The proposed 2018 - 2023 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) for the City of Petoskey will be reviewed by the City Council at their Monday, August 21, 2017 meeting. This document serves as an instrument to identify needs and financing sources for public infrastructure improvements. It also informs city residents how the City plans to address significant capital needs over the next five years.

This document gives significant direction to the City on funding priorities. However, only those programs scheduled during the first year are financed and adopted as part of the Annual Budget. Programs slated for construction in subsequent years may be adjusted to reflect priority changes or funding constraints.

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SafeWise ranks Petoskey as #15 of the 20 safest cities in Michigan in 2017.  Each of the safest cities that made the 2017 lists boasts both violent and property crime rates that are significantly below the state and national averages.  To identify the safest cities in Michigan, SafeWise reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data.  Cities with fewer than 5,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were eliminated.  The mixture of repeat cities and those making their debut indicates a strong statewide commitment to cutting down on crime and ramping up public safety initiatives.

Click here to view the report in its entirety.

Please join the Department of Public Safety at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 19 behind the fire station on West Lake Street, for a spirited compeition as local police and fire departments battle it out.  For more information or to register a team of two, please contact Director Breed at 231-347-2500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Petoskey Department of Public Safety is actively seeking applicants for this year's Citizen Academy. The Academy was created to build a stronger bond between the community and the department. Members of the class will learn about law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency medical services. While informative, the members get to see first-hand what the Department of Public Safety does in a real life setting, and also get some hands-on experience performing some of the duties required in public safety.

The class is free and open to anyone in the area. The Department of Public Safety welcomes those who might be interested in a career in law enforcement, the fire service or emergency medical services and anyone who might be interested in learning what the department does in the public safety profession.

Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M., starting September 7, 2017 and ending on October 26, 2017.

For further information about the academy please contact Public Safety Director Matt Breet at 231-347-2500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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With summer weather upon us, the Department of Public Safety would like to remind everyone of the State Law and City Ordinance that govern the use of fireworks. The City hopes that all residents and visitors will abide by these regulations in an effort to keep our city safe.

Important facts:
• The use of consumer fireworks, as defined in the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act of 2011, and City Ordinance, is limited to the day before, the day of, and the day after a federal holiday.
• Fireworks cannot be sold to, possessed, or used by minors.
• Fireworks cannot be ignited, discharged, or used on public property, school property, church property, or property of another without that organization's or person's express permission.
• In the City of Petoskey, the use of consumer fireworks between the hours of 1:00 A.M. and 8:00 A.M. is always prohibited.
• Violations of City Ordinance will be investigated and violators issued civil infractions when necessary.
• The use of Sky Lanterns is prohibited by the International Fire Code and City Ordinance, even on days when consumer fireworks are permitted.
• Consumer fireworks include: roman candles, bottle rockets, and other items that leave the ground.

For additional Information please contact Director Matt Breed at 231-347-2500, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2017 season of the Downtown Petoskey Farmer's Market begins every Friday from June 16 to September 29, from 8:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., located near the 400 block of Howard Street between Mitchell and Michigan Streets (between J.C. Penney's and Julienne Tomatoes). Streets will be closed off to welcome local producers and the bounty of fresh items that they have to offer. Stop by and find everything that you would need for a wonderful meal, from organic meats to fresh fruits and vegetables, and even flowers to finish the table off.

The mission of the Downtown Petoskey Farmers Market is to promote the image and economic development of Downtown Petoskey and economic development within the local agricultural community, as well as to give those who grow, fish, forage, and harvest a place to be rewarded for their efforts.

For more information, or to register as a vendor, please contact the Market Master - Nikki Devitt at (231) 347-4150 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




   Kids Camp

City of Petoskey Kids Camp

Recreational Fun: It’s what we do! Our staff is dedicated to keeping your children active and having fun all summer. We have everything from scoop catch to baseballs to jump ropes with large areas to use them all at once. Our campers enjoy new twists on old favorites such as kickball, as well as kids camp original games such as All Star Baseball.


Nature Exploration: With access to all of the Winter Sports Park facility our campers enjoy the surrounding woods for building forts and playing Hide-and-Seek tag.


Creative Exploration: Children are provided with daily craft choices from dot art to friendship bracelets to mobiles and more! Crafts follow thematic weeks and encourage each child’s creative nature!


Field Trips: Throughout the summer various walking field trips are scheduled. These include, but are not limited to, Bob-In Again for ice cream, Ottawa Park for an afternoon on the playground, Bayfront Park and occasionally Pennsylvania Park and the Petoskey Library for special activities. This year we are working on adding a few off-site field trips for an additional fee. More information to come!


