Our Mission

The City of Saginaw is committed to providing high quality services to ensure an inclusive, safe, and vibrant community in which to live, work, learn, and play.

Our Vision

Saginaw, through collaboration and public/private ventures, will be a welcoming community that promotes neighborhood growth; stimulates business development and innovation; and fosters entertainment, and educational opportunities for all.

Our Core Values

Diversity and Inclusiveness

We appreciate and value the uniqueness of each individual. We treat everyone with respect and dignity.

Service, Accountability, and Responsiveness

We put our citizens first by establishing measurable performance goals, recognizing achievements, and responding to needs.

Unity, Collaboration, and Teamwork

We form effective partnerships that maximize resources and deliver high quality services across the community.

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"THIS IS SAGINAW” VIDEO RECOGNIZED BY THE LOCAL AMERICAN ADVERTISING FEDERATION

September 15, 2020 SAGINAW, MI The City of Saginaw, in partnership with AMPM, Inc., has received the 2020 Gold ADDY Award as well as the special Judges Choice Award from the local American Advertising Federation (AAF). The City and AMPM received this recognition for their “This is Saginaw” video, which was launched in July 2019 as part of the City of Saginaw’s Marketing and Communications Plan.

The ADDY Awards, the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attract more than 40,000 entries each year in local competitions nationwide. The mission of the awards is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising. Receiving an ADDY Award at the local level is the first step in the three-tier, national American Advertising Awards competition.

Selection of the most creative entries is conducted through a scoring process in which a panel of judges–composed of accomplished advertising professionals—evaluates all creative dimensions of every entry. A Gold ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior. Read more.

Saginaw Economic Development Corporation Workshops

September 19, 2020 SAGINAW, MI A series of Virtual Business Plan Writing Workshops.

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CITY OF SAGINAW CONTINUES CENSUS AWARENESS THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER

September 1, 2020 SAGINAW, MI –The City of Saginaw would like to remind citizens that time is running out to be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. Citizens have until September 30, 2020 to respond.

In an effort to encourage and assist residents who wish to complete the Census, the City of Saginaw is partnering with Saginaw County to host another “Census On The Go” awareness event this Friday, September 4 from 11am to 1pm at Old Town Christian Outreach Center, 600 Gratiot Avenue.

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Saginaw City Council Adopts NEW Smoke-Free Parks Ordinance

At the August 24, 2020 City Council Meeting, council members adopted an ordinance prohibiting smoking in all City parks. The ordinance becomes effective on September 3, 2020.

Specifically, the ordinance provides that “No person shall be allowed to engage in smoking in any City park, including, but not limited to, any playground, tennis court, community center or outdoor athletic complex owned or controlled by the City.” To view a list of all city-owned parks, click here.

Smoking is defined to include “possessing a cigarette, e-cigarette, cigar, hookah, or pipe that contains tobacco, marijuana, or any other product that is lit or burning; lighting a cigarette, e-cigarette, cigar, hookah, or pipe that contains tobacco or any other product; or exhaling smoke from burning tobacco or any other burning product that is contained in a hookah, pipe, cigar, cigarette and/or e-cigarette.”

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CITY OF SAGINAW CONTINUES CENSUS AWARENESS IN AUGUST

There’s still time to be counted in the 2020 U.S.Census.The deadline to fill out and submit your response to the U.S. Census Bureauhas been extended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Citizensnow have until September 30, 2020to respond.

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CITY OF SAGINAW STATEMENT ON USE OF FORCE INCIDENT

July 28, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – On Sunday July 26, 2020, Saginaw Police Officers responded to 1120 S. Niagara St. regarding protestors on private property at the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #105. The Officers were in contact with the FOP board members who stated that they did not give permission to anyone to protest on FOP property and wanted the protestors removed for safety and security.

Saginaw Police Officers responded and made respectful contact with the group. Officers explained that the protestors were on private property, which they did not have permission to be on. The response to Officers was that they were not on private property but railroad track property. Officers again explained that railroad property is also private, and that trespassing is not safe to do on or near railroad tracks. Attached is a portion of the of bodycam footage that was not included on the Facebook video; this shows the initial contact of the officers with the protestors and their explanation of the situation.

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2020 JAG Grant Public Notice

July 24, 2020 - The United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance announces the release of the 2020 Edward M. Byrne Assistance Grant (JAG) allocations.

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CITY OF SAGINAW STATEMENT ON PATROL OFFICER CALL INS

July 20, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – The City of Saginaw is aware that several Patrol Officers with the Saginaw Police Department have called in sick for the day shift for Monday, July 20, 2020. The Command Officers scheduled for today’s shift have reported for their assigned duty.

Several Patrols Officers also called in sick Friday, July 17 for the evening shift and again on Saturday, July 18 for the day shift. Saginaw Police Chief Bob Ruth has requested the assistance of the Michigan State Police and the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department to help with patrol. Both agencies have been very supportive to offer assistance. For the nightshift of Friday, July 17, the MSP provided 11 MSP troopers, a sergeant and a K-9 unit and the Sheriff’s office assigned seven sheriff’s office personnel to assist. The MSP and Sheriff’s Department are offering similar assistance for today’s shift. Saginaw Police Chief Bob commented on the partnership, “Both the MSP and the Sheriff’s Department have been quick to respond and offer assistance. We are very appreciative of their commitment to the City of Saginaw.” Ruth stated residents can be assured the City is safe and assistance is available. “We want residents to be confident that the streets are being patrolled and if there is a need to call 911, they will have a prompt response time, regardless of what uniform the responding officer is wearing.”

The City of Saginaw is investigating the reason for the patrol officer call ins and hopes for a prompt resolution to the situation.

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SAGINAW POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY

July 17, 2020 SAGINAW, MI –Saginaw Police Chief Robert Ruth will hold a press conference today, July 17, 2020, at 2:00 pm in the front lobby of the Saginaw Police Department, 612 Federal Avenue. Chief Ruth will provide an update on the actions taken by the City of Saginaw in response to a use of force incident involving a Saginaw police officer.

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CITY OF SAGINAW ISSUES NOTICE TO VACATE AT WHITE DEER APARTMENTS

July 16, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – The City of Saginaw has issued an Order to Vacate at White Deer Apartments, 1800 Beacon Drive, in Saginaw. The notice, dated July 16, 2020, was due to the property management’s failure to comply with multiple prior orders to correct several safety violations at the property.

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CITY OF SAGINAW ISSUES NOTICE TO VACATE AT WHITE DEER APARTMENTS

July 16, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – The City of Saginaw has issued an Order to Vacate at White Deer Apartments, 1800 Beacon Drive, in Saginaw. The notice, dated July 16, 2020, was due to the property management’s failure to comply with multiple prior orders to correct several safety violations at the property.

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CITY OF SAGINAW RECEIVES GRANT FUNDING FOR ASPHALT ART INITIATIVE

The City of Saginaw, in partnership with the Great Mural Project, has been awarded a $25,000 national grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Asphalt Art Initiative grant is intended to revitalize and beautify underutilized public spaces, improve street safety, and to promote collaboration in Saginaw.

The City of Saginaw is one of sixteen cities, out of over 200 applicants, awarded this grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Asphalt Art Initiative not only seeks to create vibrant public spaces but also looks to build city capacity by working with artists and community groups on projects involving transportation infrastructure. From this funding, the City and members of the Great Mural Project will create a collage of colorful murals on the streets, intersections, and crosswalks of Saginaw, or vertical surfaces of transportation infrastructure like utility boxes and traffic barriers. The Great Mural Project has been very active in creating art in Old Town and downtown Saginaw over the past three years, including the recent mural along the Court Street Bridge underpass.

