Local Government

Published September 27, 2017

PLEASANT RIDGE — A new ordinance was passed by Pleasant Ridge’s City Commission to lay out regulations to install distributed antenna systems, or small-cell wireless systems, in the city.

The ordinance, passed unanimously at the commission’s Sept. 12 meeting, came about after wireless providers indicated to the city that they were interested in constructing a new tower in a public right of way.

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Published September 27, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council voted to end its contract for the Michigan Municipal League to perform an executive search for the open Eastpointe city manager position during the Sept. 18 meeting at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave.

Prior to the vote Sept. 18, council had voted to table the matter Sept. 5 after Mayor Pro Tem Michael Klinefelt told the council that he was not happy with the potential timeline for the search per the MML, which had indicated that the search might last at least into November.

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Published September 27, 2017

Sterling Heights city officials recently explained the deal with Delia Park by showing off the new surfacing on its tennis courts.

At a Sept. 19 presentation, members of the Sterling Heights City Council held a ribbon-cutting event at Delia Park to celebrate the tennis courts’ refurbishment — one of the many agenda items in the city’s Recreating Recreation initiative. That initiative plans for around $45 million in improvements through 2019 to city parks and recreation amenities.

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Published September 26, 2017

FARMINGTON — Parking issues, the Maxfield Training Center redevelopment, and the future of the city of Farmington were all discussed, among other issues, during a League of Women Voters-Oakland Area candidate forum for the candidates for City Council Sept. 19 at Farmington City Hall.

The candidates are: incumbent Greg Cowley, incumbent Jeff Scott, Mayor Bill Galvin, challenger Joe LaRussa and challenger Maria Taylor. The highest two vote-getters will receive four-year terms, and the third-highest vote-getter will receive a two-year term.

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Published September 26, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Southend Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, recently recommended the City Council’s approval of its vision for the next 20 years.

While Madison Heights doesn’t have a conventional downtown area in the sense of neighboring Ferndale or Royal Oak, the city has been trying to develop its own concept of a downtown area in the DDA’s coverage area.

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Published September 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Addressing complaints from residents, representatives from the city’s trash hauler attended the Sept. 18 City Council meeting to answer questions and concerns. 

City Manager Mike Smith said that some things that had been brought to the city’s attention included GFL Environmental trucks blocking the street as workers attempted to pick up both sides of a street at the same time, and trash carts that had allegedly been broken by either employees or the hydraulic arms of the trucks.

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Published September 25, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 14, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to keep the township’s 2017 tax rate at 9.29999 mills. The millage rate has remained unchanged for the past 11 years.

Township Assessor Matt Schmidt said all local units of government that levy a property tax millage must send an annual tax rate request to the state, whether or not the millage rate changes.

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Published September 25, 2017

City officials said they’re quite confident in a recent proposal submitted to Amazon to build its newest headquarters in the “Center of it All.”

Earlier this month, Amazon announced plans to open Amazon HQ2, a second company headquarters in North America.

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Published September 20, 2017

BERKLEY — Since its closure last fall, other than some programs and summer camp activities, the Berkley Ice Arena hasn’t seen any use for its intended purpose.

After the city closed the arena due to coolant leaks, the city organized a Citizens Advisory Committee to help determine what Berkley will do next in terms of building either a new community center with an ice arena, a pool, both or neither.

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Published September 20, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Township Board of Trustees approved a contract to replace two dehumidification units for the pool worth $682,808, three weeks after tabling the contract due to a lack of a bidding process.

Jason Gelle, the township’s facilities and grounds manager, brought the contract up to the board at the Aug. 23 meeting and asked them to reward a $724,212 contract to Clinton Township-based Metro Controls.

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Published September 20, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A traffic study performed around the Chippewa Valley Schools campus in Macomb Township anchored by Dakota High School suggests new traffic lights, longer light cycles and a new left-turn lane.

The Transportation Improvement Association, or TIA, performed a multi-step traffic study on the roads around and part of the school campus to determine where changes could be made to help alleviate traffic congestion and make the area safer for the students.

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Published September 20, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Township Clerk Kristi Pozzi wants to bring in an independent auditor to look at the township’s purchasing policy and competitive bid process after recent concerns over township employees not following the correct procedures.

Pozzi looked to get the Board of Trustees’ approval during the Sept. 13 meeting, but the motion was tabled unanimously in order for Pozzi to get a cost and scope analysis from potential auditors, including Plante Moran. The hope is to bring the request back at the Sept. 27 meeting.

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Published September 20, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Township Board of Trustees will continue to offer full health care benefits to part-time trustees, at least for now, despite continued opposition from Trustee Tim Bussineau and several residents.

The board passed a resolution in February 2014 that gave extensive health care benefits for all board members moving forward, as well as retirement benefits for board members who were elected before January 2013 and served for 12 years.

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Published September 20, 2017

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Officials from Southfield and Lathrup Village were recognized recently by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners for making their cities better places to live, work and play. 

At a Sept. 6 meeting, the board recognized both cities for their certifications as Redevelopment Ready Communities. Lathrup Village was certified as a Redevelopment Ready Community in 2015, and Southfield was certified last year.

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Published September 19, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Officials may have enacted stricter controls on lawn signs to control sign clutter and improve aesthetics, but some residents now say that the city is infringing on their right to free speech.

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Published September 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council members unanimously approved the second year in a five-year bid for inspection services to the city of Roseville, but not without some questions about when rental inspections will be put out to bid again.

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Published September 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — This November, residents in two St. Clair Shores precincts will head to new voting locations to cast their ballots.

City Council approved a request from City Clerk Mary Kotowski Sept. 5 to move Precinct 6 and Precinct 13 to new locations, as well as to move the Absentee Voter Counting Board.

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Published September 19, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — After years of complaints about the state’s fireworks law, the Sterling Heights City Council launched a resolution to urge the passing of a repeal bill.

The City Council passed its resolution unanimously via its consent agenda at a Sept. 5 meeting. The resolution asks lawmakers to enact House Bill 4244 of 2017, a repeal of the current Michigan Fireworks Safety Act of 2011.

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Published September 19, 2017

DETROIT — A panel consisting of several Michigan politicians met with experts to discuss the issues of mental health and substance abuse on Sept. 11 at the Team Wellness Health Center in Detroit.

The panel met to hear from industry experts, as well as other volunteers and professionals who work and interact with those suffering from mental illness, to gauge the outlook of mental health in Michigan and find where efforts are both succeeding and lacking.

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Published September 19, 2017

FRASER — Former Fraser Mayor Joe Nichols and Councilman Matt Hemelberg left Fraser City Hall and walked toward their cars while a group of residents chanted, “Na-na-na-na, hey-hey-hey, goodbye.”

That was following the tribunal hearing that took more than two hours Sept. 18. Nichols and Hemelberg were each voted out of office by a majority of Fraser City Council members.

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