Local Government

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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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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