S 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 S emscope Spring - 2011 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. 2 What have we done for you lately? S emscope Spring - 2011 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 3 What have we done for you lately? 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. 4 S emscope Spring - 2011 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 5 Auburn Hills, Clawson, Detroit, Romulus, and Westland. What have we done for you lately? 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 6 S emscope Spring - 2011 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. 7 What have we done for you lately? 2011 State Senate Districts State Senate Districts Southeast Michigan SANILAC ST. CLAIR 25 27 26 ST. CLAIR LAPEER ST. CLAIR LAPEER MACOMB GENESEE OAKLAND 26 ST. CLAIR GENESEE MACOMB 11 SHIAWASSEE 12 LIVINGSTON 22 15 10 OAKLAND MACOM B 13 LIVINGSTON LIVINGS TON OAKLAND INGHAM 02 09 14 MACOMB OAKLAND LIVINGS TON WASHT ENAW WAYNE 04 02 06 05 01 1. Sen. Coleman Young 03 WASHT ENAW 2. Sen. Bert Johnson 18 04 WAYNE WASHTENAW 3. Sen. Morris Hood Michigan Senators JACKSON 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 MONROE 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 Line) 12. James Marleau 373-2417 LUCAS (Michiga n/Ohio State 13. John Pappageorge 373-2523 ¯ 1:820,000 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 O:\GIS\Maps\Web\Jurisdiction\Mapdocuments\StateSenate_Csize.mxd 25. Phil Pavlov 373-7708 26. Dave Robertson 373-1636 8 S emscope Spring - 2011 2011 State House Districts State House Districts Southeast Michigan SANILAC ST. CLAIR 83 81 ST. CLAIR LAPEER ST. CLAIR LAPEER MACOMB GENESEE OAKLAND 32 46 ST. CLAIR 36 GENESEE MACOMB SHIAWASSEE LIVINGSTON 45 33 44 47 29 43 30 OAKLAND MACOM B 41 24 LIVINGSTON LIVINGS TON OAKLAND 40 31 39 INGHAM 66 25 37 21. Dian Slavens 373-2575 26 42 38 28 22. Douglas Geiss 373-0852 35OAKLAND 27 MACOMB 08 07 05 02 01 23. Patrick Somerville 373-0855 LIVINGS TON WAYNE WASHT ENAW 09 20 19 11 03 24. Anthony Forlini 373-0113 17 10 06 04 25. Jon Switalski 373-1772 26. Jim Townsend 373-3818 WASHT ENAW 18 16 12 WAYNE 15 Ellen Lipton 27. 28. Rep. Lesia Liss 373-0478 WASHTENAW 1. Rep. Tim Bledsoe JACKSON 2. Rep. Lisa Howze 29. Rep. Tim Melton 52 53 54 21 3. Rep. Alberta Tinsley Talabi Lesia Liss 373-2275 28. 30. Rep. Jeff Farrington 14 22 4. Rep. Maureen Stapleton Tim Marilyn Lane 29. 31. Rep. Melton 373-0475 5. Rep. John Olumba 13 6. Rep. Fred Durhal Jr. 30. 32. Rep. Andrea Lafontaine 373-7768 Jeff Farrington 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 23 Andrea Barnett 32. 37. Rep. Vicki LaFontaine 373-8931 9. Rep. Shanelle Jackson WASHTENAW 10. Rep. Harvey Santana Ken Hugh Crawford 33. 38. Rep. Goike 373-0820 WAYNE 11. Rep. David Nathan 39. Rep. Lisa Brown Rudy Hobbs 35. 40. Rep. Chuck Moss 373-1788 MONROE LENAWEE 12. Rep. Rashida Tlaib 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 56 Hugh Crawford 373-0827 38. 44. Rep. Eileen Kowall LENAWEE 16. Rep. Bob Constan MONROE 17. Rep. Phil Cavanagh 45. Rep. Tom McMillin 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 42. 54. Rep. DavidOlson 55. Rep. Rick Rutledge III Anthony Forlini 8. Thomas Stallworth24. Rep.373-2276 Gail Dale Zorn 43. 