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The City Attorney is the lawyer for the City of Midland government. When the City is sued, the City Attorney represents the City in court as the defense counsel. When the City’s interests are infringed upon, the City Attorney files suit to protect the City. The City Attorney also serves as legal counsel to the City Council, the City Manager, the City's boards, commissions and various committees, its departments and staff by drafting ordinances, regulations and policies, reviewing all contracts and providing other legal assistance including criminal prosecution of City ordinances and traffic matters.
The County Prosecuting Attorney investigates and prosecutes criminal activity in violation of certain state laws, occurring in the city and the county.
To become a Notary Public please visit Midland County Clerk's Office at 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland MI 48640 (989) 832-6739
No, unfortunately bicycles are not allowed on the bus.
Yes, pets are allowed on the bus provided they are in crates and can be held on the seat next to the passenger.
Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason. To receive an absentee ballot for an upcoming election, you must complete and return an absentee ballot application. Your request for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to the City Clerk. You must request an absent voter ballot by submitting the application, large print application, a letter, a postcard, or a pre-printed application form obtained from the Clerk's office. Requests may be returned by hand, via postal mail, fax, or email, as long as a signature is visible.
Visit our Absentee Voting page to find out more.
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. This Act provides the legal basis for these citizens' absentee voting requirements for federal offices. Military and overseas voters have the option to email or fax the FPCA into the Clerk's office, which allows them to register to vote and request an AV ballot.
The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) amended UOCAVA and other statutes by providing greater protections for Service Members, their eligible family members and other overseas citizens. Among other provisions, the MOVE Act requires States to send absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days before federal elections.
For more information or to obtain an application visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website
If you have ever wondered how to become more active in government, there are plenty of opportunities for you that do not involve running for elected office. Precinct inspectors are people who assist voters at the polls on Election Day. Registered voters interested in serving as election inspectors must submit an election inspector application to the Clerk's office. In addition to their name, address and date of birth, applicants must include their political party preference and qualifications to fill the position such as education or experience.
A precinct inspector must be a registered voter of the State. They cannot be a challenger, candidate, member of a candidate's immediate family, or a member of the local Board of Canvassers. Anyone convicted of a felony or an election crime may not serve. They must also attend training to receive certification and to prepare for an election.
Why not consider helping your community and becoming more politically active by becoming a precinct inspector? Submit the Election Inspector Application to the City Clerk's office if you are interested or contact our office to learn more.
Midland firefighters are trained and equipped to handle a wide variety of emergency medical calls and currently we are certified at the Basic Life Support (BLS) level. By being licensed as a BLS agency it allows us to perform basic and intermediate airway procedures along with administering basic medications. Fire Department personnel can typically be at your door before an EMS ambulance.
Additionally, MidMichigan Medical Center’s (MMRC) ambulance service has a larger area to serve – they aid people throughout Midland County, whereas the Fire Department serves primarily the city of Midland. Also, MMRC’s ambulance service transfers patients to other hospitals. Midland Fire Department personnel can begin life-saving treatments before an ambulance arrives on the scene of an emergency. This quicker response can lessen the effects of catastrophic injury or illness and lead to faster recovery time for those who experience critical illness.
Job openings are listed on this website, advertised in local newspapers, on Midland Government Television - MGTV Channel 188 on Charter Cable or MGTV-99 on AT&T U-verse, and posted on the City of Midland's job board at Midland City Hall. Postings about career opportunities are also often shared on the City's Facebook and Twitter channels. Postings are continuously updated, so check these resources frequently.
You can also sign up for our "Job Alert" feature, which notifies you by email when new job openings become available. To sign up, simply go to the Current Job Openings page, click on the "Notify Me" button in the Job Alert box, and enter your name and email address. It's that easy!
You do not have to be a resident to apply for City of Midland job positions and, unless you accept an offer of employment for certain public safety positions, you are not required to live within Midland to work for the City. Residency restrictions for public safety personnel (police and fire) are detailed in the job postings for those positions.
