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Spring 2011




                emscope
              A quarterly publication of SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments




SEMCOG Members:
What we’ve done
for you lately
                                                                                        2010-2011 Officers

                                                                                        Robert J. Cannon
                                                                                        Chairperson
                        Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
                                                                                        Supervisor,
                                     535 Griswold Street, Suite 300
                                                                                        Clinton Township
                                     Detroit, Michigan 48226-3602
                                  313-961-4266 • Fax 313-961-4869
                                                   www.semcog.org                       John A. Scott
                                                                                        First Vice Chair
                                                                                        Commissioner,
                                                                                        Oakland County
                                                                      Cover photo       Gretchen Driskell
    This aerial shot of Belle Isle was taken in Spring 2010 as part of the Southeast
                                                                                        Vice Chairperson
 Michigan Imagery Project. Aerial photos of the entire 5,000 square mile Southeast
                                                                                        Mayor,
           Michigan region were taken for this project, which was a great example
                                                          of regional collaboration.
                                                                                        City of Saline

                                                                                        Joan Gebhardt
                                                                                        Vice Chairperson
    Preparation of this document was financed in part through grants                    Trustee,
             from and in cooperation with the Michigan Department                       Schoolcraft College
      of Transportation with the assistance of the U.S. Department of
Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit                     Susan Rowe
     Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.                      Vice Chairperson
                                                                                        Councilperson,
                  Please direct any questions about this publication                    City of Wayne
                to Sue Stetler, 313-324-3428 or stetler@semcog.org
                                                                                        Michael Sedlak
                                                                                        Vice Chairperson
                      Semscope is a quarterly publication of SEMCOG
                                                                                        Clerk,
                                                               ISSN#03071-1310          Green Oak Township

                                                                                        Robert Hison
                                                                                        Immediate Past Chair
                                                           Printed on recycled paper.
                                                                                        Mayor,
                                                                                        City of St. Clair Shores

                                                                                        Paul E. Tait
                                                                                        Executive Director
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    Table of Contents

    Commentary - Robert J. Cannon, SEMCOG Chairperson

 2 Member benefits and so much more
    What have we done for you lately?

 3 Region collaborates on aerial imagery
 4 Tools to make neighborhoods more desirable
 5 Use access management to make
    system efficient
 7 SEMCOG policy platform advocates
    regional issues
11 SEMCOG services: Use them
    What happened at the General Assembly?

12 Highlights of SEMCOG’s Spring
    General Assembly
 Commentary




                    Member benefits
                    and so much more
                    SEMCOG is actively engaged in both providing direct member services and addressing
  Robert Cannon     regional issues. To get the greatest value out of your community’s membership, I encourage
     Chairperson    you to take advantage of both.
      Supervisor,   This issue of Semscope highlights some of the direct member services SEMCOG provides…
Clinton Township    services that can bring innovative approaches to enhancing your community, help you more
                    efficiently deliver government services, and work collaboratively with your neighbors. Nine
                    communities in Macomb County, including mine, benefitted from an Access Management
                    Study along Gratiot Avenue. It identified recommendations to improve traffic flow and safety.
                    We are now working to implement the recommendations.
                    SEMCOG efforts like this are more important than ever as Governor Snyder seeks to encourage
                    governmental efficiency, transparency, and collaboration through changes in revenue sharing.
                    If you have not taken advantage of these services, now is the time. You can’t afford not to.
                    At the regional level, this issue includes the legislative priorities that we are pursuing. Speak-
                    ing on behalf of the 160 members of SEMCOG on issues of importance to the region will
                    yield better results than any of us advocating alone. I encourage you to share our collective
                    priorities with your representatives in Lansing and Washington.
                    With less state and federal government help available, we know that the region’s future is up to
                    us. Reinventing Southeast Michigan was the focus of our recent General Assembly. The need
                    for reinvention was reinforced by the release of Census numbers showing regional decline in
                    population and doubling of residential vacancies. We discussed what we need to do to:
                    •   Return to economic prosperity
                    •   Deliver fiscally sustainable public services
                    •   Provide quality infrastructure
                    •   Protect and enhance environmental assets
                    •   Provide access to services, jobs, markets, and amenities
                    •   Create desirable communities
                    We are approaching our regional planning in a different, more comprehensive, and holistic
                    way. We can’t move toward economic prosperity without considering sound, reliable infra-
                    structure and desirable communities. We can’t provide fiscally sustainable public services
                    without a strong job base to generate needed revenues. And, we can’t focus on success in
                    any of these areas unless we define what success means and how to measure it. The General
                    Assembly took an important first step on the path to managing our own destiny.
                    Please stay tuned and involved as we seek additional input to move Southeast Michigan’s
                    reinvention forward.




