News From Mayor Greimel

Mayor Greimel Interviewed on MEATV 
On Saturday, May 4, 2024, Mayor Greimel was interviewed on MEATV by by host Wally Jadan

City of Pontiac - Open for Business and Promoting Growth in the Heart of Oakland County
In this May's edition of Hour Detroit Magazine, the City of Pontiac's Economic Development Division is being highlighted with exciting news about growth and development happening throughout the City.
Click here to read the article
Mayor Greimel is Interviewed on MEA TV and Radio
On February 7, 2024, Mayor Greimel was interviewed by host Wally Jadan on MEA TV and Radio
Mayor Greimel Interview with Mildred Gaddis
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On February 4, 2024, Mayor Greimel was interviewed on 105.9 KISS radio on the Mildred Gaddis Show.
Click here to hear the interview in its entirety.
Hello Pontiac!
Last Saturday, we held our second annual Harvest Festival and there were plenty of activities for the children to enjoy--from rock climbing, bounce houses and face painting to pumpkin bowling and a petting zoo! We also had 16 different vendors, free cider and donuts, and music for every mood. Suffice it to say, we had a ball at City Hall!

In case you missed it, we created a gallery of photos for you to view at, and you can watch a video recap of the event by clicking the following link:

Thank you to Manager Tanesha Taylor and her entire Youth Recreation team for organizing this awesome, family-friendly event!

As you’ve probably noticed, we are organizing and facilitating a lot more signature events throughout the City, including four seasonal events at City Hall, an annual Juneteenth Celebration, Summer Bash at Aaron-Perry Park, our Music in the Park series every year, and what will become our annual Pontiac Festival of the Arts downtown--in addition to the relocation of Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge to downtown Pontiac.

These events are all part of improving the quality of life for our residents, making downtown more inclusive, and helping to support our local businesses.

We have a number of wonderful events lined up for the coming months. Here are just a few:

December 2

December 13

January 13

February 10

March 23

May 11

JUNE 2024
Music in the Park (Thursdays through Sept.)
Father / Son BBQ

We want to remind everyone that residents, businesses, agencies and nonprofit organizations can post information promoting public events in Pontiac on the city's Community Calendar! Those interested may submit a calendar item through the online calendar submission form, which is reviewed by the Communications Division. Qualified events:

  • are open to the public
  • must be held in the 48340, 48341, 48342, or 48343 zip codes
  • are subject to rules governing submission and are not guaranteed to be published
You may submit events to: Organizations are also welcome to send their camera-ready jpeg or png flyer to for possible posting on the city's digital platforms. As with the calendar submissions, the Communications team reserves the right to not publish based on the parameters of the event. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to increase the reach of your event marketing.

Thank you for helping us to spread the word on all of the great things happening throughout Pontiac. We look forward to continuing to promote more signature events throughout our community, as we restore Pontiac to its rightful place as the Heart of Oakland County!


Tim Greimel
Mayor Podcast Poster  - CopyMayor Greimel on Dave LewAllen's Podcast

Check out today's podcast with Dave LewAllen of WXYZ as we discussed Oakland County, Michigan Government and the City of Pontiac's partnership that will see up to 600 county employees moved into a refurbished office building in the heart of downtown Pontiac, and the plan to reopen Saginaw Street.

We also discussed the transformative nature of this deal for the city and other steps taken to improve the quality of life for residents.

City of Pontiac Newsletter
September 18, 2023
Hello Pontiac!

image1Our administration has been busy improving customer service, creating new programs and signature events and making great progress in the areas of home repairs and business development. We have so much news and information to share, we began issuing a quarterly newsletter to distribute to Pontiac residents.
The city's newsletter, Spotlight on Pontiac, is filled with information from city departments and divisions that residents will find extremely useful--specifically Community Development, DPW, Grants and Philanthropy, Parks, Human Resources, Youth Recreation, Senior Centers, and Treasury.
Each issue contains several pages devoted to news, updates, links to important documents on the city's website and a variety of ways residents can contact city departments (see sample page below). Also included is a district-specific message from City Council members and information from the City Clerk.
We want everyone to have access to the newsletter because it is packed with important news that concerns you! If you have not received your district-specific newsletter, we have posted them on the city's website on each council representative's page. You may also access them below:
Click here to view video example

