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Monday, January 31, 2011

First Reading of New Zoning Ordinance and Map Changes

City Council will hold the first reading of two map changes and a new Zoning Ordinance tomorrow night at about 7:00 pm.  The new Zoning Ordinance is a major rewrite of the document.  You can review it here on the City website.  Your comments are welcome at the Council meeting, or send them via email, fax, or U.S. Post to City Hall.

Friday, January 28, 2011

City Council Budget Workshop

The City Council is planning to hold a budget workshop at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at City Hall. 

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss Council priorities and goals.  Staff will be present to assist.

The public is welcome.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Humane Society Fundraiser

Rogers City High School Natural Helpers are conducting a funraiser for the Humane Society.
Donations of money or items accepted. Boxes are located at the Onaway Credit Union in Rogers City or Rogers City High School office.  Items most needed: dog and cat food, treats, kennels and pet beds, cat liter, animal shampoo, and cleaning supplies.

Open House for Darga Triplets

All are welcome to "meet and greet" Haven, Eden, and Lily at an open house for the new babies at the Rogers City Senior and Community Center.  The Open House will be held from 1-5 pm on Saturday, February 19, 2011.  Refreshments will be served.

The three girls were born 12/20/2010 to Darrin and Milanne Darga.  The event is hosted by Emilie Yarch, Dianne Darga (734-4721), and Leeny Ries. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Aerial Picture of Freighter loading at the Port of Calcite

Here is a nice aerial picture of the Port of Calcite and Carmeuse Lime and Stone operations in Rogers City.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Planning Commission Recommends New Zoning Ordinance

Monday evening, January 24, 2011, the Rogers City Planning Commission took comments from about 30 people attending a public hearing on the new Zoning Ordinance.  Several administrative changes were made and three other substantive changes were also implemented.

The proposed ordinance will now move to City Council for first reading.  The first reading will be held at about 7:00 pm on next Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

Please plan to attend this Council meeting if you have comments or suggestions about the new zoning ordinance.  The document is available on this website on the home page.

Monday, January 24, 2011

40 Mile Point Lighthouse

Here is a nice picture of this historic light house built in 1896.  If you have never visited it, then make plans to do so in 2011.  The light house is open at no charge to the public from Memorial Day to mid-October.  The lighthouse includes an historical museum, tugboat pilothouse, pavilion, gift shop, real shipwreck on shore, and more!  Call 989-734-4907 or email barbara71@hughes.net.  Ask about the Guest Lighthouse Keeper Program.  The Lighthouse is closed on Mondays.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Final Reminder on New Zoning Ordinance Public Hearing

Next Monday, January 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm at City Hall the Planning Commission will conduct public hearings about the new Zoning Ordinance and map changes to go with it.

This public hearing is intended to allow you to provide comments on the new Ordinance and the map changes before the changes are presented to City Council for first and second reading and approval.  You may provide oral or written comments at or prior to the hearing. 

The new ordinance is available on the city website: http://www.rogerscity.com/
It is also available at City Hall and at the Rogers City office of the Presque Isle District Library.

The Planning Commission wants to take all points of view into consideration before recommending this ordinance to the City Council.

Free Tax Return Preparation

The Council on Aging, with volunteers from the AARP, will again offer free tax return and credit filing at the Posen Center beginning February 1st through the 24th.  Appointments must be made with Meg at 766-8191. These spots are available to seniors (60+ only). A day will be planned for the Onaway Center upon demand.

For those under 60 years of age, Onaway Federal Credit Union (in Rogers City and Onaway) will also file simple returns for FREE for those with incomes under $50,000 (simple meaning those that don't include a large business or farming, etc.) The contact person for the Onaway branch is Katie Jarvis 989-733-8557 and for Rogers City, the contact is Lori Lewandowski at 989-734-2772. They absolutely do not have to be a member to use this service! However, please call to make an appointment.

Thanks Katie Kuznicki for sending this important information.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Autism Speaks

From Hilary Viegelahn, here is an update on the "Autism Speaks" 5K run/walk event. The race will be held on April 30th. The run will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the walk will being at 10:15 a.m. The price of registration will be $15.00 before 4-08-11, and after that date the price will be $20.00. A volunteer committee has begun asking for donations and sponsorships, also we have started placing flyers around the county. Things are going very well. We also have a website up and running that has further information and registration forms http://www.rcautismrun.com/ 

I urge all of our community to come together to support this worthy cause.

