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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oakland confidential

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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City prepares for water, sewer rate hikes

Rochester Hills residents can expect an increase in water and sewer rates beginning this July of about 2.4 percent, or an increase of about $3.38 on the average bill, under a water and sewer ordinance amendment introduced on Monday, May 15....more>

New underage smoking, e-cigarette penalties

Efforts to crack down on underage smoking and the use of e-cigarettes spurred Rochester City Council members to approve the first reading of an ordinance on Monday, May 8, that would increase fines and penalties that could include criminal charges for some offenses....more>

Rochester Hills approves final liquor license

Plans to serve alcoholic beverages at one of Rochester Hills' newest brunch restaurants moved forward on Monday, May 1, as city council members unanimously approved a recommendation to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) to approve the city's final Class C liquor license for the owners of The Jagged Fork, 188. N. Adams, in the Village of Rochester Hills. ...more>

Primaries cancelled as council candidates file

Primary elections scheduled for August 8 in Rochester and Rochester Hills have been cancelled, as the number of candidates filing to run for city council positions in those communities weren't high enough to require voters to cast ballots in a primary election before the general election on November 7....more>

Rochester Hills receives clean annual audit

Auditors with Plante & Moran on Monday, May 15, gave the city of Rochester Hills an "unmodified opinion" of accounting practices for the 2016 fiscal year ending on December 31, 2016, noting the city is "financially sound."...more>

Rochester approves budget, millage increase

Rochester City Council on Monday, May 8, approved a $26.7 million overall budget for the 2018 fiscal year starting on July 1 which includes a .75-mill increase for road maintenance and projects....more>

Water main replacement projects approved

A $5.8-million contract for water main replacement and associated road resurfacing in the Belle Cone Gardens, Homestead Acres and Sunnydale Gardens subdivisions was approved on Monday, May 1, by the Rochester Hills City Council....more>

Contaminated site may get cleanup

Plans to develop a four-story office building on the east side of Water Street, near downtown Rochester, could provide funding for the clean-up of a 100-year-old manufacturing site along the Paint Creek.
 Developer Frank Rewold, of Frank Rewold and Son, is proposing the construction of a 47,885-square-foot building that would include first-floor parking and three floors of office space. Rewold, who owns the Royal Park Hotel and the Mills buildings in the area, said the project would link the two projects and serve as the third part of a multi-phase plan for developing the area. The project is largely dependent on the city's application for $2 million in brownfield redevelopment funds from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for the cleanup of longstanding contamination in the area....more>

Run/Walk raises funds for Meals on Wheels

Participants in this year's Rochester Older Persons' Commission (OPC) annual 5K Run & Walk for Meals on Wheels will help the organization deliver tens of thousands of home meals to communities in northern Oakland County....more>

Road construction around Rochester Hills

Construction projects around Rochester Hills are expected to cause traffic delays throughout the month of May and beyond....more>

Senior living development revises plans

A developer's plans approved last year by the Rochester Planning Commission for a senior living facility at 790 Leticia Drive were brought back to planning commissioners on Monday, May 1, with a request for several changes....more>

Rochester council revisits historic ordinance

Rochester City Council in May is expected to discuss changes to the city's historic preservation ordinance following a recommendation in April by the city's historic study committee to remove the city's Landmark Property list from the existing ordinance....more>

Riverbend Park now Innovation Hills

Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, May 1, unanimously approved renaming Riverbend Park to "Innovation Hills," following the submission of more than 500 recommendations to the city over a six-month selection process....more>

Downtown Rochester to host Late Thursdays

Shops in downtown Rochester this summer will offer customers extended hours on Thursday nights beginning on May 11, as the city kicks off its first "Open Late Thursdays" promotion....more>

Good work highlighted in state of city

Rochester Mayor Cathy Daldin and deputy city manager and economic and community development director Nik Banda shared the podium on Monday, April 17, in presenting the annual State of the City address at the Royal Park Hotel....more>
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