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Saginaw, Michigan

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Location of Saginaw within Saginaw County, Michigan
Location of Saginaw within Saginaw County, Michigan
Coordinates: 43.42°0′36″N 83.95°41′24″W / 43.43, -84.64
Country United States
State Michigan
County Saginaw
Settled 1819
Incorporated 1857
Government
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Carol B. Cottrell
 - City Manager Darnell Earley
Area
 - City  18.2 sq mi (47.1 km²)
 - Land  17.4 sq mi (45.2 km²)
 - Water  0.7 sq mi (1.9 km²)
Elevation  560 ft (170.7 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 61,799
 - Density 3,542.9/sq mi (1,367/km²)
 - Urban 140,985
 - Metro 208,356
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 48601, 48602, 48605, 48607
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-70520GR2
GNIS feature ID 0636498GR3
Website: http://www.saginaw-mi.com

Saginaw is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The official 2000 census stated that the city had a total population of 61,799. A July 2005 estimate placed the city's population at 58,361. It is the county seat of Saginaw County6. Image File history File links Saginawmi_img. ... Image File history File links City_of_Saginaw_Seal. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Adapted from Wikipedias MI county maps by Seth Ilys. ... Saginaw County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... 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Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Largest metro area Metro Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... The United States Census of year 2000, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Saginaw County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ...


The city is served by MBS International Airport, which is in Freeland, a central point for two other nearby cities, Midland and Bay City. The city is adjacent to Saginaw Charter Township. MBS International Airport (IATA: MBS, ICAO: KMBS) is located in Freeland, Michigan, serving the nearby cities of Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw. ... Freeland is an unincorporated community located in Tittabawassee Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. ... Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Northern Lower Peninsula. ... Bay City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan located near the base of the Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron. ... Saginaw Charter Township is a charter township located in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


The city's main entertainment can be found in the downtown area, where places such as The Dow Event Center and the newly-restored Temple Theatre offer live entertainment. The Dow Event Center is also home to the city's junior ice hockey team, the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. The downtown area, which contains a number of office buildings from the early 1900s, is located near the Saginaw Club (local businessmen's club founded in 1889) and an educational complex. Two formerly grand hotels have been converted into section 8 housing. Once vibrant, the downtown area has been in decline in recent years and presently struggles with an elevated crime rate. Downtown is not to be confused with the Old Town/West Side City area located on the other side of the river and about one mile (1.6 km) south. Old Town houses many popular bars, locally owned restaurants, and arts organizations. Main Entrance at nighttime The Dow Event Center (formerly known as The Saginaw County Event Center, formerly known as The Saginaw Civic Center) is located in downtown Saginaw, Michigan. ... The Temple Theatre opened in 1927 in Saginaw, Michigan. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Conference: Western Division: West Founded: 1943 Home Ice: Wendler Arena at The Dow Event Center Capacity: 5,497 Ice Size: 192 x 85 City: Saginaw, Michigan, USA Colours: Midnight blue, red, silver, and yellow Head Coach: Bob Mancini General Manager: Bob Mancini The Saginaw Spirit are an ice hockey team... OHL All-Star Game 2006 Opening Face Off. ... // Public flight demonstration of an airplane by Alberto Santos-Dumont in Paris, November 12, 1906. ... The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a type of Federal assistance provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) dedicated to sponsoring subsidized housing for low-income families and individuals. ...

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 47.1 km² (18.2 sq mi). 45.2 km² (17.4 sq mi) of it is land and 1.9 km² (0.7 sq mi) of it (3.96%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 61,799 people, 23,182 households, and 15,114 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,368.2/km² (3,542.9/sq mi). There were 25,639 housing units at an average density of 567.6/km² (1,469.9/sq mi). The racial makeup of the city was 47.02% White, 43.26% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 5.86% from other races, and 3.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.75% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 23,182 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.9% were married couples living together, 27.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.23. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $26,485, and the median income for a family was $29,945. Males had a median income of $31,614 versus $22,714 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,816. About 24.7% of families and 28.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.2% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


