Department of Public Works crews will begin fire hydrant flushing and maintenance procedures at various locations throughout the City Monday, September 18.  Flushing will be accomplished only during daylight hours.  Please look for posted signs for hydrant flushing in your area.

Customers might experience discolored water as a result of hydrant-flushing operations. If so, faucets should be opened to allow water to run freely for several minutes until becoming clear.

Questions may be directed to Martin Flynn, Water/Wastewater Supervisor, at 231-347-2500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

farmers market

Fall is here, and the Downtown Petoskey Farmers Market will celebrate the closing of the summer season from 8:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., Friday, September 29.  Don't miss the final day of the market located on Howard Street.  The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce sends its thanks to the farms who participated in this summer's market.  For more information on the market and the 2017 season, contact Market Master Nikki Devitt at 231-487-4150 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">

Proposed Hospital District Map and Languange can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Meeting in regular session, September 21, 2017 the Planning Commission held a public hearing on a proposed zoning ordinance amendment that would create a Hospital Zoning District and amend the zoning map to include the new district.  After further discussion, the Commission then made a recommendation to City Council for the proposed ordinance language and locations for the H1 and H2 designations.  The Commission also reappointed Gary Greenwell as Commission Chairperson and Emily Meyerson as Vice Chairperson/Secretary.

The proposed 2018 - 2023 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) for the City of Petoskey serves as an instrument to identify needs and financing sources for public infrastructure improvements. It also informs city residents how the City plans to address significant capital needs over the next five years.  This document gives significant direction to the City on funding priorities. However, only those programs scheduled during the first year are financed and adopted as part of the Annual Budget. Programs slated for construction in subsequent years may be adjusted to reflect priority changes or funding constraints.

 Safest Cities in Michigan badge

SafeWise ranks Petoskey as #15 of the 20 safest cities in Michigan in 2017.  Each of the safest cities that made the 2017 lists boasts both violent and property crime rates that are significantly below the state and national averages.  To identify the safest cities in Michigan, SafeWise reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data.  Cities with fewer than 5,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were eliminated.  The mixture of repeat cities and those making their debut indicates a strong statewide commitment to cutting down on crime and ramping up public safety initiatives.

Click here to view the report in its entirety.

Meeting in special session, Thursday, August 24, 2017, the Planning Commission continued its discussion on a hospital zoning district.  After several changes to the draft language, the Commission scheduled a public hearing or September 21 on the district language and rezoning of properties to the Hospital Districts H1 and H2.

The 2017 season of the Downtown Petoskey Farmer's Market begins every Friday from June 16 to September 29, from 8:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., located near the 400 block of Howard Street between Mitchell and Michigan Streets (between J.C. Penney's and Julienne Tomatoes). Streets will be closed off to welcome local producers and the bounty of fresh items that they have to offer. Stop by and find everything that you would need for a wonderful meal, from organic meats to fresh fruits and vegetables, and even flowers to finish the table off.

The mission of the Downtown Petoskey Farmers Market is to promote the image and economic development of Downtown Petoskey and economic development within the local agricultural community, as well as to give those who grow, fish, forage, and harvest a place to be rewarded for their efforts.

For more information, or to register as a vendor, please contact the Market Master - Nikki Devitt at (231) 347-4150 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




   Kids Camp

City of Petoskey Kids Camp

Recreational Fun: It’s what we do! Our staff is dedicated to keeping your children active and having fun all summer. We have everything from scoop catch to baseballs to jump ropes with large areas to use them all at once. Our campers enjoy new twists on old favorites such as kickball, as well as kids camp original games such as All Star Baseball.


Nature Exploration: With access to all of the Winter Sports Park facility our campers enjoy the surrounding woods for building forts and playing Hide-and-Seek tag.


Creative Exploration: Children are provided with daily craft choices from dot art to friendship bracelets to mobiles and more! Crafts follow thematic weeks and encourage each child’s creative nature!


Field Trips: Throughout the summer various walking field trips are scheduled. These include, but are not limited to, Bob-In Again for ice cream, Ottawa Park for an afternoon on the playground, Bayfront Park and occasionally Pennsylvania Park and the Petoskey Library for special activities. This year we are working on adding a few off-site field trips for an additional fee. More information to come!


