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Posted on: July 24, 2020

Sterling Heights’ US Space Command nomination selected for further evaluation

Sterling Heights’ nomination to host the headquarters of the United States Space Command (USSPACECOM) has met Air Force’s initial required screening criteria and has been selected to move on to the next phase of selection process for further evaluation.

Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor received the notice today from Assistant Secretary of the Air Force John W. Henderson, P.E.

The Department of the Air Force will assess Sterling Heights’ ability to host, employ and sustain USSPACECOM by r...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Sterling Heights City Council approves COVID-related hazard pay for police and fire personnel

At the regular meeting on July 21, Sterling Heights City Council approved amendment to fiscal year 2020/21 budget to allow for payment of COVID-19 hazardous pay for police and fire personnel in the amount of $1,000 for each 252 eligible first responders.

Since the onset of COVID-19, the Sterling Heights Fire Department has responded to more than 540 confirmed or suspected incidents involving COVID-19 patients. SHFD worked proactively to develop ways to both protect first responders by minimizing their exp...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Amazon confirms opening of new “last-mile” delivery station in Sterling Heights

Sterling Heights area residents are poised to get their Amazon deliveries even faster with the opening of a new “last-mile” delivery station in the Liberty Park Commerce Center on Mound Road just north of 14 Mile Road.

The delivery station enables Amazon Logistics to add capacity and flexibility to Amazon’s delivery capabilities, and Amazon plans to launch the station this September. 

“Obviously Sterling Heights represents a significant custo...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 14, 2020

With an eye toward safety, Sterling Heights opens new Election Center, adds ballot drop boxes

The Sterling Heights City Clerk has opened a new Election Center conveniently located within the Sterling Heights Senior Center at 40200 Utica Road.

The new Election Center was designed with voter safety in mind and will provide a safe, accessible environment where residents can handle all their election business like registering to vote, applying for an absent voter ballot, or applying to be a precin...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 7, 2020

Portillo's announces expansion into Sterling Heights, Michigan

Portillo’s, the fast-casual restaurant concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, is excited to announce its forthcoming restaurant in Sterling Heights, Mich.

This marks the brand’s first-ever restaurant in Michigan, the ninth state for the chain.

The site for the upcoming Portillo’s restaurant is located on Hall Road, a popular restaurant and retail corridor in the Northern suburb of Detroit...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 30, 2020

City submits nomination for consideration as the headquarters for United States Space Command

On June 30, Mayor Michael Taylor submitted a nomination on behalf of the city to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable John Henderson, for consideration of Sterling Heights as the future headquarters for the United States Space Command.

The nomination was co-signed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

The City’s proximity to Selfridge Air National Guard Base and the historic and strong defense presence within Macomb County’s &a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 29, 2020

City of Sterling Heights seeks commissioners for newly-formed Sustainability Commission

Sterling Heights is seeking residents interested in environmental issues to apply for appointment to a position on the City’s newly-formed Sustainability Commission.

Residents who are committed to creating a better future for their community through prioritizing energy efficiency, water conservation, waste minimization, carbon footprint reduction and more are encouraged to apply. The Sustainability Commission will be ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 17, 2020

City of Sterling Heights issues proclamations for Juneteenth and Pride Month

In the spirit of inclusiveness, and on behalf of Sterling Heights City Council, Mayor Michael Taylor issued two proclamations at the June 16 Regular City Council meeting.

The first declared June 19, 2020 as Juneteenth Independence Day in the City of Sterling Heights. The second proclaimed June 2020 as Pride Month in the city of Sterling Heights.

“I thank the mayor and city council for leading the way, remaining la...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 17, 2020

City of Sterling Heights announces formation of African American Coalition

Sterling Heights is forming an African American Coalition on Equity. The announcement was made by City Manager Mark Vanderpool at the June 16 Regular City Council meeting.

The purpose of the Coalition will be to create a forum that helps connect City leadership with the 10,000+ Black residents that call Sterling Heights home. The group will provide an opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities centered on racial eq...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 16, 2020

City of Sterling Heights announces ‘Turning Sterling Heights Inside Out’ program

Program allows for Sterling Heights businesses to expand services outdoors, growing business safely and in compliance with social distancing measures.

As businesses begin to reopen, their ability to adapt may be critically important to their long-term viability and survival. The City of Sterling Heights is helping out in their own way through the launch of a new program designed to support local busines...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 10, 2020

MAMC honors Sterling Heights City Clerk Melanie Ryska as 2020 City Clerk of the Year

Members of the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks (MAMC) recently elected Sterling Heights City Clerk Melanie Ryska as the 2020 City Clerk of the Year.

The announcement was made by MAMC Director, Ways & Means Chair, Clerk of the Year Committee Stephanie McMillen.

“Clerk Ryska’s contributions to the profession are exemplary, and her efforts have not gone unnoticed,” said M...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Sterling Heights Public Library reveals reopening plan

The busiest municipal building in Sterling Heights, the Library, has created a multi-stage plan to reopen to the public.

