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    The East Tawas City Park is accepting bids until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018 for the sale of a John Deere 850 tractor. All bids must be in a sealed envelope marked “Tractor Bid”. Tractor is in running condition but does need a voltage regulator and comes with two 72” center mount mower decks, one in working condition and one for parts. Minimum bid required is $1,500.00. For any questions or to view the tractor, contact Keith Frank, Park Manager at 989-362-5562.


    The City of East Tawas is soliciting sealed bid proposals for a Contractor to furnish and install approximately 1375 LF of 8” diameter C-900 water main, retiring existing 4” & 6” C.I. main in place, along three blocks of Evans Street in East Tawas, MI. Included will be all service connections, hydrant, valving, etc., per the plans and specifications. The line will be installed in grassed areas just off the street edge. As part of the same project, an existing 12” storm water main is to be removed and replaced; totaling 980 LF. Where there are street crossings or asphalt pavement disturbances, the contractor will backfill with gravel, and paving will be performed by a Contractor already in the employ of the City. This contract will include excavation and base and subbase preparation, as well as installation of new piping and structures. 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. Bids will be accepted until 2:00 PM, Tuesday July 31, 2018 at East Tawas City Hall, PO Box 672, 760 Newman St., East Tawas MI 48730, at which time they will be publicly opened and read. Award will follow after the City 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 Evans Street Water & Storm Mains Bid”. Bid documents will be available for a non-refundable $40 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 or from East Tawas City Hall, phone (989) 362-6161. The City of East Tawas 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 liquidated damages. Construction is intended to be complete by Fall of 2018. An alternate bid for Spring 2019 construction is also requested. The project, excluding paving, is to be completed in 60 days or less.


    Eligible taxpayers can defer the payment of the summer taxes on their principal residence until February 28, 2019 by completing an Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes and submitting the application by  September 17, 2018.  Because income changes from year to year, the application form must be submitted every year to defer your taxes.  Additional information and applications are available at City Hall, 760 Newman Street, or on the Michigan Department of Treasury website at


    The Friends of the East Tawas Library and the Tawas City Library Friends will be sponsoring the "Booked 4 Lunch" program this summer on Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning on June 21st.  Please click here for the 2018 summer schedule. 

  • 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.

  • Mosquito Control Program

    Advanced Pest Management has been contracted by the City of East Tawas to perform mosquito abatement for the 2018 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 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.

  • Donate a bench to honor someone special or mark a milestone

    The City is now accepting orders for 80-inch classic white oak benches with white metal arms.  Your gift will be a long-lasting reminder that you care and your contribution will help beautify East Tawas. Benches will be located throughout the downtown and other City properties.  There is limited availability and each bench is $725 including a memorial plaque for the bench.  Please contact Blinda Baker at East Tawas City Hall, 989 362-6161 or

  • 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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