No need to speed

Almost 18 months ago, the City was contacted by residents on Ardussi Street who were concerned about speeding in their neighborhood – so much so that they collected petitions requesting installation of stop signs to help slow traffic. After the City received the petitions, we met with residents to explain why we would not install…

A non emergency still warrants a 911 call

Earlier this week, a very smart friend of mine sent me a text message and asked for the non-emergency number for the police. We don’t have one. I know years ago, many communities had non emergency numbers. That’s just not the case any more. But there’s a bigger message here. My friend texted me because…

There’s no school like the old school

Last year when the City had to issue a boil water advisory, I learned quickly how important it is to use every channel possible to communicate. A few days after we were able to lift the advisory, an older woman came into the City office. She wanted to know if she could drink the water…

An Open Letter about all this rain

Depending on whose rain gauge you look at, the City of Frankenmuth has received about 12 inches of rain in 17 days. According to the weather forecast we are supposed to get more. We have been praying for dry weather. While it’s been rainy, we’ve had three weather events (May 25, June 1 and June…

Where do you put all your stuff?

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Frankenmuth residents like to keep their yards and homes organized. One of the things that was most striking to me is how difficult the City can make it to store all your stuff. We have one of the most restrictive zoning ordinances when it comes to accessory…

Many hands make light work

Frankenmuth has a strong volunteer history. In fact, more than once I’ve said that we are a “barn building” kind of community – when something needs to be done – everyone finds a way to help. I’ve been approached a few times in the past year or so about people who would be interested in…

For Valentine’s Day we hope you’ll give us your number

We don’t want chocolate or flowers for Valentine’s day. What we really want is to help keep you safe. If you’re looking to give a gift, register for emergency notification. The City has access to the Saginaw County Emergency Notification system. If you are not signed up (and you may not be) please visit this…

Opting out – Recreational marijuana and the City

By now you’re probably aware that Michigan voters passed Proposal 1 – which permits recreational marijuana. In the City of Frankenmuth, residents voted down Proposal 1 by a margin of almost two to one (November 2018; yes = 996, no = 1919). There has been a lot of press recently about communities who are choosing…

Why we’re not excited it might be 50 degrees on Monday

While subzero temperatures were no cakewalk, temperatures rapidly swinging the other way make us very nervous. When temperatures flip flop from -25 to 50, they act like a hammer to infrastructure. Everything from water mains to roads to sidewalks are impacted. For streets, the cooling and then heating of the pavement causes it to expand,…