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…

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…