History

The site of what is presently the City of Saginaw was originally inhabited by Native Americans. The Sauk lived in the area and were driven from the area by Ojibwe (Chippewa). The name Saginaw is believed to mean "where the Sauk were" in the Ojibwe language. French missionaries and traders first appeared in the area during the late 1600s. The first permanent settlement by those other than Native Americans was in 1816 when Joseph Campau established a trading post on the west bank of the Saginaw River. Shortly thereafter the United States established Fort Saginaw. Hoyt Public Library built in 1887 This article is about the history of Saginaw, Michigan. ... For the abbreviation or acronym SAC, please see SAC. The Sauks or Sacs (Asakiwaki in their own language) are a group of Native Americans whose original territory may have been along the St. ... For other uses of Chippewa, see Chippewa (disambiguation). ...


During Michigan's territorial period, a county and township government were organized at Saginaw. Growth of the settlement was fueled rapidly during the 1800s by the lumber industry. Saginaw was the site of numerous sawmills and served as a port for Great Lakes vessels. What is now the City of Saginaw resulted from the consolidation of the Cities of East Saginaw and Saginaw (West Side) in 1889.


During the 1900s, Saginaw's economy was dominated by manufacturing related to the automotive industry. Immigration from other areas, particularly the American south, swelled the population. This population growth particularly expanded the presence of African-Americans in Saginaw. The politics of the City became dominated with issues of race relations. The manufacturing presence in Saginaw declined in the latter half of the 20th Century and the population diminished as well. Saginaw has faced increasing social problems relating to poverty as a result of its high rate of unemployment. Crime has been a major area of concern for the community in recent years.


Government and politics

Saginaw is classified as a Home Rule City under the Michigan Home Rule Cities Act which permits cities to exercise "Home Rule" powers, among which is the power to frame and adopt its own City Charter which serves as the fundamental law of the city, in a manner similar to a Constitution for a national or state government. The present Charter was adopted in 1935 and took effect on January 6, 1936. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Home Rule Cities Act was enacted by the Michigan Legislature as Public Act 279 of 1909. ... Devolution or Home rule is the pooling of powers from central government to government at regional or local level. ... A city charter or town charter is a legal document establishing a municipality. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

Saginaw's City Hall, completed in 1936 built of limestone and Indiana Rock
Saginaw's City Hall, completed in 1936 built of limestone and Indiana Rock

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (921x490, 831 KB) Summary City Hall in Saginaw, Michigan as photographed on June 21, 2006 by James W. Gault III. --CrazyElk 19:37, 27 June 2006 (UTC) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (921x490, 831 KB) Summary City Hall in Saginaw, Michigan as photographed on June 21, 2006 by James W. Gault III. --CrazyElk 19:37, 27 June 2006 (UTC) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old...

Council-Manager form of government

City Council

Pursuant to the City Charter, Saginaw is governed by a nine member elected at-large Council. The term of office for a member of the City Council is four years commencing with the first meeting following a regular municipal election. The terms of Council members are staggered so that the entire Council is not subject to re-election at the same time; alternatively either four or five members are elected in each odd-numbered year. Bloc voting (or block voting) refers to a class of voting systems which can be used to elect several representatives from a single multimember constituency. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ...


In July of 2007, Councilperson Willie Haynes pleaded guilty in Federal Court to one count of filing false labor union financial statements in excess of five thousand and less than ten thousand dollars. The crime occurred between 2001 and 2003, while he was treasurer of the UAW local at the General Motors Powertrain plant in Bay City, Michigan.


Councilperson Haynes has decided to remain in office. While he pled guilty to filing false information, a media report in the Saginaw News stated that he actually embezzled between ten thousand and twenty thousand dollars from the Union. However, a conviction for his actual crime would have removed him from office under the terms of the City Charter.


See also: List of City Council members This is a list of City Council members of Saginaw, Michigan. ...


