday, October 29, the first winner will be picked up at 0730 and dropped off at Bothwell Middle School at 0750.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Monster Dash 5K Run/Walk 10/25/12
On Sunday, October 28, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Marquette Senior High School will hold a Monster Dash 5K Run/Walk.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Promotional Fund Application 10/24/12
Applications for the Promotional Fund will be accepted from the period of November 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Welcomes Senior Advisor from Abu Dhabi 10/23/12
Mayor John Kivela, Mayor Pro Tem John DePetro, City Manager Bill Vajda, and Sister City Advisory Committee member, Sue Acocks, welcomed His Excellency Mohamed Al Hameli of the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development on Monday.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Clerk's Office Postpones Sales of Permits 10/23/12
Due to the presidential election, pet licenses and off leash area permits will not be sold November 2-9, 2012.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Final Community Visioning Workshop 6 of 6 10/22/12
The Marquette City Planning Commission invites Marquette residents and business owners to participate in the final community visioning workshop, to be held at the Marquette Commons on October 23rd beginning at 6:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Voters Encouraged to Consider Revision 10/19/12
Charter Commission encourages City of Marquette Voters to consider the City Charter Revision Proposition and to vote on November 6th.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Holiday Art Sale 10/17/12
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to announce the 2012 Holiday Art Sale, held on Saturday, December 1st from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette is 400th Market to Receive 4G Service 10/17/12
Verizon Wireless has chosen Marquette, Michigan as its symbolic 400th 4G LTE market because it represents the growth of the nation's largest 4G LTE network beyond America's largest cities and helps to expand its reach to every corner of the United States.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Trick or Treat in Downtown Marquette 10/17/12
Downtown Marquette district businesses are pleased to provide a safe and fun opportunity for children to trick or treat on Saturday, October 27 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Parade your little ghosts and goblins door to door to collect goodies from many local businesses. To ensure treats - please visit those businesses with orange "Trick or Treat" signs in the windows! We ask that motorists take extra care while navigating downtown during these hours as well.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Day of the Dead Celebration October 20th 10/16/12
Presented by Veronica Peterson, originally from Mexico City. Learn the tradition behind the Mexican Holiday. Decorate traditional Sugar Skulls, taste the Pan De muertos, Create the Papel Picado Banners and listen to live music. From 3pm to 5pm at the Peter White Public Library Community Room.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Holidays Light Up Third Street and Downtown 10/11/12
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is extending an invitation to all local businesses, organizations, musicians and bands to enter a decorated float, vehicle or marching unit in the second annual "Winter Snow Fun" Holiday Parade, scheduled for Thursday, November 29.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City's Fire Protection Rating Improves 10/11/12
The City of Marquette was recently informed that its public fire protection rating improved from a five to a three.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Rescheduled Fire Prevention Week Display and Parade 10/11/12
Be advised that the annual display and parade that was cancelled last week due to weather, will take place October 13th from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm at Harlow Park. This event will take place, rain or shine. We encourage everyone to come out and see the fire trucks, talk to the firemen, and participate in the free raffles.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: History in the Making 10/11/12
Like this historic article from 1952 (courtesy of the Mining Journal) our community has an opportunity to adopt a new City Charter that has been updated to reflect the needs of our time. The new Charter would eliminate 75 outdated, confusing and conflicting provisions; promote economic growth; require better communications with the community; establish ethical standards for all elected and appointed bodies as well as City Staff; and would require intergovernmental cooperation. In 1951 the issues facing the community were very different; however, the need for an updated Charter is much the same. Our Community will have the opportunity to adopt the new City Charter at the November 6, 2012 Election.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: First Halloween Spectacle 10/11/12
On October 27, 2012 the City and Downtown Development Authority will host a large-scale community outdoor performance of giant puppetry, percussion and theatrical dance. Ravens on skates, zombie folk dancers, stilt walking spirits, a life-size dragon and skeleton marching band are just a few of the enchanted. As the evening grows dark, the community is invited to join in processions throughout the City converging in the Marquette Commons to witness Marquette’s first Halloween Spectacle.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Marina Project Recommendation 10/11/12
On October 9, 2012, a representative from the City's Harbor Advisory Committee presented their report and recommendation for the Presque Isle Marina project to the City Commission.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Winter Parking Ban 10/09/12
The City’s winter parking ban will be in effect beginning November 1. The winter parking ban requires owners of vehicles to find off street parking between the hours of 1:00am and 6:00am each night. The winter parking ban will be in effect from November 1, 2012 until April 1, 2013. The fine for violating the parking ban is $50 or $55 if unpaid after 14 days. Marquette residents are encouraged to find alternate off street parking before the parking ban goes into effect.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeshore Boulevard Road Work 10/08/12
From Monday, October 8, through Friday, October 12, overhead work will be occurring on the WE Energies coal conveying gallery on Lakeshore Boulevard near the upper ore dock at the upper harbor. During the road work, traffic will be restricted to one lane. The motoring public is advised to watch for flagmen, obey their directions, and proceed with caution through the lane restriction.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Cyclocross Race 10/08/12
On Sunday, October 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. the KMK Cycling Club will host a cyclocross race at the Kaufman Sports Complex. This race will involve use of a short stretch of one lane of Powdermill Road, northwest of the park. Powdermill Road will not be closed for this event and the public is asked to use caution while driving in this area.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fire Department Kicks Off Fire Prevention Week 10/02/12
The 20th annual Fire Prevention Week kick off event has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 13 due to weather. This year's Fire Prevention week, themed "Have 2 Ways Out," will run October 7-13 featuring several activities within the community and local schools.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Wastewater Treatment Staff Fights Foaming Problem 10/02/12
Marquette Area Wastewater Treatment Plant staff put together an article about overcoming the challenges of Digester Foaming. The article was published in the Central States Water Environmental Association magazine.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: Community Visioning Workshop Upcoming 10/01/12
Community Visioning Workshop #5 will be held on October 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Citizens Forum in Lakeview Arena. The Marquette City Planning Commission invites Marquette residents and business owners to participate in updating the Community Master Plan by helping create vision statements for the themes of "Land Use" and "Transportation." These two themes each embrace several topics that were identified and prioritized in previous "visioning" workshops held in the spring. The "Land Use" topics include downtown, neighborhoods, lakeshore, parks, and historic character. "Transportation" topics include the public transit, biking, pedestrians, complete streets, and roads. Your input will be appreciated. Light refreshments and a snack will be provided. The final workshop in the Visioning process will be held at the Marquette Commons on October 23rd beginning at 6:00 p.m. More information to follow. Please call Dave Stensaas at 906-225-8103 or send a message to planner@mqtcty.org if you have questions.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Revised City Charter Available 09/28/12
The revised City Charter is now available for viewing. The City Charter will be voted on in the November 6, 2012 election.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Recreation Authority Feasibility Committee 09/28/12
There will be a meeting of the Recreation Authority Feasibility Committee on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Marquette Township Hall. The purpose of the meeting will be to elaborate on goals that would direct their efforts.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Skating Hours Announced 09/27/12
The Lakeview Arena has announced it's public skating hours beginnging on Monday, October 1, for the season.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Plaques Unveiled at City Commission Meeting 09/25/12
The public is invited to view the new plaques, honorably being displayed in the City Commission Chambers, when visiting Marquette City Hall. The plaques list City Commissions all the way back to 1871 when the first official City election was held.
   