Through this grant and the art it creates, the group hopes to remake Saginaw streets, improve public safety, inspire people, attract visitors, and enhance the quality of life for residents. Cassi Miller, Business Development Manager for Saginaw Future and Great Mural Project Steering Committee Member, commented on the positive impact this project will have on the Saginaw community "Public art has the power to reshape the way we experience our city. Our goal is to not only create a new atmosphere in our downtown, but to create new experiences that allow community connections to be forged. Through the planning, outreach, and strategy, we hope to unite and inspire our community.:

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CITY OF SAGINAW CLOSES VEHICLE ACCESS TO CITY PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS

July 14, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – Out of an abundance of caution amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Saginaw has closed vehicle access to all City of Saginaw maintained parks and playground equipment effective immediately until further notice. This includes Ojibway Island and the Skate Park at the Frank N. Andersen Celebration Park.

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CITY OF SAGINAW STATEMENT ON USE OF FORCE INCIDENT

July 14, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – The City of Saginaw became aware of a recent incident which involved one of its police officers and an individual that had been arrested for criminal activity and taken into custody. After the preliminary review of information regarding the situation, the City has taken prompt action by suspending the police officer indefinitely, without pay, while an internal investigation is being completed. In addition, the City has turned the incident over to the Michigan State Police and the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s office for investigation of potential criminal conduct.

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CITY OF SAGINAW CLOSES VEHICLE ACCESS TO CITY PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS

July 14, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – Out of an abundance of caution amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Saginaw has closed vehicle access to all City of Saginaw maintained parks and playground equipment effective immediately until further notice. This includes Ojibway Island and the Skate Park at the Frank N. Andersen Celebration Park.

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CITY OF SAGINAW HOSTS CENSUS AWARENESS EVENTS THROUGHOUT JULY

July 10, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – The City of Saginaw is urging everyone who calls Saginaw home to take 10 minutes to complete the 2020 U.S. Census. In an effort to encourage and assist residents who wish to complete the census, the City is hosting various “Census On The Go” awareness events throughout the month of July.

The Census On The Go Awareness Events are scheduled for the following dates/times:

  • Friday, July 17, 2020 11 am to 1 pm
  • First Ward Community Center –1410 N. 12th Street
  • Friday, July 24, 2020 11 am to 1pm
  • Saginaw CAC -- 2824 Perkins
  • Friday, July 31,2020 11am to 1 pm
  • Houghton Jones Neighborhood Resource Center—1708 Johnson

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City Buildings Re-Opening July 1, 2020



City buildings will be open to the public beginning July 1, 2020. We are asking citizens to wear a proper face covering while in our buildings and to follow the required social distancing guidelines. Citizens will also notice that we have installed hand sanitizer stations throughout our buildings and plexiglass shields are being installed at our customer service counters.

CITY OF SAGINAW REMINDS RESIDENTS OF FOURTH OF JULY SAFETY TIPS

July 1, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – As the July 4th holiday approaches, the City of Saginaw Fire Department is reminding the community to celebrate safely.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many community fireworks shows have been canceled throughout the Great Lakes Bay area. If residents choose to use their own fireworks at home, the City of Saginaw reminds residents to be safe and use good judgment when handling fireworks, including ground and handheld sparkling devices. Saginaw Fire Chief Chris Van Loo cautions residents, “Be safe and avoid fire-related injuries and fire-related destruction of property. Even sparklers should be used with caution as the average temperature may exceed 1,800 degrees. Have a backup plan with a charged water hose or bucket of water in case of emergency. Let's make this 4th of July a fun and safe holiday. Remember, alcohol and fireworks do not mix.”

Chief Van Loo also provided these additional tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable 4th of July:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Never stand directly over fireworks when lighting.
  • Never light fireworks indoors.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks
  • Always stand several feet away from a lit firework.
  • Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks.
  • Always keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of fire.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 13,000 Americans are injured by fireworks annually with an average of eight deaths ranging in age from 4 to 57. Sparklers are one of the leading causes of injuries and can burn at 2,000 degrees — hot enough to melt glass. The City of Saginaw Fire Department encourages residents to consider giving children glow sticks instead of sparklers. Make sure to call 911 if a burn warrants medical attention.

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CITY OF SAGINAW RELEASES UPDATED SPD USE OF FORCE POLICY

The City of Saginaw has released the Saginaw Police Department’s updated use of force policy as nationwide calls for police reform continue following the death of George Floyd.

The updates to the policy include clearer emphasis on when certain use of force tactics are or are not allowed, adding requirements regarding de-escalation of any police-citizen encounter, and highlighting the current requirements for officers’ duty to intervene in and report improper conduct.

"In Saginaw and across the country, George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked important conversations about race and the role of police in America," said Tim Morales, City Manager. "In Saginaw, we have been working for years to build a police department that reflects the values of our community and embraces the forward-thinking policies and practices of 21st century policing. By updating and releasing the SPD's use of force policy we take an immediate and meaningful additional step to improve our practices. I commend the men and women of the Saginaw Police Department for their professionalism and dedication to keeping Saginaw residents safe, and their commitment toward continual improvements in the department."

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SCENIC NEIGHBORHOOD RECOGNITION AWARD PROGRAM RETURNS FOR 2020

The Saginaw Neighborhood Recognition Award program is back and underway for 2020. Last year was even more successful than the previous years with nearly 200 properties nominated. We are looking forward to even more beautiful lawns and landscaping for 2020!

The Neighborhood Recognition Awards are intended to thank those residents and business owners who take pride in their properties and care about the look of their neighborhood. Residents, Neighborhood Groups, and City of Saginaw employees can nominate local homes and businesses for exceptional yardwork and landscaping improvements. One award from each Neighborhood Quadrant will be selected for June, July, and August. Monthly winners will be notified by the City of Saginaw S.C.E.N.I.C. Division. Monthly winners will receive a recognition certificate and a yard sign to display in their yard. One grand prize winner will be chosen from the monthly winners and announced at the October Neighborhood Association Action Group meeting.

"The contest is a way to recognize those properties that are well-maintained and a bright spot in their neighborhoods. When S.C.E.N.I.C. is out dealing with neglected properties, it’s nice to see the neighboring properties that stand out in a positive way. We want to say 'thank you' to those residents that are really going above and beyond to take care of their yard. We want these citizens to know that their efforts are not going unnoticed. It not only builds pride in your neighborhood, but unity between neighbors. It means so much when one neighbor recognizes another for their hard work and efforts." Scott Nizinski, S.C.E.N.I.C. Code Enforcement Inspector. "The feedback we have received over the past 2 years shows that our citizens want to accentuate good things in their neighborhoods. This program recognizes exceptional work and acknowledges those residents that help make Saginaw beautiful."

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JUNE 16 NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION ACTION GROUP MEETING TO BE HELD AT BLISS PARK

The City of Saginaw will host the upcoming Neighborhood Association Action Group meeting LIVE under the pavilion at Bliss Park, at the corner of Houghton Street and Michigan Avenue, beginning at 12:00pm on Tuesday, June 16.

The City of Saginaw is pleased to once again host a Neighborhood Association Action Group (NAAG) meeting for area residents. The meetings were previously canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The June NAAG meeting will allow residents from area neighborhood groups to reconvene once again to learn, discuss local neighborhood issues, solve problems, and reconnect with one another. Meeting participants are asked to wear an appropriate face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The agenda for Tuesday’s NAAG meeting will include a variety of beneficial topics including updates from local law enforcement and the fire department, the City’s plan for reopening, and Saginaw’s “Best Kept Yard” program. Residents will also have the opportunity to ask questions of many of our department heads, as we will have representatives from several departments in attendance. In addition, participants at the noon NAAG meeting can treat themselves to a delicious lunch from food trucks that will be at Bliss Park for the occasion. Local favorites like Ruth's Grilled Hot Dogs, TNT Authentic Mexican, 3 Lil Pigs BBQ, and Woody's Hot Dogs will be there for residents to enjoy. The food trucks will be on site from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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FILING DEADLINE REMINDER FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

The November 3, 2020 ballot will include the election of 5 City Council seats and 2 Saginaw Board of Education candidates. The City Clerk’s office would like to remind all interested candidates regarding the filing due date and the process in place due to the COVID-19 virus.

