The City of Midland Department of Public Services (DPS) wants to see you shake it: your mailbox, that is!
As the winter season rapidly approaches in mid-Michigan, DPS is gearing up to provide snow removal services to City streets. Due to the weight and force of snow and ice being plowed, mailbox posts that are worn, rotted, or placed too close to the roadway can be damaged or destroyed.
To ensure your mailbox’s safety, DPS recommends that residents shake their boxes and posts to see if they move, wobble, or fall over, as well as inspect posts for any damage or decay. Posts that move or have wood damage should be replaced to prevent issues during the winter plowing season.
If you need to install a new mailbox post, please refer to the United States Postal Service (USPS) requirements at https://www.usps.com/manage/mailboxes.htm.
For questions or additional information on the City of Midland’s snow removal service, contact DPS at 989-837-6900 or visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/snowremoval.
As Midland moves into autumn, the City of Midland reminds residents to help keep our local waterways clean and free of garbage and pollutants.
In addition to being a violation of the City’s Code of Ordinances, dumping materials into waterways has the potential to harm the environment and increases the likelihood of overland flooding during rain or snow events.
Here are some tips for keeping our waterways flowing in tip-top shape:
Keep grass clippings and branches from accumulating in ditches or streams on or near your property.
For flood safety and Midland floodplain information, contact the City of Midland Planning Department at 989-837-3374. For information on catch basin maintenance, contact the Department of Public Services at 989-837-6900.
Residents can now request public water and sewer service and paving of gravel streets in City of Midland locations that currently do not have these amenities.
If there is a public improvement project of this nature that should be considered, Midland residents may submit a written request detailing the project to the City of Midland Engineering Department, 333 W. Ellsworth, Midland, MI 48640. Requests must be postmarked on or before November 1, 2020.
Once received, the Engineering Department estimates the cost for each requested project and prioritizes the list according to project feasibility and available funding. The list is then presented to Midland City Council at a regular meeting in December or January. Council then determines which projects receive highest priority and determines if funding is to be allocated for those projects in a future fiscal year.
The City’s special assessment process is used to finance these improvements. In this process, adjacent property owners that benefit from the improvement primarily pay the cost of the project. The City may also participate in project costs for certain items depending on the type of project.
Due to expected budget constraints this year, very limited funding will be available for special assessment participation by the City. Also, project requests that require significant City participation will not be considered unless the developer proposes to finance the project initially by participating in the advance payment process.
Routine street or sidewalk maintenance requests may be submitted to the Department of Public Services at any time during the year.
For questions or further information, please contact the Engineering Department at
The Midland City Clerk’s Office began mailing absentee ballots on Thursday, September 24 to registered voters who had previously requested and returned an absentee ballot application for the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election. Voters who already completed and returned their absentee ballot applications prior to September 18 should receive their absentee ballots in the mail by the end of this week. If you have submitted your completed application more recently, the Clerk’s office is processing your application now. You can track if your ballot has been mailed at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index.
Absentee ballots will arrive by mail in a white envelope with a blue stripe on the left side labeled “Official Absent Voter Ballot”. The envelope will contain the ballot and another white envelope with a green stripe on the left side which should be signed and used to return the completed ballot back to the City Clerk’s Office.
Voters may obtain an absentee ballot by submitting an application by mail to the Midland City Clerk’s Office, 333 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland, MI 48640; or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A request for absentee ballot form can be found at www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/absentee.
Absentee ballot applications will be processed in the order they are received and by precinct. To track if an application has been received, a ballot has been mailed, or if a ballot has been delivered back to the Clerk’s Office, visit the Michigan Voter Information Website (MVIC) found at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index. Voters are reminded that an application to vote by absentee ballot must be received for each election before an absentee ballot will be issued. Only one ballot will be issued per voter regardless of the number of applications submitted.
City of Midland voters can save postage and limit contact with others by dropping off their completed absentee ballots at one of two contactless official ballot drop boxes at City Hall. Drop boxes are located in the following locations:
· Inside the City Hall lobby, accessible from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and
· Outside the Larkin Street entrance to City Hall, accessible 24/7
Voters should not use the payment drop box inside the doors of City Hall to return absentee ballot applications and ballots as they will not fit and may become damaged and unable to be processed.
Completed absentee ballots should be received by the City Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted on Election Day. The City Clerk’s Office recommends allowing 2 weeks’ mailing time for returning voted ballots by mail. Return postage of 70 cents is required to mail back an absentee ballot.
Following the passage of Proposal 3, all registered Michigan voters are now eligible to vote by absentee ballot for any reason in any election. For questions or more information on how to obtain an absentee ballot, visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/clerk or contact the Midland City Clerk’s Office at 989-837-3310 or email@example.com.