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Council Votes to Oppose Redistricting Bill

December 13th 2011

Therefore Be it Resolved that this City Council in the strongest terms vigorously opposes this last minute partisan attempt to impose new state rules on our county that removes local control, negates the actions of county voters, forces a new system of redistricting without our consent and places the ability of drawing new county commission lines in the very hands of the current sitting majority county commissioners which is unfair, unethical, and possibly illegal, and we call on the Michigan Senate and the Governor of the State of Michigan to oppose this bill.”

Traffic Study Done, Recommendations Presented & Accepted

December 12th 2011

TIA presented the results of those studies, along with others for Nine and Woodward and also West Nine Mile, at the Dec. 12, 2011 City Council Meeting. Based on TIA’s findings, the DDA is recommending the following:

Fewer Polling Places to Save the City Money

December 12th 2011

Ferndale City Clerk Cherilynn Tallman presented a plan to City Council on Dec. 12, 2011 which will save the city money by reducing the number of precincts from 9 to 7. This falls within the rules established by Michigan Election Law. Tallman explained the process, the benefits and the results in a request for Council action, which reads:

SMART Bus Changes May Affect Ferndale Travelers

December 12th 2011

SMART Bus riders face shortened routes and hours of operation for several routes due to budget cuts in the public transportation system. Those who take the 450/460 routes on Woodward Avenue will no longer be able to use SMART to travel into Detroit except during peak hours. Peak hours are from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The route also does not go into Detroit on Saturdays and Sundays. Instead riders will have to transfer to DDOT (Detroit Department of Transportation) busses at the State Fair Grounds transfer center.

Ferndale Ice Festival Is On

December 10th 2011

The annual Ice Festival is on and the fun just keeps growing. Santa arrived this morning by firetruck, and was joined by two of his reindeer. There is a free ferris wheel, free train rides, a free hayride, ice carving demonstrations, concerts, shopping and more. Tons of fun for the whole family. Learn more at www.downtownferndale.com.

The Best HoliDates Are Happening Here!

December 9th 2011

The biggest celebration of the season happens this weekend with the MotorCity Casino Hotel Holiday Ice & Winterfest Market, Friday, Dec. 10 thru Sunday, Dec. 11. Santa Claus, ice sculptures, a 5-story ferris wheel, kid-size choo choo train, holiday hayride, live reindeer and more than 80 merry merchants are just some of many reasons to make a visit to Downtown Ferndale a holiday “DO.”

Fire at Chazzano Coffee

December 9th 2011

The Ferndale Fire Department confirms that there was a small a fire at Chazzano Coffee at 1737 E 9 Mile. Details are not yet available, but owner Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo posted on the company’s Facebook Page “Friends, we had a fire, just a few hours ago Chazzano Coffee Roasters and we will be closed until I have further information. Everyone is okay- the building is fine. I’m just not sure about the roaster, yet. I’ll keep everyone updated.-Frank.”

Fire Safety for the Wintertime

December 8th 2011

When getting ready to deck your halls, don’t forget about Fire Safety. Fire Chief Kevin Sullivan says that the biggest worry for the FFD come Christmastime is people who aren’t careful with their decorations.

State House Passes Unusually Specific Redistricting Bill

December 8th 2011

The State House of Representatives passed HB 5187 today. If the bill progresses through the Senate and is signed by the Governor, it would cap the number of County Commissioners in any county to 21. It would also take away the authority of the current body to draw the new district lines. If passed, Oakland County would then have 30 days to jettison four elected officials and re-draw the District lines.

Books that make a difference…

December 8th 2011

To purchase these and other LGBT-inclusive titles from a local, independent bookstore, visit Book Beat at 26010 Greenfield in Oak Park or online at http://www.thebookbeat.com.