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2 BR +loft, 2 Bath 1170 sq.ft. In Town TC $149,900

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2 BR 2 Bath, Loft, Basement, Carport

• 1,170 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm 1 1/2 story - MLS $149,900 - Near Lake,TART,Downtown

 -  Newer in town free standing condo (no shared walls with the neighbors)...Like having your own home without the exterior mtc.! Features 2 Bedrooms, 2 baths, open floor plan, main floor laundry, cathedral ceilings, central air, sprinkler system, loft/office/family room area, full basement, 2 car carport, storage unit and large corner lot ( no neighbors on 2 sides of you)! Walking/biking distance to Boardman Lake, Elementary School, Library, TART trail, and downtown. All for under 150K !

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Mortgage Rates Dip Below 4% Again
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For the third consecutive week, averaged fixed mortgage rates edged down as uncertainty about the economy continued to push Treasury yields lower, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped 7 basis points this week to 3.91 percent, its lowest average since June 4.

"All eyes are on the upcoming July employment report, as the Fed has made it clear developments in the labor market will affect the timing of any potential rate hike," says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac's chief economist.

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Aug. 6:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.91 percent, with an average 0.6 point, dropping from last week's 3.98 percent average. A year ago, 30-year rates averaged 4.14 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.13 percent, with an average 0.6 point, dropping from last week's 3.17 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.27 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.95 percent, with an average 0.4 point, holding the same average as last week. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.27 percent.
  • 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.54 percent, with an average 0.3 point, rising from last week's 2.52 percent average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.98 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac

Traverse City Film Festival

Who Watches 600 Movies A Year? They Do.

July 28, 2015
Who Watches 600 Movies A Year? They Do.

Two hundred and forty films will be shown at the Traverse City Film Festival, which kicks off today (Tuesday). But how do they all get here? Who finds them? Who decides? And when and how do the actual movies get from Hollywood – or wherever – to Traverse City?

TCFF Executive Director Deb Lake sat down to walk us through the process, pointing out that there are four primary sources for films each year – and noting that she and TCFF Founder Michael Moore are watching a lot of movies every year.

UNOFFICIAL SUBMISSIONS
“Most film festivals post a submission period where anyone can submit their films. There’s a form and a fee, and then the festival watches the film and gets back to you with feedback and whether or not it will get into the festival. That’s not how we do it; we are happy to allow submissions at no cost, but we don’t guarantee we’ll watch the film or send feedback unless we send an actual invitation. We’re basically one person with some support, so we watch as many as we can, but between shots and features we were up over 500 this year.”

HIT THE BIG FESTIVALS
“Michael and I go to festivals throughout the year. It’s a great way to look for films. It’s good to watch with an audience to get a sense of what a large group of people think. That’s very helpful. When I go to a festival I see probably 60 films, and I go to probably four or five a year. And then I’ll have maybe 15 of those 60 that I think he should watch.”

SCOUR THE PLANET
“We also reach out to people who have films, like the Danish Film Institute or the Norwegian Film Institute. We have a great relationship with these organizations. Many countries have strong film institutes, and they show us the films they have coming out of their country that year. We actually found one of our opening night films that way (Troubled Water in 2009).”

LEVERAGE THE MICHAEL/HOLLYWOOD  CONNECTION
“Of course we get films through Michael’s connections. Some people really want their film to be shown here, like Shaun The Sheep; they reached out to Michael, and he has close relationship with Lionsgate. Of course the timing is also important; their movie is coming out right after the festival.”

“And when I say 600 movies, he or I are actually watching 600 movies a year. He loves film, so he’s watching movies every week, whether he’s in LA, in New York, wherever. He’s watching film constantly and people are sending him films constantly. And of course he’s also a member of the Academy [of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences]. Sometimes he’ll say, ‘Oh, I saw this great little thing in a theatre in Soho.’ Or, ‘here’s a discovery, and nobody’s ever heard of this one!’”

