Roxana Park was once a park with a baseball diamond, a couple swings and a slide. Now it is so much more!
The City has made it a goal for years to convert all streetlights to LED, as not only a cost-cutting measure, but also to reduce electricity usage. Environmentally friendly policies are important to me, and that is why I have continued supporting the Street Lighting Special Assessment to finish this project. Now that it is completed, the assessment will only be levied to cover electricity costs. Unfortunately, DTE has increased the costs of the LED lights, but we will at least still have environmentally friendly infrastructure in the City.
The residents of Eastpointe approved a proposed Charter Amendment in August 2016 that would save money for future special assessments, by contacting voters via regular first-class mail instead of a newspaper publication or registered mail. This change will easily save tens of thousands of dollars per Special Assessment in the future, that is for all residents of the community. The Eastisider covered this ballot proposal. The City Council originally voted to add this to the ballot on October 20, 2015.
Ballot language: "Currently Section 11 of Chapter XVI gives City Council the option of providing notices regarding the filing and review of special assessment rolls by either newspaper publication or registered mail. It is proposed such notices regarding special assessments be permitted to be sent by regular first-class mail rather than registered mail."
The Humane Pet Acquisition Ordinance, passsed by City Council September 1, 2015, aims to increase the amount of animals adopted by humane means. Some companies across the country run what are referred to as "puppy mills" or similar operations for different animals. Petco, a great business partner in the City, already only offered dogs and animals via adoption, and not from places like "puppy mills". The Ordinance covers the acquisition of dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets.