Letter to the Editor: Let’s Keep a Good Thing Going!

Letter to the Editor, I have been a resident since 1984 when we were still Avon Township. This is the best place to live! Mayor Barnett has been proactive about keeping our city safe, property values stable and tax base low. We have great schools, parks and bike/walking trails.  It only makes sense to keep things going. He knows and loves our city. He has contacts and good relationships with the adjoining cities and especially with Oakland County. Both Rochester Hills and Oakland County have … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Ravi Respects Rochester Hills and its Residents

As November 3rd approaches and the all-important election for Mayor of Rochester Hills nears, I reflect on the campaign and see the contrasts between the candidates. One side continues to try to trick the public by using false negative tactics of providing disinformation and tries to justify not following the intent of the city charter that calls for only two elected terms. Bryan Barnett wants to keep his “good old boy system” in place. This system has been in effect too long, and it does not … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Best is Yet to Come Under Yalamanchi Leadership

To Whom It May Concern: As a long time Rochester Hills Resident, business owner and involved in many community organizations, I find it disconcerting that the current Barnett administration insults the intelligence of Rochester Hills residents by cheap gimmicks and mockery of our City Charter. Historically, terms limits have been abided by every Mayor that has held office since 1984. Bryan Barnett has served nearly 10 years in office as Mayor (2 years of the previous Mayor) and 6 years on … [Read more...]

Candidates for Rochester Hills Mayoral Race with VIDEO

Rochester Media and The Community Edge had a chance to capture video of all three candidates running for mayor of Rochester Hills. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. While there will be only two names on the ballot that day, there are three full bids for the seat. Jim Stevens and Ravi Yalamanchi are on the ballot and Mayor Bryan Barnett is running as a Write-In candidate. Each video is about three minutes, please take a few moments to hear from all three candidates. First up is Jim Stevens, … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills State of the City 2015 with VIDEO

Video Courtesy of Rochester Hills TV and the City of Rochester Hills Rochester Hills Mayor, Bryan Barnett, gave the State of the City Wednesday evening to full house at the Emagine Theater in Rochester Hills. The Mayor and his Team work to bring a new and exciting production each year. This year's address was built around the idea of presenting it as a late night talk show, the Jimmy Fallon show to be exact. With the local band, Hot Sauce, providing the tunes of a house band on one … [Read more...]

Mayor Barnett Announces Run for Congress with VIDEO

(Watch the full announcement video at the end of the article) Team Barnett Announcement Mayor Bryan Barnett and his team sent a message to friends, family and supporters earlier this week. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as Mayor of Rochester Hills, and this April I will celebrate 8 years representing the residents and businesses of this community. During this time, Rochester Hills has become one of the most successful and recognized cities in Oakland County, and a leader in … [Read more...]

Congressman Mike Rogers will not run again, could Mayor Bryan Barnett replace him?

The Oakland Press reported this week that U.S. Representative Mike Rogers will not run for reelection this year. There is now a Facebook page and a lot of excited people in Rochester Hills talking about our own Mayor Bryan Barnett running for Congress! The Oakland Press said, "Rogers’ decision not to seek another term now raises the question about his own political future — he isn’t ruling out a return to national politics — and the question about who his successor in Congress might be. With … [Read more...]

A tale of 2 cities’ taxes

Rochester and Rochester Hills are two cities with plenty to brag about. But how to differentiate the two to prospective home-buyers? Printed material that surfaced during a millage campaign last year, which compared tax rates among the two cities, rubbed some in Rochester the wrong way. At the request of city council, Rochester’s administration recently took a look at the cost to homeowners of “essential” city services. In a straight tax-rate comparison, Rochester Hills has traditionally … [Read more...]

Roads get boost in proposed Rochester Hills budget

Mayor Bryan Barnett’s proposal to increase city funding for local streets next year should make a lot of folks happy in Rochester Hills. The mayor delivered his proposed 2013 budget to city council Monday night, along with projections for 2014 and 2015. For next year, he proposed doubling the $1.5 million he previously pledged for local street needs to $3 million. “We know that the condition of our local roads is a primary concern of our residents,” he said. “While this represents a … [Read more...]

Citizen Opinion: Show Me the Money

Citizen Opinion by Scot Beaton Fiscal Responsibility, Rochester Hills Hats off to all those who worked on the police millage proposal: Don Cline, Dale Hetrick, Walter Johnson, Linda Raschke, LeAnne Rogers, Nancy Soisson and Thomas Stephens. (hundreds of hours of work NO compensation from the city) but because of the current economic condition the nation is currently in, threats of a fiscal cliff etc., a straight up renewal would probably be the only millage the residents of Rochester Hills … [Read more...]