Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Council members look to move forward, while a staff recommendation advises rejecting four offers lower than the $425,000 asking price.
City of Farmington Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen brought four offers for the former 47th District Courthouse property on 10 Mile Road to city officials Monday and recommended rejecting all of them. Council members, however, appear reluctant to let at least one of those opportunities pass them by. The property has been vacant for almost 10 years. Christiansen said all four proposals came in much lower than the city's asking price of $425,000. The offers include using the land for: Officials seemed to favor the proposal for homes, which represented the lowest offer (about one-third of the asking price), because of the eventual property taxes it would generate. Christiansen recommended the property stay on …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Residents at a Wednesday night meeting contribute more specific ideas that will be presented at a future public meeting.
Is it time to re-boot Riley Park in downtown Farmington or to look for an adaptive re-use for the Masonic Hall at Grand River and Farmington Road? Consultants working on the City of Farmington visioning process distilled more than 550 ideas gathered during community meetings into a draft vision they unveiled Wednesday night. The 6-point draft envisions a city that is: "This is really your vision," Aaron Domini of OHM Advisors told a group of more than 30 people gathered at the Farmington Community Library downtown Farmington branch. "We just tried to capture it from what you've said to date." Domini said that the core values residents expressed are basically the same as those in the city's 1998 vision plan, "and you wouldn't expect that …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
In his first public appearance after announcing his bid for retiring Sen. Carl Levin's seat, Gary Peters shares lunch with the Xemplar Club at John Cowley & Sons.
Although he made a formal announcement just an hour earlier, it took a question from the crowd at Wednesday's Xemplar Club meeting at John Cowley & Sons in Farmington to get 14th District Congressman Gary Peters to mention his 2014 bid Senate. Peters said he was approached to run when Sen. Carl Levin announced his retirement in March. "I have given that serious consideration and sent out an email about an hour ago to supporters and folks on my email list announcing I will be a candidate for the U.S. Senate next year," he said, drawing a round of applause. Peters said he would meet Wednesday afternoon with media at a business in Rochester that occupies the same site as a carriage shop owned by his great-grandfather. He also planned …
The 14th District Congressman says voices 'from every corner of Michigan' encouraged him to run for retiring Sen. Carl Levin's seat.
With a nod to retiring U.S. Senator Carl Levin, 14th District Congressman Gary Peters announced in a Wednesday morning email to supporters that he will run for Levin's seat. Praising Levin as "the best of what it means to be a true public servant," Peters said that supporters around the state asked him to consider running for the senior Senator's seat. "Following Carl’s decision, I have been humbled by the voices from every corner of Michigan who have enthusiastically encouraged me to run for the U.S. Senate," he wrote. "This is a critical time for Michigan, and our main streets and middle class need an independent voice fighting for them." He said his independent approach "is exactly what Michigan needs in the Senate right now." …
With a 4-3 vote, officials send a $222 million bond question to voters on Aug. 6.
After listening to more than an hour of testimony on Tuesday, Farmington Public Schools board members voted 4-3 to put a $222 million bond issue in front of voters on Aug. 6. Board members Sheilah Clay, Howard Wallach and Murray Kahn voted against the measure; Frank Reid, Priscilla Brouillette, Karen Bolsen and George Gurrola voted in favor. Clay and Wallach both said they support the bond, but wanted the election held in November – as did residents who testified during public comment taken before the vote. Kahn said the visioning and capital finance committee plans left out Farmington Central High School, early childhood education and administrative facilities. "To go out and ask for a vote right now is wrong, because it's not a …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Morgan Gilliam and Asha Freeman are among students from around the county who attended the April 22 event.
Saturday, April 27
North Farmington seniors Morgan Gilliam and Asha Freeman participated in the 33rd Annual Youth in Government Day April 22 at the Oakland County Government Center in Pontiac. High school students from Auburn Hills, Ferndale, Farmington Hills, Milford, Pontiac, Southfield, Waterford and White Lake met top Oakland County officials and learned about Oakland County government. The event was part of National County Government Month. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson complimented the "bright bunch of young men and women who give me hope and confidence that the future is in good hands.”
Sunday, April 21, 2013
A Coast2Coast Rx discount card can help consumers save money on prescription drugs and other services.
Sunday, April 21
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners announced during a Thursday press conference that the county has adopted the Coast2Coast Rx discount prescription card as a health resource for residents. The free card is designed to help consumers save money on their prescriptions and other health care services, while contributing to the community. Each time the card is used to fill a prescription, $1.25 is generated for public programs. “We chose the Coast2Coast Rx program to be Oakland County’s discount prescription card because it will allow us to address both the health and financial concerns of individual residents and it is a fiscally-responsible way for the Board of Commissioners to provide a valuable public service for our constituents,” …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Officials give organizers an exception to city's noise ordinance on Thursday nights after school year ends.
A popular Thursday night swing dance group will return to the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in downtown Farmington May 2, after dancing indoors all winter long. Alexander Steward, who organizes Swingfusion in Farmington, told city council members Monday that the group has been meeting at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills. He said dancers stay until 11:30 p.m. and would like to continue that schedule, requiring a waiver of the city's noise ordinance from the end of June through the end of August. "We've never really had any issues, and we'd love to stay out a little later," he said. The dances draw from 80 to 200 people, ages 15 to 30, on an average night; events open to the community bring out more people. Officials …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Attention tax day procrastinators! Here's what you need to know.
Today is income tax deadline day and all federal and state paper returns must be postmarked April 15. If you are planning on meeting the deadline in Farmington, the Post Office closes at 5:30 p.m. In Farmington Hills, the Post Office is open until 6 p.m. And don't forget, according to the federal post office, if an item isn't turned in by closing time, it won't be postmarked for that day. You don't want to start accumulating interest and penalties! For a list of free options to e-file your return go to IRS.gov. If you find you need more time to file your tax returns, you can get an automatic six-month extension from the IRS. Here are five things you need to know about filing an extension, according to IRS.gov. Visit the IRS website at IRS.…
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The next hearing, on the topic of mental illness, will be held April 23.
Saturday, April 13
The broadcast of an April 9 Oakland County Board of Commissioners hearing focused on curbing gun violence is now available for viewing on the county's website. Commissioners welcomed top federal and state law officials to share their views at a Public Services Committee meeting. To watch, visit oakland.michiganliveevents.com/oakgov.com and forward to 16:25. The next hearings, organized by County Commissioners Bill Dwyer and Marcia Gershenson, who represent Farmington and Farmington Hills, will be on the topics of mental health (April 23) and the Second Amendment (May 14). Correction: The link to the video feed has been corrected.