Week of 5.22.17

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Older Persons Commission Charity Gala

The 15th annual fundraiser for Rochester’s Older Persons Commission’s Meals on Wheels program attracted 375 ($150 ticket) to the Royal Park Hotel to party in a Monte Carlo mode. Chance-takers could bid on jewelry from Aurum Designs, pick their own prize in a chance raffle of 13 packages and, after dinner while Frank Sinatra tribute singer Mark Randisi entertained, play casino games and turn their winnings into raffle tickets. WXYZ’s Dave LewAllen emceed the dinner program in which 96-year old Erv Bauer, a Meals on Wheels recipient since his wife died three years ago, admitted, “I can’t even boil water.”  He called the program “a real treasure” because ....” the drivers (greet you) with a smile...and are someone to talk to every day...we really appreciate you sponsors...thank you kindly.”
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June 2017

DUMBING IT DOWN: State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) has introduced a legislative proposal to reduce the number of members of the state House of Representatives from 110 to 76, or about one-third. "We currently have three House members for every three state Senate seats," McCready said, noting there are 38 state Senate members. Each state ...more»
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Special event ordinance delayed again


03/17/2017 - Rochester city council members on Monday, March 13, delayed voting on whether to finalize changes to the city's special events policy, which would require additional records from those seeking event permits in the city.

The delay, which was the second since Monday, February 27, was due to a lack of a full council in attendance, as council members Stuart Bikson and Ben Giovanelli were absent. Council in February voted 3-2 to approve the amendment, but a second vote with at least one more council member was needed to finalize the ordinance, Rochester City Clerk Lee Ann O'Connor said.

The amendment requires non-profit organizations seeking special event permits in the city to provide tax documents and a GuideStar report during the application process, if possible.

A change to the ordinance's fee structure was approved by council on February 13, by a vote of 5-2, with Bikson and Peterson voting against it. The fee change will go into effect on January 1, 2018,

The change in the ordinance's fee structure will increase the reimbursements to the city for services it provides for events that aren't specifically sponsored by the city. Under the future rate structure, all non-profit organizations will be required to reimburse the city for 75 percent of all costs the city incurs that are above $100. Currently, the city requires non-profits to reimburse 10 percent of costs the city incurs above $1,000. Those costs include support from police, fire, public works and other expenses.

Council is expected to take up the matter of the amendment's second reading at its next council meeting on Monday, March 27.

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