Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Crews are fixing a drainage structure in the left lane.
The Interstate 94 and Interstate 696 interchange has gone down to one lane as crews repair a faulty drainage structure, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The work in Macomb County means the left lane of the existing two-lane ramp from I-94 to westbound I-696 will be shut down for at least one week. Crews are fixing the drainage structure in the left lane. The right lane of the ramp is expected to remain open during the repair, MDOT said.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Concerts, festivals and graduations will once again return to Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights in 2013 after a four-year absence.
Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights will reopen next summer with Grammy-winning band Lady Antebellum headlining as an opening act. The announcement came during a press conference Tuesday where members of the ownership group, including Joe Vicari of Andiamo Restaurant Group, Tom Celani of Luna Entertainment and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, discussed the reopening of the 7,200-seat facility on Metropolitan Parkway. "We are going to bring Freedom Hill to a new level," said Vicari, who is looking to bring a variety of acts to the venue and credits the new leadership with his decision to reopen the amphitheatre. "With Mark Hackel being the the new county executive, I thought there was a willingness to work with us." Since …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Nonprofit Save Our South Channel Lights is raising money this summer to preserve a range light in Lake St. Clair that was built in the 1800s.
They started guiding vessels through their voyage into St. Clair River before Abraham Lincoln became president. And, this summer, one of those two historic lighthouses at the southeastern tip of Harsens Island will once again light up the nighttime sky for boaters. "These lights have been dark for over 100 years," said Save Our South Channel Lights director and New Baltimore restaurant owner Mark Miller of the rear range light. "So, we are going to re-light that light that night." Local fund-raisers set to preserve lighthouse on lake Nonprofit group Save Our South Channel Lights is raising money to complete restoration of the front range light created in the 1850s to guide fur traders and other sailors on wooden ships through the delta …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Grosse Pointe Shores city council rescinded last week's vote to seek an advisory vote from residents about a possible move from Wayne County to Macomb County.
The Grosse Pointe Shores city council voted Tuesday in a special meeting to rescind their decision to gather an advisory vote from residents in the August primary about whether to exit Wayne County and join Macomb County. Their decision was fueled by a variety of factors, including many unanswered questions, feedback from residents following last week's decision and additional information from state and county elections officials saying advisory-only votes are not allowed. A Shores elections official contacted the state elections office and the Macomb County elections office and in both cases received information saying advisory only votes are not allowed, McInerney said. Elections officials require votes be on action items, he said. They …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Grosse Pointe Shores council voted unanimously Tuesday to put an advisory ballot issue on the August primary to determine whether the majority of residents want to leave Wayne County and move to Macomb County.
Grosse Pointe Shores residents will be asked in August to vote about whether they would like their city to secede from Wayne County. Their decision will guide the city council as to whether a committee devoted to studying a move to Macomb County should continue to pursue the idea. The discussion began as an update from the council's Move to Macomb Committee liaison, Dan Schulte, and evolved into a vote from the council to garner a decision from the city's own residents. Schulte said the study has shown that the move would save residents money and potentially improve county services. The estimated savings is about 4 mills, which currently equals about $1.2 million for the city. The savings for a resident owning a home valued at $100,000 …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township is in danger of losing hundreds of jobs under an Air Force proposal.
Metro Detroit leaders penned the Pentagon this month to show support of Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township. The letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta comes at a time when the base is in danger of losing of hundreds of jobs under an Air Force proposal. It is signed by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Nearly 400 part-time and 200 full-time positions could be lost if the Air Force proposal to eliminate the A-10 squadron at the Macomb County base is approved. This uncertainty has personnel at the base concerned about the future of the squadron, and their positions. More than 3,000 full-time civilian and …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
A ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday marked the completion of the Macomb Orchard Trail's 24-mile stretch between Shelby Township and Richmond.
On a section of the Macomb Orchard Trail that bridges the Clinton River, U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, County Board Chairwoman Kathy Vosburg and others gathered Tuesday to mark the completion of the trail section connecting Bruce Township to Richmond. Before a ribbon-cutting, government officials praised the years of work that led up to finishing the leg of hike-and-bike trail. The 24-mile, paved trail runs from Shelby Township up through Washington Township, Bruce Township, Romeo, Armada Township, the Village of Armada and east to Richmond. The project also included rehabilitating the bridge spanning the North Branch of the Clinton River, where the ceremony was held. The final trail section cost about $1.3…
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Without financial aid, the extensive water-monitoring system throughout the region is in jeopardy of sinking by December.
Macomb and St. Clair counties should appropriate thousands of dollars to keep an extensive water-monitoring system in southeastern Michigan afloat through 2012, a regional water advisory council suggests. The Water Resources Advisory Council met for the second time this week and agreed upon a set of recommendations to safeguard drinking water throughout next year. Among the suggestions, each county should contribute $50,000 to maintain the St. Clair River-Lake St. Clair Drinking Water Protection System, according to Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. The system is in serious jeopardy because of necessary maintenance costs at each of the 13 monitoring sites and a projected depletion of the monitoring fund by December. The high-tech …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The Grosse Pointe Shores City Council delays creation of a committee to study a move from Wayne to Macomb County. Schools are among the chief concerns that could put a halt to the idea.
Before creating a committee to study moving from Wayne County to Macomb County, Grosse Pointe Shores council asked the city's attorney to look into the impact such a move would have on schools. The council agreed last month to a surprise motion by Councilman Dan Schulte to study such a move. Conversation Tuesday began with a focus on how to develop a committee to do the study but evolved into a request to the city attorney, Mark McInerney, to check into a few of the chief concerns voiced by residents and council members. Among those issues are schools and the sea wall in Lake St. Clair. McInerney agreed to look into the schools but said the sea wall ownership is its own issue independent of the move to Macomb because so many already claim…
Thursday, July 28, 2011
State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, showed off Lake St. Clair Thursday afternoon to key members of the Michigan House of Representatives, as well as water and tourism groups, during an hour-long boat tour.
Impressed by stretches of inviting aqua waters, businesses and houses along the shore and scores of boats sailing the lake, state representatives are eager to push Lake St. Clair as a Pure Michigan attraction. At the invitation of State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, House Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas of Midland took an hour-long boat tour Thursday afternoon of the lake, heading into the mouth of the Clinton River. Stamas and Forlini also were joined by representatives from the popular Belle Maer Harbor marina, Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative, Clinton-River Watershed and Patch. House Speaker Pro Tem John Walsh of Livonia and Harrison Township Supervisor Kenneth Verkest also were on hand following the tour. Promoting the …