Keenan Obtains National Planner Certification

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Yesterday, the Auburn Hills Planning Commission celebrated a very nice accomplishment.

The City’s Water Resources Coordinator Shawn Keenan recently obtained AICP status as a professional community planner.

Shawn (front middle in the blue shirt) surrounded by the Planning Commission
Shawn (front middle in the blue shirt) surrounded by the Planning Commission

What is AICP?  The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the professional institute of the American Planning Association (APA).  Membership in AICP is the nationally recognized means of attesting to an individual’s professional competence and ethics in the field of planning.  Thus, AICP certification is the “gold standard” or mark of a professional planner.

We all had ice cream cake to celebrate Shawn's excellent accomplishment
We all had ice cream cake to celebrate Shawn’s excellent accomplishment

Now, Shawn is permitted to place the designation “AICP” after his name on reports and legal notices to indicate his mastery of the principles, skills, knowledge, and experience determined to be essential for a professional planner.  Membership requirements include a combination of education and professional planning experience and a passing score on the rigorous AICP comprehensive examination.

Congrats Shawn for continuing to grow in your career and adding value to our organization.

Keenan Obtains National Planner Certification

TSM Corporation to Expand

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

More good news for the City of Auburn Hills!

We are pleased to report that TSM Corporation located at 1175 N. Opdyke Road is planning a 40% increase in building space to accommodate new business growth.  The new $2.5 million investment will expand their existing state-of-the-art facility to 143,150 sq. ft. in size.

TSM Corporation is growing!
TSM Corporation is growing!

Founded in 1978, TSM Corporation has been located in Auburn Hills since 1990.  The company is a full service manufacturer of precision machined components and complex assemblies for the global automotive, agricultural, and transportation industries.  Their customers include several major automakers, such as Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Volkswagen.

Illustrated Site Plan - TSM Corporation Expansion
Illustrated Site Plan – TSM Corporation Expansion

The Planning Commission will review this new project on Tuesday, July 30th at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chamber.

TSM Corporation to Expand

Showcase Cinema Demolition Proceeding

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

In case you have not had a chance to drive by and view the action.  Below are a few photos of the demo work that’s underway at the former movie theater site at 2150 North Opdyke Road.  The facility had been vacant and in disrepair for over 11 years.

View Looking West from Opdyke Road
View Looking West from Opdyke Road
View Looking South Near I-75
View Looking South Near I-75
A Closer Look at the Demo
A Closer Look at the Demo

After the building is razed, work will begin on a new 21+ acre high-tech business park.  The State of Michigan is expected to announce the first corporate headquarters to be constructed in the new park early next week.

Very exciting news for the City of Auburn Hills!

Showcase Cinema Demolition Proceeding

Trip of a Lifetime

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

It was a great time together that we’ll never forget.

Our family just returned from an Out West Adventure that lasted two weeks and two days.  It was a blast!

Our itinerary included visits to Los Angeles, Hollywood, Walt Disney Studios, Universal Studios, Disneyland and California Adventure, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Alcatraz, Muir Woods National Monument, Jelly Belly Factory, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon National Park … Whew!

We took over 2,000 photos.  Here are just a few:

Yosemite National Park was one of our favorite places.
Yosemite National Park was one of our favorite places.
Kids infront of Yosemite Falls
Kids infront of Yosemite Falls
We decided to climb Yosemite Falls.  It was pretty scary for me.
We decided to climb Yosemite Falls. It was pretty scary for me.
We suprised the kids with a visit to the Jelly Belly Factory.
We suprised the kids with a visit to the Jelly Belly Factory.
Drove an ATV up a mountain at my Uncle Tim's house near Lake Tahoe.  A first for me.
Drove an ATV up a mountain at my Uncle Tim’s house near Lake Tahoe. A first for me.
It was 107 degrees during our visit to the Hoover Dam.
It was 107 degrees during our visit to the Hoover Dam.
The Grand Canyon was an amazing sight.
The Grand Canyon was an amazing sight.
The Grand Canyon was the final stop in our adventure.
The Grand Canyon was the final stop in our adventure.

