Mayor Penny Luebs, Working hard to build a stronger community

Mayoral News



September 16, 2015

New businesses:  Dance Nation at 661 S. Main Street (next to Perry's Pizza) offers ballet, jazz, modern dance and more and we were able to welcome the new business with a red ribbon cutting ceremony on 9/10/15..  Biggby Coffee, 208 E. 14 Mile (next to Renshaws)is now open with a tentative red ribbon ceremony in early October



September 15, 2015

The premiere of Joey Jonka and the Caramel Warehouse will be held September 25 and 26, 7 pm at Clawson High School.  This is a production of our Acting Out Kids Community Theater group.  Tickets are $5.00 with general seating.



September 14, 2015

Only two more weeks left of the Farmers Market at Clawson City Park.  Our great farmers and vendors have braved Michigan weather (hot, cold, wind) and we now have only two weeks left of our season!  See you Sept 20 & 27th.



September 17, 2013

Construction update - beginning Tuesday Sept 17 pavement on Selfridge between School and Maple Road will be removed.  Residents are asked to park on Dreon or Selfridge south of School



September 13, 2013

Awesome Clawson Events - Tuesday Sept 17 - A-Z Zone (Teen Center) Open house, 2-6pm at Hunter.  Sept 22 Farmers Market - the Clawson Police Dept will present bike safety classes at 11 am and 1 pm.  Free bike helmets while supplies last provided by Clawson Chamber.  Sept 29  Farmers Market - explore the DPW dump trucks while strolling the market.  Sept 29 - DSO at Clawson High School, 3 pm; Oct 6 - Fall Festival begins with a car show at 12 noon.  Tractor rides, games, animal show, food truck galores from 3-6 pm.  Bonfire begins at 6.15 pm.  October 9 - walk to school day. Oct 22 - Clawson Coalition Community Prayer Breakfast, 7.30 am at Hunter.  $10.00 breakfast.
Saturday Oct 26 - Optimist Halloween Party at Baker, 6-9 pm. Oct 27 - Trick or Treat Trail at Clawson Park, 6-7.30 pm



September 6, 2013

It's a fun and busy weekend - Sunday Sept 8, 10 am - 2 pm stop by Clawson City Park for our Farmers Market and Clawson Art in the Park.  Saturday Sept 7, 4pm - 7pm - Steak Dinner at Eagles Club open to the public, $10.00.  Saturday Sept 7, 2pm-8pm Block Party on Main St.  Skatepark and park committee are selling engraved bricks to fundraise money to build a skatepark and park improvements.  Get ready for our Fall Festival Oct 6; Walk to School Day Oct 9 and Trick or Treat Trail Oct 27 



August 30, 2013

September 3, 2013 council meeting agenda:  Presentation on the Rubbish
Millage Proposal, Consideration of the bid to purchase twoSingle Axle 2013 108SD Freightliner Conventional Cab Chassis and two (2) 6-8 Yard Dump Bodies; First reading to
amend an ordinance for the size of signs in downtown businesses and update licquor license regulations; first reading to amend an ordinance to allow existing single family structures to be rebuilt if the new center city district area is approved; Second reading to rezone 180 homes and businesses as the new City Center Disrict; approving a contract for local 574 employees, police officers labor council and police officers association;  Consideration of approving the 2013-2016 Assessing Contract for Oakland County Equalization Division Assistance Services with the City of Clawson.
And, please join us for coffee on 9/3/13 at 7 pm!



August 29, 2013

From Friday August 30th @ 6:00 P.M. through Tuesday September 3rd @ 7:00 A.M., residents on Selfridge between Stephen & School will be allowed to park on Selfridge in front of their homes. Please remove vehicles on Sept 3 by 7 am as construction will resume at that time.



August 28, 2013

Consumers Energy will install a new gas main on Highland Avenue from N. Main Street into the rear of the DPW yard. This project is expected to begin the middle of next week and last 3-4 weeks.



August 21, 2013

Update from August 20 council meeting - Filing the Support Emergency Operations Plan for the City of Clawson and approving the Traffic Control Order prohibiting parking on the south side of Goodale, 65’ east of Rochester Road.



