Library’s Community Relations Specialist Seeks City Council Seat

Amanda H. Keighley Announces Candidacy for Rochester City Council Seat Amanda H. Keighley, longtime community volunteer and advocate, formally announced her candidacy for Rochester City Council in the 2019 election. “I am running for Rochester City Council because I have a passion for people, and a desire to serve,” said Amanda. “I have a deep investment in this community, not only because my husband and I own a home here, but I work right here as well. Rochester is the ideal place to … [Read more...]

Why the Rochester Elevator is NOT a Barn

Op-Ed: Why the Rochester Elevator is NOT a Barn During their August 8 meeting, members of the Rochester City Council discussed the pending development of the Rochester Elevator property. Council members were brought up to date on the negotiations and advised about the various options for preservation of the elevator structure. It is early days in the process, so no firm decisions have been made at this point. During public comment on this issue, Sue Douglas - formerly a member of both the … [Read more...]

Proposed Development on the Rochester Elevator Site

From Rumor to Conception At the August 1, 2016 Meeting of the Rochester Planning Commission, conceptual discussions were held regarding the redevelopment of the Rochester Elevator site at 303 E. University Drive. The redevelopment proposal includes 42 condominium units and the relocation of the Elevator building. The topic will be discussed further at the Rochester City Council Meeting on Monday, August 8, 2016, 7:00 pm at the Rochester Municipal Building. It should be noted that the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Did You Hear the Cats Won?

Dear Crabby, Did you hear Rochester City Council backtracked their stance on the cat ordinance you wrote about last week? Sincerely, Public Comment   Dear Public Comment, Well yes I did. Readers can refresh their memories here by taking a look at last week's column. Fortunately, for the cats and their owners, a couple of well-respected women offered public comment at Monday's Rochester City Council meeting regarding the "clean-up" of the ordinance that would have forced cat … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Does Rochester Really want me to Leash My Cat?

Dear Crabby, How Can Rochester City Council Group Cats and Dogs Together in Ordinances Suggesting Cats can be Controlled the Same as Dogs? Sincerely, Alisha Feline   Dear Alisha, By chance, I happened to watch the Rochester City Council meeting last week regarding the ordinance change you are taking about. Just so our readers understand, City Council is calling this a "clean up" to an existing ordinance to further clarify that yes indeed, both dogs and cats are to be in … [Read more...]

Rochester City Council Seats Remain Largely the Same

According to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, over 7,000 votes were cast this past Tuesday, Nov. 3. When the final tally came in, incumbents Ben Giovanelli, Rob Ray, and Kim Russell managed to hang onto their Rochester City Council seats. Added to the fourth seat was newcomer Ann Peterson. Read more here. … [Read more...]

Rochester Council Approves Restrictions on Oil and Natural Gas Drilling

By Paul Kampe, The Oakland Press In a unanimous vote at Monday’s meeting, Rochester City Council passed thorough regulations regarding oil and natural gas drilling in the city after more than six months of deliberation. Leaders in neighboring Rochester Hills are also fine-tuning similar regulations and both cities have enacted moratoriums on the activity. Despite the difference in area – Rochester Hills has more than 70,000 residents in nearly 33 square miles to Rochester’s … [Read more...]

No More Free Parking on Main Street

Free parking on Main Street will soon be over The Main Street Makeover eliminated the parking meters on Main Street and free parking has been the status quo for over a year. Visitors to the downtown area noticed that employees and business owners were snagging the good on-street parking for themselves. That has ended. By the end of the month, 300 meters covering the on-street parking in downtown Rochester will be ready to take your coins, as well as your credit cards. The old meters took … [Read more...]

Editorial: OPC mess needs fresh eyes

It’s no surprise that a budget compromise offered by Rochester City Council was rejected by the Older Persons Commission governing board Feb.2. The two sides aren’t getting any closer to resolving the dispute that has dragged on since fall. If anything, the debate seems to become increasingly difficult with each passing week. OPC Executive Director Marye Miller says lies are being spread by Rochester City Council; Mayor Stuart Bikson calls her comments “inappropriate” and reminds her that she … [Read more...]

Rochester preparing its own budget for OPC

Revisions to the 2012 budget for the Rochester Older Persons Commission are being prepared by Rochester’s city administration and are expected to be sent to Rochester Hills and Oakland Township this week. The move comes after Rochester City Council voted Nov. 29 to prepare a budget proposal that would eliminate a 1% raise already approved by the OPC governing board, along with step increases and a new payment in lieu of health insurance. Council directed that the money saved be put toward fee … [Read more...]