Don’t Drill the Hills, Inc. Drives Rochester Hills City Council About-Face

Please Note: The content in this post was received as a press release from Don't Drill the Hills, Inc (DDHI) in response to the moratorium recently passed by the Rochester Hills City Council. It is posted solely as another viewpoint/opinion on this matter. No compensation was received by Rochester Media for posting it, nor should it be perceived as an endorsement of DDHI. After eight months of consistent pressure from Don’t Drill The Hills, Inc (DDHI), and recent urgency expressed by other … [Read more...]

State Representative Candidate VanRaaphorst Responds to Rochester Hills Moratorium

Please Note: The content in this post was received via email from Joanna VanRaaphorst's, (candidate for State Representative - 45th District) campaign manager. It is posted solely as Ms. VanRaaphorst's opinion. No compensation was received by Rochester Media for posting it, nor should it be perceived as an endorsement of Ms. VanRaaphorst's campaign. Even though Rochester Hills residents were only given 18-hours notice, it was standing room only at the City of Rochester Hills Emergency meeting … [Read more...]

City Moves to Prevent Oil and Gas Drilling in Rochester Hills Council Unanimously Supports Moratorium Resolution

The following is a press release issued by the City of Rochester Hills, Office of the Mayor and is posted in its entirety: Recently introduced state legislation has prompted the City of Rochester Hills to enact a moratorium prohibiting oil and gas well siting or drilling in the city for six months. “This has been an ongoing community issue and the city council’s unanimous support of the resolution will hopefully provide adequate time to allow the state legislative process to consider … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills City Council puts drilling plans on hold

For nearly three years there has been a debate over drilling in Rochester Hills. On Tuesday, August 26 a special meeting was held by the City of Rochester Hills to decide the next steps. And for now, the decision has been made to suspend any drilling pending state legislators ability to write clearer bills detailing where such projects can be sited. One of the biggest opponents to this project is the nonprofit ‘Don’t Drill the Hills, Inc.’ (DDHI). As Rochester Media posted yesterday, … [Read more...]

State Representative Candidate Michael Webber responds to drilling moratorium

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Please Note: The content in this post was received via email from the Committee To Elect Michael Webber For State Representative - 45th District. It was posted solely as Mr. Webber's opinion. No compensation was received by Rochester Media for posting it, nor should it be perceived as an endorsement of Mr. Webber's campaign. Dear Supporters, Over the last two years, there has been a lot of discussion regarding Oil and Gas drilling in the Rochester area. This discussion has also been … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Hills to hold special meeting regarding proposed drilling

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The following meeting announcement is from Don’t Drill the Hills, Inc. (DDHI), a non-partisan grassroots nonprofit corporation that is building awareness of the risks of horizontal drilling in high-density residential and K-12 School areas. Concerns include: property rights, property values, mortgage and insurance complications, as well as potential environmental and health risks: A “Special Meeting” was called yesterday by the City of Rochester Hills to consider a moratorium on oil and … [Read more...]

Upcoming Rochester Hills Planning Commission Meeting to address New Truck Depot and Mobile Home Park

On Tuesday, August 19 at 7 p.m., the Rochester Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the City of Rochester Hills Office (1000 Rochester Hills Drive, Rochester Hills) to address the issues listed below. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to make their voice heard: New Truck Depot Request: Conditional Land Use Recommendation. In accordance with the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, PA 110 of 2006, as amended, and Sections 138-1.203, 138-2.301 and 138-4.300 of the Code of … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills man suing city and others over pipeline and oil drilling leases

As we posted earlier today on our Facebook page, Rochester Hills resident William J. Bidwell has filed suit against the city, mayor, and city manager over pipeline and oil drilling leases involving local parks. The suit claims that the city illegally entered an oil drilling lease with Jordan Development to drill underneath Nowicki Park. Bidwell is requesting that the court void the lease and the pipeline easement and to hold Barnett and City Council President Greg Hooper personally liable, … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Fleet among Top 100 Best Fleets in the Nation

Pictured left to right: Bruce Halliday, Fleet Manager for the City of Rochester Hills; Mayor Bryan K. Barnett, Tom Johnson, Author 100 Best Fleet; Allan Schneck, DPS Director; Kelly Reagan, Fleet Manager for the City of Columbus, Ohio; Al Curtis, Fleet Manager of Cobb County, Georgia

In a press release from the Mayor's office, it was announced that the City of Rochester Hills’ Fleet Services Division has been recognized as one of “The 100 Best Fleets in North America” by Governing Magazine. The award program recognizes peak performing public sector fleets that have outstanding operations and places the City of Rochester Hills at #59 out of more than 3,800 fleets nationwide. “This recognition is further affirmation that we run an efficient and effective … [Read more...]

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Give the Gift of Life

Blood Drive

Responding to the critical need for blood, a city-wide blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Rochester Hills City Hall. Mayor Bryan K. Barnett is urging residents and employees to roll up their sleeves and donate blood. To schedule an appointment, please contact Sharon Salvador at (248) 656-4708 or email salvadors@rochesterhills.org City Hall is located at 1000 Rochester Hills Drive (sound side of Avon Road between Livernois and … [Read more...]