River Day: Fishing + Family = Fun!

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

The fish were biting last Saturday, during the 15th Annual Auburn Hills Fishing Derby.  Sixty-seven kids (and their parents) braved the unseasonably chilly temperatures for a chance to catch one of the 850 rainbow trout that were released into the Clinton River at Riverside Park.

Volunteers from Vanguard Trout Unlimited assisted participants with fishing gear and helped unhook fish, which was helpful with many kids landing more than one fish that morning. One of the main reasons so many kids caught a trout that day was due in large part to the generous donations made by Detroit Metro Steelheaders, Clinton Valley Trout Unlimited and General Towing.  Their donation enabled the City almost to double the amount of trout released for the event.

While not every kid was fortunate enough to catch a trout, everyone walked away with a raffle prize. Prizes included tackle boxes, fishing nets, hats, Uncle Buck’s cheese curls and over 60 slightly used rod and reel combos donated by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

If you missed the derby, there are still plenty of fish and time to test your fishing skills in downtown Auburn Hills Riverside Park or River Woods Park – both located along the banks of the Clinton River.

For those interested in becoming more involved in increasing and/or promoting the fishing opportunities in the area, please visit:

Detroit Area Steelheaders 

Clinton Valley Trout Unlimited

Vanguard Trout Unlimited

For information on what action you can take to protect our water resources and our resident trout population, please visit www.auburnhills.org/stormwater.php or www.crwc.org.

A special thank you to all our Fishing Derby sponsors and supporters.

Bedient Construction Proposes To Expand Business At 415 Collier Road

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

A development application has been submitted by CMP Enterprises to the City of Auburn Hills to permit a concrete and aggregate crushing/recycling operation, along with top soil and sand processing at 415 Collier Road.  A similar business received approval from the City Council to operate at the site over a decade ago.

Site Location

CMP Enterprises is a third generation business owned by Mark, Paul, and Jeff Bedient.  They currently operate an excavation and grading company called Bedient Construction, which is located at 2573 Leach Road in Rochester Hills.  They are a licensed, insured, and bonded grading and excavating contractor.

The company intends to use the property at 415 Collier Road for screening sand and topsoil and crushing concrete and aggregate to complement their existing business (click here to review additional information).

Site Plan

To be a good neighbor, CMP Enterprises has worked with the City on their site plan for the property.  They have agreed to the City’s hours of operation requirements (Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or sunrise to sunset, whichever is less.  No activity will be permitted on Sundays and legal holidays), dust control provisions, and truck weight limitations.  Composting is not proposed as part of the project, nor is it permitted at the site.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated by the City Council on Monday, June 25th.

Background on the site:  415 Collier Road is a 15.3-acre site that is zoned I-3, Heavy Industrial district.  A steel drum recycling facility called Great Lakes Container Corporation had operated at the site from approximately 1950 to the late 1980’s.  Past operations at the site involved refurbishing, reconditioning and salvaging 55-gallon steel drums used by industry for the shipping of oil, paint, and petrochemicals; which resulted in the contamination of soil, sediment, and groundwater at the site.  The site was cleaned-up in 2001/2002 to meet industrial standards via oversight by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. 

Front Page of the Oakland Press – October 20, 1985

In October 2006, the City Council granted Michigan Crushing and Recycling approval to operate a concrete and aggregate crushing and recycling operation, with retail landscaping material sales.  That business operated for approximately one year before closing.  In May 2008, another party illegally opened a compost facility at the site.  After attempts to bring the operation into compliance, the City Council took action to close the facility in March 2009.  Other than the removal of compost from the property, the site has remained inactive since that time.

Sharing The Secrets To Our Success

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

Why “do business” in Auburn Hills?  We answered that question in our presentation to the REAL Professionals-Detroit Mastermind Group on Tuesday afternoon.

REAL Professionals Network (RPN) is a one-of-a-kind private network of real estate and development professionals that are transforming the way industry does business.  By leveraging the collective experience and relationships of their members, RPN helps strengthen market knowledge and new business pipelines.

The group invited us in to discuss what makes Auburn Hills such a business-friendly community.  We talked about everything from booming residential development to our tax abatement policy.  We explained why Auburn Hills continues to remain competitive on the global stage when it comes to new investment.

We love telling our story and are proud of the way our leadership continues to support our long-term strategy of economic development.

10th Annual Paddlepalooza Makes A Splash

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

On the cool Saturday morning of June 2nd, 137 kayakers and canoers gathered along the banks of the Clinton River at Riverside Park, in Downtown Auburn Hills, for the 10th Annual Paddleplaooza.   All participants, young and old, were geared up to take the eight-mile trip that ends in Rochester Hills at River Crest Banquet Center.

This year, 20 men participated in the kayak race which was won by Rick Ensley.  The women’s kayak race was won by Gwenn Stevenson, by a 1.18-second margin.  She beat out the six other competitors in the race.  But the closest race of the day and in Paddlepalooza history occurred during the canoe race.  Of the ten teams that entered the canoe race – the team of Lynne Browning and Vince Schrank took home the first place trophy.  They crossed the line just 12 seconds ahead of the 2017 champions.

