Royal Oak, Clawson voters to decide local races, proposals

Royal Oak Review | Published October 12, 2021

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ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — On Nov. 2, voters in the Royal Oak Review’s coverage area will see multiple local contests and proposals on the ballot.

Royal Oak voters will elect the mayor and city commissioners, as well as decide on six proposals. Clawson voters will elect the mayor and City Council members, as well as decide on three proposals.

Candidates were asked, in 75 words or fewer, to state their top goal(s) if elected. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim except where material is omitted due to personal attacks or items we know to be false or that are blatant misrepresentations.

 

Royal Oak Mayor
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Michael C. Fournier (I)
Age: 42
Occupation: Innovation, Commercial, & Business Development
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak
For how long: 19 years
Online campaign information: www.fournierformayor.com
Education: B.A. Michigan State University; MBA University of Notre Dame
Previously held elected offices: City Commissioner from 2011 – 2016; Mayor 2016-Present
Top goals: My priorities are our community’s priorities:
• Public safety is at the top. Together, we’ll keep Royal Oak one of the safest cities in America.
• Implement our environmental sustainability plan and upgrade stormwater infrastructure.
• Complete our neighborhood street improvements on time and on budget.
• Protect senior services and promote aging in place solutions.
• Continue investing in our beautiful neighborhoods, parks, and planting more trees.
• Maintain our AA+ bond rating, healthy fund balance, and strong financial position.

Thomas A. Roth
Age: 60
Occupation: Global Account Director, Supply Chain Risk Management Software
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak
For how long: 4 years
Online campaign information: www.ElectTom2021.com
Education: B.G.S. University of Michigan
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:
• Bring back the voice of the citizenry of Royal Oak.
• Restore ethical governorship
• Address flooding
• Protect our property values
• Improve Senior Services to allow aging in place.
• Eliminate waste and reduce spending.
• Increase Green Space through sensible zoning
• Re-work the Master Plan of Royal Oak to maintain our single-family neighborhoods while bringing affordable housing to the city.
• Ensure that Cannabis businesses are located in areas that protect the integrity of our neighborhoods.
 

Royal Oak City Commissioner
Six candidates are running for three four-year terms.

Sharlan Douglas (I)
Age: 69
Occupation: Retired public relations consultant
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak
For how long: 30 years
Online campaign information: sharlandouglas.com
Education: BA, Journalism, Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: None other than two four year terms on Royal Oak City Commission
Top goals: We must complete the work of the Aging in Place Task Force. That community-wide process will help us make sure our city is accessible and welcoming to our aging population. We will move forward to replace our 20-year-old master plan with a new one driven by epic community engagement. And we should never lose sight of our number one responsibility: To keep our 60,000 residents safe with first-rate police, firefighters and EMS services.

Derrick George
Age: 47
Occupation: Attorney and Founder of George Law
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak
For how long: 11 years
Online campaign information: www.electyourteam2021.com
Education: JD, University of Denver College of Law; MS, Columbia University; BA, Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: I want to create a culture in Royal Oak when everyone’s view is respected. As your city commissioner, I will make decisions in the best interest of the community we love and work tirelessly to make better. I want to promote our downtown — small business owners are the core of our local economy. I will build trust among our citizens and support a transparent and accountable leadership team for the city of Royal Oak.

Richard Karlowski
Age: 63
Occupation: Engineer (Retired)
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak, MI
For how long: 14 years
Online campaign information: www.electrick2021.com
Education: BS — Michigan Technological University, MS — University of Michigan
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Ban new multi-family and auxiliary structures in zoned single-family neighborhoods.
Strengthen rental and AirBnB license requirements to make landlords more responsible for tenant actions.
Make parks a priority — fix the drainage issues and add amenities like disk golf courts
Upgrade the Senior Center — incorporate workshops and more social events. Increase senior bus service hours.
Develop programs to address flooding issues and support permeable surface/set-back requirements
Schedule regular Townhalls to make citizen feedback easier

