News & Notes - 10/11/23 Journal

Mount Clemens-Clinton-Harrison Journal | Published October 11, 2023

 Approximately 70 tons of logs have been removed from the Clinton River in Macomb County under a project directed by the Macomb County Public Works Office.

Approximately 70 tons of logs have been removed from the Clinton River in Macomb County under a project directed by the Macomb County Public Works Office.

Photo provided by Macomb County Public Works

Logjams cleared in Clinton River
MACOMB COUNTY — Approximately 70 tons of logs were removed from the Clinton River in six different locations by the Macomb County Public Works Office over the summer and early fall.

Funded with $100,000 from the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, removing the logs helps reduce erosion and prevent localized flooding. Since June, logs have been removed from locations in Clinton Township (George George Park, Budd Park, Canal Park and the Moravian Road bridge) and Mount Clemens (Shadyside Park and the Grand Trunk Railroad bridge). Deputies from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division helped remove logs near the mouth of the Clinton River.

“Working to remove this debris will make a large impact on our people in the community — less flooding, more people being able to get out on the river and enjoy it,” said Macomb County Commissioner Antoinette Wallace in a statement from the public works office. “Stuff like this has to come out, so everyone and everything can enjoy the river, and we have to keep it from getting to Lake St. Clair. This is very important work.”


Explore artwork from the DIA
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Detroit Institute of Arts will host walking tours of its Inside|Out installations at the Macomb Community College Center Campus and Henry Ford Hospital Oct. 18.

DIA volunteer docents will lead the tours and teach participants about the works on display. The Inside|Out program brings high-quality reproductions of the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit to increase engagement between the museum and community members in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

The tour will begin at noon at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, where participants will view the Inside|Out installation on the Macomb Community College Center Campus, located at 44575 Garfield Road.  After the first leg of the tour, participants will be shuttled to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital at 15855 19 Mile Road. The second portion of the tour will begin at 1 p.m. Participants are welcome to join one or both sections of the tour. The DIA will provide bus transportation from Macomb Community College to Henry Ford Hospital at no cost for those attending both tours. For more information, visit


Families Against Narcotics hosts Fall Fest
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Anti-addiction organization Families Against Narcotics is hosting its 12th annual Fall Fest gala on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. The event aims to raise awareness of substance abuse disorder and recovery, as well as promote the organization’s efforts and programs. FAN’s programming includes Hope Not Handcuffs, the COMEBACK Quick Response Team, the Stronger Together family and friends support group, peer and family recovery coaching, sober living scholarships, community naloxone training, the HARM:LESS harm reduction support team, and the ReDirect addiction-related diversion program. The event will feature a family-style dinner, entertainment, raffles and auctions, an open “mocktail” bar, gelato bar, coffee cart and more. Tickets are $125 and available at


Vote called Clinton Township board vacancy
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — After failing to appoint an applicant to fill the seat vacated by Joie West, the question of who will finish out West’s term on the Clinton Township Board of Trustees will have to wait until next year.

Called by Macomb County Clerk Anthony Forlini on Sept. 19, the open board seat will be decided by a special election held during the 2024 presidential primary election. The winner of the election will serve from the day following the election until the November 2024 general election.

While there are separate ballots for the Democratic and Republican Party primaries, voters will be free to vote for a candidate of any party despite their chosen primary. Along with either county-level party running a candidate, Clinton Township Clerk Kim Meltzer says a Libertarian Party candidate has registered.

While the filing deadline for party-affiliated candidates passed on Oct. 4, nonaffiliated candidates have until Nov. 24 at the earliest to file with the Clinton Township clerk’s office. The Nov. 24 deadline assumes a primary election date of Feb. 27, 2024. Should the primary fall on March 12, 2024, the registration deadline would be pushed back to Dec. 13.


Roseville resident killed in traffic crash
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that happened on the morning of Oct. 4.

At around 7 a.m. a 51-year-old Mount Clemens resident in a maroon, 2020 Lincoln Corsair hit a 78-year-old Roseville resident near the intersection of 15 Mile Road and Groesbeck Highway. According to a statement from Clinton Township police, the Roseville resident crossed the intersection against the traffic light and the driver “immediately stopped” after the collision.

People near the crash provided medical help before emergency services arrived. The Roseville resident was declared dead at the hospital.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the crash are encouraged to call Clinton Township police at (586) 493-7802. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be involved.


Veteran of the Year Award applications sought
MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners is accepting nominations for the Pat Daniels Macomb County Veteran of the Year Award. The award recognizes a military veteran who has made significant contributions.

Previous award winners are: Pat Daniels (2019), Phil Randazzo (2020), Pazzella Colston Bonner (2021) and Lt. Col. John E. Walus (2022). To nominate a veteran, visit for an application form. Questions can be sent by email to or by calling (586) 469-5125.

Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 27.