June 17, 2013

The Park Enhancement Board is actively fundraising to improve the City Park track and football field area.  Bricks will border the asphalt path at our City Park.  Bricks will be installed in the spring or fall (weather permitting) when accumulated sales reach 100 or more.  Return this order form to Hunter Community Center @ Park Enhancement Board at 509 Fisher Court, Clawson MI 48017.  Email parksrec@cityofclawson.com with questions.  Thank you for your support!



May 20, 2013

Weekly update: Our Memorial Day Parade begins May 27, 10 am at the American Legion Hall and ends at the Library Gazebo.  The 4th of July committee is hosting a wine tasting party at the American Legion on Thursday May 30th, 7-9 pm.  Purchase ticket for $25.00 now or $30.00 at the door.  Relay for Life raised $30,000.00 for cancer research - thanks to our 19 teams and all the volunteers.  It was a warm day for the first Farmers Market in 2013.  Next Farmers Market is July 14.  The Market follow's Michigan's growing season and will be weekly from July 14 - Sept 29th. 



May 13, 2013

Construction notices - Sewer upgrades on Broadacre from Washington to N. Custer; Reconstruction of N. Custer Avenue from Leroy to School Street to include sewer line upgrades, concrete road and sidewalk replacements; Reconstruction of a portion of Phillips Avnue from N. Bywood to Kinross replacing deteriorated concrete and sections of old water mains.



May 6, 2013

It's Bike to School Day May 8th.  Join me, our city manager, police bike patrol, school superintendent, elementary school principals and teachers at a designated site at 7.45 am to ride your bike to school.  (Sites = Parkland to ride to Kenwood and Guardian Angels; Knights of Columbus to ride to Schalm).  Youth Assistance Youth Recognition Awards are also Wednesday evening, May 8th at 7 pm to recognize youth in our community for great volunteer work, great smiles and great role models.  26 youth in our community will be honored by Gov Snyder's office, Rep Howrylak and Bentivolio, Senators Pappageorge and Levin, Mike Bosnic our Oakland County Commissioner and of course the City of Clawson.



September 2, 2011

In the last year we began an exercise room at Hunter with user fees of $9.00 per month. Staff from the YWCA operate the exercise room.  A new restroom was built in the park. We have continued the sidewalk repair program completing the section north of 14 Mile between Rochester and Main.  Elmwood Street was reconstructed.  The sewer debt was transferred from the water bill to the tax bill.  New lighting was placed downtown and the old lighting was utilized in the park.  Health Quest donated $6,000 for park amenities.  George Clooney was seen filming at a Nick's Country Oven.  74 new jobs were created in Clawson with the arrival of new businesses.  City staff began a four day, 36 hour work week.  The Farmers Market began a weekly schedule following Michigan's growing season.  The proposal for a minor league baseball team at Clawson park came and went, and was a matter of debate.  The positive outcome is that we have a core group of volunteers interested in upgrading the park.  Watch for news about the Fall Festival (Oct 9) and the Trick or Treat Trail (Oct 30).



August 10, 2010

Weatherization - the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA) announces the Home Weatherization Assistance Program, a free service, for those meeting the income requirements (ie, a family of 4 making no more than $44,000.) To apply for an energy audit, contact OLHSA by visiting www.olhsa.org or call 248-209-2760.  OLHSA will also pay for the recommendations made by the audit, ie if you need a new furncace, OLHSA installs...if the energy audit reports you need an energy star refrigerator, they put a new frig in and take the old one away.



August 9, 2010

Elmwood construction: Paving will begin on the south side of Elmwood between N. Bywood and N. Selfridge on August 6, 2010.  Paving will begin on the north side of Elmwood on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.  Beginning 8/12/10, the sidewalks will be removed and replaced between N. Bywood and N. Selfridge.

14 Mile Road: Construction for the on street parking spaces is complete.  We are waiting for DTE to install the new lights on Main Street.  The work on Brick pavers continues.  The final project of the streetscape project will be planting honey locust trees on 14 Mile along with plantar boxes throughout the downtown area.