The US-10 Business Route (BR) Corridor Study was commissioned by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). This study included a corridor-wide data collection effort, review of traffic data, development of a traffic model and development of alternatives which met the project purpose. The study was supported by the City of Midland.
The study of the US 10 Business Route Corridor, including Indian and Buttles streets, was initiated by MDOT with the support of the City of Midland. Several community stakeholders were invited to participate as part of a stakeholders’ group during the study, but they did not initiate either the 2015 study or the road diet trial now underway.
The US 10 Business Route Corridor Study conducted in 2015 was initiated by the Michigan Department of Transportation with the support of the City of Midland. It was not initiated by any other organization or stakeholder. At an early meeting between MDOT and the City in June 2015, several stakeholders whose input would be sought were identified. The stakeholders identified at that meeting included the following, in addition to the City of Midland and MDOT personnel:
Both MDOT and the City of Midland have been taking a slow, measured approach to testing the feasibility of a 2 lane street along Buttles Street from Jerome Street to State Street. The first step, following presentation of the Corridor Study by MDOT to City Council in March of 2017, was a three day temporary lane reduction from August 28-30, 2017 to assess the impact of reduced lanes in this corridor. Following a public open house that was held by MDOT on September 13, 2017, concerns were expressed about the timing and duration of the first temporary lane reduction. A second temporary lane reduction was therefore implemented from November 6-13, 2017.
Using information obtained from the two temporary lane reductions, MDOT presented the final report and recommendations to City Council on December 18, 2017. City Council supported in principle the preferred option of reducing Buttles Street to 2 lanes. The road diet trial now underway is testing on a larger and more complete scale the report findings and the ability of the corridor to handle the traffic that travels through this corridor regularly. The longer trial allows all anticipated travel volumes and conditions to be assessed. The trial will last until the M-20 bridge construction is completed, traffic patterns return to normal thereafter, and sufficient data is obtained to fully understand the effect of the reduced lanes on vehicles in this corridor. MDOT and the City are currently discussing how much longer the trial will be needed once the M-20 bridge construction ends this fall.
A traffic study conducted by MDOT in 1959 proposed the idea of 2 one-way streets to relocate the main thoroughfare that then passed through downtown. Prior to 1962, Ellsworth Street served as the primary route through Downtown Midland. In 1962, the change was made to the 2 three-lane one-ways of Indian and Buttles Streets
During the mid-century, traffic planners and road designers had one main goal: move as many vehicles through communities as quickly as possible with the only consideration given to cars. While this approach - called “Motordom” - was efficient for vehicles, it had little to no regard for the impact that those roads would have on the surrounding neighborhoods. This resulted in some very impactful trade-offs that weren’t all positive
Additionally, local traffic on Indian and Buttles during the 1950s - 1980s was heavily influenced by shift changes at the area’s manufacturing employers. As staffing levels have changed, and access routes have shifted into the industrial park, volumes during peak times has greatly decreased on Buttles and Indian Streets. In fact, traffic volumes during the roads’ peak rush hour - between 7-8 a.m. - are down 28% from where they were 30 years ago. This reduction results in a corridor that is overbuilt for current and forecasted future needs.
A study completed by consultants examined several redesign options for the US 10 Business Route corridor. The preferred alternative, based on the needs of all corridor users, was a reduction in the number of lanes from three to two.
Buttles and Indian Streets are overbuilt in their current design. This provides conditions that are unnecessarily unsafe. A single lane reduction is being considered to change how drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians use the road in order to reduce speeding and encourage safety for everyone. A lane-reduction would also result in more space that can be devoted to other users. A final decision has not been made as to how the resulting space could be used but examples of potential uses include widened sidewalks, buffer zones, dedicated vehicle-turn lanes or separated bike lanes.
The consultants’ recommendation to reduce Buttles Street from three to two lanes was based on an engineering analysis completed and presented in the final study report using a variety of available and collected traffic data. Although the recommendation was and remains supported by the information that was available at that time, on-street testing was desired by both MDOT and the City of Midland to make certain the consultant’s findings would hold up under real-world conditions. Short trials took place in August 2017 and November 2017, both of which supported the consultants’ findings that only two lanes of travel are needed to accommodate the traffic using the corridor between Jerome Street and State Street. The trial now underway is an expanded testing of this finding and continues to collect data that will be used to make a final decision for the future of this corridor.