In addition, printed copies are available at the senior centers and City Hall while supplies last. If you have trouble accessing the links above, please contact our Webmaster Ken Martin at (248) 758-3101 or email him at:
Spotlight on Pontiac is printed by a local business that conducts the design, print, assembling, and mailing process in collaboration with our Communications Department. Production of this particular type of city-wide publication is important for the city and it is definitely a work in process. As with any new program, there are minor issues that we are addressing to assure timely and accurate delivery.
The distribution and mailing are handled by the printer (who has the staff and expertise to do so) and mail delivery is managed by the United States Postal Service. Based on feedback we have received after distributing more than 22,000 copies in June and again in September, the number of homes that reported not receiving a newsletter, or received the wrong district copy, is minimal. Rest assured, we are working to improve the process to eliminate any misdirected copies.

This publication is an extremely valuable resource; therefore, we have initiated an RFQ process to select a company that will handle the process for a three-year term moving forward. We invite any interested business to click on the link here to participate in the bidding process before the submission deadline of October 6, 2023 at 2 p.m.
image3We need your help in spreading the word to others so they too can receive news and updates from the City. Please share this QR code or the following link with them so they can sign up:
You can also send an email to and type in the subject line: Sign me up for the Newsletter. Make sure you provide your complete mailing address, zip code and phone contact (in case we need to follow up).

image4We want to remind everyone that residents, businesses, agencies and nonprofit organizations can post information promoting public events in Pontiac on the city's Community Calendar! Those interested may submit a calendar item through the online calendar submission form, which is reviewed by the Communications Division. Qualified events:
  • are open to the public
  • must be held in the 48340, 48341, 48342, or 48343 zip codes
  • are subject to rules governing submission and are not guaranteed to be published
You may submit events to: Organizations are also welcome to send their camera-ready jpeg or png flyer to for possible posting on the city's digital platforms. As with the calendar submissions, the Communications team reserves the right to not publish based on the parameters of the event. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to increase the reach of your event marketing.
We thank you for your continued collaboration and look forward to highlighting even more progress in future issues of Spotlight on Pontiac.

Tim Greimel

Pontiac Festival of the Arts
September 16, 2023 - Noon to 11 p.m.

Greetings Pontiac!

newcitylogocolor_smallThe City of Pontiac and the Pontiac Arts Commission are hosting the Pontiac Festival of the Arts in Downtown Pontiac on September 16 from Noon to 11 p.m. This engaging, creative, and family-fun event features a wide array of visual arts, music, dance and spoken word!

There will be two (2) stages featuring performances throughout the day, art booths and plenty of tantalizing food and BBQ vendors along Saginaw to satisfy everyone's tastebuds! Come enjoy the ambience of Downtown Pontiac at this festival, as well check out some of the new and existing restaurants and businesses Downtown.

Vendor Opportunities
Artist and Vendor Opportunities are still available. Contact Bart Loeb at (248) 320-5322 or email him at Vendors must comply with city and public safety ordinances in a timely manner to receive the proper permits for participation, so act fast and call Bart today!

2023 Festival of the ArtsPlanned Street Closures
As we continue to plan for this dynamic celebration of the arts, we are scheduled to close the streets listed below from 7 a.m. Saturday (September 16) through early Sunday morning:
Saginaw from Huron to Water Street Water Street from Saginaw to Perry
Lawrence (West) from Saginaw to the alley
Lawrence (East) from Saginaw to the alley

Please monitor the city's website at for updates on street closings and other details affecting transportation through Downtown Pontiac on September 16. We will also share information on Facebook, Instagram and X (formerly Twitter). Once the event ends,
the affected streets will remain closed as event organizers and DPW crews clear the area of equipment, litter, temporary trash containers and debris.

We are very excited to present this event for residents and visitors and look forward to it becoming an annual Pontiac tradition. Please share this information within your network and plan to come out and enjoy all the culture, music, art and entertainment this wonderful event promises to offer.

Sincerely, Tim Greimel

Unauthorized Event at Local Park Cancelled
July 14, 2023

The “Battle of I-75” event scheduled to take place at Oakland Park on July 14 and 15 has been canceled. All vendors and event participants were asked to leave Oakland Park by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. We appreciate all cooperation throughout this process.

The City of Pontiac has been working hard to take care of our parks so that our citizens can enjoy themselves all summer long. We work closely with organizations and vendors to ensure events are scheduled and managed with regard to the health and safety of attendees. On Friday, the City became aware of an unauthorized event occurring at Oakland Park that was shut down immediately.

