Creating A Vibrant Downtown

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

We are excited to announce that yesterday, Auburn Hills gained affiliate status in the Main Street Oakland County program.

Staff and Downtown Development Authority (DDA) members were on hand to celebrate this wonderful achievement.  County officials also honored 11 other Main Street Communities that met the challenging criteria for receiving national accreditation from the National Main Street Center.

Each presenter talked about the quality of life component downtowns bring to communities across Oakland County. The services offered through this program will assist Auburn Hills in enhancing and supporting our wonderful downtown.

Congratulations to all the communities recognized yesterday.

Pig Roast This Saturday

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

On Saturday, June 10th, the German-American Marksmanship Club (Deutsch-Amerikanischer Schutzenverien) at 2650 Auburn Road is holding a traditional German style pig roast (or Heimat und spanferkelfest.)  Also served will be chicken, beer, wine and spirits.

Entertainment for listening and dancing will be provided by The Rheinlander.  The park opens at 5:00 p.m. and the public is welcome as well as members and guests.  Admission is $3.00 at the gate.

Throw on your lederhosen and come on down for some traditional German eats, drinks and fun.  Prozit!

Paddlepalooza Sets A New Record For Attendance

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The combination of perfect weather and water levels drew 155 outdoor enthusiasts to participate in this year’s Paddlepalooza.  This river event is hosted by both Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills and allows paddlers from all around Southeast Michigan the opportunity to enjoy one of many recreational opportunities the river has to offer.

The festivities began in Riverside Park with both Auburn Hills Mayor, Kevin McDaniel and Rochester Hills Mayor, Bryan Barnett, thanking participants for their participation as well as touting the value of this great resource both communities take pride in protecting and enhancing for all to enjoy.

This year 28 men and ten women participated in the one-person kayak race, while 14 teams participated in the two-person canoe race.  The remaining 89 participants took a slower and steadier pace down the river to better enjoy the pristine views nature has to offer.

The event finished eight miles downstream in Rochester Hills, where participants had a chance to share stories while enjoying lunch on the patio of River Crest Banquet Facility.

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

  1. Richard Ensley – 1:15.25
  2. Vince Schnard – 1:18.04
  3. John Carricle – 1:18.08

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

  1. Gwenn Stevenson – 1:31.40
  2. Linda Gamage – 1:33.01
  3. Jean Dylong – 1:37.14

Winners of the Two Person Canoe Race

  1. David & Violet Fiddes – 1:34.18
  2. Jeffrey LeBlanc & Timothy Sosko – 1:42.00
  3. Kevin McDaniel & James Stevens – 1:44.06

As for the Mayors Cup Challenge, it was a three-peat for Mayor Kevin McDaniel and James Stevens (team Auburn Hills) who successfully defended the Cup, over Mayor Bryan Barnett and Jimmie Roach (team Rochester Hills).

Word has it, Rochester Hills, who always brings their A-game, was running strong and gaining ground before confronting a sideways canoe in their path.


Plan to join in the fun next year at the 10th Annual Paddlepalooza on June 2nd!

Valeo Thermal Systems Proposes New Test Track

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Valeo North America Inc. has submitted plans to the City to construct a 1,236 foot long high-speed test track, low-speed surface testing area, and ancillary building adjacent to their existing 120,000 research and development facility located at 4100 N. Atlantic Boulevard.  The site is home to their Thermal Systems Business Group North American Headquarters.

Proposed test track complex

The company is a subsidiary of Paris-based Valeo SA, an automotive technology supplier.  The Thermal Systems Business Group develops and manufactures systems, modules and components to ensure thermal energy management of the powertrain and comfort for each passenger during all phases of vehicle use.  These systems help to significantly reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and other pollutants and harmful particles from vehicles equipped with internal combustion engines.  The company also works to increase travel range and battery life for hybrid and electric vehicles.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, June 26th.

Live Life With Style At Villa Montclair

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

This past Friday, Mayor Kevin McDaniel cut the ribbon for the new 88-unit Villa Montclair condominium project, intended for those aged 55 and better.  Designed by Moceri Companies, these luxury homes are the perfect place to enjoy the best years of your life!

These beautiful homes include amenities such as a swimming pool, fitness room and spa.  As part of the City’s Age-Friendly Initiative, we have been asking developers to consider housing for residents of all ages and abilities.  Villa Montclair provides another lifestyle option for the City’s growing senior population.

Congratulations to the entire Moceri team on another spectacular development.  We look forward to your next project in Auburn Hills.

Tick Tock Tick

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

It’s that time of year, bright sunshine and warm weather – perfect conditions to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.  However, it’s also time to protect against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.  The unseasonably warm winter we experienced here in the great State of Michigan is expected to result in an increase in the tick population. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 221 reported human cases of Lyme Disease last year and several cases have already been reported this year.

While people know that ticks are found outdoors, they may forget that includes parks, golf courses, and backyards.  The Oakland County Health Division encourages people to take extra precaution in areas most likely to be infested, such as wooded or grassy areas, especially where deer and wildlife are present.  This is the best way to avoid potential infection.

Protect yourself before you venture outdoors by taking some of these steps:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, light-colored pants and closed-toed shoes
  • Tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET (20% – 30%) or Picaridin to exposed skin and to clothing
  • Apply permethrin to clothes and shoes but not directly to skin

After enjoying the outdoors in areas were ticks may be present, immediately check your entire body for ticks and take a hot shower as soon as possible. Parents may want to help their children check their bodies for ticks. Let’s not forget about dogs and cats because ticks can also enter your home on pets. Check pets often.

If you discover a tick attached to your skin, remove it quickly.   According to the Center if Disease Control, if it is removed within 24 hours you greatly reduce your chances of getting Lyme disease.

  • Grasp the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible
  • Pull gently but firmly, but do not squeeze the body of the tick
  • Try to pull the tick out without leaving mouth parts embedded in the skin
  • After removing the tick, wash hands and bite area thoroughly with soap and running water
  • Apply an antibacterial cream to the site of the bite

You may get a small bump or redness that goes away in 1-2 days, like a mosquito bite.  This is not a sign that you have Lyme disease.

Improtant Note:  Do not remove ticks by putting hot matches, nail polish, or petroleum jelly on the tick to try to make it pull away from your skin.  Be sure to see a doctor about your tick bite if you develop a fever, a rash, sever fatigue, facial paralysis or joint pain within 30 days of being bitten by a tick.  It is important to get treatment right away if you develop symptoms.

For more information on Lyme disease, visit

A Feather In Their Cap

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

Earlier this year, we celebrated Encore Automation moving into their new home at 50 Corporate Drive.  During the tour, they talked about innovative technologies and robotics, but the thing that stuck out the most was the way they clean the body of a vehicle.

Our Business Assistance Team recently visited Encore.  Typically, our conversations include talent needs, challenges facing the company, and supply chain gaps.  We place great importance on sitting down with our companies to get to know them and provide them with any resources they might need.  From time to time, there is something that comes out of the meeting that just sticks with me.

With all the technology in the world, the most reliable way to achieve the level of cleanliness required prior to painting a vehicle, is to use female ostrich feathers to clean the vehicle.  Think car wash, but with rollers made of thousands of plumes of female ostrich feathers.

Ostrich feathers are perfect for picking up and holding tiny particles.  We even met the ladies who choose the feathers individually to ensure the highest quality.  This short video shows this cleaning process.

I love learning something out of the ordinary that our companies are doing and this one tops the list!