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Region collaborates
on aerial imagery
                                                                                                              Federal Emergency
                                                                                                              Management Agency
                                                                                                              agrees to use
                                                                                                              SEMCOG data for
                                                                                                              flood maps
                                                     What is Aerial Imagery?
                                                     Aerial Imagery are photographs of the Earth’s            Also included in the
                                                     surface taken with a camera that is mounted on           2010 Aerial Imagery
                                                     an airplane. SEMCOG’s current photography                Project was the
                                                     is geometrically corrected so that the scale is          purchase of Light
                                                     uniform and distortion has been removed.                 Detection and
                                                                                                              Ranging (LiDAR)
                                                                                                              data for the four coun-
                                                     imagery independently would have exceeded
                                                                                                              ties in the region that
                                                     $31,000. So, as the city continues to realize the
                                                                                                              did not have LiDAR.
                                                     value of the aerial imagery data, it is also real-
                                                                                                              LiDAR data is used to
                                                     izing a significant SEMCOG member benefit.
                                                                                                              develop elevation maps
                                                     These are a few ways that Novi has used the              which helped Monroe
                                                     imagery:                                                 County communities
Few regional initiatives exemplify how col-          • Imagery is available on the city’s Web site for        avoid FEMA’s
laboration can help municipalities save money          use as a planning and economic development             increasing the
better than the 2010 Southeast Michigan Aerial         tool in site selection, site plan review, avoiding     county’s 100 year
Imagery Project. The project spans the entire          flood hazard areas, and reporting ordinance            floodplain by an
5,000 square mile Southeast Michigan region            enforcement concerns.                                  additional 6.75
and was led by SEMCOG in partnership with            • Emergency first responders can access the              miles. This would
Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St.               imagery to update emergency response plans,            have meant additional
Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties, as well          provide on-scene incident command support,             service costs to
as the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department           and update displays at the city’s regional             residents.
and the U.S. Geological Survey.                        emergency services dispatch center – serving
                                                       75,000 citizens.                                       In January, SEMCOG
This imagery was acquired at a cost 75 percent                                                                sent a letter urging
lower than if counties and other local govern-       • The city’s Engineering Division is using the
                                                                                                              FEMA to use the new
ments had worked individually. Acquiring               imagery to prioritize road, water/sanitary
                                                       system, and stormwater management im-                  LiDAR data – which
the data at one time through the same vendor                                                                  is more accurate than
provides a consistent snapshot in time for all         provements, and qualify projects for state/
                                                       federal funding reimbursements.                        the data previously used
seven of the region’s counties. The consistency                                                               by the agency – to
in the data makes it more useful to SEMCOG           • The city recently received two competitive             modernize their flood
and anyone else working on projects that span          grant awards through the Michigan Resources
                                                                                                              plain maps for Monroe
multiple counties.                                     Trust Fund, using numerous aerial photo ex-
                                                                                                              County. FEMA agreed
                                                       hibits to enhance the grant applications which
City of Novi realizes savings                                                                                 to use the SEMCOG
                                                       totaled over $800,000.
                                                                                                              data, which will result
and benefits                                                                                                  in a more accurate map.
The City of Novi has already put the aerial          Where to find the imagery
imagery from the project to good use. As a           Aerial imagery is available on SEMCOG’s Web
SEMCOG member, Novi’s 31 square miles                site. To download the imagery, please visit
was flown at no cost to the city as a part of this   www.semcog.org/Aerials.aspx.
project. The cost for Novi to acquire similar


