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    The Tawas Utilities Authority regular meeting scheduled for Monday, November 11th has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 12th at 4:00 p.m.


    The East Tawas Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2019 in the Council Chambers of the East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan 48730. Phone 989-362-6161.

    The Public Hearing was requested by Huron Community Bank, 301 Newman Street, for an appeal of an administrative decision by the Planning Commission regarding a sign permit application. The property is located the Central Business District (CBD).

    Written comments may be sent to the City of East Tawas Zoning Board of Appeals, PO Box 672, East Tawas, Michigan 48730-0672 and must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

    Minutes of meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals are available for review at the office of the City Clerk, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan 48730.


    The City of East Tawas is soliciting sealed bid proposals for a Contractor to install a new 595 LF steel sheet pile retaining wall at the East Tawas City (RV Campground) Park near the easterly end. The site is located between US-23 and Tawas Bay (L. Huron) at the southerly end of Newman Street in East Tawas, MI. Bid bonds are required. Payment and performance bonds will be required. Insurance will be required. Prevailing wage rates will not apply. There will be no organized site visit but a mandatory visit by the Contractor is required. Bids will be accepted until 2:00 PM, November 21, 2019 at East Tawas City Park Campground Office, 407 W. Bay St., East Tawas MI 48730 (located behind Iosco County Museum), at which time they will be publicly opened and read. Award will follow after the Owner’s representative has had an opportunity to review the bids. References will be provided, if requested. Bids are to be submitted in a sealed envelope marked as, “East Tawas RV Park Retaining Wall Bid”. Bid documents will be available for a non-refundable $30 per project set, with an additional non-refundable $10 if mailed. Documents are available from Russo Engineering, Inc., PO Box 187, 225 Sixth Avenue, Tawas City, MI 48764, phone (989) 362-7735. The Owner reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, however, it is intended to make award of a firm, fixed-price contract to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder based upon the rules outlined in the Bid Form. The City maintains a local contractor preference clause of 5% for award. There are no liquidated damages or performance incentives. Construction shall be completed within 45 days of award. Project costs have not been estimated.


    Iosco County has provided (2) crates of sand bags (~8,000 bags) free to Iosco County residents for use in shoreline protection. The only requirement is that the bags be used inside of Iosco County.  The sand bags are available for pick up at Dewey Durant Park. Pick ups will need to be scheduled in the best interest of the Park and DPW staff.  I you or your neighbor along the shoreline are interested in sand bags for shoreline protection, please contact City Hall at 989-362-6161 to schedule a pick up appointment.  We are required to keep a log of residents, so you will need to provide your address, the number of sand bags requested for pick up and the date of pick up.  The sand bags are only available while supplies last.   


    The 13th Annual Turkey Trot will be held on Friday, November 29th.  The race starts at the East Tawas Community Center at 4:00 p.m.  Please click on the link for details and registration information.  Turkey Trot 2019.pdf

  • Public Notice: Vehicles for Sale

    The City of East Tawas recently purchased a tax foreclosure property and is accepting bids on two vehicles left inside. Sealed bids clearly marked as “1955 Buick”, “1970 Mercury” or “Both together” must be submitted to East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, PO Box 672, East Tawas, Michigan 48730, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019. The City of East Tawas has a local preference policy and reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, whatever is deemed to be in the best interest of the City.

    The vehicles will be sold “as-is” and can be viewed by contacting the East Tawas City Hall at 989-362-6161 to schedule an appointment.

    1955 Buick (two door)

    • Engine: V8 Nailhead, 2-barrel carburetor
    • Engine does not run; vehicle is a full remodel or parts car.
    • Extra parts and chrome in trunk.

    1970 Mercury Monterey (four door)

    • Engine: 390 FE Block motor
    • Engine currently does not run, condition unknown.
  • Compost Closed

    The East Tawas compost facility will be closed for the season due to limited capacity.  Regular Monday morning curbside pickup will continue through the second Monday in November (weather permitting).  Please contact City Hall with any questions. 