AND THEN…
“Once they’ve accepted to bring the film here, our traffic department contacts them and makes sure of the format it will come in. The first year almost all the films were 35mm, but now almost all of them are digital.”

“Eventually the films come in and the inspection/projection team takes over. There are about 15 people involved there; a combination of paid staff and volunteers. So the films come in and they look at them and verify the right formats. You have HD, HD CAM, Dolby, Dolby E, sometimes Blu Ray, all sorts of video and audio options and formats.”

“Every single film has to be tested by the inspection team a week before the festival. We look at every single film on a screen. If it’s foreign, the subtitles have to be embedded, and you have to see it on a particular server and a particular projector to make sure everything works correctly. It’s a big deal. And sometimes you’ll find something like a distributor has sent a film with Italian subtitles by mistake. They are inspecting films all the way through up until the last day of the festival.” 

The above story is an excerpt from a feature in this week's Northern Express.

Traverse City Restaurants, Shops On The Move

Restaurants, Shops On The Move

July 27, 2015
Restaurants, Shops On The Move

It’s the height of Traverse City’s busy season – and with a big helping of openings and closings, the local business scene shows no signs of slowing down. The Ticker checks in on the latest restaurant and retail news.

Restaurant
After several months of preparation, Lulu’s and Siren Hall veterans Henry and Mindy Bisson are ready to open the doors to their own establishment. Smoke and Porter Public House – a “new American smokehouse where farm to table meets the firepit” – will open to the public for dinner service from 5-10pm beginning tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1752 US-31, formerly home to Bamboo Garden 1.

In addition to an extensive wine and beer list, the restaurant will offer an upscale cocktail menu and “family supper from the pit,” a family-style serving of smoked meats (such as pork ribs, brisket, wood-roasted lamb and smoked chicken) with sides that rotates on a daily basis. 

Down US-31 to the west, developer Tom McIntyre of East Bay Plaza says a new BIGGBY COFFEE will open in the commercial park by August 1. Also in the plaza, a new Domino’s Pizza location will open “sometime between August 4 and 11,” says McIntyre.

In Grand Traverse Mall, business partners Michael Paggeot and Randy Kelley are preparing to take over Cool Beans Coffee on August 12. “We plan to continue with the current menu,” says Paggeot, “but also have plans to offer daily/weekly specials to keep the mall employees and frequent mall shoppers from getting bored with the food choices.” Paggeot, who owns an online-only cupcake business called MR Cupcake, will sell his cupcakes at the coffee shop, along with “other baked goods and homemade goodies.”

In Leelanau County, two more players are entering the region’s craft beverage scene. Mark and Madelynn Korzon will open Suttons Bay Cider “within the next month” on Hilltop Road near Ciccone Vineyard. The couple plans to offer three to four varietals of hard cider to start, including a “maple syrup-infused” batch and another made from wild apples. “We have a big deck and tasting room with spectacular views overlooking West Bay, Power Island and our orchards,” says Mark. On-tap cider will be available by the glass, half-growler and growler.

Partners Deven Larrance and Joel Mulder – who operate a “100 percent organic” hops farm in Leelanau County – are in the midst of constructing Crooked Barn Brewing on East Harrys Road. “We were looking for a way to do some value-added products for our hops,” explains Larrance. While still 6-12 months out from brewing beer, Crooked Barn now has a cold-brewed, nitrogen-tapped coffee called Hoppin' Java on tap at Mackinaw Brewing Company. “It’s on draft like a beer and hopped like a beer, but it’s 100 percent alcohol-free,” says Larrance. “It’s coffee with a taste of stout.”

Some area restaurants are also closing their doors. Full Moon Pizza Company on East Front Street is no longer operational as of July 11, and Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders has shuttered its location on Munson Avenue (Luigi’s). However, pizza will soon return to the site: That’sa Pizza co-owner Joe Settle confirms to The Ticker the company has purchased the building and will be opening its fourth location there in “early September.”