The filing deadline for the November election is July 21, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. Petitions and the Affidavit of Identity must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office, located at 1315 S. Washington Avenue Room 102. Currently City Hall is closed to in-person business in accordance with the Governor's Stay Home, Stay Safe order. Therefore, nominating petitions and Affidavit of Identity forms are available by contacting the City Clerk's Office at 759.1480 or by emailing clerk@saginaw-mi.com to make arrangements to obtain packet documents and information.

The Saginaw City Council is composed of 9 members elected at large by the city's residents to serve four-year terms. To learn more about the functions of City Council, visit www.saginaw-mi.com/government/citycouncil/.

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SAGINAW ANNOUNCES TIMELINE FOR REOPENING CITY PARKS AND FACILITIES

The City of Saginaw is pleased to announce plans for reopening municipal buildings, parks and properties. At the June 8 City Council Meeting, City Manager Tim Morales explained the reopening timeline which will occur in stages.

The reopening process began this week and will continue throughout the month of June. The process will occur in stages as more employees report to work, and the city implements new safety precautions in municipal buildings. The plan is to have all city offices and facilities be completely reopened to the public on July 1.

City Offices will remain closed to the public through June 30 while the city completes additional precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our citizens and employees. City staff members are available to assist citizens with their questions and concerns. Citizens can dial (989) 399-1311 and follow the prompts to speak directly with a department representative. During this time, citizens are encouraged to use online options, pay-by-phone, or the payment drop box located in the back of City Hall for all payments. Visit www.saginaw-mi.com for information regarding payment options..

When the building reopens, visitors are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizer stations have been set up in the lobby areas. Signs with reminders regarding COVID-19 precautions will be posted in the building and safety shields will be installed at public counters. The number of citizens allowed in the lobby and other areas of City Hall will be limited. We ask that visitors continue to follow public health guidelines provided by the Saginaw County Health Department. When in public places, please practice social distancing, clean your hands regularly, and avoid common touch points to help prevent the spread of germs. Most importantly, stay home if you are sick.

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CITY OF SAGINAW CONVENIENCE STATION REOPENS JUNE 13

The City of Saginaw Convenience Station, located behind the Public Works building at 1435 S. Washington Avenue will reopen this Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm for City of Saginaw residents. For the safety of our employees and citizens, all residents are asked to wear a mask when visiting the convenience station and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The City of Saginaw is pleased to reopen the convenience station for City of Saginaw residents. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the convenience station was closed in April and May. This Saturday, City of Saginaw residents may drop off recyclables, building materials, furniture, trash and other miscellaneous items at our convenience station drop off site. Staff will not accept roofing shingles. Residents must show a valid Michigan driver's license or identification as proof of residency.

In addition to the requirement to wear masks, customers utilizing the convenience station are encouraged to have materials pre-sorted in the trunk of their vehicle or truck bed to allow staff to easily access and remove materials. Staff will not remove materials from back seats.

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SAGINAW CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS RESOLUTION CONDEMNING RACISM

At the June 8 Saginaw City Council Meeting, council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution condemning racism. To begin the meeting, Mayor Floyd Kloc made the following statement:

"Before we start the regular business of council tonight, I want to address directly the members of the public who have joined this Saginaw City Council virtual meeting tonight, or who will view it later.

Certainly by now pretty much everyone has heard, and seen, the tragic events in Minneapolis, Minnesota involving the death of George Floyd caused by the actions of a police officer.

Not only was his death avoidable had proper use of force been employed, but it was preventable had the other 3 officers present intervened to uphold their sworn duty to protect every member of the public, no matter their skin color.

Today, your city council meets for the first time since George Floyd’s death and the many protests that have happened worldwide since. It is unfortunate that our schedule required a 3 week hiatus at this critical time, but it did.

Nevertheless, we are meeting today. And in meeting today I believe it is imperative for this council, as a body, to condemn the discrimination, systemic racism, and social inequality that has marked so much of the black community’s experience in this country for over four hundred years, and for us to dedicate ourselves to doing everything we can to eliminate those evils from our city.

Together with Mayor-Pro-Tem Moore and with the help of the City Manager’s office, a draft resolution has been prepared for council’s consideration tonight, and during the later Additional Motions portion of our meeting I will be moving approval of this resolution for discussion by council, and hopefully for its adoption."

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NEW FIREWORKS ENFORCEMENT TOOLS NOW AVAILABLE

The City of Saginaw is committed to safety for all residents and making the City of Saginaw an enjoyable community for all. In response to recent complaints regarding the illegal use of fireworks, the city has established an email address for citizens to lodge fireworks complaints. Citizens can email stopthenoise@saginaw-mi.com with complaints. Citizens are asked to provide specific information of the location of the fireworks in the email if possible. Members of our S.C.E.N.I.C. Inspections Division, in cooperation with the Saginaw Police and Fire Departments, have established a Fireworks Enforcement team that will be patrolling areas of the city effective immediately to increase enforcement. Citizens can also call 9-1-1 to lodge complaints. Violations of the fireworks ordinance is a civil infraction which carries up to a $1,000 fine.

For more information on the use of consumer fireworks, contact the Saginaw Fire Department at (989) 759-1393.

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CITY OF SAGINAW ADDRESSES REQUESTED CHANGES IN POLICING

In the wake of recent tragic incidents involving police use of force and other issues, the legitimacy of the police has been questioned in many communities. The City of Saginaw understands the need for community involvement in policing and the need to review procedures and police interaction with citizens..

Racism has eroded trust and goodwill throughout our nation. However, we believe the future of policing in the City of Saginaw is ripe with potential. Now more than ever, our policing must continue to place an even greater emphasis on police-community partnerships, and a strong focus on equity, transparency, and accountability.

The focus of the Saginaw Police Department has been about building personal relationships, being proactive in addressing community concerns and working with partners to innovate new approaches to police work. The City of Saginaw remains committed to diligently addressing how we handle citizens and taking steps to improve community relations. These steps include working with Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority to develop training on dealing with individuals who are mentally ill, increased availability of less lethal equipment, as well as the purchase and implementation of body cameras for all road patrol officers. The police department now has School Resource Officers in local schools and Victim Services Advocates to better serve the citizens of Saginaw. The department has also established a partnership with the Saginaw Branch NAACP to produce public information videos to educate youth on how to communicate with the police. The SPD conducts Implicit Bias training on a regular basis and is the site for monthly prayer meetings for local clergy.

Other steps include the development of the Saginaw ALPACT committee, which is comprised of leaders and members of the community, civil rights and civil liberties organizations, and leaders from the law enforcement community. This committee meets bi-monthly to examine issues affecting police and community relations to ensure equitable enforcement of laws including: racial profiling, police discretion, use of force, recruitment and training, citizen complaint processes, community partnering, and police leadership.

