The Battle for Avon Township, Rochester and Rochester Hills, A Tale of Two Cities

As we celebrate the founding of Rochester during 2017, we must also note that Rochester Hills shares the same anniversary. Both Rochester and Avon Township - today’s Rochester Hills - received their first non-native settlers in 1817. Some of the founding Graham family members built their home in what is now the City of Rochester. The rest of them moved out to the area that is now the intersection of Avon & Livernois Roads, becoming the first white settlers of what would become Avon … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Needs Your Input

This month, the City of Rochester mailed the 2017 Community Survey to each residence in the city. The purpose of this survey is to gauge input about the services and environment that are a part of the Rochester experience. Topics range from safety and economics, to education and community engagement. In total, the survey encompasses 12 different areas. The results of the survey will be used to guide future decision making processes.  “This survey is vitally important for both city … [Read more...]

Curbside Leaf Collection Begins October 24 in Rochester

Beginning on October 24, the City will have crews out picking up leaves at the curb. Please assemble neat piles of leaves right along the curb, in the street. Grass clippings, pet waste, municipal waste and tree limbs are strictly prohibited. As summer comes to an end, the Michigan Fall colors blast into view. Unfortunately, after this brilliant color display, the season concludes with raking...but the good news is, the City of Rochester continues to offer curbside leaf collection. … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: Non-profits get a 90% Break on Cost of City Services

By Sue Ann Douglas, Special to Rochester Media: Did you know that the City of Rochester gives non-profit organizations who hold an event in the City Park a 90% discount off the actual the cost of police, fire and DPW services associated with their event? That's right. The non-profits only pay 10% of the actual cost. So, if the support for the event costs $15,000.00, the group pays only $1,500.00. It's no wonder everyone wants to come to our park for their fundraisers. Cities like … [Read more...]

Rochester Summer Roadway Maintenance

Water is the most destructive element to our pavements and a good preventive maintenance program always includes crack sealing. We need to prevent water intrusion into our pavements and slow the deterioration as much as possible to extend our pavement’s life. The City of Rochester has hired an expert contractor to seal the joints and cracks in some of our streets this summer. This process entails routering the crack, blowing out dirt and debris with compressed air, and then injecting a hot … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Tree Trimming Notice

The City of Rochester will be performing street tree trimming and pruning starting in May 2016. The pruning is to provide adequate clearance over streets, sidewalks, driveways and homes, as well as, maintain the health and vigor of city trees. This pruning will be completed by Davey Tree Experts. The standards include minimum clearances of fifteen feet over streets and seven feet over sidewalks, driveways and houses. The pruning standards also require corrective pruning, repair and to report of … [Read more...]

Oakland County Chairman Michael J. Gingell Announces that the Board Seeks to Fill Commission Seat Vacancy in District #15

Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Michael J. Gingell announces that the Board will fill the commission seat in District 15, no later than 30 days from the formal resignation of current Commissioner Jeff Matis. Matis was recently appointed as a judge to the Oakland County Sixth Judicial Circuit Court by Governor Rick Snyder. Gingell states: “The state statute provides that the Board has up to 30 days to fill a vacant seat so that the local communities will not have to incur the cost … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Financial Information

By Sue Ann Douglas I started looking into the West parking structure that was planned to cover the parking lot behind Mr. B’s in downtown Rochester, but ended up taking up more than half of Walnut Boulevard. At the 12-15-14 City Council meeting the Certified Annual Financial Report (CAFR) was presented to the City Council. This is a governmental unit's most significant piece of financial data. It is mandatory and must be done by an outside auditor. The paragraph that I want you to see … [Read more...]

Rochester Named a Purple Heart City

The City of Rochester announced that it was recently bestowed the honor of the Military Order of Purple Heart Special Recognition Award and proclaimed a Purple Heart City. Rochester is the second city in the State of Michigan to gain this distinction. Signs were recently installed around the City in recognition of this designation. David Anason, Rochester Director of Public Works stated, “It’s an honor to be a part of such an award, Rochester is a great city and this just makes it even … [Read more...]

Back by Popular Demand – The Rochester Explorers Club!

Join the adventure this summer with the Rochester Explorers Club! Kids of all ages are invited to get outdoors and explore everything that our community has to offer. The Downtown Rochester Development Authority (DDA) has assembled an amazing array of adventures for young explorers, including a firefly hunt, making a fairy house, and everything in between. Kids can pick up their free Explorers Club Kit during Sidewalk Sales, July 9 – 11 at the DDA Information Booth, located at the corner of … [Read more...]