Retail
On the retail front, Ohio-based real estate firm OnSite Retail Group has purchased the former Sound Room building at 3275 South Airport Road. Sources familiar with the deal say Men’s Warehouse is planning to relocate its operations to the 4,000 square-foot building from Grand Traverse Mall across the street.

Men’s and women’s clothing will also be available at the newly opened Evergreen Consignment on Cherry Bend Road in the former Norris Elementary School building. Owner Jaffe Rae Davis says the store carries “everything from practical to pretty,” including furniture, housewares, jewelry, sporting goods and specialty items like camping gear and canning supplies. The store is open Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm.

In health and beauty news, after Blooming Lotus Yoga & Wellness closed June 28, Zumba instructor Karen McLain has opened her own Interlochen studio, Cake Fitness, at 2500 M-137. Classes are available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm, and Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 9:30am. Drop-ins are $7, with a six-class pack available for $30 or 11-pack for $50.

TC’s Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center is also expanding. Traverse Beauty Bar – which will offer “brow sculpting and skincare services” – is slated to open soon at 101 North Park Street. A company representative said the project is still “in the build-out” stage but did not provide an official open date.

Finally, One of A Kind Cycle at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons is closing its doors. A message on the company’s Facebook page Saturday said that due to an “out-of-state opportunity,” the bike shop will be closing permanently. “We wish to thank you for all the support, kindness, and fun we have had over the last four years,” the message stated.

Century 21 Northland Enhances Service & Security for Clients

As Always Century 21 Northland is ahead of the curve in using the most enhanced technology to better serve their clients and customers. The most recent addition to the Northland family of tools is an electronic document/ signature program called Dotloop.  This incredible tool allows for all documents ( listing agreements, addendums, price changes, purchase agreements etc.) to be handled electronically with all parties involved in a transaction from anywhere you have an internet signal. With a simple email address all parties are assigned appropriately (buyer, seller, agents etc) and with a simple click on a mouse or your smart phone you can initial and sign documents in the designated locations in just seconds and submit back to the agent(s) involved.   So even multiple parties in multiple locations can handle with ease in just minutes! No coordinating schedules, no driving to the house or office, no faxing, no having to scan and email!

 In addition to the ease and speed Century 21 Northland is committed to the security of their clients information and all documents associated with your transaction are hosted on this very secure site for 7 years and all parties will have full access to their documents for those 7 years.  Looking down the road to next years tax season and need a document for your accountant, need to refresh your memory on any detail of your transaction.....it is there 24/7/365 for your access for 7 years! 

See attachments to this post for more information on Dotloop.  

If you are thinking of buying or selling please contact Jon Becker - Century 21 Northland anytime for a free consultation!  

Jon Becker  - Associate Broker

Quality Service Award 2009-2014

ABR,SFR, Green

231-342-5401

jon@c21jb.com

www.c21jb.com

 

Heat Wave Sweeps Through Housing Market
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Read more: 10 Housing Markets Fueled by Job Growth

The housing market is getting hotter this summer, according to a preliminary analysis of June data from realtor.com®.

The median list price nationwide in June rose 7 percent year-over-year, reaching $233,000. The median days on the market is 66 days, also down 7 percent year-over-year. Also, inventories are growing faster -- 4 percent higher in June over May, but still down over last year. 

"Our early read of real estate trends in June suggests good news ahead for the U.S. residential real estate market, especially in the hottest markets with healthy growth in supply," says Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com® chief economist.

Traffic and searches on realtor.com® continued to set new highs in June. Unique users for June are now on pace for at least a 40 percent growth year-over-year and visits and searches at realtor.com® are expected to surge more than 50 percent and 30 percent, respectively, Smoke says. 

Source: "The 20 Hottest U.S. Real Estate Markets in June 2015," realtor.com® (June 29, 2015)

Economists Pinpoint Housing Inventory Shortage Causes
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Inventories of homes for-sale remain low due to home owners staying put and homebuilders still keeping supplies tight, economists said during a panel discussion at the National Association of Real Estate Editors' annual conference.