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Third Annual Hockey Parade Kicks off Hockey Season 09/24/12
Celebrate the hockey spirit of Marquette at the third annual Hockey on Third parade, slated for Friday, September 28. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. on North Third Street near the campus of NMU and will continue along Third Street ending at Baraga Avenue.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette City Charter Commission 09/20/12
The Marquette City Charter Commission was elected on November 8, 2011 to revise the Marquette City Charter. The revised charter will be voted on in the November 6 General Election.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Free Language Class Offered for Fall Workshop Series 09/19/12
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s is proud to announce a Free Anishinaabe Language class in the 2012 Fall Workshop Series. This workshop will be held Tuesdays, September 18th through November 6th from 6:00‐7:30 p.m., and is open to all ages.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: MACC October Gallery Exhibition Announced 09/19/12
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture and the Lake Superior Art Association are proud to present the new gallery exhibition, Superiorland Woodturners. This exhibition will show from October 3rd, 2012 through November 27th, 2012.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Park Cemetery Winterization 09/17/12
The City of Marquette is announcing that all remaining annual flowers, plants and other temporary seasonal items must be removed from the Park Cemetery before Monday, October 1, 2012. After October 1st City crews will be winterizing the cemetery and will dispose of such items left at grave sites. If you have any questions, contact the City of Marquette Public Works Department at (906) 228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: NMU Homecoming Parade 09/17/12
The annual Northern Michigan University Homecoming parade will be Friday, September 21 from 5:30 - 7:00pm. The parade will be held on Third Street. Information on road closures can be found at the link above.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: DDA and NMU Pre-Game Celebration 09/17/12
On Saturday, September 22, 201 2 from 8:00 am. through 3:00 p.m., Third Street will be closed between Kaye Avenue and Magnetic Street for a “Pre-Game Celebration” sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and Northern Michigan University. A detour will be established via Kaye Avenue, Presque Isle Avenue, and Magnetic Street.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marq-Tran to Hold Grand Opening 09/14/12
The Marquette County Transit Authority's Passenger Transfer Center Grand Opening is slated to be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 8:00am until 12:00pm with a ribbon cutting at 8:15am. The Center is located at 150 West Spring Street in Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Coastal Clean-up Upcoming 09/13/12
This year's Annual Coastal Clean-up will take place on Marquette beaches this Saturday, September 15 from 9:00am-noon.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Annual Report Now Available 09/12/12
The City's 2011-12 Annual Report is now available online.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Disruptions - Milling Activities - Street Improvement 09/12/12
Beginning Thursday, September 13, 2012, various streets in the City of Marquette will experience traffic disruptions due to street paving activities by Payne & Dolan, Inc.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Figure Drawing Group Open to the Public 09/11/12
The Front Street Figure Drawing Group has recently formed and invites the community to join them at once-a-month open drawing sessions. The sessions are open to the public, ages 18 and older, and will be held the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. Click Here to View Flyer
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Intensive Beginning Meditation Workshop Offered 09/11/12
The beginning meditation workshop, taught by Melissa Middleton, will guide participants in classic seated meditation practice based on rich and ancient spiritual traditions.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Household Rubbish Drop Off Site Extended Hours 09/7/12
Do to the “Trash to Treasure Day” scheduled for Saturday, September 8, 2012, the Household Rubbish Drop Off Site will have extended hours of operation on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The hours of operation will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Trash to Treasure Day 09/7/12
City of Marquette residents are invited and encouraged to participate in the community-wide “Trash to Treasure Day” on Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is the only day for this event.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Join Thousands in Annual September Great Lakes Cleanup 09/7/12
This year’s dry summer means no huge trash washups from sewage overflows and flooding. Yet volunteers turning out this Sept. 15 for the Alliance’s annual September Adopt-a-Beach™ Eventin Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin will have no shortage of work cleaning up Great Lakes beaches.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: "Vision for Marquette" 09/7/12
The Marquette City Planning Commission and Marquette Community Development Department staffs are pleased to announce the second phase of the "Vision for Marquette" community visioning process.  Marquette residents and organizations are invited to participate in the first of two Community Master Plan workshops, on September 12th, which will seek to define a Marquette vision for the themes of "Quality of Life" and "Economy." 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Disruptions due to Street Milling 09/7/12
Beginning Friday, September 7, 2012, various streets in the City of Marquette will experience traffic disruptions due to street milling activities by Payne & Dolan, Inc.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: West Baraga Avenue closure 09/6/12
Beginning August 6, 2012, at 7:00 a.m. West Baraga Avenue will be closed to traffic due to tree removal. Detour will be provided. Work will be completed by 3:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: SEMCO is scheduling a Public Hearing 08/30/12
SEMCO is scheduling a public hearing before the Michigan Public Service Commission.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Opening of the McClellan Avenue Extension 08/30/12
The City of Marquette will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31st to celebrate the opening of the McClellan Avenue extension from Fair Avenue to Wright Street. The ceremony will be held just north of the intersection with Fair Avenue and will be attended by present and former City Officials who were involved with the project.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Disruptions due to Curb Replacement 08/29/12
Beginning at 7:00 am. on Thursday, August 30th, Presque Isle Avenue from Wright Street to Union Street will experience traffic disruptions due to removal and replacement of curbing and street base removals in selected areas by Smith Paving and David Allan Masonry.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: County Road 595 Public Hearing 08/28/12
City residents are encouraged to attend the EPA Public Hearing on Wetland Fill Permit Application for County Road 595 scheduled for August 28, to be be held at the Northern Michigan University, Don H. Bottums University Center, Ontario/Michigan/Huron Rooms, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., in Marquette. The EPA will hold an informational question-and-answer session immediately before the public hearing -- at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28. The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. The City will provide comment, and a copy of the formal statement is available here.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: McClellan Avenue Traffic Disruptions 08/28/12
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012McClellan Avenue from Washington Street to Ridge Street will experience traffic disruptions due to removal and replacement of curbing by Smith Paving and David Allan Masonry.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Closed for Labor Day 08/28/12
The City of Marquette Compost drop-off site located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will be closed on Saturday, September 1st and Monday, September 3rd 2012, due to the Labor Day holiday.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Marathon and Half Marathon 08/28/12
The annual Marquefte Marathon, Half Marathon, and Kids Fun Run will be held August 31 and
September 1.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Art Display to Celebrate Hockey in Marquette 08/28/12
To celebrate hockey in Marquette, teams, businesses, organizations, families and residents will have the opportunity to create their own dream skate by decorating a wooden rendition of the hockey skate. The public art project, featuring embellished silhouettes of hockey skates, will be displayed on the light poles in Marquette’s downtown from September 24 through October 8.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fair Avenue Street Closure 08/24/12
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 2012 Fair Avenue from McClellan Avenue to
West Avenue will be closed to east bound through traffic.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fitch Sanitary Lateral Repairs 08/23/12
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22nd, Fitch Avenue from Center Street to Wright Street will be closed intermittently to local through traffic for sanitary sewer lateral replacements.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Rubbish Drop Off 08/23/12
The City of Marquette Household Rubbish drop-off site located off of Wright Street, between Presque Isle and Lakeshore BIvd, will be OPEN on Saturday, August 25, 2012. Normal hours of operation will resume Tuesday, August 28, 2012, from 3:00pm — 7:00pm and the second Saturday of the month, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Center Street Sanitary Lateral Repairs 08/22/12
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 23rd, Center Street from Lincoln Avenue to West Elder Drive will be closed intermittently to local through traffic for sanitary sewer lateral replacements.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: First Thursday Concert Series Features Shadow Arcade And Gratiot Lake Road 08/21/12
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s First Thursday Concert Series is proud to announce that Shadow Arcade and Gratiot Lake Road will be performing on Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Peter White Public Library Community Room. [Flyer]
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center Announces Registration for 2012 Fall Workshops 08/21/12
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its 2012 Fall Workshop series. The series offers an opportunity for community residents of all ages to explore and learn about visual arts, language and cultural arts, and movement and wellness arts with highly qualified instructors.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: New Gallery Exhibition at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center 08/21/12
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center Gallery is proud to present: Meditations, new artwork by Keweenaw Peninsula artist, Joyce Koskenmaki. This work includes meditative abstract drawings in color pencil and watercolor.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Community Invited To Meet Japanese Delegation 08/21/12
Delegates from Marquette’s Sister City of Higashiomi, Japan are visiting Marquette from September 5th through September 12, 2012.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Recreational Authority Feasibility Committee 08/21/12
There will be a meeting of the Regional Authority Feasibility Committee on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 103 of Marquette City Hall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Norwood Street Lateral Repairs 08/21/12
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 20th, Norwood Street from Fitch Avenue to Van Evera Avenue will be closed intermittently to local through traffic for sanitary sewer lateral replacements.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 600 Block of N Front St Closure (Ohio to Hewitt) 08/21/12
Beginning at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2012, the 600 block of N. Front St. will be closed from Ohio St. to Hewitt St. due to a water service line replacement. A detour will be provided. The work will be completed by 8:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: W Fair Avenue Closure 08/21/12
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2012, W. Fair Avenue will be closed from Gray St. to the Marquette City limits due to sewer lateral replacement. A detour will be provided. The work will be completed by 7:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Disruptions Due to Street Crack Filling 08/21/12
Beginning Monday, August 20, 2012, various streets in the City of Marquette will experience traffic disruptions due to street crack filling by JCS, Inc.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: "Walt Kyle Mile" River Valley Bank Cancer Walk 08/21/12
On Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 9 am to Noon there will be a community walk.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Amateur athletes from Marquette area take on choppy waters, brisk temperatures in weekend challenge 08/20/12
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Division St Closure 08/16/12
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2012, Division St. will be closed from Furance St. to W. Hogan Alley due to a sewer main repair. A detour will be provided. The work will be completed by 7:00 pm.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Wright St Lane Closure 08/15/12
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, August 16, 2012, Wright St. from Ontario Ave. to Forestville Rd. will be reduced to one lane going in both directions due to shoulder maintenance work within the City limits. The work will be completed by 2:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Please Note the Linked Charter Communications Update 08/15/12
A Charter Communications Update.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Longyear Avenue Sanitary Lateral Repairs 08/15/12
Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August ]5th, Longyear Avenue from Harlow to Hawley Street will be closed intermittently to local through traffic for sanitary sewer lateral replacements. The contractor conducting the work for this project is Smith paving, Inc. Access will be maintained as much as possible for the local residents with the road being open during the evening hours. It is anticipated that the lateral work will be completed by August 25th. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during these needed utility repairs.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Wetten Avenue Sanitary Lateral Repairs 08/15/12
Beginning at 7:00 am. on Tuesday, August 15th, Wetton Avenue from Clark Street to the north end will be closed intermittently to local through traffic for sanitary sewer lateral replacements. The contractor conducting the work for this project is Smith paving, Inc. Access will be maintained as much as possible for the local residents with the road being open during the evening hours. It is anticipated that the lateral work will be completed by August 25th. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during these needed utility repairs.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeshore Boulevard Closed 08/14/12
Beginning immediately, Lakeshore Blvd is closed between Ridge St. and Washington St. for a water main repair. Mattson Park will be accessible via Ridge St. to Lakeshore Blvd to the entrance of Mattson Park. Closure is anticipated to last until 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 15, 2012.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Pocket Full of Change 08/13/12
Did you accidently lose some money? Misplace a coin collection? These days every penny counts – and a pocket full of change has been found in the downtown Marquette area. If you have lost a pocket full of change please call or stop by the City Police Department, 300 W. Baraga Avenue, with details on where you believe the change was lost and the approximate amount lost.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Bog Remediation 08/10/12
Presque Isle Bog Remediation continues, and is starting to demonstrate great results.  Our thanks to the SWP and Mr. Tony Williams for the aerial photograph of the site as it appears today.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Utility Billing Delay 08/09/12
City utility bills that were scheduled to be mailed on August 6, 2012 will be delayed as the City transitions to an entirely new billing system. Following the transition, customers may notice a three week billing interval for a few months until the billings are back to the normal schedule.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Ore to Shore Street Closures 08/07/12
On Saturday, August 11,2012, beginning at 7:00 a.m. and continuing through 6:00 p.m., Pine Street from Fair Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard, and Powder Mill Road from County Road 550 to the north end will be closed and Wright Street from Presque Isle Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed to thru traffic for the “Ore to Shore” Mountain Bike Race.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Rubbish Site Closed 08/07/12
The City of Marquette Household Rubbish drop-off site located off of Wright Street, between Presque Isle and Lakeshore BIvd, will be closed on Saturday, August 11, 2012, due to the annual Ore to Shore Mountain Bike race. The site will reopen on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, from 3:00pm — 7:00pm. The site will also be open on Saturday, August 18, 2012, from 9:00am — 1:00pm.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Closed 08/07/12
The City of Marquette Compost drop-off site located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will be closed on Saturday, August 11, 2012, due to the annual Ore to Shore Mountain Bike race. The site will reopen on Monday, August 13, 2012. Hours are Monday and Wednesday, 3:00pm — 7:00pm and Saturday, 9:00am — 4:00pm.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Photo Contest 08/07/12
Several local photographers responded to the "Vision of Marquette" photo contest opportunity provided by the Marquette City Planning Commission, as part of the "Superior Vision for Marquette" Community Master Plan Update. Photo submissions were open to any subject matter, but the photos submitted were required to have been taken within the Marquette City limits, capture a positive image, and express the photographer's idea of something essential to the experience of being in Marquette. The ten selected photos are now on exhibit in Marquette City Hall (shown in attached photo), and will be exhibited in the Peter White Public Library during September. These photos will also be included in the updated City Master Plan. To see these photos and the rest of the submitted pictures, online, click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vision_of_marquette/ If you haven't filled out our brief community survey yet (it should only take 3-5 minutes), or would like to know more about the Master Plan update, please click here: http://www.mqtcty.org/Vision/default.html
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Disruptions 08/03/12
Beginning the week of Monday August 6, 2012 various areas in the City of Marquette will experience traffic disruptions due to sanitary sewer slip lining operations. Insituform Technologies will be incorporating trenchless technology by the use of a slip lining process to replace the sanitary sewer mains.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: McClellan Avenue Extension Project 08/03/12
Beginning at 7:00 am. on Monday, August 6, 2012 Fair Avenue from McClellan Avenue to West Avenue will be closed to east bound through traffic. West bound through traffic will be allowed by the use of a lane shift. The detour route for the east bound traffic will be by means of West Avenue, Kildahl Avenue, and McClellan Avenue. It is anticipated that this street will be open by Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Picnic Rocks Parking Lot Closure 08/03/12
Saturday, August 4, 2012, the parking lot for Picnic Rocks Park, located at Fair Avenue and Lakeshore Blvd, will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. due to the Marquette Fire Fighters 5K Run/Walk.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Intersection Lane Configurations 08/02/12
The lane configuration at the intersection of US 41 and Grove Street/7th Street as well as the intersection of Wright Street and Sugarloaf Avenue have been marked and signed to reflect a lane for left turn only and a lane for straight/right turn traffic. Please be aware of the change in the way these lane configurations are marked and signed as you travel through the City of Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Miscellaneous Sidewalk Replacement Project 07/30/12
Beginning at 7:00 am. on Monday, July 30th, the contractor, UP Concrete Co., will be replacing sidewalk at designated sections throughout the City of Marquette. These locations have been prioritized by City of Marquette personnel based on the severity of the elevation difference in the adjoining sidewalk squares. Pedestrian access may be limited in the immediate area of the repair but should be only a few days in duration, It is anticipated that the sidewalk work will be completed by the end of August. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during these needed utility repairs.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Neithard Avenue Sanitary Lateral Repairs 07/30/12
Beginning at 7:00 am. on Wednesday, August ]st, Neidhart Avenue will be closed intermittently to local through traffic for sanitary sewer lateral replacements. The contractor conducting the work for this project is Smith paving, Inc. Access will be maintained as much as possible for the local residents with the road being open during the evening hours, It is anticipated that the lateral work will be completed by August 18TH, The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during these needed utility repairs.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Household Rubbish Site Closure 07/25/12
The City of Marquette Household Rubbish drop-off site located off of Wright Street, between Presque Isle and Lakeshore Blvd, will be closed on Saturday, August 11, 2012, due to the annual Ore to Shore Mountain Bike race.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Closure 07/25/12
The City of Marquette Compost drop-off site located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will be closed on Saturday, August 11, 2012, due to the annual Ore to Shore Mountain Bike race.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Blueberry Festival 07/24/12
On Friday, July 27, 201 2 from 7:00 am. until 9:00 p.m., South Front Street from Spring Street to Washington Street and West Washington Street from Front Street to Third Street will be closed, Additionally, Main Street between Third Street and Front Street will be closed to thru traffic, Traffic will be detoured using Baraga Avenue and Third Street.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Intersection Painting 07/24/12
Crews are continuing to repaint street intersection markings in the City of Marquette. Expect intermittent lane and intersection closures. Work will be done between the hours of 7:00am and Midnight. Please watch for cones in and around intersections which indicate the presence of wet paint. Work is expected to be completed by August 10th. If you have any questions contact the City of Marquette Public Works Department at 906-228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Parking Consultants to be in Marquette 07/23/12
The consultant team will be in Marquette to conduct local focus groups and field work from Wednesday, July 25 through Saturday, July 28. An on-line survey will be available beginning Monday, July 23, 2012 in order to gather all-inclusive input and data. The survey can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DowntownMarquetteParkingStudy. The DDA encourages all users of the Downtown/Third Street parking system to complete the survey.  
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Power Outage – City of Marquette, Parks and Recreation Offices 07/23/12
The City of Marquette, Parks and Recreation Offices at Lakeview Arena, will be closed for the remainder of the day due to a power outage. The Marquette Board of Light and Power is currently working to restore services. The Parks and Recreation Offices will resume normal working hours on Tuesday, July 24th, at 7:30 a.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: F-18 Plane Repaired at Sawyer International Airport 07/20/12
The City of Marquette would like to make residents aware of an F-18 plane that was being repaired at Sawyer International Airport due to mechanical issues. The plane departed Sawyer International and flew over the City of Marquette at noon on Friday.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Schedules Cyber Awareness Breakfast Conference Series 07/19/12
The Michigan Cyber Awareness Breakfast Conference Series 2012 is part of the ongoing Michigan Cyber Initiative aimed at defending Michigan against cyber attacks and positioning the state to take advantage of opportunities in the growing cyber security industry. The breakfast conferences provide updates to the Michigan Cyber Initiative that was unveiled last October by Governor Snyder during the Michigan Cyber Summit held at Eastern Michigan University.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Mayor Kivela Announces AmeriCorps Grant for City of Marquette 07/19/12
The City of Marquette – Mayor Kivela announced today that Marquette-Alger Regional
Educational Service Agency (MARESA) AmeriCorps Program, Get Ready Get Reading, has received a $149,857 AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Closure for Pine Street 07/19/12
On Tuesday, July 24, Pine Street will be closed to through traffic between Park Street and Albert Street from 8:30 am. to 5:00 p.m. in order to accommodate removal of a tree, Traffic will be detoured via Park Street, Spruce Street, and Albert Street.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Specker Circle Sanitary Sewer Lateral Repairs 07/19/12
Beginning at 7:00 am. on Monday, July 23rd, Specker Circle will be closed itermittently to local through traffic for sanitary sewer lateral replacements. The contractor conducting the work for this project is Smith paving, Inc. Access will be maintained as much as possible for the local residents with the road being open during the evening hours. It is anticipated that the lateral work will be completed by August 18TH, The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during these needed utility repairs.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Waterfront Usage Workshops 07/17/12
The City of Marquette will be conducting the second session in a series of Waterfront Usage Workshops on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Presque Isle Park Pavilion.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Calling for Fall Workshop Instructors 07/17/12
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center invites instructors to apply for the fall 2012 Workshop series. The workshop series is open to all arts and culture related subjects; it has proven to be a great opportunity for instructors to share their talents with the community and make new contacts.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Intersection Repainting 07/16/12
Beginning today, crews will begin repainting street intersection markings in the City of Marquette. Expect intermittent lane and intersection closures. Please use caution near the slow moving paint vehicles during this time.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice of Mailing to Marquette Home Owners 07/16/12
The City of Marquette has been notified of an upcoming mailing from American Water Resources (AWR) of Michigan, a subsidiary of American Water. This is a Utility Insurance service simiilar to those you may have seen with your natural gas provider. The program is offered by AWR. This is not a City activiity, or otherwise a City-initiated or endorsed program.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: Altamont Street Closure 07/10/12
Beginning 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Altamont Street from Blemhuber to Fisher will be closed for through traffic for sanitary sewer repair. 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: July/August Edition of Marquette Matters Now Available 07/01/12
The City of Marquette’s City-wide newsletter, Marquette Matters, is now available to all residents and businesses online. Printed copies are also available at City Hall located at 300 W. Baraga Ave. 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fair Avenue Road Construction 06/29/12
Please be advised for Northern Michigan University (N.M.U.) asphalt repairs will begin July 2, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. along Fair Avenue between 7th and Elizabeth Harden Circle.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: Mount Marquette Road Closure 06/27/12
As part of this weekend’s Bike Jam activities, Mount Marquette Road will be closed on Sunday, July 1 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM for “Trail Jam”. Questions regarding this closure can be directed to Jon Becker at 458-4221.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: Bike Path Closure 06/26/12
Beginning 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, the bike path from Cleveland Ave. going North to W. Fair Ave. will be closed due to storm water system maintenance. The bike path will be reopended to the public starting 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Waterfront Workshop 06/25/12
The City of Marquette will be conducting a Waterfront Usage Workshop on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Presque Isle Park Pavilion. All waterfront interests are encouraged to attend.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: Bike Jam 06/25/12
Three days of home-made, 100% natural, no preservative bicycle celebration in Marquette, Michigan. The fun starts Friday night (June 29) with the Speed Jam – criterium racing in the heart of downtown. Coupled with a kids bike rodeo, expo, food vendors, Circulus and an outdoor film, it’s bound to be a great time! Visit www.mqtbikejam.com for a complete schedule of events.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Marquette Matters Mural Project 06/19/12
The Marquette Matters Mural Project finalists have been selected and the community now has the opportunity to vote for their favorite design.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fourth of July Festivities Announced 06//1812
The Marquette 4th of July Committee has announced the festivities for the upcoming holiday. All events are scheduled for Wednesday, July 4, with Thursday, July 5 as a rain date for the fireworks display.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Canine Funds Raised 06/11/12
Vango’s Pizza of Marquette presented the City of Marquette with a $1,500 check for funds raised at a spaghetti feed they sponsored recently for the Marquette Police Canine Unit.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Bike Jam Upcoming 06/11/12
Three days of home-made, 100% natural, no preservative bicycle celebration in Marquette, Michigan. The fun starts Friday night (June 29) with the Speed Jam – criterium racing in the heart of downtown. Coupled with a kids bike rodeo, expo, food vendors, Circulus and an outdoor film, it’s bound to be a great time! Visit www.mqtbikejam.com for a complete schedule of events.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Champion Street Bridge Project Update 06/04/12
A reminder the Champion Street bridge will be closed and traffic should use Genesee to Front street to Fisher. Work will be starting on June 11. Also, at the very start of the project and again during stage 2 later in the project, eastbound trucks on US-41 will not be able to enter downtown on Front Street from the roundabout. Eastbound trucks will be directed to enter downtown at Washington Street or Grove Street during these times.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeshore Boulevard Project Public Meeting 05/31/12
The City of Marquette and the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) are embarking on the first phase of restoring over a half mile of Lake Superior shoreline adjacent to Lakeshore Boulevard in Marquette, officials announced today. The first public meeting is slated for Monday, June 4th, at 6:30 pm at the Citizens Forum Room at Lakeview Arena; this session will include presentations from the City, SWP and the Michigan Coastal Management Program.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Beaches Open for 2012 Season 05/31/12
Be advised that the City of Marquette beaches are open today (May 31), and lifeguards will be on duty. Beach status updates can be access on the Waterfront Safety page of our website.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Utility Bill Statements Delayed 05/29/12
City utility bills that were scheduled to be mailed on May 18, 2012 have been delayed due to technical issues. City staff and the software provider have been working on the problem. Bills should go out early next week barring any other issues.  Residents may, if they prefer, use their last utility bill to make an estimated payment or they may wait until they receive their bill. Any late fees will be waived. We apologize for the inconvenience.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Community Master Plan Update Workshops 05/29/12
The first of three spring workshops to identify and document important issues for the community's future is being held on Thursday, May 31, at the Citizen's Forum in Lakeview Arena, from 7:00-8:30 pm. The other two workshops will be held at the Marquette Commons (112 S. Third St.) on June 4 from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm; and on June 7 from 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm. Each workshop format is similar, but three are being offered to provide options for residents to attend one that is convenient for their schedule.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Community Master Plan Update Initiative Announced 05/29/12
The City of Marquette is pleased to announce the launch of "A Vision for Marquette," the collaborative effort of community members and City staff to update the Community Master Plan. A new webpage will provide online access to the various tools and resources for easy and effective participation in the planning process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Stannard Rock Light 05/29/12
The U.S. General Services Administration has decided to dispose of the light station at Stannard Rock and is making it available at no cost to state and local agencies or non-profit corporations.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Music in the Park to Begin Fifth Year 05/29/12
The Marquette Arts and Culture Center is happy to announce that the Friday night “Music in the Park” Presque Isle band shell local talent performance series will be starting its 5th year on Friday June 15th. This musical series is run completely by volunteers and is absolutely free to the public.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette City Band Summer Schedule Announced 05/29/12
The Marquette City Band has several performances scheduled for the upcoming summer months. Events are open to the public and free of charge.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Waterfront Flag Advisory System to Continue 05/29/12
The Marquette Fire Department has begun posting flag advisories at South Beach, McCarty's Cove, Middle Beach, and Picnic Rocks waterfronts. Colored flags are to be posted at the waterfront to indicate swimming conditions. The flag statuses are posted on the City's website throughout the day by clicking the button to the left, "Waterfront Safety."
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Utility Bill Delay 05/25/12
City utility bills that were scheduled to be mailed on May 18, 2012 have been delayed due to technical issues. Staff will be working on the system over the holiday weekend. Updates will be provided on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Compost Site Closure 05/23/12
The City of Marquette Compost drop-off site located at the old Cliffs Dow site will be closed on Saturday, May 26 and Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. The site will reopen on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Hours are 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm. If you have any questions contact the City of Marquette Public Works Department at 906-228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Memorial Day 05/23/12
City offices located at Marquette City Hall, the Lakeview Arena, the Marquette Arts & Culture Center, and the Municipal Service Center, will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. The Fire and Police Departments will remain open and staffed during this time.
   