For more information please click HERE for our Kids Camp Brochure and registration form.  You can also register online by clicking the following link:

2017 Marina Launch Ramp permits are now available for purchase at City Hall Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. for $25.00. Senior Launch permits are $20.00. An annual or daily permit must be displayed on the tow vehicle. Annual and daily permits will also be available at the Marina after May 1. 


Meeting in regular sesssion Wednesday, March 22, 2017 the Tax Increment Finance Authority Board:

  • Oriented TIFA Board members;
  • Introduced Board members and Election of Officers; and
  • Reviewed, approved and recommended to City Council 2017 TIFA Projects for Bayfront Park and Magnus Park.
The City's Board of Review conducted its annual series of meetings on Tuesday, March 14, Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16 for the purpose of reviewing the 2017 property tax assessment roll. Twenty-seven taxpayers representing 42 parcels appeared before the Board and had their questions answered. Fifteen taxpayers or their representatives signed the sign-in sheet over the three-day review period.  Written answers from the Board will be mailed around April 1.

Meeting in regular session, Monday, September 18, 2017 City Council:

  • Heard a presentation by Jason Hayes from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy concerning renewable energy;
  • Reappointed Eric Yetter, 840 Lindell Street, to the Planning Commission for a three-year term ending August 2020;
  • Further discussed the City's proposed 2018-2023 Capital Improvements Plan;
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing staff to purchase four sidewalk snow blower units;
  • Authorized staff to purchase a digger-derrick truck unit from Terex Utilities Inc., Watertown, SD, at a cost not to exceed $189,987;
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the issuance of a non-exclusive franchise to CC VIII Operating, LLC dba Charter Communications, for continued provision of uniform video services within the City;
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing to recess to a closed session, pursuant to Section 8(a) of the Michigan Open Meetings Act, to consider a periodic personnel evaluation of the City Manager; and
  • Approved the City Manager's evaluation.


The regular meeting of the City of Petoskey Zoning Board of Appeals scheduled for 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 3, 2017, has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 7, 2017.


Brush Chipping

Brush Chipping and Disposal

The City will provide brush chipping on the first and third Monday of each month beginning in April 3, 2017 through November. Tree limbs and large brush should be placed along curb-lawn at residence and separated from other materials for collection. Brush piles must not exceed two cubic yards. Please Note: Tree limbs and brush will not be accepted at the City's Public Works Facility, located on Sheridan Street. Drop-off is available at the Emmet County Recycling Center. Please contact them at 231-348-0640 or visit their website at for more details.

City of Petoskey voters approved a new public safety fire equipment millage at the August 2. 2016 Primary Election.  The City will levy a new additional millage in the amount of 0.75 mills on real property located in the City for the period of 5 years, 2016 through 2020 inclusive, which will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated revenue of $353,876.  Funds will be disbursed to the City for the purpose of providing funds to purchase fire-fighting equipment.

The millage was approved by the following votes:

YES - 816 voters - 73.25%

NO - 298 votes - 26.75%

% City-wide turnout - 22.72%


Meeting in regular session, Tuesday, July 20, 2017 the Planning Commission continued discussion on a hospital-specific zoning district, heard updates on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Non-motorized Facilities Plan Implementation status.

The City of Petoskey is pleased to announce that the City Manager appointed Matt Breed to the position of Public Safety Director.  Through an extensive interview and vetting process by two interview committees, it became evident that Mr. Breed has the professional experience, skill set and education to build upon the positive momentum that the department has achieved over the last few years.  He is well-respected by his peers and has the unique combination of administrative acumen with a proven track record of solid and steady emergency scene management.  He has also spoke about innovative ways to improve community policing and improve departmental efficiencies.   He passionately cares about this community and citizens we serve!

The Petoskey Marina is now open for the 2016 Season.  Seasonal Launch Permits are available at the Marina or City Hall for $25.00 and $20.00 for a Senior Launch Permit.  Marina improvements are finally completed and staff is available for gas, diesel, pump-outs and dockage.  Please hail on VHF Channel 16, or call 231-347-6691.  


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