News & Notes - 9/20/23 Farmington Press

Farmington Press | Published September 20, 2023

Farmington Hills Fire Department announces promotions
FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills Fire Chief Jon Unruh recently announced the promotion of four department members.

In a ceremony held Sept. 14 in City Council chambers, it was announced that Sgt. Brian Pankow was promoted to the rank of staff lieutenant-emergency manager; senior firefighter Justin Perkey was promoted to the rank of staff lieutenant of training; Sgt. Ronald Perian has been promoted to the rank of shift lieutenant; and senior firefighter John Harshbarger was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

The four individuals were celebrated in front of family, friends, co-workers and city officials, including Farmington Hills Mayor Vicki Barnett, according to the release.


New trash carts set to be distributed
FARMINGTON HILLS — The city of Farmington Hills, in partnership with Green For Life Environmental USA, also known as GFL, is set to deploy new black 95-gallon wheeled trash carts to residential dwellings that participate in curbside refuse collection, according to a press release.

The carts have been authorized by Farmington Hills City Council as part of the city’s existing contract with GFL.

Distribution of the new trash carts is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 18 and will be completed on a rolling basis through mid-October. Garbage collection with the new carts is set to begin the week of Oct. 9.

“There are many homeowner benefits to using the new trash carts, which are safer and are a more efficient means to place refuse curbside,” city of Farmington Hills Director of Public Services Karen Mondora stated via the release. “The new carts have wheels and attached lids, and they are made of durable plastic. They’ll also provide for improved contractor safety and overall operations.”

Homeowners with existing cans may continue to use them to collect additional trash and can place them alongside the new cart for pickup. Bulk items will also be collected as part of the regular weekly pickup, in accordance with current guidelines.

“As a reminder, garbage, recycling, and yard waste must be placed at the curb before 7 a.m. on pick-up day,” the release states.

For more information, call the Division of Public Works between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at (248) 871-2850 or visit


First responders recognized at ceremony
FARMINGTON HILLS — The Groves-Walker American Legion Post 346  recognized the work of two city of Farmington Hills first responders at its annual Patriot Day Ceremony Sept. 11.

Farmington Hills firefighter Lt. Nick Hippler was recognized as the American Legion Firefighter of the Year, with Farmington Hills Police Officer Jeremy Beisel receiving recognition as the American Legion Police Officer of the Year.

“Lieutenant Hippler is an exemplary member of our fire department,” Farmington Hills Fire Chief Jon Unruh stated in a release from the city of Farmington Hills. “Not only is our department better because of him, but our community is a safer (place) to live and raise a family thanks to his dedicated service to the City.”

Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King shared some thoughts about Beisel.

“Detective Beisel is an exceptional example of the caliber of police officers within the Farmington Hills Police Department,” King stated in the release. “Detective Beisel’s dedication to serving and protecting our community is evident in these incidents, that have earned him this great recognition.”

The ceremony was held to commemorate the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks and took place in Riley Park in downtown Farmington.