Upcoming community events:

August 9  -  Youth Assistance trip to Tiger Game
August 14 -  Car Show on Main Street 
August 22 -  Farmers Market
September 7- School begins
September 11-Block Party on Main street
September 12-Farmers Market
October 10 - Fall festival in Clawson Park
October 24 - Trick or Treat Trail in Clawson Park
October 30 - Youth Assistance trip to Stagecrafters




July 30, 2010

SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Government) reports "2010 taxable value data shows that between 2009 and 2010, Southeast Michigan lost more than $16 billion in taxable property value. This 9.9 percent decline is very close to what SEMCOG predicted a year ago (10.6 percent). There is a wide disparity in the changes at the county and community levels. Declines at the county level range from -4.9 percent in Washtenaw County to -12.2 percent in Oakland County."
SEMCOG invites public comment for projects being considered for amendment to Direction 2035, the region's long tange transportation plan:
Dodge Park Road from Plumbrook to Utica, widen from 2 to 5 lanes, Sterling Heights
Metropolitan Parkway from Groesbeck to Gratiot, widen from 4 to 6 lane boulevard, Clinton Township-North Avenue from Hall to 21 Mile, widen from 2 to 5 lanes, Macomb Township Van Dyke Avenue over Clinton River, rehabilitate bridge, Utica and Sterling Heights Grand River Avenue from Novi to Haggerty, widen from 2 to 5 lanes, Novi
Maple Road from Decker to Welch, widen from 2 to 5 lanes, Commerce Township and Walled Lake Orchard Lake Road from 14 Mile to Maple, widen from 5 lanes to 4 lane boulevard, West Bloomfield Pontiac Trail at M-5, construct roundabout, Commerce Township
State Street from US-12 to Ellsworth, study widening, Pittsfield Township
WWAVE service area, replace transit service vehicles, Washtenaw County
Detroit River International Crossing from Detroit to Windsor, construct new international border crossing, Detroit US-24 from Vreeland to West, add center left turn lane, Flat Rock and Brownstown Township. It represents the region's blueprint for transportation through 2035 .  Address written comments to SEMCOG Information Center, 535 Griswold, Suite 300, Detroit, MI 48226; send faxes to 313-961-4869; call 313-324-3362; or e-mail Direction2035@semcog.org. Comments can also be made in person at the following meetings where the amendment will be considered:

Transportation Advisory Council, Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 9:30 a.m., SEMCOG offices"



June 30, 2010

"Nearly 90 percent of small business owners across the nation say the economy is still in a slump and 75 percent expect the recession to continue into next year, according to the 2010 U.S. Bank Small Business. Nevertheless, 56 percent expect higher revenue next year and 63 percent say their companies are financially healthy.  In another recent poll, the 2010 Mid-Year Economic Report by the National Small Business Association, 73 percent of small-business owners cited economic uncertainty as the number one challenge facing their business. That was followed by a decline in consumer spending (47 percent), cost of health insurance benefits (37 percent), federal taxes (36 percent), and lack of available capital (29 percent).  Whatever direction the economy takes over the next few months, it's time to take a good look at any company's operations to strike a careful balance between cost cutting, new spending and improving operational efficiency."  As reported by Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter, PC, CPA's



May 3, 2010

Money Saving Tips for Cities from Michigan Municipal League:  "It's no secret we are all faced wtih chalenging economic times.  Revenue pressures combined with increasing service demands make it more difficult to effectively deliver services.  Utility rates: If your water rates are not properly set, the city is subsidizing the cost of operations, ie when rates are inadequate, it does not change the cost of the service provided.  Costs and usage patterns change over time, so rates should be reviewed annually.  Technology: web based transactions can reduce the need for direct customer interaction at city hall.  This frees up resources or allows for staff reductions.  The benefit is that services are available 24/7.  Marketing:  marketing and communication are vital to attract people to our community.  The better our community is positioned on the web, the better chance we have of atrracting the attention of businesses, and can utilize tools like social networking sites to communicate to residents.  Allow residents to sign up for email communications."  We can not conduct business as usual and a change is needed in order to survive.  1) analyze operating practices 2) Review department structure, supervisor and staffing levels, dept scheduling and overtime policies.  If we are asking the unions to reduce wages, the practice needs to start at the top with city management and dept heads.  2) Assess efficiency & effectiveness of operations between depts  3) Collect data,



April 5, 2010

Timebanks.  Lathrup Villge has 117 members in their Timeback. Timebanking is spending an hour doing something for somebody in your community. That hour goes into the Time Bank as a "Time Dollar".  It's an exchange system that is similar to bartering.  People have  much talent and skills to share with others.  Timebank mean building community, sharing gifts, building trust.  Timebanks connects to an internet database where you list what you would like to do for other members.  You earn time dollars for each service you perform and then you get to spend it on whatever you want from the listings.  Timebank believes that everyone has something to contribute, that we can help each other build the world we both live in, helps create social networks and respects each other.



