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Local Government

Published October 31, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township officials are responding to the allegations of corruption related to its waste collection contractor, Rizzo Environmental Services.

Rizzo Environmental Services is embroiled in an FBI-led corruption investigation that has so far resulted in the arrests of Clinton Township trustee Dean Reynolds and Macomb Township trustee Clifford Freitas, and the resignation of its founder, Chuck Rizzo Jr.

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Published October 27, 2016

ROSEVILLE — At past City Council meetings, residents and nonresidents have expressed their opinions about the animal control services in Roseville and the city’s contract with the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights to provide veterinarian services and housing for animals.

On Oct. 11, Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins released a statement regarding the city’s animal control.

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Published October 26, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Her role on the City Council is new, but Sheila Young Tomkowiak’s name likely already is familiar to residents in the Grosse Pointes.

She co-founded the community news site www.Grosse PointeToday.com with fellow City resident Ben Burns, and Tomkowiak has been active in her community in a number of ways, including serving on the Parks and Harbor Commission — a position she still holds — and as commodore of the Grosse Pointe Boat Club in 2007.

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Published October 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 13, state Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, introduced legislation to allow local municipalities to opt out of the Regional Transit Authority Act, which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

If approved, the RTA would add high-speed transportation to Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. The 1.2-mill property tax assessment is set to levy approximately $3 billion over 20 years and combine with $1.7 billion in federal and state matching funds to create rapid bus and rail lines and cover operational costs.

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Published October 26, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — One of the key issues raised locally by opponents of the incumbent Macomb Township Board of Trustees members in this year’s election cycle has been over medical benefits given to board members as part of their compensation package.

The issue was brought up several times in the buildup to the primary election, and it has surfaced occasionally prior to the general election.

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Published October 25, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Grosse Pointe Park officials faced a large and civil — albeit upset — group of residents Oct. 24 as the city gave a presentation on the city’s sewer system and possible remedies to prevent future basement backups after an estimated 250-300 homes experienced flooding following heavy rains Sept. 28-29.

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Published October 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Trustee Clifford Freitas was arrested by the FBI Oct. 25 based on a criminal complaint that alleges he demanded and accepted bribes for his vote and assistance on a municipal contract.

The official charge against Freitas is “Theft or Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds,” which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.

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Published October 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Mount Clemens-based contractor has filed a lawsuit against Macomb Township, as well as Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci.

Gianna Investments, which is owned by Michael Magnoli and Robert Silveri, is seeking damages against both parties for not receiving refunds for construction, water and sewer fees for work that was eventually done by another developer on the Wellington Center project located on Hayes Road, between 22 Mile Road and 23 Mile Road.

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Published October 19, 2016

GROSSE PARK — After several months of discussion, Grosse Pointe Park officials have put revised zoning on the books that they hope will prevent their city from getting a liquor store on Mack Avenue.

At a Sept. 26 City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously in favor of eliminating its B-2, or Business-2, zoning category — the most lenient business zoning category, and one that only pertained to some areas along Mack. B-2 was also referred to as general business districts in the Park. 

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Published October 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — During a meeting Sept. 20, the Grosse Pointe Shores City Council unanimously approved a project that’s part of maintaining the city’s sewer system.

The city expects to pay almost $180,000 to televise and clean the Lake Shore Road interceptor. Televising will enable engineers to inspect the sewer line and assess its condition.

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Published October 19, 2016

Looking to maximize revenue for the city, City Council members tried to negotiate with a cable company Oct. 3 to keep franchise fees coming in for as long as possible.

The city signed an agreement with AT&T in 2007 pursuant to the 2006 Uniform Video Services Local Franchise Act, which called on the company to pay St. Clair Shores a 5 percent franchise fee on U-verse video services that residents subscribe to.

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Published October 18, 2016

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Over a dozen Oakland County communities will see a decrease in sanitation costs thanks to a new water treatment project that officials celebrated Oct. 11.

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Published October 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Dean Reynolds, a member of the Clinton Township Board of Trustees since 2004 and the Democratic candidate for township supervisor, has been arrested by the FBI for his alleged involvement in a bribery scandal.

Barbara McQuade, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, announced Thursday, Oct. 13, that Reynolds, 49, was arrested by FBI agents based on a criminal complaint charging him with demanding and taking bribes in exchange for his vote on municipal contracts.

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Published October 12, 2016

BERKLEY — The city of Berkley authorized a contract with Plante Moran at its last City Council meeting for the accounting firm to develop a sewer financial plan and water rate study at the cost of $12,500.

The study was brought up in part due to a number of lawsuits that have happened around the country, including in Bloomfield Township, regarding how much people are being charged for water.

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Published October 12, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Parking shortages and the use of residents-only park facilities by nonresidents have found Grosse Pointe Shores cracking down and investigating to determine what might be causing the problems. 

And as it turns out, at least one suspected source of parking woes isn’t the cause of these issues. 

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Published October 12, 2016

EASTPOINTE — During the City Council meeting Sept. 20, council approved a contract with ADS Environmental Services to perform smoke testing of the city’s sanitary sewers that will begin Oct. 17 for 800 homes located east of Kelly Road, between Stephens and 10 Mile roads.

According to a Sept. 8 letter from Eastpointe City Engineer Stephen Pangori to City Manager Steve Duchane, the city “received basement flooding claims from residents in the separated sewer area during the recent heavy rain events.”

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Published October 12, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh recently announced some new technology that will make buying a home much easier.

Macomb County property buyers may now electronically record deeds and get electronic tax certification by allowing deeds to be electronically recorded in circumstances where tax certification is required, which will make Macomb County real estate transactions more efficient.

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Published October 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council members were surprised by a recent request by a petitioner to sell boats along the Nautical Mile.

“You’ve got a little bit of a unique circumstance,” City Planner Liz Koto told City Council in September. 

There are a number of allowable uses along the Central Lakefront Development District, which encompasses the Nautical Mile, but if a use is not listed, the petitioner has to come before City Council for approval of the use.

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Published October 11, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights recently made the business terrain for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles a little smoother for the automaker’s planned investments toward building a major pickup truck in the city.

The Sterling Heights City Council voted Oct. 4 to give FCA an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate on particular land space within the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, located on Van Dyke Avenue, north of Metropolitan Parkway.

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Published October 11, 2016

Mayor Michael Taylor’s message was optimistic when he delivered Sterling Heights’ first-ever State of the City address Sept. 30.

During the address, which took place at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights hotel, Taylor said he wanted to promote ways to improve transparency by explaining city challenges, successes and future plans.

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