Friday, January 14, 2011

City Council Meetings

I learned the other day that at least one person thought that meetings of the City Council are not open to the public or that attendance is discouraged.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Meetings of the City Council are open to the public.  On behalf of your current City Council members (Mayor Beach Hall, Mayor Pro-Tem Debra Greene, Gary Nowak, Tom Sobeck, and Dana Labar), I encourage the public to attend these meetings!  Regular City Council meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month at City Hall.  Special meetings and workshops are held at the request of the Mayor or two Council members with posting of 18 hours or more.  Meeting notices are always posted on the front door of City Hall.

Everyone who attends Council meetings has an opportunity to speak about whatever they feel is important.  Further, the Open Meetings Act requires the city to make these meetings open to the public.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Three Actions

The American Red Cross recommends you should take three actions to be prepared for an emergency:

1.  Get a kit

2.  Make a plan

3.  Be informed

For details on how to accomplish these three actions, contact the American Red Cross at

http://www.redcross.org/ or call 1-800-691-6059

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Public Hearing for New Zoning Ordinance

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to take written or verbal comments on the proposed new Zoning Ordinance at 7:00 pm on Monday, January 24, 2011 at City Hall.

Zoning is very important to the future develoment of the community.  Zoning can prevent or encourage development and economic growth.  Also, zoning is key to protecting the "quiet enjoyment" and other property rights of property owners.  Our new zoning ordinance tries to strike the proper balance between various competing values.

You can review the new Zoning Ordinance at http://www.rogerscity.com/

A paper copy is available for your review at both City Hall and the Rogers City Public Library. 

If you are unable to attend the public hearing, but wish to make comment, you can send your comments via email to City Hall: mslown@rogerscity.com and/or tkoss@rogerscity.com

Monday, January 10, 2011

Special City Council Meeting--Marina Bonds

At 8:00 am on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, the City Council will hold a Special Meeting to discuss and possibly take action to set a public hearing for Issue of Bonds to refinance the current Marina Bonds.
The Marina currently has about $300,000 in bond debt. 

The City is considering refinancing this debt to help solve cash flow problems associated with the Municipal Marina.  The debt was incurred in the 1990's and 2000 when the Marina was attracting many more boaters that we see now.  The debt would be spread over a longer period, but at a lower yearly payment amount which the Marina's current revenue will support.

If you have questions about this issue or wish to express an opinion, please come to the special meeting, or send an email to me at mslown@rogerscity.com or to the City Clerk, Terri Koss tkoss@rogerscity.com

Friday, January 7, 2011

Sunrise Adventure Bicycle Tour 2011

Anne Belanger says:  The Sunrise Adventure Bicycle Tour for 2011 is Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9.  You can link to the League's site at http://www.lmb.org/ for more information and registration.  This is our premiere Fall Color Tour...by bicycle.  We are encouraging people to explore our great paved backroads, as well as getting off the main roads and seeing prime fall color on our tree-lined dirt roads and try the single track trails at Vogler and Hoeft State Park. 

I say: You'll love it.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

ShopMIDowntown Holiday Challenge--Prizes!

Katie Liedtke won the $25 prize in the ShopMI Downtown Rogers City Holiday Challenge with this picture of shopping at the Domaci Gallery.  Thanks Katie!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Free Computer Classes Offered

Free Computer Classes are being offered in Rogers City by the Presque Isle District Library.  The classes will be offered as follows:

1.  Senior Computers:  11:00am - 12:00pm on Mondays, January 10 - January 24 at Hilltop Manor

2.  Basic Internet:  2:00 to 3:30 pm on Thursdays, January 13 - January 27 at the Rogers City Library

Learn about the amazing world available via a computer!  Thank you the the Library for offering these great classes.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Lake Huron in Winter

Lake Huron in winter is an amazing witness, whiteness, and wonder.  Thanks to Erika Fifelski for sharing this photo.

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