Local Government

Published July 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The end of the 2015-16 fiscal year is expected to bring some positive financial news to Grosse Pointe Farms.

Although all of the totals still need to be tallied and the bills received and paid — the fiscal year ended June 30 — officials have good reason to believe they’ll have a fairly large surplus from the past fiscal year.

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Published July 27, 2016

BERKLEY — After allegations from residents involving improper relationships with potential developers, the city of Berkley has turned over the matter to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office for investigation.

The allegations from residents revolve around the city’s planning of the form-based code, and how some residents have alleged that some in the city have a cozy relationship with developers and were doing behind-closed-doors dealing pertaining to the code and the 2015 master plan amendment.

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Published July 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Six hopefuls with the desire to become the next 46th District Court judge participated in a candidate forum July 18 at the Southfield Public Library.

The forum was open to the public and hosted by the League of Women Voters Oakland Area.

LWVOA is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, according to its website.

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Published July 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — During his second annual State of the Township address at the Palazzo Grande July 13, Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis touched on finances, public safety and quality-of-life initiatives.

“I am very happy to say that the state of Shelby Township is strong because of the many people that have worked together as a team,” Stathakis said, referring to the township’s department heads, employees and volunteers.

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Published July 26, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A revved-up engine and booming bass may soon put tickets more easily into a driver’s hand while traveling through the city.

City commissioners were expected to approve unanimously on second reading during the commission’s July 25 meeting, after the Review’s press time, a disorderly conduct ordinance targeted at loud motor vehicles.

Commissioners approved the ordinance on first reading during the commission’s July 11 meeting.

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Published July 26, 2016

BERKLEY — The city of Berkley will be updating some light fixtures at one of its parks in order to make sure the fixtures are secure on their poles and to the lights.

The City Council unanimously approved a contract to add the additional support to light fixtures at community fields 2 and 3 at Community Park, near the intersection of Robina Avenue and Catalpa Drive.

The work with MNC & ANC Professional Services LLC will cost $9,488.80, which will come out of the parks and recreation maintenance budget.

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Published July 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Changes around the Clinton River and its trails will not be winding down in the immediate future, and city officials say the improvements will make the river area a better place for recreation.

During a July 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool warned residents about upcoming disruptions to the Clinton River path system as habitat and improvement work proceeds on the Clinton River, particularly between Hayes Road and the upstream city limit.

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Published July 25, 2016

BERKLEY — The residents of Berkley and its City Council gathered at the council’s July 18 meeting to discuss once again the controversy involving the 2015 master plan amendment.

The 2015 master plan amendment, passed last August, was developed to allow the city to try to develop a form-based code. The news of the code led angry Berkley residents to voice their opposition to it, which led the council to cancel plans for its development.

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Published July 20, 2016

You can keep your turf green and ensure the city doesn’t get charged higher water rates by using irrigation systems after dark. 

The city secured a lower rate structure for water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in 2008 based on restricting underground sprinkler usage during peak times. To that end, the City Council adopted an ordinance that restricts irrigation system usage to 11 p.m.-5 a.m.

This only applies to irrigation systems, not hand watering or using a garden hose, explained Paul Trosper, Troy superintendent of water.

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Published July 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD/KEEGO HARBOR — Water and sewer rates are on the rise, and residents in West Bloomfield and Keego Harbor can expect to see the 2016-17 rates on their new bills. 

At the June 16 Keego Harbor City Council meeting, council members unanimously approved the water and sewer rates, which went into effect July 1. Keego Harbor receives its water from the Great Lakes Water Authority. 

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Published July 18, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Insurance Service Office has upgraded the Public Protection Classification rating for the city of Madison Heights from the current Class 4 score to a rating of Class 3 — an improvement on the 10-point scale where 1 is best and 10 is worst.

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Published July 14, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Operations for Hazel Park 43rd District Court have been relocated to Longfellow Elementary the rest of the year while the courthouse undergoes major renovations to better accommodate its high volume of cases. The project will also improve the exterior of City Hall, which houses the court and Police Department, and won’t cost taxpayers anything.

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Published July 13, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — In early June, Madison Heights City Councilman David Soltis went on a ride-along with Meals on Wheels. He visited nearly a dozen households, encountering seniors who were struggling in a variety of ways.

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Published July 13, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Earlier this month, Dr. Wilfred Webb passed away at the age of 95. Celebrated in Hazel Park for his countless contributions to the city, the former educator and legislator left a legacy that also reaches across the county and state.

“Just truly a giant — one of the most accomplished people that the city of Hazel Park ever produced,” said Hazel Park City Manager Ed Klobucher. “He cast a huge shadow over Hazel Park for decades. He was a pillar of the community.”

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Published July 6, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council unanimously agreed to remove the question on city applications asking whether an applicant has been convicted of a crime.

The question currently listed on city applications is, “Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony?”

The change, according to Mayor Dave Coulter, still needs another approval once it’s gone through the Ordinance Committee, but if passed again at a later council meeting, it’s expected to go into effect Aug. 1.

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Published July 6, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The budget is balanced, but will require the use of $2.47 million from the city’s fund balance. The total fund balance in the general fund is about $24.7 million, or 43 percent of the city’s total general fund expenditures.

During a June 13 meeting, the Farmington Hills City Council approved the budget 6-0; Councilwoman Samantha Steckloff was not in attendance.

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Published July 6, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council recently unanimously approved the city’s master plan, which officials say will make the city sustainable for the future.

Council approved the plan 7-0 at its June 20 meeting after City Planner Terry Croad gave a presentation outlining the goals in the plan.

“Tonight is a proud moment for the Planning Department, the Planning Commission and the city of Southfield,” Croad said.

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Published July 6, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The expansion of a local mobile home park was greeted with a resounding “no” from officials and residents.

At the June 27 Clinton Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board voted unanimously to deny an approximate 2.21-acre rezoning request made by Silver Springs mobile home park.

The 5-0 vote did not include Supervisor Bob Cannon and Trustee Joie West, who were absent. Trustee Dean Reynolds acted as chairman of the meeting.

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Published July 6, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Based on a professionally shot photo showcasing the various uniforms worn by the Shelby Township Police Department, a national uniform association named the township the best-dressed department in the 100-officers-or-less category.

Sgt. Jeffrey Bellomo took on the project in February. The photo was shot March 11, and the North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors announced the winners in May.

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Published July 6, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The Beverly Hills Village Council approved a code enforcement contract between Beverly Hills and Franklin at its June 21 meeting.

The agreement was approved 6-0 — Councilman Bob Borgon was absent. It states that Beverly Hills will provide code enforcement services “as needed and requested by the village of Franklin,” beginning July 1 of this year and continuing on a yearly basis.

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