Historic Courthouse- Onaway City Hall & Library
20774 State St.
The City of Onaway exists as a Home Rule City within the State of Michigan. Onaway was incorporated as a village in 1899, and as a City in 1901. Onaway operates via a Council/Manager style of government.

A mayor and four city commissioners are elected to oversee the City’s operations. A city manager is appointed and employed by the commission to handle the City’s day-to-day business. The manager oversees all other City employees.

City charter. The City operates within the laws of the State of Michigan through its municipal charter. A copy of the Onaway City Charter is attached hereto.

City commission. The duties of the mayor/city commission are outlined in the city charter. The Onaway City Commission meets the first and third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Bios of the mayor and commissioners are attached hereto.

City manager. The duties of the city manager are outlined in the city charter. A bio of the current Onaway City Manager is here and a more detailed description of his duties are attached hereto.

City clerk/treasurer. The duties of the clerk/treasurer are outlined in the city charter. A bio of the current Onaway clerk/treasurer  is here and a more detailed description of her duties are attached hereto.  The city clerk has two assistants, who serve on an "as needed" basis.

City attorney. The duties of the city attorney are outlined in the city charter. A bio of the Onaway city attorney is attached hereto.

Assessor/board of review. The Onaway board of review meets each year in July, December, and March - when taxpayers can come in to question or argue their assessments. The
current city assessor and review board can be viewed Here.

Public works. The DPW is responsible for the operation of the City’s water and sanitary sewer systems, as well as the maintenance of its street system, parks, and other properties.

Public safety. Onaway contracts with the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement. The City and two neighboring townships operate the Onaway Area Fire Department, while the City and seven townships operate Onaway Area Ambulance Service

The Budget. The city commission is required by charter to adopt, and operate within, an annual budget. The City’s fiscal year extends from April 1 through March 31. A copy of the fiscal year current budget is attached here and the balance sheet is here.
Here you will find information about how your city government works, who works for the City of Onaway, Tax & Zoning information as well as other information about Onaway City Government. For convenience, some internal links on this page, can also be found on the main menu of our website.
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