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Published April 7, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — No sewage discharges were necessary as a result of the collapsed sewer interceptor in Fraser following 1.6 inches of rainfall that fell on Macomb County March 30-31, according to the Public Works Office.

Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller reported that the massive, more than 1-mile-long sewer by-pass system operated as designed, preventing basement back-ups or the need to dump sewage into the Clinton River.

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Published April 5, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — For middle school students in Chippewa Valley Schools, “The Outsiders” is required reading before heading off to high school.

When it was announced that “The Outsiders” would be Dakota High School’s theatre group’s spring production, that familiarity sparked tremendous excitement.

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Published April 5, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — During her “State of the Township” address March 31, Supervisor Janet Dunn said that Macomb Township will be getting a new, permanent library.

The library is tentatively scheduled to open in 2020 and will be located in the town center area, just east of the township hall building.

“Something near and dear to my heart over the last 20 years is coming to reality,” Dunn said. “The process is just beginning and everything is in the planning stages.”

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Published April 5, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Speaking in front of a crowd of business leaders and township and county government officials inside a movie theatre at Emagine Macomb, Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn gave her annual “State of the Township” address March 31.

While touching on several events that occurred over the past year, Dunn frequently used the phrase “Imagine that” to showcase the township’s successes and growth.

Before talking about events of the past year, Dunn spoke about the theatre and its impact in the township.

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Published April 4, 2017

With an abundance of shoreline, lakes and wetlands, Michigan is a popular pit stop for thousands of birds as they make their way north each spring. 

Whether you’re a seasoned birder hoping for a rare sighting, or you’re a novice backyard bird-watcher wanting to learn more about some of the species passing through, spring migration brings plenty of birding benefits.

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Published March 31, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Two recently fired top deputies in the Macomb County Clerk’s Office have filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit against Clerk Karen Spranger, saying they were released from their jobs after making comments about her job performance.

Jennifer Lord, one of the attorneys for Paul Kardasz and Erin Stahl, argues that once the two were appointed by Spranger in early January, it became clear that the newly elected Republican was less than capable of running the office.

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Published March 29, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Military veterans who attend Macomb Community College will now have additional support.

On March 20, school officials held a dedication ceremony to officially open the school’s new Office of Veteran and Military Services, housed at South Campus in Warren.

The new office is located in Room 207 of G Building and will serve as a primary point of contact for veterans and active service members who are MCC students. The new office also can be used as a gathering and meeting space for veterans. All branches of the military are welcome.

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Published March 29, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — New township attorney and Human Resources Director Tom Esordi provided an update on the first two months of his full-time employment during a March 22 Board of Trustees meeting.

Esordi was given the dual-title of HR director and in-house legal counsel in early January. During his speech to the board, Esordi addressed concerns about that title and dual position, stating that several communities, including Ann Arbor, Lansing and the Detroit Water and Sewer Department have or have had similar arrangements.

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Published March 29, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Township Planning Commission gave its approval for the final plan of a 66-unit single-family development just to the south of the Pinnacle Woods development near Fairchild Road and 23 Mile Road.

Pinnacle Farms will be connected to Pinnacle Woods through a street from the south end of the Woods portion of the development, but for now developers said it will be a fully separate entity from the original neighborhood.

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Published March 29, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Concerns over infrastructure and long-term ramifications of approval caused the Macomb Township Planning Commission to recommend denial of  a rezoning request for two pieces of property near the township hall building during a March 21 commission meeting.

Broughton Development LLC petitioned the commission to rezone two parcels located on the southeast corner of the Broughton Road and 25 Mile Road intersection from agriculture to town center.

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Published March 27, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Health Department Director and Health Officer Bill Ridella is one of 15 Michigan health experts who was named to Gov. Rick Snyder’s Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission.

Snyder signed Executive Order 2017-2 on March 16, creating the Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission to continue Michigan’s fight against lead exposure from all sources.

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Published March 25, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — A new emergency service is improving response times and saving lives around Macomb County.

It’s called Smart911, and it’s the latest technology that’s assisting Macomb County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers in getting help where it’s needed both faster and more informed.

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Published March 22, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A joint meeting between Macomb Township’s Board of Trustees, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals was held March 15 to discuss ongoing and future projects throughout the township.

Officials from the township’s engineering, planning and building departments each presented to board members several topics that have frequently been subjects of discussion at meetings recently.

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Published March 22, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Residents in communities that are part of the Macomb Interceptor Drainage District, or MIDD, now have a clearer view of how much of a financial impact they will see in order to fund repairs to the Fraser sinkhole.

On March 15, the Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that pledges the county’s full faith and credit on drain bonds by a 10-1 vote. It effectively authorizes the MIDD to issue up to $240 million in bonds for funding repairs to the sinkhole.

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Published March 15, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — In front of an emotional courtroom March 14, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Faunce sentenced a Macomb Township man to at least 10 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to a second-degree murder charge earlier this year.

Jerald Boozer-Brown Jr., who was being represented by Richard Glanda, initially tried to make a motion to withdraw his plea and go to trial, but Faunce denied the motion.

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Published March 15, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — An automotive plastics company is eyeing expansion in Macomb Township.

CIE Automotive already has two locations in the township and one more in Shelby Township, and it is looking to add a distribution center in Macomb Township in order to dedicate its other locations to manufacturing.

A representative from CIE wasn’t available to comment for this article, but the expansion was the subject of an agenda item during a March 8 Board of Trustees meeting.

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Published March 15, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Last November, Chippewa Valley Schools approved the polling of district residents by a public opinion firm to gauge how residents feel about a possible tax increase to fund a bond plan for improvements to the district.

The election is May 2, and based on findings presented by Bernie Porn, of Epic MRA, to the Board of Education March 6, residents seem to have a favorable opinion of the proposal.

The poll, conducted Nov. 19-22, interviewed by phone 400 residents who live in all areas of the district.

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Published March 15, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Township Fire Department worked nonstop as a day-long wind storm blew through Michigan March 8.

The storm brought wind gusts in excess of 60 mph to the area and caused more than 800,000 DTE Energy customers across the metro Detroit region to lose power.

A report from the National Weather Service stated the highest wind gust measured locally was 53 mph at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. A gust of 68 mph was recorded at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

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Published March 9, 2017

Due to the severity of the power outages in metro Detroit, many communities are opening shelters where residents without power can go to warm up.

WARREN

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts announced that the city would operate an emergency shelter, set to open at 6 p.m. March 9 inside of the Warren Community Center at 5460 Arden, south of 14 Mile Road and west of Mound.

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Published March 8, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A new residential development is about to begin construction on the east side of Card Road, just north of 22 Mile Road.

Riviera Ridge Estates will be a development of 57 single-family homes featuring at least three styles with prices starting at $330,000.

“We have all brand-new floor plans,” said Sandro Palazzolo, a builder with Newmark Homes, the developer of Riviera Ridge. “We’re using a lot of the open layouts, a lot with dual islands in the kitchen and a lot of the modern ideas, like rear covered patios.”

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