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Rochester Hills Council Notes: Awards, Audit and Advice

Here's a rundown of happenings from Monday night's city council meeting – the only one planned for May.

Here's a roundup of happenings at Monday night's meeting. The meeting was called to order about 7:10 p.m. after council members emerged from a closed session.

Summer jobs

Oakland County Commissioner Jeff Matis addressed council members during the public comment part of the meeting. He said Oakland County has summer job openings — mostly part time — that are posted on www.oakgov.com.

He also said there are several board and commission openings in county government. Specifically, Matis said he gets to appoint someone for the Senior Advisory Council. "If anyone out there is interested in serving, please let me know," Matis said.

Emergency dispatch concerns

Rochester Hills resident Jim Donnelly addressed council members about the city's emergency service dispatching. "The closest ambulance is not responding to medical emergencies," said Donnelly, who called the service "chauffeuring vehicles." Donnelly cited an incident last week in which he said an ambulance was involved in a nonemergency transport and was not able to respond to a 911 call. "I hope someone on the council is listening," he said.

Council President Greg Hooper said Rochester Hills Fire Chief Ron Crowell runs an excellent fire department. "There are two sides to every story," Hooper said.

Mayor Bryan Barnett said he would invite Crowell to a future meeting to explain the transport services and the dispatching protocols. "Responding to emergencies is the No. 1 priority of the fire department," Barnett said. "I would be happy to have the chief and fire department in to explain that."

Millage questions

Rochester Hills resident Dee Hilbert, who is seeking election to Rochester Hills City Council, asked council members about a recent Police and Road Funding Technical Review Committee meeting in which members discussed a possible future police millage and a parks millage. She asked council members why those possible millages have not been discussed by City Council.

Hooper said the committee is an advisory one that was formed several years ago and is seeking public comment on different suggestions and proposals. "They are winding their way through them; some have been implemented, some have not," he said.

Recognitions

  • Council member Martin Brennan offered his congratulations to the Brookwood Sudivision for being "This brings great honor and credit to our city and shows the kind of people who live here," he said.
  • Council member Nathan Klomp presented a resolution recognizing John Anderson, who retired in February from his position as director of the . He was applauded for his ability to "interact with a variety of individuals," and for "greatly improving the working relationship with Rochester, Rochester Hills, the Rochester Youth Soccer League, Rochester Redskins Football, North Oakland Baseball Federation and the Rochester Hills Little League."

Find it in the water bill

Residents will find a piece of blue paper this month in their water bills. It is an invitation to donate in support of the city's annual Festival of the Hills and fireworks show, planned for June 29. "We always have relied on the businesses, and never have asked for a city dollar," Barnett said. This year, they are turning to residents, too, to help fund the event. Those who donate $50 earn a VIP parking pass.

New restaurant in town

Councilmembers approved the transfer of a liquor license from the former Peng Lai restaurant to the new Silver Spoon Ristorante, which opened last week in the Papa Joe's plaza. The restaurant serves upscale Italian food. Barnett said he had a chance to visit the restaurant. "It's my mayoral responsibility to test the food," he said.

Advice to charity

Representatives from the Rochester Hills-based Thomas Richards Charity asked City Council to approve for its group a nonprofit designation for a charitable gaming license. The group holds golf outings and other fundraisers for various causes around town. Council members did not vote to approve the charity's request and instead asked the representatives to work to define the purpose of their charity and return when they have more of a focus.

In other news

Councilmembers:

  • accepted the Fiscal Year 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report following an hourlong presentation by Plante & Moran. The 180-page audit can be downloaded and viewed here (click "CAFR.pdf").
  • appointed Mike McGunn to the Building Authority.
  • approved a contract for landscaping services and lawnmowing for city-owned sites to Green Meadows Landscape Inc. of Shelby Township for $64,850.
  • approved an agreement with Oakland County Department of Facilities Management in Waterford to monitor the city's Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition for $31,806.
  • approved a "noncontiguous historic district" designation for the Stiles School property at 3976 Livernois. 
  • approved an insurance contract with Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority for $408,666.
  • purchased a computer backup service for $135,000 from Dearborn-based Docustore Data Management.

Monday night's meeting was the only one planned for May. The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 6.

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