Rochester City Council Seats Remain Largely the Same

According to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, over 7,000 votes were cast this past Tuesday, Nov. 3. When the final tally came in, incumbents Ben Giovanelli, Rob Ray, and Kim Russell managed to hang onto their Rochester City Council seats. Added to the fourth seat was newcomer Ann Peterson. Read more here. … [Read more...]

Still no deal on Rochester OPC budget

As the clock ticks down toward Dec. 31, neither side has yet blinked in the standoff over the Rochester Older Persons Commission budget. Rochester City Council met Monday and scheduled a special meeting for Dec. 29 in the hopes that a compromise will be offered that will keep the OPC operational after Jan. 1. The city’s attorney has said he doesn’t believe the OPC can legally spend money in the new fiscal year without an approved budget. The OPC Governing Board, Rochester Hills City … [Read more...]

Daldin elected in Rochester

In the city of Rochester, business owner Cathy Daldin will join incumbents Ben Giovanelli, Steve Sage and Kim Russell on Rochester City Council. Turnout was 18 percent. Daldin was the only newcomer elected. Her fourth-place finish earned her a two-year term. She will replace longtime Councilman David Becker, who didn’t seek re-election. Giovanelli finished first, Sage second and Russell third. Each earned a four-year term. Daldin owns Shamrock Travel on Main Street and is a member of the … [Read more...]

New Harvest Festival, DTE Answers Questions, and a New Restaurant in Rochester

The city of Rochester’s City Beautiful Commission will host its first-ever Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 2:30-7:30 p.m. in the area of the new community garden. Councilman Ben Giovanelli said the event will include live music, food, and a cash bar at the nearby Eagles club. Kids’ activities will be provided by Dinosaur Hill and the Paint Creek Center for the Arts. “This is a celebration,” Giovanelli said. “It’s to celebrate the garden and the first year we had. But it’s … [Read more...]

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Over the course of the past three years on Rochester City Council, I have been blessed to have participated in (and to a large degree instigated) a whole bunch of “change” in Rochester.  Our elected officials, board and commission members, and the city administration which serves us so well on a 24/7 basis, have been reinvigorated with new faces.  They are strongly focused on promoting what Mayor Cuthbertson referred to back in 2008 as “Rochester 2.0” – the rebirth of Rochester for the 21st … [Read more...]