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Friday, August 29, 2014

Preservation Bloomfield Corn Roast 2014 Countdown. Bowers Farm. Sunday September 7th 4pm-7pm.

2013 Corn Roast  

Hosted by Preservation Bloomfield and Friends of PB

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OZ animated musical, Blended a date movie, and Intriguingly themed Women authored mystery novels with women protagonists highlight Baldwin new titles 8/26/14/.

[Cover]Legends of OZ: Dorothy’s Return (DVD):  Dorothy's only just returned home from her first incredible journey to Oz, but she's already being called back for another adventure! After waking to post-tornado Kansas, Dorothy and Toto are whisked to Oz on a magical rainbow mover sent by their old friends the Scarecrow, the Lion and the Tin Man. Time in Oz has passed much faster than back in Kansas, and Dorothy discovers that the Jester, the devious brother of the Wicked Witch of the West, is taking Oz over one region at a time. Check Availability

Blended (DVD):  After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren and Jim agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week. 
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Her Last Whisper by Karen Robards: After a brush with death while chasing down a brutal murderer with the FBI, serial killer expert Dr. Charlotte Stone wants nothing more than to retire to her research on criminal psychology. But when a colleague, Special Agent Lena Kaminsky, suspects her missing sister has fallen prey to the vicious Cinderella Killer, Charlie rushes to her side. Along with Special Agents Tony Bartoli and Buzz Crane - and of course, Michael Garland, the ever-present, fatally sexy ghost who goes where she does - Charlie heads to Las Vegas to track down the predator before it's too late. The team doesn't realize that this killer targets single, beautiful women and courts them before brutally ending their lives. Now he's got his sights set on Charlie - and is closer than anyone suspects. Check Availability

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: A down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows finds herself trapped on a remote island off the coast of Maine with a sexy horror novelist who knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. Check Availability

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny: At first enjoying a peaceful retirement, former Quebec homicide detective Armand Gamache reluctantly agrees to help a neighbor search for her missing estranged husband and teams up with two former colleagues on a search that reveals the workings of a psychologically damaged mind. Check Avialability.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

City Commission votes for binding Waste Hauler Votes 5-0 at August 12th meeting. Single Hauler specifics and details tabled for later discussion.

Teachers  or  Students   of the English Language, like Mayor  Hardy, were astounded to learn that changing  the ballot language from advisory to binding involved changing no more than one word. The first word. Should is advisory. Shall  is binding.

At the August  12th meeting City Commissioners voted 
unanimously  to hold an election on the single waste hauler that would be per state regulations be a binding vote.

Attorney Hampton offered  the opinon that outside the realm of  a state sponsored election the Commission was free to act as it saw fit in terms of  hiring  single waste hauler. However there could be consequences of such a move.

None of the Commissioners wanted to go that route.  Commissioners Coakley, McClure, and Sheer were the most vocal in fulfilling a promised election for the residents. McClure equivocated at one point with  the thought  that if the Garbage Trucks were really destroying the streets, maybe  acting sooner than later might be prudent but no one wanted to go there either.  Hardy and Commisioner Dull were less vocal but voted with majority.
Mayor Hardy asked  City Manager Cravens, "What if they ( the City Residents) vote no ?

"Well then we will have to live with the will of the people." Cravens replied, sounding a bit like Rhett Butler talking to Scarlett. 

However the Mayor deserves credit for asking the first "what if " Question of an issue that dates back to the year prior. Trouble is she usually asks just one question when more are needed. There are 75 days between now and the November 4th binding waste hauler vote. Many questions and many "what ifs" need to be considered.

A  detailed  game plan  approaching 60 pages  of  how a Single Waste Hauler could or would  be considered  or hired and what changes that would mean for the City was tabled pending the November Election results.

By special arrangement with County and State elections, the City was able to email it's decision to hold a binding vote on the waste hauler issue  and  beat a midnight August 12th  deadline  to get "Shall.."placed on the  November ballot.

Secretary of State rules City's proposed "Advisory" Waste Hauler vote.Null and void.

Everybody makes mistakes.   However the  advisory vote  proposed by City Manager Jay Cravens  in March and approved  City Commission in May

was a particularly egregious error. That is because "advisory" votes have no basis by law in Michigan elections. In three  metro area counties, and four elections, the state has a rejected non binding elections as a waste of taxpayer money and misuse of state election equipment. That information is readily available on line by typing , "Advisory Elections in Michigan" in the Google  Search Engine.

Regrettably two area publications including this one failed to do so before the domino's started falling.  

The original plan advanced by Mr. Cravens and not questioned by any City Commissioner was to have an advisory vote in November 4th national election.  The  City commissioners were then to make the  final decision at a later date

This publication did ask  Mr. Cravens why the vote was merely "advisory". Mr Cravens replied that any commissioner who voted against the will of the people would be committing political suicide. So we asked if that were so why not just have a real election with a binding vote ? That question went unanswered. At first we kicked ourselves  for not pursuing the point  further but later in our own thick headed way realized the question had an  answer. 

The point of the "advisory" vote was to determine exactly how much "political suicide," if any, the City Commission  would incur by making a  final  decision  possibly contrary to the will of the people.

City Attorney Bill Hampton, in correspondence with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson argued for an advisory vote citing the City's authority in such matters. 

Johnson replied  that  her department's  decision   " is not dependent on whether the local unit of Government possesses authority over the subject matter of the question,  but whether it is proper expend taxpayer funds and use its election equipment for  what amounts to a public opinion poll.
Johnson added ,"Neither Michigan Election Law  or the City Charter empowers the City to certify a non binding question to the ballot."
And finally "unlike an election for ordinary ballot proposals, the City Commission would not be bound to act in  accordance of  with the outcome of an advisory  question."
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