Departments

Assessing 
The Assessor annualy provides the resident and property owners of Frankenmuth with fair and equitable assessments. They record, maintain and edit the status of each parcel of property in the City to determine if it qualifies for a principal residence exemption (PRE) for a portion of school tax. The office also analyzes deeds and affidavits on every transferred property within the City that would trigger an uncapping of taxable value in accordance with Proposal A. 

Contact: John Deterding, Assessor 989-652-9901, jdeterding@frankenmuthcity.com


Budget
The City Manager,  City Treasurer and staff present a budget annually to City Council for their adoption. By City Charter, the budget must be introduced in the spring and approved by WHAT. The City's fiscal year begin July 1. 

Contact: John Deterding, jdeterding@frankenmuthcity.com or Bridget Smith, (989) 652-9901, bsmith@frankenmuthcity.com


Building Codes Authority
The City of Frankenmuth is a partner with several other area communities in this Codes Authority. The group cooperatively works to provide building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing permit and plan reviews and inspections.  

Contact information:
Building Inspector: Mike Setzer, 989-652-3430 ext. 250
Plumbing and Mechanical Inspector: Merle West, 989-652-3430 ext 252
Electrical Inspector: Travis Cooper, 989-652-3430
General email: buildingcode@frankenmuthcity.com


Clerk

The City clerk is responsible for the dissemtion and preservation of offical City records, Freedom of Information Act responses, issuance of certain required licenses and permit. The Clerk also prepares the agendas and records and transcribes the minutes for the City Council. This office also administers federal, state and local elections and maints the records of all registered voters in the City. 

Contact: Phil Kerns, (989) 652-9901, pkerns@frankenmuthcity.com


Code Enforcement

Code enforcement involves a number of different activities and standards ranging from long grass and weeds, to property maintenance issues which may involve peeling paint or other general standards associated with disrepair.  If you have a concern please report it here.


 City Beautification Committee
The City Beautification Committee (CBC), a volunteer organization of the City of Frankenmuth, guides aesthetic enhancements within the City of Frankenmuth. The CBC is guided by its mission: "Using the community's human, natural and financial resources, rewarding the community and its visitors through positive year-round efforts." More information on the CBC is available here.



City Council

The residents of the City elect six people to City Council on a rotating basis, every two years. The Mayor is also elected every two years, by a vote of the people. City Council holds a monthly meeting, typically meeting the first Tuesday of every month. More information is available here.



City Manager
The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and works at their pleasure. It is a contracted position. The City Manager is reviewed each December. She is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the City including budget recommendations and preperation. You can contact her directly here



Downtown Development Authority

In 1986, the City of Frankenmuth created a Downtown Development Authority to provide for the economic well-being of its commercial core. Enabled by Michigan Public Act 197 of 1975, the DDA is empowered to plan, implement and promote economic growth within its district. The downtown development district includes the development-ready areas of Main Street (M83) and Weiss Street.

The DDA employs a full-time staff person to develop, execute and implement projects and programs of the DDA and provides staffing services to its sister organization, the Economic Development Corporation. Properties located within the DDA district pay an additional one mill towards support of this office. Find out more about the DDA here.


Economic Development Commission
The City’s commitment to development of a long-range economic plan supported the creation of, the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in 1999. The EDC focuses on the non-residential areas of the City of Frankenmuth and areas within the Urban Limit Line, a unique area defined by the Frankenmuth City Township Master Growth Plan. The EDC removes obstacles for businesses looking to invest in Frankenmuth.

The mission of the EDC is to vigorously and aggressively identify any means of enhancing and expanding the Frankenmuth economic base including:

  • Finding and encouraging the development of industrial and commercial sites, utilizing any public and private funding opportunities;
  • Encouraging the retention, expansion and updating of all existing business entities; and
  • Facilitating a business-friendly environment on the local government and community scene.

More information regarding the EDC is available here.


Fire
The Frankenmuth Fire Department was formed in 1904 and has proudly served the Frankenmuth Community since its inception. The Department is owned jointly by the City of Frankenmuth and Frankenmuth Township. The Department covers 42 square miles which includes Frankenmuth City, Frankenmuth Township, and a portion of neighboring Tuscola Township. 8,500 residents and over 2 million visitors a year are protected by the Department. The department is a volunteer department with 30 members.  More information is available here.



Historic Preservation District Commission


Parks and Recreation

he City offers 18 parks containing over 100 acres of land. Spend time with your friends and family in our parks creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of programs, throughout all seasons, for all ages. To register for recreational programs click here.

 


 Planning

Planning and zoning provides assistance to residents and businesses throughout the City. In addition to answering general questions, we also provide staffing assistance to the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Historic Preservation District Commission.

Most of the questions we receive from residents relate to property improvements. The most frequently asked questions are available here. Whenever there are questions about property improvements, there typically are questions about permits. Here are the most frequently asked permit questions.

For commercial or larger residential developments, whenever possible, please contact us to set a meeting with you and our staff to discuss your proposal in the conceptual stages to eliminate potential problems, minimize costs and discuss any questions you may have.  We have assembled information specific to commercial and other non-single family residential development here.

 


Police


Public Works

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is located at ADDRESS and is a seperate facility from the City Township Governmental Center. The DPW's main function is the operation and maintenance of the City's physical infrastructure, including the buildings and facilities, parks and grounds, major and local roads, storm drains and some street lighting as well as assist with water and waste treatment.  This infrastructure provides support for all business, residential, social and recreational activity within the community. 

Contact: Randy Breautigam, 989-652-3430 ext. 200, rbreautigam@frankenmuthcity.com
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Waste Treatment

The City's Waste Treatment Plant was most recently expanded in 1998. Larger raw sewage pumps, increase treatment capcity, new grit removal system and redundent disinection systems were added to increase hydraulic capacity. Today, the plan is designed to provide treatment for an annual flow of 1,800,000 gallons per day and a maximum flow of 7 million gallons per day. 

Contact: Birt McKendree, 989-652-3445, bmckendree@frankenmuthcity.com
After hours emergencies should contact 911.


Water Department
The City of Frankenmuth purchases treated water from the City of Saginaw, who in turn purchases raw water from the Saginaw-Midland Municipal Water Supply Corporation. Our drinking water originates from Lake Huron at White Stone Point near Tawas, Michigan. It takes approximately one week for the water to travel from White Stone point at Lake Huron to your faucet.

The City of Saginaw does all of the Analytical and Bacteriological testing for the City of Frankenmuth.

Any afterhours water emergencies should be reported by contacting 911.

More information is available here.