Mayor and Mayor Pro-tempore

The members of the Council select one of its own members to serve as Mayor for a two year term. The Mayor is chosen at the first meeting following a regular municipal election and a Mayor pro-tempore (usually simply called "Mayor pro-tem") at the same time. The Mayor's principal function is to preside at meetings of the City Council. The Mayor has the prerogative to make some appointments to various boards and commissions, and otherwise serves in a ceremonial role. The current Mayor is Carol B. Cottrell and the Mayor pro-tempore is Wilmer Jones Ham. A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ...


Mayor pro-tem Ham has currently (as of 2007) been charged with two felonies for her role in an unusual fire situation. The county prosecutor for a nearby county has been asked to assume authority over the matter to avoid a potential conflict of interest. Mayor pro-tem Ham has refused to step down during the criminal case. In an April, 2007 media report it was reported that Ham's charges had been increased from a five year felony to a ten year felony at a preliminary hearing.


Originally Ham's landscaper was blamed for the alleged arson. As of June 2007, the landscaper has been arrested at the request of Ham's attorney while dining at the local Old Country Buffet, and he has been ordered to remain in jail until Ham can use his testimony at her felony trial.


If Ham is convicted of the charge before her term of office ends in November she will be removed from office.


See also: List of Mayors of Saginaw This is a list of Mayors of Saginaw, Michigan. ...


City Manager

Actual executive power is vested in a city manager, who is a city employee appointed by the City Council. The position of city manager has been, at times, caught up in an ongoing, sometimes racial, fight for city control. Many of the employees filling the position have been fired after short periods of time in office. The present city manager is Darnell Earley who was selected by the City Council at its June 5, 2006 meeting. Prior to his appointment, Earley had been serving as interim city manager since September, 2005 after the previous officeholder, Cecil Collins, was removed from office by the City Council. The council-manager government is one of 2 main variations of representative municipal government (for contrast, also see Mayor-Council government). ... is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


See also: List of city managers The City Manager of the City of Saginaw is chosen by the City Council for an indefinite term and serves at the pleasure of the City Council. ...


City Charter revision

A Charter Revision Commission is undertaking a process of drafting and proposing for voter approval a new city charter for the City of Saginaw.


Election

Under the provisions of the Home Rule Cities Act, the voters of the city elected a nine member Charter Revision Commission on November 2, 2004. The Commissioners begun their three-year term of office on November 16, 2004. If the body fails to complete its task during this time it will automatically dissolve. This Commission has the power to frame a new city charter and submit it for adoption or rejection by the voters. During the campaign for electing the Commission, the major issues included the stability of the City Manager form of government for the City. Earlier in the same year, City Manager Deborah Kimble had been removed from office by the City Council under contentious circumstances after having only served for 18 months. Ethnic and Racial division on the City Council that led to the office of Mayor having been held for eight years by Gary L. Loster, an African-American, followed by Wilmer Jones Ham, also an African-American, for four years fueled a push by the main proponents for Charter Revision for having the Mayor of Saginaw directly elected by the voters rather than the City Council. Other prominent issues were a desire to have the council elected by wards rather than from the city at-large and increased efficiency and accountability in city government. Much of the latter issue was prompted by well-publicized reports of mismanagement of money by certain city officials. The leading proponents of charter revision in the election were the father and son duo of Allen C. Schmid and Gregory C. Schmid, both attorneys. The Home Rule Cities Act was enacted by the Michigan Legislature as Public Act 279 of 1909. ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Process

The Commission's Chairwoman is Susan Carter who previously had served as a member of the City Council and Mayor pro tempore. A majority of the Commission consists of members who strongly favor a revision of a charter rather than a more conservative process of amending the current charter.[1] At its January 9, 2007 meeting the Commission formally adopted a proposed charter. The proposed revision provides for a Mayor elected directly by the voters who will assume a full-time administrative role in city government. The office of city manager will be retained under the new charter but will assume a bit of a diminished role. The City Council will be elected from four wards, two from each ward, for four year terms staggered so that half of the Council will be elected at each city election. In addition, a ninth member of the Council will be elected by the city at-large who will serve as President of the City Council. The compensation to be paid to Council members and the Mayor will be substantially increased over the current levels. The proposed charter was submitted to the Attorney General of the State of Michigan whose staff reviewed it and found 99 questionable issues with the document including some outright violations of law and released a report on March 2, 2007.[2] is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Current Status