Brandon Kolo (I)
Age: 36
Occupation: Small business owner with speciality in environmental sustainability
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak
For how long: Since 2012
Online campaign information: www.brandonkolo.com
Education: MS Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate
Top goals: I’ll keep Royal Oak heading in the right direction by bringing resident voices and thoughtfulness to the commission, while focusing on:
Strong Neighborhoods
• Investing in parks & protecting greenspace
• Holding landlords and builders accountable
• Supporting neighborhood associations
Excellent Services
• Expanding senior supports
• Ensuring exemplary public safety
• Improving communication with residents
Improved Infrastructure
• Prioritizing environmental sustainability
• Building green stormwater systems to prevent flooding
• Expanding our tree canopy

Pamela Lindell
Age: 60 yrs
Occupation: Volunteer /Environmental & Community Activist
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak
For how long: 28 yrs
Online campaign information: www.electpam2021.com
Education: Attended WMU
Previously held elected offices: NA
Top goals: Be a true representative for residents. Hold neighborhood townhalls, where residents are told the truth, good or bad, about http://www.Hunt4RO.comcosts for projects.
Letting you vote on Major Bonds, that you could be responsible to pay! Increase Quality of Life for Seniors, by upgrading our Senior Center. Protect and enhance our neighborhoods by upholding our City Charter. Strengthen Rental & Airbnb rules. Address flooding by prioritizing our greenspaces and water runoff issues.

Melanie Macey (I)
Age: 41
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak
For how long: 17 years
Online campaign information: www.maceyforroyaloak.com
Education: University of Michigan Law School
Previously held elected offices: Royal Oak City Commissioner 2017-2021
Top goals: Invest for the future
• Upgrade infrastructure, especially stormwater
• Diversify park amenities & recreation opportunities to meet residents’ needs
• Senior-focused investments, including recreation and senior housing options
• Develop playful & beautiful community spaces
Build welcoming, inclusive community
• Enhance city services to improve quality of life
• Develop Human Rights Commission to ensure all feel welcome
• Encourage citizen engagement and volunteering
Prioritize sustainability
• Implement comprehensive climate action and sustainability plan
• Increase tree canopy and native plantings
• Educate residents on sustainability

 

Royal Oak City Commissioner
Two candidates are running for one partial term ending Nov. 27, 2023.

William Barnes
Age: 71
Occupation: Teacher, Tennis Coach
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak
For how long: 50 years
Online campaign information: ElectBill2021.com
Education: Bachelors in Social Science; Masters degrees in Global Management and Systemic Theology
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My top goals are to restore justice to municipal management through fiscal integrity, listen to residents’ concerns, and protect the stable residential neighborhoods. I wish to enter the struggle to preserve the unity of our community by stopping the aggressive urbanization that threatens our zoning laws and Master Plan. High rises in every neighborhood are a developer’s lucrative dream and a residents’ nightmare of congestion, crime, and chaos.

Monica Hunt (I)
Age: 42
Occupation: Municipal and Employment Law Attorney
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak
For how long: 14 years, 3 months
Online campaign information: www.Hunt4RO.com
Education:
• Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration-Prelaw from the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University in 2001
• Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in 2005
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: It is my intent to implement a “Green Code” that requires use of green infrastructure best management practices wherever practical in efforts to manage stormwater. I also intend to codify the Human Rights Ordinance and develop a plan to implement the goals of the Ordinance. It is also imperative that we enhance the services that we provide to our senior residents so that they can continue to be an active part of our community.

 

 

Clawson Mayor
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Paula Millan
Age: 58
Occupation: Special Projects Manager — Gala & Associates - Engineers
Municipality of residence: Clawson
For how long: 9 years
Online campaign information: paulamillan.com
Education: BA Political Science, OU / Masters in Public Administration, EMU
Previously held elected offices: City Council — 1 term
Top goals: Serve as a liaison between the community and our government, encouraging a family and business-friendly community, maintaining current services, promoting Clawson as a preferred place to invest for homeowners and businesses. Bridging fractured relationships. Instilling a sense of confidence and trust in our staff and our council. Encouraging dialogue and collaboration to address infrastructure needs. Re-instill dignity and pride in our community. Put the heart back into this little city.