Several leaders and organizations have contacted the city with suggested changes that should be implemented by the Saginaw Police Department. The Saginaw Police Department maintains a use of force policy that is consistent with current national and legal standards. It is periodically reviewed by SPD command staff and the city attorney to ensure it remains in proper form. The policy takes into consideration a use of force continuum developed by the National Institute of Justice and contains guidelines as to how much force may be used against a resisting subject in a given situation. SPD Officers receive consistent training and understand that they are only allowed to use a level of force that is objectively reasonable to bring an incident under control. Actions such as those taken by the officers in Minneapolis are not contemplated by any policy of the Saginaw Police Department.

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SAGINAW POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE

On Friday, June 5, 2020 at 10:00 am, Saginaw Police Chief Robert Ruth will hold a press conference to discuss the efforts of the Saginaw Police Department and the Saginaw ALPACT Committee. The press conference will be held in the front lobby of the Saginaw Police Department, 612 Federal Avenue, Saginaw.

ALPACT represents "Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust" and is comprised of leaders and members of the community, civil rights and civil liberties organizations, and leaders from the law enforcement community.

The Saginaw ALPACT committee meets bi-monthly to examine issues affecting police and community relations to ensure equitable enforcement of laws including: racial profiling, police discretion, use of force, recruitment and training, citizen complaint processes, community partnering, and police leadership. ALPACT meetings are co-chaired by Saginaw Police Chief Robert Ruth and Cal Talley, Special Assistant to the Provost at SVSU.

Friday's press conference will include comments from local law enforcement and ALPACT committee members including representatives from the NAACP, Mexican American Council, local clergy members, and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Members will address the current state of affairs of law enforcement in the Saginaw community and ways to produce a more trusting and positive relationship between the community and law enforcement.

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Road Construction Update Is Now Available for Citizens to View:

The warm weather in Saginaw brings many wonderful things, including road improvements and construction. Beth London, Deputy Director of Public Services, and the Engineering Division have provided City Council and citizens with an update on future road and construction projects in the city. The presentation will be broadcast on SGTV, Channel 191, every day in June at 12pm noon and 8pm. Citizens can also view the presentation on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofSaginawMI.

Road construction for 2020 includes mill and resurfacing projects planned for N. Carolina Street, Adams Boulevard, and N. 6th Avenue. Citizens will also notice work on several railroad crossings and complete reconstruction on Niagara Street and Hardin Street. There will also be several ADA sidewalk ramps installed and sidewalk replacements in the city during 2020.

The mission of the City of Saginaw is to provide high quality services to ensure an inclusive, safe, and vibrant community in which to live, work, learn, and play. Improving our roads has been and will continue to be a key priority for the City of Saginaw. Although these projects can cause detours and travel delays, better roads enhance travel and safety in our neighborhoods and ultimately lead to the long-term greater good of our community.

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City of Saginaw Reminds Residents of Available City Services

Governor Whitmer has signed executive order 2020-100, extending her prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through June 12. A copy of the Order can be found at: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626--,00.html.

During this time, citizens can be assured that essential city services are continuing. City staff members are available to assist citizens with their questions and concerns. Citizens can dial (989) 399-1311 and follow the prompts to speak directly with a department representative.

Trash collection, yard waste and recycling, which are essential services, are continuing as usual. Residents are reminded to have all properly prepared materials placed at the curb no later than 7 am on their regular collection day. The City of Saginaw’s convenience station will remain closed until the executive order is lifted. If the order is lifted on June 12, the next drop off date for City of Saginaw residents is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 13 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The City of Saginaw is committed to maintaining basic operations that are necessary to sustain or protect life in our city. All operations maintaining in-person activities must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect employees and citizens.

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CITY OF SAGINAW APPROVES FISCAL YEAR 2021 PROPOSED BUDGET

The Saginaw City Council approved the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2021 at the May 18, 2020 City Council Meeting. The fiscal year for the City of Saginaw is from July 1 to June 30.

The FY 2021 proposed budget reflects the City’s commitment to provide quality services to residents, while preserving the City’s long-term financial viability. The total citywide budget is projected to be $124.81 million which represents a $4.56 million, or 3.8% increase from the 2020 approved budgeted levels. The General Fund Budget for FY 2021 is projected to be $36,273,633.

The FY 2021 Proposed Budget is very conservative. The City will realize a few additions, reallocations, and reclassifications to staffing for FY 2021. The City will increase public safety staffing by adding one additional police officer and one additional firefighter in FY 2021. The City is also budgeting for the contractual wage increases, step and longevity increases for city employees, as well as increases in benefit costs such as healthcare and pensions.

Although the budget is balanced, there are many challenges that the City of Saginaw must face and overcome in order to be in a positive position for the future. One of the largest variables that will affect the FY 2021 budget is the COVID-19 pandemic. The city will closely monitor spending due to a reduction in revenues and unforeseen costs of COVID-19 related expenses. This impact will drive budgetary decisions going forward. The FY 2021 budget also addresses funding in both water and sewer operations toward replacement of the lead and copper galvanized lines. Finally, funding for the Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) and Pension Liabilities remain a concern for the City of Saginaw. The FY 2021 budget continues to address funding of these unfunded liabilities and allocates funds towards both obligations.

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SAGINAW'S SPLASH PARK TO REMAIN CLOSED INDEFINITELY DUE TO COVID-19

Due to safety and health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Saginaw’s Splash Park, located in the Frank N. Andersen Celebration Park, will remain closed until further notice.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has created a very challenging time for everyone, and the near future looks uncertain as we continue to work through the phases of the state’s MI Safe Start Plan," said Phil Karwat, Public Services Director. "It takes weeks of preparation to get the Splash Park open, with safety and cleanliness being the city's highest priorities."

Jay Gustin, Acting Facilities Administrator, commented on the announcement, "This was not an easy decision to make and much thought and discussion was involved. We understand that many families look forward to this free outdoor activity every summer, but the health and safety of our guests and staff remains our top priority. We must proceed with caution."

City Manager Tim Morales commented on the uncertainty of the situation, "Only time will tell if we will be able to open for the summer of 2020. There are so many variables at this point, from the state guidelines, ‘essential’ activities, the efficiency of opening for only a month or two, and part time staffing for the city. I think the only reasonable choice is to keep the Splash Park closed indefinitely until we have more information from county health officials as well as state and federal leaders."

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CITIZENS INVITED TO COMMENT ON FY 2020/2021 PROPOSED BUDGET

City officials are encouraging residents to participate in a virtual City Council meeting on Monday, May 18 at 6:30 pm on the FY 2020-21 Proposed Budget.

The May 18 Saginaw City Council meeting will be held via video/teleconference consistent with Executive Order No. 2020-75 issued by Governor Whitmer. The meeting will be streamed live on SGTV Channel 191 and on the City’s website www.saginaw-mi.com.

The May 18 meeting will consist of three public hearings. The public hearings include a hearing on the FY 2020-2021 Proposed Budget and Property Tax Millage, a hearing on the Special Assessment District for a Police and Fire Millage for FY 2020-2021, and a hearing on the Downtown Development Authority District millage to be levied on properties within the DDA district.

Written comments on the proposed Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget will be read during the public hearing and can be submitted by email to: clerk@saginaw-mi.com or mail to: City Clerk, 1315 S. Washington Ave., Saginaw, MI 48601. If you wish to speak during the public hearing call 989.759.1480 or email clerk@saginaw-mi.com to receive a call in number.

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2020-2021 Proposed Fiscal Year Budget
2020-2021 Proposed Budget

SEASONAL AND DAILY BOAT LAUNCH PASSES ARE AVAILABLE

During these difficult and trying times, the City of Saginaw is taking all recommended steps, and at times, going above and beyond to ensure the safety and protection of its dedicated workforce. The City commends its employees for stepping up and getting the job done on a daily basis.

The Lee Street Boat Launch is now open and ready for Saginaw fishermen. The City of Saginaw would like to inform residents of a few recent changes that have been implemented for 2020.

