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,…

Is recycling important to you?

I know I talk a lot of trash. Today I want to talk about recycling. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but recycling fees have increased by about $1 a month.  Recycling fees around the country have skyrocketed recently. I want to explain how our trash, yard waste and recycling program works, the challenges we…

Why do we do that? Water Main Break Edition

I am going to preface this post by telling you it’s really long. But I think, especially in light of how often water infrastructure is in the news and in the light of our own boil water issue this summer, this is interesting and important information. I’ll also tell you that this really is just…

New Year, New Council

This evening at City Council, Frankenmuth swore in a new Mayor and three new Council members. It’s exciting. It’s a lot of change. I have always been a proponent of change – I believe when you’re ripe, you’re rotting. We (as organizations, as government, as individuals) should always try to better ourselves and the world…

41 years of Service

Everyone says that public service is a thankless job. You usually only hear from people when they have a complaint. You must make difficult and unpopular decisions for the greater good. You are subject to more public scrutiny and held to higher level of standard than most people. Mayor Gary Rupprecht proudly served the City…

Spend your money wisely

Tomorrow is “Shop Small Saturday.” Though I have known about the event for a number of years, I didn’t truly appreciate what it can mean until I learned a valuable lesson from my daughter Grace. (There are dozens of reasons it benefits the community and you can read more about it here.) She has worked…