This 3-on-3 basketball event was held last year at an area park with ZERO coordination with the City. The event was:

  • uninsured
  • had inadequate port-a-johns
  • had inadequate parking for participants, and
  • posed a traffic nightmare for residents nearby

The organizer was informed last summer that all promoters must apply to the City, consult with public safety and follow the same protocols as any other promoter requesting to use taxpayer-funded city parks.

In recent weeks, city staff repeatedly reminded the organizer of the need to obtain a permit and what was required to do so. The organizer did not return calls, was a no-show for a meeting last week, and repeatedly missed deadlines. When the organizer failed to submit needed documentation by today’s 1 p.m. deadline, he was informed that the event would not move forward.

The organizer has been told for nearly a year what he had to do, and he failed to do it. As a result of his not complying with the protocols that all Pontiac residents are required to follow, the city had no choice but to shut the activity down. We have an obligation to our residents, and we hope that next year this event will be able to move forward.

Tim Greimel

Update on Pontiac Home Repair Program
June 27, 2023

Good afternoon Pontiac! 

homerepairlogoLet me first thank everyone who called or came in person to schedule an application review appointment for the Pontiac Home Repair Program (PHRP). When we developed the program earlier this year, we knew it would provide much-needed assistance to homeowners having difficulty paying for critical home renovations.

The goal was to distribute more than $3 million in grants over a three-year period, with each annual round providing up to $25,000 to at least 44 approved applicants. When we opened the window to set appointments for application reviews, the community response was so overwhelming, we exceeded the requisite number of applicants for the first round! 


homerepairtownhallBetween May 22 and June 2, employees in the Grants and Philanthropy Division held numerous public meetings across the City to inform residents of the program requirements. The PHRP team also answered questions via phone and email, so that residents would know what to expect, and also what to bring, for their application review appointment.

The PHRP began scheduling appointments on June 21, and the response was as follows:
•    the hotline received 1,982 calls (1,633 of that total were received on June 21) 
•    600 voicemails were received on June 21 
•    286 application appointments were set for June 26 to August 31 
•    appointments were set for every hour, Monday through Thursday, for 10 weeks 


Within hours of taking calls for appointments—which, as communicated to the community over the past couple of months, were set on a first-come, first-served basis—the City deemed it necessary to close the first round of applications. Due to the volume of respondents, funding was potentially at capacity for approved applications. It was also necessary for the entire team to contact each caller and provide information on the status of their inquiry. Once each applicant attends their assigned appointment:

•    homeowners who are deemed eligible to proceed (from a documentation standpoint), will be sent a notice from the housing inspector to schedule an inspection. After the home is inspected, and deemed eligible for work, the homeowner will receive final approval and the approved repairs for their homes will be sent to the contractors to bid on the work. 

•    homeowners deemed ineligible (ineligible due to documentation/income requirements not being met or ineligible due to the condition of their homes) will be notified via letter in the mail specifying why they were denied.  


The tremendous response from the community shows just how valuable this program is and the extent of the financial need in the City to complete critical home repairs. We understand the disappointment that some homeowners may feel if they are unable to participate in the current home improvement round. However, the team is working diligently to ensure that we assess, review and process all applications in a timely manner to determine the full scope of funding in an effort to further the program’s reach. We are also working closely with City Council to determine the appropriate path to allocating more financial assistance, sooner rather than later. There will be at least one additional round in the future.

We will update you on the Pontiac Home Repair Program via all of the city's platforms once details of the next round are finalized.


Tim Greimel

Proposed Oakland County Office Site in Pontiac
May 26, 2023

Good afternoon Pontiac!

proposedphoenixsiteThere has been quite a bit of buzz this week about Oakland County's proposed purchase of two privately-owned downtown office towers. Development of this site as a County hub, in downtown Pontiac, would revitalize the area's economy by bringing hundreds of workers into the heart of our city. 


It is important to note, this project is expected to bring 400-600 employees to the workspace that Oakland County envisions. Not only would this bring critical County services and programs closer to Pontiac residents, it would also return the County's presence to the heart of the city where it was originally situated before being moved to the border with Waterford 60 years ago.

