Smart Citizens

MML#5: Keeping Harmony between Local Officials and City Managers

April 19th 2018

    MML#5:  Keeping Harmony between Local Officials and City Managers (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 19, 2018) Lansing, MI – Many people have the idea that the Mayor is the boss of a city.  But in reality, most cities, villages, and townships have a manager or administrator that oversees the services and implements the policies […]

MML#4: SaveMICity Campaign Looks at Lessons from Amazon Loss

April 9th 2018

  MML#4: SaveMICity Campaign Looks at Lessons from Amazon Loss (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 9, 2018) Lansing, MI –  Local governments have been “doing more with less” for years, but what may Michiganders may not realize is that every other state in America has been increasing the amount of investment in communities, while Michigan has […]

MML #3: Sixteen Percent of City Managers are Women…

April 3rd 2018

  MML #3: Sixteen Percent of City Managers are Women, 16/50 Project Aims for Increase (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 3, 2018) Lansing, Ferndale, Northville, Huntington Woods, MI-  In spite of being 50% of the population, women make up only  16% of  those in City/Village Manager positions. At their recent Capital Conference, the Michigan Municipal League […]

MML #2: Health & Cost Considerations in Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Changes

April 2nd 2018

  MML #2: Health & Cost Considerations in Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Changes (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 2, 2018) Lansing, MI – In response to the Flint water crisis, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is revising the lead and copper rule that determines the levels of permissible contamination.  The rule, which has not […]

MML#1: Having Civil Discussions on Local Topics

March 27th 2018

MML#1: Having Civil Discussions on Local Topics (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 27, 2018) Lansing, MI- “Some conversations you know you’re just going to leave those conversations feeling drained,” said State Representative Donna Lasinski as she led a discussion on “Public Engagement and Civility in Local Government” at the Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference March 21.  […]

Royal Oak Shows Other City Planners How Public Art is Done

March 21st 2018

Royal Oak Shows Other City Planners How Public Art is Done (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 21, 2018) Royal Oak, MI- Communities though Oakland County have embraced the idea that public art has an impact.  Sometimes, though, it can be hard to know how to pull public art projects off.  That’s why Oakland County recently hosted […]

MML#3 – Officials Learn the Basics of Planning and Zoning

March 18th 2018

MML#3 – Officials Learn the Basics of Planning and Zoning (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 16, 2018) Frankenmuth, MI- Planning and zoning are essential components of local governance that are often not well-known by residents and require some learning by newly elected officials. The Michigan Municipal League recently did a weekend training session for officials, and […]

MML #2 – Communities Explore Methods of Intergovernmental Cooperation

March 14th 2018

MML #2 – Communities Explore Methods of Intergovernmental Cooperation (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 13, 2018) Frankenmuth, MI-  “There’s a tendency to think we’re in a box,” said Steve Mann of Miller Canfield as he addressed representatives from across the state as part of the Michigan Municipal League’s Elected Officials Academy.  Mann’s presentation encouraged councilmembers and […]

MML#1: Officials Learn Basics of Being a Good Public Servant

March 6th 2018

MML#1: Officials Learn Basics of Being a Good Public Servant (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 6, 2018) Frankenmuth, MI – For Bob Slattery, former Mayor of Mt. Morris, a life of public service is “the perfect life.” And as a past President of Michigan Municipal League and an ongoing educator for elected officials, he’s been able […]

Downtown Leaders Across Oakland Co. Gather to Learn the Value of Trails

March 4th 2018

Downtown Leaders Across Oakland Co. Gather to Learn the Value of Trails (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 4, 2018) Ferndale, MI – Bikes, snowmobiles and boats are all popular ways for people to connect with the great outdoors. And communities throughout the country have learned how to capitalize on trailways to bring recreation users into their […]