Newly Renovated Rochester Fire Department to Hold Re-dedication Ceremony

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City Manager Vettraino to Serve the Community in a New Position

During the City Council meeting on May 26, 2015, Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino informed City Council that he has accepted a new position in the community that will allow him to serve the greater Rochester area in a different way. He will be leaving his office at City Hall and will begin serving Rochester College as the College’s first Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the press release stated. Mr. Vettraino said, “The City of Rochester is a great community. I am so … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Ranked First in Michigan and 16th Nationally for Increasing Home Values

The City of Rochester was recently ranked first in Michigan and 16th in the nation by NerdWallet among the country’s cities with the fastest increasing home values. The designation was based on data from the real estate website, which identified the cities with the biggest increase in home values since 2009. Rochester ranked the highest of all three Michigan communities included in the national top 50 list. According to the publication, Rochester’s home values have increased an … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Receives ‘AAA’ Bond Rating

The City of Rochester recently received the highest ‘AAA’ bond rating from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) for the City’s series 2015 limited-tax general obligation capital improvement bonds financing its Parking Platform Construction Project. Rochester joins the very few Michigan communities with an ‘AAA’ bond rating and is just one of two cities with a population of less than 20,000 to receive this highest rating from S&P.  The ‘AAA’ rating is based on many factors, … [Read more...]

Rochester Parking Platform Construction Kicks Off January 2015

As a part of the City of Rochester’s comprehensive parking management strategy, the City is breaking ground on the next phase of the strategy: construction of two parking platforms in the downtown district. Construction on the East Street Platform, located on East Street between Fourth and University, will begin on Monday, January 5. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 4 pm on January 5. The westerly Walnut Blvd. Platform, located on Walnut Blvd. between Fourth and University will also … [Read more...]

City of Rochester’s Mayor offers coffee-time meetings

Please join Mayor Jeffrey T. Cuthbertson for coffee and conversation, now in the afternoon at 3:00 pm, at the Older Person’s Commission, 650 Letica Road in the "OPC Rewold Library." All residents are welcome to meet with the Mayor to ask questions and to express any issues or concerns. These monthly meetings will take place on the third Thursday of every month. · The OPC has these monthly meeting dates and times in their 2014 newsletter. · The City of Rochester website has these dates … [Read more...]

Feeling the pain at the parking meter

Last week Michael Dwyer brought us the news that downtown Rochester will no longer be offering free parking on main street. Instead, it will now cost $1.00 per hour to park. Today the city issued a press release stating that Rochester is installing approximately 300 parking meters that will allow visitors the convenience of paying by coin or credit card. These meters will replace the original meters that were removed in 2012 as part of the Main Street Makeover Project and will be activated by … [Read more...]