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…

On Tacos and Shopping Local

I would like to take credit for the new Taco Bell. I would like to because I have this mental image that high schoolers everywhere have been celebrating my name  – thinking that I have single handedly delivered a Taco Bell. I would like to say I alone can make that happen. But I can’t….

Summer Summer time…

It’s officially the first day of summer. Days are long. You actually see your neighbors out – washing the car, cutting the grass, going for walks. It’s one of my favorite times in Frankenmuth and it has nothing to do with the heat. It has everything to do with the “more” – the more interaction,…

We want you!

Are you looking to fill your Tuesday evenings with stimulating discussion, lively debates about finance, forecasting and forward thinking? Think you have great ideas for what we could do in town? Always wanted to be a politician but didn’t want to be part of the Washington establishment? We have just the job for you!  The…

Overheard

There’s a City not far from here that is conducting an “image survey.” I have some friends who shared their thoughts about the survey and their town.  Their comments weren’t all glowing but they were heartfelt and genuine.  Most importantly they, as residents, took the time to share what they thought could make their City…

Once upon a time…

If you know me, chances are you know I’m not the hopeless romantic type. I don’t fancy myself the type of person who would need (or want ) rescuing. So I was as surprised as any one when (a long long time ago) I decided that I wanted to be a princess. The ability to…

Mad props to us

Last week, the City of Frankenmuth hosted representatives from the City of Hastings for Mayor Exchange. The event is designed to help us learn first hand how communities of similar size tackle issues, address challenges and find solutions. We have always come away from a community learning something new. However, selfish as this sounds, my…

Are weeds noxious, obnoxious or both?

By definition a weed is any plant growing where it’s not desired. What I may pull out of my garden, you may cultivate. But what we are talking about here is less philosophical and more objective. Each spring the City publishes a weed control public notice. This year it was published in the Frankenmuth News…

No one needs to bowl alone.

In 2001 Robert Putnam wrote a book  called “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of the American Community.”  The book focuses on social capital. This is what makes it possible for people with different opinions to work together for the greater good.  When people stop acting and interacting with each other, there’s an impact on…

White picket fences.

  Yesterday, I saw this picture posted on the City’s Police Department Facebook page. It’s baseball and apple pie. It’s even a little Mayberry.   Neighborhoods where people look out for one another. It’s what we wanted when we decided to buy a house here. I think it’s easy for us to say that we are blessed…