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    The City of East Tawas currently has two board positions available for a partial term.  The Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) which meets every other month and the Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) which meets annually and as needed.  

    TIFA utilizes tax increment financing to reestablish and maintain the TIFA District which encompasses commercial and development areas of the City within the core downtown and the US-23 corridor.   Please visit the TIFA page under City Government for more detailed information.

    UDAG manages an a perpetual, revolving, low interest loan account for purposes of assisting the owners of existing businesses and industries wishing to rehabilitate and/or expand their operations and to assist those individuals or other entities proposing to construct new businesses or purchase and renovate existing businesses and industries in the City.  Please visit the UDAG page under City Government for more detailed information.

    Please contact City Hall at 989-362-6161 or by email, for additional information or to submit an interest to be considered for one of these positions.  


    City of East Tawas Michigan

    County of Iosco, State of Michigan

    Ordinance No. 352

    Adopted: May 6, 2019

    Effective: May 27, 2019

    AN ORDINANCE TO amend Ordinance No. 304 adopted on June 2, 2003 and amended by codification as Ordinance No. 343 on June 10, 2013 by repealing Ordinance No. 340 Medical Marihuana, adopted September 4, 2012 and amend Section 44-73 (b) and 44-285 (12) of the Zoning Ordinance by deleting or amending language as indicated.

    Section 44-73 (b) (2) Conformance to other public laws, rules and regulations and delete or amend the following language: 

    Amend language to read: 

    • The growth/cultivation of marihuana as defined in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, PA 2008, Initiated Law, as amended.

    Section 44-285 (12) Home Occupations by deleting specified language. 

    Home occupations shall be permitted in all detached single-family residential dwellings and shall include such customary home occupations as: hairdressing, millinery, dressmaking, bookkeeping, and accounting services, real estate and insurance sales, professional offices, woodworking, arts and crafts, pottery making, antique collection and sales and other similar occupations, and other home occupations involving the production of goods and services legally operating in detached single-family homes. Delete following language - and as well involving the growth/cultivation of marihuana or the provision of services to a qualifying patient by a primary caregiver as defined in, provided by and subject to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, PA 2008, Initiated Law, as amended, and as provided in subsection (L), below.

    Delete language as follows: 

    12. The following restrictions apply relative to any home occupation involving the growth/cultivation of marihuana or the provision of services to a qualifying patient by a primary caregiver as defined in, provided by and subject to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, PA 2008, Initiated Law, as amended:

    a. A Medical Marihuana Home Occupation shall not be located or operated within 1,000 feet of another Medical Marihuana Home Occupation.

    b. The applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.

    c. The applicant shall submit a floor plan of the premises showing the following:

    1. The location of the entry, demonstrating that there is an unobstructed view of every area of the premises to which any patron is permitted access for any purpose, excluding restrooms;

    2. The location of all lighting fixtures used for the home occupation;

    3. Identification of all portions of the premises to which patrons will not be permitted access;

    4. Identification of the use of each room or other area of the premises, and;

    5. Identification of any areas of the premises that will be used for the growth/cultivation of marihuana, as well as the total square footage thereof.

    d. The applicant shall submit proof that the proposed operator of the Medical Marihuana Home Occupation has been issued a registry identification card relative to the growth/cultivation of marihuana or the provision of services to a qualifying patient by a primary caregiver as per the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, PA 2008, Initiated Law, as amended.

    e. No persons under the age of 18 shall be permitted in the area of the premises used for the Medical Marihuana Home Occupation at any time, unless the person is a registered qualifying patient and/or is accompanied by his parent or legal guardian.

    f. By applying for a Home Occupation use permit hereunder, the owner of the premises and/or operator of the Medical Marihuana Home Occupation thereon gives his/her/its consent to inspection of the premises for purposes of determining compliance with this Ordinance and all other applicable laws by agents, officers or representatives of the City of East Tawas, Tawas Police Authority, County of Iosco and State of Michigan.

    Bruce P. Bolen, Mayor 

    Julie J. Potts, Clerk/Treasurer

  • Weather Conditions Affect Mosquito Spraying

    The City has received several phone calls concerning the number of mosquitos this year in spite of the spraying.     APM has started the mosquito spraying but weather conditions need to be right in order for spraying to be effective.  The minimum parameters for truck fogging are wind speed less than 10 mph, temperature above 55*F and not raining at the time of application. The inability to meet these weather conditions has made truck fogging very sporadic thus far this year.  APM will be making every effort to handle the mosquito situation.  If you have questions or concerns, please call APM's toll free number 877 276-4714.


    The East Tawas City Park is accepting applications and resumes for the position of Assistant Park Manager. A Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration or a related field is desired but appropriate experience and qualifications will be considered. Applicants should have a valid driver’s license and be skilled in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and other computer applications. Applications are available at the East Tawas City Park Office, 407 West Bay Street (behind the Museum), East Tawas, MI, by emailing Keith Frank, Park Manager at, or online at Applications and resumes must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The City of East Tawas is an equal opportunity employer and provides a drug free environment.

  • Mosquito Control Program

    Advanced Pest Management has been contracted by the City of East Tawas to perform mosquito abatement for the 2019 mosquito season. This will consist of treating standing water areas to control mosquito larvae and truck fogging of city streets to control adult mosquito populations. Vectobac G (Bti,.2%Bacillus thuringiensis,israilensis) will be used for larviciding.   Biomist 4+4 (4%permethrin,4% technical piperonyl butoxide) and  Kontrol 4+4 (4.6%permethrin,4.6% technical piperonyl butoxide),  will be used for adulticiding .   Our regular time for spraying will be on Wednesday nights.  If you have any questions, concerns, special requests, or would like to be on a notification/shutoff list, please call our office at (810) 766-9423 or toll free at (877) 276-4714. Contact Person: Chuck Mullins, 21240 34 Mile Rd, Armada, MI 48005.


    The City of East Tawas is seeking bids for the purchase of a fire apparatus that meets the latest version of the NFPA 1901 Standards for Automotive Fire Apparatus. Detailed specifications are available on our website or can be emailed directly. Submitted bids shall be valid for 60 days following the specified date of submission. All bids must be “sealed” and clearly marked “Fire Truck Bid” and either mailed to City of East Tawas, PO Box 672, East Tawas, Michigan 48730-0672 or dropped off at East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30th at which time the bids will be opened.  Please click here for specifications.  

    The City of East Tawas has a local preference policy and reserves the right to accept or reject all or part of any bid or bids, to waive any defects and to award the bid or bids that, in the opinion of the City, are in the best interest of the City of East Tawas.

  • 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


    In our continuing effort to provide clean, safe drinking water, water mains in the following communities will be flushed May 6 through May 24, 2019 per the following schedule:

    City of East Tawas May 6th – May 10th 2019

    City of Tawas City May 13th – May 17th 2019

    Baldwin Twp May 20th – May 24th 2019

    Discolored water and lower water pressure may be encountered during this process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your water department. Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.


    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 (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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