News Headlines and Public Service Announcements
  • City Annual Report
  • The City of Marquette’s 2013-14 Annual Report is now available on the City’s website at http://www.mqtcty.org/annual-report.php.
  • First Thursday Series - Sparrow Tree
  • The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center invites the public to attend the expanded January music series. On Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m., Troy Graham will host an autoharp lecture in the Wave Workshop of the MACC in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette, Mich. Graham’s band Sparrow Tree will also perform on Thursday, January 8 at 7 p.m. in the large Workshop of the MACC. The performance will be held on the second Thursday of the month instead of the original first Thursday due to New Year’s Day.
  • Elections Board Meeting Cancellation
  • Due to the lack of agenda items, the Nov. 26 meeting of the Elections Board has been cancelled.
  • January Art Exhibits
  • The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its January Main Gallery exhibition: Mud, Myth, and Matter by artists Martha Fotopulos, Mary Ann Kublin, Allison Kublin and Paula Kiesling. This exhibit will be a collection of paintings, ceramic pottery, masks, rusted metal and wood. The SmallWorks Gallery will feature artwork by interdisciplinary artist and designer, Sophia Thomas. This exhibit explores the intersection of art, technology and human experiences through designed objects applied to domestic goods. Thomas received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Northern Michigan University in 2014 and currently is a Master’s of Fine Arts candidate at Cranbrook Academy of Art. The shows will be running from Jan. 5 to 31 and there will be an artist reception on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, contact 228-0472 or email arts-culture@mqtcty.org.
  • Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Cancelled
  • The Board of Zoning Appeals regular meeting on Dec. 4 has been cancelled due to lack of agenda. The next scheduled meeting will be held on Jan. 8, 2015.
  • Winter Property Tax Bills
  • Winter tax bills totaling $2.3 million dollars will be mailed to Marquette City property owners on Nov. 26. Tax collection begins Dec. 1 and payments are accepted at the City Treasurer’s office without penalty through Feb. 14, 2015. A penalty of 3 percent will be added to any unpaid winter tax bill on Feb. 15, 2015. On March 1, 2015, taxes will be considered delinquent and will be transferred to the County Treasurer for collection.
  • Lakeview Arena Public Skating Cancellations
  • The City of Marquette’s Lakeview Arena announces the following public skating cancellations due to the Thanksgiving holiday. On Thursday, Nov. 27, Lakeview Arena will be closed; all public skating is cancelled. On Friday, Nov. 28, Drop-In Figure Skating (9 to 9:50 a.m.) as well as Preschool/Parent & Senior Citizen (10 to 11:20 a.m.) skate have been cancelled. Please call the Lakeview Arena office at 228-0460 for additional information.
  • Right-of Way Work Requiring Pavement Restoration Prohibited
  • With the local asphalt plants shut down, contractors and homeowners are reminded that work in the City right of way that requires street pavement or curb removal and restoration is prohibited. This restriction will remain in effect until the spring when the frost is out of the ground and the asphalt plants are operating. This restriction will not apply to emergency repairs such as broken sewer and water lines.
  • Annual Turkey Trot Run/Walk
  • On Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov. 27 – from 9 to 11 a.m., the Marquette Senior High School will hold its annual 5K and 10K Turkey Trot Run/Walk. This longstanding event will begin at the Marquette Senior High School and proceed west along Fair Avenue to the multi-use path where it will then cross Fair Avenue and proceed north along the path to Hawley Street, then east along the path to Lakeshore Boulevard, then north along the path on Lakeshore Boulevard to the ore dock. Participants will return back along the same route to finish at the Marquette Senior High School. The 5K walk/run event will follow the same route, but will turn around near Tourist Park. An alternate route may be utilized in the event of inclement conditions. No City streets will be closed for this event and the public is asked to use caution while driving in these areas.
  • Arts Awards Request for Award Design Proposal
  • The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is accepting design proposals for the Annual City Arts Awards. Every spring, 10 artists are chosen to receive an award acknowledging their contribution to arts and culture in Marquette. Each recipient will receive a hand-crafted award during the ceremony. The artist selected to complete this project will be required to create 10 awards. The stipend for the design and creation of the awards is $600. Past awards have included found art, sculpture, original watercolor paintings, one-of-a-kind ceramic pots and framed origami. To be considered, artists are asked to submit the following: resume, application form, project proposal (one-page maximum) and images. The 2015 design proposal deadline is Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The artist application, criteria and a timeline can be found online at www.mqtcty.org/arts.php or can be picked up at the MACC at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.
  • Annual Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
  • The Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade & 39th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, December 4. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Fair Avenue and will venture down North FrontStreet, ending at the Marquette Commons. The Marquette Commons is also the site of the tree lighting ceremony, which will take place promptly following the conclusion of the parade.

    This downtown tradition transforms Third Street into an enchanted scene from the North Pole, featuring over 25 festively decorated floats, vehicles and marching units. The United States Postal Service will be collecting letters to Santa along the parade route. Letters should include a return address. Following the parade, the fun will continue with the tree lighting ceremony and photos with Santa Claus at Marquette Commons.
  • Section of Lakeshore Boulevard to Remain Closed
  • Lakeshore Boulevard between Wright Street and Hawley Street will remain closed until further notice. The road was closed during a Nov. 11 storm, which sent large waves and pieces of the shoreline rock barrier into the roadway. That closure was the third in nine weeks.
    • City staff has determined the shoreline revetment has been seriously degraded and compromised, and the road sub-surface and near-road shoreline has been seriously weakened and damaged;
    • Ongoing and anticipated winter weather conditions are expected to cause additional damage and impacts which will diminish the ability of the remaining barrier to protect the road;
    • Extensive flooding along Lakeshore Boulevard into adjoining areas has accelerated erosion, and is degrading groundwater and stormwater management
    The City has reached out to Federal, State, and local partners seeking emergency support, and is working towards prompt resolution.