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                         Tools to make neighborhoods
      How SEMCOG
                         more desirable
          can help                                                             Second, local officials must promote and encour-
                         Local communities are well aware of the eco-
    SEMCOG helps         nomic factors impacting their neighborhoods:          age property maintenance. Communities need to
    members develop      • Increases in foreclosures (roughly 1 in 40          ensure that the homes are viable for the market
      and implement        housing units)                                      and for buyers to purchase. Strategies are:
 strategies to protect                                                         • Make property code enforcement predictable,
                         • Increases in vacant and abandoned property
      neighborhoods,                                                              consistent, easily understandable, and strictly
                           (currently 11 percent)
assisting the City of                                                             enforced. Educate residents on city code re-
Rochester with draft     These two factors, combined with population              quirements. Provide residents with a 24-hour
     Vacant Property     and job losses, contribute to substantial increases      phone number to report any neighborhood
          Registration   in residential blight and under-maintained homes         maintenance issues.
Ordinance (VPRO)         in Southeast Michigan neighborhoods.                  • Institute a vacant or abandoned building
        language and
                                                                                  registration ordinance and upgrade require-
     best practices in   How local governments can help                           ments for safely securing and boarding up
     implementing a      Creating and maintaining neighborhoods of                vacant properties. Currently, there are 30
     vacant property     choice (defined as neighborhoods where fami-             Vacant Property Registration Ordinances in
    ordinance. We’ve     lies who have enough income to choose between            Southeast Michigan.
     also assisted the   neighborhoods choose to move into; and neigh-
City of Warren with                                                            • Institute a rental, inspection, certification, and
                         borhoods where families who have enough                  registration ordinance; being proactive with
   best practices and    income to leave choose to stay) is the outcome
 technical assistance                                                             inspection and certification corrects unsafe
                         that will result when the cycle of disinvestment at      conditions and ensures low-income popula-
    in neighborhood      the local and neighborhood levels is reversed.
    stabilization; the                                                            tions are not disproportionately affected by
City of Westland in      There are approaches available to local govern-          hazardous housing.
   vacant land reuse,    ments to improve neighborhood property values.        • Encourage reinvestment in properties at the
  including greening     First, local officials must know what’s going on         neighborhood level by providing incentives
  initiatives; and the   in a neighborhood and develop a strategy that            to residential property owners to upgrade and
  City of Ferndale in    fits the neighborhood’s unique conditions. Local         maintain their homes; collaborating with
        strategic code   governments should consider tracking, monitor-           neighborhood associations; and establishing
enforcement efforts.     ing, and mapping the following information.              educational outreach programs for residents.
                         • Code violations                                        Residents need to be active participants in any
     How can we help                                                              neighborhood strategy.
       you keep your     • Property sales
      neighborhoods      • Current owner and contact information               Third, use vacant land reuse strategies:
           desirable?    • Description of physical condition                   • Develop a comprehensive demolition strat-
                         • Zoning and variances                                  egy that eliminates blighting properties and
                                                                                 includes a longer-term strategy to reuse the
                         • Building permits (available from SEMCOG)
                                                                                 vacant land.
                         • Mortgage foreclosure information (available
                                                                               • In developing a strategy for vacant land,
                           from SEMCOG)
                                                                                 consider greening (pocket parks, side-lot
                         • Utility payment delinquency                           transfers, tree planting; sponsor programs)
                         • Vacancy and non-owner occupied property               and engage residents in volunteer opportu-
                           (available from SEMCOG)                               nities. SEMCOG has resources available to
                                                                                 help members in this area.


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Use access management
to make system efficient
As local officials, it is important to provide        controls into land development
for safe and efficient travel on the roads in our     regulations.
communities. Increasingly, this is more difficult
                                                      Effective access management plan-
to accomplish as there is inadequate funding
                                                      ning can also help in achieving a
available to make improvements – particularly         broad range of other community
rebuilding and adding additional lanes. While
                                                      goals. Specifically it can help:
SEMCOG continues to aggressively advocate
for additional funding for maintaining and            • Reduce traffic crashes and improve safety.
improving the transportation system, we are           • Preserve traffic f low and reduce traffic
also helping communities get more out of the             congestion.
transportation investments they have already          • Preserve public investment in roads by
made. Two such approaches are asset manage-              reducing the need for additional lanes.
ment (see box below) and access management.
                                                      • Support community goals along corridors,
Access management can address traffic back-              e.g., walkability/bikeability, transit accessibil-
ups and accidents in commercial corridors.               ity, and low-impact development to manage
Access management is a tool used to control              stormwater.
the spacing, location, and design of driveways,       • Enhance the value of private land develop-
median openings, and intersections. By doing             ment and sustain vibrant, more accessible
so, congestion is reduced, traffic flow is im-           business districts.
proved, and crashes are prevented. Planning
for access management can also help corridors         • Contribute to more livable communities.
not yet developed by incorporating access             • Enhance corridor aesthetics.

