Smart Citizens

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 […]

Coal Tar Pavement Sealant Bans Discussed at Stormwater Summit

November 5th 2017

Coal Tar Pavement Sealant Bans Discussed at Stormwater Summit (Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 5, 2017) Southfield, MI – In Oakland County only two municipalities ban coal-tar based pavement sealants – Wolverine Lake and West Bloomfield Township. Eric Diesing of the Clinton River Watershed Council and Rebecca Esselman of Huron River Watershed Council hope to change […]

Key to Success in Rain Garden & Native Landscape Design for Cities

October 23rd 2017

The Key to Success in Rain Garden and Native Landscape Design for Cities (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 23, 2017) Southfield, MI – Many communities are embracing the idea of using natural, native landscaping as a way to both beautiful their public spaces and to help reduce storm water related issues such as flooding. But what […]

MML#7 – Communities of all Kinds Facing Middle Housing Issues

April 17th 2017

MML#7 – Communities of all Kinds Facing Middle Housing Issues (C. Proxmire, April 17, 2017) Lansing, MI – Access to housing is not just an issue that affects low income people.  In fact, all across Michigan communities of all types are struggling with a lack of diverse housing options.  The aging population, as well as […]

MML#6 – The Future of DDA and TIF Funding

April 13th 2017

MML#6 – The Future of DDA and TIF Funding (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 13, 2017) Lansing, MI – There are 640 TIF Authorities through the state, and sometimes their value gets questioned when budgets get tight.  As the Michigan Legislature discusses potential change to the Downtown Development Authority Act and other Tax Increment Funding (TIF) […]

MML#5 – Are Cities Prepared for Autonomous Vehicles?

April 2nd 2017

MML#5 – Are Cities Prepared for Autonomous Vehicles? (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 1, 2017) Lansing, MI – There are two statistics that stood out in the presentation about autonomous vehicles at the Michigan Municipal Conference in March. The first is that 94% of auto accidents are caused by human error. The second is that the […]

MML#4 – Wireless Antennas and Poles in Public Rights of Way

March 27th 2017

MML#4 – Wireless Antennas and Poles in Public Rights of Way (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 27, 2017) Lansing, MI – With expanding needs for wireless services comes expanded need for the infrastructure to support it.  Smart phones, smart cars, wireless devices etc. only work if there are towers and supporting antennas to give them data […]