Read moreWhy Inventory Problems Aren't Going Away

Homes listed for resale in May were at a 5.1-month supply at the current sales pace. Most economists consider a supply of six to seven months supply to be balanced and healthy for the market. 

Economists at the National Association of Real Estate Editors' annual conference pointed to several factors that are preventing sellers from putting their homes up for sale. Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of REALTORS®, blamed the bulk of the inventory shortage on the lack of new construction.

"We will still have an inventory shortage if builders won't build," Yun said. "It is just simple math."

Other economists during the panel also said the persistent lack of equity four years into the housing recovery for a large number of home owners continues to prevent many would-be sellers. About 5 million homes in the U.S. -- or 10 percent -- are underwater, valued at less than the mortgage. 

Also, some home owners may be reluctant to sell partly because they refinanced in recent years at interest rates of less than 4 percent and they don't want to give up those low rates, says Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic's chief economist. 

The economists also noted a significant increase in single-family homes being offered for rent that have dented the overall supply of homes for-sale too. Nothaft estimates that since the downturn investors have purchased 3 million single-family homes and converted them into rentals. 

Other economists at the session also noted that stringent mortgage standards, prohibitive land costs, and limited lending to small builders was also prompting a lower supply of homes for sale. 

Source: "Economists Assign Blame for Housing Shortage," The Wall Street Journal (June 26, 2015)

 

Totally update/ Almost everything NEW, 3 BR 1483 Sq.ft., $145,000

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3 BR 1483 sq.ft.,10 Mins. to towns

• 1,483 sq. ft., 1 bath, 3 bdrm 3-level split - MLS $145,000 - Almost Everything is New!

 -  Totally updated & impeccably maintained only 10 Mins. from Traverse City, Kingsley & Buckley and near State Land set on low traffic no through traffic street and large .60 acre lot with 40 acre common area. Home features 3 BR w/large master with his and hers closets, bath w/new fixtures, Corian vanity top, mold/mildew free tile/grout, new hardwood stairs, brand new stainless appliances, washer/dryer, brand new water softener, new interior paint and flooring, new sliding glass door to the new $4000 partly covered back deck with viewings of deer and wildlife, new top soil & lawn, garden, bon fire pit, new sidewalks, drive drain, & garage service door, new landscaping, new fixtures, bright open floor plan. Sellers are even including like new 24" snow blower and riding mower, push mower & weed whacker! Just Bring your personal belongings move in and relax & enjoy!

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3 BR Ranch, Stick Built, 2.5 Acres, near State Land and Lakes $99,900

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Near State Land & Several Lakes

• 960 sq. ft., 1 bath, 3 bdrm ranch - MLS $99,900 - Stick Built under 100k

 -  Seeking Privacy? Welcome to your 3 BR 1 bath newer home set on 2.50 very private wooded acres and only 1/2 mile from tons of state land and 5-10 min. drive to several lakes and towns. Home features wood and tile floors, new carpeting, open floor plan, main floor laundry, deck, fire pit, storage shed and appliances. Immediate possession at closing. All for under 100k. Should qualify for 0 down financing.

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Traverse City Recreational (TART) Trails expand further

Commissioners Tab Boardman Lake Trail

June 9, 2015
Commissioners Tab Boardman Lake Trail

Traverse City commissioners identified the completion of a five-mile trail loop around Boardman Lake as a top priority in a Monday night study session devoted to public projects in the lake district.

Jean Derenzy, Grand Traverse County Deputy Director of Planning and Development, outlined three public projects from a 2000 Boardman Lake Brownfield Plan that have yet to be completed. Derenzy asked for input about which projects should be prioritized and whether the city wanted to bond or borrow money to complete them -- or wait for tax increment financing (TIF) dollars to be captured to cover the costs.

The projects include a new $2.2 million street – commonly referred to as Boardman Lake Avenue – that would hug the lake from Fourteenth Street to Eighth Street, alleviating traffic on those roads as well as Cass and Union Streets. The plan also calls for the $3.6 million extension of the Boardman Lake Trail between Fourteenth Street and Logan’s Landing, which would complete the lake’s trail loop, as well as a $1.7-$2.5 million relocation of a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) railroad wye at Fourteenth Street. Moving the wye would free up the “largest piece of undeveloped land in the city,” according to Mayor Michael Estes.

