Rochester Hills City Hall Grass Cutting

A reader sent in couple of photos of a commercial lawn mower being used to cut the grass at the Rochester Hills City Hall and Offices off Avon Road. They wondered why they can hire it done but residents cannot. Our guess is that there is a loophole in the law allowing municipalities to do what government won't allow lawn services to do for residents. These photos were taken Monday, April 20, 2020. What are your thoughts? Comments welcome. Normally, lawn services plan on April 15 as the … [Read more...]

GFL to Continue Yard Waste Pick Up in Rochester and Rochester Hills

Yard Waste Pick-up Schedule for Week of April 13 Altered Slightly The Cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills has clarified the status of its yard waste pick-up schedule with Green For Life (GFL), the Cities' waste disposal and recycling contractor. While there were some reports that GFL would temporarily suspend yard waste pick-up beginning Monday, April 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak, GFL has clarified that yard waste pick-up will continue in both cities and in other Michigan … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Municipal Buildings Closed to Public

The City of Rochester Hills Takes Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19 The City of Rochester Hills’ first priority is always the health, safety, and welfare of residents, businesses, visitors and its team members. Rochester Hills has proactively taken steps to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the city, including issuing a State of Emergency last week. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the Rochester Hills City Hall, the Rochester Hills Department of Public … [Read more...]

Mayor Barnett Declares State of Emergency in Rochester Hills

As we collectively address the pandemic facing our local community, state and country, the City of Rochester Hills is working to minimize the public’s and our employees’ exposure to the coronavirus. Effective immediately, Mayor Bryan K. Barnett has issued a State of Emergency in the City of Rochester Hills. This State of Emergency will allow the Mayor to make immediate decisions in the interest of the City’s health, safety and welfare. In light of the pandemic, Rochester Hills is … [Read more...]

Auburn Road and Innovation Hills Park Recognized for Exceptional Design

Rochester Hills Receives Statewide Awards for 2019 Capital Investments The City of Rochester Hills was recently presented with two Awards of Excellence by the Michigan Concrete Association (MCA). Both the reconstruction of Auburn Road and Innovation Hills were recognized for their high-quality workmanship, outstanding decorative concrete finishes, and superior aesthetic design demonstrated in the finished product. Each year, MCA recognizes the best concrete projects and presents awards … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Concert Band presents ‘Symphonic Sounds’

The Rochester Community Concert Band will present their “Symphonic Sounds” concert on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stoney Creek High School Auditorium. The concert is open to the public and admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. The music of Brahms, Mozart, Williams, Hanson, Respighi, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Thomas, and Menken among others will be performed. The Rochester Community Concert Band also welcomes organist Daniel Greig, from St. Mary of the Hills … [Read more...]

Kayak Landing at Innovation Hills

At the February 10 city council meeting, Rochester Hills City Council approved a contract for the installation of a universal design Kayak Landing at Innovation Hills. This is part of a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant accepted by City Council in November 2018. This landing will allow a kayaker or canoer to stop at Innovation Hills, use the restrooms, take a lunch break, and charge their phones at a solar charging station. The landing will also allow people to launch from the park, which … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Receives Grant to Rebuild Equipment Barn

Rochester Hills Museum Receives $50,000 State Grant to Support Rebuild of Equipment Barn The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm has received a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to support the rebuilding of the Equipment Barn on the Museum site. According to Museum Manger Patrick McKay, “The Equipment Barn was built in the early 1900s and provided support for the Van Hoosen Farm operation by storing milk trucks and farm supplies. We will use it the … [Read more...]

Community Comes Together for First Look at Innovation Hills

The City’s newest park, Innovation Hills, officially opened to the public on Wednesday night. Located at 2800 W Hamlin, the park has been long anticipated since it was closed for construction over the summer. Nestled on the corner of Hamlin and Adams, Innovation Hills is a park intended to be unlike any other. The park design was developed through several community conversations with residents, parent groups, nonprofits, and business leaders led by Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. Residents made … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Wins Prestigious State Planning Award

Community Input Drives Vision for City’s Master Plan Rochester Hills recently received the Public Outreach Planning Excellence Award from the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP). The city’s process for updating the master plan was guided by three key principles: to preserve, to enhance, and to diversify. Working with consulting firm Giffels Webster, the team gathered public input from a diverse group of residents. A wide range of voices ensures the master plan reflected the vision of the … [Read more...]