April 15, 2013 - Mayor Estes Signs Proclamation For Advance Care Planning. A proclamation from the city of Traverse City will recognize the importance of advance care planning. Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes signed the proclamation - stressing that advance care planning is extremely important for everyone, should you not be able to speak for yourself. The Five Wishes document is being handed out at Munson Medical Center, for people to fill out. It's a document that designates someone to make major medical decisions on your behalf, if you are ever unable to do so. View video.
Record Eagle story - March April 21 2013 - Fear of Section 8 cuts subside - Mayor Estes said. "You don't tell people who are very susceptible in a letter that they may be losing a means to support themselves. "It's very unfortunate and it should not have happened," Read more.
Record Eagle story - March 21 2013 - DDA board green-lights food trucks in certain areas However, Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes made it clear before the vote that making a recommendation to reject food trucks downtown outright would be futile. Read more.
Traverse City Business News - March 2013 - TC FUTURE BRIGHT OR BURDENED? - Capital improvements are only possible if we can continue to right size our staffing levels and non-essential services have been terminated or provided for by other funding sources (Senior Center, History Center, Zoo Train). Read more.
Northern Express - March 2013 - Rough roads & TC - Michigan residents appear to agree that Michigan roads are in poor shape and in need of immediate improvement. What no-one can agree on is where we find the dollars to complete the task. To begin with, we should stop building new roads until we can maintain the roads we currently have. Read more.
the Ticker - Con Foster, Film Theatre? An Idea with "Great Opportunity" - A historic bayside building could get new life, thanks to a request by the Traverse City Film Festival to use the Con Foster Museum building in Clinch Park as a temporary venue during this summer's weeklong event, slated for July 30-Aug. 4.
"Con Foster is a real possibility for them and offers great opportunities," Estes says. "What's making it a real possibility is the issue with upgrading the tunnel—there will be parking across the street at Grandview Parkway and people could go to this facility via a tunnel that gives safe passage to the venue and Open Space."
"I applaud Traverse City Film Festival and Deb Lake that they've recognized the opportunity the building offers," he says. Read more.
Record Eagle story - March 8, 2013 - New contract is painful, but reduces tax burdens - The city commission approved a collective bargaining agreement that covers about 15 clerical and technical employees in city hall whose contract expired June 30, 2012.
Mayor Michael Estes said the agreement is something the city has been working toward for "a long time." "This is the direction we've been trying to move," he said. "Now we know it can be done. We are not going to negotiate a better deal with any other bargaining unit in the future." Read more.
Record Eagle story - July 20, 2012 - Visitors are our guests
It's summer time in northern Michigan and time for all our residents to chill out and welcome our visitors. Often these visitors are our relatives and friends, so it's doubly important that we roll out the red carpet and greet our guests appropriately. Yes, visitors occasionally use two lanes searching for an address or move slowly looking for a vacancy hotel sign; so what.
Lend our visitors assistance by providing directions, staying off busy streets and being neighborly when chatting with a stranger. Visitors are our guests. As the summer grows hotter and traffic moves more slowly, don't panic. Enjoy the summer, jump in the bay, get on your bike and ride the TART, and don't forget to enjoy all that is Traverse City. Michael Estes Traverse City The writer is mayor of Traverse City.