Member benefit: Use SEMCOG data, expertise for managing assets
So what’s the condition of Southeast Michigan’s roads? In 2010, 70 percent were rated good to fair
(17 percent good, 53 percent fair). Since 2004, roads in good condition remain fairly stable; however,        More
roads in fair condition are increasingly being rated poor. This trend needs to reverse as it is 5-6           information
times more expensive to turn a poor road into a good road than it is to preserve a road that’s in good        We encourage
condition. In 2010, more than 260 miles of road in Southeast Michigan were repaired. (More data               SEMCOG
available online in the SEMCOG Quick Facts on road conditions.)                                               members to
Since 2004, SEMCOG has participated in the statewide Asset Management Council, helping to                     explore this
rate the region’s federal-aid eligible roads. Why? Knowing the condition of your assets allows you to         benefit of
maximize existing resources by finding the right mix of fixes to maintain the road system. It allows          membership.
you to prioritize the roads that should be maintained, i.e., those that are truck routes, transit routes,     For more
and most heavily traveled. It allows you to keep the good roads in good condition and move some               information,
fair roads into the good category, knowing that there are not enough resources to concentrate solely          call Ed Hug,
on fixing the poorly rated roads.                                                                             SEMCOG Data
                                                                                                              Analysis, at
Local governments and road agencies are encouraged to use an asset management system on local                 313-324-3335.
and subdivision roads. SEMCOG can help member communities get started by providing tools and
training. RoadSoft software is available free-of-charge to all communities from Michigan Tech Uni-
versity. Once data are collected, SEMCOG can also help analyze data and forecast future conditions.
Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties have used this SEMCOG service, along with the Cities of

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Auburn Hills, Clawson, Detroit, Romulus, and Westland.
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                         Case Study: Charter Township of Canton
         How can
     SEMCOG help?
       SEMCOG can
    provide resources
         and technical
    assistance to help
          communities
    explore the use of
  access management
        techniques. At
           SEMCOG’s
 Access Management
   Web page – www.
      semcog.org/Ac-
  cess_Management.       The Charter Township of Canton completed an access management plan along Ford Road in 2004.
 aspx – members can      Since that time, the township has eliminated several driveways on Ford Road through the site plan
 find information on     review process and through the Downtown Development Authority’s efforts to eliminate multiple
 how to develop their    driveways at corners when streetscape plans were implemented in 2010.
 own access manage-
     ment plans. This    The access management plan also resulted in approximately 20 sites completing internal cross
information includes:    connections between sites. In some cases, business patrons are able to travel from one business to
                         another for an entire half-mile block, without having to re-enter Ford Road. This increases safety,
  A general overview     convenience, and improves the business climate by reducing difficult and often dangerous left-
            of access    turn movements onto Ford Road. It also helps by keeping this traffic off of Ford Road, an already
       management;       congested roadway.
   Details on how to     “In most cases, businesses perceive high value in having their own independent driveways, thus it
    develop an access
  management plan,       is important to educate business owners about the importance of well-placed driveways and cross
   including links to    access, notes Jeff Goulet, Community Planner, Charter Township of Canton. “Good access manage-
     helpful resources   ment strategies can ultimately increase business by eliminating turning conflicts which may make
    such as MDOT’s       it difficult for customers to get to the desired store or restaurant. In almost every case, elimination
  Access Management      and consolidation of driveways leads to increased safety and ease of travel.”
          Guidebook;
  Sample ordinances
    and case studies;    What are the steps for developing                       • Recommend removal, consolidation, and/or
  Pointers on how to     an access management plan?                                geometric improvements of access points.
    implement your       • Inventory existing access conditions compared           o Use existing alleys to serve as alternative
        plan once it’s     to recommended standards.                                  access to businesses and parking areas.
     developed; and
                           o How many driveways are there and do any               o Create rear service drives and/or more
       Pertinent data,        serve multiple businesses?                              consistent connections between adjacent
   including crashes,                                                                 rear parking areas for improved safety in
      traffic volumes,   • Analyze traffic conditions at select intersections.
                                                                                      busy downtown areas.
  and other road and       o Is the intersection congested?
    community data.                                                              • Create consistent standards and procedures
                           o Are there a significant number of traffic             along the corridor in community ordinances.
                              crashes at the intersection?
                                                                                   o Incorporate access management principals
                                                                                      into local zoning ordinances

