Is Library Banner Political or Celebratory?

City of Rochester Hills Banner hangs in the staircase at the Rochester Hills Public Library - photo by Michael Dwyer

Library Banner An article by C&G Newspapers tells the story of how the Rochester City Council objects to a banner hanging inside the Rochester Hills Public Library. When Rochester Media visited the library for a photo of the controversial banner, the front desk attendant didn't know anything about the banner or where it was. According to the C&G article, it's been hanging in the staircase since November. Political or Celebratory? In the article, it is suggested that the … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Hosts Fifth Annual Green Space Discovery Hike

The Rochester Hills Green Space Advisory Board (GSAB) will host the Fifth Annual Discovery Hike on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free one-hour, guided hike will showcase city-owned parcels along the Clinton River between Crooks and Adams Roads. The press release stated that residents and guests are invited to experience nature in full bloom. “This is a great opportunity for residents to see first-hand what we have been able to accomplish with the use of the Green Space … [Read more...]

Barnett to Make Major Announcement on Monday

Mayor Bryan K. Barnett, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Congressman Mike Bishop, along with Mike Titus, owner of Yates Cider Mill, and several Rochester Hills community leaders will be present to participate in the announcement of Mayor Barnett’s future plans. Mayor Barnett has served the citizens of Rochester Hills as mayor since 2006. The press conference will take place Monday, February 23 at 11 a.m. at Yates Cider Mill. Stay tuned to Rochester Media for updates on … [Read more...]

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

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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


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


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 casino online 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 … [Read more...]