Local Government

Published April 25, 2016

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — In budgets unveiled at council meetings April 12 and 19, the cities of Roseville and Eastpointe laid out stable 2016-17 budget proposals that should not require delving into the cities’ savings accounts.

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Published April 25, 2016

WARREN — Investments in infrastructure and a commitment to keeping public safety services intact highlighted the proposed budget that Mayor Jim Fouts presented to members of the Warren City Council earlier this month.

Fouts addressed the council in-person just before their regular meeting on April 12, where he laid out his proposed $215 million total spending plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year, an amount that now includes the city’s water budget and just under $105.8 million in general fund expenditures.

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Published April 20, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — As they work on the budget and planning for future expenditures, officials in Grosse Pointe City are examining their priorities to determine what the most important projects, policies and purchases might be for the next two years.

Every two years, after a City Council election, the council prepares goals for the next two years. The mayor serves a two-year term, and the council members serve staggered four-year terms, so a portion of the council is up for election every two years.

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Published April 20, 2016

The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently looked within its namesake city to find Melanie Davis, its newest president and CEO.

Davis, 45, from Sterling Heights, will take over the job from Wayne Oehmke, 74, from Macomb Township. Oehmke plans to retire from the leadership spot next month.

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Published April 20, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Bob Cannon’s streak of running unopposed as Clinton Township supervisor looks like it may end.

The supervisor since 2000, Cannon — a Republican — is expected to have a challenger who sits only a few feet away from him during Clinton Township Board of Trustees meetings.

Democrat Dean Reynolds, who is in his third term as trustee and has served since 2004, said he planned to file as a candidate for the township supervisor role on April 15.

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Published April 20, 2016

CLAWSON — See a problem? Want to report it? The entire process is as simple as a couple of clicks on a smartphone or a computer.

The city of Clawson rolled out SeeClickFix earlier this month, allowing registered users to directly report nonemergency issues and communicate with department heads via easy-to-use technology.

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Published April 20, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A police millage and a safety path and trails network millage will be on the upcoming November general election ballot.

“The police millage is strictly a renewal,” Oakland Township Supervisor Terry Gonser said at the April 12 Board of Trustees meeting. “Safety paths is a reduction.”

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Published April 20, 2016

UTICA — The Utica Public Library has slimmed its hours, staff and services in recent years, and Director Marsha Doege said she plans to submit more reductions in her next budget, including taking a salary cut herself and slashing hours further.

“The 2008 debacle hit the library hard, along with the erosion of mills and loss of personal property taxes — just a whole lot of things that made us struggle,” Doege said. “We’ve been in survival mode, but now it’s to the point where we need to request help from the taxpayers.”

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Published April 19, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — For the first time, city officials and residents met to have a discussion on the city’s standards of curb appeal.

Residents were invited to meet with Mayor Ken Siver, the Southfield City Council and a handful of city officials, who hosted a Code Enforcement Community Dialogue April 14 in the council chambers. 

Siver said the idea for the event came from issues derived from the mayoral election in November.

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Published April 18, 2016

BERKLEY — Near the end of the Berkley City Council’s April 4 meeting, Councilwoman Tina Edgar announced her resignation.

“It is with a multitude of various emotions that I announce the necessity to step down from my position as (a) member of the Berkley City Council,” she said. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of the city that I have lived in and loved for 17-plus years. I’m sorry to lose the opportunity to collaborate with my five fantastic council members and our illustrious mayor.

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Published April 18, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved by a 9-4 margin April 14 to give their positions and other county elected officials pay raises beginning at the start of 2017.

The raises are part of the 2017 compensation ordinance and are the first pay increase for county officials in more than a decade.

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Published April 15, 2016

WARREN — For the second time in six weeks, a majority of the Warren City Council has voted to let residents decide whether the mayor should be able to serve five terms in office instead of three.

Despite objections from a small group of protesters gathered outside the entrance to the Warren Community Center’s auditorium, where the council’s meetings are held, council members voted 6-1 on April 12 to put the question on the ballot in August.

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Published April 14, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Looking to retain his position as Macomb County public works commissioner, Anthony Marrocco officially filed to run for re-election on April 4.

The Democrat’s challengers in the Aug. 2 primary election are Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, and Warren Republican Joseph Hunt.

A lifelong Macomb County resident, Marrocco, 67, has held the elected position for six terms (24 years) after former Commissioner Thomas Welsh’s retirement.

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Published April 14, 2016

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MOUNT CLEMENS — The chairman of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners announced April 13 that he will not seek re-election this fall.

Dave Flynn, D-Sterling Heights, is serving his fifth term after becoming the youngest commissioner ever elected to the board at age 20 and becoming the youngest board chair at age 26.

“I am truly privileged to have had the responsibility to hold the positions entrusted to me by my constituents and colleagues,” Flynn said in a press release.

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Published April 13, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The city of Wayne is interested in joining Hazel Park and Eastpointe in the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority, or SMORSA, provided that voters in all three communities agree to the move.

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Published April 13, 2016

FERNDALE — The owner of the Motorama Motel, located at 100 Eight Mile Road, is suing the city of Ferndale for denying the motel a license to operate in the town.

The lawsuit was filed March 16 by Dilip Patel, president of Krishna Krupa Inc., which operates the motel.

Back in February, the Ferndale City Council denied the renewal of an operating license for the motel after a recommendation of denial from Police Chief Timothy Collins.

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Published April 13, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste held the seventh annual State of the Township address April 4, at which she welcomed new and future businesses, promoted the township’s RiverSafe program and highlighted the public safety departments.

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Published April 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Community input is one of the things that makes the Southfield Police Department great, according to Police Chief Eric Hawkins.

Each month, graduates of the Citizens Police Academy meet for dinner and discussion at the Southfield Police Department as part of the Citizens Advisory Board, where members have an unfiltered discussion on policing and community issues.

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Published April 12, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council at its regular meeting April 5 unanimously approved setting up a special assessment district to get old bills paid up for sidewalk and driveway repairs.

City Manager Steve Duchane said the district will cover work scheduled and finished going back as far as 2014 where the property owners failed to pay the bill. With an assessment district set up, those people will have 60 days to pay for the replacement and repair work done on their sidewalks; afterward, they will be rolled onto those property owners’ tax bills.

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Published April 12, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 5, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the design-build team that Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski and Township Engineer Fazal Khan recommended to complete the first two phases in the development of Fire Station No. 5.

Swinkowski said he and Khan interviewed the four top teams after sending out a request for qualification, and Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc. and Wing Construction Inc. came out on top.

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