A majority of commissioners expressed support for finishing the Boardman Lake Trail first. “The trail completion is the first priority for me,” said Commissioner Gary Howe. “There is a fundamental rule if you build more trails, you’re going to get a more active public.” Commissioner Tim Werner agreed. “All of these (projects)….I see as investments for the city and evaluate them as such. Economic activity follows with the trails.”

Several commissioners, however, proposed approaching Garfield Township about helping cover costs for the last segment of the trail, which would primarily fall within township boundaries. “Isn’t there also an economic value to Garfield Township to build this trail?” asked Commissioner Jim Carruthers. “Shouldn’t they participate a little bit more than they are?”

Derenzy indicated township trustees had expressed a willingness to consider covering maintenance costs for the trail, which Estes pointed out could total $1.5 million over the next two decades, and were also open to discussing construction costs. Commissioners expressed support for continuing negotiations with the township, and also asked to revisit the trail design – which Derenzy said was challenged by steep slopes and missing property easements – to see if costs could be further reduced.

“I’m very much in favor of…figuring out if there’s a way to back it off the lake and steep slopes a little bit and reduce the costs somewhat, so maybe we can get it done this century,” said Commissioner Barbara Budros. City Engineer Tim Lodge affirmed that the last trail stretch would overlap “more difficult areas to construct in” that were also more environmentally sensitive. Staff agreed to research more design options and present those to commissioners at a future meeting.

Commission enthusiasm was more muted for the proposed Boardman Lake Avenue. While a 2011 study showed the new corridor would reduce traffic on surrounding streets by 30-35 percent, its proposed design and location has gone through numerous iterations that left commissioners confused over whether the road would function as a neighborhood street or a high-speed bypass. “We’ve been talking about this road for close to 30 years, and it changes as the wind blows,” said Carruthers. “Every time we talk about it, I get more confused about what we need to do.” Commissioners supported a request by Budros to “see what the latest plan is for Boardman Lake Avenue” before deciding how to proceed with that project.

Finally, Derenzy said her department was researching options for possible sites to relocate the railroad wye at Fourteenth Street. Derenzy said MDOT has tentatively agreed to an “equal play” deal, meaning if the city pays for the relocation and a new site for the wye, the city can take ownership of the land the wye sits on now. Estes said the city could explore housing opportunities on the Fourteenth Street property, which he called “a possible boon” for new development. Identified relocation sites for the wye include a city-owned parcel on south Cass Street, which would require wetland mitigation, or other possible properties east of city limits, said Derenzy.

Commissioners held off making any financing decisions – including whether they want to borrow funds for projects and pay the loans back with brownfield reimbursements, or wait until TIF dollars to come in – until they decide how to proceed with all three projects. The board is expected to revisit the project list once staff research is completed by the end of this summer.

Traverse City gets a New City Manager

Meet Your New City Manager

June 1, 2015
Meet Your New City Manager

Marty Colburn is set to become City Manager for the City of Traverse City, leaving behind the same job in Mason, Mich. We caught up with him by phone about his impressions of the city, thoughts about the job, and how hard it's been finding a house here.

Ticker: First of all, congratulations. What are the next steps in leaving your current job and starting here?
Colburn:
Right now there's a lot on my mind in terms of transitioning…number of activities here [in Mason] to properly turn over, like signature authorities to whomever the interim will be. And of course I’m still on a learning curve about Traverse City, so I’m spending time researching and speaking to people.

I’ll be having a discussion with the city council here Monday. I have a 60-day clause in my current contract, but I’ll be requesting an amendment to leave early.

Ticker: And I understand you’re experiencing our real estate boom as you look for a place to live in Traverse City?
Colburn:
Yes, I’ve been looking both online and speaking to people. I’m driving up this evening to look around and follow up on a few places. Yeah, it’s the great time of year for real estate, but in terms of finding a place to live, it’s been challenging so far.

