Local Government

Published December 14, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Dec. 7, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved amendments to the 2016 fiscal year budget and approved the proposed 2017 fiscal year budget.

For the first time in years, the general fund had a deficit, due to a $3.6 million transfer to the court/community center fund. Without the transfer, the fund would boast a $1 million surplus. The general fund budget is again expected to have a surplus in 2017.

The deficit will bring the general fund balance down $2.6 million to $11,452,403.

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Published December 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods looked like a winter wonderland this past weekend when southeast Michigan received an average of 8-11 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service website stated that a long-duration snowfall occurred starting after midnight Dec. 11 and continued until 3 a.m. Dec. 12. The website also said that temperatures were in the low 20s early Dec. 11 and slowly rose to the low 30s near the end of the snowfall, which caused the snow to become wetter.

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Published December 13, 2016

The outgoing mayor of Sterling Heights’ smaller neighbor to the north had a chance to accept praise for her legacy recently.

During a Dec. 6 meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council unanimously passed a resolution congratulating Jacqueline “Jackie” Noonan for being Utica’s mayor for 29 years and for her accomplishments. Noonan is wrapping up her mayoral career in Utica, her 14th term.

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Published December 13, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — In the city’s annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, Madison Heights received an “unqualified opinion” from audit firm Plante Moran. Also known as a “clean opinion,” an unqualified opinion is the best possible rating a city can receive.

The audit staff spent about two weeks at the city completing the process.

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Published December 8, 2016

C&G Newspapers

MACOMB COUNTY — During his Dec. 7 State of the County address, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel touted the ongoing momentum that’s continually bringing new life into the area.

He noted how the Make Macomb Your Home initiative has birthed a vitality in the county that was once considered lagging.

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Published December 7, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The city of Eastpointe filed a lawsuit against the city of Warren Aug. 11 due to Eastpointe having flood damage in 2014 that it blames on Warren’s sewage disposal system.

According to the complaint, Eastpointe’s damages were caused by a defect or defects in the Warren Waste Water Treatment Plant Sewage Disposal System located at 32360 Warkop Ave.

Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane said this isn’t the first time Eastpointe has had issues with Warren’s system; he said there have been about four  incidents.

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Published December 7, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — To start off their meeting Nov. 21, Southfield City Council members decided on their 2017 leaders.

The council chose Myron Frasier as council president. All seven members voted in favor of Frasier for the position.

Frasier thanked his team for the appointment and for their hard work.

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Published December 7, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council unanimously approved the city’s application to file for Community Development Block Grant funds for the 2017-18 fiscal year at its Nov. 28 meeting.

The city expects to receive $75,351 in funds, of which $64,351 would go to code enforcement, $8,000 would go toward yard services and $3,000 would go to HAVEN Oakland County. This is an increase from the previous year of $73,758; the extra $1,593 is to go into code enforcement.

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Published December 7, 2016

BERKLEY — After hearing complaints from residents about an increase in rat sightings in Berkley, the city is working to spread the word about what can be done on properties and in neighborhoods to reduce rats.

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Published December 7, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley Planning Commission met Nov. 22 to review the recently passed medical marijuana bills in the state.

What the commission was tasked with was looking at three new laws — which regulate medical marijuana and its facilities, as well as give a framework on how to buy products — and seeing what, if any, changes the city might make to what it currently allows.

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Published December 7, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — After three months of discussions and fine-tuning, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved the 2017 fiscal year budget for the county Dec. 1.

The total budget amounts to $233,394,750 in the general fund and $725,026,067 total.

The budget review process began in early September, and the board participated in nearly 30 hours of public meetings to identify just seven changes from the originally proposed budget. Those changes reduced the budget by nearly $8.7 million.

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Published December 7, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A three-person committee has been formed to review the circumstances which led up to the approval of Rizzo Environmental being selected as the Macomb Township waste hauler.

During the supervisor comments section of the Nov. 21 Board of Trustees meeting, Supervisor Janet Dunn requested to form a committee made up of members who had no involvement in the 2015 waste hauling contract negotiations.

Township Treasurer Karen Goodhue, Trustee Nancy Nevers and newly-elected Trustee Tim Bussineau will make up the committee.

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Published December 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The latest development in a proposed $100 million civic center project has elected officials considering a new design for City Hall and departing from a public-private partnership.

During the Nov. 28 City Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously approved diverting previously approved design dollars to create plans for a stand-alone structure.

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Published December 7, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Now that grant money has been secured, Grosse Pointe Woods officials are getting ready to begin a project that will examine the city’s sewer and water systems.

The city was approved to receive a $993,060 Storm, Asset Management and Wastewater grant from the Michigan Department of Treasury. City officials first applied for the SAW grant in January 2013.

“We received a letter that we got the grant Nov. 22,” City Administrator Bruce Smith said.

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Published December 6, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins announced at the Nov. 22 City Council meeting that Roseville would stop working with the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights.

“Nov. 30 will be our last day that we will be working with the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights,” he said. “We will be separating away from that arrangement, and we will be working again with the county to try to do something in the interim, and we have had discussion with the Humane Society of Macomb County.”

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Published December 6, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights is taking no time to relax following the recent passage of a millage proposal to bolster parks and recreation amenities within the city.

City voters passed the millage plan, known as Recreating Recreation, 50.7-49.3 percent in November after a council majority agreed in June to put the proposal on the ballot. Starting in 2017, the millage will levy 0.97 mills over a 20-year period in order to raise money for a city-estimated $45 million in proposed projects.

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Published December 2, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The war of words between Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel over earthen berms at Freedom Hill County Park continued with a series of media skirmishes as the month of November wound down.

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Published December 2, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The chairman of the South Macomb Disposal Authority maintains that there is “no environmental disaster and no danger to the public” as a result of construction activity on a closed landfill site at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.

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Published November 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to authorize the design and construction of a 15,000- to 17,000-square-foot district court building next to the Shelby Township Police Department in the township municipal complex, at a cost not to exceed $4.5 million.

During the past 15 years, the township has considered different ideas about how to address the cramped, aging 41-A District Court in Shelby Township, which currently shares a building with the library, senior center and Shelby TV.

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Published November 30, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A few tasks have been added to a study to determine whether Grosse Pointe Farms should separate storm and wastewater sewers in its Inland District.

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