For more information please click HERE for our Kids Camp Brochure and registration form.  You can also register online by clicking the following link:

2017 Marina Launch Ramp permits are now available for purchase at City Hall Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. for $25.00. Senior Launch permits are $20.00. An annual or daily permit must be displayed on the tow vehicle. Annual and daily permits will also be available at the Marina after May 1. 


Meeting in regular sesssion Wednesday, March 22, 2017 the Tax Increment Finance Authority Board:

  • Oriented TIFA Board members;
  • Introduced Board members and Election of Officers; and
  • Reviewed, approved and recommended to City Council 2017 TIFA Projects for Bayfront Park and Magnus Park.
The City's Board of Review conducted its annual series of meetings on Tuesday, March 14, Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16 for the purpose of reviewing the 2017 property tax assessment roll. Twenty-seven taxpayers representing 42 parcels appeared before the Board and had their questions answered. Fifteen taxpayers or their representatives signed the sign-in sheet over the three-day review period.  Written answers from the Board will be mailed around April 1.

Meeting in regular session, Monday, August 7, 2017 City Council:

  • Heard a presentation by Oasis Wellness Center concerning medical marijuana facilities in Petoskey;
  • Considered adopting an ordinance that would amend Appendix A of the Code of Ordinances, Zoning Ordinance Article II, Article VI, Article VII, Article XVI, Article XVII, Article XXIX and Article XXX;
  • Heard a presentation and discussed Harbor Hall expansion project including initial request to vacate Rush Street;
  • Adopted a resolution supporting a Green Infrastructure Champions grant in partnership with Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council;
  • Adopted a resolution approving a Michigan Department of Natural Trust Fund agreement for the Downtown Greenway Corridor South Segment.


The regular meeting of the City of Petoskey Zoning Board of Appeals scheduled for 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 5, 2017, has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 3, 2017.


Brush Chipping

Brush Chipping and Disposal

The City will provide brush chipping on the first and third Monday of each month beginning in April 3, 2017 through November. Tree limbs and large brush should be placed along curb-lawn at residence and separated from other materials for collection. Brush piles must not exceed two cubic yards. Please Note: Tree limbs and brush will not be accepted at the City's Public Works Facility, located on Sheridan Street. Drop-off is available at the Emmet County Recycling Center. Please contact them at 231-348-0640 or visit their website at for more details.

City of Petoskey voters approved a new public safety fire equipment millage at the August 2. 2016 Primary Election.  The City will levy a new additional millage in the amount of 0.75 mills on real property located in the City for the period of 5 years, 2016 through 2020 inclusive, which will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated revenue of $353,876.  Funds will be disbursed to the City for the purpose of providing funds to purchase fire-fighting equipment.

The millage was approved by the following votes:

YES - 816 voters - 73.25%

NO - 298 votes - 26.75%

% City-wide turnout - 22.72%


Meeting in regular session, Tuesday, July 20, 2017 the Planning Commission continued discussion on a hospital-specific zoning district, heard updates on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Non-motorized Facilities Plan Implementation status.

The City of Petoskey is pleased to announce that the City Manager appointed Matt Breed to the position of Public Safety Director.  Through an extensive interview and vetting process by two interview committees, it became evident that Mr. Breed has the professional experience, skill set and education to build upon the positive momentum that the department has achieved over the last few years.  He is well-respected by his peers and has the unique combination of administrative acumen with a proven track record of solid and steady emergency scene management.  He has also spoke about innovative ways to improve community policing and improve departmental efficiencies.   He passionately cares about this community and citizens we serve!

The Petoskey Marina is now open for the 2016 Season.  Seasonal Launch Permits are available at the Marina or City Hall for $25.00 and $20.00 for a Senior Launch Permit.  Marina improvements are finally completed and staff is available for gas, diesel, pump-outs and dockage.  Please hail on VHF Channel 16, or call 231-347-6691.  


Department of Public Works crews began fire hydrant flushing and maintenance procedures at various locations throughout the City.  Flushing will be accomplished only during daylight hours.  Please look for posted signs for hydrant flushing in your area.

Customers might experience discolored water as a result of hydrant-flushing operations. If so, faucets should be opened to allow water to run freely for several minutes until becoming clear.

Questions may be directed to Sherrie Elliott, Water/Wastewater Supervisor, at 231-347-2500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

At its regular scheduled meeting May 19, 2016, the Planning Commission:

  • Conducted a public hearing and made recommendation to City Council regarding amendments to the sign ordinance;
  • Upheld the zoning administrator detemination on directional signs at 1050 Bay View Road; and
  • Recommended to City Council the top redevelopments sites in the City.


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