Week of 6.26.17

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Suite Dreams Project Hats Off Luncheon

From the first sip of pink bubbly (in a split with a pink straw) to the Hat Crawl guests’ exit with huge, hot pink balloons, the 16th annual Hats Off Luncheon was a dreamy, Sweet/Suite Sixteen production. During the reception the sold-out crowd (400 @ $150, $200-patron) oohed and aahed each others’ hats and bought all of the 1,000 chance auction raffle tickets. The luncheon program emceed by Rhonda Walker had highlights. Ali MacManus, a songwriter/singer who was born prematurely with multiple birth defects and has survived 11 major surgeries, got a standing ovation when she sang her composition “Breaking Free.”
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July 2017

GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously ...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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