 

Kathy Phillips
Age: 63
Occupation: Assoc. Broker/Realtor
Municipality of residence: Clawson
For how long: 41 years
Online campaign information: on Facebook @Kathy Phillips for Clawson
Education: Degree in Graphic Design/Advertising
Previously held elected offices: Clawson City Council 2007-2015 and again 2019-2020
Top goals: 41 yr. resident of Clawson with 12yrs. experience on City Council.
I’d like to facilitate thoughtful and civil consensus-building on council.
Rebuild our financial base, backed by substantiated numbers, improvement of financial management practices and accountability to taxpayers.
Look for imaginative and creative solutions to our infrastructure needs.
With a flexible schedule, I am available to the city at any time. As Mayor I will stand for residents, businesses and the best future for Clawson.

 

Clawson City Council
Six candidates are running for two four-year terms.

Bruce Anderson
Age: 57
Occupation: Engineer
Municipality of residence: Clawson, MI
For how long: 25 years
Online campaign information: bruceandersonclawson.com
Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I am running for Clawson City Council to help restore order to the Clawson City government from the instability of the last two years. This will involve working with the council and the new mayor to stop the high turnover in the city manager and clerk positions. Also, widespread dissension among the city employees needs to be addressed. I am asking for your support on November 2nd.

George Paul Georges (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Stacey N. Gomoll
Younger than 25 and therefore ineligible to serve on City Council according to the city charter.

Nathan Hara
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Glenn Shepard (I)
Age: 52
Occupation: Sales and Marketing General Manager
Municipality of residence: Clawson
For how long: 18
Online campaign information: https://twitter.com/ElectShepard
Education: BA, Marketing, Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Develop a clear and concise budget by city administration with input of council and residents. Hold monthly workshops with a final report in March.
Address flooding and power outages, continue to determine the underlying issues throughout the year. Manage warm season problems before weather crises.
Promote the character of Clawson and reveal that we are a destination community: one where families can safely raise their children, retire peacefully, and feel proud to call their hometown.

Scott Tinlin
Age: 62
Occupation: Executive
Municipality of residence: Clawson
For how long: 35 years
Online campaign information: electtinlin@gmail.com
Education: Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: If elected, my top goals and priorities will be focused on three areas: Using my extensive private sector leadership experience to help foster a more professional and effective city government. Creating city budget strategies on revenue & city spending, that will free up more money for the needs of the community. Promoting the Clawson school system and being a strong partner to support their efforts and plans in the future.

 

Clawson Charter Commission
Seven candidates are running unopposed for nine open seats.

G. David Bowlin

Dan Dwyer

Samantha Hanser-Maynard

Bradley T. Irwin

Tracy E. Nasrey

Talia Parker

Laura L. Slowinski

The creation of the Clawson Charter Commission is dependent on whether Clawson voters approve the proposal to revise the Clawson city charter Nov. 2.

 

Royal Oak proposals


Proposal 2021-01
Proposal to Amend the City of Royal Oak Charter to Acknowledge Michigan State Law, Public Act 116 of 1954, as amended, controls elections in Michigan
This proposal, if adopted, would add Section 30 of Chapter Four of the City of Royal Oak Charter making it clear that state election laws apply to all elections in the city.

Shall this proposal be adopted?

 

Proposal 2021-02
Proposal to Amend the City of Royal Oak Charter allowing the City Assessor to designate a designee to attend meetings of the Board of Review
Currently, the City Charter at Chapter Ten [Assessment of Taxes], Section 3 requires the City Assessor to attend meetings of the Board of Review. This proposal, if adopted, would allow the City Assessor to designate a designee to attend meetings of the Board of Review

Shall the proposal be adopted?

 

Proposal 2021-03
Proposal to Amend the City of Royal Oak Charter concerning the Public Health Department and City Health Officer
This proposal, if adopted, would eliminate language in the Charter making the Public Health Department and the position of City Health Officer a mandatory city department and department head.

Shall this proposal be adopted?

 

Proposal 2021-04
Proposed Amendment to Chapter 8, Section 11 of the Royal Oak City Charter to Allow for a Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Service Millage Renewal.
The proposed amendment to Chapter 8, Section 11 of the Royal Oak City Charter, if approved, would allow the City to renew the millage levy for a period not to exceed five (5) years of up to 3.975 mills, to defray the costs for police, fire and emergency medical services starting December 1, 2022.