While City of Saginaw offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents can purchase seasonal boat launch passes via US mail or the drop box located behind City Hall. Residents can send a $35 check made out to the “City of Saginaw” in an envelope marked “Boat Launch” on the outside. Envelopes should be mailed to City Hall, Treasurer’s Office, 1315 S. Washington Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48601 or dropped it in the city’s drop box located behind City Hall. Residents should also send the purchaser’s first and last name, tow vehicle license plate number, mailing address and phone number. Once the cashiers receive the payment they will contact the citizen with the assigned PIN number and also send a card to the address provided. Seasonal passes will be valid for one year from the date of purchase.

Daily passes are available via the self-service pay station located in the Lee Street launch parking lot. Daily users of the boat launch can pay a flat fee of $7.00 at the pay station with cash, credit or debit card.

Jay Gustin, Acting Facilities Administrator, commented on the changes, "It's a great time of year and we know many local fishermen are anxious to get back out on the water. Although many of our offices are closed, we want to make this process as easy and convenient as possible for our residents. We ask our residents to be safe and continue to practice social distancing guidelines while using the boat launch."

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City of Saginaw Responds to COVID-19 Employee Safety Questions

During these difficult and trying times, the City of Saginaw is taking all recommended steps, and at times, going above and beyond to ensure the safety and protection of its dedicated workforce. The City commends its employees for stepping up and getting the job done on a daily basis.

Employee Safety:

*The Police Department has more than sufficient supplies of PPE equipment, including gloves, face masks, and face shields.
*Police officers are also supplied with hand sanitizer and cleaning items on a daily basis.
*The police building is sanitized daily by custodial staff. dditionally, the City has brought in an outside firm to utilize special equipment for intensive sanitation at various times.
*Patrol vehicles have been sanitized by an outside firm and officers are provided with materials to sanitize the interior of vehicles as well.

Employee Benefits During the Pandemic:

*Unlike most other City employees, police officers who contract COVID-19 are covered under workers compensation, per State of Michigan directive.
*Police personnel were provided 40 hours of additional paid time off to deal with issues related to COVID-19 - caring for children, loved ones, personal time, etc.
*Police personnel were given the opportunity to earn an additional 80 hours of leave time simply for working their regular shifts.

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UPDATE ON THE CITY OF SAGINAW’S WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES

Governor Whitmer has signed executive order 2020-59, extending her prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through May 15 and allowing lawn care and landscaping services to resume in Michigan. The City of Saginaw would like to provide an update to residents on how this new executive order will impact the city’s compost site, convenience station and brush collection in the City of Saginaw.

BRUSH COLLECTION TO BEGIN IN MAY

May 1 will mark the start of the City of Saginaw’s brush collection for 2020. Here are a few important reminders for citizens:

  • Citizens can place 1 pile of brush at the curb for collection 1 time per month.
  • Brush pile shall be no larger than 4ft high x 4ft wide x 10ft long
  • Brush cannot be larger than 6" in diameter, no logs, or small trees, stumps or root balls.
  • Collection Dates for residents are as follows:
    West Side - 1st thru 15th of the month
    East Side - 16th thru end of month

COMPOST SITE IS NOW OPEN

The City’s compost site, located on Veterans Memorial Highway, is now open. The compost facility provides compost and wood chips to Saginaw and surrounding areas. Compost is available to city residents free of charge if self-loaded. Compost and wood chips can be delivered for a fee. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 7am to 3pm, and Saturday from 8am to Noon.

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CITY OF SAGINAW RECEIVES TREE CITY USA RECOGNITION

The Arbor Day Foundation has once again honored the City of Saginaw with its Tree City USA recognition.

To be named a Tree City, Saginaw met the program’s four requirements: to have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Saginaw works to promote the role of trees in the community in hopes of preserving a healthy environment and improving the quality of life for all. "Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees being planted and cared for by Saginaw are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in the program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education."

Mayor Floyd Kloc stated, “If ever there was a time for trees, now is the time. Tree City USA communities enjoy a number of benefits, including cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, increased property values, and growth of commercial activity. I am proud of this recognition and what it provides for Saginaw residents now and in the future.”

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City of Saginaw Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the City of Saginaw has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019. The GFOA has presented this award to the City of Saginaw’s Office of Management and Budget. This is the twelfth year in a row that the City of Saginaw’s Office of Management and Budget has received this honor.

In order to receive the budget award, the City must achieve the highest principles of governmental budgeting. These guidelines are designed to assess how well a City’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

"I am excited and honored that the City has earned this award again this year. It is a goal my team strives for each time we put together a budget document and we take extra care to follow the best practices in governmental budgeting. I truly believe that a budget document should be as transparent as possible and that it allows the community to hold us, the City, accountable for the plans and policies we put into place. We have been fortunate to receive this award for twelve consecutive years and we will continue to work on producing a better document, and hopefully continue to receive this award for many years to come." – Yolanda M. Jones, Director, Office of Management and Budget

There are over 1,000 recipients in the Budget Awards Program. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

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PUBLIC NOTICE REGULAR MEETING SAGINAW CITY COUNCIL

In compliance with requirements of Act 267, P.A. 1976, the following notice is posted:

Notice is hereby given that the Saginaw City Council has scheduled a Regular Meeting for Monday, April 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be via video/teleconference. This meeting is being held consistent with Executive Order No. 2020-15 issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer titled "Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements of school boards."

Requests for Public Input must be made to the City Clerk’s Office at 989.759.1480 or by email to clerk@saginaw-mi.com prior to 1:00 p.m. the day of the meeting. Include a phone number and email address. You will be connected when it is your turn to speak.

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CITY OF SAGINAW INCOME TAX DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 31, 2020

Click below to view Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-26
https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-523380--,00.html

Governor Whitmer Extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order Through April 30

Governor Whitmer has signed Executive Order 2020-42, extending her prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through the end of April. As with the prior order, Executive Order 2020-42 limits gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home. Executive Order 2020-42 also imposes more stringent limitations on stores to reduce foot traffic and slow the spread of the coronavirus, A copy of the Order can be found at: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MIEOG/2020/04/09/file_attachments/1423850/EO%202020-42.pdf

Necessary government activities include activities performed by “critical infrastructure workers,” including workers in law enforcement, public safety, and first responders. Such activities also include, but are not limited to, public transit, trash pick-up and disposal, election activities, operations necessary to enable transactions that support the work of a business’s or operation’s critical infrastructure workers, and the maintenance of safe and sanitary public parks.

Since the original "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order went into effect on March 24, the City of Saginaw has continued essential services for its citizens; however, with limited staffing. The City will continue to maintain basic operations that are necessary to sustain or protect life in our city. All operations maintaining in-person activities must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect employees and citizens.

City Manager Tim Morales commented, "We want to remind citizens that we all must continue to take this order seriously to stop community spread of COVID-19. We are at a critical point in our fight to stop the spread of this virus, and we must follow the governor’s order. I urge the residents to act responsibly, stay home except for exercise and other essential activities, and practice social distancing at all times. We want to ensure our citizens that they will still have access to essential services needed to keep our community healthy and safe."

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will Police and Fire services still be available?
    Yes, Police and Fire personnel will still be available to serve and protect our citizens.

