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Published October 11, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights recently made the business terrain for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles a little smoother for the automaker’s planned investments toward building a major pickup truck in the city.

The Sterling Heights City Council voted Oct. 4 to give FCA an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate on particular land space within the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, located on Van Dyke Avenue, north of Metropolitan Parkway.

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Published October 11, 2016

Mayor Michael Taylor’s message was optimistic when he delivered Sterling Heights’ first-ever State of the City address Sept. 30.

During the address, which took place at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights hotel, Taylor said he wanted to promote ways to improve transparency by explaining city challenges, successes and future plans.

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A delay in the repair of the roof at the St. Clair Shores North End Fire Station, combined with torrential rains at the end of September, led to the evacuation of personnel from the North End Fire Station due to mold issues.

“From our roofing leaks, we had acquired some mold issues that are being abated today,” said Fire Chief George Morehouse Oct. 5. “It’s been patched, (but) all that rain brought everything to a head.”

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Published October 5, 2016

The process of building a new bridge over the Clinton River, at Dodge Park, is flowing steadily.

At a Sept. 20 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved a contract between the city and the Michigan Department of Transportation concerning bridge building work at Dodge Park. The action item was part of the meeting’s consent agenda.

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Published October 5, 2016

The Troy City Council will consider changes to the city’s zoning laws that would allow more homes to be built closer together on parcels in order to preserve green spaces and natural features.

Cluster development is a zoning concept that involves grouping homes within a development — usually putting them closer together — so that the remaining land on the site can be preserved for recreation, common open space or the protection of natural features.

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Published October 4, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — It was months in the making, but OHM Advisors — the firm selected to develop a conceptual, market-driven master redevelopment plan for Northland Center, 21500 Northwestern Highway —  recently presented the final master plan for the site.

At the Sept. 26 Southfield City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved the plan.

A week prior, at a Sept. 19 Committee of the Whole meeting, representatives from OHM presented the final master plan to council.
Aaron Domini, senior planner and partner at OHM, gave the presentation.

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Published October 4, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Officials from the city of Southfield recently responded to reports of unsafe working conditions at the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road.

Last month, the city was doing damage control after a complaint filed earlier this summer alleged safety and health hazards at two different worksites.

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Published October 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Officials declared that the community’s water is safe during the City Commission’s last regular meeting.

They also let residents know that the water quality report is on the city’s website.

The declaration came after resident Kim Gibbs spoke before the commission during public comment, stating that the water quality report showed there were levels of chromium in Royal Oak’s water supply.

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Published October 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — If you want to vote in the presidential election Tuesday, Nov. 8, note that you’ll need to be registered to vote by Tuesday, Oct. 11. Once you’re ready to vote, you then have either the option of voting at the polls on Election Day or voting in advance via an absentee ballot, provided you meet certain criteria.

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Published September 29, 2016

Paul McCown, who unsuccessfully ran for a spot on the Troy City Council in 2015, will fill the council seat vacated by Jim Campbell, who moved out of the city last month.

McCown, 29, will serve until November 2017. During the interview process, he said he plans to run again when his term is up.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in mathematics and philosophy, and a master’s in economics and public policy. He’s lived in Troy for 19 years and is married with two children, ages 3 and 1 1/2. He said he works for a tech firm as a chief financial officer.

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Published September 28, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Grosse Pointe City leaders got some positive financial news following the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year on June 30.

“After preliminary entries and adjustments … it looks like we’ll have a surplus of approximately $400,000,” Finance Director Kimberly Kleinow announced during a Sept. 19 City Council meeting. That’s the surplus after maintaining a general fund unrestricted fund balance of 25 percent of expenditures, she said. 

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Published September 28, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Software upgrades aren’t just a reality for homes and offices — they also impact plenty of other areas that people might not routinely consider.

In Grosse Pointe City, the software issue at hand involves the city’s parking structure and gated parking lots. At a Sept. 19 Grosse Pointe City Council meeting, Public Service Supervisor Gary Huvaere said the City’s current software is “out of date” and needs to be upgraded. 

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Published September 28, 2016

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FARMINGTON/BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham got it right.

That’s what Rachel Gallagher, the president of the Farmington Downtown Development Authority, said after attending a meeting about Birmingham’s parking Sept. 21 at Birmingham City Hall.

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Published September 28, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At the township’s Sept. 6 Board of Trustees meeting, Assistant Finance Director Mary Hein gave a presentation on water and sewer rates. She explained what factors impact water and sewer rates, including the increased cost of water and sewer treatment, operations, debt payments and the township capital needs through its Water and Sewer Fund.

Water usage rates are increasing 18 cents per month, from $2.87 per unit to $3.05 per unit. Sewer usage charges are increasing 17 cents, from $5.35 to $5.52.

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Published September 28, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Freedom of Information Act helps keep citizens in the know in regard to local and federal government entities.

One recent complaint turned a normal board meeting into a lively debate.

It happened at the Clinton Township Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 22, after three board members — Paul Gieleghem, Bill Sowerby and Jenifer “Joie” West — requested an agenda item be placed in regard to the township’s FOIA guidelines.

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Published September 28, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Township officials say they are aiming to clear up a confusing local hunting ordinance.

The township’s hunting ordinance dates from 1976.

“It is pretty antiquated,” Oakland Township Board of Trustees member Robin Buxar said. “It is hard to understand — hard to follow.”

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Published September 28, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 20, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to keep its 2016 property tax rate at 9.2999 mills. The rate has remained unchanged for the past 10 years.

The only difference this year, Township Assessor Matt Schmidt said, is that 1.4306 mills will be requested as general operating mills, but will be allocated to the police fund. The allocation, he said, will not increase the overall millage rate for any resident or business in Shelby Township.

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Published September 28, 2016

LANSING — Financial compensation granted to individuals wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit and sent to prison could become a law by the end of this year if lawmakers give it the green light.

Last year, state Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, introduced Senate Bill No. 291 — proposed legislation that, if passed, would authorize payment by the state to the wrongfully accused who serve jail time.

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Published September 26, 2016

The Sterling Heights City Council unanimously approved police and fire vehicle purchases Sept. 6.

The council vote was part of the consent agenda and approved the replacement of nine police sedans and one SUV with new SUVs. In a separate item, council also agreed to buy a new aerial ladder fire truck.

During the meeting, Sterling Heights resident Joe Judnick asked during public comment about the proposed vehicle purchases and whether the new vehicles would mean that old vehicles would be retired.

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Published September 26, 2016

Proposed requirements for manicured landscaping could make Sterling Heights businesses more attractive, according to some Sterling Heights City Council members.

On Sept. 20, the City Council unanimously voted to introduce a proposal to make landscaping standards on nonresidential properties more stringent in exchange for loosening requirements to install potentially superfluous parking spaces. However, the proposed regulations are not officially approved yet, and they will reappear before the council for consideration at a future council meeting.

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