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Henry & Clara: The Fords in the U.P. Vintage Fashion Show 05/21/12
The Friends of Fashion will present "Henry & Clara: The Fords in the U.P." Vintage Fashion Show on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Upfront & Company, 102 E. Main Street, Marquette. The narrated show will feature authentic vintage fashions of the Ford era and will include both early family history and a pictorial tour of U.P. towns of the Ford empire. The afternoon begins with a social hour at 1:00pm, followed by the commencement of the fashion show at 2:00pm. Tickets are available for $25 each and include champagne, beverages, chocolates, and desserts.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Hall Begins Summer Hours 05/21/12
Hours of operation for City Hall offices will change to Summer hours on May 29, 2012 and continue through September 3, 2012. Offices will be open from 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. The Police Department is not affected by this change.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Cliffs Dow Site Costs Since Time of Purchase 05/15/12
As a follow up to the May 14th City Commission meeting, the below linked document are the expenses the City has incurred since the purchase of the Cliffs-Dow Property.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Shiras Hills Park Basketball Court Reconstruction 05/14/12
The Shiras Hills Park basketball court will be closed for reconstruction until Friday, May 25, 2012. There will be limited access to the playground area until reconstruction is completed. Any questions, contact the Department of Public Works at 906-228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Charter Commission Update 05/09/12
A public hearing is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, in the Marquette City Hall Commission Chambers. A draft of the proposed new city charter is available for review [here]
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Park Summer Hours Announced 04/05/12
The City of Marquette’s official Park hours go into effect on Monday, May 07, 2012. The city parks hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Please note, there is no camping or overnight parking allowed in any city park.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Police to Host Bicycle Auction 05/02/12
On May 23, the Marquette Police Department will be holding a sealed bid bicycle auction along with other misc. items. Viewing and bidding will be held on Wednesday, May 23, between 12-6pm.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Welcomes New Arts & Culture Center Director 04/26/12
The City of Marquette welcomes Tiina Harris as the new Arts and Culture Center Director. She brings extensive experience connecting communities with arts and culture.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Named Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation 04/24/12
The Arbor Day Foundation today announced that Marquette, MI, was named a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Budget & Public Hearing 04/23/12
With the City of Marquette’s special budget meetings complete, the final phase will take place on Monday, May 14th, when the City Commission will hold a public hearing in Commission Chambers at Marquette City Hall. The hearing is part of the Commission’s regular meeting, starting at 7:00 p.m.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Promotional Items for Sale 04/23/12
A number of items featuring the City of Marquette logo are on display near Commission Chambers in City Hall. The items can be purchased at the Embroidery Wear House, 1501 Division Street, Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Traffic Signal Installation 04/23/12
The signal light on U.S. Highway 41 located at the Marquette Prison access road has been set up and will be activated for use Monday, April 23rd, at 10:00 am. Lane closures will also begin on Monday, reducing traffic to three lanes.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Economic Vitality Incentive Program Requirements 04/20/12
As the third of three state mandated requirements to receive revenue sharing payments, each city/village/township is required to publish a plan to show how they intend to meet the requirements of the state's Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) by no later than May 1, 2012. The below linked chart details the City's plan to implement these requirements as collective bargaining agreements expire.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: McClellan Avenue Extension Project Schedule Revised 04/20/12
The City of Marquette continues to make progress with the McClellan Avenue Extension Project, according to the City of Marquette’s Director of Planning and Community Development Dennis Stachewicz. “While some activities are slightly ahead of schedule, we still anticipate a September 25th date for the project’s completion,” he said. Weather may change the schedule, Stachewicz said, and major revisions will be announced to the media.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Organic Waste Recycling Now Available 04/16/12
The City of Marquette will now be accepting organic waste recycling at the Compost site located on Lakeshore Blvd. between Hawley St. and Wright St. Material will be accepted during normal operational hours of Monday and Wednesday 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please use paper food bags for delivery of items to the site. For a complete listing of acceptable items. [Acceptable Materials list]
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fill Removal Underway at Presque Isle Bogwalk 04/13/12
This morning the City of Marquette has begun removing the fill at the wetlands areas of the Bogwalk at Presque Isle. This is the next phase in the wetland mitigation project, and will prepare the area for replacement with native soils and species.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: McClellan Avenue Extension Project Schedule 04/11/12
The McClellan Avenue extension from Wright Street to Fair Avenue has been in the City's Master Plan for over 40 years, and it's slated to become a reality when the road is opened this fall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Wetland Mitigation Timeline 04/10/12
The Presque Isle Wetland Mitigation timeline is now available.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette’s Drug Dog Recognized by UPAWS 04/09/12
Nero, a member of the City of Marquette’s K-9 Unit, was recognized this past weekend by the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS). Nero, a ten-year-old specially trained Belgian Shepherd, has been instrumental in fighting crimes and the illegal drug trade in and around Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Good Friday 04/04/12
Offices at Marquette City Hall, the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena will be closed on Friday, April 6, in observance of Good Friday. Marquette Police and Fire Departments will remain staffed.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Receives Letter of Appreciation from Sister City 04/03/12
The Marquette community raised $6,500 last year to donate to relief efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. Mayor Hisao Nichizawa of Higashiomi, Japan, recently sent his appreciation on behalf of the victims the Marquette community was able to assist.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Drug Take Back Day Upcoming 04/03/12
The Marquette Police Department, in cooperation with the Superior Watershed Partnership and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration plan to host a free community medication drop-off. Bring in your unwanted pharmaceuticals to the Marquette Police Department (300 W. Baraga Ave.) on Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Mount Marquette Road Open for Season 04/03/12
The road leading up to Mount Marquette is open for the season. If there are any questions, please contact the Public Works department at (906) 228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Water, Government & Local Partnership Forum 04/02/12
On Friday, April 13, from 3:00-5:00 pm, there will be a forum held at Northern Michigan University (Jamrich Hall Room 105) on sustainable living. There will be representatives from the City of Marquette, Marquette Brownfield Authority, and Superior Watershed Partnership present to answer questions involving sustainable environmental efforts related to wetlands, watersheds, low-impact waste management, recycling, conservation, and other important ecological issues impacting all members of the Marquette community, along with information about how citizens can get involved. The event is free and open to all.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: McClellan Avenue Extension Project Underway 04/02/12
Beginning Monday, April 2, construction will start on the McClellan Avenue Extension project. This project is anticipated to be substantially complete by October 31, 2012. During this phase, access through this area will be prohibited due to the construction activities. The trail access currently used by pedestrians from Center Street will be unavailable. Residents using the bike path are advised to use caution and stay on the pathway. The City of Marquette Police Department will be monitoring the situation for safety considerations. The City of Marquette asks you for your patience during the construction process.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City of Marquette Featured in Magazine 03/28/12
Marquette's downtown was recently featured in in Model D, a web-based magazine that focuses on "stories of development, re-development, creative people and businesses, vibrant neighborhoods and cool places to live, work and play." The story relays how downtown renovations spurred Marquette's turnaround.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Cliffs Dow Site Update 03/28/12
The project team presented an update on the status of the Cliffs Dow Site to the City Commission and Community on March 26th. Here you can view their [presentation slides] and the [meeting video].
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Construction Project Set to Begin 03/28/12
US-41/M-28 reconstruction and resurfacing is set to begin in April of this year. The project includes reconstructing US-41/M-28 from the Carp River in Marquette to Bayou Street in Harvey, resurfacing the highway from Bayou Street to the US-41/M-28 intersection in Harvey, as well as constructing a multi-use pathway along Lake Superior.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lift Station Replacement Project Announcement 03/23/12
Beginning on Monday March 26, construction will start on the Mattson Park Lift Station Replacement Project and continue until the middle of May, During this project citizens should have full access and Mattson Park will remain open. Construction activities will be concentrated on a line from the northwest corner of the park over to the parking lot north of the children’s play area and then through the parking lot over to the marina building. The marina building will remain open.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Blueberry Festival Poster Contest 03/22/12
Residents of all ages and skill levels are invited to submit original artwork for the 2012 Blueberry Festival Poster Contest. For more information, a complete list of guidelines, and an entry form, visit www.downtownmarquette.org, e-mail Becky@downtownmarquette.org or call the Marquette Downtown Development Authority office at 906-228-9475.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Compost Site Opening Early 03/20/12
Due to the unseasonably warm weather and citizen requests, the City of Marquette’s Compost Site will be opening Monday, March 26, 2012. The hours of operation will be 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays only. Beginning April 14, 2012 the site will be open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays in addition to the Monday and Wednesday schedule. Any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Park Cemetery Spring Cleanup Upcoming 03/20/12
The City of Marquette is announcing that all Park Cemetery winter grave site decorations must be removed before Sunday, April 1, 2012. After April 1, City crews will begin spring cleanup of the cemetery grounds and will dispose of such items left at grave sites. Thank you for your cooperation.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marina Launch Permits Required for all Boaters 03/15/12
Seasonal launch permits are available for purchase at the Lakeview Arena Parks and Recreation office and the City of Marquette’s Treasurer’s office. They will also be available at Cinder Pond Marina and Presque Isle Marina offices beginning May 1, 2012. The cost is $50.00 per seasonal launch permit, and $12.00 for an additional launch permit (restrictions apply). Daily launch permits are $5.00 and are available in the red launch boxes located at Presque Isle and Cinder Pond Marinas.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Cleanup Schedules Announced 03/14/12
The Department of Public Works announces the 2012 Spring clean-up schedules. Available services include: use of the compost drop-off site, household rubbish drop-off site, brush waste collection, and spring cleanup compost collection.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Historic Preservation Workshop at Library 03/12/12
The Michigan Historic Preservation Network invites you to attend a FREE 2-Day workshop on the historic preservation of homes and small commercial buildings. Most owners of older and historic homes and small commercial buildings want to maintain and preserve their properties’ historic character, but often don’t know how. Come to this workshop for great demonstrations and discussion on April 13-14.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery 03/08/12
This weekend as you change the time on your clocks ahead one hour (March 11 at 2:00am), the Marquette Fire Department wants to remind residents to make another important change – changing the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Open Skate Cancellations 03/06/12
Lakeview Arena has announced the following changes to the Open Skating schedule:

