The free event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at City Hall.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Find out how a Woodward Avenue master plan could impact home values and businesses in Ferndale, according to proponents.
The implementation of a Complete Streets master plan along Woodward Avenue would give Ferndale businesses and homeowners an economic boost, proponents said last week during a series of interactive events in the city. The gatherings were part of the Woodward Avenue Action Association's efforts to collect public input for a Woodward Complete Streets master plan that aims to make the 27-mile stretch of the historic roadway from Detroit to Pontiac more safe, friendly and accessible for users of all modes and abilities. The makeover would encourage economic growth along the corridor, proponents said. "Spreading commercial districts along a corridor is an outdated suburban planning (strategy)," said Walkable and Livable Communities Institute …
A Coast2Coast Rx discount card can help consumers save money on prescription drugs and other services.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners announced during a Thursday press conference that the county has adopted the Coast2Coast Rx discount prescription card as a health resource for residents. The free card is designed to help consumers save money on their prescriptions and other health care services, while contributing to the community. Each time the card is used to fill a prescription, $1.25 is generated for public programs. “We chose the Coast2Coast Rx program to be Oakland County’s discount prescription card because it will allow us to address both the health and financial concerns of individual residents and it is a fiscally-responsible way for the Board of Commissioners to provide a valuable public service for our constituents,” …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Dave Coulter proposes a "Ferndale Clean Sweep" program and a "Blue Ribbon Task Force on Ferndale Parks" during his State of the City address.
Editor's note: The following is the complete, advance text of the 2013 State of the City address as Mayor Dave Coulter intended to deliver it during the annual ceremony Thursday, April 18, at Local Kitchen & Bar. The information in parentheses has been added for clarity. Thanks (Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director) Jennifer (Roosenberg) for that introduction and for hosting us here at Local Kitchen & Bar, Ferndale’s newest success story and certainly worthy of the all accolades they have received. I’d also like to thank Jennifer, and all the people at the Ferndale Area Chamber who helped organized this event. The Chamber is vital to the success of Ferndale, as it has been for 76 years, and I appreciate all the wonderful …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The event is free and open to the public; it will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Local Kitchen & Bar.
Mayor Dave Coulter will focus on improving Ferndale's neighorhoods when he delivers the annual State of the City address Thursday, April 18, at Local Kitchen & Bar. The 7 p.m. event, presented by the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce, is free and open to members the public, who will have the opportunity to ask questions. Participants are asked to RSVP in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and referencing Ferndale State of the City. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. "Last year's speech focused very much on attracting businesses to Ferndale. This year the focus is on improving our neighborhoods, which are really the foundation of the city," Coulter said. "I will discuss why I think keeping our neighborhoods vibrant is so important, and …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The next hearing, on the topic of mental illness, will be held April 23.
The broadcast of an April 9 Oakland County Board of Commissioners hearing focused on curbing gun violence is now available for viewing on the county's website. Commissioners welcomed top federal and state law officials to share their views at a Public Services Committee meeting. [What do you think the solution to gun violence is? Leave a comment!] To watch, visit oakland.michiganliveevents.com/oakgov.com and forward to 16:25. The next hearing, on the topic of mental health, will be held April 23. A hearing on the topic of the Second Amendment will be held May 14.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
City Manager April Lynch and Public Works Director Loyd Cureton urge residents who have received catch-up bills to contact them with concerns.
Ferndale is working to address residents' concerns following a recent round of catch-up water bills that took some customers by surprise. City Manager April Lynch and Public Works Director Loyd Cureton said city staff members are responding to several frustrated speakers who raised the issue during a budget hearing Monday at City Hall and soon will have more detailed information about the scope of the problem. A glitch following the city's conversion to electronic meters resulted in higher-than-normal bills during the last billing cycle for a small portion of residents, Cureton said Thursday. The new meters monitored and recorded customers' use properly, he explained, but some of the transmitters that allow remote reads did not estimate …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The May installation of a bright yellow, 12-bike rack in a former car parking space will be a victory for Complete Streets advocates and the first of its kind along the historic roadway.
Ferndale soon will become the first community to install an on-street bike rack along Woodward Avenue. The Michigan Department of Transportation has signed off on a Ferndale Downtown Development Authority plan to install a bright yellow, 12-bike rack in a former car parking space on the east side of Woodward just north of Nine Mile Road. The rack will be located in front of Howe's Bayou, the Detroit Free Press reports. “This is a great asset for Downtown Ferndale and is a huge step in following a Complete Streets policy here locally,” DDA Executive Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius said in a press release. “We are very happy MDOT approved our plan and embraced our willingness to be the first community along Woodward to do this. Our …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The free event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 23 at City Hall.
Residents who want to learn more about fracking in Oakland County can attend a free town hall meeting April 23 at Ferndale City Hall. The meeting – hosted by the Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission and Oakland County Commissioner Helaine Zack – will explore the impact of new state-issued oil and natural gas drilling leases, according to a press release. "Fracking (short for hydraulic fracturing) is the drilling technique which involves injecting toxic chemicals, sand, and millions of gallons of water under high pressure directly into the ground to release natural gas in shale deposits," Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash wrote in an op-ed on Ferndale Patch in March. "My first Town Hall meeting was in West …
A third city budget hearing is scheduled April 16 after the meeting Monday night at City Hall ran behind schedule.
The Ferndale Fire Department's presentation to City Council regarding potential firefighter layoffs has been delayed until April 16. A 5:30 p.m. budget hearing Monday at City Hall ran behind schedule, prompting officials to set up a third city budget hearing April 16 to address agenda items that weren't discussed before the regular City Council meeting began at 7:30 p.m. Ferndale officials hope to avoid laying off firefighters as they budget for fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15. A larger-than-expected decline in taxable values, paired with the expiration of a grant that has funded four firefighter positions for the past two years, has forced the city to consider the Fire Department cuts. Fire Chief Kevin Sullivan said Tuesday that on April…