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    The City of East Tawas, County of Iosco, State of Michigan Ordains

    Ordinance No. 350

    Adopted: November 5, 2018

    Effective: November 26, 2018

    AN ORDINANCE TO amend Section 44-360 of Ordinance No. 347, adopted July 17, 2017 by inserting as indicated.

    Section 44-360 Permitted signs in the WF, HSC, OSC, LI and I districts. (5) Electronic message sign (insert language after (d))

    Properties within the HSC and WF zoning districts with frontage less than 200 feet shall be allowed one electronic message sign subject to the sign regulations of each Zoning District and subject to the following additional regulations:

    • Illumination restrictions as set forth in Section 44-357.
    • An electronic message sign shall be considered as part of a wall sign or freestanding sign and shall be located below the main sign. Such electronic message sign shall not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the total sign area as allowed per Zoning District and sign regulations of Article X. Signs.
    • The maximum height and setback of an electronic message sign shall conform to the height and setback regulations for signs allowed in each Zoning District as specified in Article X. Signs.
    • Message shall be text only and amber in color.
    • The frequency of the message change shall be no more than once every 10 minutes.
    • Message is to be static in nature without visual effects during display or during transition including text motion, fading or flashing.

    The City of East Tawas would like to recognize and thank Duane “Dewey” Look for his commitment and service on our City Council for the past 26 years. Dewey is an amazing asset to the City and will be missed in our ranks. I hope he will continue to contribute his wisdom and knowledge and know that his insights will always be welcome. 

     Brent Barringer, City Manager


    The East Tawas Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan 48730. The purpose of the public hearing is to hear comments on a request from Frederick J. Manning to convert the Woodview Condominium Development into a subdivision.

    The Preliminary Plat of Woodview Subdivision is available for viewing at City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan 48730. Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may comment on the proposed request in writing. Comments should be sent to the City Clerk, PO Box 672, East Tawas, Michigan 48730. These comments will be brought to the attention of the Planning Commission during the public hearing.


    The 12th Annual Turkey Trot will be held on Friday, November 23rd.  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 2018.pdf


    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. 


    The City of East Tawas is selling lots 12, 13 and 14 of Eastland No. 2 Subdivision along Airport Road. Each lot is approximately 85’ x 150’. The purchase price is $10,000 per lot. Additional information for each lot can be obtained at East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, PO Box 672, East Tawas, Michigan 48730, (phone 989-362-6161). 

  • 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

    Urban Development Action Grant Reuse Board

    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.

  • Facade Loans Available to East Tawas Businesses

    The Urban Development Action Grant Reuse Board and the East Tawas City Council have approved a Facade Loan program.  Click here for program details and an application and related documents.

  • 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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