Week of 4.24.17

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JVS Trade Secrets

“And life goes on,” said Connie Holzer, honorary chair and keynote speaker at the JVS Trade Secrets fundraising dinner. (It attracted record attendance - 560 @ $150 and up – to the Troy Marriott.) Holzer’s unique business experience did not even begin until her car dealer husband of 52 years died when she was 70 years old. Although the economy was in the dumps, she mortgaged the home where she had raised six children, got concessions from their 130 employees, and rebuilt the Tom Holzer Ford dealership into the 4th ranked regionally and 10th ranked nationally. “You are never too old to begin a new life,” she concluded. Women to Work recipient Kimberly Baker, whose fairytale life crashed when her husband went to jail for tax fraud, praised Judy Richmond and the JVS computer program. She attended it on a scholarship. “And now..because of people in this room... I can feed my kids,” Baker said, apologizing for her tears. The venue provided ample space to display the event’s traditional pick-your-own-prize raffle of 62 items, the main cocktail hour diversion.
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May 2017

MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO NOWHERE: A budget proposal by the Trump administration may be the final blow to plans for a regional mass transit system for southeast Michigan. A proposed Regional Transit Authority (RTA) millage failed in November 2016, when voters in Oakland and Macomb counties rejected the four-county millage, while passing in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Deal was, it had to win in three of ...more»
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Parking rules relaxed at some restaurants

02/17/2017 - Restaurants in Rochester that serve alcohol but don't have a dedicated bar area for serving or displaying alcohol will have more relaxed parking requirements under an ordinance amendment approved by city council on Monday, February 13.

The ordinance amendment was adopted Monday by unanimous vote, following a first reading of the ordinance on December 12.

Prior to the amendment, the city's code required restaurants that serve alcohol to provide one off-street parking space per 100 square feet of overall floor area, while restaurants that don't serve alcohol must provide one off-street parking space per 150 square feet of area. Under the proposed ordinance, restaurants that only provide alcohol by way of table service, without a bar area, would be required to provide one off-street parking space for every 145 square feet of floor area.
 Rochester City Manager Blaine Wing said the issue was first discussed at the city's planning commission, after a representative from a local business asked commissioners to re-evaluate the ordinance.
 "The idea is that if you have alcohol, customers will be sitting there longer, and the business will need more parking spots," Wing said.
 Restaurants may pay the city in-lieu of a parking spot for use of the city's parking structure, if the restaurant is unable to provide adequate off-street parking on its own property or through an agreement with a nearby property owner. Wing said the current price per in-lieu-of spot by the city is about $12,000.
 Only one current restaurant, Rochester Brunch House, at 301 Walnut Boulevard, would be impacted by the proposed ordinance, reducing the number of spots required from three to one. However, the ordinance amendment is likely to impact new or expanding businesses in the future.

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