3/5/12 – Adult Evening Open Skating - Cancelled
3/10/12 – Open Skating - Cancelled
3/11/12 – Open Skating - Cancelled
3/12/12 – Adult Evening Open Skating - Cancelled     
All “6 and Under Drop-In Hockey” – Cancelled

Last day of Open Skating is March 15, 2012.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: March/April Edition of Marquette Matters Now Available 03/01/12
The City of Marquette’s City-wide newsletter, Marquette Matters, is now available to all residents and businesses online. Printed copies are also available at City Hall located at 300 W. Baraga Ave. 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed Due to Inclement Weather 02/29/12
Offices at Marquette City Hall except for the Treasurer's Office will remain open until 5:00 pm for the collection of taxes, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena will be closed beginning at 2:30 pm, Tuesday, February 29, 2012, due to inclement weather. Marquette Police and Fire Departments will remain staffed during this time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Historical Reading 02/27/12
Interested in the history of the City of Marquette? You may be interested in the following articles, "Marquette's Lombardy Poplars: An Assessment of Their Story, Decline and Future in Our Municipal Forest" as well as "Presque Isle Park Erosion Study" from December 2000.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Primary Election Upcoming 02/21/12
A city primary election will be held in the City of Marquette on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. For more information on polling locations and candidates that will be found on the ballot, please visit the City Clerk's page.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Restaurant Week in Marquette
02/16/12
Come celebrate local flavor as the member restaurants of the Eastside Independent Restaurant Association host the inaugural Marquette Restaurant Week March 5-11, 2012. Participating restaurants will offer $10 fixed price lunch options and select dinner meals for $25. Many will be offering two for one pricing. Restaurant Week provides the community the opportunity to experience the culinary wonders of the Eastside eateries at an affordable price. For additional information about participating restaurants or convenient website links, visit www.downtownmarquette.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Silent Sports Magazine Features Marquette 02/14/12
We already know it, but others are discovering that Marquette, with its miles of trails, is a prime destination for bikers, kayakers and runners. This past June, Silent Sports Magazine featured Marquette as their feature article, "On the Move in Marquette, Michigan."
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: UP 200 / Midnight Run Makes Changes for 2012 02/13/12
While the UP 200 will not be holding their traditional start from Downtown Marquette this year, the good news is that the Midnight Run will be holding their start with 30 teams Downtown. The start begins at 7:10 PM on Friday, February 17! The start will be as exciting as always as the dogs and mushers are excited to start the race from downtown.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Presidents Day
02/10/12
Offices at Marquette City Hall, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena will be closed on Monday, February 20, in recognition of Presidents Day. Marquette Police and Fire Departments will remain staffed.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Pigs 'n Heat Charity Hockey Game Upcoming 01/31/12
The 29th Annual Pigs 'n Heat hockey fund raiser is coming up soon, but before the police officers and firefighters hit the ice, there's "training" going on behind the scenes...check out this video! Please note that the 2012 hockey game will be played on March 14 at 7:00 pm at the Lakeview Arena.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marina Launch Permits 01/31/12
Beginning March 1, 2012 the City of Marquette will require all boaters to obtain a launch permit to launch a boat at either Cinder Pond or Presque Isle Marinas. Seasonal launch permits are available for purchase at the Lakeview Arena Parks and Recreation office, and beginning May 1, will be available at the Marinas. Daily launch permits are $5.00 and are available in the red launch boxes located at Presque Isle and Cinder Pond Marinas.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Service Announcement: Snow Tunnels 01/31/12
With the winter season upon us, the City of Marquette is asking all residents to refrain from building tunnels or forts inside snow banks by the street. Snow banks near the road can be a dangerous area to play as plow drivers and snow removal crews may not be able to see children playing in the snow banks. In addition, snow removal operations may weaken the structure of the bank, increasing the chance of a cave in. If there are any questions, please contact the Public Works department at (906) 228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Information on the City Charter Commission 01/03/12
The City Charter Commission web page provides community resource information about documents related to the work of the Charter Commission and five model City Charters. Hard copies of all resource materials are also available to the public at the City Clerk’s Office and at the Peter White Public Library. These resource materials have been made available to the public to provide background information on City Charters in the State of Michigan. The Commission plans to hold public hearings in the near future. More information can be found [here].
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City to Host Second Annual Open House 01/03/12
The City of Marquette will host a Community Open House on Thursday, February 9, in the Citizens Forum Room at Lakeview Arena from 4:00-7:00 pm. This is an opportunity for the community to get acquainted with City Departments and Partners. Come and tour the department booths for a chance to win a door-prize gift basket from the Downtown Development Authority and the Peter White Public Library. Kids can meet Nero the police dog, register to win a free bike, or participate in one of the activities available. The YMCA will have a booth and FREE Zumba classes for youth and adults during the evening! Refreshments of cookies, punch, and coffee – Come and celebrate one great City!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Police Need Your Help 01/12/12
In 2004, the Marquette City Police Department created it’s first ever K-9 Unit with the activation of Nero and his handler Sgt. Marty Munger. Nero was 2 years old when he first came to us with the hope of many years of service. The years, along with the strenuous work demands have added up for him and it’s become painfully apparent that it is time for Nero to retire. [View Image of Nero]
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette 'Fourth' Wants Bigger, Better 01/09/12
Big changes are coming for the 2012 Marquette Fourth of July parade. For many years, the Noon Kiwanis Club of Marquette proudly staged the parade for thousands of county residents and visitors. Now, parade volunteers have formed a new group to concentrate on a bigger and better event in celebration of our Nation's birthday. In addition to the traditional entries, the committee envisions an increase in creative and entertaining floats, more music, more spectator interest, and more people drawn to Marquette's downtown for "can't-miss" celebrations. Changes are underway to help turn this vision into an exciting reality. With the community's help, the parade can indeed be bigger, better, and more fun. Start making plans!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Economic Vitality Incentive Program Reports Available 01/04/12
The State of Michigan recently passed Public Act 63 of 2011. The Act replaces statutory revenue sharing with the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP). EVIP partially restores the revenues from statutory revenue sharing by rewarding communities that meet “best practices” standards in three categories: accountability and transparency, consolidation of services and employee compensation.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Matters Newsletter Now Available 01/03/12
The City of Marquette is proud to announce a new edition of the City-wide newsletter, Marquette Matters, is now available online. It is the City's official newsletter dedicated to information about city programs, department updates, and community highlights.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Noquemanon Ski Marathon and Half Noque 01/03/12
The 14th annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon and Half Noque will be held on Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2012. The marathon and half marathon offer separate classic and freestyle races with men's and women's divisions. For more information, go to http://www.noquemanon.com.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Shots and Stories Call for Submissions 01/03/12
Do you have a favorite photograph that tells a story? Do you have an essay related to photography? In conjunction with Peter White Public Library’s Storytelling Festival, the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is seeking submissions from community members who want to share their story in the third annual “Shots and Stories.” Shots and Stories is a non-juried exhibit featuring local photography enthusiasts and short description of or the story behind their image.For questions, contact the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center at arts-culture@mqtcty.org. Forms and information are available [here].
 
