In the last week or so, I have had the privilege of being invited to three of our neighboring communities for their State of the City or State of the Township addresses. Mayor Cathy Daldin of Rochester, Supervisor Chris Barnett of Orion Township, and Mayor Bryan Barnett of Rochester Hills all delivered their annual addresses in their respective communities. All three have some very specific things in common. Each loves their community deeply, each is committed to serving their community, and each is proud to be leaders of the community and the people they represent.
The Senior Services staff recently visited The Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan, located in Pontiac. For the last 45 years, this organization has provided gently used beds and other essential furniture to children and their families in need. They work with families living in poverty, transitioning from homelessness, working with child protective service or fleeing crisis situations.
As we toured the facility, it was evident the people working there were passionate about what they did as they showed us around. Last year they assisted over 1,454 families, and 29 of those families were from Auburn Hills. Families received items ranging from beds, mattresses, dressers, dining room tables, to couches and linens. They also shared with us that they do not give out cribs, but do provide Pak’ n ’Plays as a substitute for a crib. Last year they gave out 54 Pak’ n Plays, ensuring babies had a safe place to sleep. Continue reading “Bedding Donation Drive”
We are blessed to share our work life with a man who has been actively involved in the Auburn Hills community for decades. Henry Knight has served on the Auburn Hills City Council for years, and has served on many other Committees, Commissions and Boards for the City. He is an active supporter of the community in many other ways, such as being on the Board of the Pontiac Schools Promise Zone and an active member of the Morning Optimist Club, to name just a couple. Henry has a heart of gold and you might say he is the unofficial Historian on City Council. Henry can tell you how things came to be based on past decisions and amazingly, he can get into details about such things as soil conditions at various development sites because he knows what used to be there. Henry and his wife Claire moved into Auburn Hills in the 1950’s where they raised their family. They are truly weaved into the fabric of this community. Today, Henry turns 85 and the City of Auburn Hills is lucky to have him as part of the leadership of the community. Happy Birthday Henry and God Bless You! We can’t wait to celebrate your 90th with you.
Tom Tanghe, City Manager
The City of Auburn Hills has partnered with Oakland University to create and distribute two separate community governance surveys. The surveys are designed to gather and assess information regarding the City’s effectiveness in delivering various municipal services. One survey will be directed to the residents of Auburn Hills and the second to the business community in Auburn Hills. The surveys will be sent to residents randomly selected from our current list of registered voters. Businesses will also be selected at random, with an appropriate sampling of small and mid-level business, as well as, the large international business sector.
We are asking for your feedback on things such as service delivery, infrastructure condition, tax-service mix, community events and the overall quality of life and business environment in Auburn Hills. City Council and the municipal staff in Auburn Hills take our governance responsibilities very seriously. We strive to provide exceptional, cost effective public service and the feedback provided by these surveys will be used to make sure we are meeting your expectations. The surveys should begin arriving by mail within the next few days. Each survey takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete and all answers are confidential. We would like to sincerely thank you in advance for your assistance. Results from the survey will be available this summer.
Your Auburn Hills Team
Last Wednesday, the Economic Development team from Oakland County held an excellent event highlighting companies in the health care and life science industries. Those in attendance were able to hear a panel of executives from those industries speak about the changes and innovations in health care and life science companies. Continue reading “Medical Main Street Open House”
For the past two days, I have been closely watching as our Police Department searched for a 76-year-old Pontiac man who was last seen leaving an Auburn Hills hotel in the area of Featherstone and Opdyke Roads around 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. Imagine being the family of Mr. Hill, knowing that he was without his medication and nowhere to be found. Our police department continued to work tirelessly to find Mr. Hill, hoping that he did not wander too far from the area where he was last seen. Fortunately we have had a bit of a warm-up here in southeast Michigan or the outcome could have been far more tragic. I was receiving updates as was the media and our police department was not about to stop searching for Mr. Hill until they found him. Last night, around 9:00 p.m., our Officers found him in some brush in a business district within our community. The good news . . . he is alive and well. Mr. Hill was transferred to the hospital and all indications are that he will be okay.
I want to commend the work of our police department for their diligence in finding Mr. Hill and ultimately, saving his life. This is a great example of the work we do as a local government in-service to the community. Not all stories end with this outcome. We’re just glad that this one did.
Tom Tanghe, City Manager
You’ve likely heard this metaphor used in the sports world to describe a team that has a lot of talent at its disposal. Not only are there talented players on the field, floor, or ice, but there is also a lot of talent on the bench that can be called on at any time to step up and perform. Well, the Auburn Hills team has a very deep bench. The depth of our bench was certainly demonstrated this winter when the staff at the DPW stepped up and assisted in updating the restaurant at Fieldstone Golf Club. With the change to a new food vendor at Fieldstone beginning in spring of 2016, we felt the time was right to update and rebrand the restaurant. Thursday, March 17th will mark the grand opening of the new Arrowhead Grille (a tie back to the original golf course name). Continue reading “A Deep Bench”