March 14, 2010

On Monday, March 15, 2010 the City of Clawson will oversee the construction of a new 12" water main on South Main Street from Gardner to Bauman, installed on the eastside of Main Street in the greenbelt area, between the sidewalk.  There will be additional work on the west side of Main Street at side street corners.  Individual water outages for the purpose of making connections should not last more than 1-2 hours.

Plan now to attend the State of the City and State of the School address on March 17, 2010 at City Hall, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.



November 6, 2009

Thank you to everyone who supported me in the November 3 election.  It is an honor to continue in my role as Mayor.  It is time to get back to work....here are upcoming events:  Jimmy Marvin's Memorial Scholarship Pub Crawl on Nov 7, meet at Leon and Lulu's at 6 pm...Library's 80th anniversary and ground breaking ceremony on Nov 8th beginning at 1 pm at the library...Ordination/swearing in ceremony at City Hall on November 9, 7:45 pm...Council/DDA/Planning workshop on Tuesday, Nov 10 at 7:30 am regarding streetscape and enhancements in the downtown area..craft show at the high school on Nov 14th....Youth Assistance Fundraiser at Big Boy Restaurant, Maple Road, west of Livernois (in Troy) on November 16, from 5-8pm.  (Look for flyers that will donate 15% of the bill to youth assistance).  My philosophy today....there are four principles to guide us in our practices:

Be There is being emotionally present for people. It’s a powerful message of respect that improves communication and strengthens relationships.

Play taps into your natural way of being creative, enthusiastic and having fun. Play is the spirit that drives the curious mind, as in “Let’s play with that idea!” It’s a mindset you can bring to everything you do.

Make Their Day is finding simple ways to serve or delight people in a meaningful, memorable way. It’s about contributing to someone else’s life, not because you want something out of it, but because that’s the person you want to be.

Choose Your Attitude means taking responsibility for how you respond to what life throws at you. Once you are aware that your choice impacts everyone around you, you can ask yourself, “Is my attitude helping my team or those we provide service to?  Is it helping me to be the person I want to be?” 

Why not take the time today to  send someone in your life a card, note, or even e-mail thanking them for being in your life and WHY they make you happy.  If each one of us takes the time to do this we can start a chain reaction of joy.



September 13, 2009

The Farmers Market (9/13/09, 10-2 pm) at Clawson City Park, was wildly successful.  The Market, organized by Travis Cochran, Tierney Keyes, Sheryl Geralds, and me, with help from the DPW, was a positive experience by vendors and those of us who were shopping.  We will host additional Farmers Markets in 2010.

Upcoming events:  Fall Festival, October 11th, 3- 7 pm and the Trick or Treat Trail, October 25, 6-8 pm;  upcoming election on November 3rd to vote for Mayor and two Council members. On the ballot will be a proposal to shift the drain debt from the water bill to the a debt under taxes.  The water bill will be increasing $125.00 beginning 10/1/09...go to mytaxcalc.com to determine what is in your best interest - paying the debt on your water bill or adding the debt to your taxes.  That information will help you determine how you are going to vote on 11/3/09.



August 22, 2009

Clawson Teen Center, and the Parks and Recreation, sponsored an overnight camp out at Clawson Park.  We enjoyed the rock climbing wall, games, karaoke, campfire and good company in the park.  Many thanks to Bev Owens and members of the teen center for providing good, family fun 