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2011 News Flash Headlines
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Ball Drop in Downtown Marquette 12/28/11
Gather with family and friends to welcome 2012 at the 23rd Annual Ball Drop in Downtown Marquette on Saturday, December 31, 2011. Join in the count-down to midnight as the ball is lowered from the historic Savings Bank Building on the corner of Front and Washington Streets at this family friendly community celebration.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Christmas Tree Drop Off Sites Available 12/27/11
Properties paying the “Garbage/Yard Waste” fee on their monthly bills (green bag users) are eligible to use the Christmas tree drop-oft sites. Beginning December 28, 2011 through January 16, 2012 there will be two (2) drop-off sites available for Christmas tree disposal.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Winter Workshop Series Announced 12/15/11
The Marquette Arts and Culture Center invites the community to participate in their Winter Workshop Series. The series offers an opportunity for community residents to explore and learn about visual arts, language, performance and movement with highly qualified instructors at little to no cost.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Holidays 12/14/11
Offices at Marquette City Hall, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays on Friday, December 23rd; Monday, December 26th; Friday, December 30th; and Monday, January 2nd. The City’s Arts & Culture Center, located in the Peter White Public Library, will be closed from December 23rd through January 2nd. Marquette Police and Fire Departments will remain staffed during the holidays.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeview Arena Holiday Schedule Announced 12/14/11
The Lakeview Arena’s ice rinks will be closed Saturday, December 24th, and Sunday, December 25th, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The ice rinks will be open from 8 am-3:30 pm on Saturday, December 31st, and closed on Sunday, January 1st, for the New Year’s holiday. A “Disco Ball Drop” will be held on December 31st in the Russell Arena during public skating hours, 1:30-3:30 pm. Come dressed in ‘70s attire and admission will be only $2; otherwise, standard rates apply. Call Lakeview Arena at 228-0490 for further information.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts and Culture Center Closed 12/06/11
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library, will be closed between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 8, 2011.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Road Closure 12/05/11
Effective Monday, December 5, 2011, the road around Presque Isle has been closed for the season.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Waterfront Safety Task Force Final Report Presentation 12/05/11
At the September 26, 2011 City Commission meeting, Waterfront Safety Task Force Chairman, Gary Gustafson, presented the group's final report.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Upcoming Open Skate Cancellation 12/02/11
Due to the Mite Hockey Jamboree, the following open skating times will be cancelled for the City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena: Saturday, December 18, 2011 - Open Skate Cancelled (1:30-3:20 p.m.) Please contact the Lakeview Arena office for additional information (906) 228-0490.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Founders Landing Boardwalk Closed For Season 12/02/11
Effective immediately, the Founders Landing Boardwalk is closed for the season. It will reopen in the spring time, weather permitting. If you have any questions, contact the City of Marquette Public Works Department at (906) 228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: TUBACHRISTMAS to Perform Downtown Marquette 12/01/11
TUBACHRISTMAS will be offering a free performance in the Pocket Park in Downtown Marquette (100 block of W. Washington Street) on Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm. TUBACHRISTMAS is an international event that is held in hundreds of cities across the U.S. and other countries. The group will be conducting several performances in Marquette including the Jacobetti Home for Veterans, Mill Creek, St. Peter's Cathedral prior to the "Carols in the Cathedral." The outside downtown performance will be their final of the day.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Final Five Year Recreation Plan Now Available 11/18/11
The City of Marquette's Five Year Recreation Plan is now available for viewing and has incorporated all public comments.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Strolling Carolers Invited Downtown 11/28/11
The Downtown Development Authority is inviting groups, organizations, and strolling musicians to perform on Thursday evening in Downtown and along Third Street on December 8 from 5-8 pm. There will be several warm up locations offering complimentary warm beverages and treats for carolers until 8pm. For more information or to schedule your group call 228-9475.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Upcoming 11/28/11
Downtown visitors will have the opportunity to experience the nostalgia of holidays past with free Horse Drawn Carriage rides, Thursday, December 15 from 5-8 pm (last ride begins at 7:45 pm). Please note, though originally planned to start at the Marquette Commons, the rides will now begin in front of Donckers and Washington Shoe Store on the 100 block of West Washington Street. Rides will proceed down Washington Street to the 100 and 200 blocks of South Front Street, turning west onto Spring Street, north onto Third Street and back to the start on Washington Street. The last ride will depart at 7:45 p.m. Downtown drivers are asked to travel slowly and give the horse-drawn carriage a wide berth to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Right-Of-Way Winterization Announcement 11/28/11
With the winter season upon us, the City of Marquette is asking all residents to please remove all portable items from the right-of-way with the anticipation of the up coming snow removal season. Any damage that may occur to any personal items that are located in the right-of-way will not be replaced and/or repaired by the City of Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Thanksgiving Weekend Skating Hours 11/22/11
The City of Marquette announces Lakeview Arena’s Thanksgiving Holiday Public Skating hours. November 24, there will be no skating due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Lakeview Arena will be open for the holiday weekend beginning on November 25; regular skating hours apply.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Seasonal Road Closure 11/18/11
The road leading up to Mount Marquette is closed for the season. The road will reopen in the spring time depending upon the weather. Any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 906-228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Marquette Turkey Trot Upcoming 11/18/11
The Marquette Turkey Trot 5K and 10K run/walk will take place Thursday, November 24, rain, snow or shine, beginning at 9:00am at Marquette Senior High School. Participants are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for the TV6 Canathon. Proceeds from the event will benefit the MSHS orchestra program and MSHS Business Professionals of America. For more information, call Kim Carr at 250-1398 or email kcarr@mapsnet.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Thanksgiving Holiday Closure 11/14/11
City offices located at Marquette City Hall, the Municipal Service Center, and the Lakeview Arena will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Fire and Police Departments will be staffed during this time, and Lakeview Arena recreational facilities will be open as scheduled on Friday, November 25.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Ladies Night Coming to Marquette 11/10/11
It's Ladies Night in Downtown Marquette and the Village on Thursday, November 17 from 4:00-8:00pm! This night of delights, delicacies, entertainment, shopping and fun provides the perfect opportunity to spend an evening out with friends while shopping for that something special. Businesses will be open late, offering sales, specials, door prizes, refreshments and more!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Holidays in the City Kick Off on December 1 11/09/11
Beginning at 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 1, come enjoy the inaugural Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade! Starting at Fair Ave. and continuing down Third St. to the Marquette Commons. Santa and Mayor Kivela will light the City Christmas tree at the Marquette Commons following the parade. The Marquette Redman Chorale will perform seasonal favorites, with free photos with Santa and pony rides (for a nominal fee) to follow.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Holiday Art Sale Upcoming 11/08/11
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center warmly welcomes all community members to visit the eleventh annual Holiday Art Sale on November 12th, 2011 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The sale is held throughout the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City E-Mail Currently Unavailable 11/07/11
The City of Marquette asks that any residents or community members that are attempting to contact City employees by e-mail, please be aware that we are experiencing technical difficulties with our e-mail system today, November 7, 2011. If you are unable to reach someone by e-mail, please contact the department directly by telephone.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Park Winter Hours 11/07/11
Presque Isle Park winter hours, 7:00 am to 8:00 pm will go into effect on Friday, November 11, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Marquette Parks and Recreation Department at 906-228-0460.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Promotional Fund Applications Due December 31 11/04/11
Applications for promotional funding for the 2012-2013 fiscal year are now being accepted. All applications are due on December 31 of this year. Please contact the Community Services - Parks & Recreation office at 228-0460 with questions.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System 11/02/11
On November 9, 2011, at 2:00pm (EST), the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be conducted. All radio channels and all television channels will announce that a test of the EAS is being conducted. The test will be three and a half minutes long and will look and sound very similar to the local tests of the Emergency Alert System that occur frequently.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City General Election Reminder 11/02/11
A city general election will be held in the City of Marquette on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. For more information on polling locations and candidates that will be found on the ballot, please visit the City Clerk's page.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Downtown Farmers & Artists Winter Market Begins 11/01/11
The regular season of the Downtown Marquette Farmers & Artists Market has come to a close; however, there's still plenty of time to purchase fresh, locally grown foods and handmade artisan products during the extended limited Winter Market. The Winter Market will take place inside the Marquette Commons, 112 S. Third Street, Saturdays between November 5 and December 17, 10am - 2pm.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Issue 7 of Marquette Matters Now Available 11/01/11
The City of Marquette is proud to announce the seventh edition of the City-wide newsletter, Marquette Matters, is now available online. It is the City's official newsletter dedicated to information about city programs, department updates, and community highlights.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery 10/31/11
This weekend as you change the time on your clocks back one hour (November 6 at 2:00am), the Marquette Fire Department wants to remind residents to make another important change – changing the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Welcomes Michigan Legislators 10/28/11
Senator Carl Levin met Wednesday with officials from the City of Marquette to discuss projects requiring joint coordination and cooperation. Pictured here (left to right) are: Tom Baldini, Senior Counsel to the Commission for Legislative Affairs, Amy Berglund, Senator Levin's Regional Representative, Chief of Police Mike Angeli, Commissioner Bob Niemi, Mayor Pro-tem John DePetro, Senator Carl Levin, and City Manager Bill Vajda.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Parks & Recreation Five Year Plan Comments Welcome 10/27/11
The City of Marquette is now accepting comments on the Draft Five Year Recreation Master Plan. Hard copies are available for viewing at the following locations: City Clerk's office, City Manager's office, Parks and Recreation office at the Lakeview Arena, as well as at the Peter White Public Library. Any comments or questions can be directed to the Community Services Director, Karl Zueger, at 906-225-8589 or by e-mailing kzueger@mqtcty.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Waterfront Safety Video Presented in Competition 10/26/11
The Waterfront Safety Video was presented at the 2011 Annual Fall Michigan Municipal League conference in Grand Rapids. The City of Marquette was honored in representing Region 7 in the Community Excellence Award competition, an event showcasing the most innovative projects for 2011.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Police Statistics on Crimereports.com 10/26/11
Residents and visitors can now go to Crimereports.com and view calls for services the Marquette Police have responded to over the past 30 days. This website lets people view a map of the City showing incidents police respond to and where sex offenders reside. Just type in "Marquette, Michigan" in the search box for the local statistics.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Police to Host "Take Back Day" 10/25/11
The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on Saturday, October 29. Between 10:00am-2:00pm, members of the community are welcome to take advantage of this free event by bringing in unused prescription medications to the Marquette Police Department to dispose of properly.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Winter Parking Ban Upcoming 10/25/11
The Winter Parking Ban takes effect on November 1, 2011. It is illegal to park on City streets or in parking lots between the hours of 1:00-6:00 am. Anyone failing to remove their vehicle from these locations will be fined. For more information please contact the Marquette City Police Department at 906-228-0040.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Fire Department News Release - Storm Warning 10/14/11
The City Fire Department advises the public that the access to Black Rocks on Presque Isle and the approach to the north break wall will be barricaded for the duration of the forecasted storm. The NWS has advised to expect very high seas due to strong winds out of the northwest. The Fire Department will monitor conditions and will have barriers removed when seas calm. If you have any questions, please call 225-8936, and ask for the officer on duty.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: DDA To Host Summer Bike Festival Meeting 10/11/11
There is a group that is exploring the level of interest (if any) in bringing back the Superior Bike Fest. Several ideas have been discussed such as a sprint race on Third Street on Friday evening, circuit race at the Island on Saturday morning, Crit race downtown Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday a grand fundo. The Downtown Development Authority and the Marquette Country Convention and Visitors Bureau are willing to support the event with administrative staffing, however, we need a group or organization to take the lead on the event. There will be a meeting for anyone interested on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, noon at the Marquette Commons (112 S. Third Street, Downtown Marquette) The DDA will provide pizzas and beverages for lunch. Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in participating to bring back a mid-summer bike race/event to Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall Yard Waste and Brush Collection Announced 10/11/11
Properties paying the “Garbage/Yard Waste” fee on their monthly utility bills (green bag users) are eligible to dispose of yard waste through a collection beginning October 24. Owners and tenants of properties not paying the fee should contact their regular waste hauler for service.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Arts and Culture Center Closed 10/11/11
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library, will be closed for the entirety of Saturday, October 15, 2011. The Art Center will resume normal operating hours at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17, 2011.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Halloween in Marquette 10/11/11
According to Police Chief, Mike Angeli, "Marquette has always held trick-or-treating on the date of Halloween and it will be on Monday, October 31, this year. We do not set times but recommend kids not be out after dark." The Downtown Development Authority states: "Children are invited to parade from business to business in Downtown and the Third Street Village collecting treats on Saturday, October 29, from 2:00-5:00pm. Watch for the orange "Welcome Trick-or-Treaters!" signs in participating businesses."
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Fire Department Kicks Off Fire Prevention Week 10/10/11
The 19th annual Fire Prevention Week kicked off with display of county fire trucks and a parade on October 8. This year's Fire Prevention week, themed "Protect Your Family from Fire," will run through October 15 featuring several activities within the community and local schools. More information is available on this program, as well as a couple of videos from the kick-off event.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marquette Nostalgia 10/07/11
Marquette has been in the limelight recently, receiving such accolades as one of the “Top Five Places in the Country to Retire” (Money) and #19 in the country of the “Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen” (Outdoor Life). But being featured in national magazines is really nothing new; in fact, an ad in the Saturday Evening Post (February 14, 1968) for Nimrod campers displays our shoreline with the Marquette lighthouse in the background. Just a little nostalgia!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lakeview Arena Public Programming Begins 10/07/11
The City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena open skating for the season will begin Friday, October 7, 2011 with the Friday Night Skate from 7-8:50 pm. Public programming hours and rates are available online or call Lakeview Arena at 906-228-0490.
   
NEWS: Marquette, Scaredy-Cat City? 10/06/11
Ready for some Halloween fun? On October 5, Marketwatch.com claimed Marquette "Tops the Most-Scared City List."
   
Parks & Recreation Five Year Master Plan Draft Available 10/05/11
An update to the City of Marquette Parks and Recreation Plan has now reached the draft stage and the public is invited to attend a meeting to review it. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at 6:00 pm, in the Citizens Forum room at Lakeview Arena. The meeting will include a presentation outlining the plan update and provide opportunity for public comments.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Off-Leash Area Permits Now Available 10/04/11
Residents may now purchase their off-leash permits in the City Clerk's office.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Storm Cleanup 09/30/11
No additional curbside clean up has been scheduled. Residents will be allowed to place brush curbside until the normal scheduled brush collection begins on October 24, 2011. The compost site will also be available to drop off brush during normally scheduled hours. The compost site is open on Monday and Wednesday, 3:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Accepting Proposals to Purchase Heartwood Forestland Property 09/30/11
The Marquette City Commission has voted to offer a request for proposals for persons interested in purchasing 100 acres of Heartwood Forestland property in Marquette Township. Persons interested in submitting proposals may click here for a complete copy of the proposal instructions and requirements: RFP for Sale of 100 Acres of City Property. Proposals are due at 12 Noon Eastern Time on November 1, 2011. Questions may be addressed to City Manager Bill Vajda via email: wvajda@mqtcty.org or by phone: 906-225-8102.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Parks and Recreation Five Year Master Plan 09/29/11
An update to the City of Marquette Parks and Recreation Plan has now reached the draft stage and the public is invited to attend a meeting to review it. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at 6:00 pm, in the Citizens Forum room at Lakeview Arena. The meeting will include a presentation outlining the plan update and provide opportunity for public comments.
   
NEWS: Marquette History 09/28/11
How long has Marquette had a commission form of government? When and how did it start? What brought about a change and who was involved? These are some of the questions asked by local residents from time to time especially when some critical issues are being considered by the current commission. Check out Harlow's WOODEN MAN, a quarterly journal of Marquette County Historical Society, Inc. from the Winter of 1985 to read more about these questions that were posed in regard to 1958.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: NMU Homecoming Parade 09/28/11
The annual Northern Michigan University Homecoming parade will be Friday, September 30 from 5:30 - 7:00pm. The parade will be held on Third Street. Information on road closures can be found [here].
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Band Summer 2011 Report Available 09/23/11
The Marquette City Band had another successful year. Their Summer report shows the highlights of the season.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City General Election Announced 09/23/11
The City Clerk's office has announced that a city general election will be held in the City of Marquette on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Absent voter applications and ballots are available in the City Clerk's office for this election.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Enjoy a Taste of the Originals 09/22/11
The Marquette Eastside Originals Food & Wine Fest is Saturday, October 8, from 4-7 pm at the Marquette Commons. Tickets are available from any member restaurant for $25 each or at the door. This event is a fundraiser to benefit Room at the Inn, the Marquette Salvation Army food Bank, and the Marquette Area Skate Park. For more information, contact the Downtown Development Authority at 906-228-9475 or visit www.downtownmarquette.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Downtown and Third Street Village October Art Stroll 09/22/11
Come enjoy the annual October Art Stroll on Thursday, October 6, from 5-8 pm. Experience the best of arts, entertainment, shopping and dining during this event. For more information, contact the Marquette Downtown Development Authority at 906-228-9475 or visit www.downtownmarquette.org.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Winterization of Park Cemetery Upcoming 09/12/11
The City of Marquette is announcing that all remaining annual flowers, plants and other temporary seasonal items must be removed from the Park Cemetery before Monday, October 3, 2011. After October 3, City crews will be winterizing the cemetery and will dispose of such items left at grave sites. Thank you for your cooperation.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Bluff Street Parking Ramp Repairs on Schedule 09/16/11
Construction on phase one of the Bluff Street Parking Structure Restoration Project is nearing completion, with phase two scheduled to begin on Monday, September 19. At that time, construction will begin on the west end of the structure, including both the upper and lower levels and the west elevator tower, necessitating its closure for the duration of phase two.
   
NEWS: Marquette - Among the Top Five Places to Retire 09/15/11
Marquette was recently recognized as one of the top five "Best Places to Retire" by CNN. Read the full article.
   
NEWS: Hockey on Third Parade 09/12/11
Beginning Friday, September 16 at 5:30pm there will be a "Hockey on Third" parade. The parade will begin at the Berry Events Center, proceeding south along Third Street, ending at the corner of Third and Arch Streets.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Annual Report Now Available 09/08/11
The City's 2010-11 Annual Report is now available online.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Issue 6 of Marquette Matters Now Available 09/08/11
The City of Marquette is proud to announce the sixth edition of the City-wide newsletter, Marquette Matters, is now available to all residents and businesses online. It is the City's official newsletter dedicated to information about city programs, department updates, and community highlights.
   
NEWS: New York Times Highlights Marquette's Presque Isle 09/06/11
Read how this New York Times author retraces the journeys of Frederick Law Olmsted, the country's pioneering park maker, through the midwest including his visit to Marquette's Presque Isle Park.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Compost Site Closure 09/01/11
The City of Marquette Compost drop-off site located off of Lakeshore Boulevard, will be closed on Saturday, September 3, and Monday, September 5, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The site will reopen on Wednesday, September 7. Hours are 3:00pm-7:00 pm.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Beaches to Close for Season 09/01/11
The City of Marquette announces that the public beaches, McCarty’s Cove and South Beach will be closing for the season on Monday, September 5th, 2011 at 8:00PM. Park Patrol Officers will continue to monitor the beaches and Picnic Rocks until October 2nd, 2011.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Electronics Recycling Opportunity Upcoming 09/01/11
Residents, businesses, schools, and community groups of Marquette County are invited to take advantage of an electronics recycling opportunity on October 1, from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Municipal Service Center (850 W. Baraga Ave.).
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Trash to Treasure Day 08/30/11
Residents are invited to participate in the community-wide “Trash to Treasure Day” on Saturday, September 10, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The purpose of the program is to provide a venue for the recycling of reusable household items such as furniture, lamps, electronics, and other working household items.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Hall Winter Hours Begin 08/29/11
Hours of operation for City Hall offices will change to Winter hours on September 6, 2011. Offices will be open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. The Police Department is not affected by this change.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Labor Day 08/29/11
City offices located at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue; the Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Avenue; the Marquette Arts & Culture Center, 217 N. Front Street (Peter White Public Library); and the Municipal Service Center, 850 W. Baraga Avenue, will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day. The Fire and Police Departments will remain open and staffed during this time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Upcoming Parking Lot Closures at City Facilities 08/23/11
Due to parking lot maintenance there will be intermittent closures of the front parking lot at the Municipal Service Center as well as the west parking lot at City Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30 and 31. For more information, please refer to the Public Service Announcements here: [City Hall] [Municipal Service Center]
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: “Island Cruise” Longboarding at Presque Isle Park 08/22/11
There will be an “Island Cruise” Longboarding event at Presque Isle Park on Thursday, August 25, from 10:00am-11:00pm. During the event, Peter White Drive will be closed to vehicles along the one way portion. Pedestrians and bicyclists will have limited access to the island, but are asked to follow the instructions of the race coordinator and volunteers.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Bluff Street Parking Ramp Closure 08/18/11
Beginning August 22, repair work will begin on the Bluff Street Parking Structure. The project will be done in two phases. Project completion is estimated to be October 31, 2011. Weekly project update meetings will be held every Thursday beginning August 25 at 2:00pm in the Masonic Center dining room. For further information, visit the DDA website.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City General Election Charter Commission Candidates 08/18/11
The Marquette City Elections Board met on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 to review nominating petitions for City elective offices. All petitions were in order, therefore the nominated candidates will be moving directly to the November 8, 2011 ballot, as there will be no primary for these candidates.
   
