We hope you enjoy this abbreviated version of the
Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906
Vol. 110 No. 51 ~ In our 110th year!
City Council seeks to make city streets "complete" for everyone
The City of Frankenmuth has conducted parking surveys, street calming effects and making the community more bicycle friendly.
City officials are now looking at a complete package of street study entitled 𠇌omplete Streets.”
The planning process will be facilitated by the Greenway Collaborative; a consulting company who specializes in helping Michigan communities of all sizes create Complete Streets plans for their own particular environment.
The City of Frankenmuth is seeking applicants for appointment to the Complete Streets Steering Committee. Completed applications must be received by City Clerk Phil Kerns no later than noon on Wednesday, July 6, for consideration. The Frankenmuth City Council will make the appointments to the Steering Committee at its Tuesday, July 12 council meeting.
Applications can be picked up at the city offices, 240 West Genesee Street, or found online, www.frankenmuthcity.com.
“What is a complete street? Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to provide safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities,” Frankenmuth Downtown Development Authority Director Sheila Stamiris said.
A Complete Streets plan invites and relies heavily upon public engagement, conducts an inventory of available resources and analyzes resource capacities, creates a preliminary plan for discussion and then develops an implantation and active transportation plan.
Complete Streets are customized for each community, providing the optimum configurations for transportation . . . be it by car or truck, horse carriage or bicycle, on foot or on wheels.
The Frankenmuth Complete Streets initiative is funded with equal participation from the Frankenmuth Community Foundation, the Dancing with the Local Stars fund at the Community Foundation, the Frankenmuth Credit Union’s Foundation For Our Communities and the Downtown Development Authority. The total cost for the plan is $40,000.
Improvements recommended by the process can be implemented over time as funds are available and street projects constructed. Simple, low cost solutions can be accomplished almost immediately, however, no immediate plans for major reconstruction to enable Complete Streets recommendations are budgeted.
“When a city street is improved, Complete Streets recommendations can be executed,” Stamiris said.
The project will take approximately six months, inclusive of data collection, public meetings, development of an interactive website, suggested planning and the creation of Frankenmuth’s own custom plan.
“The Greenway Collaborative will do much of the legwork, but it is with community input that the plan will become finalized,” Stamiris pointed out.
The city council-appointed Steering Committee will provide leadership throughout the process. The Steering Committee of 11 members will include public safety representative, along with others representing the Frankenmuth Public Schools, the agricultural community, local business, Frankenmuth Township and local residents.
The city staff will assist the Steering Committee in the day-to-day management of the process.
For more information, contact Sheila Stamiris at 989-652-3430, extension 120 or at email@example.com