Thursday, November 1, 2012
St. Clair Shores City Council accepted the resignation of City Manager Ben Hughes during a special meeting Thursday night.
St. Clair Shores City Council unanimously accepted the resignation of City Manager Ben Hughes on Thursday night. The 7-0 vote came after a nearly 90-minute closed session, special meeting in City Hall. Under the terms of the vote, Hughes' resignation will be effective Friday and he will receive a severance package with six months health insurance and four months salary. "Ben made a decision he was moving in a different direction," said city attorney Robert Ihrie. "I know I speak on behalf of the council that they wish him well on his future endeavours and thank him for his service to the city of St. Clair Shores." Get local stories like this delivered every morning. Click to get signed up for the St. Clair Shores Patch newsletter! Hughes …
A notice was posted on the city's website announcing a closed session meeting Thursday at City Hall.
St Clair Shores City Council has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. tonight in City Hall. The posted agenda only contains three items: Patch will be in attendance and will provide updates following the conclusion of the meeting.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
St. Clair Shores anticipates a $1.2 million surplus for the 2011-2012 budget.
The city of St. Clair Shores had projected a shortfall in excess of $800,000 for the 2011-2012 budget, but is now anticipating a $1.2 million surplus. Mayor Kip Walby announced Monday that the city will not have to dip into the rainy day fund for more than $800,000 to balance the books for the budget year ended which ended June 30. "We are not short more than $800,000. We are going to take $1.2 million extra and put it in our rainy day fund," said Walby. "We try to be very conservative in what we do." Walby added that "good stewardship" of the budget by city council and administration during the year led to the surplus and a "financially strong community we all can be proud of." "We have tried to shrink the government and we have done that…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
City Council voted 5-2 to award a bid for a new district court after residents and union members packed City Hall to voice their concerns about paying prevailing wages on the project.
St. Clair Shores City Council took a step toward a new 40th District Court Monday night by approving a $3.5-million bid for a new building. The final vote came after heated discussion during public comment and debate by council members about the project to replace the 80-year-old building. Residents, union leaders and some council members expressed their concern about awarding the contract to bidder who was not going to pay a prevailing wage. But after nearly two hours of debate, discussion and rejected counter-proposals, council voted 5-2 to approve the bid and direct the contractor to attempt to use union labor. "It is a building whose lifetime has passed," said Ben Hughes, St. Clair Shores city manager. "Pumping money into a building …
Monday, September 17, 2012
City council to meet, the Optimists Club of St. Clair Shores celebrates their 20th anniversary, the Senior Center will host a Fall Harvest Celebration and the Cool City Committee holds the third annual Nautical Mile Pub Crawl are among the events planned
Here are the highlights of the many events scheduled in St. Clair Shores this week:
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
City Council meets, school resumes and State Rep. Anthony Forlini will hold a water quality town hall meeting this week.
Here are the highlights of the many events scheduled in St. Clair Shores this week: 1. St. Clair Shores will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in City Hall. According to the agenda, council will consider items including: 2. School resumes this week in St. Clair Shores. Most schools start Tuesday, Lake Shore Public Schools open Wednesday. Share your back to school moments and photos on Patch. 3. State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, will hold a water quality town hall meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Harbor Event Room at MacRay Harbor, 30675 North River Road, Harrison Township. The town hall will provide results from DNA testing of algae found in Lake St. Clair. 4. Rubbish collection in St. Clair Shores will be delayed one day due …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
St. Clair Shores City Council approved a resolution to repeal the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act which has led to increase demands placed on police and fire, according to city officials.
St. Clair Shores City Council approved a resolution Monday that calls for the repeal of the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, which allowed the sale and discharge of of more powerful pyrotechnics. The resolution urges the Michigan Legislature to repeal the law, which has lead to unintended consequences including increased demands on police and fire personnel along with a "substantial decline in quality-of-life issues" according to the resolution. "In the past, people would drive to Ohio and Indiana and bring (the fireworks) up and they would a bring them up, and they would have their one night show," Councilman John Caron said. "In the past month of June, it was 'ooh let’s see what this one looks like and blow it up and let's see what that …
Friday, June 22, 2012
St. Clair Shores officials directed City Attorney Robert Ihrie to draft an amended fireworks ordinance following an increase of complaints from residents.
St. Clair Shores City Council may consider an amended fireworks ordinance at their next meeting to address an increase in complaints of people setting off fireworks late at night in recent weeks. The increased use of fireworks has been attributed to a new law which allowed retailers to sell bottle rockets, Roman candles and other flying devices to consumers. While the new law brings in new revenue, it also bars municipalities from regulating fireworks use on federal holidays – such as July 4 – or the day right before and after. But following a flurry of complaints, St. Clair Shores City Council directed City Attorney Robert Ihrie on Monday to review the current fireworks ordinance. "Even though it appears the language of the state …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
St. Clair Shores City Council heard from a parent Monday about her concerns about K2, and will investigate banning the synthetic drug.
A St. Clair Shores mother made a passionate plea to city council Monday to investigate banning the designer drugs known as K2 or Spice. Amelia Davis, who has three children 12, 14 and 15, addressed council about her concerns about the availability of the items in the city and how they are marketed and sold to children with "cute" and "fun" names in "brightly colored shiny packages." Davis described how the drug can provide a high. She also told of serious health side effects including hallucinations, vomiting and elevated blood pressure. "One hit can get you high, the next one can send you into a psychotic state," Davis said. She believes there are three reasons kids are using the drug: "I am hoping St. Clair Shores can join Shelby …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
If you were unable to attend Monday's St. Clair Shores City Council meeting, Patch has a recap of the items voted on by the elected body.
City Council voted on a number of items Monday evening before the announcement that Buffalo Wild Wings will be coming to St. Clair Shores. Liquor license approved A request for a liquor license from Marchiori Catering at the Assumption Cultural Center was approved by St. Clair Shores City Council. The catering company can now offer liquor for sale during events such as seafood buffets, Mother's Day brunches, and fundraisers. Currently, events would have to apply to the state for one-day licenses. The city now has five licenses available to be issued. Music in the park returns The Macomb Chamber Music Society receives approval from City Council to hold their Monday evening concerts during July and August in Wahby Park. Bond approval St. …