No More Free Parking on Main Street

Free parking on Main Street will soon be over The Main Street Makeover eliminated the parking meters on Main Street and free parking has been the status quo for over a year. Visitors to the downtown area noticed that employees and business owners were snagging the good on-street parking for themselves. That has ended. By the end of the month, 300 meters covering the on-street parking in downtown Rochester will be ready to take your coins, as well as your credit cards. The old meters took … [Read more...]

Editorial: OPC mess needs fresh eyes

It’s no surprise that a budget compromise offered by Rochester City Council was rejected by the Older Persons Commission governing board Feb.2. The two sides aren’t getting any closer to resolving the dispute that has dragged on since fall. If anything, the debate seems to become increasingly difficult with each passing week. OPC Executive Director Marye Miller says lies are being spread by Rochester City Council; Mayor Stuart Bikson calls her comments “inappropriate” and reminds her that she … [Read more...]

Rochester preparing its own budget for OPC

Revisions to the 2012 budget for the Rochester Older Persons Commission are being prepared by Rochester’s city administration and are expected to be sent to Rochester Hills and Oakland Township this week. The move comes after Rochester City Council voted Nov. 29 to prepare a budget proposal that would eliminate a 1% raise already approved by the OPC governing board, along with step increases and a new payment in lieu of health insurance. Council directed that the money saved be put toward fee … [Read more...]

Bikson returns as mayor in Rochester

Stuart Bikson was elected mayor of Rochester for the next 12 months by his colleagues on Rochester City Council Monday night. It’s the second stint for Bikson, who served as mayor in 2008 and 2009 before being succeeded by Jeff Cuthbertson. Cuthbertson stepped aside Monday night, saying that being mayor of his hometown “has been a dream come true.” “At this point in my life, with a young family, a growing law practice and a number of business interests I need to attend to, I think it’s … [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...]

6 vie for Rochester council seats

The Nov. 8 election will bring at least one new person to the Rochester City Council. Six people, including three incumbents, are vying for four seats. Incumbent David Becker did not run for re-election. Incumbents Ben Giovanelli, Kim Russell and Steve Sage face newcomers Cathy Daldin, Ann Peterson and Stan Surratt. The top three vote-getters will receive four-year terms. The fourth-place finisher will earn a two-year seat. Giovanelli and Russell are completing their first terms on … [Read more...]

Riverwalk, Bridge Enhancements get Rochester Council’s OK

Improvements designed to draw pedestrians onto North Main Street from the Riverwalk along Paint Creek were approved by Rochester City Council Monday. But due to much-higher-than-expected bids, the final project is a scaled-back version of what the Downtown Development Authority had hoped to do. Still, supporters expect it to spur foot traffic and, eventually, new economic development north of University Drive. On a 6-1 vote (Councilwoman Kim Russell dissented), council approved an … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills McDonald’s Ready to Rebuild

When the McDonald’s restaurant on Rochester Road north of Avon in Rochester Hills was damaged by a kitchen fire last fall, a sign went up out front that said “closed for remodeling.” Owner Bill Saputo Jr. said he initially thought he would remodel. But with the interior 60-70 percent lost, ultimately “McDonald’s and myself and our commitment to provide what’s best for the city and the community decided to rebuild.” Monday night, Rochester City Council approved his plans for a bigger, … [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...]