May 20, 2022

Special Meeting Notice: City Council

The East Tawas City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2022 in the Council Chambers of the East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan.

The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss assessing services for the City of East Tawas. Minutes of meetings of the East Tawas City Council are available for public review at the office of the City Clerk, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI 48730. Phone 989 362-6161. Minutes are also available on the City’s website.

May 20, 2022

Notice of Intent to Execute Tax-Supported Contract and of Right to Petition for Referendum Thereon



PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, the City of East Tawas (the “City”) has approved by resolution the execution of a contract (the “Contract”) with the Tawas Utilities Authority (the “Authority”) and the City of Tawas City (“Tawas”) pursuant to Act No. 233, Public Acts of Michigan, 1955, as amended, which Contract provides, among other things, that the Authority will acquire, construct and install certain improvements to the wastewater treatment plant, consisting of improvements, replacements, and rehabilitation of the headwork system, primary and secondary clarifiers, oxidation ditches, sludge pumping equipment, anaerobic digesters, SCADA systems, building HVAC system, standby generator, and structural, safety and aesthetic upgrades, together with all necessary appurtenances and attachments thereto to service the City and Tawas and will issue its bonds in the principal amount not to exceed $17,000,000 to finance the cost of the acquisition and construction of such wastewater improvements for the City and Tawas AND THE CITY WILL PAY TO THE AUTHORITY PURSUANT TO THE CONTRACT THE SUMS NECESSARY TO RETIRE ITS PERCENTAGE SHARE OF THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON SAID BONDS.

It is presently contemplated that the bonds will be in the principal amount of not to exceed $17,000,000, of which the City’s “Local Unit Share” (as that term is defined in the Contract) is initially 50%, payable in not to exceed thirty (30) annual installments, and will bear interest at the rate or rates to be determined at the time of sale to the Michigan Finance Authority but in no event to exceed two and one-eighths percent (2.125%) per annum on the balance of the bonds from time to time remaining unpaid. The Contract includes the City’s pledge of its limited tax full faith and credit for the prompt and timely payment of the City’s obligations as expressed in the Contract.   THE CITY WILL BE REQUIRED TO LEVY AD VALOREM TAXES WITHIN APPLICABLE CONSTITUTIONAL, STATUTORY AND CHARTER TAX LIMITATIONS ON ALL TAXABLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY TO MAKE THE PAYMENTS REQUIRED TO PAY ITS SHARE OF THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON THE BONDS IF OTHER FUNDS FOR THAT PURPOSE ARE NOT AVAILABLE.  IT IS THE PRESENT INTENT OF THE CITY TO USE REVENUES FROM THE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM TO MAKE THE PAYMENTS REQUIRED TO PAY PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON THE BONDS.

The Contract will become effective and binding upon the City without vote of the electors as permitted by law unless a petition requesting an election on the question of the City entering into the Contract, signed by not less than 10% of the registered electors of the City, is filed with the City Clerk within forty-five (45) days after publication of this notice.   If such petition is filed, the Contract cannot become effective without an approving vote of a majority of electors of the City qualified to vote and voting on the question.  The Contract is on file at the office of the City Clerk.

This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of Section 8 of Act No. 233, Public Acts of Michigan,1955, as amended.  Further information concerning the details of the Contract and the matters set out in this notice may be secured from the City Clerk’s office.

Julie Potts
Clerk, City of East Tawas

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 27, 2022

Zoning Ordinance Amendment

The City of East Tawas has adopted a new ordinance regarding Solar Panels.  Ordinance No. 357 was adopted on April 18, 2022 and will go into effect on May 9, 2022. Click here to view a copy of the full ordinance language.  If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at (989) 362-6161. 

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