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...]

Mayor Barnett hints at ‘satisfaction’ for Rochester Hills at upcoming press conference

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City Encourages Residents to ‘Stagger Your Start’

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Outdoor Watering Ordinance Impacts Residents Water Rates Warmer weather means the lawn watering season is upon us. The City would like to remind residents of the Outdoor Watering Ordinance which permits the use of automatic irrigation systems to the hours of Midnight through 5:00am only. “While the City has been successful in minimizing DWSD’s rate increases by shifting the peak hour water usage from 7am to 5am, there is always room for improvement and this year we are taking it one step … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills receives grant for innovative partnership

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With an impressive streak of innovative and unique partnerships, the City of Rochester Hills has established itself as a regional leader in collaboration. Their most recent partnership has earned state-wide recognition as The Department of Treasury recently awarded the city with $51,625 to provide maintenance services to RCOC’s fleet. The Competitive Grant Assistant Program (CGAP), formerly known as the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) grant program, was proposed by Governor Rick … [Read more...]

Rochester Rotary lends a hand and funds for park amenity in Rochester Hills Community Garden at Wabash Park

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The City of Rochester Hills’ first Community Garden has started to take shape at Wabash Park with the support of volunteers and community organizations. In support of the project, the Rochester Rotary assisted with both donating funds to install a drinking fountain and by getting their hands a little dirty to help with the build out. “The Community Garden at Wabash Park will be a great enhancement to the park and the drinking fountain is a much-needed amenity for those who gather for … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Receives Budget Award – Innovation and Transparency Recognized

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The City of Rochester Hills Fiscal Office is proud to be the recipient of the Governmental Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY 2012 Budget. The Distinguished Budget Award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.  This marks the seventeenth consecutive year that the City has earned the prestigious recognition, and reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principals of governmental … [Read more...]

Now open: the Livernois Bridge

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Good news. You can now cross the Livernois bridge when you come to it. After months of construction, Rochester and Rochester Hills residents can once again cross the Livernois bridge just south of Avon. At the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday morning, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett gave Dr. Seuss a run for his money by being funny before finally declaring the bridge open for business. Happy driving! … [Read more...]

Mayor Barnett Highlights Successes in Annual State of the City Address

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Wednesday night, 300 plus residents came to the Emagine Theater to hear Mayor Barnett's State of the City Address. And according to the Mayor, it's a good time to be living and working in Rochester Hills. Highlights from the Mayor's speech included: HOUSING An increase in real estate. New builds are up by 36%, with an average cost of $360k. The highest in all of  Oakland County. As for foreclosures, they are down by 40%. BUSINESS It's a great time to be opening a business in … [Read more...]

COMMUNITY FIRST Looking for Nominations

At one time or another we’ve all had the pleasure of knowing someone who really goes above and beyond  what is expected and we want to know about it. The COMMUNITY FIRST program recognizes individuals, families, local businesses or community organizations that reside, havea place of business or provide services in the city of Rochester Hills. Recognizing that community members are the strength and support that makes Rochester Hills an exceptional community, these awards are designed to … [Read more...]

Hills to hold line on taxes

Despite shrinking city revenues, Rochester Hills residents will not see their property tax rate rise next year. City council voted Monday to maintain the same tax rate, 9.706 mills, that the city has charged for the last 12 years. Mayor Bryan Barnett said it’s the lowest tax rate for a city over 5,000 in Oakland County. Still, there are worries about the next few years as the economy struggles to improve. The projected 2012 budget shows a drop in property values of 6.3 percent, or about $2 … [Read more...]