2015 National Public Works Week

This is National Public Works WeekAPWANameLogo_resized, the one week of the year when extra special attention is given to our local Department of Public Works (DPW).  Within the public sector, it is the members of DPW staffs that often get little recognition for the contributions they make each and every day to the communities in which they work.  So what does the DPW do?  Well, think about all of the daily conveniences that we take for granted.  Taking a shower, getting a glass of water, flushing a toilet.  It’s the DPW that keeps the water and sewer lines flowing. How about those crazy Michigan winters when your local DPW is up all night plowing and salting roads so you can get to where you need to go.  After a windstorm, they are out clearing trees from roadways.  They keep all of our parks maintained and all our municipal facilities in tip top shape.  The list goes on and on . . .

The work of the DPW is often not glamorous.  And no, they are usually not seen as local heroes.  But when you think about how much the work of the DPW impacts so many aspects of your daily life, you have to step back and think about how inconvenienced you might be if they were not on the job. 

So this week, if you happen to see one of our DPW employees on your street, perhaps you might consider giving them a wave.  Each of them is honored to serve you and the entire Auburn Hills community.  We hope you might take a moment to recognize them for the work they do every day to make Auburn Hills a great place to live and work.


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

2015 National Public Works Week

A Great Day for Oakland University

IMG_0073Wednesday, April 29, was a very special day in Oakland University’s history as George W. Hynd was formally installed as OU’s sixth president.  I was honored to have been invited to his inauguration.  For me, attendance was extra special because not only was his inauguration held on the campus in Auburn Hills, but OU is also my alma mater.  I have had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Hynd a few times already.  There is truly something special about this man.  The other day I summed up his existence at OU this way:  On stage, he’s the President of a University.  When he steps off the stage, he’s your next door neighbor.  Maybe that requires a little more explanation.  Dr. Hynd is no doubt a very smart man.  His academic achievements, including his research and career achievements, will certainly tell you that.  But when you interact with Dr. Hynd you clearly get the sense that he is genuinely interested in what you have to say and who you are as an individual.  And he’s as easy to talk to as your next door neighbor (that’s assuming you get along with your neighbor).  OU has made an excellent choice in the selection of their sixth president.  From all of us at Auburn Hills, we are proud of OU’s existence in our City and we congratulate George W. Hynd on being named OU President. 

IMG_0068


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

A Great Day for Oakland University