The long-term goal for this area of downtown Midland can be found within the City’s Master Plan. The Master Plan envisions this corridor for additional mixed use development that consists of a combination of restaurants, shops, residential, services, and offices. Indian and Buttles Streets in the current, overbuilt design do not support mixed use development.
Buttles and Indian Streets are overbuilt in their current design. This provides conditions that are unnecessarily unsafe. A single lane reduction is being considered to change how drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians use the road in order to reduce speeding and encourage safety for everyone. A lane-reduction would also result in more space that can be devoted to other users. While a final design has not been determined, the resulting space could be used to accommodate other non-motorized users thereby improve these users access into downtown. Improved infrastructure to support non-motorized access will better connect the surrounding neighborhoods to downtown, while still maintaining adequate access by vehicle users.
No. The improvements identified within the 2015-17 Corridor Study apply to the entire U.S. 10 Business Route corridor. These improvements include context sensitive design, improved safety and better access for pedestrians and bicyclists between surrounding neighborhoods, specifically midtown, downtown, and the cultural area that includes Midland Center for the Arts, Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest, and the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.
Traffic data collected during the trial period includes vehicle speed and volume. MDOT has also performed two delay studies during this trial period. Crash data within the corridor is also being collected by MDOT and the City during the trial period. The traffic data collected has been presented at two prior meetings of City Council, including at the October 29, 2018 meeting and then again at the May 20, 2019 meeting.
The lane reduction (or road diet) is being evaluated against the purpose outlined in the 2016 MDOT study. This purpose is to provide a change that will accommodate future traffic, enhance safety, increase connectivity, improve non-motorized mobility, be context sensitive and support economic development within the corridor.
The information being collected now for evaluation is related to traffic data only. This traffic data will be used to test the validity of the information used in the traffic model for the 2016 study and the corresponding recommendation in the 2016 Corridor Study. Various traffic indicators identified have been collected during the trial period, including information on vehicle speed and volume. Also vehicle delay information and crash data is collected.
Once traffic data confirms whether or not a reduction in lanes can be accommodated now and into the foreseeable future, City Council will review that data as well as all public comments received. Additional data may be requested at that time, and additional public input opportunities will be provided. Once City Council is satisfied that the data they need to render a decision has been provided, they will make a further recommendation to MDOT on their preferred design for the corridor.
There is a common misconception that the road diet is intended to create a bike lane for the use of bicyclists. This misconception likely came from early concept drawings showing bike lanes in several of the options considered for the Buttles Street corridor. The reality is that no design for the corridor has yet been developed and no decision has been made on what could be included in that corridor. While a bike lane is one possible option, other options for non-motorized mobility and connectivity include separated, off-street pathways or widened sidewalks.
No. The closed lane is closed to all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians. It is not intended for any use during the trial that is taking place. In fact, since the markings of this lane are only temporary plastic bollards, it is not safe for anyone to use that lane at this time. Both MDOT and the City therefore actively discourage any use of the lane at this time. As such, there should be no pedestrians or bicyclists in the lane - which is what we are observing.
The trial is intended to collect data on the ability of Buttles Street to operate as a two-lane road instead of the current three-lane configuration. Construction in the downtown area does not significantly impact the trial or the data being collected. While specific construction sites may be in the study area and may have an impact on traffic at times, observing this and seeing the impacts of the trial during this time is beneficial. Since construction in the downtown area never really stops, it would also be difficult to select a time where no construction is taking place. Stopping the trial now, and then restarting it again in the future, would also prove more problematic and frustrating for corridor users than would finishing the trial now as quickly as possible.
