Week of 8.14.17

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Meadow Brook Concert & Cuisine

More than 350 ($85 - $125 tickets) convened at Oakland University for the annual summer fundraiser for MBT - “Michigan’s answer to Broadway.” Before the food stations opened, folks lollygagged outside sipping beer and wine from the Rochester Tap Room and bid $9,000 for the silent auction items Colleen Brnabic and Maryann Foxlee had set up in the hallway. Generous local restaurants (see photo gallery) served savory fare for dining on the stroll before the theatre doors opened. Artistic director Travis Walter conducted a live auction with his trademark good humor. He got $500 from two bidders for two Dickens packages that included a walk-on role in MBT’s “A Christmas Carol”  and $900 for a Fender Squire Guitar signed by The Grass Roots Band.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»
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2017 Rochester Hills road projects approved

03/17/2017 - Rochester Hills city council members on Monday, March 13, approved about $5 million in contract agreements in conjunction with the city's two road rehabilitation programs for 2017.

Council approved a $2.1 million contract with Pro-Line Asphalt Paving Corp. of Washington, Michigan for hot-mix asphalt paving in conjunction with the city's 2017 Asphalt Road Rehabilitation Program. The contract includes a 10-percent contingency in the amount of $189,173. The council also approved a $208,213 contract with Spalding DeDecker of Rochester Hills, for engineering services needed with the road rehabilitation projects.

Funding for the program includes $1,079,918 from the city's major road fund; $820,848 from the city's local street fund; and about $180,136 from the city's facilities fund.

Locations that will be included in the 2017 Asphalt Rehabilitation Program include portions of Brookfield Court; Cedaredge Road; Clear Pointe Court; Fairfield Drive; Innsbruck Drive; Innsbruck Court; Ridgecrest; New Life Lane; Willow Grove Lane; Horizon Court; Rochester Industrial Drive; Rochester Industrial Lane; Rochester Industrial Court; and Fire Station No. 1's rear access road.

The work, which is set to begin in the spring after asphalt plants open, includes plans to mill and resurface streets with an asphalt overlay, except Rochester Industrial Park and Fire Station No. 1 access road, which are set for full removal and replacement of existing pavement, and selective curb and gutter replacement. Projects also include upgrading pathway ramps as needed, Rochester Hills Director of Public Services Allan Schneck said.

Asphalt work is expected to be finished by late August.

In addition to asphalt work, the council approved about $2.7 million for the 2017 Concrete Road Replacement Program, with work to be done by Cipparone Contracting, of Southfield.

Concrete work, which is scheduled to begin in April, includes drainage structure adjustment, recondition and reconstruction; installation of under drains; placement of aggregate base for concrete roads and dives, concrete pavement removal and replacement; restoration and other work.

Project areas include portions of Pleasant View Drive; Michele Court; Ravine Terrace Court; Park Creek Court; Heritage Hill Court; Brandon Court; Ulster Road; Greenspring Lane; Salem Court; Sunbury Court; E. Maryknoll Road; Eagle Drive; Salem Drive; Shellbourne Drive; Stanford Circle; Stanford Circle; Fielding Drive; Terrace Court; Greenspring Lane; Eagle Court; and Pheasant Ring Court.

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