  1. Are City Parks open to the public?
    The City of Saginaw has closed vehicle access to all city maintained parks and playground equipment until further notice. Residents are allowed to walk through our city parks and trails for outdoor exercise as outlined in Executive Order 2020-42. The order issued by Governor Whitmer includes civil penalties and fines for citizens convicted of disobeying the state's stay-at-home order. The Saginaw Police Department will be patrolling the parks and enforcing the order.
  2. What about water and utility services?
    When making payments, citizens are advised to use online options, pay-by-phone, or the payment drop box located in the back of City Hall. Visit www.saginaw-mi.com for information regarding payment options. During this time, city staff will be limited and only available to assist with emergency turn-ons and emergency shut-offs.
  3. Will waste collection continue during this time?
    Yes, all trash collection will continue for City of Saginaw residents. Citizens should continue to put their trash out by 7am on their scheduled collection day.
  4. What services are impacted?
    a. All Recycling will resume April 13
    b. Spring yard waste collection will resume April 13
    c. All bulk collection services (which is anything NOT contained in a bag or a can) will be SUSPENDED until further notice
    d. The City’s Compost site will be closed to the public until April 30
    e. The City’s Convenience Station will be closed until Saturday, May 9
  5. Will someone be available to assist with other public services?
    Yes, staff will be available in a limited capacity to maintain the quality of our streets, traffic and parks. Citizens can call (989) 759-1776 for Public Services requests.
  6. Will water treatment still continue?
    Yes, this is an essential service for our citizens and we are well-prepared to continue providing water service throughout this pandemic. We will have staff and infrastructure in place to maintain water service around the clock to help keep families healthy, clean and hydrated. We are taking action to protect our staff and maintain our ability to provide the safe reliable source of water needed.

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UPDATED: COVID-19 IMPACT ON COLLECTION SERVICES

Governor Whitmer signed executive order 2020-42, extending her prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through the end of April. The City of Saginaw would like to provide an update to residents on how this extension will impact recycling and waste collection in the City of Saginaw.

YARD WASTE COLLECTION TO BEGIN APRIL 13

April 13 will mark the start of the City of Saginaw’s seasonal curbside yard waste collection for 2020. For Saginaw residents, the first yard waste collection day is based on their regular service day.

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CITY OF SAGINAW ENFORCES RESTRICTIONS FOR TRAVEL ON LOCAL ROADS

Out of an abundance of caution amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Saginaw has declared a state of emergency and travel restrictions for the city effective April 9, 2020.

According to the proclamation signed by Mayor Floyd Kloc, the Order is set to begin Thursday April 9, 2020 and shall remain in effect for 7 days, or until 6:00 a.m. April 16. The Order prohibits travel on County or local roads within the city between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Exceptions include essential travel for food, medicine, gas, banking and medical care. Also exempt are individuals directly involved in providing or obtaining critical services or performing minimum business operations as described in the Governor’s executive order 2020-42.

Under the Order, citizens are asked to refrain from non-essential travel, comply with necessary emergency measures, cooperate with public officials and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

"If you have to be out for essential purposes like obtaining food or medical treatment, at least do so using social distancing and proper hygiene. If you don’t have to be out, stay home. It’s temporarily the law, and it is also the right thing to do,” said Saginaw Mayor Floyd Kloc.

Citizens are reminded of Executive Order 2020-42 issued today by Governor Whitmer. This order extend the prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe order to April 30, 2020. The order issued by Governor Whitmer includes civil penalties and fines for citizens if convicted of disobeying the state's stay-at-home order. The Saginaw Police Department will continue to enforce the Governor’s order as well as monitor the travel of citizens to ensure the Emergency Order of the City is being enforced.

"Residents who disregard this order must realize the severity of their actions. They are putting others at risk. There must be consequences to such recklessness in order to protect our vulnerable populations and the public servants who risk their health for our safety," Mayor Kloc said.

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PUBLIC NOTICE REGULAR MEETING SAGINAW CITY COUNCIL

In compliance with requirements of Act 267, P.A. 1976, the following notice is posted:

Notice is hereby given that the Saginaw City Council has scheduled a Regular Meeting for Monday, April 13, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.The closures come in response to public health directives urging organizations to curb the potential spread of COVID-19 by closing or limiting public access to areas that attract congregations of people.

The meeting will be via teleconference. This meeting is being held consistent with Executive Order No. 2020-15 issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer titled "Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements of school boards."

Requests for Public Input must be made to the City Clerk’s Office at 989.759.1480 or by email to clerk@saginaw-mi.com prior to 1:00 p.m. the day of the meeting. Include a phone number and email address. You will be connected when it is your turn to speak.

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CITY OF SAGINAW CLOSES ACCESS TO CITY PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS

April 3, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – Out of an abundance of caution amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Saginaw has closed vehicle access to all City of Saginaw maintained parks and playground equipment effective immediately until further notice. This includes Ojibway Island and the Skate Park at the Frank N. Andersen Celebration Park.

The closures come in response to public health directives urging organizations to curb the potential spread of COVID-19 by closing or limiting public access to areas that attract congregations of people.

Residents may continue to use City parks and trails for outdoor exercise as outlined in Executive Order 2020-21 (“Stay Home, Stay Safe”) issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday, March 23. The order issued by Governor Whitmer now includes civil penalties and a fine up to $1,000 if convicted of disobeying the state's stay-at-home order. The Saginaw Police Department will be patrolling the parks and enforcing the order. Citizens are reminded to practice social distancing and hygiene guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, which include maintaining at least six (6) feet of distance between individuals, washing hands frequently, and avoiding touching your face.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will Police and Fire services still be available?
    Yes, Police and Fire personnel will still be available to serve and protect our citizens.
  2. What about water and utility services?
    What about water and utility services?When making payments, citizens are advised to use online options, pay-by-phone, or the payment drop box located in the back of City Hall. Visit www.saginaw-mi.com for information regarding payment options. During this time, city staff will be limited and only available to assist with emergency turn-ons and emergency shut-offs.
  3. Will waste collection continue during this time?
    Yes, all trash collection will continue for City of Saginaw residents. Citizens should continue to put their trash out by 7am on their scheduled collection day.
  4. What services are impacted?
    • Effective April 1, 2020, all bulk collection services (which is anything NOT contained in a bag or a can) will be SUSPENDED until further notice
    • All Recycling will be SUSPENDED until the week of April 13
    • Spring yard waste collection will be DELAYED until the week of April 13
    • The City's Compost site will be closed to the public until the week of April 13
    • The City's Convenience Station will be closed until Saturday, May 9
  5. Will someone be available to assist with other public services?
    Yes, staff will be available in a limited capacity to maintain the quality of our streets, traffic and parks. Citizens can call (989) 759-1776 for Public Services requests.
  6. Will water treatment still continue.
    Yes, this is an essential service for our citizens and we are well-prepared to continue providing water service throughout this pandemic. We will have staff and infrastructure in place to maintain water service around the clock to help keep families healthy, clean and hydrated. We are taking action to protect our staff and maintain our ability to provide the safe reliable source of water needed.

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City of Saginaw Reminds Residents to Stay Home, Stay Safe

Governor Whitmer has issued Executive Order 2020-21 which provides that all in-person government activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, are suspended through April 13, 2020 at 11:59pm. A copy of the Order can be found at: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626--,00.html.

Necessary government activities include activities performed by “critical infrastructure workers,” including workers in law enforcement, public safety, and first responders. Such activities also include, but are not limited to, public transit, trash pick-up and disposal, election activities, operations necessary to enable transactions that support the work of a business’s or operation’s critical infrastructure workers, and the maintenance of safe and sanitary public parks.

During this time, citizens can be assured that essential city services will continue. The City of Saginaw is committed to maintaining basic operations that are necessary to sustain or protect life in our city. All operations maintaining in-person activities must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect employees and citizens. The Order shall be in effect March 24, 2020 12:01am through April 13, 2020 11:59 pm.

