Public Notice is hereby given that the regular meeting of the City of Petoskey Zoning Board of Appeals scheduled for 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 7, 2017, has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

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The City of Petoskey provides city-wide sidewalk snowblowing through a contracted service with supplemental assistance as needed by City staff. 

The contractor is responsible for snow removal on approximately 50 miles of sidewalks throughout the City which is accomplished with the use of three sidewalk snow removal units. Removal from a snowfall of 3-5 inches takes approximately 12 to 18 hours to complete for each snow removal unit.

The strategy used to plow sidewalks depends on the interaction of several factors:                                   

  • Time snowfall began;
  • Duration of snowfall;
  • Type of snow – light/dry or wet/heavy;
  • Temperature before and after snowfall;
  • High winds – drifting;
  • Snow accumulation; and
  • Available equipment – breakdowns.

If snow falls over a long period of time, residents are asked to be patient. Crews will complete the job, but it may take two to three days depending on weather conditions.

Annual winter-season, on-street parking regulations take effect Thursday, December 1, and will be in place through April 1, that again  will  require parked vehicles to be altered daily from one street side to the other, between 2:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M., with parking permitted on odd-address sides on odd-numbered dates (beginning at 12:00 Midnight) and on even-address sides on even-numbered dates.  On-street parking will be prohibited within the Central Business District from 3:00 A.M. to 5:00 A.M., daily.

Parking is not permitted on curb lawns or in unimproved front-yard areas, and vehicles cannot obstruct sidewalks, nor can vehicles be parked to straddle curbs or in areas where curbs must be mounted to park vehicles.  Department of Public Safety personnel have begun placing notices on vehicles that are parked along streets throughout the City advising drivers of the seasonal regulations that will take effect December 1.  Signs also will be placed at the City's corporate limits and along streets that border the downtown area.

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, Thursday, February 16, 2017 the Planning Commission held a public hearing on zoning ordinance amendments and postponed action pending further language review.  The Commission also approved an amendment to the Commission Bylaws.

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.  


Department of Public Works crews will begin fire hydrant flushing and maintenance procedures at various locations throughout the City Monday, September 19. 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 Sherrie Elliott, Water/Wastewater Supervisor, at 231-347-2500, 231-622-2111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

At its regular scheduled meeting May 19, 2016, the Planning Commission:

  • Conducted a public hearing and made recommendation to City Council regarding amendments to the sign ordinance;
  • Upheld the zoning administrator detemination on directional signs at 1050 Bay View Road; and
  • Recommended to City Council the top redevelopments sites in the City.


Brush Chipping

Brush Chipping and Disposal

The City will provide brush chipping on the first and third Monday of each month beginning in April 4, 2016 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.

The City's Board of Review conducted its annual series of meetings on Tuesday, March 15, Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17 for the purpose of reviewing the 2016 assessment roll. Thirty taxpayers representing 44 parcels appeared before the Board and had their questions answered. Written answers from the Board will be mailed to these residents around the first of April.

Meeting in regular session, Tuesday, January 17, 2017, the Downtown Management Board:

  • Discussed and provided comments on the City of Petoskey Economic Development Strategic Plan;
  • Discussed, received and filed final report from Walker Parking consultants concerning the Darling Lot and referred the report to the Parking Committee for further recommendations;
  • Discussed request to purchase a new downtown trolley recommended by the Downtown Trolley Task Force and concurred to have an independent inspection completed prior to purchase; and
  • Approved sharing 50/50 costs with the City for the Pennsylvania Park restroom expansion/renovation project.

Meeting in regular session Monday, January 9, 2017 the Parks and Recreation Commission:

  • Re-elected Roy Pulaski as Chairperson and Amy McMullen as Vice-Chairperson;
  • Approved inclusion of Bear River Valley, primary site, and Bayfront Park, secondary site, to be part of the Sunset Coast Birding Trail; and
  • Heard Winter Sports Park and Winter Carnival updates.

Meeting in special joint session, Monday, February 8, 2016, the Parks and Recreation Commission and Planning Commission heard a presentation on the updated Downtown Greenway Corridor Master Plan update and postponed making recommendations to City Council for approval.

The Parks and Recreation Commission then held their regular scheduled meeting after the presentation and heard Winter Carnival updates.

Meeting in regular session, Monday, February 6, 2017, City Council:

  • Appointed various members to the Downtown Management Board, Petoskey District Library Board, TIFA, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Review and Parks and Recreation Commission;
  • Adopted a resolution appointing Dick Dinon, Dinon Law PLLC, Petoskey, as the City's Labor Attorney;
  • Discussed possible Pennsylvania Park bathroom expansion/renovation project and decided not to move forward with project in 2017;
  • Adopted a resolution adopting the 2016 Tri-County Hazard Mitigation Plan as set forth by Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Office of Emergency Management;
  • Approved a $14,000 donation from the Family of Christ Church, Petoskey, to purchase SCBAs and bullet proof vests for the Public Safety Department;
  • Adopted a resolution supporting a Building Healthy Communities Grant; and
  • Discussed the Board and Commission application.




On February 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM, a joint meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Planning Commission will be held in the main lobby of City Hall, 101 East Lake Street. The purpose of the meeting will be to review and comment on the amended Downtown Greenway Corridor Plan.

The 2015 winter property tax bills sent out on November 30, 2015 include the wrong year in the due date. The stated tax bill due date is "February 16, 2015" and the correct year is 2016. Tax bills for all jurisdictions in Emmet County include the misprint and the City is currently reviewing the matter. The tax bill is correct in all other respects. Please note the correction to the year and make payment from the tax bill as received. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Meeting in regular session, Tuesday, September 6, 2016, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a 4 foot height variance request for the addition of two stories at 416 East Mitchell Street.  The Board's next regular scheduled meeting is 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 4.

As is a routine, annual procedure, the City Manager issued the City's proposed 2017 Annual Budget November 3 - that totals $34,589,100 - within all 15 City funds. City Council accepted the proposed budget at its November 7 meeting, and is expected to schedule a public hearing to receive comments concerning the proposal and recommended property-tax-millage rates for 2017. The proposed 2017 Annual Budget may be viewed at 2017 Annual Budget.

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