Earlier this month, the County was authorized by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners' Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee to enter into a purchase agreement to:

  • Purchase Ottawa Tower, 5111 Woodard Avenue, from a private owner
  • Purchase the currently vacant former GM Building, 31 E. Judson, from a private owner
  • Purchase adjacent parcels of vacant land from a private owner
  • Assume the lease for the Phoenix Center Parking Garage, which is owned by the City of Pontiac  

Click here to download the purchase agreement
Click here to download the 2020 agreement between the City and the owners of the Ottawa Towers

phoenixcurrentThe Phoenix Center Parking Garage is owned by the City of Pontiac and leased to the owner of Ottawa Tower and the former GM Building. That lease for the Parking Garage was entered into by the City's previous administration for a period of 99 years, with stipulations that the "Lessee" would maintain the facility and make structural improvements. Since that time, agreed-upon maintenance and repairs have not been made and the facility is in disrepair and not widely used.

The proposal by the County to purchase the office towers has never included purchase of the Phoenix Center. Any decision made with regard to refurbishing the Parking Garage, or potentially demolishing it, would be made by the City at a future date and would require approval by the Pontiac City Council.


This proposed development would exponentially benefit Pontiac businesses and residents by bringing downtown more office workers who will undoubtedly frequent restaurants and retail establishments. It would correct a number of negatives--economic and logistic--that occurred when the County moved its headquarters away from Downtown Pontiac decades ago. It also offers the opportunity to find a permanent solution to the decaying state of the Phoenix Center while potentially restoring public performance space in the heart of our downtown.

While we look forward to this phenomenal collaboration, there are a few variables that have to be determined. The County is currently in a 60-day due diligence period as details of the property are investigated, and funding from the state has yet to be determined. However, if all critical elements ultimately align, and the County is successful in acquiring the properties, we will welcome County employees with open arms back to Downtown Pontiac, which has always been the heart of Oakland County!


Tim Greimel

Update on Improvments to the Robert Bowens and Ruth Peterson Centers
May 31, 2023
Good afternoon Pontiac!

senior1We are committed to improving the quality of programs and facilities that help our seniors stay healthy--mentally and physically--so they may continue to thrive in Pontiac. Our senior population has been very busy this May and as this year's Senior Awareness Month comes to a close, we wanted to give you an update on the progress of renovations underway at the Ruth Peterson Senior Center and the Robert Bowens Senior Center.

In March, we attended a press conference convened by Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter, who announced the county received $5 million in American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support 29 senior centers. Pontiac is receiving $295,000 to implement improvements at both facilities, which will greatly improve senior engagement at those locations.
Renovations will be conducted in two phases. The City of Pontiac initiated a thorough, competitive bid process to choose a firm that would make the repairs and improvements for phase 1. Once that review was completed, Pontiac Drywall Systems Inc. (PDSI)--which has extensive expertise in drywall, carpentry, office building renovation, HUD housing, general trade work, and is a Pontiac-based company--was selected to make the repairs for Phase I.


•    Bathroom renovations- upgraded to ADA Compliance
•    Interior wall construction
•    Improvements to facility entrances
•    Installation of new ramps
•    New security system
•    Pouring of concrete for outdoor ramps and indoor floor slabs
•    Rough framing for both centers
•    Installation of new plumbing and electrical

Restrooms under renovation in both centers are limited to use by program and event participants until they are completed. Employees at both sites are monitoring access and ease of use daily. As construction continues, some entrances will be restricted as exterior ADA-compliant ramps are poured and doors are replaced

The city is seeking funding for additional renovations for Phase II, which will also follow a competitive bid process. Those additional upgrades include (but are not limited to):

•    Flooring and carpet replacement
•    IT Infrastructure and computers
•    Interior wall construction
•    Kitchen Improvements
•    Replacement of window blinds
•    Lighting Upgrades 

The newest grant award will be announced by the funder publicly in June.
We are extremely excited about the renovations underway and understand that any construction can be a nuisance, especially to our older population. Our Department of Public Works (DPW) Division is closely monitoring the work and has been informed we should expect the work to be completed by end of June, barring any unforeseen setbacks with supplies or weather. If you have specific questions about the project, you may contact the Engineering Division at (248) 758-3616.
Thank you so much for your patience as we continue to improve the Ruth Peterson and Robert Bowens centers. We want our seniors to have the high-quality recreation centers that they deserve to enjoy now and well into the future. 