City Manager Tim Morales commented, “It is important that we take this order seriously to stop community spread of COVID-19. We are at a critical point in our fight to stop the spread of this virus, and we must follow the governor’s order. This order should not cause panic, and I urge the residents to act responsibly. We want to ensure our citizens that they will still have access to essential services needed to keep our community healthy and safe.”

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will Police and Fire services still be available?
    Yes, Police and Fire personnel will still be available to serve and protect our citizens.
  2. What about water and utility services?
    What about water and utility services?When making payments, citizens are advised to use online options, pay-by-phone, or the payment drop box located in the back of City Hall. Visit www.saginaw-mi.com for information regarding payment options. During this time, city staff will be limited and only available to assist with emergency turn-ons and emergency shut-offs.
  3. Will waste collection continue during this time?
    Yes, all trash collection will continue for City of Saginaw residents. Citizens should continue to put their trash out by 7am on their scheduled collection day.
  4. What services are impacted?
    • Effective April 1, 2020, all bulk collection services (which is anything NOT contained in a bag or a can) will be SUSPENDED until further notice
    • All Recycling will be SUSPENDED until the week of April 13
    • Spring yard waste collection will be DELAYED until the week of April 13
    • The City's Compost site will be closed to the public until the week of April 13
    • The City's Convenience Station will be closed until Saturday, May 9
  5. Will someone be available to assist with other public services?
    Yes, staff will be available in a limited capacity to maintain the quality of our streets, traffic and parks. Citizens can call (989) 759-1776 for Public Services requests.
  6. Will water treatment still continue.
    Yes, this is an essential service for our citizens and we are well-prepared to continue providing water service throughout this pandemic. We will have staff and infrastructure in place to maintain water service around the clock to help keep families healthy, clean and hydrated. We are taking action to protect our staff and maintain our ability to provide the safe reliable source of water needed.

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City of Saginaw Continued Safe Drinking Water and Waste Water Services During State of Emergency

Please see the City of Saginaw information related to providing safe water during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for water and waste water services:

We understand this is a stressful time for our community and for the households we serve. Please know that we are here for you and are committed to taking all steps necessary to maintain safe, reliable water service.

You can continue normal use of tap water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual.

  • COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water supplies.
  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): "Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.” The World Health Organization adds that the “presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence the risk to water supplies is low."
  • Handwashing using tap water is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19. CDC and other health organizations recommend frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Remember that your toilet should not be used as a trash can. Do not treat other items like toilet paper. Please do not flush paper towels, “flushable” wipes, napkins, tampons, cotton balls, dental floss or other substances. Flushing non-biodegradable items can result in backups and overflows.

We are prepared to keep safe water flowing

  • We are well-prepared to continue providing water service throughout this pandemic. We have staff and infrastructure in place to maintain water service around the clock to help keep families healthy, clean and hydrated. We are taking action to protect our staff and maintain our ability to provide the safe reliable source of water needed.
  • Given the importance of hygiene and sanitation to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have postponed water shutoffs until further notice.
  • It’s also important to remember that when homes are returned to service after an extended period of time, thorough flushing may be required. Our staff are fully versed in flushing practices and they will work with you to properly flush lines when returned to service.

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COVID-19 UPDATE-IMPACT ON COLLECTION SERVICES

The City of Saginaw would like to remind residents of changes to recycling and waste collection in an abundance of caution of the COVID-19 virus. Please changes listed below:

a. Effective April 1, 2020, all bulk collection services (which isanything not contained in a bag or a can) will be SUSPENDED until further notice

b. All Recycling will be SUSPENDED until the week of April 13

c. Spring yard waste collection will be DELAYED until the week of April 13

Trash collection, which is an essential service, is continuing as usual. Residents are reminded to have all properly prepared materials placed at the curb no later than 7 am on their regular collection day.

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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO CUT ALL NOXIOUS WEEDS

It shall be the duty of each owner, possessor or occupier of land, and every person having charge of any land within the City to cut or remove all noxious weeds on or before April 1st of each year.

If weeds are not cut by April 1, 2020 and as often thereafter as necessary, the City may enter upon the land and cause all such weeds to be cut down.

Weed growth on lots adjacent to residential uses may not exceed nine inches. Weed growth on lots adjacent to non-residential property may not exceed nine inches. Weed growth in excess of these limits will be cause for the City to enter private land and cause such weeds to be cut down. All expenses of such cutting, including any and all costs incurred in the removal or relocation of debris, junk or other miscellaneous obstructions which would be necessary or convenient to carrying out the requirements shall be paid by the owner of such land plus an administrative service charge per parcel, per cutting.

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City of Saginaw Discontinues Water Shut Offs During State of Emergency

MARCH 13, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – Effective immediately, the City of Saginaw will discontinue water shutoffs during the COVID-19 State of Emergency Declaration by Governor Whitmer. Shutoffs for nonpayment will temporarily cease to ensure our citizens have the ability to practice recommended personal hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

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City of Saginaw Closing City Offices to the Public

MARCH 13, 2020 SAGINAW, MI –Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the City of Saginaw is closing all City facilities to the public in an abundance of caution for the coronavirus.

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City of Saginaw Discontinues Water Shut Offs During State of Emergency

MARCH 13, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – Effective immediately, the City of Saginaw will discontinue water shutoffs during the COVID-19 State of Emergency Declaration by Governor Whitmer. Shutoffs for nonpayment will temporarily cease to ensure our citizens have the ability to practice recommended personal hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Saginaw Election Results

The Unofficial Final Totals:

Public Safety: YES - 5,457 NO - 1,764

STARS: YES - 5,153 NO - 2,080

SAGINAW FIRE DEPARTMENT REMINDS RESIDENTS -- CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS, CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES

MARCH 6, 2020 SAGINAW, MI –Saginaw residents are reminded that daylight savings time begins this weekend. In addition to changing the time on your clocks, the Saginaw Fire Department would like to encourage residents to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms. This simple habit could save a life.

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2020 Census Information

What Is the 2020 Census?

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.

Importance of the Data

Importance of the Data The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.

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REGINALD WILLIAMS II SWORN IN AS SAGINAW’S NEW CITY COUNCIL MEMBER

March 4, 2020 SAGINAW, MI –Saginaw City Council has appointed Mr. Reginald Williams II as the new City Council Member to replace former Council Member Clint Bryant.

Reginald Williams II was one of five applicants who were interviewed at the March 2, 2020 Committee of the Whole Meeting. Mr. Williams was then appointed and sworn in at the Special Meeting held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday. “It is an honor and a privilege to be selected for the council position,” said Williams, who has served in law enforcement in Saginaw County for over 20 years. Reggie’s term on City Council will expire in 2020.

Mr. Williams is currently the Chief of Police for Buena Vista Charter Township. Prior to his position in Buena Vista, Reggie served the City of Saginaw as a Detective Sergeant and Public Information Officer for the Saginaw Police Department. Reggie is active in the Saginaw Community as an Executive Board Member for the LaMarr Woodley Foundation, Executive Board Member for the Ojibway Region Boy Scouts of America as well as an Executive Board Member for the Saginaw Salvation Army. He is also the President of the Arthur Hill High School Parent Teacher Organization and has served for several years on the Arthur Hill coaching staff, including 7 years as the head coach for the AHHS Girls Varsity Basketball team. Reggie received various awards and honors as a Saginaw Police Officer, including several Meritorious Service and Meritorious Unit Citations. He has also been recognized at the state and local level for his community service.

“We are very excited to have Mr. Williams join us on City Council. He brings a fresh perspective and will be a great addition to our council. I have complete confidence in Reggie’s ability to serve the people of Saginaw and I am looking forward to working with him,” said Saginaw Mayor Floyd Kloc.