Michigan's Governor Jennifer M. Granholm reviewed the proposed charter upon having received a report from the Attorney General and returned it to the Charter Commission with her approval for being submitted to a vote of the City's electors. The proposal to be submitted to the voters is the second version presented for review by the Attorney General, the first version was reviewed by the Attorney General's staff and given a recommendation to reject. The Charter Commission subsequently revised the Charter draft.[3] Adoption of a revised version by the Commission was scheduled for April 19, 2007.[4] The proposal has been approved to be placed on a city-wide ballot at an election to take place on August 7, 2007.[5] If the Charter proposal is rejected by the voters at the August 7, 2007 election, the Commission would only have one remaining available election date (November 6, 2007) at which to submitted another proposal before it's term ends on November 16, 2007. Jennifer Mulhern Granholm (born February 5, 1959) is a Canadian-born American politician and the current Governor of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... is the 109th day of the year (110th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Controversies

The Commission's proposal calls for combining the police and fire departments into a single Public Safety Department. Under this plan, by the year 2020 all police officers will become fully trained and certified fire fighters and all fire fighters will become fully trained and certified police officers. All police and fire stations in the city will function as dual-purpose public safety stations. The proposal also limits the ability for disciplined or terminated city employees to sue the city. The districts for the election of city council members each stretch across the city from the west to the east city limits containing territory of both the west side and east side. Because of the historical trend of lower voter turnout on the east side, it is argued by some that the districts could limit the representation for east side by ensuring the election of a council consisting of nearly all west side residents. The revised charter proposal would pay the Mayor a full-time salary and the Council members would be paid more. The plan has been criticized because of the City's present financial distress. The plan would consolidate the city's operations into seven departments. A controversial provision of the proposed charter is the creation of an office of Ombudsman. According to the document, the ombudsman would have broad investigative powers. The review by the Attorney General found some powers of the office to be illegal. Once such example is the power to compel affidavits from those who aren't city employees. The ombudsman's office was especially criticized by the Police Officers Association of Michigan whose affiliate represents the police officers of the City of Saginaw.[6]


Budget and finance

The city itself is in an extreme budget crisis. A "cap" on property taxes was imposed in 1978 by means of an amendment to the City Charter adopted by the voters, on both the method of imposing the tax and on the total amount that can be collected. The city, formerly having a population of approximately 100,000 in the 1960s, is trying to support itself with an income tax imposed on those businesses which still remain within city limits — and those persons still employed who reside within the city. However, the many retired city employees require a large amount of the city's budget, and police, fire, and recreation have all suffered. Saginaw owns a large and very popular water park, but it has been closed for three years (as of 2006). Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


Crime and Law Enforcement Issues

As of 2006, the City has seen a very large increase in criminal shootings and armed robberies. The city has also seen an increase in arson, which claimed about 60 abandoned homes in the ten days following Halloween 2006 alone. A look at Saginaw's violent crime rates revealed the following:

Murder, 3.47 times the national average.
Rape, 3.38 times the national average.
Robbery, 1.31 times the national average.
Aggravated assault, 6.30 times the national average.
Arson, 4.92 times the national average.
Overall violent crime, 4.55 times the national average.[7]

By comparison, Detroit, Michigan (population 927,766) long a stereo-typically violent city, has an overall violent crime rate 3.38 times the national average[8]; Nashville, Tennessee (population 554,000) has 2.51 times the national average [9]; and Los Angeles, California (population 3.8 million) has 2.13 times the national average.[10] Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


The city's budget woes and a dysfunctional city council, plus a dysfunctional police/union and police racial/political relationship are widely blamed. A proposal has been placed on the county ballot to tax the entire county as an additional public safety tax, with the money to be given to the non-Saginaw City major police departments in the county, who would hire officers using that money and be responsible for the retirement and health benefits of those officers.


