Sep 30, 2022



The Tawas Utilities Authority will hold a special meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 in the Council Chambers of the East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan 48730. Phone 989 362-6161.

The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss obtaining a Construction Manager for the Tawas Utilities Authority Wastewater Treatment Plant project and current equipment repair needs.

Minutes of meetings of the Tawas Utilities Authority are available for public review at the office of the East Tawas Clerk/Treasurer, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan 48730 or on the East Tawas website at

Julie J. Potts
Tawas Utilities Authority

Sep 27, 2022


The General Election will be held in the Community Center Gymnasium at 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.  Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The City of East Tawas will be holding a non-partisan election.  The purpose of the election is to elect a Mayor for a two-year term and three Council members to be elected at large for four-year terms. 

REMINDER:  The last day to register to vote in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk for the November general election is October 24th

If you are on our Permanent Absent Voter list, an absentee ballot application would have been mailed to you prior to the previous August Primary Election.  That application was a dual application for both the August and November 2022 elections.  If you requested to be on our Permanent Absent Voter list after the August Primary Election, you should have already received an absentee ballot application.  Remember, you cannot receive an absentee ballot unless you have completed an application and filed it with the Clerk’s office.  If you believe you have completed your application and have not received your absentee ballot for the November General Election by the second week of October, please contact our office by phone at (989)362-6161 or stop in at City Hall to complete the absent voter application and we can issue you an absentee ballot if you so choose.  You will need to present your Michigan Driver’s License or ID card to receive a ballot in person.  

For your convenience, if you are unable to return your voted ballot in person, a drop box is located under the awning in the north parking lot (basketball court side).  If you plan on mailing your ballot, please allow ample time for your ballot to be delivered before election day by the post office.  If you cannot bring your ballot to our office before the day of the election, we ask that you bring your ballot inside to the Clerk’s office on election day. 

(Note:  Election law states that a ballot can only be given to the person requesting the ballot.  Applications for an absentee ballot can be presented at City Hall but only those persons appearing in person will be given an absentee ballot.  Ballots for those not appearing in person will be sent their ballot by mail or hand delivered by the Clerk.  Please contact City Hall if you have any questions.  Ballots can only be returned in person to the Clerk’s office by the voter, a spouse or an immediate family member.)

Electors of the City of East Tawas will be voting in the General Election on three proposals.  Two proposals are to amend the East Tawas City Charter and the third proposal would allow waterfront property owned by the City of East Tawas on Tawas Lake to be sold.  Full wording of the following proposals will be available to the public to view at the East Tawas City Hall.        

Shall various sections of the City of East Tawas Charter be amended to restate the Charter in gender-neutral terms?
YES      _________________                                                                                   
NO       _________________
This proposal would replace all he/him/his terminology with gender-neutral terminology.

Shall Section 4.2 of Chapter IV of the East Tawas City Charter be amended to allow the City Council to establish the annual salary of Council members including the Mayor by Resolution following a Public Hearing?                                                                                 YES      _________________                                                                                        NO       _________________
This proposal would allow council compensation to be established by a Resolution after holding a public hearing. 

Shall the City of East Tawas be authorized to sell the following parcels situated along the waterfront of Tawas Lake pursuant to requests for proposals, and in the best interests of the City? 

                                    121-P20-001-026-00   Maple Drive
                                    121-O30-999-001-00  Warren Avenue
                                    120-017-400-024-25  Clifford Street
                                    121-P10-001-001-00  Lakewood Drive
                                    121-P10-001-015-00  Lakewood Drive

YES      _________________                                                                                               NO       _________________

For the full wording of the three proposals, please click here

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers has approved ballot language for the following proposals on the November 8th general election ballot. 

Proposal 22-1
Proposal 22-2
Proposal 22-3

Sep 16, 2022

Water and Sewer Rate Structure

City of East Tawas Water and Sewer Rate Adjustments:
Beginning this October, water and sewer bills in the City of East Tawas will include a new line item to accommodate short and long term infrastructure expenses associated with the water and sewer systems. The new line item will be designated the “Infrastructure Improvement Rate” and will be incorporated to fund improvement and replacement costs for the City’s water distribution system, sanitary sewer collection system, the Huron Shores Regional Utility Authority’s water treatment facility, and the Tawas Utility Authority's sanitary sewer treatment facility.

The Infrastructure Rate for a standard ¾” diameter residential water meter will be $4.62 per month for water infrastructure and $21.06 per month for sewer infrastructure. Rates will vary proportionately based on the customer's water meter size.

