Local Government

Published June 5, 2018

EASTPOINTE — An Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission is coming to Eastpointe after the Eastpointe City Council unanimously adopted the ordinance to form the nine-member commission May 15. 

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Published June 5, 2018

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — When taxpayers in Grosse Pointe Shores get their property tax bills this summer, they might notice a change on the city portion: Their tax rate is going from 18.7031 mills to 17.7031 mills for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which starts July 1.

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Published June 4, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — In 2017, the Birmingham City Commission decided to scratch the annual fireworks display from the schedule, noting that it could possibly be brought back in the future if crowds weren’t expected to be so large.

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Published June 1, 2018

WARREN — Annette Gattari-Ross spent 23 years handling Warren’s legal needs and representing the taxpayers collectively in court as an assistant city attorney. Now, as a court administrator and magistrate, it’s her job to ensure that the 37th District Court functions smoothly.

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Published June 1, 2018

WARREN — Warren City Councilman Scott Stevens said weighing in on looming revisions to the city’s master plan is a lot like voting.

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Published May 30, 2018

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn remembers people being critical of the community putting money in to building parks in the early 2000s. Waldenburg Park opened off 21 Mile Road in 2002, and Macomb Corners Park followed in 2004 off 25 Mile Road.Read More

Published May 30, 2018

LANSING — They’re used to haul our food, but they’re also a threat to our environment, according to a local lawmaker and recycling expert.  A proposed state bill aims to allow local governments to make their own rules on the use of plastic grocery bags.Read More

Published May 30, 2018

The Fourth of July is still more than a month away, but Sterling Heights city officials are warning the public that unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated, even on days when it’s legal to launch consumer fireworks in the city.Read More

Published May 29, 2018

FARMINGTON — Which city services should make the cut and which should head to the chopping block to streamline the budget? The city wants to know.

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Published May 29, 2018

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Residents in the Smokler Clinton and Green Valley subdivisions of Clinton Township will have the opportunity to pay for sidewalk repairs as necessary.

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Published May 29, 2018

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — There will be an empty chair at the table the next time the Grosse Pointe Farms City Council meets, at 7 p.m. June 11 at City Hall. In a letter to the city, longtime City Councilwoman Therese Joseph announced her resignation as of the May 14 council meeting. City Manager Shane Reeside said Joseph wasn’t at the May 14 meeting, so Mayor Louis Theros announced that the council hopes to honor her for her service at a future meeting.

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Published May 29, 2018

CLAWSON — On May 15, the Clawson City Council unanimously approved a 3.5 percent increase in the average charge for water and sewer per 1,000 cubic feet, effective July 1, for the October billing cycle.

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Published May 29, 2018

MADISON HEIGHTS — Ben Myers, the city manager of Madison Heights, will retire ahead of schedule at the start of the new fiscal year in July. His original retirement date was in October.Read More

Published May 29, 2018

MADISON HEIGHTS — During an awards luncheon held by the Madison Heights Community Round Table, a local couple were honored for a lifetime of service. Dozens of other volunteers was recognized as well.Read More

Published May 29, 2018

MADISON HEIGHTS — Homeowners in Madison Heights will see their taxes increase during the new fiscal year, which begins July 1. But they should also be safer — and their community cleaner — thanks to new positions in police, fire and code enforcement.Read More

Published May 24, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Following recommendations from a subcommittee charged with reviewing the zoning ordinances and the Planning Commission, City Council voted to approve amendments to some of the ordinances May 21.

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Published May 24, 2018

HARPER WOODS — For those who have ever reached into their pockets and discovered, to their satisfaction, a previously forgotten $20 bill, imagine the surprise on the faces of the Harper Woods City Council when $322,218 of unused money was rediscovered during an annual audit.

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Published May 24, 2018

WARREN — The Warren City Council unanimously approved budgets for the city’s general fund and water and sewer system earlier this month after reading a list of amendments into the record. Two weeks after the approval, administrators seemingly went back to fine-tune it again.

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Published May 23, 2018

SOUTHFIELD — Members of the Southfield City Council entertained a change of scenery May 14 during a joint meeting with Lawrence Technological University officials.Read More

Published May 23, 2018

HUNTINGTON WOODS — A new budget was passed by the Huntington Woods City Commission in which there was a slight increase in the city’s general fund revenue. Passed at the commission’s May 15 meeting, Huntington Woods’ budget will run July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.Read More

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