The officers would then be assigned to a task force, sworn as deputies by the sheriff to gain county wide powers, and would function as a second police force for the City. It is thought that as they will be outside the current political and union problems they will be able to effectively patrol and arrest criminals.


During the August 8, 2006 election the proposal was soundly defeated by a 20% margin. Local democratic leaders are publicly pondering whether to seek a scaled back version of the plan, seek slightly more taxes to increase the number of regular deputies, or lay off some existing deputies to allow crime to increase in the county outlying areas and thereby make the voters more supportive of additional police. is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


An additional internal City ballot proposal was proposed and placed for vote at a special election held on May 2, 2006 to seek additional taxes, up to 6 mills on the taxable value of property, within the City to maintain the current level of officers. This authorization passed with a vote of 7758 in favor and 3417 against, despite a strong expectation that it would fail by many among the local news media and general public. A prior attempt to seek additional funding by means of a special tax levy, proposed at a special election failed a year earlier in May 2005. May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A mill levy is a property tax rate. ...


Municipal water supply

The water treatment facility in Saginaw was constructed in 1929.
The water treatment facility in Saginaw was constructed in 1929.

Saginaw does own a water treatment system which supplies drinking and industrial water to most of the surrounding areas within the county. Recently, the city has forbidden any new residents or employers from moving into the county unless their neighboring governments agree to "425 Agreements," which are state-permitted agreements under which the city can impose its property and income taxes on residents or employers moving into the county.[11] Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1152x864, 1995 KB) Summary The Water Treatment facility in Saginaw, Michigan as photographed by James W. Gault III on June 21, 2006. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1152x864, 1995 KB) Summary The Water Treatment facility in Saginaw, Michigan as photographed by James W. Gault III on June 21, 2006. ... A water treatment plant in northern Portugal. ... The legislature of the State of Michigan enacted Public Act 425 of 1984 which is also known by the title Intergovernmental Conditional Transfer Of Property By Contract Act. ...


The City of Saginaw, along with the City of Midland, constructed a 65 mile (105 km) long pipeline in 1948 to supply water from Lake Huron at White Stone Point, north of Au Gres, Michigan. Midland and Saginaw jointly own and operate this water supply system. A criticism of Saginaw's policies with regard to providing water to adjacent suburbs is that the City greatly enabled commercial, residential and industrial growth to take place outside of the city limits which led to the decline of the tax base inside the city limits. Some argue that had the city required that developers wishing to receive city water and sewer services petition to be annexed to the city, the city would have thereby expanded its boundaries and continued to incorporate the growing tax base that now is present in such areas as Saginaw Charter Township and Kochville Township. Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Northern Lower Peninsula. ... Ipperwash Beach, Lake Huron. ... Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Northern Lower Peninsula. ... Saginaw Charter Township is a charter township located in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


Politics

Saginaw, as well as Saginaw County as a whole, has long been a bastion for the Democratic party. During the 2006 midterm election, Democratic incumbent Jennifer Granholm received 49,556 (61%) votes to opponent Dick DeVos' 30,684 (38%) votes in Saginaw County.[12] Saginaw is located within Michigan's 5th congressional district and is represented in the 110th United States Congress by Dale E. Kildee, (D). In the State Legislature, the City of Saginaw is in the 32nd State Senate District represented by Roger Kahn, a Republican, and in the 95th State Representative District represented by Andrew Coulouris, a Democrat. The Fifth Congressional District of the U.S. state of Michigan is located in a mostly industrial area[1] encompasing the area south of Saginaw Bay in Tuscola, Saginaw, and Genesee counties in the eastern-central portion of the state. ... United States Capitol (2002) // The One Hundred Tenth United States Congress is the current meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, comprised of the Senate and the House of Representatives. ... Dale Edward Kildee (born September 16, 1929), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Michigan since 1977. ... The Michigan Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Image:Coulouris95. ...


