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Sunday, March 1, 2015

First World War and its global impact 100 years later. This Spring at the Baldwin Library.




 Since 2014 the world has been commemorating the centennial of World War I. Baldwin will be continuing its remembrance this spring with a program series that includes:

The Dug Outs: The Music Hall Music of World War I 
Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community House

Book Discussion: Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the  Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson.

Thursday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Baldwin Public Library
This discussion will be led by Library Director Doug Koschik
When asked about the program series, Doug Koschik, Library Director, offered, "One hundred years on, the Great War still haunts us. There is a direct line from World War I to World War II and now to the Middle East wars of the 21st century. Baldwin is proud to be offering a series of programs that explore the impact of the Great War on politics, literature, and the arts."

Fleur de Lys Chamber Ensemble: Music of Ralph Vaughn Williams
*New Date* Monday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Public Library.

Note that the date for the Fleur de Lys Chamber Ensemble performance has been changed. The program has been rescheduled for Monday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. Those who come to the Library on the original date, Sunday, March 8 at 12:30 p.m., will enjoy a classical performance by violin duo Andrew Wu and Melody Wootton.



The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street and can be reached at 248-647-1700 or through the Library’s website at www.baldwinlib.org.  

Friday, February 27, 2015

2015 March Area Government, Library, and School Board meetings dates. Completed Meetings on Video when available.

  
   
Meetings By Date                 Date Time                                                                        TV
Township  Planning  Commission
2-Mar
7pm
No
Baldwin Building  committee
4-Mar
5pm
No
Township Design   Review Board
4-Mar
2pm
No
Baldwin Policy Committee
5-Mar
5:30 PM
No
Bloomfield Hills Board of Education
5-Mar
7pm
TV
Baldwin  Finance  Committee
9-Mar
4:30pm
No
Bloomfield Township Trustees
9-Mar
7pm
TV
City of Bloomfield Planning
10-Mar
4pm
No
City of Bloomfield  Commision
10-Mar
7:30pm
TV
Birmingham  Planning Commission
11-Mar
7:30pm
TV
Birmingham City Commission
16-Mar
7:30pm
TV
Baldwin Library o f  Trustees
16-Mar
7:30pm
TV
Township  Planning Commission
16-Mar
7pm
No
Preservation Bloomfield  Directors
17-Mar
2pm
No
Bloomfield Township Library
17-Mar
7pm
TV
Township Design   Review Board
18-Mar
2pm
No
Bloomfield Hills Board of Education
19-Mar
7pm
TV
Bloomfield Township Trustees
23-Mar
7pm
TV
City of  BloomfieldHills  ZBA
  Cancelled


     The public is invited to all listed and publicized meetings. There is no charge to attend. Public Comment, at specified times for specified lengths of time is at the discretion of the meeting Chairman. You are welcome, per the Michigan Open Meetings Act to bring recording devices such as a tape recorder, camera, or video camera, provided such devices do not interfere with the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, the meeting secretary is required to make a copy of the minutes of the meeting available to you within eight business days of the meeting conducted. Most of the Boards listed below televise their meetings for later viewing on demand at home. A few also offer live viewing of the meeting on cable or by streaming. Consult the organization's web site for complete details.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Written Transcript of Township Supervisor Savoie Discussing Feb 6th meeting with DTE. For readers whose computers find video challenging.

At the February 9th Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees meeting , approximately eight minutes were spent discussing the tree cutting the month prior on Kensington Road.  It occurred  in a portion of the program called Supervisor's Update. Township government is   different than City Government in that the supervisor is a  Township residence required, elected, full time, salaried, position that combines the duties of  Mayor and City Manager.

"DTE," Supervisor Savoie began.,"I met with DTE on Friday (February 6th). We had about A two hour meeting at Bloomfield Hills City Hall. Jay Cravens (City of Bloomfield Hills City Manager) was there. Michael McCready (State representative for both communities ) was there. The (DTE) representatives  were there. They (DTE) are going to change their policy on how they do things."

" I took numerous notes,on it "continues Savoie,"And I indicated to DTE that I am going to send them a draft of a process that our residents  can expect DTE to adhere to. One major thing they talked about and you have seen it in the newspaper as point of discussion was going underground  with the electrical utility."

Editor's note: this has been promoted by  Bloomfield Hills Commissioner Coakley  in the latest edition of  the Hills Highlight as a nominal cost solution and by City Manager Craven in other publications as  something residents could pay for on a monthly basis on their utility bill.

Savoie continues with, "The cost (of going underground is) so prohibitive per household that it doesn't make economic sense.
Give or take 20% just for the City of Bloomfield Hills you are looking at  $375 (million dollars). There are 2300 homes in  Bloomfield Hills  and if you  amortize it for thirty years....You can do the math. It just doesn't make economic sense.

Editors Note: Doing the Math. The annual budget for the City of Bloomfield Hills is  9 million dollars. The $375 amount suggested for buried lines is approximately more than forty annual budgets. That is why City Manager Cravens said the The City couldn't afford to pay for it . He suggested  Citizens  pay via a monthly fee on their utility bill. If the City could survive by paying it's expenses for the next four decades out of thin air, and the residents relieved of City taxes  paid only the tab of buried lines it would cost each household  a modest $78,000 a month for forty years.

"More importantly, Savoie added, (DTE) gave a report with plenty  of pictures that showed what the boring (for buried lines) does. Basically On the major roads where the lines are you have to put  a twenty foot swatch in order to get the trenching done so you lose all of  the growth that is there. 
                                                    
"DTE has stopped the process of vegetation Management at this time. They (DTE)are going to meet with us (Bloomfield City and Township)to go over exactly where they intend to continue  DTE has indicated that they will meet with every single home owner. They will mark every single tree they intend to take out. If the home owner is adamantly opposed to it and some sort of agreement can't be reached,DTE will stop that particular property untill the end of the project."

Savoie added, "DTE still takes the position that have the right to do what they  want to do  in their prescribed easement. I (Supervisor Savoie) made the suggestion and hopefully DTE will follow them.  It is what we do in terms of our safety path program. Hubbel,Roth, and Clark (HRC) happens to be The City of Bloomfield Hills Engineering consultant firm as well as ours (the Township) and HRC will go out and mark all of the trees that need to be removed. They (HRC) (will) meet with the homeowners and bring any issue back to us (City Hall)that we need to deal with. The difference is that homeowners also have the right to address us at public meetings.That doesn't quite take place with  DTE.

"I called HRC," Savoie continued. "and told them what the conversation was and they told me if DTE contacts them they will let both myself and Jay Cravens from Bloomfield Hills know."

In regard to the draft approval,Savoie said,"Once it is written I will bring it back to the  Board (of Township Trustees) and at that particular time (we) will distribute it to the United Homeowners Association So they can put it on their website and if we chose to we can also put it on  our website.

At the February 10th Tuesday City of Bloomfield Hills City Commission meeting there was no mention of  the meeting with DTE  the previous Friday. Nor was there any mention of Supervisor 
Savoie's remarks,  or the resolution passed by the Birmingham City Commission the night before.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015