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UPDATE ON K9 DEEBO

Deebo is doing well given his circumstances and had a follow-up veterinary visit today. There is some swelling due to the trauma and the muscles that were torn from the knife that had to be surgically corrected. As you can see from the attached photos, Deebo has multiple stitches external as well as internal along with a drain tube sewn in place to reduce pressure and reduce swelling. The drain tube was scheduled to be out today but was left in place by Deebo’s family veterinarian due to the concerns with the swelling.

Deebo appears to be in good spirits and just wants to play with his little brother K9 “Emmett”, however, due to restrictions Deebo cannot play or return to work under the Doctors orders.

On the positive side, we have been receiving so many well wishes and support from people across our community and the country beyond. Deebo and his family along with the Saginaw Police Department family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for all of the support we have received during this tragic event. We would especially like to thank Great Lakes Pet Emergencies for their excellent and immediate care of Deebo, along with the generous private donor that assisted with his vet bill.

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CITY OF SAGINAW RECOGNIZED BY INSURIFY AS MOST CARING CITY

January 30, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – The City of Saginaw is proud to be the recipient of the Insurify’s Most Caring City in Michigan Award.

Insurify.com, a national insurance-comparison site, identified the city in each state with the highest percentage of inhabitants working in what Insurify labeled as "selfless professions": social work, healthcare, counseling, firefighting, teaching, etc. According to the press release sent on Jan. 23, Saginaw has the highest share of individuals working in altruistic fields statewide. To identify the city in each state with the highest percentage of inhabitants working in these selfless professions, Insurify analyzed car owners’ occupation and place of residence information in 2 million auto insurance applications.

"At some point in your life, you or someone you know has probably benefited from the service of a counselor, a teacher, a nurse or some other professional whose career is dedicated to helping others in their community. They frequently work well into their own personal time, or remain on-call and at-the-ready at a moment’s notice. They make their cities a better place to live, and they often do so without the recognition they deserve. It is an honor that Saginaw was recognized for having such a large percentage of individuals working in these fields. It shows the heart of our community." –Saginaw Mayor Floyd Kloc.

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TREASURY DIVISION ENHANCES PAYMENT OPTIONS

January 30, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – The Treasury Division has partnered with the Information Services Team to enhance customer service at City Hall. To make paying your bill as convenient as possible, citizens now have several options when making payments at City Hall.

The City now offers Interactive Voice Response to make payments via phone using Mastercard, Visa or Discover. Customers can pay water bills, property taxes and special assessments from their phone by dialing 833-440-8683. The automated system takes users through step-by-step instructions to pay over the phone. A processing fee of 3% for debit/credit cards, $3.00 for echeck will be charged per transaction.

Citizens can also pay on line using the City's Point and Pay system. The user friendly system allows citizens the option to pay bills using Mastercard, Discover,or Visa, schedule recurring payments, and sign up for ACH payments. A processing fee of 3% for debit/credit cards, $3.00 for echeck will be charged per transaction. Visit www.saginaw-mi.com for more information on this payment option.

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NEWLY DESIGNED ENVELOPES FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS

City of Saginaw residents voting by absentee ballot will notice something different this election cycle: the envelopes.

The noticeable change is from the “craft brown” envelopes to a white envelope with a blue stripe on the side that will arrive at the voter's home. The envelope to return the ballot to the City Clerk's Office will have a green stripe on the side.

The newly designed envelopes are a result from the Bureau of Elections (BOE) working with the U. S. Postal Service to ensure the integrity of processing with automated equipment. The blue and green stripes will assist postal workers in quickly identifying which envelope needs to be delivered to a voter or to a municipal clerk. The BOE also made the wording more concise and easy to understand. This design is now the statewide standard for elections.

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CITY OF SAGINAW FISCAL YEAR 2019 ANNUAL AUDIT REPORT PRESENTED

December 17, 2019 SAGINAW, MI – The Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Audit for the City of Saginaw was presented by Yeo & Yeo CPAs and Business Consultants at the December 16, 2019 City Council meeting.

The Annual Audit included a complete review of the financial statements of the governmental activities, business-type activities, each major fund, component units, and the collective remaining fund information for the City of Saginaw for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

The City was able to grow its General Fund Balance, as Yeo & Yeo reported that it is now equal to 21% of our expenditures, which is in line with guidelines set by the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association. The FY 2019 General Fund Expenditures for the City of Saginaw were reported at $34,180,865 with 60% of theseFY 2019 expenditures categorized in the area of Public Safety.

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City of Saginaw Launches NEW Marketing Campaign



July 2, 2019 SAGINAW, MI – The City of Saginaw has launched a new marketing campaign with an exciting new logo treatment. Together, local businesses across numerous industries can reinforce who we are as a city and help spread the news of the great OPPORTUNITIES in Saginaw.

The marketing campaign strategically highlights the unique offerings of Saginaw by splashing this message throughout the city. Residents will begin to see this message pop up throughout the community in various forms – banners, billboards, social media and online. Community organizations are also invited to use the new logo treatment and help share the positive message.

To develop this campaign, the City conducted research including stakeholder interviews and an online survey, which collected more than 1,000 responses to learn more about the general attitudes of residents towards Saginaw’s redevelopment progress.

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Recycling What Do I Need To Know?



Costs are up. Curbside recycling service costs have significantly increased in recent years. Some communities have stopped recycling or reduced the types of recyclables allowed in the bin.

WHY HAVE COSTS INCREASED? For many years recyclable materials have been exported to China to be processed and made into new goods. However, the quality of exported recyclables was poor because of the large amount of non-recyclable items contained in the shipments. These non-recyclable items are considered contamination and excessively high levels of contamination over many years caused China to impose strict quality standards and reject contaminated shipments. These actions have had a major impact as global supplies and demand adjust.

THE DEMAND FOR CLEANER PRODUCT DRIVES MATERIAL PROCESSING COSTS HIGHER. HERE'S WHY. To meet the requirements for cleaner shipments of recyclables, the material sorting facilities must become more attentive and accurate in the removal of contaminants. Since material sorting occurs both by human hands and machines, sorting facilities have added more sorting staff, slowed the sorting lines, and invested in equipment upgrades and new sorting technology.

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CONTRACTORS NEEDED


City of Saginaw's Community Development Block Grant Division is seeking: LICENSED General Contractors, Electricians, Plumbers, Tradesman, and Roofers.

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Lumbering in the Saginaw Valley




In the mid 1800's, Saginaw experienced a lumber boom thanks to the natural resources of the Great Lakes State. The products created from the forests of northern Michigan were needed to support the growing nation. After the trees were cut, many of the logs were floated down the waterways which converged to form the Saginaw River. By the mid 1870's, Saginaw was known as the Lumber Capital of the World. In 1882, Saginaw's lumber production was at it's peak with 1,001,274,905 board feet of lumber cut in mills along the Saginaw River. The river was the essential ingredient to get the trees from the forests to the mills, and to ship the finished product from the mills to the suppliers.

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We built a strong and vibrant business community. And you should be a part of it.

Here you’ll find documents and links that will help simplify the process of starting a new business or opening a new location for an existing one in the City of Saginaw. You’ll also find resources to help you with business development, financing and hiring.


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City Fees Rate Schedule Information

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New Absentee Ballot Envelopes

SGTV LIVE STREAM:

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The City of Saginaw's TV station (SGTV) is now live online, 24/7? Visit www.saginaw-mi.com/tv
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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rules have changed. To see how the City of Saginaw is now handling FOIA requests, please visit our new FOIA page.
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ROAD CONSTRUCTION:
- JANES AVE. ROAD CLOSURE BETWEEN S. 20TH AND S. 21ST

- MACKINAW ST. LANE CLOSURE BETWEEN BATES ST. AND ANDRE ST.

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