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…

Put our money where your project is

It’s almost the end of the construction season so that means that we are planning next year’s work. By state law, the City is required to assemble and adopt a five year capital improvements plan (CIP). We have been working on making this plan less of a wish list, and more of a to do…

730

Today I’ve been officially working for you for two years. Depending on the day, it either seems much longer than that, or much shorter. I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you. Typical tenure for a City Manager in the US is somewhere between three and five years. In some communities, if…

A different kind of infrastructure

As a City we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about infrastructure. It’s the constant maintenance and the little things that happen incrementally that help make our community so wonderful. But there is a different kind of infrastructure that is at play in our fair city – social infrastructure – the health, wellness…

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…