Meet The Green Hornet’s Kato

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

A couple years ago I picked up the nickname “The Green Hornet” because of my work as the code enforcement officer in charge of the City’s Weed Abatement Program.  Well, I’d like to introduce my trusted sidekick … my “Kato” as it were.


He is Norm Elam, the founder and owner of Elam Service Group out of Pontiac.  Norm has been cutting Auburn Hills’ large vacant parcels for several years and has done an excellent job.  So when his company put in the best bid for residential cutting, we were very happy to grant him the contract.

So if you see his smiling face around town this summer (unless he’s wearing his dust mask) give him a wave and know that he’s doing a great job for our town.

“Let’s roll, Kato.”

Meet The Green Hornet’s Kato

Perennial Exchange This Saturday!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange is scheduled, rain or shine, this coming Saturday, May 17th.  Auburn Hills residents and our friends from surrounding communities will meet from 11am to 1pm at River Woods Park to participate in this annual springtime event.

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What is a Perennial Exchange?   It’s an opportunity to trade your perennial plants for new and different plant varieties.    If you have an overabundance of a particular plant in your garden, dig up a part of the plant and separate it, label it (if you know what it is) and bring it to the Exchange to trade.    Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or backyard beginner, the exchange is an economical and fun way to diversify your garden.  And no need to bring your wallet.  This is a free event.


If you don’t have plants to trade, you’re invited to stop by anyway.  You’ll meet other gardening enthusiasts, pick up planting tips and tricks and have your questions answered by a master gardener.  While you are there, partake in complimentary baked goods and try your luck in a free gift raffle.  Gardeners may even have some extra plants to share.

To help us celebrate, our Downtown Auburn Hills businesses are offering specials that are sure to draw you Downtown after the exchange and all year long.

The Perennial Exchange is hosted by the Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission.  We welcome you to join us at the beautiful River Woods Park pavilion on Squirrel road just south of M-59.



Perennial Exchange This Saturday!

What is Justice?

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

What is justice?  Its definition has been debated for centuries.  The Framers of our country’s constitution made a point of talking about it; although admittedly their emphasis was on protecting individual liberties through the legal process and not necessarily on the moral or ethical virtue.

The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution states …
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The pursuit of justice and a better world was the utopian reason I entered the profession of public service after college.  Perhaps, it influences your work as well.  I’ve focused much of my career on the study of the ethics of justice and fair outcomes.  My reasons may differ from others and they’ve evolved over time with life experience.  However, its full meaning and application still eludes me.  I can’t count how many times I’ve been told by wise people that “life is not fair.”  Yes, they’re right, we can can’t control all outcomes.  But, how do people in my position, people like us, seek justice and fairness in the things we do control in an unjust and unfair world?

Recently, I had the opportunity in Gettysburg and Atlanta to learn about different perspectives on leadership and justice.  Those who led in crisis and those who missed their opportunity.  Those who sought justice and honor in the face of death (on opposing sides that both truly felt they were right).

What is justice?  There’s no easy answer to this question.  Perhaps, it’s an expression of our common recognition of each other’s basic dignity, and an understanding that we live together in an inter-dependent community.  It’s an important virtue that we should all never let fall off our radar.

The monument to the 24th Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg.  The granite monument stands just over 14 feet tall.  The 24th lost more killed and wounded than any Union regiment at Gettysburg.
The monument to the 24th Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. The granite monument stands just over 14 feet tall. The 24th lost more killed and wounded than any Union regiment at Gettysburg.
What is Justice?

New Headquarters Proposed for Aerospace Tooling Company

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re flying high (pardon the pun) …

The Auburn Hills Planning Commission is set to review plans for the proposed 181,122 sq. ft. headquarters for Visioneering, Inc.  The project consisting of offices, a design center, and manufacturing operations will be situated on a 17.89 acre site located immediately west of I-75, north of Taylor Road.

Founded in Michigan in 1953, Visioneering has become a leading designer, manufacturer, and installer of assembly tooling systems for the aerospace and defense industry.  The company provides services worldwide and currently supports over 30 active commercial aerospace, general aviation, and military/defense programs.

Visioneering intends to consolidate three of their facilities located in Fraser to this new facility, which will initially employ 150 people.  The site has additional land for a future building expansion which would accommodate their growth needs.

Site Plan for New Visioneering Building
Site Plan for New Visioneering Building

Upon receiving City Council approval, the project’s ground breaking is anticipated to take place this summer with completion occurring sometime in spring 2015.

Those interested in learning more about this new development are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission’s meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chamber.

New Headquarters Proposed for Aerospace Tooling Company