Local Government

Published January 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence recently wrote an amendment that requires the U.S. secretary of education to track the educational progress of foster youth in America. 

The amendment was introduced as part of the Student Success Act, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — commonly known as No Child Left Behind — which is designed to close the achievement gap that disadvantaged students may face. 

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Published January 6, 2016

FERNDALE — For the city of Ferndale, 2016 will see the work of the past few years pay off as several items come to fruition in the new year.

During the May election, Ferndale voters approved the renewal of a Headlee override that will help keep the city financially secure and a street and park improvement bond that replaced the infrastructure bond and will raise $45 million over its 15-year life.

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Published January 6, 2016

FRASER — The new Fraser City Council is looking forward to the new year.

At the end of 2015, Mayor Joe Nichols discussed the biggest points of emphasis moving forward for Fraser. While stressing that there is not a specific issue that stands out, he added that the council’s ability to work together will either result in prosperity or contention.

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Published January 6, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While 2015 brought a new seawall to Blossom Heath Park and renovations at Blossom Heath Inn, a veritable building boom is expected for the city this year.

Mayor Kip Walby said construction will begin in 2016 on the new St. Mary’s nursing care and rehabilitation facility on the site of the old Chapoton Apartments, which were torn down in 2015.

“That was exciting; that was an eyesore for many years,” Walby said of the apartments’ demolition.

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Published January 6, 2016

EASTPOINTE —Eastpointe is on course to be financially stable for the next 20 years, according to an audit by Plante Moran that was presented at a City Council meeting Dec. 8.

City Manager Steve Duchane said that while recent years have been plagued by challenges due to the economic recession and subsequent funding loss, the city should be stable thanks to the public safety millage passed in February, which will run for 20 years. The millage essentially fully funds the Police and Fire departments, which frees up money for the city’s other expenditures.

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Published January 6, 2016

Got some plans for the new year? Maybe it’s a fresh workout regimen or a renovation project that you swear you’re finally going to tackle this year.

Well, the same thing goes for government leaders. They’ve got some big plans to wrap up loose ends from 2015 and get ready for whatever might come their way in the new year — and there’s always something.

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Published December 30, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Like most cities near Woodward Avenue and Interstate 696, on Aug. 11, 2014, Huntington Woods was hit hard by more than 5 inches of rain in a 90-minute period.

The storm, which has been called anything from a 100-year to a 500-year event, caused basements of residential and municipal buildings to flood, as well as the streets, as drains backed up from the sheer amount of rainfall that came in a short period of time.

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Published December 28, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The whistleblower lawsuit that Bloomfield Township Treasurer Dan Devine filed against the township in September has been dismissed.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Leo Bowman explained in a 16-page order Dec. 16 that Devine’s Whistleblower Protection Act suit was dropped because he’s not an employee of the township board, but rather of the people who elected him to office.

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Published December 22, 2015

FRASER — In an effort to promote a higher level of transparency among city officials, one Fraser councilman has proposed that new language be drafted to coincide with the ever-changing high-tech world.

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Published December 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As the longest-serving mayor of St. Clair Shores, Macomb County Treasurer Ted Wahby had a huge impact on the city, according to Mayor Kip Walby.

Wahby began his political career with the Lake Shore Board of Education and was elected to St. Clair Shores City Council in 1981. He became mayor in 1983 and served until 1995, when he became the treasurer of Macomb County.

Living in the city for almost 55 years, Walby said that Wahby “loved this town.”

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — At the Dec. 7 West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board members unanimously approved the recommended budget for 2016.

The recommended general fund budget for 2016 sees a 2.69 percent increase from the 2015 projected budget, from $20,797,805 to $21,357,500. The public safety budget also sees an increase, from $31,672,645 to $33,381,050.

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Published December 16, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills City Manager David Boyer has been in office for about two months, and his vision for developing a better quality of life for Farmington Hills residents is stronger than ever.

“We want to make it a place that is attractive to people to move in here. We want to maintain the same levels that people expect … and also (find) ways we can attract our businesses to come and stay here —  it’s a great community,” Boyer said.

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Published December 9, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township is officially aligned with the Great Lakes Water Authority.

On Nov. 16, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to assign a wholesale customer service contract in accordance with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA.

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Published December 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — After serving as Clinton Township treasurer for 19 years and county commissioner for eight years, Bill Sowerby has decided that now is the time to make changes at the state level.

On Dec. 3, the current township treasurer officially announced his candidacy for the Michigan House of Representatives in District 31.

Marilyn Lane currently holds the position, which expires Jan. 1, 2017.

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Published December 3, 2015

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MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel filled the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with positive vibes as he presented his fifth State of the County address on Dec. 2.

Hackel, standing in front of a large video screen that flashed photos, videos and impressive stats throughout the 45-minute address, delved into the county’s achievements in recent years and its thrilling future.

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Published December 2, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Santa dropped off an early present to Grosse Pointe City officials.

The audit for the 2014-15 fiscal year — which ended June 30 — showed that the City is doing a good job of maintaining its financial books.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council voted 6-0 Nov. 24 to place a millage renewal on the March 8 presidential primary ballot for its advanced life support system.

The millage amount is 0.35 mills and would run from 2017 through 2037. According to City Attorney Tim Tomlinson, the original millage was passed 20 years ago and is set to expire next year. One mill is the equivalent of $1 per $1,000 of taxable value on a property.

“To be clear, this is your ambulances from the Fire Department,” Tomlinson said. “This is funded by this millage.”

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Published November 25, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the third time since 2012, Shelby Township is involved in a towing lawsuit.

On Oct. 28, Ruehle’s Towing and Jimmy’s Towing Recovery and Transport sued Shelby Township, its Board of Trustees and individually Supervisor Richard Stathakis, Clerk Stan Grot, Treasurer Michael Flynn, trustee Paul Viar, trustee Paula Filar, trustee Doug Wozniak and Police Chief Robert Shelide.

Ruehle’s Towing had provided the township’s towing services since securing the contract on Feb.21, 2012.

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Published November 24, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Following the City Commission’s decision to deny an event permit for the second annual Santa Hat Hustle, organizers said the event would now take place in a neighboring community.

“We are thrilled to announce that the Santa Hat Hustle will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, as planned,” said Regina Stocco, owner of Ultimate Fun Runs and The Social Connection. “The location for the 2015 event will be in the city of Hazel Park.”

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Published November 24, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The City Commission recently appointed two of its members to serve on a committee to examine possible partnership opportunities with Oakland County while developing the future Normandy Oaks park.

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