The levy renewal, if approved, would defray the general expenses and liabilities of the city for police, fire, and emergency medical services only and will allow Royal Oak to maintain core services and staffing levels.

Shall the proposal be adopted?

 

Charter Proposal 2021-05
Proposed Amendment to Chapter 8, Section 11(B) of the Royal Oak City Charter to Allow for a Renewal Refuse Collection, Disposal and Curbside Recycling Program Millage.
The proposed amendment to the Royal Oak charter, if approved, would allow the city to levy a millage for a period not to exceed five years (5) years up to 1.00 mil, starting July 1, 2022, to defray the costs of refuse collection, disposal, and curbside recycling.

Shall the proposal be adopted?

 

Ordinance 2021-07
Veterans War Memorial Preservation and Protection
The City of Royal Oak Ordains:

1. Short title. This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the “Veterans War Memorial Preservation and Protection Ordinance”

2. Purpose. This is a chapter to designate a portion of the Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza, and the monuments and improvements upon it for continued use at its precise location as of December 31, 2020, as a memorial honoring members of the American and Canadian armed forces who have lost their lives in service to their country to prohibit other uses upon such land, and to repeal and replace the Royal Oak Veterans War Memorial Ordinance, found in Chapter 156 of the City of Royal Oak Code of Ordinances, adopted by the electors at the general election held on November 6, 2007, and further identified as Ordinance No. 2007-07.

3. Findings. Whereas:

A. In 1997, the City Commission adopted a resolution naming the area between the then existing City Hall, the Royal Oak Public Library, Troy Street and the Veterans War Memorial as the Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza.

B. In 2006, the Veterans War Memorial was moved and expanded from the western end of the Hallman Plaza to its location between the then existing City Hall and the Library, and was rededicated in memory of members of the American and Canadian armed forces who have lost their lives in service to their country, and the Memorial remained in such precise location as of December 31, 2020.

C. Many businesses, groups, citizens, and other persons contributed significant time, effort, and financial resources in order to effectuate the move and expansion of the Veterans War Memorial to such precise location.

D. The precise site of the Veterans War Memorial, as of December 31, 2020, is an ideal and appropriate location for the Memorial, and the designation and protection of that area, and the monuments and improvements upon it, for continued use as a memorial honoring members of the American and Canadian armed forces who have lost their lives in service to their country should be formalized by way of ordinance.

4. Designation of Memorial area and Preservation of Monuments and Improvements. The following portion of the Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza along with the monuments and improvements upon it, are designated for continued and exclusive use as a memorial honoring members of the American and Canadian armed forces who have lost their lives in service to their country, and any other uses are prohibited:

That portion of vacated Second Street (East of vacated Williams Street and West of Troy Street), extending from the East line of vacated Williams Street to the West line of Troy Street, adjacent to Lot 7, vacated public alley, and Lot 8 in Block 1 of Assessor’s Plat No. 20, and also adjacent to Lot 1 in Block 12 of Assessor’s Plat No. 20. Also including the northernmost 10.00 feet of the aforementioned Lot 1 in Block 12; all in Assessor’s Plat No. 20 T. 1N., R. 11E, City of Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan, as recorded in Liber 53, Page 33 of Plats, Oakland County Records. Part of Parcel No 72-25-22-103-004

5. Preservation of Monuments and Improvements in their Present Location.

A. The monuments and improvements that are a part of the Veterans War Memorial shall not be removed, relocated, or moved from the precise site at which they were located as of December 31, 2020, or to some other site within the Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza, without an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified electors of the City of Royal Oak who participate in such vote at a regularly scheduled general municipal election.

