Roads get boost in proposed Rochester Hills budget

Mayor Bryan Barnett’s proposal to increase city funding for local streets next year should make a lot of folks happy in Rochester Hills. The mayor delivered his proposed 2013 budget to city council Monday night, along with projections for 2014 and 2015. For next year, he proposed doubling the $1.5 million he previously pledged for local street needs to $3 million. “We know that the condition of our local roads is a primary concern of our residents,” he said. “While this represents a … [Read more...]

Citizen Opinion: Show Me the Money

Citizen Opinion by Scot Beaton Fiscal Responsibility, Rochester Hills Hats off to all those who worked on the police millage proposal: Don Cline, Dale Hetrick, Walter Johnson, Linda Raschke, LeAnne Rogers, Nancy Soisson and Thomas Stephens. (hundreds of hours of work NO compensation from the city) but because of the current economic condition the nation is currently in, threats of a fiscal cliff etc., a straight up renewal would probably be the only millage the residents of Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills news briefs, week of June 11

League to host candidate forum The League of Women Voters Oakland Area will host a forum for candidates in the 45th District state House race on July 18. The forum will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills City Hall auditorium and is open to the public. The forum will be telecast live, rebroadcast and streamed on Comcast Channel 20, WOW Channel 10 & AT&T Channel 99. The candidates are incumbent Republican Tom McMillin and Democrats Ted Golden and Douglas Wilson of … [Read more...]

RCOC, MDOT, Rochester Hills, and Rochester to jointly conduct press conference to discuss Rochester area road projects

Officials with the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the City of Rochester Hills and the City of Rochester will join forces Wednesday, June 27 at 10 a.m. for a joint press conference to discuss current and impending road and bridge projects in the Rochester area. The event will take place at the gazebo at Veteran’s Memorial Park at the southeast corner of the intersection of Livernois and Avon roads in Rochester Hills. The … [Read more...]

Barnett announces trifecta of grants

    In a Thursday press conference, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan. Barnett announced that the city has been awarded nearly $250,000 in grant funding to implement three separate projects this year. The Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA) has awarded $13,000 for the reconstruction of the Grant Pump Station. The money will be used to purchase a backup generator. “Even though the project has been approved through the capital improvement plan and funding was already … [Read more...]

Hills budget book awarded

  For the 16th year in a row, the City of Rochester Hills is the recipient of the Governmental Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2012 budget book. The Distinguished Budget Award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principals of governmental budgeting. “This award demonstrates the city’s commitment to go beyond the minimum … [Read more...]

Housing starts signal Rochester Hills turnaround

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett is comfortable being called an optimist. Even so, in his sixth State of the City Address last week, he sounded more upbeat than usual. Four years into the economic downturn, his strategy for keeping his city “the preeminent place to live, work and raise a family” seems to be working. “There isn’t any major criteria or metric out there that is going in the wrong direction,” he said a few days after the speech. “I think we still stand out among our … [Read more...]

RARA seeks new HQ

For the past decade, the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority has been feeling the need to expand beyond its rented headquarters on East Second Street in downtown Rochester. Though spending $130,000 a year on rent and taxes, the RARA board has been putting aside money towards a future facility. Now, with new Executive Director Ron Jewell on board, RARA is ready to plot its next move. In January, Jewell appeared before both the Rochester and Rochester Hills city councils. “For over 10 years … [Read more...]