Sunday, May 19, 2013
Here's what the Troy City Council will discuss at Monday's meeting.
If you're seeking knowledge on happenings in the Troy, you won't want to miss Monday's meeting at 7:30 p.m. Check out the agenda attachments, which are linked with their corresponding items on the city's website. Visit the city's uStream to view the webcast. Here's a look at what's on the agenda: Public hearings Regular business Public forum Consent agenda Regular meetings take place in the Council Chambers of Troy City Hall, located at 500 W. Big Beaver and are open to the public. For more information, visit their website or give them a call at (248) 588-5500.
Monday, May 13, 2013
'Now, it's time to get on to business,' said Slater, following victory in the May 7 special election.
Dane Slater was sworn in as Mayor of Troy on Monday following victory in the May 7 special election last week. "I am very humbled to be elected Mayor of Troy, the best city in Michigan," Slater said, thanking family in attendance and at home in addition to campaigners and supporters. "Now, it's time to get on to business with Troy and move forward, put everything in the past, and let's do what's best for this great city of Troy." Slater topped a six-person field with 50.39 percent of the vote, or 6,393 votes overall. Marty Knollenberg, who was Slater's closest competition by a wide margin, registered 44.88 percent of the vote, or 5,820 votes overall. Knollenberg spoke during the public comment portion of Monday's meeting, to offer …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Here's what the Troy City Council will discuss at Monday's meeting.
If you're seeking knowledge on happenings in the Troy, you won't want to miss Monday's meeting at 7:30 p.m. Check out the agenda attachments, which are linked with their corresponding items on the city's website. Visit the city's uStream to view the webcast. Here's a look at what's on the agenda: Certificates of recognition and special presentations Postponed items Public forum Regular business Regular meetings take place in the Council Chambers of Troy City Hall, located at 500 W. Big Beaver and are open to the public. For more information, visit their website or give them a call at (248) 588-5500.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A voter turnout rate of about 22 percent framed the Troy special mayoral election.
While it was impossible to ask why every Troy resident voted the way they did in the special mayoral election on Tuesday, official figures by precinct help explain how they voted. The voter turnout rate came to about 22 percent, reports Troy City Clerk Aileen Bittner. Of 58,256 registered voters, 12,688 voted via absentee ballots or turned out to the polls (official figures). "We had a little bit of the rush in the afternoon which picked up our numbers overall," Bittner said Tuesday night. Earlier Tuesday afternoon, Oakland County Election Director Joe Rozell had reported a slimmer figure of between 12-15 percent voter turnout rate after a quiet morning at the polls. Dane Slater won 15 precincts, with 6,394 total votes or 50.39 percent of …
The Marketplace Fairness Act was approved this week in the U.S. Senate, and is headed to the Republican-controlled U.S. House for consideration. Both Michigan's senators voted for the bill, which would require merchants to collect state taxes on internet
Michigan's U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, voted in support of a bill that requires merchants to collect state sales taxes for online purchases. The Marketplace Fairness Act passed the U.S. Senate 69-27 on Monday. Next up, the legislation goes to the GOP-led House. President Barack Obama has previously said he supports the bill. Supporters say the bill would level the paying field for traditional local retailers and collect much needed tax revenue for state. Opponents, including anti-tax activists and retailers, say it will be overly burdensome on small businesses and would effectively result in a tax increase. Neither Levin nor Stabenow issued public statements after Monday's vote explaining their support of the…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Here's a reintroduction to Troy's new mayor, a recap of Tuesday at the polls, and a report of the voter turnout.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Slater will continue through 2015.
Incumbent Dane Slater got a mandate from voters Tuesday night that he is the man to lead Troy into the future, officially closing the chapter of the mayor who preceded him. Slater, who was appointed on Nov. 26 following the Nov. 7 ouster of Mayor Janice Daniels, said he was eager to get to work on city business following the victory party on Tuesday night where he was joined by dozens of campaign supporters at Joe Kool's. "I think the people you see in this room are Troy residents who felt the same way that the majority of the voters did, and that's that we didn't need to change for the sake of change," said Slater, who was first elected to the council in 2009. "It's been an honor to work with the team I've worked with, who were able to …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Voters will decide between six candidates to fill one partial term.
Friday, May 3, 2013
The half-built, $6 million project could be in jeopardy following the ruling in favor of Grand/Sakwa Properties.
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a developer who claims that the city of Troy does not own the land where its regional transit center is currently being built. Real estate developers Grand/Sakwa Properties originally donated the 77 acres, south of Maple and Coolidge roads in Troy, back in 2000, with an agreement to get the transit center funded within 10 years. The court ruled that the Troy City Council's approved plan to fund the center, contentiously agreed upon in January 2012, was too late to meet the June 2, 2010 deadline. "The City of Troy has built this Transit Center on a parcel of land it does not own now and has never owned," Grand/Sakwa spokesperson Mort Meisner said Friday. "Next steps are unclear." A consent …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The 14th District Congressman says voices 'from every corner of Michigan' encouraged him to run for retiring Sen. Carl Levin's seat.
FARMINGTON — With a nod to retiring U.S. Senator Carl Levin, 14th District Congressman Gary Peters announced in a Wednesday morning email to supporters that he will run for Levin's seat. Praising Levin as "the best of what it means to be a true public servant," Peters said that supporters around the state asked him to consider running for the senior Senator's seat. "Following Carl’s decision, I have been humbled by the voices from every corner of Michigan who have enthusiastically encouraged me to run for the U.S. Senate," he wrote. "This is a critical time for Michigan, and our main streets and middle class need an independent voice fighting for them." He said his independent approach "is exactly what Michigan needs in the Senate right …