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SEMCOG policy platform
advocates regional issues
SEMCOG’s Legislative Policy Platform Task              Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson                For more information
Force, led by Westland Mayor William Wild,             recently commented on the importance of these               Go to www.semcog.org/
developed a set of policies that all in the region     funds, “CDBG funds flow directly through the                LegislativeIssues.aspx
can support. As we begin our work with a new           local economy in job creation/retention, the                • Find the complete
governor, new legislature, and new congress            purchase of goods and services and leveraging                 2011-2012 Legislative
the task force focused on issues designed to           investments to benefit low- and moderate-income
                                                                                                                     Policy Platform.
improve the economic well-being of Southeast           residents….Plunges in property tax revenues
Michigan, strengthen our communities, and              have devastated local communities’ ability to               • Follow legislative
improve our region’s infrastructure, and reduce        fund projects to sustain quality neighborhoods,               activities and let us
regulatory burdens through changes in federal          infrastructure, housing and emergency services.               know if you are
and state policy.                                      Deep CDBG cuts coupled with property tax                      interested joining
                                                       revenue losses translate into losing hundreds of              SEMCOG’s advocacy
One of the benefits of SEMCOG membership               jobs and employment opportunities….”
is that your voice is magnified as we advocate in                                                                    efforts.
Lansing and Washington, DC on behalf of the            Priority issues for 2011-2012 are:                          • View legislator
region. Both Lansing and Washington seek to                                                                          contact information,
more closely balance revenues and expenditures.        Transportation
                                                                                                                     along with e-mail
These will be challenging times for domestic pro-      • Implement regional public transit, including
                                                                                                                     addresses. Look for
grams that support this region and our members.          creation of a regional transit authority through
                                                                                                                     the Legislator contact
SEMCOG advocacy is more important than ever.             enabling legislation.
                                                                                                                     info link.
                                                       • Provide predictable and sustainable funding
Southeast Michigan and SEMCOG’s 160
                                                         for road and transit systems, including rail
members are critically important to the state.
                                                         alternatives; in the short-term through an
A significant portion of the state’s population
                                                         increase in the state and federal gas tax.
and economic prosperity is located in our seven-
county region. The region has a population of          Environment
4.7 million – nearly half of the state’s total popu-   • Reward asset management and provide
lation. The region also provides 56 percent of the       incentives for maintaining existing sewer
state’s total gross domestic product.                    infrastructure, especially in the distribution
Our advocacy stresses the importance of federal          of grant funds.
and state programs on our region, communities,         • Stipulate that compliance with stormwater
and residents. We illustrate how those funds di-         permit and sanitary sewer system regulations
rectly benefit residents. Personal stories, such as      be based on cost effectiveness.
how Community Development Block Grants are
used in communities help legislators see the im-       Local Government Finance
pact. Southeast Michigan communities received          • Amend Public Act 312 to emphasize that arbi-
about $73 million in CDBG directly from the              trators must consider a community’s ability to
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban De-                 pay. Further, if a community merges services
velopment (HUD) in FY 2010. These funds                  with neighbors, new collective bargaining
were used for local priorities including housing         should be promptly initiated.
rehabilitation, housing counseling, emergency
                                                       The next three pages provide maps for state house
services for seniors, emergency home repairs,
                                                       districts, state senate districts, and U.S. congres-
infrastructure and public facility improvements,
                                                       sional districts. Phone numbers are included
and code enforcement – essential to community
                                                       for ease in contacting delegation members.
stability and quality of life.

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    2011 State Senate Districts
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                                                     18                                                                                                                                                     04
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Sen. Morris Hood
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Michigan Senators
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Sen. Virgil Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                          07 area code for all) Hunter
                                                                                                                                                                                                          (517
                                                                                                                                                        08                                                            5. Sen. Tupac
                                                                                                                                                                                    03                                6. Sen. Glenn Anderson
                                                                                                                                                                                                           1. Coleman Young II 373-7346
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Sen. Patrick Colbeck
                                                                                                                                           07                                                              2. Bert Johnson 373-7748 Hopgood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8. Sen. Hoon-Yung
                                                                                                                                                       WAYNE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9. Sen. Steve Bieda
                                    WASHTENAW                                                                                                                                                              3. Morris Hood III 373-0990
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      10. Sen. Tory Roca
                                                                                                                                     MONROE
                                    LENAWEE