July 25, 2009

Clawson Youth Assistance provides fun, family recreational activities at low cost.  Recent trips have been to the Ann Arbor hands on museum by train and a Tiger baseball game.  Upcoming field trips will be to the Stagecrafters and Greenfield Village Holiday Nights.  Premium Hearing Solutions is celebrating their 10th anniversary in Clawson, and hosting a community cook out on 8/1/09.  Neighboring businesses have joined with Premium Hearing, also to thank the community for support of our local businesses.  My philosophy is that we do need to shop and support our local businesses. The DDA appointed Joan Horton as Director of the DDA.  Michael Bolger was appointed to fill Joan's resigned position as a resident member of the DDA.  Mario Rizzotti, Iron Chef America Judge will be at Du Venti Northern Italian Cuisine to host an Italian olive oil and dinner tasting event on Wednesday August, 19, 2009 - tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 15, 2009. An Informal meeting took place Monday July, 20, 2009 regarding the projected work on Elmwood/Crooks.  Elmwood has been designated a federal road, eligible to receive stimulus money..with strings attached of: intersection at Elmwood and Crooks will be a thorough fare, and parts of Elmwood will be widened about two and a half feet on each side.  Two mobile workstations for the police department were purchased.  The Clawson Lions Club “Down on Main Car Show” will be held on August 8, 2009 starting at 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.



June 2, 2009

Congratulations to the following employees for their years of service to the City:

20 years  Theresa Dorsett DPW/Water Dept
20 years  Susan Felix    Building Dept
20 years  Jon Ruthenbeck  Fire Dept
15 years  Doug Ballard    DPW (and fire dept employee)
15 years  Sandy Pounders  DPW
15 years  Scott Sarvello  Police Dept
15 years  Erin Seipke-Brown  Library
15 years  Megan Seipke-Brown Library
10 years  Gina Boyd      Parks & Rec
10 years  Mitchell Hollingsworth  Fire Dept
10 years  Paul Riker    Fire Dept

I would like, and have requested for years, that the employee awards be given out at the Employee/Volunteer picnic, this year to be held on July 15th.  We have a bike program where Oakland County residents can drop off a used bike or get a bike if needed – contact Jerry at 248-343-0167 – nobikesleftbehind.com.  Flute Specialist was noted in the newspaper - visit them at 606 S. Rochester Rd. – Bob Johnson – Flute Specialist.
At a recent council meeting I requested council revisit the Outdoor Burning Ordinance – there was no support for this at this time.  I do receive numerous complaints about backyard fires, and the smoke blowing into neighbor's windows.  The contract with the City of Troy for Dispatch, Jail Services and Animal Control Services is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2009. Troy has proposed to increase costs of providing these services by 2.5% on July 1, 2009 to cover their employee’s contractual wage adjustment. Our monthly costs would increase from $16,939.05 to $17,362.53. This is an increase of $423.48 per month.





October 3, 2008

The road work saga continues....bump outs for parking on Main Street is in process.

Fall Festival in Clawson Park, Oct 12, 3-7:00 pm
Pumpkin Carving Contest Oct 18, 5-5:30 pm at Clawson Park
Trick or Trail, Oct 18, 6-8:00 pm for children in costume accompanied by an adult. Many thanks to our generous sponsors.
DDA scavenger hunt, Oct 25, 1-3 pm - at your local downtown business

The library is hosting an informational meeting regarding the possible expansion of Blair Memorial Library on October 22, 2008 at 7 pm in the library.



September 11, 2008

Upcoming events: 

Please join us for a free recycling workshop on Oct 6, 2008 at City Hall from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Recycling is good for the environment, preserves landfill space, protects wildlife, reduces waste, prevents global warming, saves energy, reduces water pollution, and will save the City money with our garbage contract.  You are the city....so it's your money and recycling skills that will reduce the garbage fees. 

Clawson Block Party - Sept 13, 3-7pm, northwest corner of 14 Mile and Main.  Look for the inflatables, food and dunk tank.  Money raised from purchases will go toward the police dept and athletic boosters.  Stop by - I'll be in the dunk tank around 5 pm.



August 31, 2008

More construction updates:  Bids for the paving of a pathway in Clawson Park are due....electrical box at tennis court in the park to be replaced..Lincoln Oaks condo development site plan review completed in July...cmd-1 amendments under review, now at planning commission stage.

As always, please call me at 248 259 6208 with suggestions or questions



August 11, 2008

Road construction in Clawson is on-going! LePla, the street between City Hall and the Post Office, is in the process of being realigned, building the parking lot next to the post office, and the street next to City Hall.  Initial plans were to move the former street light from LePla and Main to Phillips and Main, however, one street light will be returned to LaPla and Main.  Reconstruction on Main Street from Broadacre to Maple continues.    Massoit Street and Park Street reconstruction and water repairs are in full progress.  At various intersections you will see water main and sewer work occurring.

