Rochester Election Choices 2013

Rob Ray for Rochester City Council

Election Time for the City of Rochester Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, this year. Voters will go to the polls to pick from a slate of five candidates for city council. Rochester Media reached out to those running for office to offer readers a chance to get to know the candidates before the election. Rochester City Council Candidates Currently, Rob Ray serves on the Historical Commission for the city of Rochester. “As a neighbor, I share the same community values and … [Read more...]

Main Street is Now Open!

Main Street in Downtown Rochester reopened to traffic today at 12:30 pm. One travel lane northbound and one travel lane southbound are open, along with left turn lanes at Second and University Drive. University Drive is also open to traffic. Third and Fourth street at Main will remain closed for the next few weeks. “Thank you to everyone who worked hard to complete Phase One of the project and for the cooperation of our businesses and residents to make this phase a huge success”, stated … [Read more...]

RCOC, MDOT, Rochester Hills, and Rochester to jointly conduct press conference to discuss Rochester area road projects

Officials with the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the City of Rochester Hills and the City of Rochester will join forces Wednesday, June 27 at 10 a.m. for a joint press conference to discuss current and impending road and bridge projects in the Rochester area. The event will take place at the gazebo at Veteran’s Memorial Park at the southeast corner of the intersection of Livernois and Avon roads in Rochester Hills. The … [Read more...]

Rochester’s new parks and rec plan debuts

Wondering what the city of Rochester is planning for its parks? During the month of March, the city will offer residents a peek at the proposed new Park and Recreation Master Plan. The 30-day comment periord leads up to a public hearing by the master planning committee on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. The city has been working on a five-year plan which will serve as a guide for the development and improvement of the city’s parks. The committee will take public comments during the hearing, which … [Read more...]

Rochester’s Main Street Makeover

Starting in April, downtown Rochester is getting a makeover. Well, at least Main Street is. This project includes a complete reconstruction of Main Street from the Clinton River Bridge to the Paint Creek Bridge. The finished project will reveal a fresh Main Street, complete with reclaimed brick planters, street seating, LED light poles, improved water service, and much more! Downtown and all downtown businesses will remain open throughout the construction period. In addition to all the … [Read more...]

An open letter to the Rochester Council by Scot Beaton

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I understand your frustration 100% with the Rochester Hills council; I have been fighting the "fiscally responsible" battle with them for years. Even when you put 30+ hours of your own free personal time into reading their budget line item by line item...even when you send out emails and phone calls to the staff and get your "numbers" 100% right... all you get from them is three minutes at their budget public hearings and deaf ears. These 6 charts (charts I created) FY 2011 clearly explain just … [Read more...]

Rochester Police agree to no-raise contract

A few years ago, the Rochester Police Department’s patrol officers were so unhappy that they flew a banner over the Rochester Christmas parade to air their grievances. But things have quieted considerably, and this month the officers agreed to a new contract in what has been described as a cooperative process. City Manager Jaymes Vettraino said the three-and-a-half-year deal, which is retroactive to July 1, 2011, includes no raises for the first two years. After that, the officers will not … [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...]

New Councilman For City of Rochester Appointed

As Jeff Matis takes his newly elected position of Oakland County Commissioner, the Rochester City Council makes their selection to fill his seat.  After receiving eight eligible applicants for the position, there were numerous conversations about who would best fill this position.  The vote on Monday January 24, 2011 was unanimous for Steve Sage.  Sage was sworn in by Mayor Cuthbertson and then took his place among the council for his first meeting.   … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Receives Voice of the People Award For Excellence

The City of Rochester is proud to announce it has received the ICMA and National Research Center (NRC) Voice of the People Award For Excellence. The award, from ICMA, the nation’s premier organization of professional local government leaders, and NRC, the nation’s leading research firm for local government, recognizes the City of Rochester for its use of citizen surveys to influence service quality.  Rochester received the award as recognition of having specific service quality ratings in … [Read more...]