Jun 02, 2023

Meeting Change Notice

The June 2023 meeting of the East Tawas Park Board, scheduled for noon on Thursday, June 8, has been changed.  The meeting will now be held on Thursday, June 15, 2023 at noon in the East Tawas City Hall Council Chambers.

May 24, 2023


The Tawas Utilities Authority will hold a work session at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2023 to be held 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 work session is to discuss the wastewater treatment plant project item list and upcoming bidding process.      

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 www.easttawas.com.

Julie J. Potts
Tawas Utilities Authority


May 10, 2023



The East Tawas City Council will hold a public hearing on the 2023-2024 proposed budget on Monday, June 5, 2023 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.

Julie J. Potts

Apr 11, 2023

TAWAS UTILITIES AUTHORITY - Notice of Project Planning Public Meeting


The Tawas Utilities Authority (TUA) will hold a public meeting on the proposed Wastewater System Improvements project for the purpose of receiving comments from interested persons.

The meeting will be held in person at 4:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 27, 2023, in the Council Chambers at East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI  48730

The purpose of the proposed project is to implement wastewater system improvements at the TUA treatment facility, located at 810 W. Franklin Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, to meet present day regulatory standards, to replace aging equipment, and to minimize long term operation costs.  

Project construction will involve the following:

  • Addition of Fine Screening Equipment
  • Odor Control improvements
  • Primary Clarifier Rehabilitation
  • Oxidation Ditch Rehabilitation
  • Secondary Clarifier Rehabilitation
  • RAS and WAS pumping Improvements
  • Chlorine System Improvements
  • Effluent Metering
  • Digester Rehabilitation
  • Existing Sludge Storage Tank Mixing
  • Electrical Improvements
  • SCADA System Upgrade
  • Structural, Safety, Other improvements

Impacts of the proposed project include short term construction related impacts and financial impacts to the municipalities wastewater system users.  No significant long term adverse impacts are anticipated to cultural or environmentally sensitive resources.

The estimated cost to users for the proposed project will be approximately $18,950,000 with costs to individual users depending on the level and type of project financing that can be secured by the TUA for the project. The TUA intends to pursue project financing with the goal of minimizing the impact to system users.

Copies of the plan detailing the proposed project are available for inspection at the following location:

  • An electronic PDF of the full project plan is available by clicking here.
  • An electronic PDF of the amended project plan is available by clicking here.
  • An electronic PDF of the updated amended project plan can be reviewed by clicking here.

Written comments received before the meeting record is closed on Thursday, April 27, 2023 will receive responses in the final project plan.  Written comments should be sent to:

Tawas Utility Authority
C/O Julie Potts, Clerk/Treasurer
760 Newman Street
East Tawas, MI  48730

Mar 30, 2023

Iosco County Veterans Banner Program

Together, the VFW #5678 Auxiliary, American Legion 211 Auxiliary and Iosco County Veterans Services office has commissioned the creation of banners to honor those who have served and those who actively serve from our community. The banners are being made locally and will be installed in their respected communities for the upcoming Veteran's Day Holiday. 

Click here to view the application.
Mar 06, 2023


SUMMER HELP- The City of East Tawas is now accepting applications for summer employees for the Department of Public Works. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.  Applications are available at East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan 48730, emailing cityhall@easttawas.com or at www.easttawas.com. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. The City of East Tawas is an equal opportunity employer and provides a drug free environment.

Mar 01, 2023

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 www.advancedmosquito.com.

Click here for more program information. For the form to opt out of spraying, Click here.

APM Mosquito Control 
21240 34 Mile Rd 
Armada, MI 48005
(810) 766-9423
Toll Free (877) 276-4714
Dec 06, 2022

Short- Term Rental Ordinance

The East Tawas City Council adopted ordinance No. 359 Short-Term Rentals and Ordinance No. 360 amending the Zoning Ordinance to incorporate short-term rentals into residential districts on December 5, 2022.  The Ordinance goes into effect on December 26, 2022.  Additional documents will be added to the Zoning and Community Development Department tab under government. View the full ordinances below:

Ordinance No. 359- Short-Term Rentals

Ordinance No. 360- Zoning Ordinance Amendments: Short-Term Rentals  

Oct 19, 2022

Recycling Survey for Iosco County

Iosco County received a Materials Management County Engagement Grant (MMCE) to engage leaders in our county on some ways to improve recycling programs and services to benefit residents, businesses, and our local and state economy. This effort has included collaborating with neighboring counties in the Northeast Michigan Council of Government (NEMCOG) region to benefit from regional solutions. An important stage of this engagement is capturing input from community leadership and residents understand the current participation in recycling activities and the future needs of the community.

Here is the survey link: https://resourcerecycling.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6AtJRMik6YJIq1w and QR code is below.  Please complete the survey by the due date of November 18.  Thank you for your participation!
MMCE Survey QR

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) 

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 cityhall@easttawas.com

Thank you!

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 https://arcg.is/10ab1j  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
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.)