Sterling Heights Named 38th Best City for Families
Sterling Heights was ranked the 38th best city for families by a national publication. The ranking was based on the number of violent crimes per 100,000 residents, average income, school quality, and percentage of residents under 18. Thank you to all our residents, teachers, fire fighters, police officers, and city employees for making this such a great place to live.
Happy New Year 2015
2014 was a year of resurgence for Sterling Heights and our region. Our economy has begun to thrive again along with new jobs and opportunities. There are still many of us who haven't experienced a significant increase in household income but we are starting to feel hope again. As we look to the new year, I pledge to do all I can to support job creation and continue to increase our quality of life here in Sterling Heights. Below are a few highlights from our 2014 city council agenda. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
- Due to passage of the safe streets millage (Thank You Residents!), council halted any cuts to fire and police personnel. These cuts would have decimated our public safety system and closed a fire station. Public safety is my #1 priority.
- After a devasting winter last year, our roads were in terrible shape. We decided to purchase new pothole repair equipment. This equipment has allowed us to make quicker and better repairs, preventing damage to our tires and cars.
- We were able to authorize phase 1 of our neighborhood roads plan. The state of Michigan made drastic cuts over the past decade for local road repairs, leaving our neighborhood roads in rough shape. With the passage of the safe streets millage, the residents said enough is enough. This past summer, we were able to re-construct some of the worst roads in our city. It will take many more summers to finish the job but we are committed to repaving or replacing every single neighborhood street.
- We celebrated the opening of the new Sterling Heights Chrysler Assembly Plant last winter, which added thousands of jobs. It's hard to overstate the importance of keeping Chrysler in our city.
- Over the past year, council has approved several tax abatements to help create hundreds of new jobs in the city. Many of those projects are for existing businesses adding new equipment and space to increase their production capacity.
- While I support a person's right to have access to medical marijuana, I also support our law enforcement in keeping drugs out of our schools and away from our kids. We passed a new ordinance in August giving our police department more ability to enforce marijuana laws.
- We tried to pass a new non-discrimination law for our city to make sure everyone is protected from discrimination at their job and in selling or buying a home. Whether you are a Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Woman, Man, Black, White, Gay, or Straight, you should be treated equally based on how well you do your job and how well you treat your neighbors. Unfortunately, we were forced to repeal the ordinance by a group of residents who opposed the non-discrimination ordinance. I support their constitutional right of free speech but just disagree with their conclusion. I hope in the future that our entire state will have the opportunity to vote on this issue and decide once and for all that we support non-discrimination.
I look forward to a great year ahead and will update you soon on my priorities for 2015 and beyond.
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