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Local Government

Published March 29, 2016

After more than a dozen residents said they opposed a dog day care center off Maple Road near Rochester Road, the Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved the special use and preliminary site plan at the March 22 meeting.

The Planning Commission first considered the request for the more than $2 million, 9,200-square-foot kennel and dog day care center on 2.5 acres at the March 8 meeting, then postponed the matter to give the developer time to address residents’ concerns about noise.

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Published March 29, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — After sifting through proposals from developers who have ideas on what to do with the property at Northland Center, the Southfield City Council recently approved a plan from a team to survey residents on what they’d like to see in the future of the property.

At its regular meeting March 21, council approved a $300,000 land development consultant services contract for the former Northland Center site, 21500 Northwestern Highway, 6-0. Councilman Donald Fracassi abstained from voting.

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Published March 29, 2016

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Warm weather has hit the area earlier than usual following a mild winter, prompting city workers to set aside the salt and snowplows to begin spring cleaning.

Roseville Department of Public Services Director Thomas Aiuto said crews have been out every day to patch potholes as they pop up — something they have been able to do a lot due to the mild winter — and have been able to get started on tree trimming.

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Published March 29, 2016

BERKLEY — Nearly two years after Vinsetta Garage owner Curt Catallo attempted to build a parking lot south of his restaurant on Oxford Road, the Berkley City Council March 21 approved an agreement that will see parking added north of the property along Eaton Road.

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Published March 29, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Over the last 125 days, Southfield Mayor Ken Siver said during the State of the City address, city officials have been working as a team to accomplish a list of goals that will improve the quality of life in the city and increase property values.

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Published March 28, 2016

WARREN — It took more than five months, but the Warren City Council has passed a new set of rules dealing with the growth and transfer of medical marijuana.

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Published March 23, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The study of bringing senior alternative housing options into Huntington Woods will enter its second phase after the City Commission approved funds March 15 to hold two public forums on the matter.

In August of last year, the commission approved phase one of the study, headed by City Planner Hank Berry, after the Senior Advisory Committee had been using subcommittees to review the needs of the city’s senior population, including housing alternatives.

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Published March 23, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — To make sure that only Grosse Pointe Shores residents are using the city’s dog park — which is adjacent to the City Hall parking lot — the city will soon be installing and implementing a key fob access system at the gate.

During a meeting March 15, the City Council unanimously approved a contract with Shelby Township-based Interstate Security Inc. to install a card-access system at City Hall and the dog park for $12,335.

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Published March 23, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council voted unanimously March 15 to provide $1,500 for a legal effort by the newly formed nonprofit organization Taxpayers for the Michigan Constitution to take the state government to court over municipal and school revenue-sharing issues.

City Manager Steve Duchane, who helped form the group, said communities across the county have discussed it, and that they seek to end state practices that he said have led to less money being provided to local governments than the state constitution requires.

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Published March 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A conservative but consistent fiscal year budget was recently approved by Clinton Township’s Board of Trustees.

The unanimous vote occurred at the March 7 meeting, following a presentation by Finance Director Donna Lauretti and Assistant Finance Director Mary Hein.

Much of the presentation focused on the township’s general fund, police and fire funds, water and sewer department, and retiree health care.

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Published March 23, 2016

A divided Troy City Council approved guidelines for oil and gas extraction that are stricter than state guidelines.

After a public hearing on the ordinance March 14, during which two people spoke, the council voted 5-2 to approve the ordinance.

Troy City Planning Director R. Brent Savidant told the council that the intent of the ordinance is to protect property values and single-family homes.

At a joint special meeting Sept. 14, 2015, the Planning Commission and City Council listened to differing viewpoints.

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Published March 23, 2016

FERNDALE — For the second time in a little over a month, the Ferndale City Council denied the renewal of an operating license for a local motel amid safety concerns and continued criminal activity.

In February, the council denied the license renewal for Motorama Motel, located at the corner of Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, and at the March 14 meeting, the council denied the license for Eight Wood Motel, just down the road from Motorama on Eight Mile Road.

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Published March 23, 2016

PLEASANT RIDGE — Roosevelt Elementary School may no longer have basketball courts along Ridge Road, but a new collaboration between the city of Pleasant Ridge and the Ferndale School District will see a new play structure put in that is designed for accessibility.

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Published March 23, 2016

FERNDALE — The residential parking zones (RPZ) program is getting closer to implementation, but following the March 14 City Council meeting, residents in the designated zones will not have to pay for passes for at least the first year.

The RPZ program was piloted in 2011 on West Troy and West Saratoga streets before Assistant City Manager Joseph Gacioch brought it back before council in 2015 in order to expand the program.

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Published March 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The relocation of the City Clerk’s Office to the Police Department is complete following a flood that closed down and displaced the office’s services and employees earlier this month.

City officials said the Clerk’s Office closed March 8 after a pipe burst, causing major water damage to three floors of City Hall, located at 211 S. Williams St. Employees were then relocated to other City Hall rooms until a more amenable short-term solution could be implemented.

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Published March 23, 2016

CLAWSON — Members of the Clawson City Council unanimously approved a request to upgrade the city’s computer networking capabilities to ensure compatibility between departments while freeing up time to serve residents.

The March 15 decision to purchase the BS&A Accounting Suite software programs and server was at a cost not to exceed $100,000. City Manager Mark Pollack said he expects to spend about $95,000.

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At a March 15 public hearing, a planning consultant presented a new plan that, if approved by the Board of Trustees, would allow the Downtown Development Authority to expand its district and reset the base taxable value to capture more tax money.

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution of support required to apply for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for the next phase of Shelby’s Iron Belle Trail connection.

The plan is to obtain the $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant and a $300,000 Transportation Alternatives Plan grant and use them to match each other, so the next phase of trail can be constructed at no cost to Shelby Township.

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Published March 22, 2016

City parks and other city amenities may now include the word “memorial” and can be named for a living person.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved changes to the policy of naming city parks and amenities at its March 14 meeting.

“The development of the dog park has really caused us to review the current policy that has been in place,” said Troy City Attorney Lori Grigg-Bluhm.

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Published March 17, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Lower than expected taxable value increases are expected to put a crimp in the budget in the coming year.

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