State Rep. Jim Tedder Office Hours Feb 13 in Clarkston, Feb. 20 in Waterford (Press Release, Feb. 8, 2015) State Rep. Jim Tedder invites residents in Waterford Township, Lake Angelus, Clarkston and Independence Township to attend his February office hours. Tedder will host two office hours in February. The first will be Friday, Feb. 13,…
Council interviewed several candidates over the past few months, and narrowed down their search to April McGrath (Assistant City Manager in Ypsilanti), John Gabor (City Manager of Marine City), and Fred Zorn (Deputy City Manager of Southfield). Ultimately they voted to begin negotiations with…
Of all the artists in the State who submitted their work, it was Ferndale artist Charles Pompilius who was selected by former Governor Jennifer Granholm to paint her portrait to hang in the State Capitol. The painting will be unveiled on May 6 in a special ceremony in Lansing.
In response to concerns raised at the January 24 Council meeting, the Special Events Committee February 15, 2011 met to discuss Council’s comments and concerns and made revisions to the Special Events Policy and Ordinance, most of which were approved by Council.
With so many variables in the City’s financial future, the Ferndale City Council has decided to delay acceptance of a $851,164 SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant that would allow them to re-hire four laid-off firefighters for a period of two years.
Students are invited to submit essays between 250 and 500 words by March 28 through Congressman Levin’s congressional Web site (www.house.gov/levin/womenshistory.shtml). Students are asked to submit an essay identifying a woman that inspires them. They are welcome to write on a historical figure, a contemporary figure or someone in their own families.
Officials at various levels of government are having events to reach out to Ferndale residents this month. State Representative Ellen Cogen Lipton, State Senator Vincent Gregory and Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter all have upcoming events scheduled.
Board Vice President Keith Warnick and Deputy Superintendent Henry Gold attended the National School Boards Association Federal Relations Network Conference in Washington D. C. The conference provides school districts with information regarding education related legislation, so they may effectively lobby elected representatives during the conference, as well throughout the year.
Some 129 communities responding to the MML survey provided details of more than 640 examples of how they are already sharing services, saving taxpayer dollars and improving operational efficiencies.
Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder met with both chambers of the Michigan Legislature to announce massive cuts to our cities, schools and our most vulnerable citizens. I am against this budget proposal — which would give more than $1 billion in tax credits to the business community while unfairly cutting benefits to our seniors — because it unfairly imposes the burden on those that need our help the most: children, seniors and the working poor.
“Along with some real bloopers, there are positive elements of Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget, and to the approach he and his team have used in developing their proposal. I compliment the Governor for this approach, which appears almost devoid of political calculation in favor of ‘spreading the pain’ – irrespective of lobbying influence.”
Within a week of the announcement that Motor City Pride is moving from Downtown Ferndale to Hart Plaza in Detroit, Ferndalians are engaging in constructive dialogue about the move. Some hope for alternative events in Ferndale, some are calling for a boycott of the event, while others speak of ways to share the Pride throughout the area. Event organizers and City Leaders have come forward with their explanations of the change as they take in the reactions of those who are affected in the community.
Ferndale Schools Joins Other Districts in Injunction against MDE MI-SAAS Accreditation System (Ferndale Public Schools Fanout, orig. 2/11/2011, http://www.ferndaleschools.org/districtnews/documents/Ferndale_eNews_Feb11_2011.pdf) The Ferndale Schools has joined with other Michigan school districts and organizations in seeking an injunction to stop the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) from implementing a new accreditation and accountability system. The injunction, if issued…
Dave Coulter was sworn in as the 17th Mayor of the City of Ferndale at the City Council meeting of Feb. 14, 2011. He was surrounded by supporters from throughout the community, including previous Mayors Pamela McCullough (1994-1996), Charles (Chuck) Goedert (1996-2002), Robert (Bob) Porter (2002-2008), Craig Covey (2008-2010), and Kate Baker who served as Mayor Pro Tem during the weeks following Covey’s resignation.
Announcement of Mayor’s Reception Tonight
(Dave Coulter, in-coming Mayor of Ferndale, 2/14/2011)
After ten years of calling Ferndale home, Motor City Pride has decided to move the annual LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender – and ally) event to Hart Plaza in Detroit.
I am leaving Ferndale on February 11, the day before my fourth employment
anniversary, to become Birmingham’s City Manager.
2011 State of the County Address
(L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive)
This is the speech given by L. Brooks Patterson on Feb. 1, 2011.
Oakland County is in the process of revamping their Animal Control Division to account for an expected increase in cities using their services. The massive restructuring has come about due to officials in Ferndale learning that 39 communities have been enjoying service from the County for free, while 22 municipalities have been managing it themselves at their own expense.
Mark Wollenweber is giving up two weeks of basking in the sunshine of Florida, to temporarily handle the municipal administration of Ferndale, in what are certainly the city’s coldest months – literally and politically.