Local Government

Published April 18, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved by a 9-4 margin April 14 to give their positions and other county elected officials pay raises beginning at the start of 2017.

The raises are part of the 2017 compensation ordinance and are the first pay increase for county officials in more than a decade.

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Published April 15, 2016

WARREN — For the second time in six weeks, a majority of the Warren City Council has voted to let residents decide whether the mayor should be able to serve five terms in office instead of three.

Despite objections from a small group of protesters gathered outside the entrance to the Warren Community Center’s auditorium, where the council’s meetings are held, council members voted 6-1 on April 12 to put the question on the ballot in August.

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Published April 14, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Looking to retain his position as Macomb County public works commissioner, Anthony Marrocco officially filed to run for re-election on April 4.

The Democrat’s challengers in the Aug. 2 primary election are Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, and Warren Republican Joseph Hunt.

A lifelong Macomb County resident, Marrocco, 67, has held the elected position for six terms (24 years) after former Commissioner Thomas Welsh’s retirement.

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Published April 14, 2016

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MOUNT CLEMENS — The chairman of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners announced April 13 that he will not seek re-election this fall.

Dave Flynn, D-Sterling Heights, is serving his fifth term after becoming the youngest commissioner ever elected to the board at age 20 and becoming the youngest board chair at age 26.

“I am truly privileged to have had the responsibility to hold the positions entrusted to me by my constituents and colleagues,” Flynn said in a press release.

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Published April 13, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The city of Wayne is interested in joining Hazel Park and Eastpointe in the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority, or SMORSA, provided that voters in all three communities agree to the move.

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Published April 13, 2016

FERNDALE — The owner of the Motorama Motel, located at 100 Eight Mile Road, is suing the city of Ferndale for denying the motel a license to operate in the town.

The lawsuit was filed March 16 by Dilip Patel, president of Krishna Krupa Inc., which operates the motel.

Back in February, the Ferndale City Council denied the renewal of an operating license for the motel after a recommendation of denial from Police Chief Timothy Collins.

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Published April 13, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste held the seventh annual State of the Township address April 4, at which she welcomed new and future businesses, promoted the township’s RiverSafe program and highlighted the public safety departments.

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Published April 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Community input is one of the things that makes the Southfield Police Department great, according to Police Chief Eric Hawkins.

Each month, graduates of the Citizens Police Academy meet for dinner and discussion at the Southfield Police Department as part of the Citizens Advisory Board, where members have an unfiltered discussion on policing and community issues.

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Published April 12, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council at its regular meeting April 5 unanimously approved setting up a special assessment district to get old bills paid up for sidewalk and driveway repairs.

City Manager Steve Duchane said the district will cover work scheduled and finished going back as far as 2014 where the property owners failed to pay the bill. With an assessment district set up, those people will have 60 days to pay for the replacement and repair work done on their sidewalks; afterward, they will be rolled onto those property owners’ tax bills.

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Published April 12, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 5, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the design-build team that Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski and Township Engineer Fazal Khan recommended to complete the first two phases in the development of Fire Station No. 5.

Swinkowski said he and Khan interviewed the four top teams after sending out a request for qualification, and Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc. and Wing Construction Inc. came out on top.

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Published April 11, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — In 1966, Oakland County Parks and Recreation launched a parks system in a somewhat rural county with a menial budget supported in part by a new 0.2415-mill tax.

The system had one employee, and he was borrowed from the Detroit Office of Civil Defense because the county couldn’t afford him full time.

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Published April 9, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Two elected officials in Macomb County have joined forces to keep residents safe from fraud.

Macomb County Treasurer Derek Miller and Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh teamed up to launch a joint anti-fraud campaign meant to make Macomb County real estate transactions among the safest in the nation by reducing the risk of real estate fraud. 

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Published April 8, 2016

WARREN — From a list of his administration’s accomplishments to the Zika virus, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts covered a lot of ground in the first State of the City speech of his third four-year term.

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Published April 7, 2016

WARREN — Members of the Warren City Council will be asked again whether voters will get to decide if Warren Mayor Jim Fouts should be eligible to serve up to 20 years, or just the 12 currently permitted under term limits.

On April 7, sources confirmed that the office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette had rejected the council’s previous vote on a resolution that would, if ultimately approved by the state and Warren voters, make Fouts or any future Warren mayor eligible to serve a total of five four-year terms, as opposed to three.

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Published April 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — The weather might not be conducive to planting just yet, but the volunteers behind the Backyard Community Garden project are looking forward to the start of the planting season.

Mary Martin, planner for the Backyard Community Garden — located in the area of Mack Avenue and Wayburn Street — announced the nonprofit’s plans for improvements on the parcel this spring during a March 14 City Council meeting. 

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Published April 6, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Halfway through the fiscal year, most departments in the city have spent less than half of their planned expenditures.

Both the Police and Fire departments have spent less so far this year than in the prior fiscal year, according to a second-quarter budget report provided by city Finance Director Doug Haag March 21. 

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Published April 6, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Ordinance Committee held a meeting on April 4, after press time, to discuss the city’s current noise ordinance and what can be done to make it easier to enforce. 

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Published April 6, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Debbie Murray is ready to help residents in need of home repairs who are unable to afford the high costs or who can’t find the right person to call for an honest day’s work.

“Most of the residents are very thankful, and they are getting work done that they can’t afford,” she said.

Murray is the program officer for the city’s Housing Rehabilitation Program.

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Published April 6, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Since the night he was elected, Mayor Brian Hartwell has spoken of his plans to introduce a volunteer time bank, where residents could list their needs and others could help meet them. Progress is being made on the concept, he says — but it will take time to build.

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Published April 5, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council has approved a combined brownfield plan for a 90-unit residential structure that will be built on the site of the former Save-A-Lot.

The plan for the Ferndalehaus Lofts, which the council unanimously approved at its March 28 meeting, still needs final approval by the state to go ahead.

According to Brownfield and Economic Incentives Consultant Jessica DeBone, a brownfield plan allows for tax capture on any new taxes that are generated on the property following the investment being made by the developer, Designhaus Architecture.

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