Nuts and Bolts of the CBC
The City Beautification Committee is an established committee of the City of Frankenmuth. The committee was established through city resolution in 1955.
The City Beautification Committee, a volunteer organization of the City of Frankenmuth, guides aesthetic enhancements within the City of Frankenmuth. Using the community's human, natural and financial resources, the CBC nurtures a picturesque environment, rewarding the community and its visitors through positive year-round efforts.
Flags and Banners
Inspired by the auspicious acts of 9/11, the city initiated a patriot flag program displaying more than 100 American Flags throughout the downtown and Weiss Street area. What started out as a temporary tribute has stayed as a continuing patriotic salute some 10 years later. The flags welcome our German and Canadian visitors as well as honor our military men and women in the US Armed forces.
With a grant from the Frankenmuth Community Foundation, Frankenmuth blue banners pinpoint streetlights throughout the community. Regaled in the city's logo, created in the early 1960s by committee members, the banners are a colorful addition to our city streets and gateways.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of blooms grace Frankenmuth’s streets, businesses, homes, and parks in more than 200 formal gardens. Working through the City’s horticulturist and the Department of Public Works, the CBC funds the hanging baskets, curb side petunias and other specialty locations. More than 350 hanging baskets are on display between May and October. Working with its partners at the Downtown Development Authority and the City Parks and Recreation Department, public areas in town are planted with perennials, annuals, shrubs, and bushes to make landscapes pop with color. Most public areas including the hanging baskets are irrigated with a computer-run system, more than six miles long. In areas without irrigation, the committee funds a watering truck that waters and fertilizes as needed over the growing months.
Frankenmuth’s private gardens at businesses and residences are a bonus for community beauty. Community pride extends from Main Street through carefully manicured neighborhoods. Overall, the look is breathtaking and the pride of all Frankenmuth residents.
Christmas Decor and More
As grand as our summer floral arrangements are, the Holiday season sparkles with Christmas colors and decorations throughout the community. Thousands of lights and garlands dress trees, parks, sidewalks, homes and businesses. Candy canes, tin soldiers and assorted other decorations are posted on light poles located at each community entrance, on the riverbank and in pocket parks throughout the community. So many lights are sparkling - it is impossible to count them all! Working with a contractor, the committee pays close attention to the maintenance and placement of each decoration to assure the brightest and most sparkling of displays.
Across-the-street decorations along Frankenmuth's major access streets are funded through the Palmer Foundation. Funds at the Palmer Foundation were gifted to the Frankenmuth community through the benevolence of Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Maria Palmer, community benefactors.
Christmas Decorations are in place the second weekend of November through the weekend after January 6.
Keep Michigan Beautiful
Over 30 awards, including major recognitions, have been given to public and private beautification projects through Keep Michigan Beautiful http://www.keepmichiganbeautiful.org. Keep Michigan Beautiful (KMB) is a state initiative to recognize and foster beauty throughout the State of Michigan. Annually, the committee selects three or four projects for nomination to KMB. Companies complete the application including photos that are presented for competition at the state level. Winning projects are recognized at the annual awards banquet held at sites across the state, including Frankenmuth.
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