City Work Share Program

The City of Marquette will be implementing a Work Share program as a first line counter to anticipated budget shortfalls. Michigan’s Work Share program allows employers to keep employees working with reduced hours, while employees collect partial unemployment benefits to make up a portion of the lost wages. For example, an employee working a 40-hour workweek will be furloughed for eight of the 40 hours, or 20% of the week. The employee will be paid 80% of their salary for the week and collect 20% of the Michigan unemployment benefit they qualify for. The maximum weekly unemployment benefit from the State of Michigan is based on an employee being paid $17/hour regularly who would be entitled to $364 weekly. Our City staff would see 20% of the $364 or $72 weekly. Currently, anyone receiving unemployment benefits due to COVID-19 are also eligible to receive the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation of $600 per week in addition to their Work Share benefit. The City will be filing for benefits for each affected employee and will handle recertifying benefits on a weekly basis.

Excluding emergency responders (Police and Fire), each department will be required to furlough all full-time employees one day a week. The furlough will be one day every week until July 31 and will start next week (June 15). The furlough day can be any day of the week, but departments will be required to remain available to the public for the normal work week. Furlough schedules will be at the discretion of the Department Head.

This action will potentially save the City an estimated $183,000 through the end of July and will be a tremendous help in overcoming the estimated budget shortfall of $1M in the current fiscal year alone.

Further Information:

Taxes will not be withheld from the unemployment benefit payments you receive. Depending on your individual tax situation, you may owe money for taxes for 2020. Please talk with your tax advisor and consider putting some money aside for this purpose.

Payment:

Payments will automatically be made to you via a Bank of America debit card unless you set up your direct deposit information with the Unemployment Insurance Administration (UIA). I would strongly recommend you go the direct deposit route. Instructions on how to do that are included in the attached guide. If you do not set up direct deposit, your benefits will be loaded on a Bank of America debit card. This is the default payment for your benefits and everyone will receive one of these cards; however, if you set up your direct deposit there will not be anything loaded onto it. Please be aware that there are fees for using the Bank of America debit card and it is highly recommended that you set up direct deposit.

Online Account Information:

When you create and log in to your UIA account online, the website will look the same as the regular unemployment landing page. Your weekly benefit amount for Michigan Unemployment will show, but the Federal benefit ($600) will not show until your claim has been certified by the City. There may be some other things you notice as well, feel free to reach out with questions, but just know that many of the links and things you see will be geared towards the typical unemployed person, not necessarily someone on the Work Share Program. You do not need to search for work at this time.

The attached guide explains how to set up an account and direct deposit. If you require assistance with this process, please make an appointment with me (shobbins@marquettemi.gov or 225-8104) and I will arrange a time to assist you.

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June 11 ACAC Meeting: Participation Details

Due to Executive Orders issued by the Governor, the Thursday June 11 Arts and Culture Advisory Committee meeting will be held virtually with committee members and Staff attending remotely through Zoom video conferencing. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will be streamed on the City of Marquette YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofMarquetteGov). Please note that the YouTube livestream will have at least a 20 second delay.

Public Participation
There will be three options for public participation in this meeting: video conferencing, phone conferencing or written comment. There will be two public comment periods for the meeting, one at the beginning and one at the end. Comments will be limited to three minutes and speakers must give their name and address. Written comments will be limited to 500 words. Members of the public wishing to make a video comment will need to visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82912563036 on a computer or smart device that has a camera. Members of the public wishing to call in and make a comment over the phone will need to call 312-626-6799 and enter the meeting ID 829 1256 3036.

When participating via video or phone conferencing, you will be placed into a virtual lobby/on-hold until the Public Comment portions of the meetings are reached. Once Public Comment begins, the Chair will go through each person waiting in the lobby one at a time and provide them with the opportunity to address the Commission. It is recommended that participants follow the meeting on YouTube to know when the Public Comment portion is occurring and be ready to make their comment. The video and phone conference lobby will open 10 minutes before the scheduled meeting start time.

Written comments can be submitted to Tiina Morin, Arts and Culture Manger at tmorin@marquettemi.gov. Written submissions will be accepted until 4 p.m. on the day before the meeting.

June 10 MPAC Meeting: Participation Details

Due to Executive Orders issued by the Governor, the Wednesday June 10 Marquette Public Art Commission meeting will be held virtually, with committee members and Staff attending remotely through Zoom video conferencing. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be streamed on the City of Marquette YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofMarquetteGov). Please note that the YouTube livestream will have at least a 20 second delay.

Public Participation
There will be three options for public participation in this meeting: video conferencing, phone conferencing or written comment. There will be two public comment periods for the meeting, one at the beginning and one at the end. Comments will be limited to three minutes and speakers must give their name and address. Written comments will be limited to 500 words.
Members of the public wishing to make a video comment will need to visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85075805545 on a computer or smart device that has a camera. Members of the public wishing to call in and make a comment over the phone will need to call 312-626-6799 and enter the meeting ID 850 7580 5545.

