The Department of Public Safety staff has scheduled the annual Halloween trick-or-treat time for 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 31. Department of Public Safety personnel will provide additional patrols during this period.

The Downtown Management Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, 2017, has been canceled and rescheduled for 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in the City Hall Community Room.

Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2018-2022

Available for Public Review and Comment

October 11 - November 13, 2017

A draft of the five-year update to the City of Petoskey Parks and Recreation Master Plan has been completed and is available for public review at City Hall, the Petoskey Public Library, and online by clicking here. The public is invited to review and provide input on the draft plan.

The Parks and Recreation Commission will then hold a public hearing on the plan at its November 13, 2017 meeting, 7:00 P.M., City Hall Community Room.

Please provide comments to the attention of Kendall Klingelsmith, Parks and Recreation Director, 101 East Lake Street, Petoskey, MI 49770 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Monday, November 13, 2017.


Department of Public Works crews will begin fire hydrant flushing and maintenance procedures at various locations throughout the City Monday, September 18.  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 Martin Flynn, Water/Wastewater Supervisor, at 231-347-2500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Proposed Hospital District Map and Languange can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Meeting in regular session, September 21, 2017 the Planning Commission held a public hearing on a proposed zoning ordinance amendment that would create a Hospital Zoning District and amend the zoning map to include the new district.  After further discussion, the Commission then made a recommendation to City Council for the proposed ordinance language and locations for the H1 and H2 designations.  The Commission also reappointed Gary Greenwell as Commission Chairperson and Emily Meyerson as Vice Chairperson/Secretary.

The proposed 2018 - 2023 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) for the City of Petoskey 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.

Meeting in special session, Thursday, August 24, 2017, the Planning Commission continued its discussion on a hospital zoning district.  After several changes to the draft language, the Commission scheduled a public hearing or September 21 on the district language and rezoning of properties to the Hospital Districts H1 and H2.

   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:

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, October 2, 2017 City Council:

  • Heard a presentation by Public Safety Director Matt Breed thanking Bill Hansen for his 51 years of service on the Fire Department and to the Petoskey community;
  • Adopted a resolution approving the City's 2018-2023 Capital Improvements Plan;
  • Authorized to contract with Payne and Dolan, Inc., Gaylord, for Little Traverse Wheelway repairs at a cost not to exceed $50,000;
  • Adopted a resolution supporting the Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation to obtain grant funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for sustainability purposes;
  • Accepted the City Manager's report concerning programs and services as proposed by the City's Downtown Management Board's territory and adopted a resolution scheduling a public hearing for October 16, 2017 to receive comments concerning these recommended programs and services;
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing to recess to a closed session, pursuant to Section 8(h) of the Michigan Open Meetings Act, to consider material exempt from disclosure; and
  • Conducted a first reading of a proposed ordinance that would create Article XXXI H - Hospital Districts of the City of Petoskey Zoning Ordinance, Appendix A to the Code of Ordinances and amend the Zoning District Map as set forth in Ordinance 451 to rezone specific properties H-1 and H-2 Hospital.

On November 7 Petoskey voters will consider local issues including First and Third Ward City Council seats and Mayor, as well as a Char-EM ISD millage proposal.

November 7, 2017 General Election - Important Voter Information Dates

October 10 - Last day to register to vote for the November General Election

November 4 - by 2:00 P.M. - Deadline to request to have an absentee ballot mailed to you
November 4 - City Hall will be open until 2:00 P.M. to receive and issue absentee ballots only
November 6 - by 4:00 P.M. - Deadline for absentee voting in person at City Hall
November 6 - by 4:00 P.M. - Deadline for emergency absentee voting
November 7 - Election Day - Polls are open from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Grand Unity Event Center (Knights of Columbus), 1106 Charlevoix Avenue, for City of Petoskey registered voters only

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.  


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