Citizen Opinion: Show Me the Money

Citizen Opinion by Scot Beaton Fiscal Responsibility, Rochester Hills Hats off to all those who worked on the police millage proposal: Don Cline, Dale Hetrick, Walter Johnson, Linda Raschke, LeAnne Rogers, Nancy Soisson and Thomas Stephens. (hundreds of hours of work NO compensation from the city) but because of the current economic condition the nation is currently in, threats of a fiscal cliff etc., a straight up renewal would probably be the only millage the residents of Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Gravel road speed limit still simmers

"If you don't think things have changed on Washington Road, come up and see me," said resident Carl Richardson.

Carl Richardson has lived on gravel Washington Road in Rochester for 36 years. Despite the fact that the speed limit is now 55, he says people are still speeding. Two weeks ago, he confronted a speeding driver, who turned out to be an off-duty deputy. “He said, ‘I’m sorry; I thought I was going the speed limit,’” Richardson said. The question of who should get to set speed limits on gravel roads brought residents, elected officials and traffic-safety experts together June 21 at … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills news briefs, week of June 11

League to host candidate forum The League of Women Voters Oakland Area will host a forum for candidates in the 45th District state House race on July 18. The forum will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills City Hall auditorium and is open to the public. The forum will be telecast live, rebroadcast and streamed on Comcast Channel 20, WOW Channel 10 & AT&T Channel 99. The candidates are incumbent Republican Tom McMillin and Democrats Ted Golden and Douglas Wilson of … [Read more...]

Barnett Teams Sweeps Hills Election- with video!


Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett was re-elected to his second full term Tuesday, beating former councilman Erik Ambrozaitis with 77 percent of the vote. The council candidates who ran with him—incumbent Mike Webber and newcomers Adam Kochenderfer and Mark Tisdel—also won. “I am a very blessed person,” Barnett told supporters at the Concorde Inn. “I’m so grateful to have a job I love and an opportunity to have it for four more years.” Turnout was 21 percent. Tisdel came in … [Read more...]

Rochester, Rochester Hills face city, school elections

Voters in the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and the school districts of Rochester and Avondale will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8. In Rochester Hills, former councilman Erik Ambrozaitis is challenging Mayor Bryan Barnett for the second consecutive time. At least two new members of city council will be elected in the wake of the death of Councilman J. Martin Brennan and the decision not to run for re-election by Councilman Vern Pixley. The candidates for Brennan’s District 2 … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor about Adam Kochenderfer

To the Editor of the Rochester Media: I have known Adam Kochenderfer for over 13 years.  If elected to City Council, I have no doubt that he would be a dedicated and committed leader to address the needs of our community and represent the City of Rochester Hills with integrity.  Adam is smart, responsible, reliable, articulate, and approachable.  Adam has been actively involved in our community for many years, most notably through the Rochester Rotary Club, the Board of Directors of … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor about District 2 in Rochester Hills

Dear Editor, As some readers are aware, I recently ran in the primary for Rochester Hills City Council, District 2. I had the opportunity to meet with both the other candidates and spend substantial time with them at events and forums during the campaign season. It is within that context that I write this letter to the residents of district 2 to consider voting for Adam Kochenderfer. The city of Rochester Hills faces difficult times in the next few years as our revenue continues to decline. … [Read more...]

Three Vie for Open Seat in Rochester Hills Disctrict 2

J. Martin Brennan’s decision not to run for re-election to Rochester Hills City Council as he battles cancer has opened up an interesting contest in the Aug. 2 primary election. Adam Kochenderfer, M. Jordan Kotubey and Laurie Puscas are running for a chance to move on to the general election in November. Voters may vote for one in the primary. The winner in November will earn a four-year term on council. The newly realigned District 2 includes the north central part of the … [Read more...]

Adam Kochenderfer Runs for City Council in District 2


Adam Kochenderfer moved to Rochester Hills a year ago after living in Rochester for five years, but his roots in the area go back to his great-grandparents. At the age of 31, he’s decided to run for the open District 2 seat on city council. “Rochester Hills is a blessed community that tens of thousands have sought for its quality of life.  I’m running to help ensure it stays that way,” he said. “I’ve witnessed Michigan’s economic storm first-hand as an attorney working with … [Read more...]

Déjà vu: Ambrozaitis challenges Barnett again in Rochester Hills


Erik Ambrozaitis and incumbent Bryan Barnett will once again slug it out in the August primary election race for mayor of Rochester Hills. They’ll be joined by two other candidates, Paul Miller and Luke Wylie. Ambrozaitis is a former councilman who ran against Barnett in the 2007 primary, coming in second with 13 percent of the vote. He lost his seat on council in 2009. Wylie is an Adams High School student who announced his intention to run last year. He has nearly 3,500 friends on … [Read more...]