Local Government

Published October 17, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Millions of people across the United States are kept warm each year thanks to funding from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. However, declining federal appropriations means groups that receive money from this fund are finding it harder and harder to assist those in need.

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Published October 17, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — On Oct. 2, the West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve its 10-year financial projection for 2018. 

The projection is used by the township to guide decisions during the budgeting process and is not the same as a budget. Township assessors and financial advisers organize the projection as an accounting tool.

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Published October 16, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 10, local officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new trail connection between the Macomb Orchard Trail at Dequindre Road and Gene Shepherd Park, located near Dequindre and 23 Mile roads.

The project is the latest phase of the Iron Belle Trail in Shelby Township. Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail project includes a proposed 1,259-mile hiking route and a 744-mile biking route connecting Ironwood, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle Park in Detroit.

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Published October 16, 2017

UTICA — On Oct. 10, the Utica City Council voted to make two separate parks out of the grassy area adjacent to Utica City Hall that, up until Dec. 13, 2016, had been colloquially called Memorial Park.

The site of the Veterans Memorial will now be called “Memorial Park.” The other portion of the grassy area will be called “Jacqueline K. Noonan Riverwalk Park.”

The compromise came after hours of back-and-forth during two Utica City Council meetings, as well as an ad hoc committee meeting and a Utica Downtown Development Authority meeting.

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Published October 13, 2017

WARREN — Officials gathered at a vacant lot on Van Dyke Oct. 12 to officially break ground on Warren’s new $5 million multi-use Civic Center, set to include a 9,400-square-foot library, a mini police station and ancillary city offices.

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Published October 11, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A local contractor has accepted a plea agreement and admitted to paying more than $90,000 in kickbacks to a Macomb Township elected official.

Christopher Sorrentino, 51, of Macomb Township, filed the plea agreement Oct. 3 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. The plea comes about a month after charges were filed against Sorrentino for structuring financial transactions to avoid currency reporting requirements in cashing checks to pay the kickbacks.

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Published October 11, 2017

Sterling Heights earned positive marks on its progress report when Mayor Michael Taylor gave the second annual State of the City address Sept. 29 at the Macedonian Cultural Center in Sterling Heights.

In his address, Taylor framed the city’s happenings about innovation, investment and progress.

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Published October 11, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council unanimously approved a special land use application for a new medical marijuana facility to be located on Hilton Road.

Approved at the Sept. 25 meeting, the medical marijuana facility, Oasis Wellness Center, will occupy 1921 Hilton Road.

The plans for the building date back to Jan. 14, 2016, but were tabled at the time at the request of Oasis. After coming back to the Planning Commission this year, the special land use was recommended for approval.

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