Ticker: Tell us about your family.
Colburn:
My wife and I just had our 25th anniversary. We don’t have children, but we do have pets. My wife is thrilled with our move. It’s a brand new chapter for us.

Ticker: And what’s your history or experience with Traverse City?
Colburn:
I’ve been up there a number of times visiting for long weekend vacations and enjoying the up north and its natural beauty. But of course what I’m coming up for is what I do and what I know best: To provide services and support to the community there.

Ticker: Recognizing you’re not even on the job yet, what’s at the top of your agenda?
Colburn:
One item is to get familiarized with the staff and operations. It’s also construction season, so I need to understand the intracacies of all the things now underway. I think another priority is to understand the operations of what I’ll call the ‘sister’ units like Light & Power and the DDA and how we work together on different services.

Ticker: Any insights into your work style?
Colburn:
I want to meet with all the department heads and the commissioners and then also other key service providers such as director of Light & Power, the DDA, the chamber, the convention & visitors bureau and ramp-up on the projects we work together on. But I also like to reach out and go to meetings to make myself available to people around the community so they can recognize my face.

Ticker: What will the people of Mason say about you after sixteen years on the job there?
Colburn:
Well we’ve juggled a lot of projects and worked hard and long. I think I’ve been available, and I’ve been able to work well with a number of different organizations. I’d say I’ve worked very well with the business community particularly; they need to interface with government in numerous fashions, and I’ve been very supportive of the business community particularly in our historic downtown. We had several aging buildings, and we were able to get reinvestments to save those buildings and create more usable space for commercial, residential, and retail.

Ticker: Any idea at this early stage what might be one of the more challenging parts of this new job?
Colburn:
Well, finances often are a big part of some of the most adversarial issues, not only where to find the dollars to make projects work, but also how to best spend them. That’s often where diverse opinions will range, and part of my job is to pull together the staff and resources to make things happen.

Ticker: The previous city manager felt his role was more in support of the commission’s goals and interests as opposed to being out in front of things. How do you see your role?
Colburn:
I’ll be able to say more as I better understand the culture of the organization but to be candid, I think it is the role of the city manager -- once he’s identified the issues – to point them out to the commission and community with possible solutions, and have an active discussion to work through the priorities.

80 Wooded Acres, State Land on 3 sides ONLY $99,500

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State Land 3 Side, Snowmobile/ATV Trails

•  lot / land - MLS $99,500 - 80 Wooded Acres

 -  80 Heavily wooded acres with tons of road frontage on 2 roads and surrounded on 3 sides by thousands of acres of state land, splits may be available. Short drive to Boardman & Manistee rives, Fife Lake, Kingsley, Traverse City, Kalkaska, Cadillac with highly rated Kingsley schools. Perfect for the up north getaway ( camping, hunting, hiking, snow mobiles /ATV-trails right out your door) or year round home in the heart of nature, peace & quiet and wildlife. Currently in conservancy making taxes only approx. $100 per year- all or part may be removed if desired after purchase.

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Traverse City Considering Pool Millage

County Will Consider Pool Millage

May 27, 2015
County Will Consider Pool Millage

Do Grand Traverse County residents still want a public swimming pool?

That’s the question commissioners will discuss tonight (Wednesday), which could eventually lead to a ballot proposal. Chairwoman Christine Maxbauer tells The Ticker she wants to ask fellow board members whether they’d support a millage request for the Easling Pool at the county-owned Civic Center.

“Before the Parks and Recreation board goes through all the work (to study a millage proposal), I want to know if the county board is willing to put the question on the ballot,” says Maxbauer. “I would like to ask Grand Traverse County residents: Is this a service you want the county to continue to provide?”

The Easling Pool – which has faced escalating maintenance and utility costs and declining revenues over the last decade – has been a recurring target for possible funding cuts and/or closure in annual county budget discussions. The county’s 2015 budget shows a loss of roughly $76,000 at the pool, though Maxbauer notes that when monthly utilities, maintenance repairs and labor are factored in, the facility has “historically lost between $200,000 and $300,000 a year.”

