Sep 20, 2023

Hydrant Flushing Schedule


In our continuing effort to provide clean, safe drinking water, water mains in the following communities will be flushed October 2, 2023, through October 20, 2023, per the following schedule:

City of East Tawas            October 2nd- October 6, 2023
City of Tawas City             October 9th - October 13, 2023
Baldwin Twp                      October 16th  – October 20, 2023

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 begins valve turning two weeks prior to flushing hydrants. 

Sep 08, 2023

Consumers Energy Hydro Strategy Fall Public Meeting Schedule: AuSable River Dam's

Consumers Energy Hydro Strategy Fall Public meeting schedule can be found by clicking here. Doors open at 5:30pn with the public meeting starting at 6:00 pm.  Use the link below to learn more about the future of hydroelectric in Michigan. 

The Future of Hydroelectric in Michigan | Consumers Energy
Aug 23, 2023


The City of East Tawas is accepting applications and resumes for a Part-time Library Assistant, 20 to 30 hours per week, starting rate $13.60 per hour with some evening and weekend hours.  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 online at  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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.

Aug 23, 2023


NATIONAL POLL WORKER RECRUITMENT!  Michigan needs more election inspectors / poll workers than ever before to run early voting sites and polling places for the 2024 elections coming up. 

Sign up now or learn more at worker or

If you have served as an election inspector / poll worker in past elections, please contact that jurisdiction’s clerk’s office before signing up.  Or go to your local clerk’s office and complete an application to become an election inspector / poll worker. 


If everyone who signs up recruits one more person, the critical need for more election inspectors / poll workers in Michigan will be met!

To learn more about Early Voting, please click the following link:

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 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

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: 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

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  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

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