The DDA's first annual event of "Cinema in the Streets" on July 19, 2008 was attended by almost 600 people.  It was a great event to explore and support our businesses downtown.  The next DDA event will be a barbecue on Sept 13, 2008, 3 pm - 7 pm, with games for children and adults.

Upcoming events:
First day of school, Sept 2 (half day)
Lion's club Las Vegas night at Knights of Columbus, Sept 20
A recycling workshop will be held at City Hall on Oct 6, 6:30 pm.
A library workshop, "Mitch Ryder's Life in Music, will be held at the library on Oct 6
  7:00 pm
Fall Festival at Clawson Park, Oct 12
NEW - tentative - exploring interest from businesses and groups for Trick or Treating in the Park, Oct 18, 6:00 - 8:00 pm..trick or treat on the woodchip path.  Trick or treat stations sponsored by area groups, clubs and businesses.  Call me at 248 259 6208 if you are willing to host a trick or treating station

We have a few vacancies on our city boards - two openings each on the compensation committee and the historical commission.  Please think about volunteering on a committee - applications for the boards may be obtained from the City of Clawson website or the City Clerk's office at City Hall.

Coffee with Council continues on the first Tuesday of each month, 7-7:30 pm at City Hall.  The next meeting will be Sept 2nd.  Come and meet your elected council members in an informal setting.  I'd love to say hello to you!

 



April 20, 2008



February 4, 2008

Road construction on Bauman and Renshaw Avenue will begin in early spring 2008.  The first phase will be removal of overgrown trees that are in poor shape or interfere with the water main, road and sewer work.  An informational meeting will be held at city hall for residents before beginning construction.  Massoit Avenue will see new fire hydrants, a new water main, sidewalk and road restoration in the spring.

February 11-17, 2008 is "Random Acts of Kindness Week" in Clawson. The power of kindness effects positive change.  When kindness is expressed, healthy relationships are created, community connections nourished and people are inspired to pass kindness of a smile, word or praise or gesture on.  Pick up "Random Acts of Kindness" cards from city hall to pass out to those you meet. 

Relay for Life will be held on May 3-4, 2008 at Clawson City Park.  Please consider joining the "Celebrate Clawson" team.  Go to the Relay for Life website and sign on, or call me at 248 259 6208 for additional information.  April 4th is Schalm School's carnival from 4-8 pm, open to the community.  April 5th is the Jimmy Marvin Scholarship Fundraiser.



January 5, 2008

There is a workshop scheduled for 1/22/07, 6 pm at City Hall with the planning commission regarding the Master Plan.  A public meeting was held in June 2006 to explore expectations and community needs.  In summary, issues identified were: “better use of city park, including a paved track , need for a grocery store , kid friendly businesses, attract businesses and be business friendly, adequate lot size for single family homes, stricter ordinance enforcement and improvement in home exterior maintenance, no roundabouts, improve parking, need roadway and utility improvements, suggest a farmer’s market, rooftop restaurant /bar, need a park/green space, improve signage regulations, more retail uses,  ice skating rink, skate track, increase teen center, more library hours, track to be updated, place for kids to congregate, children’s museum, movie theater, hobby shop, reduce vacant storefronts, sidewalk and road maintenance, reduce number of overhead wires, removal of dead trees,  bike racks,  limit rental property, restroom facilities at park, don’t want to see main roads reduced to one lane – people will go down side streets, need bike lanes, Phillips and Washington should be a 4 way stop; improve intersections at Phillips, Selfridge and Manitou, need park in downtown area, no high rises like Royal Oak, need business offices, exercise places and retail shops, encourage walking, brick medians, continue as a family oriented community.



January 5, 2008

A pilot parking program began on South Main Street in 2007 with additional on street parking north of 14 Mile Rd to Lincoln ready for implementation in the spring, 2008.  Also in the spring, you will see slim orange cones designating parking space vs saw horses that were initially used.  Per the draft Master Plan, “the  DDA has an approved management plan for the parking lot within the northeastern quadrant of the downtown.  This plan includes both the City lot along with the private lot owned by ACO”.



