Andrew Frounfelker Has Been A Councilman For many Years Supporting The Burtch Agenda
Of Transforming Jackson Into Ann Arbor Without A University
Andrew has been on the council for many years during which key decisions were made
on the future of the our community and particularly the downtown and neglect of the rest of the city.
During that time he has supported every ordinance and resolution that has cost the city precious
dollars and exposed the city to lawsuits from ex-employees of the city, ex-employees of the Jackson
Housing Commission and disgruntled citizens. Andrew's understanding of key issues is wanting.
He supported the storm water fiasco perpetrated by the city manager and refused to negotiate an end
local judge ordered the city to pay back the residents whose money was taken through an unconstitutional and
illegal ordinance. Cost to the city: $1 million including damages and lawyer fees on both sides.
Frounfelker Lives Downtown In A Large Penthouse Apartment With An Outdoor Patio And A Hottub. He Pays No
Property Taxes And Paid No Storm Water Fees.
Frounfelker works for Consumers Energy and spends his time running from
bar to bar downtown and selling surplus CE materials from a yard at Trail and Mechanic St.Frounfelker whose world is 3 blocks long on Michigan Ave., supported spending millions
of tax dollars on rebuilding "his" street and exempting property owners from the special assessments
the rest of us have to pay for when our streets are rebuilt. Those tax dollars for the downtown were
diverted from water and street funds that should have been used to repair the disintegrating streets
throughout the rest of Jackson. So what have we gotten for the millions that Frounfelker helped allocate to the Burtch vision?A narrowed main street with bump outs resembling a main deck on a pin ball machine.No Place to shop for clothes.No Place to shop for toys.No Place to shop for household itemsNo Place for window shopping which was always a highlightAt least we didn't loose TWO GREAT SHOE STORES and we still have the Michigan Theater.We have great restaurants though, if you like hot dogs and craft beer (Andy's favorites)It was not long ago that one could shop at department stores and eat at a decent restaurant downtown.All this is gone and on Andy's watch
So who does Andy work for? The following email were obtained from the city through the FOIA process.
In the recent passage of the NDO, Frounfelker was accused of suddenly changing his vote
in the final stages of the debates. When accused in an email of having a conflict of interest due to his
employment with CE, he denied the accusation in the email response below. Also posted below is an email
from a citizen directly contradicting his denial of C.E. influence in his decision:
Frounfelker has supported endlessly refunding the $18.5 million bonds used to
build the C.E. parking structures and corporate campus rather than demand that C.E. take over the
responsibility for paying off the bonds and providing maintenance which is currently a huge city
expense. That money could be spent on public safety and street maintenance but
Frounfelker supports C.E. and not the citizens of Jackson or those in the 5th ward.
Frounfelker Is A Downtown Boy Who Has Little Interest In the Citizens And Their Needs
Jackson has a plentiful supply of Do-It-Yourself wannabee home owners who have been denied the
opportunity to purchase homes which Burtch and company want demolished. Frounfelker could have stood up for the
little guy, particularly in his ward, who would like nothing better than to purchase a stressed house from the
city or at the county auction and invest money and labor to provide a home for their families. Frounfelker would
have none of that.
Instead he voted repeatedly to pass Draconian rehabilitation requirements designed to prevent low and moderate
income residents from obtaining a home of their own. Over and over he voted to demolish homes that could have
been rehabilitated had the city worked with interested citizens rather than against then.
Andy and his co-horts voted to take $750K from funding low income homeowners emergency repairs and
funneling this money into subsizing the rehabbing of housing for "young professionals" downtown above
Frounfelker voted for every tax abatement and tax giveaway to well heeled developers which increases the
tax burden on those remaining taxpayers who don't have the connections and pull with Burtch and his ilk.
Just think what the city might look like if our tax dollars had been invested in rebuilding the rest of the city,
not just Burtch's downtown "new progress place". That money could have been used to provide low to no interest
loans to citizens to purchase stressed properties. That money could have been used to provide low or no interest
loans to pay for materials for brining those properties up to code. Neighborhoods would be blessed with restored
homes and responsible owners instead of weed filled lots.
Frounfelker chose to support Burtch's vision of a clear cut wasteland repopulated with modern condo's filled with
"young professionals" and not the kind of people that live in the 5th ward and other areas being depopulated
by the efforts to restrict housing availability.