Tim Greimel
FY 2023-2024 Budget Meetings Begin Today!

Good afternoon Pontiac!

2024proposedbudgetIt is that time of year again when the entire Administration prepares to discuss our proposed budget for the upcoming 2023-2024 fiscal year. This is the second budget presentation for my administration in 12 months. While the process can be long and arduous, we are extremely enthusiastic about the tremendous gains made during our first year in office. In the last year, we continued a critical review of our finances, fees and procedures in an effort to eliminate severe structural deficits and implement sound fiscal policies. Pontiac is on a path of progress and promise!

We look forward to thoroughly explaining our projections before council and the public to outline our mission of making a positive impact on the City and our citizens.

At the May 2 City Council meeting, the following schedule was approved for public presentations to be held in Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor of City Hall (47450 Woodward Avenue). The presentations will be conducted weekly and may involve one of more city departments on a particular day. The meetings are open to the public and seating in the chambers is first-come, first-served. The meeting will also be streamed live on the city's Facebook page.

Special Meeting - 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, May 4, 2023

Special Meeting - 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, May 11, 2023

Special Meeting - 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, May 18, 2023

Special Meeting - 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, May 25, 2023

Public Hearing on Proposed Budget and Fee Schedule - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

First Reading of 2023-2024 Fiscal Year Budget Ordinance - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Second Reading of 2023-2024 Fiscal Year Budget Ordinance - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13, 2023


sweeperIn late March, 2023, we submitted our annual Audit report to the state. The information submitted was thorough and transparent, and as you review the details, you will see we are focused on rebuilding. The City has brought back in‐house certain city services so we can wield more “direct control” of our ability to deliver services instead of continuing the previous administrations actions of privatizing services.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has already brought winter maintenance in‐house and has successfully ensured that city-controlled roads are passable within 24 hours of cessation of the winter weather event. The same commitment is in place for other divisions, including the Code Enforcement Division and Building Division.

Additionally, the administration has realigned departments to create synergies and more efficient workflows. We believe that this focus on service delivery will result in greater customer satisfaction, and in turn, translate into increased property values and growth in population.

You may read more about this by clicking here. To access the full audit, click on the link below.



This is an exciting time for the city as we present our vision for moving Pontiac forward. The proposed budget reflects our commitment to several priorities, including:

  •  hiring key Personnel to better serve the needs of the city, citizens and businesses
  • ·establishing robust Community and Economic Development initiatives
  • pursuing available Grant funding at the county, state and federal level
  • enhancing our Parks and Recreation programs to enrich the lives of our youth and seniors

We welcome the opportunity to discuss our fiscal forecast and proposals to Council members and the public in detail, as we continue to work on behalf of our residents.


Tim Greimel



Business owners interested in applying for a license can begin July 5th

On April 4, 2023, the City Council approved a recreational marihuana ordinance for the City of Pontiac
Click here to read the press release 
Marihuana Ordinances 2406 and 2407 - Copy

Elimination of Left Turn Lanes on Woodward Avenue at South Boulevard
March 24, 2023

Good afternoon Pontiac!

We are committed to making sure that drivers are safe as they travel Pontiac roads. However, in the last few years, the intersection of Woodward Avenue at South Boulevard has experienced a higher volume of traffic and, unfortunately, an increase in accidents and fatalities involving motorists and pedestrians.

In order to improve safety at the intersection, City Council approved a contract in January with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for re-design construction of Woodward Avenue at South Boulevard. The bulk of the cost for the MDOT reconstruction--$3.88 million--is being paid for with federal safety funds that MDOT has received. The City agreed to pay a small percentage of the $388,600 balance, 12.5% or $48,600. A powerpoint presentation containing all of these details, including maps of the MDOT construction and road detours, can be viewed at:


While the MDOT construction was originally set to begin in several months, our Department of Public Works (DPW) was notified last week that MDOT's start date was moved up to begin this month. The project calls for:

  • installation of what are widely known as "Michigan Left" turns in all directions, which will require drivers to utilize right turns and U-turn lanes in the boulevard in order to turn left.
  • modernization of the traffic signals as has been previously done with several other city intersections.
  • alteration of the southbound lanes of Woodward Avenue, so it is no longer a straight shot, in order to make room for the "Michigan Left" turns.