Each utility bill will continue to include ready to serve and usage charges for both water and sewer services. The ready to serve cost has been adjusted for 2022 to accommodate Michigan Rural Water’s recommendation of equivalency-based rates. The cost for a standard ¾” diameter residential water service will be $9.04 per month for water (a reduction from $12.80) and $16.22 per month for sewer (an increase from $13.53). Ready to serve rates will vary proportionately based on the customer's water meter size. Usage rates, per 100 gallons of water used, will increase to $0.63 for water (an increase from $0.62) and $0.65 for sewer (an increase from $0.62).

Residential sewer customers that do not have a water meter will be charged the base usage rate of 4,600 gallons per month for sewer ($29.90), the sewer ready to serve charge ($16.22), and the new sewer infrastructure rate ($21.06).

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation to help maintain and improve our City’s public water and sewer systems. Information regarding the changes will also be included on the City’s Facebook page and in the fall newsletter. Please contact City Hall with questions.

Public Utilities Comparison 
2022 East Tawas Rates 
Billing Code Breakdown (example bill) 

Sep 15, 2022



There will be a special meeting of the Tax Increment Finance Authority at 8:45  a.m.  on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 in the Council Chambers of the East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan 48730.  Phone  989 362-6161.

The purpose of the meeting is to review the TIFA Bylaws. 

Minutes of meetings of the Tax Increment Finance Authority  are available for public review at the office of the City Clerk, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI 48730.

Julie J. Potts

Sep 06, 2022

Fall Hydrant Flushing Schedule

Annual Fall Hydrant Flushing 
In our continuing effort to provide clean, safe drinking water, water mains in following communities will be flushed September 26th through October 14, 2022, per the following schedule: 

City of East Tawas: September 26th through September 30, 2022
City of Tawas City: October 3rd through October 7, 2022
Baldwin Township: October 10th through October 14, 2022

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.
Aug 16, 2022

Robert C. Bolen Memorial Park Improvements

The City of East Tawas is happy to announce improvements to Robert C. Bolen Memorial Ball Park on Newman Street. In partnership with Tawas Area High School and the Tawas Area Little League, the East Tawas Parks and Recreation Department is creating a varsity baseball and softball complex to further enhance our community’s sports programs. The project will include converting the existing Little League baseball diamond into a fast pitch softball diamond. Robert C. Bolen Memorial Ball Park has been a long-time home of the Tawas Area Braves Baseball team and will now become a facility to house our Tawas Area Braves Softball team as well.
Jun 15, 2022

4th of July Celebration: Parade and Fireworks

The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce 4th of July events will take place on July 4th, 2022. Click here to view the flyer. 

PARADE- 11 am
Starts at the corner of Newman & Lincoln Street in downtown East Tawas and travels down US-23 to Whittemore Street in Tawas City.  

FIREWORKS-  At dusk, approximately 10pm 
The Fireworks will take place and shoreline park in Tawas City.
May 18, 2022

Public Notice- 2022-2023 Budget Hearing

The East Tawas City Council will hold a public hearing on the 2022-2023 proposed budget on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan. Copies of the proposed budget are available for public review at the Office of the City Clerk, 760 Newman, East Tawas, Michigan. Phone 989 362-6161.

The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing.

May 18, 2022

Ordinance Adoption #358- Floodplain Management

The East Tawas City Council adopted ordinance #358 on May 16, 2022, which addresses the floodplain management provisions of the state construction code.  The ordinance will go into effective June 7, 2022. Click here to view the full ordinance.
Apr 12, 2022

Job Opportunity: East Tawas Community Center Employment

The East Tawas City Park is accepting applications for year-round part-time employment at the East Tawas Community Center.  Available positions average between 20-30 hours per week.  Interested applicants should be prepared to work weekends, holidays, first and second shifts. Applications are available at the East Tawas City Park office, 407 W. Bay Street (behind the Museum), East Tawas; or at the East Tawas Community Center, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas.  The City of East Tawas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Apr 06, 2022

Job Opportunity- Part Time Library Assistant

Part-Time Employment
The City of East Tawas is accepting applications and resumes for a Part-time Library Assistant (20 to 30 hours per week). Experience in a public library is preferred but other appropriate experience and qualifications will also be considered.  Applicants should have excellent customer service and communication skills. Applications are available at East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI 48730 and or by clicking here.

