Rochester City Beautiful Commission sets their sights on improving accessibility at the Community Garden

The Rochester City Beautiful Commission (CBC) recently celebrated their third year since being reestablished by City Council in the fall of 2010. The reactivated commission has a lot to be excited about in their current year. The first is the newly added ADA accessible driveway at the Community Garden. “Anyone who has participated in the Community garden for the last few years can attest to the challenge of carrying flats of plants or wheelbarrow loads of compost up the hill from the … [Read more...]

DTE on the Hot Seat for Power Failures

Members of Rochester City Council made it clear this week they want detailed information from DTE Energy about reported voltage irregularities that have been plaguing several city businesses, including the library. Three DTE officials showed up at Monday’s council meeting. But they appeared without enough warning to let residents know, so council scheduled formal discussion for its Oct. 10 agenda. Residents and business owners who have experienced voltage fluctuations are asked to notify … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Library Proposes Tax Increase

Like most public entities, the Rochester Hills Public Library has seen its revenue stream decline in the last few years due to falling property values. So far, the belt tightening hasn’t affected services. “But now we’re to the bone,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. “We can’t keep going on like this.” The library is owned by the Rochester Hills Library Board and receives tax revenue from the cities of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. Residents of all three … [Read more...]

Three Cities Pledge to Work Together for Sustainable Future- With Video

Municipalities are getting the message loud and clear: Find ways to work together to cut costs, or suffer the consequences. Rochester, Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills are taking that one step further. With help from Oakland County, the three communities will design a template for future partnerships for community and environmental sustainability. At a kick-off open house June 2 of the Tri-City Sustainability Planning Project held at the Auburn Hills Community Center, residents from the three … [Read more...]

Rental Inspection Ordinance Approved in Rochester

After months of deliberation, a divided Rochester City Council approved a new ordinance Monday that requires registration and inspection of residential rental properties. The vote was 4-3, with Councilmembers David Becker, Kim Russell and David Zemens dissenting. The ordinance, which has been significantly scaled back from its initial form, imposes no fees and relies on landlords to register and inspect their own properties. It also calls for the city’s fire department to audit at least 10 … [Read more...]

Farmers’ Market in Downtown Rochester Now Open

Every Saturday from 8am till 1pm in Downtown Rochester you can find hundreds of people shopping around for fresh and healthy produce. Come and help support your fellow Michigan farmers by buying their produce.  Celebrating its 12th season, the Farmers’ Market is a frequent stop for area residents to enjoy the vibrant colors, aromas and flavors of southeast Michigan’s growing season.  Located at the corner of E. Third and Water Street, just one block east of Main Street, the market is open … [Read more...]

Rochester Population Growth Leads Oakland County Cities

Rochester, MI – The City of Rochester is pleased to announce its population growth from 2000 to 2010 led all cities and villages in Oakland County and was one of the fastest growing cities in the State of Michigan. The Census data, released yesterday, showed population growth of 21.8% and confirmed Rochester’s appeal as a quality of life leader and a premier destination for people live. Rochester’s population grew from 10,439 in 2000 to 12,711 in 2010. This growth can be attributed to … [Read more...]