Local Government

Published January 9, 2017

EASTPOINTE — An audit of fiscal year 2015-16 performed by auditing firm Plante Moran shows that Eastpointe will remain financially stable for several more years due to voter approval of a special millage to fund emergency services, according to a press release from the city Dec. 20.

David Helisek, an audit partner for Plante Moran, explained to the Eastsider Jan. 5 how the company issued its findings.

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Published January 9, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — One of the most debated topics of conversation in Macomb Township for 2016 will return in 2017.

While previewing what’s to come for the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department this year, Parks Director Sal DiCaro said creating a dog park for the township could again be a priority.

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Published January 9, 2017

With park improvements promised in the near future, Sterling Heights is on the move to prepare for a productive 12 months.

Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor said he had a personal reason to celebrate the new year: He just started a new job at the law firm of Kirk, Huth, Lange & Badalamenti.

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Published January 9, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — It’s a new year, and Madison Heights City Council members see potential. But there also remains an element of caution.

“Patience, I think, is the watchword for 2017,” said City Councilman Robert Corbett in an email. “We begin contract negotiations this year, and we will struggle to both meet the expectations of our residents and of our employees who helped the community survive the financial downturn of the last few years.

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Published January 9, 2017

EASTPOINTE — During the Eastpointe City Council meeting Jan. 3, council heard comments from residents regarding the U.S. Justice Department’s proposed changes in the way voters elect City Council members.

City Manager Steve Duchane explained to residents Dec. 20 that the council wanted to be transparent.

“The council decided to be very transparent to gain input from the citizens of Eastpointe, because typically this is a charter amendment matter, which will mean the voters control the charter and only the voters can change the charter,” he said.

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Published January 9, 2017

The city of Sterling Heights didn’t pass by a chance to give its bus passengers a better experience, according to city officials.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois, the city received two new buses Dec. 2 that can assist seniors, disabled residents and others to reach various events and programs.

Langlois said the new buses come courtesy of an existing partnership with the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, and the vehicles were received “at no cost to the city.”

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Published January 9, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A three-person committee tasked with reviewing the processes of the single waste hauling bids and proposals during the summer of 2015 reported no irregularities during a Jan. 5 meeting.

Macomb Township trustees Nancy Nevers and Tim Bussineau, plus Treasurer Karen Goodhue, said during the committee’s Jan. 5 meeting that they did not discover any deviations from typical processes prior to the selection of Rizzo as the township waste hauler in 2015.

Supervisor Janet Dunn created the committee during a Nov. 21 Board of Trustees meeting.

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Published January 4, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The city’s latest audit, conducted by a new firm for the 2015-16 fiscal year, showed that the city dipped $1 million into its rainy day fund.

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Published January 4, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Near the end of the year, both Pleasant Ridge and Huntington Woods took a look at what they expected to receive as their federal Community Development Block Grant funding.

Pleasant Ridge expects to receive $6,000, the minimum funding it can get, which will be designated toward senior services and activities within the city.

City Manager James Breuckman said that all the money goes to senior services because it’s a very small amount of money, and senior activities are one of the allowed uses for CDBG funding.

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Published January 4, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The result of visioning sessions soliciting input from the Board of Trustees, department heads and the at-large population in Shelby Township, the township unveiled its 2017 top 10 priorities.

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Published January 4, 2017

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester is on the hunt for a new Department of Public Works director for the new year.

The city recently terminated employment with David Anason, who served as the city’s DPW director for nearly two years.

Rochester City Manager Blaine Wing said the move was made with “the best interest of the city” in mind.

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Published January 3, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — On Jan. 5, Macomb County and Clinton Township declared a state of emergency for their respective regions. Fraser declared a state of emergency Christmas Eve, when the sinkhole first originated.

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Published January 3, 2017

Sterling Heights officials said goodbye to a longtime member of the City Council, as well as the city’s finance and budget director, at a Dec. 20 City Council meeting.

Council members voted unanimously to accept Mayor Pro Tem Joseph Romano’s resignation, effective at the year’s end, as he gets ready to pursue higher office. Officials read a resolution and awarded him a plaque.

The resolution says his legacy includes a “common sense approach to good governance” and an “unshakable faith” in Sterling Heights.

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Published January 3, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Jan Parisi, the first female mayor in the city of Hazel Park, has decided to resign from the position, citing “a challenging health situation and … family responsibilities that require my attention,” according to a letter she released Dec. 13.

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Published December 28, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Nine new equipment vehicles will be added to the city’s Department of Public Services fleet.

The new vehicles include trucks and vans used for plowing snow, repairing and maintaining asphalt, maintaining water meters, carrying emergency response tools, and more.

“These are programmed, budgeted replacements,” said Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck.

The vehicles will be purchased for $218,315 in budgeted funds, Schneck said, and will be delivered sometime in the new year.

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Published December 28, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — To outsiders, Southfield may be best known for its business community, but city officials are hoping to also make it known as a residential hub.

On Dec. 14, city officials invited residents to a public hearing on the Parks and Recreation Department’s master plan update at City Hall.

Community members were invited to provide their opinions on what they would like to see in parks and recreation services in the future.

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Published December 28, 2016

FRASER — A new era is about to begin in Fraser, at least temporarily.

A special Fraser City Council meeting Dec. 19 publicly announced the end of current City Manager Rich Haberman’s tenure. His last day will be no later than Jan. 12, 2017.

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Published December 28, 2016

FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Jerry and Sue Albu awoke Christmas Eve to their home literally sinking into the ground. It didn’t take long for public safety officials, local lawmakers and local and countywide engineers to declare the situation an immediate danger.

The sinkhole, which brought up memories of a similar situation that occurred back in 2004, is located on 15 Mile Road, between Hayes and Utica roads. The Albu family lives on the corner of Eberlein Drive, perpendicular to 15 Mile Road.

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Published December 28, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council received an audit report from accounting firm Plante Moran for the city’s 2015-16 fiscal year, which ended June 30, at a meeting held Dec. 5.

The presentation detailed three areas of Berkley’s finances, including its general fund, water and sewer fund, and the legacy costs relating to the pension and retiree health care plans.

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Published December 28, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council approved an agreement with a digital communications company to develop a new online tool and mobile app to manage customer requests for work orders from the city.

The agreement with SeeClickFix was for $18,880, and the company will develop the mobile app and online customer request management tool for residents to report and track nonemergency work order requests and concerns.

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