Applications and resumes can be submitted to East Tawas City Hall at 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI 48730 or by email at The City of East Tawas is an equal opportunity employer and provides a drug free environment.

Mar 28, 2022

City-Wide Mosquito Control

Our City-wide mosquito control contractor is APM Mosquito Control.  Weather pending, weekly treatments are on Wednesday evenings.  Residents are encouraged to call APM direct at (877) 276-4714 to schedule work order for; general mosquito annoyances, standing water treatments, and/or special event service requests.  Further information regarding product labels and safety data sheets are available for view at

Click here for more information regarding the program and form to opt out of spraying.

APM Mosquito Control 
21240 34 Mile Rd 
Armada, MI 48005
(810) 766-9423
Toll Free (877) 276-4714
Feb 04, 2022

Tawas Utilities Authority- SRF Project Plan

The Tawas Utilities Authority has applied for a Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan through the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) to upgrade the wastewater (sewer) treatment plant at 810 West Franklin Street, East Tawas, and submitted a project plan.  All supporting documents are available to be reviewed by the public.  Please click here to view these documents.  
Jan 13, 2022

Hours of Operation Update: East Tawas Library and Community Center

Starting Monday, July 12, 2021 the East Tawas Library and Community Center will have new hours of operation . See the schedules below.

Monday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - Noon
East Tawas Community Center
Monday through Saturday: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday: Noon to 6:00 pm


Apr 16, 2021

Cemetery Tree and Shrub Maintenance

The Department of Public works will be performing maintenance and removal of trees and shrubs in Greenwood Cemetery. Some of the work will be in close proximity to grave markers. Click here to view the cemetery map highlighted the work areas.   The work is planned to start May 1, 2021, if you should have any questions or concerns, please contact City Hall at 989-362-6161 or by email at

Thank you!

Jan 18, 2021

City Updates- Reopening to the Public

City Hall and Community Center Reopening 

The East Tawas Community Center and City Hall will be reopening on Monday January 25, 2021.  Please see our hours of operation below. 

We will be following the required COVID-19 regulations.  Please wear a facemask when visiting our facilities.   Utilize our sanitation stations that are available  upon entering and exiting the building.  Those using  the Community Center will be asked  for information pertaining to  the COVID-19 health screening/trace contacting requirement.

The East Tawas Library is currently closed with reopening information to follow in the near future.  Please see hours of operation below.

City Hall 
Monday through Friday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm 

Community Center (with restrictions
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9:00 am- 4:00 pm

Tuesday and Thursday
Noon- 8:00 pm 

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time. If you have any questions, please contact City hall at 989-362-6161 or by email at during offices hours, Monday through Friday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm. 

Nov 17, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

As you all know, we are in the middle of a worldwide health pandemic unlike anything most of us have faced in our lifetimes.  The City of East Tawas is committed to the health of our residents and is taking precautions to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus with guidance from state and county health officials.  Please use the following links to remain educated and up to date. 

District Health Department #2

Tawas St. Joseph Hospital

State of Michigan COVID-19 Updates

World Statistics

US Interactive COVID-19 Map
May 26, 2020

Storm Damage Reporting & Possible Public Assistance Funds

The Counties of Arenac and Iosco have each declared a Local State of Emergency and have submitted a request for a Governor’s Emergency Disaster Declaration and State Assistance.
Damage assessments are ongoing at this time and to aid us in assuring we have accurate assessments of all damage the State of Michigan has provided a damage assessment reporting form.
Residents of Arenac and Iosco County are asked to report damage caused by the recent flooding as a result of heavy rainfall on May 18.
Homeowners and business owners in Arenac & Iosco County should visit  to complete an online self-reporting damage survey.
The information collected from the survey will be used to help determine a more accurate estimate of damages caused by the 500-year catastrophic event.
Residents should report the depth of water levels reached in home basements and on first floors, damage to electrical and mechanical components, and structural damage to foundations and support walls. 
The survey also provides an option for uploading damage photos.
Contact Information
Emergency Management Coordinator
Counties of Arenac & Iosco
Arenac:  (989) 846-9156
Iosco:  (989) 362-1423
Feb 17, 2020

Our New Website is Launched!

Our new site is powered by the wonderful people at Revize.
Aug 08, 2019

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.

Aug 08, 2019


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.  


Aug 08, 2019

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.

Aug 08, 2019


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.
Aug 08, 2019

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:

Aug 08, 2019

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.

Aug 08, 2019

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.)

Aug 08, 2019

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.

Aug 08, 2019


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