As for the race for the Mayor’s Challenge Cup – we’re pleased to announce that Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel and Erika McDaniel, successfully defended the Mayor’s Challenge Cup over Team Rochester Hills.  Auburn Hills holds an edge over Rochester Hills who had dominated the race during the first four years.

The remaining 90 paddling enthusiast took a more leisurely pace down the river to better enjoy the scenic views and wildlife often seen throughout the river’s riparian corridor.

Once paddlers reached the end, they all enjoyed a nice lunch on the patio of River Crest, while swapping stories and tall tales of their adventure down the Clinton River.

Race Results

Winners in the One Person Kayak Race – Men’s Division

  1. Rick Ensley (right) 1:16.10
  2. Gerald Dihle (center) 1:17.28
  3. John Carricle (left) 1:18.31

Winners in the One Person Kayak Race – Women’s Division

  1. Gwenn Stevenson (center) 1:25.10
  2. Kristy Jacobson (right) 1:25.30
  3. Stacy Miller-Serota (left) 1:25.10

Winners in the Two-Person Canoe Race

  1. Lynne Browning and Vince Schrank (right) 1:25.12
  2. David and Violet Fiddes (middle) 1:25.24
  3. Bryan Cook and Jeff LaBlank (left) 2:23.55

The Mayor’s Challenge Cup

Mayor Kevin McDaniel (center right) and Erika McDaniel (center right) – Team Auburn Hills and Mayor Bryan Barnett (center left) and Kenneth Barnett (center left) – Team Rochester Hills

To learn more about kayaking and canoeing the Clinton River and all the access points along it, please visit the Clinton River Watershed Council’s Water Trail webpage at http://www.crwc.org/paddling.

Thank you to all the sponsors and supporters:


Downtown Dream Vacation Sweepstakes Now Underway!

Posted by – Samantha Seimer, Director of Authorities

If you visit Downtown Auburn Hills this summer, you can enter for a chance to win $5,000 toward a vacation of your dreams!  From June 1 through August 31, visit any participating merchant and enter by scanning the QR code with your smartphone, or filling out an entry blank and leaving it in the ballot box on the counter!

Someone’s going to win, why not you!  The Auburn Hills Tax Increment Finance Authority is sponsoring this summer-long sweepstakes that could take you anywhere in the world.  In addition to the grand prize, there are two First Place Prize drawings on June 30 and July 31.  These first place winners will receive $100 and free golf for four at Fieldstone Golf Club!  First place prize recipients will still be eligible to win the grand prize too.

Look for the Dream Vacation Sweepstakes logo on the entrances of the following participating merchants: AAA Insurance, All State Insurance, Auburn Village Family Dental Center, Birmingham Ballroom, Dimitri’s Opa, Duffy’s Pub, Edge Men’s Grooming, Family Table Café and Bakery, Fuego Hookah Lounge, Happy Hour Party Shop, Jo’Angelas Pizza and Deli, Michigan By the Bottle, Serenity Hair Salon, Smoke Shop, You, Me and Bubble Tea, Twist N Dip Ice Cream, and Waterhouse Photography

Visit the Tax Increment Finance Authority webpage to view the full rules and regulations.

City Council Approves New Facility For Kasper Machine Company

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

On May 21st, the Auburn Hills City Council authorized the construction of a new 33,520 square foot facility for Kasper Machine Company.  The company specializes in the fabrication and refurbishment of large custom machine tools.

Rendering of the building viewed from I-75

The $5 million project will be built on a 4.63 acre site located between I-75 and Atlantic, west of Giddings Road.  Kasper selected this property for their new location because of its prominence along the I-75 corridor and Auburn Hills’ reputation for fostering business growth.

Site location

Illustrated site plan

Construction on the project is expected to begin in July with completion anticipated by Spring 2019.

1,200 Fifth-Grade Students Attend Clinton River Water Festival

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Clear skies and sunshine greeted the 1,200 students that attended the 12th annual Clinton River Water Festival, which was held on the campus of Oakland University, on May 11th.  Each of the 52 classes, from 21 schools within Oakland County’s section of the Clinton River Watershed, attended five of the 50 sessions that were taught by some of the region’s top professionals, who have firsthand knowledge on the important role water plays in our everyday life.

Sessions included an assortment of topics including pollution prevention, spill response, green infrastructure, aquatic animals, water fowl, plants, lakes and streams, water cycle, hazardous waste, recreation,and more.   When students left the festival, they not only understood how important it is to keep clean but also how to keep it clean, which is knowledge that will last a lifetime.

A special thank you goes out to all the employees and representatives from the following businesses, organizations, municipalities and government agencies who volunteered their time to present or serve as guides at this year’s festival.

2018 Clinton River Water Festival Sponsors and supporters include Pure Oakland Water, Waste Management, Oakland University, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioners Office, Clinton River Watershed Council, Cranbrook Science Institute, and the City of Auburn Hills.