Rochester Hills Buys Itself a Little Something ‘Green’ for Christmas

Earlier this week, Rochester Hills City Council unanimously approved the single-largest purchase of green space property in the city’s history. The city will be spending just over $1 million for a more than 48-acre parcel on the north side of Riverbend Park, near Hamlin Road, on the city’s south side. The deal was approved Dec. 15 after negotiations. “This purchase is the crown jewel of open spaces in Rochester Hills,” Parks and Forestry director Mike Hartner said in a statement. … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: Proposed Hamlin Road Construction

Street Design

Please Note: Rochester Hills resident Scot Beaton originally published portions of the article below in 2013 with regards to the proposed construction to Hamlin Road, which is back on the Rochester Hills City Council Agenda on Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m. The views expressed are his own and in no way constitutes an endorsement by Rochester Media. “Big Yellow Taxi” Lyrics by Joni Mitchell They paved paradise and put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Celebrates its 30th Birthday by Giving Back

Birthdays

Employees Kick-Off 30 Days of Community Giving The City of Rochester Hills has much to be thankful for and so many reasons to celebrate. Not only was the City recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Live in America by Money Magazine, but 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, will officially mark the City’s 30th Birthday. From its humble beginnings in 1817 when James Graham first settled in Avon Township to 1984 when Rochester Hills became a city, Rochester Hills has grown … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills City Council Approves Ordinance to Regulate E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products

e-cigs

The Mayor’s office released a statement indicating that last evening, the City Council approved an ordinance that will regulate electronic cigarettes as “tobacco” products in the City of Rochester Hills pending further regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new policy bans the distribution and sale of e-cigarettes to minors, a move that the administration feels is in the City’s best interest and will promote the public health, safety and welfare for all. The … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Meadow Brook & University Hills win “Green” Grants City’s Partnership with Recyclebank continues to grow

Thanks to the City’s partnership with Recyclebank and the support of the residents who donated their recycling points, Meadow Brook and University Hills Elementary schools have been awarded a Green Schools Grant from Recyclebank. "Through our partnership with Recyclebank, we have an ideal opportunity to help educate our next generation on the importance of recycling and protecting our environment," states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. The program allows elementary schools in Recyclebank … [Read more...]