BLP meeting closed to foot traffic; public comment still available

The Marquette Board of Light and Power Board Meeting scheduled for March 24th at 4:30pm will be closed to public foot traffic in order to comply with requirements recently established throughout the State of Michigan.

Prior to the meeting, residents wishing to submit public comments, can do so by emailing mblp_general_info@mblp.org. All comments will be read into the public record during the meeting’s normal public comment period. Written comments must be submitted no later than 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 24th.

When submitting public comment, please include your first and last name, as well as your full address. Additionally please limit submissions to 500 words or less, as the three-minute speaking time limit will still be in effect.

Residents can also call into the meeting to offer public comment. Those interested in speaking during either public comment period should call in advance utilizing the following information:

Conference Call Instructions
BLP Meeting: Tuesday, March 24 4:30 to 7 p.m.
You can dial in using your phone.
Phone Number: +1 (669) 224-3412
Access Code: 184-606-221

City operations closing to the public

Due to Executive Order 2020-21, beginning Tuesday, March 24, all City facilities will be closed to the public. This includes City Hall, the Municipal Service Center, Fire Stations 1 and 2, the Police Department, Lakeview Arena, the Senior Center, the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the Water Treatment Plant. Presque Isle Park will be closed to vehicular traffic, however pedestrian traffic is still permissible. City announcements and Commission agendas will be sent to local media and will be available online.

City operations will continue, however the City will be operating at reduced staffing levels for the duration of the Executive Order and phone availability will be limited. To contact the City about essential business, please prioritize electronic communication when possible. Contact information for each City Department is available at www.marquettemi.gov/departments/.

All non-essential meetings and gatherings remain canceled. This includes meetings of all City statutory and advisory boards and committees scheduled between now and April 13, unless the meetings are critical in nature. If a meeting is deemed critical in nature, City announcements will be sent at that time. This does not apply to City Commission meetings. Instructions on how to view and participate in the March 30 City Commission meeting will be published later this week.

For emergency services, please dial 911. For non-emergency police assistance, please dial 906-228-0400. The Police Department will be evaluating non-emergency calls and will dispatch services accordingly.

For more information on billing, senior services and updates regarding City services during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.marquettemi.gov/covid19.

Bill pay options available for services

As a reminder there are many ways to pay your city bill. Drop boxes are available at City Hall near the upper level parking lot, inside the lower level of City Hall near the Police Department, and outside the Treasurer’s office on the upper level.

You may also use Pay By Phone 1-855-246-9466 or pay online at www.marquettemi.gov, see the instructions below for additional details. The City of Marquette will be waiving processing fees for these methods of payment at least until April 6, 2020. We will continue to monitor this as we approach the 6th of April.

You may sign up for autopay, forms are available on the city’s website. For Utility Billing please visit our department page at www.marquettemi.gov/departments/financial-services/utility-billing. Click on the Autopay Application link to download the pdf form.

The City of Marquette has voluntarily suspended service disconnections for non-payment until further notice. Late fee penalties will also not be charged until further notice. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off in the future. If your account is already behind, you are encouraged to seek utility assistance now.

If you are experiencing financial difficulty and cannot afford to make your payment, we encourage you to call us to set up a payment arrangement.

REMOTE PAYMENT DIRECTIONS

  • Pay By Phone: 855-246-9466
    • Select type of payment from the listed options
      • Utility bills: You will be instructed to enter your account number, followed by the ‘#’ sign. Your account number can be found on the top right hand corner of your bill.
      • Delinquent Personal Property Taxes: You will be asked to enter your Parcel number, followed by the ‘#’ sign. Your Parcel number or Property number can be found on the top left hand corner of your bill.
      • Miscellaneous Receivables: You will be asked to enter your invoice number, followed by the ‘#’ sign. Your invoice number can be found on the bottom left of your invoice.
  • Online Payment: www.marquettemi.gov
    • Hover over the ‘Pay’ tab located on the top right of the webpage. A drop down menu will appear, select the type of payment you wish to make.
      • Utility Bills
        • You will then be directed to a new site, BS&A.
        • Located on the top left side of the BS&A site is a drop down ‘search’ menu: Click ‘Utility Billing’
        • Located next to the search menu is By: Account Number, here you will enter your Utility bill account number, which is located on the top right of your bill.
        • Under the search results: Your account number, Name, and Address will appear as a link: click on it to open
        • Will open to account and billing information
        • Click pay now in the red box on the right side of the screen
      • Parking Tickets
        • Located in the middle of the page under: Payment Options select Online
        • You will then be directed to the tocite.net
        • Located on the middle of the page there is a search bar in which you can search by ticket or license plate number
        • Once entered it will show the ticket information and amount due
        • Located towards the top of the page: click on Pay Ticket
  • Pay-by-phone parking tickets: 906-292-7794 (fees apply)
    • You will be promoted to enter your ticket number, this is found at the top of your ticket and begins with a ‘CM’
  • Pay by drop box: 300 W. Baraga Avenue
    • A drop box is located on the outside of the east end of the City Hall building, near the parking lot closest to 4th Street. This drop box will be checked daily
    • A drop box is also located inside the main lobby of City Hall. The lobby is located at the main entrance on Baraga Ave.
    • A drop box is also located inside the lower level of City Hall, near the Police Department.
    • Please include a portion of the bill with your payment or include your account number written on the memo line of your check. Do not remit cash payments via drop box.

