Local Government

Published April 4, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There was no protesting, no shouting, no finger-pointing and no visible signs of ire when Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder attended the Macomb County Chamber Alliance's April 4 luncheon at MacRay Harbor.

In fact, Snyder was given a standing ovation both before and at the conclusion of the 20-minute speech he gave to some 400 audience members in attendance.

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Published April 1, 2016

The son of Sterling Heights’ late mayor is now pursuing his own run for public office.

Michael Notte announced his candidacy for state representative in the 30th House District March 28 at the DC3S building in Sterling Heights.

DC3S, or the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy, is an organization that assists local businesses in the defense industry by offering them office space and other needs.

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Published March 30, 2016

WARREN — The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments gathered March 24 for its general assembly meeting at the South Campus of Macomb Community College. 

SEMCOG consists of representatives from seven Michigan counties: Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Livingston, Monroe, St. Clair and Washtenaw. Its purpose is to help local governments improve and maintain southeast Michigan’s transportation systems, environmental quality, economic interests and infrastructure. 

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Published March 30, 2016

CLAWSON — Celebrate, collaborate and educate were the keywords spoken during the March 23 State of the City and Schools Address and Awards Ceremony.

Attendees at the annual event filled the City Hall community room at 8 a.m. to enjoy a celebratory breakfast and hear messages from Clawson community leaders reflecting on 2015 and what is to come in the new year.

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Published March 30, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The Beverly Hills Village Council recently passed a new master plan for the town, with changes to take up new ordinances and refining zoning tools.

The plan was unanimously passed by the council at its March 15 meeting. It features plans to adopt a woodland ordinance to preserve trees, new zoning ordinances, refine zoning tools for redevelopment, streamline the site plan review and application process for development, market the village center to more developers, and consider adoption of flexible street design standards.

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Published March 30, 2016

ROCHESTER — Mayor Cathy Daldin delivered her State of the City address March 21 at the Royal Park Hotel, highlighting the past, present and future accomplishments of the city.

Daldin began her speech by saying she would keep it “short and sweet,” true to the nickname Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson gave her following a small speech she gave during a past event.

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Published March 30, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council approved the purchase of a new play structure for Angell Park for an amount not to exceed $67,466 during its March 21 meeting as part of a collaboration between the city and the Berkley School District.

The play structure at Angell Elementary School, which has Angell Park as its playground, was deemed unsafe last fall and torn down. In November, the school district and the city announced plans for the two entities to work together, with the city replacing the play structure and the district installing new drainage in the area.

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Published March 29, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council has until its June 7 meeting to review changes to its fiscal management plan, following discussion at its regular March 15 meeting.

The plan aims to provide goals and strategies to serve as guidelines for budget planning and management, according to the document’s introduction. Following last year’s public safety millage approval, City Manager Steve Duchane told council members that a number of items previously in the plan are no longer necessary.

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Published March 29, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — In an effort to keep the community better informed, the city hosted a town hall meeting March 24 on water main rehabilitation, which began March 28 in section 11 of the city.

At 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers, Public Works Manager Larry Sirls and John Thompson, of LiquiForce Services, a contractor for the project, discussed how the project may impact residents.

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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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