During construction, the following restrictions will be in effect:

  • Southbound Woodward will be completely closed to traffic from the railroad crossing on Woodward to the north side of South Blvd. starting March 27 until the end of May.
  • Northbound Woodward will remain open, with one lane of traffic closed and two thru lanes open.
  • Delays are expected during morning and afternoon drive times.
  • Access into businesses will be maintained.



MDOT will have posted detours to guide motorists to major roads, particularly trucks, which are too heavy to travel through the neighborhoods. However, local traffic to the nearby neighborhoods may opt to use a few usual detours:

If you are heading north:
Opdyke to Auburn to Woodward
South Boulevard West to Franklin to Rapid to Woodward
South Boulevard East to Sanford North to local streets

If you are heading south:
Rapid to Franklin to South Boulevard to Woodward
To get to local roads you may want to use:
Rapid to Franklin to local streets

MDOT Map 032723


SMART riders on routes 450 and 462: A detour in Pontiac will begin effective Monday, March 27 through May. Three southbound local stops will be out of service.

FAST will not be impacted, but allow extra time. Northbound service will remain unchanged. For more information, log on to:

Commencement of Sidewalk Trip Hazard Elimination Project

Good Afternoon Pontiac!

We are committed to helping Pontiac homeowners maintain their property at mandated levels of safety, and, in recent weeks, we kicked off efforts to review and repair sidewalks that pose a problem for pedestrians.

The City of Pontiac has hired a contractor who will conduct Sidewalk Joint Displacement Cutting where there is a tripping hazard adjacent to or near a homeowner's property. Affected homeowners were recently notified that the contractor will soon begin work in their area. If it is determined that the trip hazard is too large to remove by displacement cutting, the sidewalk will be scheduled for replacement at a later date.

Once the area posing a trip hazard is repaired/replaced, the contractor will continue moving down the sidewalk to repair nearby trip hazards. When that area of sidewalk has been upgraded, it will be opened to pedestrians. We anticipate that work on any specific portion of sidewalk may take up to a week to be completed.

It is important to note that, under our city's longstanding ordinance, homeowners are responsible for maintaining the sidewalk adjacent to their property. However, this spring's targeted work is being done with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in income-eligible areas as a benefit to our residents. You can find a map below that identifies the neighborhoods that will benefit from this program this year. Those areas are: Chamberlain Street, Region 3, Region 5, Region 10 and Region 15* (*Contractor will start improvement work in Region 15 until funding is exhausted).

If you happen to encounter these work zones, please consider:

•    pedestrians are urged to use extreme caution in the areas under construction 
•    access to the homes will be maintained throughout construction 

This construction will be completed as quickly as possible, and we apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. Your patience as we continue to beautify our neighborhoods is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, we ask that you contact the City of Pontiac Engineering Division at (248) 758-3616. With your help and cooperation, this project will progress to a timely completion.


Tim Greimel

Click here to download a map of the streets included in the sidewalk repair program
Click here for a list of streets included in the sidewalk repair program
Update on Efforts to Repair Potholes

Good afternoon.

Southeast Michigan is experiencing another round of snow this weekend; but so far, it doesn’t appear to be as severe as recent storms. Nonetheless, the extreme fluctuations in temperatures and conditions are wreaking havoc on our roads, producing more potholes.
Our Department of Public Works (DPW) crews patch potholes year-round with two exceptions:
    •  when heavy rains in spring/summer hamper production of patching material
    •  when snow or freezing rain requires DPW crews to be out salting roads

Since December 2022, DPW patching crews have put down a total of 143.25 tons (286,500 pounds) of cold patch material. It’s shoveled into the hole and pressed into place by passing vehicles. Under normal circumstances, this filling will stay in place in the hole until that section of concrete is permanently replaced.However, Michigan winters are rarely normal! The freeze/thaw cycles we experience lead to “heaving” of the road surface. This causes the patch material to lift out of the cavity, break up, and be subsequently carried away when roads are shoveled. This reopens the pothole.
DPW monitors Pontiac streets to determine the location of potholes. We also encourage residents to log concerns by calling our DPW office and by going online to the city's website. Those service requests are forwarded to a Supervisor or Superintendent who then assigns crews to respond, typically the next morning. Whether the complaint involves a small hole or large sections of road, all reports are prioritized so crews can be dispatched. In the street, workers are usually confined to a single lane of road between construction vehicles and focus on the job.

