Local Government

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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Published November 24, 2015

FRASER — A new era in Fraser politics is officially underway.

On Nov. 16, Mayor Joe Nichols and the newly elected members of the Fraser City Council — Michael Lesich, Patrice Schornak, Yvette Foster and Kathy Blanke — were sworn in by three local judges.

The special meeting at City Hall began with an introduction by the Fraser Honor Guard.

Nichols’ swearing-in took place first, and was conducted by 39th District Court Judge Marco Santia.

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Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Months after delaying a vote, City Council has decided to move forward with assigning St. Clair Shores’ water contract to the Great Lakes Water Authority.

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Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council voted to move forward with a plan to refinance bonds that, if successful, could save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments.

“The city has an opportunity, through this refinancing, to save approximately $18,000-$20,000 per year over the next 10 years,” said Finance Director Doug Haag. The city stands to save a net total of about $185,000 over the payback span of the bonds, he added.

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Published November 18, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — As someone who grew up in the Pointes, employment in Grosse Pointe City’s Department of Public Works wasn’t just a job — it was personal for Frank Schulte.

After more than 35 years, Schulte — currently the public service supervisor — will retire Nov. 20. 

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Published November 18, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The newest St. Clair Shores City Council took its place Nov. 9, as members were sworn in to new terms and a new mayor pro tem was chosen.

Mayor Kip Walby and Councilmen Ronald Frederick and Chris Vitale were sworn in for new four-year terms on that date after having won re-election Nov. 3. The only new member of City Council, Peter Accica, asked to be excused from the meeting and had been sworn in at City Hall the day after the election.

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Published November 11, 2015

More than a year after City Council promoted St. Clair Shores’ assistant city manager to the city manager position, there is a new face in the assistant city manager’s office.

Bill Gambill, 35, of Warren, began as the new assistant city manager Nov. 2.

City Manager Mike Smith said it took a long time to find the right person for the job.

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Published November 9, 2015

On Oct. 29, Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, was one of six contemporary and four historical women in the 32nd class of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Miller joined the ranks of more than 285 women who have been honored for wide-ranging and lasting achievements by the Michigan Women’s Historical Center in Lansing.

Emily Fijol, executive director of the Historical Center, said the Michigan Women’s Studies Association receives more than 100 nominations each year, which then filter through two rounds of judges.

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Published November 3, 2015

FRASER — At approximately 8 a.m. on Nov. 3 at Eisenhower Elementary in Fraser, a crowd of residents walked in and out of the voting booths to exercise their democratic rights.

As some candidates for City Council campaigned at the location in the final hours, taxpayers had their own choices to make: to stick with a current council, or vote in for some new blood.

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Published October 28, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — On Nov. 3, voters in Southfield will be asked whether they approve of amending the city’s charter to eliminate city primary elections. In Lathrup Village, voters will be asked if they want to impose term limits on the members of City Council. 

Southfield City Clerk Nancy Banks said there has been a multitude of misinformation regarding the proposed amendment, which could possibly eliminate primary elections for the city. 

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