Long May It Wave

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

Last week, Jack Skinner, Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Auburn Hills was on routine patrol at Waukegan and Squirrel when he noticed that the American flag raised at the Auburn Hills Boys and Girls Club was badly torn and tattered.  Jack, a six-year Navy veteran who saw action aboard the battleship U.S.S. New Jersey during the Lebanon War in the 1980’s, was concerned about the flag and how the symbol’s condition could negatively reflect on the many good things the Club does for our community.

Jack stopped in and spoke to an office employee who said that the Club’s Director was on vacation and honestly expressed that she didn’t know if they could afford to purchase a new flag at this time.  Later, Jack brought up this situation to Steve Cohen, the Director of Auburn Hills Community Development.  After a brief discussion of options, Steve remembered that he had an American flag in great condition and volunteered its use at the Club.

Last Thursday, in the company of several members of the Auburn Hills American Legion Post 143, Jack proudly raised the flag on the towering flagpole by the entrance of the Club.

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It turns out that Steve’s American flag was an old gift from his father-in-law who was very proud that the flag was put to such good use.  Steve’s father-in-law’s dad was a World War II Navy veteran who has since passed away.  Steve told me his father-in-law has the folded military flag that was presented to him at his father’s funeral.  His father-in-law stated his hope was to someday put that memorial flag to a similar use.

I wanted to share this story of the good actions of Jack and Steve.  They worked together without anyone watching to support the Club, when the institution just needed a little help.  With some persistent nudging, they let me tell you about this.  I am glad they did.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

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Defense Industry Jobs Coming To Auburn Hills

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

Yesterday, it was announced that AM General, LLC plans to soon move its engineering and advanced technology and prototype development operations to the City of Auburn Hills.

AM General is a world leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing, and support of Light Tactical Vehicles.  Their iconic High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee®) serves the military and homeland security.

City Manager Tom Tanghe delivered remarks about AM General’s investment to the Michigan Strategic Fund Board in support of this project, which will be located 1399 Pacific Drive.  He noted that adding a defense-based company to the ranks of our corporate community will be a tremendous asset.

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This decision by AM General represents an investment of nearly $10 million and the creation of 55 new jobs in Auburn Hills.  Michigan’s defense industry supports 105,000 jobs and represents an $8 billion economic impact on the state’s economy.

We look forward to welcoming AM General to our community.

Legislative Outlook for Economic Development

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

On Tuesday, I attended the Michigan Economic Developers Association’s (MEDA) Capitol Day in Lansing.  I look forward to this event each year.

Senator Arlan Meekhof talks about Michigan's economic development strategy

Senator Arlan Meekhof talks about Michigan’s economic development strategy

This event is a chance for economic developers to hear from elected officials on what they are working on for the next legislative session.  It is also a great opportunity for economic development professionals to have face-to-face interactions with legislators to talk about the tools we use in Michigan for attraction and retention projects.   We talked about infrastructure challenges, out-of-state competition and other issues impacting our ability to attract new investment.

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The day ended with a wonderful reception that allowed us to continue our conversations with elected officials about the great things happening in our communities.

Do-It-Yourself Driveways? Not Allowed

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

Responding to what was seen as unsightly, damaged lawns, the Auburn Hills City Council adopted a new ordinance on September 12, 2016.  Ordinance Number 16-880 prohibits driving or operating vehicles on lawns.

Example of the blight and nuisance this ordinance is intended to address

Example of the blight and nuisance this ordinance is intended to address

It states, in part: “A vehicle shall not be driven or operated on the lawn of a side yard, rear yard or front yard, if said driving or operating…causes damage to the lawn of the…yard.”  The ordinance goes on to cite the intent of eliminating “blighting, nuisance and damage factors.”  Driving/operating on lawns can also cause “…loss of groundcover and erosion, and provides potential environmental hazards.”

This ordinance will not be used for a resident who once in a while drives across the lawn to avoid another vehicle in the driveway or for loading and unloading large or heavy articles from a porch or entrance.  It was adopted to address the unusual occurrence of ruts and damage to vegetation caused by repeatedly driving across a lawn.  Some residents have done this to make a homemade, dirt driveway.

This is a violation

This is a violation

If you wish to install a driveway on your property, please contact the Community Development Department at 248-364-6900 for more information.  We would be happy to go over the City’s standards for installation.

Do it right, not do-it-yourself.

Merging Great Technologies

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

Auburn Hills’ staff had the good fortune of attending a wonderful celebration with two great Auburn Hills Companies.  Recently, Teijin acquired Continental Structural Plastics.  Both of these companies have been in Auburn Hills since 2012 and both locations will continue to operate going forward.

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Both companies have a rich history in the automotive world and a desire to be the best.  Now, the combined companies stand ready to provide solutions for their customers.  All it takes is a vision, a great business climate and outstanding leadership to make something like this come to life.

Through their combined capabilities and expertise, there is no doubt that Teijin will continue to be a leader in the automotive industry.

Congratulations from the Auburn Hills City Council and Staff!  We wish you all the best as you continue to grow and expand in Auburn Hills.

The Big Green Monster On Walton Blvd.

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Construction on the First & Main senior living community is going gangbusters.  What we now affectionately call “The Big Green Monster” at 3051 E. Walton (photo says it all) is ahead of schedule and the plan is to keep it that way.

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Construction of the roof is progressing and should wrap up by the end of next week along with the installation of many exterior windows.  Mechanical, electrical and plumbing is already set on the first floor and 90% complete on the second.  Drywall installation begins the last week of February.

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Exterior brick work will commence in early March and the “green” will be gone.  Check back to see this attractive development continue to take shape.

A Few Quotes On Valentine’s Day

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

“All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz

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“Forever thine, forever mine, forever ours.” Immortal Beloved – Ludwig van Beethoven

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“Today is Valentine’s Day.  Or, as men like to call it, Extortion Day.” – Jay Leno

“If you were a Transformer, you’d be Optimus FINE.” – Unknown

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow internet service to see who they really are.” – Will Ferrell

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“Never go to bed mad – stay up and fight.” – Phillis Diller

“True love stories never have endings.” – Richard Bach

“Love thy neighbor – and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.” – Mae West

“Maybe you don’t need the whole world to love you, you know.  Maybe you just need one person.” – Kermit the Frog

“That’s why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they’d call them something else.” – Sixteen Candles

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“The truth is everyone is going to hurt you.  You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – Oscar Wilde

“There are only 3 things women need in life: food, water and compliments.” – Chris Rock

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – When Harry Met Sally

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“Women love a self-confident bald man.” – Larry David

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Celebrate your love in Auburn Hills.