NEWS: Annual Seafood Festival Upcoming 08/15/11
The Marquette West Rotary Club is proud to announce their 28th Annual Seafood Fest on Friday, August 26, 4-10pm; and Saturday, August 27, 12-10pm at Mattson Park. Join us at the park for fun, food and family entertainment. Over the years, Seafood Fest has raised over $500,000 for local charities.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Household Rubbish Drop-Off Site Access 08/11/11
Access to the City of Marquette Household Rubbish drop-off site, located at the old Cliffs Dow site, will be available through Lakeshore Boulevard to Wright Street only for Saturday, August 13, 2011 due to the Ore to Shore bike race, Access to Wright Street from Presque Isle Avenue will be closed for the bike race. If you have any questions contact the City of Marquette Public Works Department at 906-228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: MACC Closed on Tuesday, August 23 08/11/11
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library, will be closed for the entirety of Tuesday, August 23, 2011 due to Peter White Public Library’s staff in-service day. The Art Center will resume normal operating hours at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Caution Please - Street Centerline Painting 08/11/11
Beginning on Monday, August 15, crews will begin repainting street markings in the City of Marquette. The streets that will be affected include Hawley, Wright, Fair, College, Magnetic, Washington, Wilson, Grove, Pioneer, McClellan, Lincoln, Sugarloaf, Seventh, Division, Fourth, Third, Front, Lakeshore, and Presque Isle. For more information, please refer to the Road Closures page.
   
NEWS: Warrior Relief Fund Golf Outing Announced 08/09/11
The Warrior Relief Fund (WRF) and the Sons of The American Legion are excited to announce their dual effort in support of military members and Veteran’s in Marquette County! On September 10, 2011 both groups will be putting on a golf outing to raise money for the WRF and The Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice of the Last Day for Filing Nominating Petitions 08/04/11
Official petitions for nomination of candidates for the City Charter Commission are now available at the office of the City Clerk at Marquette City Hall. Such petitions shall be filed with the City Clerk before 4:00pm on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.
   
NEWS: SBA Small Business Outreach Tour Coming to Marquette 08/03/11
Don't miss the first ever statewide SBA Small Business Outreach Tour! Are you a small business owner looking for tools to take your business to the next level? Do you need information, contacts, and resources to start your business? Get to the SBA Small Business Outreach Tour! It's FREE, and coming to Marquette (Holiday Inn) on August 16 at 8:00am.
   
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ANNOUNCEMENT: City Seeks Feedback from Community 08/02/11
The City of Marquette is now accepting comments and suggestions from residents through an online form submission. Please let us know how we can improve our service to the community by providing your comments and/or suggestions by using our online feedback form. The link to the form can be found on our "Contact Us" page.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Reminder - Summer Taxes Due 08/01/11
The 2011 summer tax bills were mailed June 30, 2011. They are payable through August 5 without penalty. If you have not received a tax bill and should have, please contact the Marquette City Treasurer's office at 906-228-0475.
   
NEWS: Annual Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic Upcoming 08/01/11
August 13 will mark the 12th Annual Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic race from Negaunee to Marquette. Hard Rock (48-mile race), Soft Rock (28 mile race), Junior Rock (four-mile race), Little Rock (Kids one-mile race), Littlest Rock (Kids 50-yard race) are all races offered throughout the day. Last year over 2,300 bikers took part in the race. This year, the race committee expects to reach far over 2,000 participants.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Baraga Gym Closed for Construction 08/01/11
The City of Marquette’s Baraga Gym located at City Hall will be closed for construction from July 29 through August 8, 2011. There will be no scheduled activities in the gym during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Any questions, please contact Community Services at 906-228-0460.
   
NEWS: Live Music in the City of Marquette 08/01/11
The Marquette City band has an upcoming concert on Thursday, August 4 - "Music From Around the World” conducted by Stephen Grugin. The following day, Friday, August 5, all are encouraged to check out Music in the Park featuring Jen Copeman at 6:00pm, and Glistening Jazz from 7:20pm to sunset. Both events are held at the Presque Isle Bandshell.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual "Fill the Boot" Fundraiser Returns 07/28/11
The Marquette Fire Department will be participating in the annual “Fill the Boot” fundraising drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firemen will be raising funds at the following times in the following street intersections: Friday, July 29, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. McClellan & Cleveland Avenues, Third Street & Hewitt Avenue. Saturday, July 30, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Third Street & Hewitt Avenue, Front & Washington Street, Fair Avenue & Pine Street. These street intersections will be open to traffic and drivers are asked to exercise caution.
   
NEWS: City Arts & Culture Events Upcoming 07/26/11
The weekend of July 29-31 will feature several Arts & Culture events in the City of Marquette. Besides the Blueberry Festival, Blueberry Dance Festival, and the Youth Talent Show, the weekend will bring Music in the Park, the Love List play at Lake Superior Theatre, Art on the Rocks, the Outback Art Fair, the Downtown Farmers and Artists Market, and much more! Check out the Marquette Arts & Culture Center's web page for details.
   
NEWS: Fourth Annual Blueberry Dance Festival July 29-31 07/21/11
This festival is held in conjunction with Downtown Marquette's Annual Blueberry Festival on Friday July 29, 2011 in downtown Marquette. The Blueberry Festival will proudly feature a combination of traditional sidewalk sales, artists & crafters, food vendors, family activities, and live musical acts set in the bustling streets of beautiful Downtown Marquette! The Marquette Arts & Culture Center will sponsor the return of the popular Blueberry Dance Festival, as well as the highly anticipated Youth Talent Show.
   
NEWS: Downtown Marquette's Blueberry Festival Upcoming 07/20/11
Plans are underway for the 10th Annual Blueberry Festival scheduled for Friday, July 29, 2011 from 10am - 7pm. Washington and Front Streets will be bustling with sidewalk sales, food vendors, crafters, and children's activities. Local farmers and growers will be on hand to sell fresh produce including mounds of plump blueberries.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: New Form Requirement at Landfill 07/18/11
Effective immediately, residents are required to fill out the Waste Acceptance Form for all demolition, roofing and remodeling debris jobs. This form is a requirement of the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority. The absence of a signed copy of this document will result in the County owned and operated landfill refusing to accept the load. The form can be found on the Public Works Clean-Up page, under Waste Management.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Recreation Planning Workshop Presentation Available 07/15/11
On July 14, the public was invited to participate in the City's recreation planning process and learn more about city recreation services, facilities and challenges.
   
NEWS: Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival at Tourist Park 07/15/11
Each year's event features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk - including singer/songwriters - and dance. Main stage acts include nationally known performers as well as regional and local favorites. The 33rd annual Hiawatha Music Festival will take place July 22-24 at Tourist Park.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Moose Hunting Advisory Council to Meet 07/14/11
The Moose Hunting Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, July 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Department of Natural Resources Marquette Operations Service Center, located at 1990 U.S. 41 South in Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Street Repairs Scheduled for Monday, July 11, 2011 07/08/11
On Monday, July 11, 2011, Main Street, Fourth Street, and Ridge Street will be undergoing pavement repairs. For more information, please see Road Closures page.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Household Rubbish Drop-Off Site Closed Tuesday, July 12, 2011 07/08/11
The City of Marquette Household Rubbish drop-off site located at the old Cliffs Dow site, off of Wright Street, will be closed on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. The site will reopen on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Hours are 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. If you have any questions contact the City of Marquette Public Works Department at 906-228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: New City Fee Schedule Posted 07/08/11
The City of Marquette would like to announce the release of a new fee schedule for fiscal year 2011-2012 as of July 1. Please note the changes in various fees, and plan accordingly when applying for permits and utilizing city services.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Meeting for Recreation Plan Upcoming 07/06/11
The public is invited to participate in the City's recreation planning process and learn more about city recreation services, facilities and challenges. On July 14, two opportunities will be provided for the community to participate. From 3-5pm join us for an open house and informal discussion. From 6-8pm there will be a presentation and public comment. Both events will be held at the Citizen’s Forum Room at Lakeview Arena.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Issue 5 of Marquette Matters Now Available 07/05/11
The City of Marquette is proud to announce the fifth edition of the City-wide newsletter, Marquette Matters, available to all residents and businesses online. The bimonthly newsletter initiative encourages the exchange of information among residents, business owners, and community partners. Marquette Matters is the City's official newsletter dedicated to information about city programs, department updates, and community highlights.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Blueberry Festival Youth Talent Show Auditions 07/05/11
The Downtown Development Authority and the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will be holding auditions on Wednesday, July 27, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center for the Marquette Blueberry Festival Youth Talent Show.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Holiday 07/01/11
City offices located at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue; the Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Avenue; the Marquette Arts & Culture Center, 217 N. Front Street (Peter White Public Library); and the Municipal Service Center, 850 W. Baraga Avenue, will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The Fire and Police Departments will remain open and staffed during this time.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Tourist Park Campground Light Up Parade Announced 06/30/11
Join us at Tourist Park Campground for a light up parade on Saturday, July 2 at 9pm! Decorate your bike, scooter, or stroller with lights and streamers, and meet by the office at 8:50pm for a parade of fun. Wear light up hats, bring glow sticks - whatever lights up! Kids and adults will follow the park's July 4th Festive Golf Cart, show off their decorations, and candy will be thrown to everyone! Questions please call the campground: 906-228-0465.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Band Concert - Bring Your Own Seating 06/29/11
The City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center would like to make the community aware that there will be no benches available for the Thursday, June 30 Patriotic Concert of the Marquette City Band being held at 7:30pm at the Presque Isle Bandshell. Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the wonderful patriotic music kicking off the 4th of July celebrations in Marquette.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Planner Seeks Input on Multi-Use Path Extension Project 06/22/11
The Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Marquette are partnering to fund and construct an addition to the existing multi-use path with a new segment along the west side of the McClellan Ave./M-553 corridor between Grove Street and Vistanna Drive. An open-house meeting will be held to discuss this project on Wednesday June 29, 2011 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in Room 103 of Marquette City Hall.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Seeks Members for New Group 06/22/11
The City Commission recently authorized the formation of a City Charter Review Working Group of interested citizens who reside in the City to make recommendations to the Commission regarding its findings. To be considered for this position, individuals must be City residents who are registered voters and are not in default to the City.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Event Location Changes Due to Inclement Weather 06/22/11
The Jazz Concert with Motala, Sweden This Band Big Band and Marquette County’s Westerly Winds Big Band scheduled for Thursday, June 23 at 7:30pm will now be held at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 305 West Magnetic Street in Marquette. The Friday evening presentation, "An Evening with Jeff Daniels" has also been moved due to weather. It will now be held at the Lakeview Arena at 6:30pm on June 24.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice of Commons Parking Lot Closure 06/21/11
The Commons Parking lot between S. Third and S. Fourth Street will be closed at 10am on Friday, June 24, 2011 to accommodate the set-up for the presentation of "An Evening with Jeff Daniels." Please plan accordingly. If you have questions please contact the Marquette DDA at 906-228-9475. The concert begins at 6:30PM at the Marquette Commons. The public is welcome to attend. **THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO LAKEVIEW ARENA DUE TO RAIN. THE PARKING LOT IS NO LONGER CLOSED.**
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: World Youth Day Walk Announced 06/20/11
On Sunday, June 26, 2011, the Diocese of Marquette will be hosting a World Youth Day Walk. The walk will begin at approximately 4:30pm and continue through approximately 5:45pm. The walk will begin at St. Michael Church at 401 W. Kaye Avenue, then proceed north on Presque Isle Avenue to Fair Avenue, then proceed east on Fair Avenue to the multi-use path, then proceed south on the multi-use path to Baraga Avenue, then proceed west on Baraga Avenue to St. Peter Cathedral at 311 West Baraga Avenue. No City streets will be closed for this event, however drivers are asked to use caution when traveling in these areas.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: NMU Summer Fun Run Upcoming 06/20/11
Northern Michigan University will be sponsoring the NMU Summer Fun Run on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 8:00-10:30am. The run will start at the Berry Events Center, turn north on to the multi-use path, cross Wright Street, the entrance to the city yard waste drop-off site, and Hawley Street, and then proceed to a point just south of the Dead River bridge before turning around and returning along the same route. No streets will be closed for this event and the public is asked to use caution while driving in this area.
   
NEWS: Music in the Village Upcoming 06/15/11
Back for another season, the Village-North Third Street in Marquette will host a number of talented musicians during “Music in the Village” on Thursday, June 23 from 5-8pm. Stroll Marquette's Third Street Village corridor to hear an eclectic variety of local musicians perform street-side in front of participating businesses. Enjoy refreshments along the way.
   
NEWS: Marquette City Band and Music in the Park Return 06/10/11
Just like ice cream cones and flip flops, Marquette City Band and Music in the Park are back for the summer on Thursday and Friday evenings at Presque Isle Park. Pack up your picnic basket and enjoy the lighter notes that summer brings! The summer performances will kick off on June 16th with “Songs of Isles” Scottish and Celtic Music.
   
NEWS: Blue Lake Tour Brings Motala School to Marquette 06/10/11
The Motala-Vadstena Chamber Orchestra, Folklore Group Müsli, and Motala Big Band of Motala, Sweden will visit Marquette from June 23-26, 2011 as part of the Blue Lake International Exchange Program. While in Marquette, Motala students will perform three concerts. All concerts are free and open to the public.
   
NEWS: Bike To Work Day Upcoming 06/09/11
On Friday, June 10, the Marquette County Health Department will be sponsoring “Bike to Work Day.” Participants will meet at the Marquette Mall between 7:00am and 9:00am and from there bike to work, school, etc. using various routes throughout the City. No city streets will be closed for this event, however the public is asked to always be aware for bicyclists.
   
NEWS: 2011 This Place Matters Community Challenge Update 06/07/11
Presque Isle Park is competing to win the 2011 "This Place Matters Community Challenge." We need your help! We are currently ranked in the top 30 of 100. Each person is only allowed to vote once throughout the Challenge, and voting ends on June 30 – so make your vote count and make sure to spread the word to vote for Marquette! [Vote Here]
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Waterfront Flag Advisory System to Continue 06/06/11
On June 10, 2011, the Marquette Fire Department will begin posting flag advisories at South Beach, McCarty's Cove, Middle Beach, and Picnic Rocks waterfronts. Colored flags will be posted at the waterfront to indicate swimming conditions. The flag statuses will be posted on the City's website throughout the day by clicking the button to the left, "Beachfront Advisories."
   