  • City of East Tawas talks Stormwater to protect Lake Huron

    The City of East Tawas is working together with conservation nonprofit Huron Pines to understand how to keep our local water resources healthy.  We are forming a partnership to learn more about managing our city's stormwater.  With heavy rains and snowmelt, water can pick up pollutants like road salt and dirt and deposit them into our fresh water sources.  We'll look at how and where stormwater and snowmelt enter our rivers, inland lakes and Lake Huron and how we can reduce negative impacts with natural features like forests, wetlands and green space. 

    On June 6, 2019 local decision makers and Huron Pines staff like come together to kick things off with a hands-on workshop to build a shared understanding of stormwater efforts in the City of East Tawas and to identify tools and opportunities that can help us build a sustainable plan for healthy water in East Tawas. 


    The City of East Tawas Clerk’s Office will now be maintaining a Permanent Absent Voter List. The Permanent Absent Voter List is a list of voters who qualify under state law to vote by absentee ballot. All voters on the Permanent Absent Voter List are automatically sent an absentee ballot application for each election scheduled in the City of East Tawas. From this permanent absent voter list, absentee voter applications are mailed out for every election as required by Michigan Election Law. If you would like to be placed on our Permanent Absent Voter List, please fill out a Permanent Absent Voter List Request form and hand deliver to the City Clerk, East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI or mail to: City Clerk, City of East Tawas, PO Box 672, East Tawas, MI 48730.

    For additional information, please see the Clerk's page within the City Government tab or contact the Clerk's office at 989-362-6161


    The City of East Tawas accepts credit/debit card payments for utility bills, tax bills and miscellaneous items at City Hall, over the phone or online through Graphite Municipalities.  You are able to view your utility bill and tax information through the online services tab on our website, but you will have to use the Graphite Municipalities link to pay your bill online.  Please click here or click on the Graphite Municipalities logo on our main page or on the water/sewer and tax information pages.  You may also call 989-362-6161 during our office hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and our office staff will be glad to take your payment over the phone.  


  • Expanding Broadband Services

    In an effort to expand broadband services for Northeastern Michigan, Develop Iosco is teaming with Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) by maintaining critical infrastructure such as high-speed internet access, sewer, water, and transportation that is necessary for all aspects of the traditional economy, as well as the new economy. Check out the links below.

    Technology Action Plan

    Broadband Survey for Iosco County


    The Library Committee has commemorative bricks for sale and the profits from the brick sales will be used to continue to fund the new library.  The bricks provide a win-win situation as a perfect way to honor or memorialize a loved one and also benefit the new library.  Click here for the brick order form.  Engraving space is limited to four lines with a maximum of 15 characters per line. Please remember that a space counts as a character.. 

    Click here for a brochure about the fund-raising efforts and a donation form. 

    Questions can be addressed to Julie Potts, Clerk/Treasurer at 989 362-6161

    Click here to view photos. 

  • Tawas Lake Aquatic Weed Report

    The East Tawas City Council has approved a special assessment for aquatic weed control. at Tawas Lake.   Click here for a report prepared by Paul Hausler of Progressive AE.

  • Volunteers Needed

    We are looking for residents who may be interested in serving on one of the City’s boards, commissions or authorities which currently include the following:

    Board of Review

    Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

    Housing Commission

    Park Board

    Planning Commission

    Tax Increment Finance Authority (Current open position)

    Urban Development Action Grant Reuse Board (Current open position)

    Zoning Board of Appeals

    If you’re interested, we ask that you submit a brief biographical summary including your area(s) of interest to City Hall. Your name will be added to a list that will be used to make recommendations to the City Council to fill vacancies.

  • Veterans Walk of Honor

    A Walk of Honor has been incorporated into the design of the Veterans Recognition Plaza located in the heart of Tawas City at the corner of US-23 and Matthews Street.  Brick pavers, donated by the City of East Tawas, are available to recognize a Veteran for a $100 donation.  Black Granite Benches are also available to recognize a Veteran for a $2,000 donation.  More information and an order blank are available here.

  • Nondiscrimination Statement

    In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

    To file a complaint of discrimination, write to:

    USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

    Officeof the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

    1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410

    Washington, DC 20250-9410

    Or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay.)  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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