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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Rochester seeks water improvement loan

04/14/2017 - Plans for about $6 million in water main improvements in areas of Rochester were discussed during a public hearing on Monday, April 10, paving the way for the city to apply for a low-interest loan to fund the projects.

The city is seeking a loan from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)'s Drinking Water Revolving Fund to pay for improvements that would be completed over the next five to seven years. As part of the application process, the city held a public hearing to discuss the projects with the public.

Projects include replacing about 6,000 feet of a transmission main running from the water treatment plant to just inside the city limits, as well as about 14,000 feet of distribution mains throughout the city. Distribution mains to be upgraded include locations along South Street, Wesley Street, Roselawn Drive, Castell Avenue, Mahaffy Avenue, Walnut Boulevard, North Helen Avenue, Oak Street and Wilcox.

Kristin Goetze, an engineering consultant with Johnson and Anderson Engineering, said the current transmission main was installed in 1895, and has had several breaks in recent years. Likewise, she said the majority of other water mains to be updated were installed in the 1920s and have had several issues. She said the upgrades will save the city about $43,000 each year on pumping and repair costs.

No action was taken by city council. Later in April, city council will be asked to approve the loan application to the DEQ. If approved, the city would likely receive notification of the loan in September, with planning and engineering to follow. Completion of all the projects listed would be roughly five to seven years, city manager Blain Wing said.

The water main improvements were identified as part of the city's water infrastructure capital improvement program through the DEQ's Water Reliability study, which is required to satisfy requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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