Fleet Reduction

I like to say losing your sight is not the worst thing in the world, but losing your vision could be fatal to your organization. This is why we are driven to look forward, not just for tomorrow or next week, month or year. A continuous look forward that we keep evolving as we go [...]

More on Roads

Part of my day today was doing a windshield survey of some of our roads. As mentioned on the blog before, we have many projects scheduled in 2014, 2015 and 2016. These have been planned and budgeted for to maximize other streams of revenue to stretch our road dollars. There have been many discussions about [...]

Thinking Spring

  Okay, after last week’s post about the benefits of winter, why would I then post a thinking spring blog? Well now is the time that we do that in our organization. Our roads (all across the State) have taken a beating this winter. Guess what? When the frost leaves the ground we are going [...]

Funny what sticks

By Karrie Marsh, Executive Assistant and Guest Blogger We had a wonderful start to the day at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The annual State of the Community breakfast and Community Expo was held there and sponsored by the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce. New Mayor Kevin McDaniel highlighted items such as fiscal responsibility and [...]

Knowing what you know

I remember one guy who said, “First day when you are in charge, fire someone. Show the people who is in charge.” Reminds me of a guy who wanted to show the plant floor there was a new guy in charge and he was going to separate the slackers from the workers.  He walked out [...]

Does not add up

I was asked the other day why I always misspeak when talking about the un-affordable health care act, dang I did it again. It is actually The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) 2010 HR3590, or Affordable Care Act (ACA) for short, is the new health care reform law in America and is often [...]


We had an interesting City Council Workshop last night as we laid out some of the items this City Council wants to workshop. The last City Council decided to meet in workshop format, before the first City Council meeting of the month, normally from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Workshops are in an informal setting where [...]


  I know I have blogged about the silent protest against ternary that was used in another part of the world. This is where shop owners place the math equation in the window 2+2=4. It stood for truth; it is what it is and no matter how you say it 2+2 always equals 4. If [...]

Budget Season

Our team (staff and elected council members) led by our finance department have been working on the City’s budget for months. For the past five years, our budgets have been impacted by the erosion of property values that all communities in Michigan faced. We are estimating another 3% reduction for 2014. The great thing about [...]

Blogging while the Boss is in Washington D.C.

By Karrie Marsh, Executive Assistant and Guest Blogger, One may think it would be hard to come up with topics to blog about when filling in for the Master Blogger.  Well, maybe that would be true if this were a sleepy little town, but it is definitely not. The hard part is prioritizing the many [...]

  • Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

    Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

    Thoughts on running a city, daily musings, and everything in between.