In the first year of the road diet trial (from May 2018 to May 2019), 37 accidents were reported in the trial area, compared to 26 crashes for the same timeframe in the previous year. While traffic accidents are never an ideal situation, it’s not uncommon for areas to experience an increase in traffic crashes for a brief time period after experiencing a change in traffic patterns. In fact, the 42% increase in year-over-year traffic accidents (26 versus 37) is not the largest percentage increase in accidents this corridor has seen in the past 5 years.
In 17 of the 37 crashes reported in the trial area since data collection began, a motorist disregarded a traffic control signal (ran a red light or stop sign) on Buttles or a cross street and experienced a collision. These types of crashes are almost exclusively attributable to driver error and are not likely to have been caused by the lane reduction on Buttles Street.
Police, fire and ambulance service are all being considered as various options for the Buttles Street corridor are explored. During the road diet trial, no delays for these emergency service providers have been reported. Following the completion of the trial, all three emergency services will be further consulted to assess their experiences in greater detail before any design options are developed or considered.
Yes. The 2015-17 Corridor Study commissioned by MDOT included modeling and forecasts for increased vehicle and pedestrian volumes that could result from increased development not only in downtown Midland but also throughout the community and the surrounding area.
Midland has experienced a negligible level of population growth over the past 2 decades. Midland’s population in 2000 was 41,869; in 2018, it was estimated at only 41,800. While new development has taken place and the city has spread outward, the number of people living here has not increased. Nevertheless, to account for commercial/industrial growth and residential development beyond the City limits, the traffic studies all included an assumed 0.5% growth in traffic each year moving forward.
The number of vehicles commuting into the downtown area has dramatically decreased over the years as manufacturing activities have moved to other areas of the community. Today, commuting traffic makes up most of the motoring population on Buttles and Indian streets. While getting the motoring public from point A to point B safely is important, it is also important to provide an enjoyable experience that slows traffic for those working and living along the corridor and encourages those driving through our community to perhaps stop in for shopping, dining and entertainment.
City Council has received the corridor study and considered the options presented in that report. On December 17, 2017, City Council passed a resolution that supported in principle the conversion of Buttles Street, between Jerome Street and State Street, from 3 lanes to 2 lanes. This resolution provided for the longer data collection process known as the Buttles Street Road Diet Trial that is now underway. The trial started on May 14, 2018.
The decision of whether or not to permanently convert this section of Buttles Street to a 2 lane corridor has not yet been made. Similarly, the decision of what this section of Buttles Street would look like if converted to a 2 lane corridor has also not yet been made. Opportunities for public comment and input that will be considered before those decisions are made are currently underway, and will continue to be provided before City Council takes any position and makes any final recommendation to MDOT.
The only decision made by the City Council to date is to support the conversion of Buttles Street from Jerome Street to State Street in principle. This has permitted the trial now underway to take place, thereby allowing MDOT and the City to collect and analyze real world data. It is not a final decision and does not direct what would be done with the corridor if a lane reduction is ultimately determined to be appropriate. In fact, specific alternative designs for the corridor have not even been prepared, so a final decision could not have been made. Further discussion and deliberation will be needed, and all input received will be considered through that process.
If you have specific comments you feel we should hear and consider, we would encourage you to submit them in writing to us by postal mail or via email. If you simply want to talk about the corridor, we would encourage you to contact the City Planning Department for that purpose at 989-837-3374, via staff email, or by stopping by City Hall.
Discussions with a staff member to share specific experiences you have had in the trial area are always helpful. The more specific you can be, the more helpful that discussion will be for us at the City as the trial progresses. City Planning staff would be happy to have that discussion with you.
If you wish to have your thoughts, experiences, and suggestions noted officially for the public record, you may always do so in written form. Emailing a member of City staff, an elected member of City Council, or sending a mailed letter are all available options.
Every written correspondence sent to the City is included in the official record. Each time that the trial comes before the City Council, letters received since the last meeting and prior to the City Council agenda being posted are included in the agenda packet so that all members of City Council receive and are able to review them. As City Council agenda packets are publicly available, this also makes every written correspondence available to the public for review and consideration.