                                                                                                                                                                                                           4. Virgil Smith 373-7918
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      11. Sen. Jack Brandenburg
                                                                                                                                                                                                           5. Tupac Hunter 373-0994
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      12. Sen. James Marleau
                                                                                                                                                                                                6. Glenn Anderson 373-1707
                                                                                                                                                                                                                13. Sen. John Pappageorge
                                                              LENAWEE
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                                                                                                                                   17                                                                           14. Sen. 373-7350
                                                                                                                                                                                                7. Patrick ColbeckVincent Gregory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                15. Sen. Mike Kowall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hopgood 373-7800
                                                                                                                                                                                                8. Hoon-YungSen. Randy Richardville
                                                                                                                                                                                                                17.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                18. 373-8360
                                                                                                                                                                                                9. Steve Bieda Sen. Rebekah Warren
                                                                                                                                                                                                                22. 373-7315
                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Tory Rocca Sen. Joe Hune
                                                                                                                                                                                                                25. Sen. Phil Pavlov
                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Jack Brandenburg 373-7670
                                                                                                                                                                                                                26. Sen. Dave Robertson
                                                                                                     MONROE

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                                                                                                                                                                                              12. James Marleau 373-2417
                                                                                 LUCAS (Michiga n/Ohio State

                                                                                                                                                                                              13. John Pappageorge 373-2523
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                                                                                                                                                                                              14. Vincent Gregory 373-7888
                                                                                                                                                 0              6              12             15. Mike Kowall 373-1758
                                                                                                                                                                                 Miles        17. Randy Richardville 373-3543
    Southeast Michigan Council of Governments                                                                                                    0              10              20
    535 Griswold Street, Suite 300, Detroit, Michigan 48226-3602                                                                                                                  Kilometers 18. Rebekah Warren 373-2406
    Phone (313) 961-4266, Fax (313) 961-4869                                                                                                     State Plane NAD83
    www.semcog.org         Copyright: SEMCOG, 2011                                                                                               January 2011                                 22. Joe Hune 373-2420
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                                                                                                                                                                                              25. Phil Pavlov 373-7708
                                                                                                                                                                                              26. Dave Robertson 373-1636

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                                                                                                                                   30. 32. Rep. Andrea Lafontaine 373-7768
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                                                                                                                                       33. Rep. Ken Goike
                                                                                                    7. Rep. Jimmy Womack               Marilyn Lane
                                                                                                                                   31. 35. Rep. Rudy Hobbs 373-0159
                                                                                                    8. Rep. Thomas Stallworth III      36. Rep. Pete Lund
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                                                                                                                                   32. 37. Rep. Vicki LaFontaine 373-8931
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                                                                                                                                       Rudy Hobbs
                                                                                                                                   35. 40. Rep. Chuck Moss 373-1788
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                                                                                                    13. Rep. Andrew Kandrevas          Pete Marty Knollenberg
                                                                                                                                   36. 41. Rep. Lund 373-0843
                                                                                                    14. Rep. Paul Clemente             42. Rep. Harold Haugh
                                            55                                                      15. Rep. George Darany             Vicki Barnett
                                                                                                                                   37. 43. Rep. Gail Haines 373-1793
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                                                                                                    18. Rep. Richard LeBlanc           Lisa Bradford Jacobsen
                                                                                                                                   39. 46. Rep.Brown 373-1799
                                                                                                    19. Rep. John Walsh                Chuck Moss
                                                                                                                                   40. 47. Rep. Cindy Denby 373-8670
                                                                                                    20. Rep. Kurt Heise                52. Rep. Mark Ouimet
                                                                                                    21. Rep. Dian Slavens              53. Rep. Knollenberg 373-1783
                                                                                                                                   41.MartyJeff Irwin
                                                                          7. Jimmy Womack 373-0589 Geiss
                                                                                                    22. Rep. Douglas
                                                                                                    23. Rep. Pat Somerville
                                                                                                                                       Harold Haugh 373-0854
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                                                                          9. Shanelle Jackson 373-1705
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                                                                                                    26. Rep. Jim Townsend
                                                                                                                                       Eileen Rogers
                                                                                                                                   44. 66. Rep. Bill Kowall 373-2616
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                                                                                                                                                                                                 7. Rep. Tim Walberg
                                                                                                                                                                                                7. Congressman Tim Walberg
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                                                                                                                                                                                               12. Congressman Sander M. Levin
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SEMCOG services: Use them
SEMCOG strives to provide our members with           impacted by this permit. We assist with               SEMCOG’s
services, resources, and information aimed at        implementing low impact development tech-             Member Services
implementing sustainable practices – leading to      niques, develop and review required stormwater
a more successful, sustainable region. The true      management plans, and assist with state en-           Access Management
value of your SEMCOG membership comes                vironmental audits. These services will save          Road Safety Audits
when your community achieves greater prosper-        money for your community. “SEMCOG saved
ity which contributes to our collective regional     us thousands of dollars” says Green Oak Town-         Walkability/Bikeability
prosperity.                                          ship Supervisor Mark St. Charles. Regionwide,         Audits
                                                     SEMCOG has provided services saving member            Complete Streets
Government efficiencies and collaboration            communities $400,000 in the last year.
SEMCOG is helping communities close budget                                                                 Integrated Corridor
gaps and maintain quality government services.       SEMCOG Universities – SEMCOG offers free              Assessments
Services include fiscal assessments, one-on-one      training to members on a variety of topics of
consultation for achieving 15-20 percent cost        interest to elected leaders and community staff.      Stormwater
                                                                                                           Management
reductions to balance budgets, and guidance on       We also offer Webinar formats regularly which
working collaboratively with other governmental      allows you to eliminate your drive time.              Government
units or the private sector. Look online for tools                                                         Collaboration
you can use to help improve efficiencies.            Taubman Fellowships – Since 1991, SEMCOG              and Efficiency
                                                     has partnered with The Taubman Company to
Integrated corridor assessments – Integrated         promote excellence in government by offering          Sustainable Community
corridor assessments offer assistance with reduc-    scholarships to SEMCOG members to attend              Recognition Program
ing traffic and pedestrian safety concerns and       Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School           SEMCOG Universities
stormwater runoff while improving walkability,       of Government Program for Senior Executives
economic development potential, and neighbor-        in State and Local Government (a $10,000              Taubman Fellowships
hood stabilization along road corridors.             opportunity).                                         Grant Writing USA
                                                                                                           Scholarships
Improving water quality while meeting                Grant Writing USA Scholarships – As part of
federal requirements – Stormwater manage-            hosting two-day workshops in grant writing and        Neighborhood
ment continues to be a vital service for member      grants management, SEMCOG makes several               Stabilization
communities required to comply with Fed-             scholarships ($500-$600 each) to these work-
eral Phase II permit requirements. More than         shops available to members.
120 communities in Southeast Michigan are