56. Rep. Haines 373-0615 9. Shanelle Jackson 373-1705 25. Rep. Jon Switalski 26. Rep. Jim Townsend Eileen Rogers 44. 66. Rep. Bill Kowall 373-2616 81. Rep. Jud Gilbert 10. Harvey Santana 373-6990 Cogen Lipton 45. 83. Rep. Paul Muxlow MONROE 27. Rep. Ellen Line) Tom McMillin 373-1773 LUCAS (Michiga n/Ohio State 11. David Nathan 373-3815 46. Bradford Jacobsen 373-1798 Michigan Representatives 1:820,000 Rashida Tlaib 373-0823 12. 13. Andrew Kandrevas 373-0845 ¯ 47. Cindy Denby 373-8835 52. Mark Ouimet 373-0828 (517 area code for all) 0 14. 6Paul Clemente 373-0140 12 53. Jeff Irwin 373-2577 Miles 1. Timothy Bledsoe 373-0154 Southeast Michigan Council of Governments 0 15. 10George 20Darany 373-0847 54. David Rutledge 373-1771 2. Lisa Howze 373-0106 535 Griswold Street, Suite 300, Detroit, Michigan 48226-3602 16. Bob Constan 373-0849 Kilometers 55. Rick Olson 373-1792 Phone (313) 961-4266, Fax (313) 961-4869 www.semcog.org3. Alberta Tinsley-Talabi 373-1776 State Plane NAD83 Cavanagh O:\GIS\Maps\Web\Jurisdiction\Mapdocuments\StateHouse_A.mxd Copyright: SEMCOG, 2011 17. Philip January 2011 373-0857 56. Dale Zorn 373-2617 4. Maureen Stapleton 373-1008 18. Richard LeBlanc 373-2576 66. Bill Rogers 373-1784 5. John Olumba 373-0144 19. John Walsh 373-3920 81. Judson Gilbert II 373-1790 9 6. Fred Durhal Jr. 373-0844 20. Kurt Heise 373-3816 83. Paul Muxlow 373-0835 What have we done for you lately? 2011 US Congressional Districts U.S. Congressional Districts Southeast Michigan SANILAC ST. CLAIR ST. CLAIR LAPEER 10 ST. CLAIR LAPEER MACOMB GENESEE OAKLAND ST. CLAIR GENESEE MACOMB SHIAWASSEE LIVINGSTON WALE S 08 OAKLAND MACOM B LIVINGSTON 09 LIVINGS TON OAKLAND INGHAM 12 11 MACOMB OAKLAND LIVINGS TON WAYNE WASHT ENAW 14 13 WASHT ENAW WAYNE WASHTENAW JACKSON 07 U.S. Congressional Districts 7. Rep. Tim Walberg 7. Congressman Tim Walberg 8. Rep. Mike Rogers 202-225-6276 WAYNE 8. Congressman Michael J. Rogers 9. Rep. Gary Peters WASHTENAW MONROE 202-225-4872 10. Rep. Candice Miller LENAWEE 9. Congressman Gary Peters 11. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter 202-225-5802 15 10. Congresswoman Candice Miller 12. Rep. Sander Levin LENAWEE MONROE 202-225-2106 13. Rep. Hansen Clarke 11. Congressman Thaddeus McCotter 14. Rep. John Conyers, Jr. 202-225-8171 12. Congressman Sander M. Levin 15. Rep. John Dingell 202-225-4961 MONROE 13. Congressman Hansen Clarke Line) LUCAS (Michiga n/Ohio State 202-225-2261 ¯ 1:820,000 14. Congressman John Conyers 202-225-5126 0 6 12 Miles 15. Congressman John D. Dingell 0 10 20 Southeast Michigan Council of Governments 535 Griswold Street, Suite 300, Detroit, Michigan 48226-3602 Kilometers 202-225-4071 Phone (313) 961-4266, Fax (313) 961-4869 State Plane NAD83 www.semcog.org Copyright: SEMCOG, 2011 January 2011 O:\GIS\Maps\Web\Jurisdiction\Mapdoc\USCongress_Asize.mxd 10 S emscope Spring - 2011 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 11 water usage. 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 12 thoughtful and must continue. 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 PRESORT Southeast Michigan Council of Governments STANDARD 535 Griswold Street • Suite 300 U.S. Postage Detroit, MI 48226-3602 PAID S Detroit, MI Permit No. 3981 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.