No. While we do monitor both print and digital communications outlets in the community, comments must be submitted directly to the City via the methods suggested above if you wish them to be part of the formal public record.
As with all of its decisions, members of the City Council will review all received public comments and reflect on discussions with residents of the community. Public feedback from residents, as well as the data collected during the road diet trial, will be reviewed and utilized by the City and members of the City Council before any final decision is made.
Yes, the orange plastic bollards in place are not attractive; however, only certain traffic control devices are permitted for use on a public road. The bollards need to stay as long as the data collection process continues. As soon as that data collection is complete, the orange bollards will be removed and the community discussion about what the future of this corridor will continue.
The trial is complicated and lengthened by the ongoing construction of the M-20 bridge crossing the Tittabawassee River. Traffic conditions through the study corridor during this construction are different than what will be experienced when that bridge is completed and traffic returns to its normal patterns. Because of this, the trial will need to run past the completion of the bridge (currently on schedule to be completed in September of 2019). The original thought was that one year of data collection following the bridge completion may be necessary, although MDOT and City officials are discussing this timing now.
Remembering that the trial is taking place for the purpose of collecting data that will be used to help inform upcoming decisions on the future of the road corridor, the trial will end as soon as MDOT and City officials are confident in the data collected. As soon as that takes place, the City will work with MDOT to immediately end the trial, remove the temporary plastic bollards, and begin a broader community discussion on what should be done with the corridor.
Following conclusion of the trial, the final data will be reviewed and analyzed by MDOT and presented to City Council. City Council will then need to make a decision on whether or not to move forward with the process to determine a final design for Buttles Street with two-lanes. Consideration at that time could also include Indian Street and the possibility of maintaining the current three-lane profile.
The 2015 US 10 Business Route Corridor Study conducted by MDOT included several options for Indian Street. The preferred option for that street was the same as for Buttles Street: a reduction from three to two travel lanes. Consideration of those options has not yet taken place and no direction or decision on Indian Street has yet been made by City Council or MDOT.
Buttles Street is an MDOT corridor and changes made to it fall within their jurisdiction and control. Once plans are developed for the corridor, MDOT will coordinate the project and ultimately contract for the changes through an open bidding process.
The cost of any work to be done in the corridor is ultimately the responsibility of MDOT, but there are both federal and local shares of the project cost that would be the responsibility of the City of Midland. Typical MDOT projects have required a 2-3% city match previously.
The timeline to start any possible work within the Buttles Street corridor is not known at this time. Once a project design is decided upon, cost estimates will need to be prepared and both MDOT and the City of Midland will need to budget funds for the project. This process is likely to take several years given State of Michigan and City of Midland budgeting processes.
Many other communities across the state of Michigan and the country have seen improvements following road diet implementations. While many of these involve four lane, bi-directional roadways being “dieted” to three lanes, the same improvements can be achieved by reducing a one-way roadway from three lanes to two. These improvements include traffic calming and better accommodation of other corridor users including pedestrians and bicycles.
The landfill is classified as a Type II landfill, which means only residential and non-hazardous industrial wastes will be accepted.
The landfill, in conjunction with the Midland County Health Department, hosts free Household Hazardous Waste Collections for residents several times each year, beginning in April.
The City of Midland's Department of Public Services collects certain recyclable materials on refuse collection days. Certain items are also collected at the Midland Volunteers for Recycling Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to recycling. The recycling center is located at the entrance to the landfill.
For more information on curbside recycling please visit the recycling page. For more information on Midland Recyclers, please visit their website at http://www.midlandrecyclers.org/.
Free tours of the landfill may be arranged by calling 989-837-6988. Schedule a free tour of Midland Recyclers (at the entrance to the landfill) by calling 989-631-1668.
The plan was developed and is maintained by a diverse group representing local government, county residents, industry, environmental groups and others. The comprehensive plan, developed by the Midland County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, is available for viewing at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.
You can renew your books online, call to speak to staff during library hours, 989-837-3457, or call an automated phone system anytime, 989-835-3280.