NEWS: Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Marquette 06/03/11
The 2011 Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer Festival takes place on Saturday, June 25, at Presque Isle Park in Marquette with a great variety of music and dance, crafts and a marketplace, ethnic foods and children's activities and much more. The Festival is open to all. There is no admission charge, and parking is free. For more information, call 906-226-6834.
   
NEWS: 4th of July Festivities Announced 06/02/11
The Marquette 4th of July Committee has announced the festivities for the upcoming holiday. All events are scheduled for Monday, July 4, with Tuesday, July 5 as a rain date for the fireworks display. Wristbands to support Marquette’s Fourth of July fireworks are available at the City Manager’s office. There will be no change in garbage pickup due to the holiday.
   
NEWS: 4th of July Wristbands Available at City Hall 06/02/11
Wristbands to support Marquette’s Fourth of July fireworks are available at the City Manager’s office at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue. The fireworks are funded entirely by private donations; the red, white and blue wristbands are priced at $3 each or two for $5. The office is open Monday-Friday, 7:30am-noon and 1:00-4:30pm.
   
NEWS: Children's Bike Rodeo Upcoming 06/01/11
Each year the Marquette City Police Department hosts a bicycle rodeo where children and young adults can practice riding in a controlled environment. Safety tips are offered, and helmets can be checked for proper fit. This is also an opportunity to register your bike if it has not already been done. There will be an obstacle course, a family friendly bike ride, prizes, refreshments, and the chance to win a bike. This year's Bike Rodeo will be held on June 4, 2011 from 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Marquette Commons.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Hall Begins Summer Hours 05/31/11
Hours of operation for City Hall offices will change to Summer hours on May 31, 2011 and continue through September 5, 2011. Offices will be open from 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. The Police Department is not affected by this change.
   
NEWS: Presque Isle Park Selected for Grant Competition 05/27/11
Presque Isle Park has been selected for the National Trust for Historic Places’ 2011 This Place Matters Community Challenge! The beautiful and beloved park known by locals as “The Island” was chosen from over 250 entries to be one of 100 finalists competing for three cash awards.
   
NEWS: Marquette Wins “Race for the Cup” 05/27/11
The City of Marquette has won the Michigan Municipal League (MML) “Race for the Cup” Competition, it was announced today at the MML Regional Summit in Houghton. Each year the MML seeks entries to recognize innovative solutions to challenges at the local level that can be also adapted by other cities and towns to meet similar challenges.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Parking Lot and Sidewalk Closure at City Hall 05/24/11
Beginning May 24, the southeast parking lot and entrance at City Hall will be closed for handicap sidewalk installation. The closure will be for approximately one week. Customers and employees are asked to use the main entrance on Baraga Avenue or the lower level by the Police Station. Please contact the Public Works Department with questions at 906-228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed for Memorial Day 05/23/11
City offices located at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue; the Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Avenue; the Marquette Arts & Culture Center, 217 N. Front Street (Peter White Public Library); and the Municipal Service Center, 850 W. Baraga Avenue, will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. The Fire and Police Departments will remain open and staffed during this time.
   
NEWS: Blueberry Festival Poster Contest 05/19/11
Voting for the Blueberry Festival Poster contest is now underway. Entries are on display at City Hall, (300 W. Baraga Ave.) for the duration of the voting period, or you can vote online at the link below. Voting is open through Wednesday, June 1. [Vote on DDA's Website]
   
NEWS: Shiras Hill Park Seeking Support To Win Grant 05/18/11
This month, Marquette can score a slam dunk for area basketball courts with the click of a mouse. Shiras Hill Park is one of 26 national finalists in the Sprite Spark Parks Project, and if it gains enough support, it could be awarded up to $35,000 in refurbishment grants. Until June 10, supporters can log on to sprite.com or facebook.com/Sprite to vote for their courts to win.
   
NEWS: Water Safety Week in Marquette 05/17/11
Community partners supporting the Waterfront Safety Task Force have seized the initiative, and continue to demonstrate great leadership as Marquette prepares for summer. NMU Recreational Sports and the American Red Cross have initiated their first-ever Water Safety Week in Marquette. This program is an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to learn how they can keep safe in and around the beaches this summer.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City General Election Candidates Announced 05/16/11
The Marquette City Elections Board met on Thursday, May 12, 2011 to review nominating petitions for City elective offices. All petitions were in order, therefore there will be no primary election.
   
NEWS: "Ride of Silence" Bicycle Ride Scheduled 05/13/11
Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public isn't always aware of these rights and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 6:45 p.m. the Kitchi-Mi-Kana Cycling Group will hold a brief ceremony at Mattson Park to honor friends and family members who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Then from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. that same day, the Kitchi-Mi-Kana Cycling Group will sponsor a silent bicycle procession. The procession will start at the Mattson Park parking lot, then proceed north on Lakeshore Boulevard to Fair Avenue on (appx.) a 12 mile bike ride, ending back in the Mattson Park parking lot. No City streets will be closed for this event, however the public is asked to use caution while driving in these areas. Any questions can be directed to Sarah Anderson at 360-4414.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Help Define the Future of the Third Street/Village Business District 05/12/11
The Marquette DDA and the Village Business Association invite you to help develop a plan the Third Street/Village Business district and its inclusion in the Downtown Development District on May 23 from 12:00 - 2:00pm at the Casa Calabria. Consultant Bryan Crough has been hired to facilitate and assist with process. Your input is important.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: New City Code Effective May 10, 2011 05/11/11
The new City Code was approved by the City Commission at their April 11, 2011 meeting, and became effective as of May 10, 2011. Zoning chapters 80, 80.35, 80.36, 82, 85 and 86 were saved from repeal and shall continue in effect until replaced by a later ordinance and code supplement.
   
NEWS: Annual Big Bay Relay Upcoming 05/10/11
On Saturday, May 14, from 8:00am to approximately 10:30am the Annual Big Bay Relay will once again take place. This event will start at the River Park Sports Complex on Hawley Street, proceed along Hawley Street and then northerly along County Road 550.
   
NEWS: Rummage Sale Planned in Third St. Village & Downtown 05/06/11
The 2nd annual spring clean out rummage sale will take place on Friday, May 13 from 10:00am until 4:00pm in front of various participating Downtown and Third Street businesses. Saturday, May 14 from 9:00am until 2:00pm the local merchants will be combining their inventory for a community sale in the River Valley Bank parking lot on north Third Street.
   
NEWS: Seasonal Roads Open 05/06/11
The road around Presque Isle island is open to vehicular traffic for the season. The hours are 7:00am to 11:00pm. The hours for walking around the island are: Saturday and Sunday 7:00 am - 10:00am; Monday and Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00pm; Tuesday and Thursday 7:00am - 1:00pm. The road leading up to Mount Marquette is also now open for the season.
   
NEWS: Hope Starts Here Challenge Upcoming 05/06/11
On Saturday, May 7, 2011, beginning at 9:00am and continuing through 12:00pm, the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center will be hosting their "Hope Starts Here Challenge." Events will include 5K and 10K runs, a duathlon, and a family-friendly walk and bike ride on the multi-use path. The family-friendly walk and bike ride will start at Lakeview Arena and follow the multi-use path north toward Presque Isle as far as individually desired.
   
NEWS: Issue 4 of Marquette Matters is Now Available 05/05/11
The May/June edition of the City's newsletter, Marquette Matters, is now available. Marquette Matters is the City's official newsletter dedicated to information about city programs, department updates, and community highlights.
   
NEWS: Warrior Relief Fund 04/26/11
Please join us on Memorial Day at 8:00am for our Inaugural WRF Memorial Day Walk in Honor of Service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice! The walk will start at two different locations and meet in the middle somewhere near the Carp River turn off on Highway U.S. 41.
   
NEWS: Marquette Police to Host "National Take Back Day" 04/21/11
The second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Between 10:00am-2:00pm, members of the community are welcome to take advantage of this free event by bringing in unused prescription medications to the Marquette Police Department (accepting pills only) to dispose of properly.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Works Department Announces Changes in Spring Clean-Up 04/20/11
Leaves, grass clippings and garden debris collection will take place May 2 - May 13. Previous dates of April 25 - May 6 have been adjusted due to the current weather conditions. Also, the Compost Site will be closed on Saturday, April 23, due to the Good Friday holiday, reopening on April 25.
   
NEWS: Smithsonian Magazine Boasts of Marquette's Beauty 04/20/11
The travel-based magazine article entitled "The Wonderful Wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula" emphasizes the beauty of Northern Michigan as well as the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula. The picturesque region, wrote American naturalist Edwin Way Teale, is "a land of wonderful wilderness."
   
NEWS: Marquette City Band Seeks New Members 04/20/11
The Marquette City Band seeks new members for it's 2011 Summer Season. The season includes seven concerts, beginning with a first rehearsal on June 7 and ending with a concert on August 4. Open auditions will be held on Wednesday, May 25 from 5-9pm. at the Marquette Senor High School Band Room. Audition requirements include a five minute etude and sight reading. Please direct all inquiries to Matt Ludwig at meludwig@chartermi.net or call (906) 225-5382.
   
NEWS: Marquette #19 in “Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen” 04/19/11
Outdoor Life Magazine has ranked Marquette in the top ten percent of their “Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen” in their May 2011 issue. The magazine showcased towns that not only offer excellent opportunities for hunting and fishing, but also provide good-paying jobs, a reasonable cost of living, low population density, good schools and overall quality of life.
   
NEWS: Arbor Day Foundation Names Marquette Tree City 04/19/11
Marquette was recently recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a "Tree City USA" community for its commitment to urban forestry. The City has proudly earned this national designation for 30 years!
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Offices Closed Friday 04/18/11
City offices located at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue; the Municipal Service Center, 850 W. Baraga Avenue; and the Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Avenue, will be closed on Friday, April 22, in observance of Good Friday. The Fire and Police Departments will be staffed during this time. Any questions can be directed to the City Manager’s Office at 906-225-8102.
   
NEWS: Lake Superior Photo Featured on National Geographic 04/15/11
Local photographer, Shawn Malone, submitted a photo to National Geographic taken from the shores of Lake Superior. The photo, "Superior Auroras" is featured on the homepage of National Geographic today, as well as in National Geographic's Daily News.
   
NEWS: Lower Michigan Gift Store Seeks U.P. Artwork 04/15/11
A Lansing-based gift store is interested in obtaining the work of Upper Peninsula artists to sell their works at Michigania, a shop located directly in back of the Governor’s office in Lansing. Currently no U.P. artwork is available at the store, and the owner would like to change this. Interested artists should contact Alice Foster-Stocum at michigania-lansing@att.net or call her at 1-800-533-9553. Details about the shop can be found on their website: www.michigania.com.
   
NEWS: City of Marquette Japanese Relief Fund Continues to Grow 04/15/11
Last month an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters hit the people of Japan, and the City of Marquette moved quickly to establish a fund through the Marquette County Community Foundation (MCCF) to accept donations for disaster relief. The MCCF agreed to accept donations through September 30, 2011, with all funds donated to Marquette’s Sister City of Higashiomi, Japan. Marquette Mayor, John Kivela, noted that as of Thursday, April 14th, $5,455 had already been deposited within the City fund established in partnership with the Marquette County Community Foundation.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Police Department to Host Silent Bike Auction 04/14/11
On May 18, the Marquette Police will hold a silent bicycle auction to reduce the number of found bicycles that have not been claimed. Viewing and bidding will be held between noon and 6:00pm in the Cold Storage building located at the Municipal Service Center (850 W. Baraga). Follow the orange cones to the building. The winning bidders will be notified by phone and the items can be picked up on Wednesday, May 25, between noon and 6:00 pm. Payment is by cash or check only. For additional information or questions please call 906-228-0400.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Brush Collection Update 04/14/11
Residents who were originally scheduled for brush collection on April 22, will now have pick-up on Thursday, April 21 due to Friday, April 22 being a holiday. Any remaining brush from the originally scheduled Friday pick-up ONLY will be picked up Monday, April 25.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Blueberry Festival Vendor Registration Open 04/08/11
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is pleased to announce that plans are underway for the Downtown Marquette Blueberry Festival, slated for Friday, July 29, 2011. Food vendors, artists & crafters, and non-profit organizations are invited to register for a booth space during the festival, which will run from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm. There is a $35.00 registration fee to participate. In addition to being available online, registration forms are available at the Downtown Development Authority office, 203 South Front Street, Suite 1-B, Marquette. [More Information]
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Host Families Needed - Blue Lake International Tour 04/07/11
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is seeking families to host students from the Motala School of Music as a part of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Exchange Program. The group will be visiting Marquette June 23-26, 2011 with 42 students and 3 teachers. Host family applications are due May 1, 2011. [Announcement] [Host Family Application]
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 2011 Hiawatha Registration Forms & Map Available 04/06/11
Hiawatha Music Fest is July 22-24, 2011, at Tourist Park Campground in Marquette. The lottery registration forms and camping areas map are now available. All registration forms must be postmarked no later than May 2, 2011! [Registration Form] [Campground Map]
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Transfer Station Recyclables Hours 04/05/11
As of April 1, the Waste Management Transfer Station will only accept recycle material on Wednesdays from 2:30-6:30pm. Please bring proper identification showing you are a Marquette City resident (driver's license and current City utility bill with garbage fee). Free for Marquette City residents.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Winter Parking Ban Has Been Lifted 04/05/11
The Marquette Police Department has announced that the winter parking ban has been lifted for the season as of April 1. Residents can now park their vehicles on City streets throughout the evening without receiving a parking citation.
   
NEWS: The City Manager is Now on Skype! 04/04/11
Residents can now video conference with the City Manager! Discuss issues and ask questions via Skype Monday through Friday during regular office hours (subject to his availability). Simply add “MarquetteCityManager” to your Skype contact list, and click Video Call.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: 2011 City Election Announced 04/01/11
Notice is hereby given that a City Election is to be held in the City of Marquette, Marquette County, Michigan on the 8th day of November, 2011. Official petitions for nomination of candidates for vacant offices are now available at the office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 300 West Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI. Such petitions shall be filed with the City Clerk on or before 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle Marina Launch Ramp Opens 03/31/11
The City of Marquette Community Services Department will be opening the Presque Isle Marina launch ramp for the 2011 boating season on Friday, April 1, 2011. Daily and/or seasonal launch permits are required to use the launch ramp as of Friday, April 1, 2011.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Please Remove Winter Grave site Decorations from Park Cemetery 03/30/11
The City of Marquette is announcing that all Park Cemetery winter grave site decorations must be removed before Monday, April 4, 2011. After April 4, City crews will begin spring cleanup of the cemetery grounds and will dispose of such items left at grave sites. Thank you for your cooperation.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Hearing for McClellan Avenue Extension Project
03/29/11
A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 pm in Commission Chambers, Marquette City Hall, for the purpose of discussing the different alternatives for the construction of the McClellan Avenue extension project. [Public Hearing Announcement] [Conceptual Project Plan]
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Department of Public Works Announces Spring Clean-Up
03/28/11
The Spring city-wide clean-up information is now available. Spring collection services will run the weeks of April 18-22 and April 25-May 6. City of Marquette solid waste service customers have the ability to take advantage of these upcoming collections for brush and compost. For more information on clean-up services available, check out the [Public Works Clean-Up page].
   