January 5, 2008

Road improvements are underway, beginning with the reconstruction of 14 Mile Road in 2007 from Washington to Crooks, using Federal Aid and a State grant totaling almost three million dollars.  In the spring of 2008, work on Main Street from Maple to Lincoln will occur, again using Federal Aid and a State Grant.  The city’s cost will be about $350,000.00.  Crooks Rd, from Elmwood to 14 Mile will see construction in 2008, and hopefully Elmwood Street.



November 8, 2007

It is a great honor to be named Mayor.  Thank you to all who voted for me.  I am not afraid of hard work, and am ready to begin this next chapter in my life.  I will continue to utilize the web site to keep you up to date regarding city news.  The mayoral inauguration is November 12, 2007, 7:15 pm at city hall.  The next council meeting is 11/20/07.  December 3, 2007 is the Christmas Tree Lighting at the library.  See you soon.



November 5, 2007

It's "election day eve" - remember to vote November 6th.  It's been a great campaign.  I've been going door to door meeting people in Clawson.  Some concerns I've heard are related to the on street parking, higher water bills, higher taxes in general, lack of traffic lights on 14 Mile road, land swap between the City and School, road construction and dissatisfaction regarding building demolitions.  Praises were given to the new businesses in Clawson with the hope that a clothing store would open soon along with satisfaction that there is now progress and growth in Clawson.  I want to thank everyone who accepted a lawn sign.  "The crew" and I delivered two sets of flyers to homes and businesses. I participated in the Women's League of Voter forum.  Interviews can be found in the Daily Tribune, Royal Oak Review, and the Mirror newspaper along with OaklandPolitics.com.  Thank you to everyone who actively campaigned for me. 



October 22, 2007

We've been out in the community circulating flyers.  If you haven't received one yet, I'm sure we'll connect soon.  In the meantime, you can Click Here to view the flyer.



October 1, 2007

"Meet the Candidates" scheduled for October 10, 2007, 6:30 pm at Clawson Manor



September 25, 2007

Updates in Clawson:

The Strategic Planning Process report, 2007, by the Road Commission for Oakland County (ROCC) reports long range strategic transportation priorities for the City of Clawson are:

1. Reconstruct 14 Mile Road from Crooks Road to Main Street in 2007
2. Widen Crooks Road from 14 Mile Road to Elmwood Street (ROCC is waiting for a federal
    earmark; tentative schedule for this is 2008 or 2009)
3. Resurface Rochester Road from 14 Mile Road to Elmwood Road
4. Reconstruct Main Street from Lincoln St to Maple Road
5. Reconstruct Elmwood Street from Crooks Road to Campbell Road
6. Reconstruct 14 Mile Road east of Rochester Road, including a new water main"


Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board of Directors

Co-chair  Lisa Dwyer, Mayor & Mike Lang, Renshaw Lounge
Executive Director Deborah Schutt
          Mike Allan, Black Lotus Brewery
          Matt Cahaney, Step Outside the Box
          Mary Liz Curtin, Leon & Lulu
          Tyler Dobson, Resident
          Mike Elliott, Romancing in the Stones
          Joan Horton, Resident (support by DDA to appoint to the board)
          Bill Kelly, BK Properties
          Dick Rosenberger, ACO Hardware
          Brian Southerland, Resident

A meeting for the Northeast parking lot with business/property owners is scheduled on Thursday, October 4th at 3 pm.  The next regularly scheduled DDA meeting is October 18, 2007, 3 pm, at City Hall.


Water Rate Study, City of Clawson, August 28, 2007

"The city needs to review its User Charge System to assure that adequate funds are collected to finance water system operations and begin a water main and meter replacement program.  Major changes include a billing expense for meter reading, maintenance and replacement with billing and accounting costs and inclusion of $20,000.00 towards a remote read meter replacement program not currently budgeted.  The typical residential customer with uses of approximately 1000 cubic feet of water per billing cycle will recieve a bill every three months for $75.00 ($3.30 billing expense water, $3.30 billing expense sewer and 1.0 units of commodity charge compared to a prior rate of $66.00).  This is a 13.46% increase.  Customers (about 23% of our population) who use less than the average (1000 cubic feet of water) may see a reduction in their bill.  The fee increase will be effective October 1, 2007. The city is investigating shorter invoice periods for residential customers."

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