“The pool was built in 1970…and we’ve got equipment in there that when you need to replace parts, you literally have to go on eBay to find them,” says Maxbauer. “We have an HVAC system…where during the winter, they prop open the exit door, suck cold air over the warm water and then up through a vent in the ceiling with a fan on it. That’s how they circulate air. The equipment has not been kept up.”

Further compounding issues is that the Easling Pool is no longer the only indoor aquatics option for locals. With the opening of the new Grand Traverse Bay YMCA in 2014 – which features an eight-lane competition pool, deep-end diving well and training pool – Maxbauer says swimmers have been “voting with their feet and their dollars” in support of the more modern facility.

“As memberships are terminating at Easling, (users) are moving to the Y,” she says, citing groups like the Traverse City Breakers Swim Club and Special Olympics that have switched facilities in the last year. “So I think it’s a fair question to ask the community: Do you want to keep this pool?”

A 1997 Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation millage request – which included a proposed $9.4 million recreation center with new swimming facilities – was overwhelmingly defeated at the polls by a more than 3-1 margin. This time around, Maxbauer says she’d like the county to request a modest mill increase focused exclusively on the Easling Pool.

“I’m not going to ask to include Howe Arena or a recreation center or a parking lot,” she says. “Voters need to have a clear understanding of what they’re voting for. But the fact is…we cannot continue to bleed red ink at Easling Pool unless we involve voters in that discussion.”

The discussion foreshadows the types of funding priorities county commissioners will seek public input on as part of the board’s new results-based budgeting process. Explains Maxbauer: “On the horizon, we face an $8 million annual payment toward our unfunded pension liability. That’s 20 percent of our general fund budget. We have to focus on what we’re going to keep, and what is valuable to the community. Do you want to keep 3.5 road patrol deputies, or do you want a swimming pool?”

Based on the county’s debt and those type of looming prioritization decisons, the chairwoman says, “if the pool is going to remain open…I believe this is the only way it’s going to happen.”

4 BR 3 Bath, 2 car garage, 3418 sq ft. , high end finishes, 76 Acres $299,000

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76 Acres, Near Lake, Highways, Towns

• 3,418 sq. ft., 3 bath, 4 bdrm 2 story - $299,000 - 4 BR 3 Bath 3400+ sq. ft.

 -  Do you desire lots of elbow room inside & out? Check out this 3400+ sq. ft. 4 Bedroom , 3 bath newer home set on 76 acres with splits available and tons of road frontage on 2 roads. Home has all been built since 2006/2007 and boasts bright open floor plan with many high end features including tile & birch hardwood floors, Moen & Kohler fixtures, custom made Cherry cabinets, custom maple island w/bar stools, high end stainless appliances, custom built in Cherry entertainment centers, main floor laundry, large foyer/mud room, main floor master suite with programmable air jacuzzi tub, shower stall, and private deck access + option for the upper level (just completed in 2015) to be a complete second master suite with sitting area or office or a great space for guest or kids play area. The lower level is only partially underground so all rooms have egress windows and includes huge family/rec. room custom tile ( marble look) flooring & gas marble fireplace wired for TV/entertainment to mount above, plus custom cedar bath and pre-programmable sauna with mood lighting & music.
Property also includes small koi pond, fenced dog kennel, horse/livestock barn, 2 storage sheds, previous organic gardens that could be revived if desired, and tremendous country side views and Munro Lake approx. 1 mile away! All located just off I-75 and less than 10 minutes. to US-131 for easy access to Cheboygan, Gaylord, Mackinaw, Petoskey, Indian River. A tremendous package for the $$$.

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New Food Trucks, Retail Shops: The Latest In Traverse City

New Food Trucks, Retail Shops: The Latest In Traverse City

May 20, 2015
New Food Trucks, Retail Shops: The Latest In Traverse City

It’s almost high season for shoppers and diners in Traverse City, and businesses are ready. The Ticker brings you the latest:

New Eats
The latest news about restaurants is being driven by food trucks, both at The Little Fleet on Front Street and at an all-new "food truck park" popping up soon.