I am very thankful for the talented team in the Community Development Department, along with my fellow co-workers in other Departments.  Although I was gone for quite a long time, they made my transition back into the office today smooth and easy.  They’re wonderful and very thoughtful.

Now … back to work.

Trip of a Lifetime

Vans Warped Tour Returns to the Palace

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator

After a successful 2012 tour stop, the Vans Warped Tour returns to the Palace to bring us the “Best Day Ever”, tomorrow, July 19 at 11 a.m.   The Warped Tour is an outdoor festival style concert that travels around the country making stops at various venues for a one day celebration.Warped-Tour-2013

This year’s “Tour” lineup includes 72 artists and features bands like:

  • Best Day Ever
  • Sleeping With Sirens
  • We Came as Romans
  • Motor City Soundtrack
  • The Wonder Years
  • Bring Me the Horizon
  • Reel Big Fish
  • Crown The Empire
  • The Story So Far

Bands will be playing on one of seven stages set up in the concert area.  In addition to the live music there will be plenty of merchandise, food and beverages for festival attendees.

Tickets are $37.50 general admission in advance and on sale now at Palacenet.com, Livenation.com, The Palace and DTE Energy Music Theatre Ticket Stores and all Ticketmaster locations, including The Locker Room Store at Great Lakes Crossing. Tickets may be also charged by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard by calling 800.745.3000. Tickets will be $45 general admission the day of the show.

Vans Warped Tour Returns to the Palace

Fight the Bite

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator

Its summer! Time to go outdoors and enjoy gardens, parks, patios and pools. It’s also the time of year when the battle against mosquitoes begins.bug

There are 57 species of mosquitoes in Michigan and they all have one thing in common; they all need water in which to lay their eggs.  The species of mosquito that is most associated with the transmission of West Nile Virus is the Culex Pipien whose preferred breeding habitat is fowl water and containers.

The City of Auburn Hills has taken steps to help control the spread of West Nile Virus by implementing a plan approved by the Oakland County Health Department which calls for the treatment of City-owned catch basins with a larvicide.ben

Ben Franklin said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” By taking just a few simple steps, you can fight the bite and prevent illness.

  • Drain standing water in your yard.  Empty water from flower pots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, swimming pool covers, discarded tires, buckets, barrels, cans and similar items in which mosquitoes can lay eggs
  • Minimize activities in areas where mosquitoes are present (such as shade areas)
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outdoors
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using effective insect repellents containing DEET,  Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or IR3535, all of which are registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Always follow manufacturer’s directions carefully
  • Be careful using repellent on the hands of children because repellents may irritate the eyes and mouth
  • Maintain window and door screening to keep mosquitoes out of buildings

Help keep those mosquitos at bay and enjoy a safe and healthy summer!

Fight the Bite

The Greening of Auburn Hills

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

It’s that time of year again when Code Enforcement Officers concentrate on keeping the lawns and lots of Auburn Hills neat and trimmed.  Fortunately, the vast majority of Auburn Hills residents, businesspeople and property owners maintain their lots regularly.  However, there are numerous properties that are vacant due to foreclosure (although the numbers are on a downward turn.)  Sometimes, lots change hands and are forgotten about.  There are also some residents who just don’t cut the grass.

That’s where the City’s Grass and Weed Abatement Program steps in.  Any parcel where grass or weeds are over eight inches in length are advised via a Violation Notice, either stuck on the door or mailed out in the case of vacant lots.  The owner or occupant is allowed 72 hours to ten days to cut the grass.  If not, a City contractor will be assigned the task.  More often than not, the notice alone is sufficient to motivate the owner/occupant to comply.

Before cut
Before cut

In May of this year 134 notices were issued with 107 people complying.  This left 27 properties to be cut by contractors.  This compares to last year in May (following a very early Spring) of 198 notices issued, 140 complying and 58 cuts.

In June, 129 notices were issued and 83 folks complied resulting in 46 cuts completed.  June of 2012 was a scorcher and the grass was not growing as fast.  This resulted in only 63 notices, 40 compliances and 23 cuts.

After cut
After cut

Code Enforcement would like to thank those residents and owners who do their best to keep this City looking good.  Together we can keep Auburn Hills green and not overgrown.

The Greening of Auburn Hills