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...]

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...]