Education

Public education

The Saginaw Public Schools District (SPSD) is the school district that controls 26 public elementary, middle and high schools in Saginaw and 1 elementary school in the nearby City of Zilwaukee. The service area comprising the district includes the City of Saginaw, City of Zilwaukee and Kochville Township, all within Saginaw County. The district is governed by a seven member elected board of education. The board selects a superintendent for the district. The current superintendent is Dr. Gerald D. Dawkins. Zilwaukee is a city located in Saginaw County, Michigan. ... Zilwaukee is a city located in Saginaw County, Michigan. ... Kochville Township is a township located in Saginaw County, Michigan. ... Saginaw County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Superintendent may refer to: Superintendent (education), an education executive or administrator Superintendent (police), a police rank Superintendent (United States Air Force), a United States Air Force position In buildings, a manager, a maintenance or repair person, a custodian or janitor. ...


Like many urban U.S. school districts, SPSD suffered with a number of problems throughout the latter half of the 20th century, including overcrowding, underfunding, mismanagement and a high dropout rate. A number of school reform initiatives have since been undertaken to improve the system's performance.


Public high schools

Neighboring Area Public High Schools-1... Image:Sasacademy. ... Saginaw High School (part of the Saginaw City School District) is located in Saginaw, Michigan, USA. The student population is approximately 1150 students. ...

Heritage High School serves as Saginaw Township (Michigan) Community Schools only high school. ... Swan Valley High School is a public high school located in Saginaw, Michigan. ...

Private education

Saginaw is home to a number of private elementary and secondary school programs, some of which are located within the City itself, and others which include the City of Saginaw within their areas of service.


Private grade schools

  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • St. Stephen
  • St. Helen
  • Sts. Peter and Paul
  • Bethlehem Lutheran School
  • Holy Cross Lutheran School

Private schools

Private High Schools Michigan Lutheran Seminary (MLS) is a private high school affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod located in Saginaw, Michigan. ... Community Baptist Christian School is a small school located on the outskirts of Saginaw, Michigan in a suburb known as Shields. ...

Valley Lutheran High School is located in Saginaw, Michigan. ... Located in Saginaw Charter Township, Michigan, Nouvel Catholic Central High School is a private, parochial high-school serving the Saginaw region. ...

Higher education

The City of Saginaw is located within the community college district of Delta College. Although not located within the city, Saginaw Valley State University located in nearby Kochville Township enrolls and employs a substantial number of city residents. Central Michigan University, Off-Campus Programs, offers Bachelor's and Master's degree programs to working adults in an accelerated format in Kochville Township. Davenport University, a private academic institution which formerly occupied a campus in downtown Saginaw that relocated to Kochville Township in 2002, also enrolls a large number of city residents. In Canada and the United States, a community college, sometimes called a county college, junior college or a city college, is an educational institution providing higher education and lower-level tertiary education, granting certificates, diplomas, and Associates degrees. ... Delta College is a 2-year community college located near Bay City, Michigan U.S.A. With Saginaw Valley State University, established in 1964, it forms University Center, Michigan. ... Saginaw Valley State University, commonly known as SVSU, is a state university in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Central Michigan University (also known as CMU) is a coeducational state university located in Mount Pleasant in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Davenport University is a private, non-profit, multi-location university offering masters degrees, bachelors degrees, associates degrees, diplomas, and certification programs in business, technology, health professions, and graduate studies (MBA). ...

See also: List of schools in Saginaw, Michigan

This is a list of schools in Saginaw, Michigan, USA. Note that many of these are not within the city limits, but are in the Saginaw area. ...