If you have a green dot this means that your tree is currently being treated for Emerald Ash Borer. If your tree has a green x this means your tree is infected with Emerald Ash Borer and will be removed. If your tree has an orange x or circle with a line through it, the tree will be removed by the City of Midland crews. If your tree has a blue dot this means your tree is going to be pruned by Consumer's Energy. If your tree has a blue x this means your tree will be removed by Consumer's Energy.
Toboggans seat approximately 3 people.
No. All equipment is first-come first-serve.
There are several payment options available. You can pay by:
Checks, cash, and/or money orders can be mailed to:
City of Midland
P.O. Box 1647
Midland, MI 48641-1647
They can also be paid in person at the:
333 W. Ellsworth St.
Midland, MI 48640
After-hours payments may be made at the night deposit box located inside Midland City Hall's main doors, which are between the Midland County Services Building and City Hall.
No. Through the Auto-Pay program, funds are withdrawn from your bank account on the date taxes are due. For example, in the case of 2017 winter taxes, that date would have been February 14, 2017.
If you would like to make a full payment at any time after your bill is issued, you are welcome to do so at the Treasurer’s Office at Midland City Hall. If a full payment has been made and you are signed up for the Auto-Pay program, no funds will be drawn from your bank account on the tax payment due date.
At this time, only water bill payments may be made online.
TAX BILLS CANNOT BE PAID ONLINE WITH A CREDIT CARD
If your FOIA request meets the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, you may submit a FOIA request form for non-exempt public records at the City of Midland.
Call the Department of Public Services at 989-837-6900 and request one. They will ask for your name, address, and phone number. The brown recycle cart will be delivered by Republic Services.
All boxboard and cardboard must fit loosely inside the brown recycle cart. Cardboard and boxes placed outside the cart cannot be collected unless they fit inside the cart. The driver has no way to collect these items using the automated arm of the truck. You may also place oversized cardboard out for your monthly Heavy Item Collection.
For repairs or replacement of your brown recycle cart, contact the Department of Public Services at 989-837-6900. Let them know what needs to be repaired (wheel off, lid, etc.) and a repair/replacement will be scheduled.
The white imprinted number is a serial number. You should record the white imprinted serial number of your brown recycle cart. If your cart is stolen, you will need to provide a police report with the serial number in order to receive a replacement cart.
Residents are allowed to set out up to three (3) 14-gallon bins or like size containers (i.e laundry basket) next to their brown recycle cart. The driver will empty the brown cart, get out of the truck and empty the items in the additional containers into the brown cart and empty it. Items in the additional containers must be able to fit into the brown cart. If you routinely have an overflow of recycling, you should consider leasing an additional brown cart for $36 per cart per year. You are allowed a maximum of three (3) brown carts. For information about leasing additional carts, contact the Department of Public Service at 989-837-6900.
To test toilets for leaks first remove tank-mounted cleaners and flush until all coloring is gone from inside the tank and bowl or basin of the toilet. Then add 40 to 50 drops of food coloring (blue, red or green) to a glass of warm water, and then carefully pour it into the tank, stirring it to mix the food coloring throughout the tank. Check the toilet bowl periodically over the next two hours. Food coloring in the bowl indicates a leak.Another way to check for water leaks is to read the water meter in your home and write down the numbers, including the number to which the needle is pointing. After six to eight hours of not using any water in the house, read the water meter again and compare the numbers to the original reading from the beginning of the test. If the needle has moved or any of the readings have changed, that means that water has passed through the meter even though no water faucets were turned on or toilets flushed, etc., during that time. In this case, a change in the needle's position on the meter indicates a leak or open valve somewhere in the home.
You may also pay at any Midland Chemical Bank branch if paying by the due date.
Leaves can ONLY be raked into the street during the fall leaf collection season. Once an area has received final curbside collection in the fall, any remaining leaves must be in City blue yard waste bins or paper compost bags to be collected PRIOR to the end of the yard waste collection season. Yard waste collection typically concludes by the end of November depending on weather conditions. No stickers are required after the first Monday in October.
There is NO collection of leaves in the street in the spring.