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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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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