NEWS: Marquette Named One of the Top Micropolitans
03/24/11
Marquette was recently named one of the top micropolitans by Site Selection Magazine. The U.S. Census Bureau defines a micropolitan area as a rural county whose largest city does not exceed a population of 50,000. Five communities, including Marquette, tied for the #20 spot, out of a total of 576 micropolitan areas in the nation.
   
NEWS: Census Data Now Available
03/23/11
The Census Bureau has released Michigan’s 2010 general census data. The data shows that the City of Marquette’s population has grown from 20,714 to 21,335, an increase of 621 residents (3%). There are several other informational items you can refer to by clicking the link provided. [View Census Data]   [Interactive Map]
   
NEWS: 2011 Farmers & Artists Market Applications Being Accepted
03/23/11
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is currently accepting applications for the 2011 Downtown Marquette Farmers & Artists Market. The market will be open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Marquette Commons, located at 112 South Third Street, Marquette. The regular season begins with a grand opening on May 21 and runs through October 29. A $60.00 application fee permits farmers, growers, producers, and artisans to sell every Saturday throughout the season. Applicants who would like to participate in the market but cannot commit to a full season may apply as a daily vendor. Applications for full-season vendors must be received at the Downtown Development Authority office, 203 South Front Street, Suite 1-B, Marquette, MI 49855 by Friday, April 15. Daily vendor applications will be accepted through Thursday, June 30. For more information or an application packet, visit www.downtownmarquette.org, call the Marquette Downtown Development Authority office at (906) 228-9475 or email Becky@downtownmarquette.org.
 
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NEWS: City Code Public Hearing April 11, 2011
03/18/11
City residents are invited to view the final draft of the codified Code of Ordinances of the City of Marquette prior to the adoption of Ordinance #576-Codified City Code. The City Commission meeting on April 11, 2011 is open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting and voice any questions or concerns they may have at that time.
   
NEWS: 2011 Marina Rate Presentation 03/16/11
The City of Marquette maintains two grant-in-aid marinas funded through the MDNR – Waterways Division. For 2011, the Waterways Commission established a ten-step rate schedule. Grant-in-Aid facilities must choose schedule rates which are approved by the Michigan DNR. The steps offer greater flexibility when choosing rates to meet local financial obligations. Recently, this information was presented to the City Commission along with recommendations for the upcoming season.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: You Can Help with the Relief Effort in Japan 03/14/11
In response to the earthquake and Pacific tsunami that struck Japan last week, the City of Marquette has established a fund through the Marquette County Community Foundation (MCCF) to accept donations for disaster relief. The check for all money donated will be hand-delivered to the people of Higashiomi, Marquette’s Sister City. [View PSA] [Mayor's Letter]
   
NEWS: "Expect the Unexpected from High Class Marquette" 03/09/11
In a recent news article by NBC25, the reporter highlights Marquette as a U.P. town not what "trolls" would expect. He goes on to say, "...nothing here could exceed our expectations more, then we arrived in Marquette."
   
NEWS: City / Superior Watershed Partnership Receive Grant 03/03/11
The City of Marquette and the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) have been awarded grants totaling $315,000 for coordinating residential energy conservation initiatives, it was announced today by the State Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG). In total, over a million dollars in grant funds will benefit the residents of the City of Marquette and the local economy.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Waterfront Safety Task Force Preliminary Report Available 03/01/11
The Waterfront Safety Task Force was established on August 30, 2010 by the City Commission. This group was charged with in-depth exploration of the four tenets of waterfront safety: education/awareness, shore/beach support, off-shore/afloat support, and emergency preparedness and response. The group has prepared a preliminary report that incorporates these elements as a part of a set of recommendations designed to enhance the safety & enjoyment of the waterfront.
   
NEWS: Annual Charity Hockey Game Upcoming 03/01/11
The Marquette County Law Enforcement Officers' and Marquette County Firefighters' annual PIGS N' HEAT Charity Hockey Game will be held on March 16 at 7:00pm, at the Lakeview Arena. Tickets are available for $1.00. They can be purchased from any police officer, firefighter or at the Police / Fire Departments. This year there will be lots of prizes, including a $1,000 grand prize.
   
NEWS: Issue 3 of Marquette Matters is Now Available 02/28/11
The March/April edition of the City's newsletter, Marquette Matters, is now available. Marquette Matters is the City's official newsletter dedicated to information about city programs, department updates, and community highlights.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Marina Launch Permits Required Beginning in March 02/22/11
Beginning March 1, all boaters will be required to obtain a permit to launch a boat at either Cinder Pond or Presque Isle Marinas. Seasonal launch permits are available for purchase at the Lakeview Arena Parks & Recreation office, or at the Treasurer’s office. The cost is $50 per permit. Daily launch permits are $5 and are available in the red launch boxes located at Presque Isle and Cinder Pond Marinas.
   
NEWS: Kiddie Mutt Races and Jack Pine 30 02/15/11
Kiddie Mutt Races will be Saturday, February 19, 11am-2pm at the Marquette Commons. Bring the family dog to join the fun of mushing; sleds and harnesses available. Banshee, the UP 200 Mascot will be available for photo opportunities. Greet the Jack Pine 30 mushers as they finish their trek from Gwinn to Marquette at noon. Finish line is in the Lower Harbor Parking Lot.
   
NEWS: Mayor Kivela Reflects on President's Visit to Marquette 02/14/11
President Obama's February 10th visit to Marquette wasn't only special to the Northern Michigan University campus community, it was special for the Mayor of Marquette and the community he represents-the City of Marquette. Mayor John Kivela had the opportunity to spend some time with the President, and was interviewed on his experience. Watch this video to hear what he had to say about the experience. [Watch Interview Video]
   
NEWS: 2011 UP 200 / Midnight Run Sled Dog Races Upcoming 02/12/11
Friday, February 18 at 7:10pm will mark the start of the UP 200 in downtown Marquette. The Marquette Welcome Center, located half way between Marquette and Harvey will have hot beverages and cookies from 6-10:00pm and also makes for a good viewing site. Several local businesses will be hosting "warm up" parties and other events. Check out the UP 200's website [here] for more information.
   
NEWS: City Offices Closed for President's Day 02/12/11
Marquette City Hall, the Lakeview Arena, and the Municipal Service Center will be closed on Monday, February 21, in observance of Presidents’ Day. Public Works, Fire and Police Departments will be staffed during this time, and Lakeview Arena ice rinks will remain open during this time.
   
NEWS: Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project Under Way 02/10/11
The City of Marquette and the Marquette Board of Light and Power, in our continuing efforts to provide low-cost, reliable, and safe service, will begin implementing an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project. This will further enhance customer service while saving money by improving system losses and metering accuracy. [Watch Video]
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: White House Press Release: President Obama to Visit Marquette - Will Detail Plans to Win the Future through Expanded Wireless Access 02/10/11
According to a White House press release "President Barack Obama will today detail his plan to win the future by catalyzing the buildout of high-speed wireless services that will enable businesses to grow faster, students to learn more, and public safety officials to access state-of-the-art, secure, nationwide, and interoperable mobile communications." [PDF Press Release]
   
NEWS: Marquette Recognized as Great Retirement Location 02/03/11
The City of Marquette was recently recognized as one of the "Ten Winter Wonderlands for Retirement" by U.S. World & News & World Report. The magazine's staff sought out wintry locations that offer other amenities including access to hospitals and medical care, affordable housing, and a reasonable cost of living.
   
NEWS: Peter White Public Library Offering Extended Hours 01/28/11
The new year is bringing changes to operating hours at the Peter White Public Library. The library has increased Sunday operating hours until 8:00 p.m. through the month of May. Previously, the library was open from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Additional information about library hours, programs and services is available at the library's website [www.pwpl.info].
   
NEWS: Brownfield Tax Incentive Recently Extended 01/21/11
Developers and owners of Brownfield property are to be aware of a tax incentive update. Congress recently extended the popular Brownfield Tax Incentive. The extension was retroactive beginning January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2011.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Hall Heat Announcement 01/17/11
Please be aware that there will be reduced heat at City Hall through Tuesday, January 18. Please dress accordingly for the cooler temperatures when you visit City Hall.
   
NEWS: Marquette Delegation to Visit Higashiomi, Japan 01/14/11
The City of Marquette Sister City Advisory Committee will be sending a delegation to Higashiomi, Japan from October 13, 2011 to October 24, 2011. An informational meeting will be held on Saturday February 12th, 2011 at 11:00am in Workshop #4 of the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center.
   
NEWS: 13th Annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon Upcoming 01/14/11
The MGH Noquemanon Ski Marathon and mBank Half Noque will be held on Saturday, January 29. The Noquemanon offers separate classic and freestyle races, as well as a touring class. Come experience this exciting event!
   
NEWS: Youth Theater to Present Alice in Wonderland 01/14/11
On Saturday, January 29, at 1:00pm and 7:00pm the Marquette Arts and Culture Center will present "Alice in Wonderland" at Kaufman Auditorium (611 N. Front St., Marquette, MI). Tickets are available now and at the door.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sidewalk Parking Reminder to Residents 01/13/11
Reminder for City Residents that it is against City Code Chapter 16.4 (7) to park on a sidewalk or crosswalk. Please make sure all vehicles are not blocking sidewalks, especially the sidewalks that are included in the sidewalk plowing routes. You may receive a parking citation if in violation of the City Code. Any questions or comments contact the Public Works Department at 906-228-0444.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Residents Invited to City Open House - NOTE TIME CHANGE! 01/07/11
Residents are encouraged to attend the upcoming Open House hosted by the City of Marquette on Thursday, February 10 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Lakeview Arena – Citizens Forum Room (401 E. Fair Ave). Become acquainted with City departments, partners, City Commissioners, and staff. Enjoy refreshments, free skating, a treasure hunt, enter to win a City trivia gift basket, meet Nero the Police Dog, and much more! Tours of Lakeview Arena and the Kids' Treasure Hunt will leave the Citizens' Forum Room at 5:30pm and 7:00pm.
   
NEWS: Marquette During World War II 01/07/11
Read how one Marquette resident recalls volunteers watching for enemy aircraft during World War II from a tower on top of Graveraet school along with other interesting facts of the war from a local's perspective.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: Issue 2 of Marquette Matters Newsletter Available 01/04/11
See what the City of Marquette has in store for you for the beginning of 2011. Your one stop source for up-to-date information on the City. Marquette Matters is the City's official newsletter dedicated to information about city programs, department updates, and community highlights.
   
ANNOUNCEMENT: City Manager Continues Community Office Hours 01/04/11
Marquette residents, business owners and community partners are invited to meet with City Manager Bill Vajda, as well as other administration leaders for community office hours. The upcoming session is at the Peter White Public Library on January 12 at 10:00am.
   
NEWS: Ice Skating at the Marquette Commons 01/04/11
The Marquette Commons Building and Ice Rink will be staffed and open for free public skating throughout the winter months, weather permitting. Enjoy an afternoon of skating and warm-up by the fire.
 
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2010 News Flash Headlines
NEWS: 2nd Annual New Year's Eve Open Skate Disco Ball Drop 12/21/10
December 31 at 1:00pm come to the second annual New Year's Eve Disco Ball Drop at the Lakeview Russell Arena. Come dressed in 70’s attire and receive $1 off admission. Best costume wins a free open skate season pass! Limited skate rental available. For more information call 906-228‐0490.
   
ANNOUNCMENT: City Offices Closed for Holidays 12/20/10
Marquette City Hall, the Municipal Service Center and Lakeview Arena offices and rinks will be closed on Friday, December 24th, and Monday, December 27th, in observance of the Christmas holiday. These offices will also be closed Friday, December 31st, and Monday, January 3rd, for the New Year’s holiday. The Lakeview Arena’s ice rinks will be open for regular skating hours on Thursday, December 30th. A “Disco Ball Drop” will be held that day in the Russell Arena during public skating hours, 1:00-2:50 p.m. Come dressed in ‘70s attire and admission will be only $2; otherwise, standard rates apply. Call the Lakeview Arena at 228-0490 for further information. The City’s Arts & Culture Center, located in the Peter White Public Library, will be closed from December 24th through January 3rd. Marquette Police and Fire Departments will remain staffed during the holidays.
   
NEWS: Christmas Tree Drop-Off Sites 12/17/10
Properties paying the "Garbage/Yard Waste" fee on their monthly bills (green bag users) are eligible to use the Christmas tree drop-off sites. Owners and tenants of properties not paying the fee should contact their regular waste hauler for service. These sites are supported by fees, not taxes. Beginning January 1, 2011 through January 16, 2011 there will be two (2) drop-off sites available for Christmas tree disposal. One site is located at the west end of the Lakeview Arena parking lot, place tree inside orange fencing. The second site is the Baraga Avenue ice rink located east of 850 W. Baraga Avenue. Access can be obtained from Baraga Avenue or West Spring Street, place tree inside orange fencing. Residents are to remove all decorations and stands before disposing of their tree inside the orange fencing. Any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 906-228-0444.
   
NEWS: Annual Ball Drop in Downtown Marquette 12/17/10
Gather with family and friends to welcome 2011 at the 22nd Annual Ball Drop in Downtown Marquette on Friday, December 31, 2010. Join in the count-down to midnight as the ball is lowered from the historic Savings Bank Building on the corner of Front and Washington Streets at this family friendly community celebration.
   
NEWS: History of the Upper Peninsula 12/16/10
Marquette "can show as bright skies, as pure air, as bracing an atmosphere, as lovely cloudless days, as brilliant starlit nights, as that land over which poets and painters have raved, and sane people have gone into ecstasies". Read more about Marquette in an 1883 except from History of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Western Historical Co., Chicago, IL.