Case Study: Rochester Fiscal Assessment
In 2010, the City of Rochester asked to participate in SEMCOG’s Fiscal Assessment process to identify ideas to reduce
costs or enhance revenues. Budget targets were developed by department heads in advance of the assessment. As a
result of the fiscal assessment, the following recommendations are now being pursued:
• Developing a sound fund balance policy and identification (and funding) of obligations such as retiree health care,
   pension, and tax tribunal risk,
• Consolidating departments,
• Early consideration of police contract,
• Cost recovery from special events,
• Expanding the city’s contracted services such as police (dispatch and lock-up facilities), plowing non-city publicly
   owned parking lots, medical transport services, and services to the Downtown Development Authority, and
• Investing in new water meters to allow for more accurate and efficient collection of residential and commercial

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                          What happened at the General Assembly?



                          Highlights of SEMCOG’s
                          Spring General Assembly
                          March 24, 2011 • The Royalty House, Warren
                          Welcome to Warren                                              Taubman Fellows introduced
    More information                                          Warren Mayor Jim
                                                              Fo u t s we l c o m e d
    Listen to a podcast                                       SEMCOG delegates,
         of the General                                       alternates, and guests
    Assembly online at                                        to Warren, which he
     www.semcog.org/                                          noted was still the
                                                              state’s third larg-
MeetingHighlights.aspx.                                       est city as the 2010
                                                              Census numbers were
                                                              released.

                                                                                         Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson
                                                                                         and Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh
                          Attendees participate in discussions on reinventing            were introduced as this year’s Taubman Fellows by
                                                     the future                          SEMCOG Chair Robert Cannon (left). They will
                                                         SEMCOG Chair Robert             attend Harvard University’s prestigious program for
                                                         Cannon, Supervisor of           Senior Executives in State and Local Government
                                                         Clinton Township, intro-        this summer. Thanks to the selection committee –
                                                         duced the new approach          Kathy Vosburg, Macomb County; Mike Sedlak,
                                                         SEMCOG will take in             Green Oak Township; Max McCullough, Macomb
                                                         planning as we stand up         ISD; and Ron Gillham, Huntington Woods.
                                                         for Southeast Michigan by
                                                         seizing control of our own      PowerPoint explains discussion context
                                                         destiny and reinventing
                          our future. He presented six simple, clear outcomes that
                          are universally important to residents, local governments,
                          and businesses who are vested in and committed to South-
                          east Michigan’s future – economic prosperity; desirable
                          communities; fiscally sustainable public services, reliable,
                          quality infrastructure; attractive environmental assets;
                          and access to jobs, markets, services, and amenities.

