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…

What's going on in the cockpit

I don’t like to fly. Back before September 11, sometimes when I would fly, the door to the cockpit would be open. It always made my flight better because I could see the pilots. It’s not like I know how to pilot a plane – but it was comforting to know that they were there…

An ounce of prevention…

is worth a pound of cure – or at least that’s what Benjamin Franklin said. Today, I hope nothing more than that our Public Works and Water Recovery crews have wasted their time. Because that means our winter storm warnings were blown out of proportion. However, given the events of the past year, we are…

Did we even have a fall?

If you enjoy crisp autumn mornings and warm fall days, this has not been your year. And now, on November 11, we are dealing with our first winter storm. Even without our predicted 4-7 inches of snow today, we were already behind on leaf pick up. The cold and west weather the past month has…

Happy birthday!

Today, at 12:01 am, the City turned 60. A lot has happened since then. It was 1959 – Alaska and Hawaii were officially admitted to the United States. Ben Hur was the big movie release. The Twillight Zone premiered on TV. And the City of Frankenmuth was brand new. Except that it wasn’t. Frankenmuth was…

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…