Local Media

TV stations

  • WNEM-TV (Channel 5), CBS
  • WJRT-TV (Channel 12), ABC (Flint)
  • WDCP-TV (Channel 19), PBS (Bay City-University Center)
  • WEYI-TV (Channel 25), NBC
  • WBSF-TV (Channel 46), CW
  • WAQP-TV (Channel 49), Tri-State Christian TV/TBN
  • WSMH-TV (Channel 66), Fox (Flint)

WNEM-TV, TV 5, is the CBS television affiliate for the Mid-Michigan (Flint - Saginaw - Bay City - Midland, Michigan) television market. ... WJRT-TV (ABC 12) is the American Broadcasting Company-owned and operated television station in the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Michigan television market. ... WDCP-TV (Channel 19) is a PBS affiliate for the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Michigan television market. ... WEYI-TV (Channel 25/Digital Channel 30) is the NBC affiliate for the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Michigan television market. ... WBSF (Channel 46) is the WB affiliate for the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Michigan television market. ... WAQP is a television station in Saginaw, Michigan, which broadcasts the programming of the Tri-State Christian Television (TCT) religious network, in addition to many shows from TBN. WAQP broadcasts on channel 49 analog, channel 48 digital, from transmission facilities near Chesaning. ... WSMH (Channel 66/Digital channel 16), known on-air as Fox 66, is the Fox television affiliate for the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Michigan television market. ...

Radio stations

Radio stations licensed within the immediate Saginaw area (Saginaw County) are listed. See also Bay City, Midland, and Flint. Bay City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan located near the base of the Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron. ... Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Northern Lower Peninsula. ... Nickname: Location of Flint within Genesee County, Michigan. ...

  • 790 AM WSGW - News/Talk Newsradio 790
  • 1250 AM WNEM - All News
  • 1400 AM WSAM - Light Adult Contemporary The Bay 1400AM
  • 90.9 FM WTRK - Contemporary Christian Air 1
  • 93.3 FM WKQZ - Modern Rock The Rock Station – licensed to Midland, although studios are in Saginaw.
  • 93.7 FM WRCL - Rhythmic Contemporary Hits Club 93-7
  • 94.5 FM WCEN - Country 94.5 The Moose
  • 96.1 FM WHNN - Classic Hits 96 WHNN
  • 97.3 FM WMJO - 80's/90's Rock/Alternative 97.3 JOE FM
  • 98.1 FM WKCQ - Country 98FM KCQ
  • 100.5 FM WSGW - News/Talk (not complete simulcast of AM 790)
  • 102.5 FM WIOG - Top 40
  • 104.1 FM WSAG - Simulcast of 1400 AM The Bay
  • 104.5 FM WILZ - Classic Rock Wheelz 104.5 & 101
  • 106.3 FM WGER - Bright Adult Contemporary Magic 106.3
  • 107.1 FM WTLZ - Mainstream Urban Hot 107.1

WSGW (790 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a news-talk format. ... WNEM AM 1250 is an all-news radio station for the Saginaw–Bay City area. ... WSAG (104. ... Air 1 is a Christian music radio network in the United States, operated by the non-profit EMF Broadcasting. ... WKQZ (aka The Rock Station, Z93) is an active rock radio station at 93. ... Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Northern Lower Peninsula. ... WRCL is a commercial broadcast radio station serving the mid Michigan area (Flint, Saginaw and Bay City). ... WCEN-FM (94. ... WHNN is an FM radio station serving the Saginaw-Bay City-Midland area and Flint with its oldies format. ... WMJO (97. ... WKCQ (98. ... WSGW (790 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a news-talk format. ... WIOG (102. ... WSAG (104. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... WGER (106. ... WTLZ (107. ...

Cable Television

Charter Communications operates a cable television network servicing the City of Saginaw under a franchise agreement. Charter Communications NASDAQ: CHTR is an American company providing cable television, high-speed Internet, and telephone services to more than 5. ...


Newspapers

  • The Saginaw News — Daily — estimated circulation near 50,000 daily
  • Review Magazine — Bi-Weekly
  • The Saginaw Press — Weekly

The Saginaw News is a Booth Newspapers-owned publication serving the Saginaw, Michigan area. ...