So as you encounter crews patching the road, we ask you to take the following precautions: 

~ Stay alert and avoid distractions.
~ Slow down so you can maneuver past with ease.
~ Be observant and keep moving. 

Potholes are a by-product of Michigan weather and definitely frustrating to all of us as drivers. DPW crews are doing their best to fill them as fast as possible and as they come to our attention. If you know of a pothole that is a traffic hazard, report it by calling (248) 758-3600 or log on to

The only long-term fix for our roads is to resurface and/or reconstruct them. This year, we will be repairing Franklin Road, as well as Orchard Lake Road between Voorheis and Old Telegraph. Also, a federally-funded reconstruction project for Bagley and Golf Drive will commence next year. While this is a start, it's just the tip of the iceberg. Adequately repairing all city roads in Pontiac will cost more than $200 million. We are exploring all options in search of obtaining the needed revenue. Until then, our best course of action is to repair potholes as efficiently as we can, weather permitting.


Tim Greimel

Thank you for your continued patience. Here is your 2/26 morning update. 
DTE's public safety and restoration crews have remained in the field and are making strong progress toward our goal of restoring power to each and every customer. Over 4,000 line workers and staff have supported our power restoration efforts, and other DTE employees made wellness checks on our most vulnerable customers, including seniors.

We continue to urge customers to stay vigilant and exercise extreme caution for down wire. Please stay 25 feet away and do not cross caution tape.

Field Crews Continue to Work Around the Clock
  • As of 7:30 a.m., we have restored power to more than 450,000 customers and are laser-focused on restoring the majority of customers impacted by the storm by the end of the day.
  • Yesterday we made significant progress restoring schools. Today, our focus is restoring power to the remaining K-12 schools, so classes resume on Monday.
  • DTE's outage map remains updated with restoration estimates for nearly all affected customers.
  • Today's weather forecast is sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s. 
  • Inclement weather is expected for Monday and Tuesday, which could impact our restoration efforts.
Update on Power Outages and Area Warming Centers

Good afternoon.

The severe weather has created a number of challenges in the last few days including power outages across Southeastern Michigan. On Wednesday, out of an abundance of caution, City Hall closed in the early afternoon and all youth recreation programs were canceled for the day. Our street response began early and continued through the night to the next morning. Despite the warmer temperatures, residents are still facing fallout from the storms in the form of power outages, tree debris, and downed power lines. I have personally been in touch with DTE and remain in constant contact with our Department of Public Works.

Pontiac Department of Public Works (DPW) Storm Response
The ice storm caused considerable damage, opening new potholes and bringing down tree limbs. DPW has rented a chipper and is driving through the city chipping whatever can be fed into the equipment. Anything too large for our rented chipper will be reported to our contractor for service. This should result in the fastest possible clearing of roadways for travel. Even with a tree contractor working in the city, we anticipate it will take up to two (2) weeks to clear all of the fallen trees and limbs from public areas. If you have an emergency with a broken or fallen tree limb, please contact DPW at: (248) 758-3600 and follow the prompts.

Update on Power Outages
Your safety is our highest priority. We continue to work with DTE to inform them of any downed power lines brought to our attention. We also know that there are large numbers of households still in the dark. DTE crews have been working around the clock and anticipate at least 95% of locations without power will be restored by Sunday. Click here for updates on the status of outages and DTE's progress in your area.

Warming Centers
The City of Pontiac is activating the Robert Bowens Senior Center as a Warming Center this Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help residents stay as warm as possible this weekend.

The Oakland County Office of Emergency Management also has information on additional centers in the area. Click here to view those locations if you or someone you know needs to warm up.

As DTE crews continue working to restore power, we urge you to continue taking precautions:

  • Look up: downed lines may be on the ground, wrapped in a tree or hiding behind tall grass or weeds.
  • Stay at least 25 feet away from all live lines and anything that may be in contact with them.
  • Report the downed or damaged line to DTE at 800.477.4747.

Again, we want you to be safe, stay warm and know that our DPW crews are working closely with DTE to make sure its crews are able to travel throughout the city, unencumbered, so they can get power restored to all homes as soon as possible.


Tim Greimel
Selection of Site for Youth Recreation Program
The CitYouthRecreationSitey of Pontiac is moving forward with the acquisition of the McCarroll School site for a community center that will house the City’s youth recreation programming.

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