Sometimes what we think will work, doesn’t

Although government usually doesn’t advertise it, sometimes our solutions aren’t as effective as we hope. A few months ago, City staff recommended some changes to parking orders – which is what makes “no parking” signs and other such traffic control items, possible. One of the requests that the City made was to install additional no…

Don’t flush that!

I first heard the term”fatberg” about a year ago when there was a giant one stuck beneath London (you can read about it here).  This morning, the Detroit Free Press had a more local story about a Michigan-made fatberg in Livonia.  What is a fatberg?  It is as disgusting and horrifying as it sounds. It is…

We all could do more

On Tuesday, September 4, City Council adopted a resolution that recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month. Normally I’m not a big believer in  governments passing resolutions on things that they can’t control. However, in this case, I think we all could do more. As City Manager I am privy to some reports that most people…

Sideways

Last Friday things went sideways. I want to take a minute to say three things sincerely: I’m sorry, thank you and we need your help. It has been a long weekend. The water advisory that was put into place was not something that we take lightly.  We know that it impacts business and your daily…

Luck favors the prepared.

Afternoons like this are deceiving. It’s warm. There’s a breeze blowing. The sky is blue. And there is a flash-flood watch. I like to think that I am not an over-reactor. But I am probably an over-prepare-er. And I want you to be one too. Tonight’s weather forecast looks dicey – especially the late evening….

Low Key – Local Party

We had a wildly successful event last night. It didn’t make the news. Thousands of people didn’t come. It’s not trending on social media. I couldn’t be happier. Last night, thanks to the work of the St. John’s Church, Police, Fire and Parks and Recreation Departments, the first “touch a truck” event was a success….

Why do you do that? – Sidewalk edition

My daughter, who is 15, asks a lot of questions. She always has. Some of the best ones are about the City and so I thought I’d share some of them here. Today’s topic is sidewalks. Why do you only replace small portions of the sidewalk at a time? The City’s goal is to ensure…

When is brush yard waste: a philosophical discussion

It’s brush chipping week this week. The brush chipper is scheduled only the first Monday of each month, April through December.  Sometimes our DPW crew sees random brush and goes to pick it up – because it’s unsightly. But this then creates a vicious cycle where other residents think it’s brush pick up and place…

Another thing to be proud of

In 2014, the last time Michigan had a gubernatorial primary, the average voter turn out for the state was 17.4%. The City of Frankenmuth has approximately 3900 registered voters. To date,  450 voters have turned in their absentee ballots or about 11.5%. That means that well before election day, the City of Frankenmuth is approaching…

Your taxes really do pay my salary

Throughout my career, if I had a dollar for every time someone told me that their tax dollars pay my salary, well, I’d have a lot of dollars. And it’s true. That’s why we are called “public servants” and that really is the way it should be. Sometimes though, it’s easy (just like in every…