Saginaw in entertainment

  • There is a memorable reference to Saginaw in Paul Simon's song "America" which was written at the Saginaw YMCA after a concert.
  • Country music singer Lefty Frizzell recorded a hit song entitled "Saginaw, Michigan". It was later discovered that Lefty was actually singing about Saginaw Bay, not the city of Saginaw.[citation needed] He had apparently gone on a fishing trip on the bay with a relative, which prompted the song.
A newspaper ad for the Marx Brothers -- Chico, Groucho, and Harpo -- promoting a vaudeville appearance at the Jeffers Theater in Saginaw, Michigan (June 1911)
A newspaper ad for the Marx Brothers -- Chico, Groucho, and Harpo -- promoting a vaudeville appearance at the Jeffers Theater in Saginaw, Michigan (June 1911)
  • Tin Pan Alley artist Isham Jones was raised in Saginaw. It was while he was working in a coal mine and daydreaming about being a musician that he crashed his mule train. Even though no one was injured, it scared him so much that he left and never came back.
  • The city is mentioned in numerous episodes of the TV show, Home Improvement, which was set in Michigan.
  • During the first week of October 2006, "Saginaw" was the bonus puzzle on the game show Wheel of Fortune. Pat Sajak asked co-host Vanna White if she had ever been to Saginaw, to which she responded that she had, and it was a very nice city.
  • As a part of his 50 States project, on the album Michigan Sufjan Stevens sings "Saginaw Saginaw".
  • The Marx Brothers performed their vaudville act for an entire week at the Jeffers Theatre in Saginaw, Michigan starting June, 18th 1911. The price of admission was $0.10. This was 2 decades before they achieved worldwide fame.
  • In "The Big Chill," Harold Cooper (Kevin Kline) and Nick Carlton (William Hurt) discuss almost buying some land near Saginaw when they were in college.

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Sports

Club Sport League Venue Logo
Saginaw Spirit Ice hockey Ontario Hockey League The Dow Event Center

Conference: Western Division: West Founded: 1943 Home Ice: Wendler Arena at The Dow Event Center Capacity: 5,497 Ice Size: 192 x 85 City: Saginaw, Michigan, USA Colours: Midnight blue, red, silver, and yellow Head Coach: Bob Mancini General Manager: Bob Mancini The Saginaw Spirit are an ice hockey team... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... OHL All-Star Game 2006 Opening Face Off. ... Main Entrance at nighttime The Dow Event Center (formerly known as The Saginaw County Event Center, formerly known as The Saginaw Civic Center) is located in downtown Saginaw, Michigan. ...

Notable natives

See also: Category:People from Saginaw, Michigan The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Saginaw, Michigan or its adjacent area. ...


Sister cities

References

  1. ^ http://www.mlive.com/news/sanews/index.ssf?/base/news-19/1149600159219870.xml&coll=9
  2. ^ http://blog.mlive.com/saginaw_news_extra/AG%20Comments-section%20changes.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.saginaw-mi.com/Government/Boards/charterCommission/minutes/03-29-07%20Charter%20Commission%20Meeting.doc
  4. ^ http://www.saginaw-mi.com/Government/Boards/CharterCommission/agendas/2007/04-19-07%20Agenda.doc
  5. ^ http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(olilbk45zxaspt55wwlomu45))/printDocument.aspx?objectName=mcl-116-1954-XXVIII&version=txt
  6. ^ Snapper, J: "Charter Revise Stumbles", page 1A. Saginaw News, March 3, 2007
  7. ^ http://www.cityrating.com/citycrime.asp?city=Saginaw&state=MI
  8. ^ http://www.cityrating.com/citycrime.asp?city=Detroit&state=MI
  9. ^ http://www.cityrating.com/citycrime.asp?city=Nashville&state=TN
  10. ^ http://www.cityrating.com/citycrime.asp?city=Los+Angeles&state=CA
  11. ^ http://hwww.crcmich.org/EDSurvey/other/clt.html
  12. ^ http://www.saginawcounty.com/clerk/database/summary%20report.pdf

External links

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