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 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.

May 11 CC meeting, work session: participation details

In accordance with Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor, the May 11 City Commission work session and regular meeting will be held virtually, with City Commissioners and Staff attending remotely through Zoom video conferencing.

The work session will be streamed on the City of Marquette YouTube channel starting at 4:30 p.m. and the regular 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. Please note that the livestreams will have at least a 20 second delay.

Public Participation
There will be three options for public participation in these meetings: video conferencing, 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 make a video comment will need to visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87507960859 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 (875 0796 0859).

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 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 video and phone conference lobby will open at 4:20 p.m. for the work session and at 5:50 p.m. for the regular meeting.

Written comments can be submitted using the form at www.marquettemi.gov/publiccomment/ or directly to shobbins@marquettemi.gov. Written submissions for both meetings will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Monday, May 11.

Mandatory meeting planned for groups holding events on NTN South Trails

The City of Marquette will co-host an informational meeting with the Noquemanon Trail Network to discuss special events to be held on the NTN South Trails.

This meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena.

Officials will address the permitting process, scheduling and conflict resolution. Any group wishing to hold events on the South Trails that charge entry fees are required to attend this meeting.

For additional information, contact the Parks and Recreation department at 906-228-0460 or the NTN at 906-235-6861.

Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic

On Saturday, August 10, 2019, beginning at 6:00 a.m. and continuing through 6:00 p.m., Pine Street from Fair Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard and Powder Mill Road from County Road 550 to the north end will be closed and Wright Street from Presque Isle Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed to thru traffic for the “Ore to Shore” Mountain Bike Race.

The public is advised to use caution when traveling on Wright Street, Hawley Street, River Park Circle and Schneider Mill Court.  Race participants will be crossing at designated locations at varying times.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting -April 22

The City of Marquette Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s April meeting will take place Monday, April 22. The meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena, was originally scheduled for April 15, but had to be canceled due to a lack of quorum.


Household Rubbish and Compost site opening

Extra days have been added to the first two weeks to assist in spring cleaning. The site is open from 3 to 7 p.m. (or when capacity is met) on April 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, and 30, as well as May 1 and 2.

The City of Marquette’s Household Rubbish and Compost site will open April 22.

The Household Rubbish site, located at 1415 Pioneer Road, is a site for City residents paying the “solid waste” fee to dispose of household items too large for curbside pickup. The daily capacity of this site is regulated by the MDEQ and once capacity is met, the site will close, without exception.

The site is opening Monday, April 22 and will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m., as well as on the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. Again, the site may close early on any day if capacity is met.

Regular hours will begin May 6.

The Compost site, also located at 1415 Pioneer Road, is opening Tuesday, May 4 and will be open each Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Residents must bring a photo ID and a current City water bill showing a “solid waste” fee payment to enter both sites.

Promotional Fund, Discount Fee Waiver Applications available


The City of Marquette provides under City Code, Chapter 2 Administration, Division 3 Finance, Public Relations; Section 2-522 Policies and Procedures a mechanism for community stakeholders to submit for waiver of City fees and/or in-kind services provided by the City and/or cash payments. Requests for Promotional Funds may include grant funding, fee relief, provision of in-kind City services, cash or a combination of any or all of these items.

Applications for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 – Oct. 1, 2019 through Sep. 30, 2020 – must be received or postmarked by March 31, 2019. Any applications received or postmarked after this date will NOT be eligible for consideration. It is important to note all applications may not be funded. Funding will depend upon City priorities and available dollars. Applications and information are available on the city website at www.marquettemi.gov or at the Community Services, Parks & Recreation office located in Lakeview Arena at 401 E. Fair Avenue, Marquette. For any questions, please contact Community Service-Parks and Recreation Division at (906) 228-0460.

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