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July 31, 2013

Eastpointe to host City Hall open house

By Sara Kandel
C & G Staff Writer

EASTPOINTE — Residents are invited to check out City Hall in Eastpointe at an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

The open house will feature information on City Hall, as well as the various boards and commissions in Eastpointe.

“Board and commission members provide a link between the city and residents,” said Bill Driskell, public information assistant for Eastpointe, in a statement. “The open house is a great opportunity for homeowners to come out and meet their fellow residents who serve on these boards, and possibly fill out an application to serve on one themselves.”

Representatives from eight local boards and commissions are slated to be at the event: the Beautification Commission, the Recreational Authority Board, the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Traffic and Safety Advisory Commission, the Memorial Library Commission, the Housing Commission, and the Downtown Development Authority.

The Beautification Commission works with residents, businesses and the city to make aesthetic improvements around the city.

“We try to encourage curb appeal and maintain curb appeal around the city,” said Peggy Sweeney-Mann, a Beautification Commission member. “We are currently perusing the city, looking for possible landscape award-winners for the annual beautification awards in February.”

The beautification commission currently has two openings.

The Recreational Authority Board oversees recreation services for Eastpointe and Roseville. The Zoning Board of Appeals grants variances to city codes regarding zoning, signage and fencing. The Traffic and Safety Advisory Commission oversees traffic control and safety issues in Eastpointe. The Housing Commission oversees senior citizen housing at the various government housing facilities in the city. The Downtown Development Authority manages right-of-way improvements in the DDA district.

The Planning Commission oversees zoning and other land use issues in Eastpointe.

“We do a number of items,” said Planning Commission Chair Jeff Lubeck. “We review site plans for new buildings going up in the city. We also recommend zoning ordinances for the City Council to approve and we hear rezoning cases first, then send a recommendation to council.”

Lubeck said the Planning Commission currently has one opening. Experience in city planning and zoning is not required to apply for the commission.

All of the boards and commissions represented at the open house will be accepting applications, but not all of them have openings currently, explained City Manager Steve Duchane, who added that citizen membership on such commissions allows the governing of local municipalities to be shaped by the people who live in them.

“By charter and statute, these (boards and commissions) provide citizen involvement and true participation in local governments’ decisions, even to the point of quasi-judicial authority,” Duchane said.

The open house will be held in conjunction with Eastpointe’s summer music series Music in the Plaza, where Rick and Dayna will be playing oldies, Top 40, classic rock and country in the courtyard.

City Hall is located at 23200 Gratiot Ave., just north of Nine Mile Road. For more information, call (586) 445-3661.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sara Kandel at skandel@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1030.