The Little Fleet has welcomed seven permanent food trucks to its lot for the upcoming outdoor dining season. Two of them are new: Daily Blend (opening this weekend) and White On Rice.

Daily Blend is the latest venture by local entrepreneur Troy Daily (TC Cycle Pub, TC Ale Trail and the Brew Bus) and wife Whitney. The “truck” was custom built in Oregon and is made to look like an old VW Westfalia bus. It will serve “blends and bowls,” says Troy Daily – hot bowls, salads, dips, smoothies and cold brew coffee. People can even “blend their own” smoothie or coffee drink by powering a bike blender – and can further personalize by adding a shot later.

Eric and Amy Kolden opened White On Rice after first introducing their sushi and Japanese classics over the winter at The Little Fleet.

New this summer, The Little Fleet will be showcasing a new and different truck every two weeks. That lineup includes: Sparks BBQ, Wings and Things, Betty’s Hot Dish, Pita Cruiser, Mi Fresh Start Food Truck, Food Baby, Happy’s Taco Shop.

Traverse City is also getting its second food truck “park” at the property slated for re-development across from the Open Space. Property owner Patti Mercer tells The Ticker she is in the process of lining up four to eight food trucks to operate across from the waterfront this summer. She says all the permitting is in place with the final electrical work being completed. It will open in and around the former Gilbert's building on Fri., May 29.

Finally, food truck fans looking for an adventure will find the Mary’s Asian Cuisine food truck parked at the Interlochen Farmers Market on some Sundays (9am-2pm) and at events around the area this summer.

In other food news, after a successful crowdfunding campaign that helped pave a planned move downtown to 120 S. Union (former home of House of Doggs), Edany BLT is staying put. Owners Eddie and Dani Walker tell The Ticker the move was "just too much" and they were also reluctant to lose the close contact they have with existing patrons.

"So we fixed up our location a little more, got some outdoor seating, picnic tables riverside and are planning on doing at least one free community pig roast out back behind our restaurant," the owners say.

Retail Roundup
Haystacks is opening a second location in downtown Traverse City at the former Cedar Creek Interiors in Old Town. Renovation work is underway, confirms General Manager Kelly Florip, with plans to be open by early to mid-June. It will offer a full line of Haystacks Brand items and a room for clearance items.

“We fell in love with Old Town and thought that they needed more businesses on that end of town,” says Florip, who adds the original Front Street location will be unchanged.

Michigan Artists Gallery is leaving Suttons Bay after 19 years and relocating to the 300 block of E. Front Street, across from the Larry C. Hardy Parking Deck. Owner Sue Ann Round says she will miss Suttons Bay, but recently moved back to Traverse City and is eager to get back to her roots, where she also anticipates more year-round business.

“Bryan Crough used to beg us to move the gallery to downtown, so I feel him smiling on this move,” Round says, adding that she’s targeting a mid- to late June opening.

Round adds that the building is challenging in terms of both the exterior and interior but she’s excited about “putting a pop into that block” by working with artists on the remodel.

The French Cat is now open at 544 E. Eighth Street, offering feline-exclusive grooming and boarding. Owner Kimberly Lawson is the only certified feline master groomer in northern Michigan.

Natural Life has opened in the Gallery of Shops at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme. This is the second store in the world for this brand, which sells casual clothing for girls and women, accessories, home décor and gifts. The company’s flagship store opened in Florida in January 2015. A grand opening is planned for this Sat., May 23.

Boardman River Browsers will open in mid-July at the former location of Auntie Pasta’s at Logan’s Landing. Vince Amroian, owner of the building as well as the adjacent Vince’s Fine Jewelers, is opening an auction house offering a “downsizing” venue to people selling homes and others with furniture and other goods. Amroian says he will both buy direct and do consignment deals.