B. If prior to the effective date of this ordinance the monuments and improvements that are a part of the Veterans War Memorial are removed, relocated or moved from the precise site at which they were located as of December 31, 2020, or to some other site within the Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza, the City of Royal Oak shall restore such monuments and improvements to such precise location, in comparable or better condition, no later than one year from the full and complete effective date of this ordinance. In addition, the City of Royal Oak shall reimburse or compensate all businesses, groups, citizens and other persons, or their successors or assigns, who contributed financial or in-kind services, labor or materials, between the dates of January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2007 to moving or expansion of the Memorial to such precise site. Claims for such reimbursement or compensations shall be made within two years from the full and complete effective date of this ordinance and shall be on a claim form as created and provided by the City Clerk, which claim form shall not be unreasonably burdensome. The City of Royal Oak shall provide such reimbursement within 60 days of submission of each valid request. For purposes of alerting contributors to their entitlement to claim reimbursement or compensation, the City Clerk, in conjunction with the City Treasurer and other departments and staff of the City of Royal Oak, shall: (1) compile a list of donors who contributed to the moving or expansion of the Memorial, its monuments and improvements, to the site at which they were located as of December 31, 2020, which list shall contain the names, last known addresses, and amounts of financial contribution made by such donors toward the moving or expansion of the Memorial; (2) provide a copy of such list of donors upon request to all who should request, at no charge and within 14 days of such request; (3) mail notice of the entitlement to claim reimbursement or compensation, and a claim form, to such donors within 120 days from full and complete effective date of this ordinance; and (4) publish notice within 120 days from the full and complete effective date of this ordinance, and at least once every 90 days thereafter until the time to claim such reimbursement or compensation has expired, of the opportunity to submit claims, and the manner in which to do so, in a newspaper published and circulated in the City of Royal Oak.

6. Right of Enforcement. Any City of Royal Oak citizen, resident, property owner, business or group shall have standing to enforce this ordinance and may bring an action against the City in the circuit court for writ of mandamus or for other appropriate relief. Any such person or entity who prevails in such an action shall be entitled to reimbursement from the City of their actual and reasonable costs and attorney fees in bringing such action.

7. Improvement and Enhancement. Nothing within this ordinance shall prohibit the expansion or enhancement of the Veterans War Memorial through addition of additional monuments or improvements honoring members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in service to their country, or the repair or enhancement of existing monuments or improvements.

8. Severability. If any Section, subsection, clause, phrase or portion of this ordinance is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent portion of this ordinance, and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this ordinance.

9. Repealer. The intent of this ordinance is to repeal and replace the Royal Oak Veterans War Memorial Ordinance, found in Chapter 156 of the City of Royal Oak Code of Ordinances, adopted by the electors at the general election held on November 6, 2007, and further identified as Ordinance 2007-07. All other ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed only to the extent necessary to give this ordinance full force and effect.

10. Repeal or Amendment. This ordinance may only be repealed or amended by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified electors of the City of Royal Oak who participate in such vote at a regularly scheduled general municipal election.

11. Effective Date. This ordinance shall take effect ten (10) days after the final passage thereof if adopted by the Royal Oak City Commission pursuant to either Section 2 or 3 of Chapter 6 of the Royal Oak City Charter. If adopted by a vote of qualified electors, those provisions of this ordinance that do not contemplate increased expenditures by the City of Royal Oak shall become effective ten days following certification of such vote. All other provisions that contemplate increased expenditure of funds by the City of Royal Oak shall become effective at the beginning of the next fiscal year of the City of Royal Oak commencing not earlier than 60 days following the election at which this ordinance was approved by the electors.

 

Clawson proposals
 

General Revision of the City Charter Proposal
Shall there be a general revision of the Clawson City Charter?

 

Marijuana Proposal 1
A proposal to Amend the Code of Ordinances to adopt an ordinance to authorize and regulate within the city the business operations of persons licensed by the State to Operate Marihuana Establishments consistent with the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana ACT. The Ordinance proposes the following licenses:
Two Marijuana Retailers
Shall the proposal be adopted?

 

Marijuana Proposal 2
A proposal to Amend the Code of Ordinances to adopt an ordinance to authorize and regulate within the city the business operations of persons licensed by the State to Operate Marijuana Establishments consistent with the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana ACT. The Ordinance proposes the following licenses:

One Marijuana Safety Compliance Facility

One Marijuana Secure Transporter

A minimum of One Marihuana Microbusiness

Four Marijuana Retailers

One Marijuana Processor

One Class A Marihuana Grower

One Class B Marihuana Grower

One Class C Marihuana Grower

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