When participating via video or phone conferencing, you will be placed into a virtual lobby/on-hold until the Public Comment portions of the meetings are reached. Once Public Comment begins, the Chair will go through each person waiting in the lobby one at a time and provide them with the opportunity to address the Commission. It is recommended that participants follow the meeting on YouTube to know when the Public Comment portion is occurring and be ready to make their comment. The video and phone conference lobby will open 10 minutes before the scheduled meeting start time.

Written comments can be submitted to Tiina Morin, Arts and Culture Manger at tmorin@marquettemi.gov.

June 8 City Commission meeting: Participation Details

In light of Executive Orders issued by the Office of the Governor, the June 8, 2020 City Commission regular meeting will be held in Commission Chambers without the public in physical attendance. The public is invited to view and participate in the meeting electronically.

The meeting will be streamed on Channel 191 and YouTube starting at 6 p.m. The YouTube channel is located at www.youtube.com/user/CityofMarquetteGov.

Public Participation

There will be two options for public participation in these meetings: phone conferencing or written comment. There will be two public comment periods for each meeting, one at the beginning and one at the end. Comments will be limited to three minutes and speakers must give their name and address. Written comments will be limited to 500 words.

Members of the public wishing to call in and make a comment over the phone will need to call 312-626- 6799 and enter the meeting ID (883 4945 5544).

When participating via phone conferencing, you will be placed into a virtual lobby/on-hold until the Public Comment portions of the meetings are reached. Once Public Comment begins, the Mayor will go through each person waiting in the lobby one at a time and provide them with the opportunity to address the Commission. It is recommended that participants follow the meeting on Channel 191 or YouTube to know when the Public Comment portion is occurring and be ready to make their comment.
The phone conference lobby will open at 5:50 p.m.

Written comments can be submitted directly to shobbins@marquettemi.gov. Written submissions will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Monday, June 8.

Manager’s June 10 office hours canceled

Marquette City Manager community office hours on Wednesday, June 10, has been canceled. The next community office hours will be held on Wednesday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Dandelion Cottage room, located on the first floor off of the Huron Mountain Gallery of the Peter White Public Library.

June 4 BZA Meeting: Public Participation details

The Board of Zoning Appeals meeting will be held virtually with Board members and Staff attending remotely through Zoom video conferencing.
This meeting will be streamed on the City of Marquette YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofMarquetteGov). Please note that the livestreams will have at least a 20 second delay.

Public Participation
There will be three options for public participation in this meeting: video conferencing, phone conferencing, or written comment. There will be three public comment periods for the meeting, one at the beginning, one during the variance request, and one at the end. Comments will be limited to three minutes and speakers must give their name and address.

Members of the public wishing to make a video comment will need to visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82028095756

Members of the public wishing to call in and make a comment over the phone will need to call 312-626-6799 and enter the meeting ID (820 2809 5756).

When participating via video or phone conferencing, you will be placed into a virtual lobby/on-hold until the Public Comment portions of the meetings are reached. Once Public Comment begins, the Chair will go through each person waiting in the lobby one at a time and provide them with the opportunity to address the Board. It is recommended that participants follow the meeting on YouTube to know when the Public Comment portion is occurring and be ready to make their comment.

The video and phone conference lobby will open at 6:50 p.m. on June 4, 2020. Written comments can be submitted by emailing alanders@marquettemi.gov. Written submissions will be accepted until 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

June 2 Planning Commission meeting: Public Participation

The June 2nd Planning Commission meeting will be held virtually with Commission members and Staff attending remotely through Zoom video conferencing. This meeting will be streamed on the City of Marquette YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofMarquetteGov). Please note that the YouTube livestream will have at least a 20 second delay.

Public Participation
There will be three options for public participation in this meeting: video conferencing, phone conferencing, or written comment. There will be three public comment periods for the meeting, one at the beginning, one during the public hearing request, and one at the end. Comments will be limited to three minutes and speakers must give their name and address. Members of the public wishing to make a video comment will need to visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86327339644

Members of the public wishing to call in and make a comment over the phone will need to call 312-626-6799 and enter the meeting ID (863 2733 9644).

The video and phone conference lobby will open at 5:50 p.m. on June 2nd, 2020. When participating via video or phone conferencing, you will be placed into a virtual lobby/on-hold until the Public Comment portions of the meetings are reached. Once Public Comment begins, the Chair will go through each person waiting in the lobby one at a time and provide them with the opportunity to address the Commission. It is recommended that participants follow the meeting on YouTube to know when the Public Comment portion is occurring and be ready to make their comment.

Written comments can be submitted by emailing dstensaas@marquettemi.gov. Written submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020.

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