Local Government

Published September 26, 2016

WARREN — A debate has been left smoldering among Warren officials with differing views over changes to the city’s medical marijuana ordinance that define the required distance between facilities where it is grown and neighboring residential zones.

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Published September 25, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The hoarder home situation on Longfellow Avenue is being resolved. Police managed to execute a search warrant, and the home is now condemned and may be demolished if the city deems it unsalvageable.

The homeowner may also face civil infraction charges based on the conditions inside his home. In the meantime, certain members of the Madison Heights City Council have floated the idea of revisiting the city’s policy on code violations, with the hope of avoiding such trouble in the future.

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Published September 21, 2016

FERNDALE — To allow for better access, the city of Ferndale updated part of its website where people can find public records and city meetings.

The site, www.ferndalemi.civicweb.net/portal, is hosted by CivicWeb instead of the old Granicus system. The switch was made as city officials said the Granicus system was becoming obsolete and an upgrade was required.

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Published September 21, 2016

PLEASANT RIDGE — The city of Pleasant Ridge has hired a new supervisor for its Department of Public Works to oversee the work outsourced to contractors.

Tim Schultz began his new job Aug. 1 as the DPW supervisor, where he will oversee the public work done for the city contracted to Brilar, a property management company, and the work done in conjunction with other cities, such as Royal Oak, Oak Park and Ferndale.

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Published September 21, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods City Council received an audit report from auditing firm Plante Moran that showed positive progress regarding the city’s budget.

This was hailed as a big step by several of the council members, as the city was hit hard following the 2008 financial crisis.

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Published September 21, 2016

A state stormwater grant that Sterling Heights city officials requested almost three years ago has been officially granted to the city.

Officials followed up that announcement by purchasing upgrades to Sterling Heights’ geographic data technology.

Sterling Heights city officials reportedly applied to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater grant in November 2013. According to Finance and Budget Director Brian Baker, the city learned that it had received the grant at the end of August.

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Published September 21, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — During its meeting Sept. 12, the Madison Heights City Council approved the purchase and installation of a security fence around the rear lot of the Madison Heights Police Department in the Civic Center complex at 13 Mile and John R roads. The fence is meant to protect the police officers, their vehicles and equipment, as well as the general public.

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Published September 21, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Harrison Township Supervisor Ken Verkest said that without its committed residents, Harrison Township wouldn’t be the unique community it is today.

During his fifth State of the Township address Sept. 9, Verkest touted the work of many residents in recent years and talked about what those efforts mean for the future.

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Published September 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A $13.5 million, seven-story parking structure discussed for the Second Street parking lot across from the Royal Oak post office was the topic of lengthy discussion during the City Commission’s recent meeting.

The proposed structure was the topic of what turned into a hearty back-and-forth primarily between Mayor Jim Ellison and City Commissioner Jeremy Mahrle the evening of Sept. 12.

During the meeting, the commission was asked whether or not it would like to authorize city staff to solicit bids for the Second Street parking deck project.

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Published September 19, 2016

The city of Southfield is doing damage control after a complaint filed earlier this summer alleged safety and health hazards at two different worksites.

From bed bugs in the Treasurer’s Office to standing water under elevators to asbestos in city buildings, city officials say they are working to correct the problems, including closing the Michigan Works! Career Center Building, also known as the John Grace Community Center.

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Published September 16, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Candidates running for public office came together at St. Clair Shores City Hall a few months ahead of the general election to spread their message to constituents.

A town hall meeting hosted by the Women’s Civic League of St. Clair Shores focused much of the time on the health of Lake St. Clair and what is in the power of state and county officials to fix.

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Published September 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores employees will receive 2 percent raises each year for the next three years under contracts recently approved by City Council. 

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Published September 14, 2016

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MOUNT CLEMENS — With the Macomb County budget for the next fiscal year now introduced, discussions are set to begin to see what items require a closer look.

The balanced budget of $242.1 million represents an increase in expenditures of $8,551,270, or 3.7 percent, from the previous fiscal year, and a 2.1 percent increase in revenues. It is the county’s sixth consecutive balanced budget.

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Published September 9, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government, a group founded by Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane and Wayne State University School of Law professor John Mogk, filed a lawsuit Sept. 7 against the state of Michigan for allegedly withholding billions of dollars from local governments, according to a press release from TMCG President Mogk.

The lawsuit focuses on the requirements of the Headlee Amendment, according to the release. The amendment requires the state to pay 48.97 percent of revenues to local governments.

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Published September 6, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Next year, two millages expire that help Hazel Park Public Schools repair and update its buildings. It’s money that’s critical if a boiler breaks down or the roof starts leaking. So this November, the district is asking voters to approve one millage that would replace both.

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Published September 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Since Police Chief Robert Shelide was sworn in on Jan. 19, 2015, he has taken charge of the Police Department and led it in a direction to match the mission statement that he and Deputy Chief Mark Coil coined.

Shelide said that statement — “Striving to set the standard for law enforcement excellence in Macomb County” — is achievable, and his hope is to expand it to southeast Michigan and, eventually, Michigan.

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Published September 2, 2016

City emails the Troy Times recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act fill in some of the details surrounding a recent internal probe of some of City Manager Brian Kischnick’s practices.

In the emails, questions arise about the process of paying for repairs to a vehicle damaged in an accident involving Kischnick, and other emails show a back-and-forth in securing a low rate with a natural gas vendor, then after the contract was signed, an email from the city manager directing staff to explore a contract with a broker suggested by the mayor.

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Published August 31, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The city of Huntington Woods will be replacing the roofs of several buildings, starting with the Recreation Center at 26325 Scotia Road.

The updating of the roof on the center is to commence within 60 days of its Aug. 16 approval by the City Commission. The work on the roof will be done by Lutz Roofing Co. for $175,990. There also will be replacement of the roof windows by Peterson Glass Co. for $23,900, according to city documents.

The Recreation Center project will be the first of several replacement projects done on city buildings.

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Published August 31, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The city is inviting community members to a special forum this fall focused on the continuation of creating a bicycle-friendly city.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m Oct. 3 at a to-be-determined location and will focus on the city’s ongoing efforts to create a year-round walkable and bikeable city, with the main focus on cycling.

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Published August 31, 2016

FRASER — Fraser City Manager Rich Haberman said he’s been thinking back and forth about his future.

Haberman’s future as city manager has recently been in the spotlight, and on Aug. 11, that attention was magnified.

Per a motion by Councilwoman Patrice Schornak during the Fraser City Council meeting, she wanted the city to start developing qualifications in case there was a vacancy of the city manager position.

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