Roseville passes library millage, Eastpointe splits on proposals

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 3, 2016

 A Roseville resident casts his vote in Erin Auditorium at the Roseville Public Library during the primary election Aug. 2.

A Roseville resident casts his vote in Erin Auditorium at the Roseville Public Library during the primary election Aug. 2.

Photo by Bria Brown

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Roseville voters approved a library millage during the Aug. 2 primary election, while Eastpointe voters approved a charter amendment and voted down adding the city of Wayne to the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority.

Throughout the day, both cities saw a low number of voters at the polls. 

According to the Macomb County Clerk’s Office elections website, 13.1 percent of registered voters cast their ballots in Roseville.

When asked about the library millage proposal, Roseville City Clerk Richard M. Steenland hopeful residents would pass it.

“I’m confident and hoping it’s going to pass. The feedback has been positive overall,” Steenland said.

Jacalynn Harvey, Roseville Public Library director, was happy about the millage results.

“We are so excited. I plan on thanking the Roseville residents all week long. We are ready to get to work now,” said Harvey.

The passed millage increase — 50 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value — will allow the library to improve its appearance, increase hours to be open on Saturdays, purchase more new materials and update its technology.

Eastpointe

Out of 24,766 registered voters in Eastpointe, only 3,568 voted in the August primary, which is 14.3 percent, according to the Macomb County Clerk’s Office elections website.

When asked about the voting turnout in Eastpointe, Eastpointe City Manager and Clerk Steve Duchane said the numbers were low, but not the lowest Eastpointe has seen.

“Well, they’re on the low side, but they’re not really out of proportion to what’s happened in the elections nowadays,” said Duchane.

In the late afternoon, Precinct 1 at East Detroit High School had a low turnout with only 40 voters.

“I’m hoping it’s just summer vacation. I don’t think we’re going to see this type of apathy in November. I’m hoping we have a little bit of a pickup in the evening. This has been very, very low,” said Jeniffer Woodward, chairperson of Precinct 1.

Eastpointe residents passed the charter amendment with 70 percent voting yes and 30 percent against it, according to Duchane.

Residents will see a change with the charter amendment “right away,” said Duchane.

“It’s published when the people change the charter; we put it in the code, and the next time we do an assessment renewal for street lighting, we will now be able to send mail notices to each individual property instead of taking out these massive, communitywide ads,” said Duchane.

The change will save each taxpayer annually $3 to $4, according to Duchane.

Also on the ballot for Eastpointe residents was the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority — a proposal that would have allowed the city of Wayne to join the authority. It would not have affected the two cities that make up the authority, Eastpointe and Hazel Park.

Voters in Eastpointe and Wayne did not allow it to pass. It narrowly passed in Hazel Park.

“We still participated and tried to help somebody else out. I know it passed by a slim margin in Hazel Park, and that’s good too, but obviously it failed. It really failed in Wayne, like 1,700 to 1,000 votes. It had to pass collectively (in both Eastpointe and Hazel Park), and it had to pass in the city of Wayne. It did neither,” Duchane said.

Wayne voters defeated the proposal 1,744 to 1,062. In Eastpointe, voters defeated the proposal 1,737 to 1,465. Hazel Park voters approved it 594-560.

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