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…

Lights in 3…2…1…

Halloween is over, it snowed and so that means it’s time for Christmas. You have probably noticed crews from both the City and our contractor, Scott’s Tree Service, hanging decorations and readying our City for the holidays. Tonight – the switch officially flips and the lights go on. It is the generosity and funding from…

See you at the polls

3,951 of you will determine the fate of the City. Sounds like a heavy responsibility doesn’t it? It is. That’s the total number of registered voters with the City of Frankenmuth. As of 4 pm November 5 – which is the last time you can apply for an absentee ballot – the City of Frankenmuth…

What it’s like to live in ‘Muth

I’m sure people have asked you this before – “what is it really like to live in Frankenmuth?” It can be difficult to answer simply. But sometimes pictures speak louder than words. Halloween this year I think provides the answer to what life can be like in the ‘muth. The weather was perfect, City officers…

You’re totally part of a NORC

NORCs are a phenomena that are found across the United States. NORC stands for “naturally occurring retirement community.” I’m not making this up – the concept has been around for a number of years. By definition, a NORC is a neighborhood or community in which 40% or more of homeowners or renters are 65 years…

Why leaf pickup season is the worst

Without a doubt I think that leaf pick up is a great convenience. I would hazard a guess that it’s something the majority of residents like. But for the City, it is a struggle. We love our trees (we are a Tree City and we have about one tree for each man, woman and child…

October is National Planning Month

You may not realize it, but community planning has a big impact on us all. From where we live, to the type of home we live in, to the streets and sidewalks we use, planning plays a vital role in our every day life. Unfortunately, few people understand the planning process or know that they…

Everything you need to know about absentee voting

Absentee voting is available to registered voters in Michigan who meet certain conditions: age 60 years old or older unable to vote without assistance at the polls expecting to be out of town on election day in jail awaiting arraignment or trial unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons appointed to work as…