                          SEMCOG members discuss the region’s future


                                                                                         Chuck Hersey from SEMCOG’s Plan and Policy
                                                                                         Development Group, introduces the facilitated dis-
                                                                                         cussions through a brief presentation that explained
                                                                                         that we need to look at the outcomes we want to
                                                                                         achieve, and then decide how we’ll gauge success –
                                                                                         we manage what we measure.

                          SEMCOG staff facilitated the discussion at 15 tables.
                          Notes from the 30-minute exercise were included in
                          the April 4 issue of Regional Update. Discussion was

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                                                                          S emscope   Summer - 2010
                                                                                      Spring - 2011




SEMCOG Members
(all seven counties are members)


Livingston County                                     St. Clair County
Cities: Brighton, Howell                              Cities: Marine City, Marysville, Port Huron,
Village: Fowlerville                                    St. Clair
Townships: Brighton, Genoa, Green Oak, Hamburg        Villages: Capac
Education: Livingston Educational Service Agency      Townships: Clay, Cottrellville, Fort Gratiot, Ira,
                                                        Kimball, Port Huron, St. Clair
Macomb County                                         Education: St. Clair Community College
Cities: Eastpointe, Fraser, Mount Clemens, New
  Baltimore, Richmond, Roseville, St. Clair Shores,   Washtenaw County
  Sterling Heights, Utica, Warren                     Cities: Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Saline, Ypsilanti
Villages: New Haven, Romeo                            Villages: Dexter
Townships: Clinton, Harrison, Macomb, Washington      Townships: Ann Arbor, Dexter, Lima, Northfield,
Education: Macomb Community College,                    Pittsfield, Scio, Superior, York, Ypsilanti
  Macomb Intermediate School District                 Education: Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Monroe County                                         Wayne County
Cities: Luna Pier, Monroe, Petersburg                 Cities: Belleville, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights,
Villages: Dundee, South Rockwood                        Detroit, Flat Rock, Garden City, Gibraltar,
Townships: Bedford, Erie, Frenchtown, Milan,            Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse
  Whiteford                                             Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe
Education: Monroe County Community College,             Woods, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland
  Monroe County Intermediate School District            Park, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Livonia, Northville,
                                                        Plymouth, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood,
Oakland County                                          Romulus, Southgate, Trenton, Wayne, Westland,
Cities: Auburn Hills, Berkley, Birmingham,
                                                        Woodhaven, Wyandotte
  Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson,
                                                      Townships: Brownstown, Canton, Grosse Ile,
  Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale,
                                                        Huron, Northville, Plymouth, Redford, Sumpter,
  Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Keego Harbor,
                                                        Van Buren
  Lathrup Village, Madison Heights, Novi,
                                                      Education: Schoolcraft College, Wayne County
  Oak Park, Orchard Lake Village, Pleasant
                                                        Community College District, Wayne County
  Ridge, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak,
                                                        Regional Education Service Agency
  Southfield, South Lyon, Sylvan Lake, Troy,
  Walled Lake, Wixom                                  Associate Members
Villages: Beverly Hills, Holly, Milford, Oxford,      University of Michigan
  Wolverine Lake                                      University of Michigan/Dearborn
Townships: Bloomfield, Commerce, Highland,
  Lyon, Milford, Oakland, Orion, Oxford,
  Royal Oak, Springfield, Waterford,
  White Lake
Education: Oakland Schools
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                          emscope
                        A quarterly publication of SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments


                        SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, is the only organization
                        in Southeast Michigan that brings together all of the region’s governments to solve
                        regional challenges.

                        SEMCOG strengthens local government and regional decision making by:
                        • Providing data and unbiased analysis for informed decision making affecting
                          Southeast Michigan and its local governments;
                        • Promoting the efficient use of tax dollars for both long-term infrastructure investment
                          and shorter-term governmental efficiency;
                        • Delivering direct assistance to member governments in the areas of transportation,
                          environment, and community and economic development;
                        • Solving regional issues that go beyond the boundaries of individual local governments;
                          and
                        • Advocating on behalf of Southeast Michigan in Lansing and Washington.

				
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