Where Prop 1 Failed, Rochester Hills May Succeed

Almost no one was surprised when Proposal 1 failed on May 5, so with the roads still in desperate need of repair, the question became: now what? The City of Rochester Hills may just have the answer. In recent years, the city has repurposed dedicated millages three times to help take care of road repair and upkeep. Soon, a millage that was first approved back in 2005 will generate around $900,000 per year and help fund roads through 2020. Read the full story on The Oakland Press. … [Read more...]

Loved Ones Prepare to Say Goodbye to Jogger Killed on Oakland University Campus

Last week Rochester Hills resident Perry Badia was struck while jogging on Oakland University"s campus and later died from his injuries. Later this week, friends and family will gather to pay their respects and say goodbye. According to officials, Badia"s death has been ruled accidental, but the investigation is still ongoing. Read the full story on The Macomb Daily. … [Read more...]

Damages to Oakland Township Golf Course Could Top $1 Million

In the early morning of Friday, April 24, three fires were intentionally set by arsonists to nearly 100 golf carts at the Myth Golf and Banquet Center in Oakland Township. While no injuries were reported, a hazardous materials team and personnel from seven area fire departments were needed to battle and pacify the fires. A representative for the golf course said it will remain open and events for the weekend will go on as planned. Read the full story on The Oakland Press. … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett Could Face Additional Candidates in Primary Election

The road to the Rochester Hills Mayor's office is getting crowded. Incumbent Mayor Bryan K. Barnett announced that he would run in this year's race as a write-in candidate to circumvent the position's term limits. Former City Councilman Ravi Yalamanchi has also thrown his name in the race and now Jim Stevens has joined in as well, which means on August 4, residents will have three candidates to choose from, with only two moving on to the November election. Read the full story on The … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Educator Announces City Council Candidacy

Bill Soule, a Rochester Hills resident and educator has announced his intention to run for one of two at-large seats on city council this fall. Also in the race are current Rochester Hills City Council members Dale Hetrick and Mark Tisdel. Currently, Soule is a professor of media and communication arts and an adjunct instructor of business law at Macomb Community College. Read the full story on The Oakland Press.   … [Read more...]

Founder of Rochester Earth Day Festival Urges Participation in Holiday, Green Movement

This past Wednesday, Earth Day marked its 45th anniversary, all thanks to dedicated activists who brought environmental issues to the public conscience in the 1970s. According to Rochester resident and MI Earth Day Fest founder John Batdorf, legislation like the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act are two prime examples of what the movement was able to add for the greater benefit of society. He went on to say that Earth Day is something everyone should celebrate. Read the full … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills City Council to Discuss Tienken Road Project Funding

Paul Kampe, The Oakland Press The Rochester Hills City Council is expected to discuss advancing nearly $4 million to the Road Commission for Oakland County for repairs along Tienken Road on Monday, April 20. City leaders are hoping to address the road’s poor condition in a stretch between Adams and Livernois roads as soon as possible, according to documents available on the city’s website. The money would be repaid to the city through a cost participation agreement with the road … [Read more...]

Rochester Council Approves Restrictions on Oil and Natural Gas Drilling

By Paul Kampe, The Oakland Press In a unanimous vote at Monday’s meeting, Rochester City Council passed thorough regulations regarding oil and natural gas drilling in the city after more than six months of deliberation. Leaders in neighboring Rochester Hills are also fine-tuning similar regulations and both cities have enacted moratoriums on the activity. Despite the difference in area – Rochester Hills has more than 70,000 residents in nearly 33 square miles to Rochester’s … [Read more...]

Candidate questions Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett’s letter to Madonna

By Paul Kampe, paul.kampe@oakpress.com After his response to entertainer Madonna’s assertions that Rochester Hills is full of narrow-minded people, Rochester Hills Mayor Brian Barnett’s likely opponent in this fall’s election has questioned Barnett’s dedication to protecting all of the city’s residents from unfair treatment. Barnett penned an opinion piece Monday, March 16 which ran in many news outlets, including The Oakland Press, where he boasted of the city’s positive characteristics … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills seeks oil, gas advice from Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The Rochester Hills Planning Commission has called a special meeting next month to hear from members of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, as city leaders continue to craft an ordinance to regulate oil and gas exploration in the city. The city of more than 70,000 residents is currently under a moratorium on the activity and the ordinance is expected to be in place early next year. Representatives from the MDEQ, which regulates oil and gas drilling in the state, will be on … [Read more...]