"Our staff has been eager to resume its services, but we needed to develop a plan with an eye toward health and safety,” said Library Director Tammy Turgeon. “The plan includes incremental steps that will increase our activities o...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2020

City of Sterling Heights announces reopening of City facilities to public

In accordance with the lifting of Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home Executive Order, the city of Sterling Heights will reopen City facilities to the public on Wednesday, June 10.

Employees will return on Monday, June 8 to prepare City facilities to receive members of the public in a way that is safe and is consistent with CDC guidelines.

“We completed extensive research in order to create a thorough and detailed plan to s...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Proposed 2020-21 Sterling Heights Budget Funds Critical Needs with No Tax Increase

The Sterling Heights City Council will discuss the Proposed 2020-21 City Budget at the regular City Council meeting beginning at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 2 via Zoom Videoconference.

For the fiscal year beginning July 1, the City budget totals $213.9 million – a decrease of $55.6 million or 21 percent over last year. There is no increase in the total City millage rate of 16.2069 mills, and the average resident will pay only ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 21, 2020

City of Sterling Heights announces cancellation of Sterlingfest 2020, Music in the Park series

Planning underway for Dodge Park Farmers Market, Patios ‘n’ Pints craft beer nights and other safe activities and events.

The city of Sterling Heights is announcing the cancellation of the 39th annual Sterlingfest Art & Music Festival scheduled for July 23, 24, 25, 2020.  State and federal health guidelines limiting large gatherings of people necessitated the ca...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 7, 2020

Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation Announces 2020 Scholarship Recipients

The Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation and its nine scholarship sponsoring partners awarded 20 scholarships totaling $20,000 to area college bound high school seniors and current college students living in Sterling Heights and Macomb County.

This marks the 22nd consecutive year the Foundation has awarded scholarships to area youth pursuing degrees in higher education or vocational training. The Foundation began awarding scholarships in 1999 and has awarded scholarships to 461 area students to...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 18, 2020

The city of Sterling Heights provides resources for community businesses during COVID-19 outbreak

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Sterling Heights is actively supporting our community at large, including the important members of our business community.

We recognize the hundreds of small businesses that are the backbone of our community, providing important goods and services that keep our economy – and our residents – thriving.The City has prepared a comprehensive list of resources f...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 13, 2020

City of Sterling Heights closes city hall until March 31 due to COVID-19

Operating under an Emergency Declaration, effective Monday, March 16, the City of Sterling Heights will close city hall and all associated buildings until March 31.

Buildings affected include City Hall, Sterling Heights Public Library, Sterling Heights Community Center, Sterling Heights Senior Center, Department of Public Works, Sterling Heights Nature Center and Sterling Heights Recycling Centers.

Sterling Heights Po...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 11, 2020

Sterling Heights Mayor moves office hours to new community center during city campus renovations

Beginning March 19, due to ongoing city hall campus renovations, Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor has moved his office hours to the Community Center.

Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor has moved his office hours on Thursdays from 11 am – noon to the Community Center Conference Room with the exception of the following days:

  • Thursday, March 26, 2020Community Center Teen Room
  • Thursday, June 25,...
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Press Releases
Posted on: February 7, 2020

Federal Railroad Administration: New Blocked Crossing Portal

Communities have long dealt with the issue of blocked crossings, and FRA is now seeking broad public input to understand the scope of the problem and engage with affected parties to identify potential solutions.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has established a new, dedicated webpage at www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings, allowing the public and law enforcement to report blocked highway-rail grade crossings. Blocked crossings occur when stopped trains imp...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 6, 2020

Sterling Heights Art Commission seeking businesses to apply for 2020 Public Art Mural Program

Following the successful launch of the City of Sterling Heights’ first-ever Public Art Mural Program in 2018, the Sterling Heights Arts Commission is seeking businesses interested in participating by offering a side of their building or business.

Under the 2020 Mural Program, interested businesses will fill out a form on the City’s website identifying their building and designated wall for the purpose of public art. If selected by the City to participate, the business owner will be requi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 25, 2019

Sterling Heights Seeks Entries for Monthly Photography Contest

The City of Sterling Heights Arts Commission invites residents to submit their favorite photos for a new monthly Photo Contest. Each month, the contest will have a new theme.

All photos will be posted on the City's Facebook page, and the photo with the most 'likes' will earn the photographer a $25 gift card. Winning photos will be shared on the City's social media outlets.

The Photo Contest’s first theme will be Hallo...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 14, 2018

Family Treated for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. the Sterling Heights Fire Department was called for a possible gas leak in a home in the 8000 block of Tinkler Rd., with people feeling ill.

Upon arrival, the Fire Department was confronted with three individuals from one family showing signs of severe carbon monoxide poisoning. The residents were already out of the house, and fire crews began evaluating and treating them. A fourth family memb...

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