March 19 MBRA meeting canceled

The March 19 meeting of the Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority has been canceled, in order to comply with social distancing requirements recently established throughout the State of Michigan. It was determined that the business scheduled for the meeting was not critical in nature.

City Commission meeting closed to the public; public comment still available

The March 16 meeting of the Marquette City Commission will be physically closed to the public, in order to comply with social distancing requirements recently established throughout the State of Michigan.

The meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., will be broadcast live on Charter Cable Channel 191 and will be streamed live online at www.marquettemi.gov/meetingfeed.

Prior to the meeting, residents can submit public comments, which will then be read into the record. All public comments can be submitted digitally through email to shobbins@marquettemi.gov. All comments submitted will be read into the public record during the meeting’s normal public comment period. Written comments must be submitted no later than 5:45 p.m.

When submitting a public comment, please include your first and last name, as well as your full address. Additionally, please limit submissions to 500 words or less, as the three-minute speaking time limit will still be in effect.

Viewers can also call into the meeting to offer public comment. Those interested in speaking during either public comment period should call in advance utilizing the following information.

Phone #: 906-225-8668
PIN #: 2838-5824

COVID-19 Impacts to City of Marquette Operations

As the story of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the City of Marquette’s top priority remains the health, safety and welfare of residents in the community. The City is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for residents, and the administration is currently monitoring the situation, partnering with Marquette County Emergency personnel and with state and local health officials on response efforts. With these priorities in mind, and while the landscape will certainly continue to shift, the City is taking the following actions at this time and will re-evaluate in the coming weeks.

Beginning Monday, March 16, Lakeview Arena and the Baraga Gym will be closed to the public.

All Lakeview Arena public programming, open skate and drop-in sessions are canceled for the remainder of the ice season, though previously scheduled private ice rentals will be honored through March 20. Arena tenants, including Superior Hockey, the Superior Watershed Partnership, the Noquemanon Trail Network, and Marquette Junior Hockey, will operate at their discretion, and should be contacted directly for further information.

All upcoming City Arts and Culture programming has been canceled.

Also beginning March 16, all non-essential Senior Center programming is canceled. This includes, but may not be limited to, exercise classes, congregate meals, bridge, cribbage, senior arts and Silver Sampler programs. The Marquette Senior center will remain open for social work, foot care and tax services and homemaking services will continue at this time.

All non-essential meetings and gatherings are canceled. This includes meetings of all City advisory boards and committees scheduled between now and April 6, unless the meetings are critical in nature. At present, the Planning Commission meeting set for March 17 and the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority meeting set for March 19 will still be held as scheduled. If there are other meetings that are deemed critical in nature, City announcements will be sent at that time. This does not apply to City Commission meetings.

Finally, residents and City staff are urged to limit in-person interactions and to utilize remote – online and phone – options whenever possible. This includes City bill pay, which can be done by mail, through the drop box on the outside of City Hall, or via phone or online payment.

This situation is obviously fluid and City departments will continue to keep the public updated as information becomes available.

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Contact Info

City Hall:

+1 906-228-0435

300 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855

Municipal Service Center:

+1 906-228-0444

1100 Wright St., Marquette, MI 49855

Tourist Park Reservations:

+1 906-228-0465

 

Hours

City Hall:

M-F: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Municipal Service Center:

M-F: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Police and Fire on duty 24/7

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