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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

 On September 30th Canadian  based Toronto company  GFL Environmental and Waste  removing company, as Reported  By Crain's Detroit Business purchased Rizzo Environment Services for a reported 300 million dollars.
If that is news to you. It is because you were left in the dark by those  you trusted to inform you. That would be your City Commissioners, City official such as  Former City Manager Jay Cravens who resigned his position in early September  to take  an expanded opportunity  in  a Tennessee  community of 80,000.

It is hard to believe however none of our elected or appointed officials knew anything of the sale of a company they brought to our City two years ago, for a sum of money that is astronomical even for  Bloomfield Hills.

One can however take solace in the fact we were not alone is this regard.

Crain's Detroit Business says Patrick  Dovigi President of GFL claims that neither Rizzo nor it's New York private equity firm Kinderhook Industries, the largest previous Rizzo stock holder  ever mentioned  a pending  federal investigation.  GFL says they learned of it only after seeing a local Chanel 4 news broadcast and says there is a high probability  that GFL  not have completed  the purchase if it had if it had known of the investigation in advance.

What is being investigated is an alleged bribery  of officials  in three northern Macomb county  communities in which money was  allegedly given to procure long term waste hauling contracts.

 Of note is the money and the economy of scale,

Two weeks ago in a detailed article The Birmingham Bloomfield Hills Eagle  quoted Township Supervisor Leo Savoie  as saying  his township selected Rizzo in 2007 because of a price savings of less than five dollars per  household per month. Of course multiply less than $5 times the number dwellings and the number becomes monster sized. The amount  of money allegedly offered to those who allegedly took them  In the current Macomb county case were reported to be a little  than the cost of a compact car. There ae approximately 150  dwellings in the City of Bloomfield Hills and 90,000 in  Clinton Township. Unless they won Power Ball nobody in the City of Bloomfield Hills has 300 million dollars.

 In the Eagle Article the paper  quoted Supervisor Savoie as saying he and his staff are reading the newspapers and watching the news casts to see what the Township's options are. The article also quoted our acting
City Manager and Police Chief  David Hendrickson saying the Our City Commission seemingly  had no interest in reviewing options or contracts which figures. Our citizens it seems   are small potatoes in the scheme of things.

Maybe  the  commissioners are waiting for Leo Savoie to lead the charge as he did in The Kensington tree cutting episode.  It was our Mayor at the time Michael Dull  who e-mailed the  media stating  that there was  the nothing the City could do to stop the chain saws.
 In regards to waste haulers Many promises were made to City Residents in waste hauling election  of 2014 and not all of them were kept. Starting there would be a good idea.








How will waste hauler sale impact on the City of Bloomfiield Hills ?

 On September 30th  Canadian  based Toronto company  GFL Environmental and Waste  removing company, as Reported  By Crain's Detroit Business purchased Rizzo Environment Services for a reported 300 million dollars.
If that is news to you. It is because you were left in the dark by those  you trusted to inform you. That would be your City Commissioners, City official such as  Former City Manager Jay Cravens who resigned his position in early September  to take  an expanded opportunity  in  a Tennessee  community of 80,000.

It is hard to believe however none of our elected or appointed officials knew anything of the sale of a company they brought to our City two years ago, for a sum of money that is astronomical even for  Bloomfield Hills.

One can however take solace in the fact we were not alone is this regard.

Crain's Detroit Business says Patrick  Dovigi President of GFL claims that neither Rizzo nor it's New York private equity firm Kinderhook Industries, the largest previous Rizzo stock holder  ever mentioned  a pending  federal investigation.  GFN says they learned of it only after seeing a local Chanel 4 news broadcast and says there is a high probability  that GFN  not have completed  the purchase if it had if it had known of the investigation in advance.

What is being investigated is an alleged bribery  of officials  in three northern Macomb county  communities in which money was  allegedly given to procure long term waste hauling contracts.

 Of note is the money and the economy of scale,

Two weeks ago in a detailed article The Birmingham Bloomfield Hills Eagle  quoted Township Supervisor Leo Savoie said his township selected Rizzo in 2007 because of a price savings of less than five dollars per  household per month. Of course multiply $5 times the number dwellings and the number becomes monster sized.The amount  of money allegedly offered to those who allegedly took them were reported to be a little  than the cost of a compact car. There ae approximately 150  dwellings in the City of Bloomfield Hills and 90,000 in  Clinton Township. Unless they won Power Ball nobody in the City of Bloomfield Hills has thirty million dollars.

 In the Eagle Article the paper  quoted Supervisor Savoie as saying he and his staff are reading the newspapers and watching the news casts to see what the Township's options are. The article also quoted our acting City Manager and Police Chief  David Hendrickson saying the Our City Commission no interest in reviewing options or contracts  which figures. Our citizens it seems   are small potatoes in the scheme of things. Maybe  the  commissioners are waiting for Leo Savoie to lead the charge as he did in The Kensington tree cutting episode.  It was our Mayor at the time Michael Dull  who e-mailed the  media stating  that there was  the nothing the City could do. Many promises were made to City Residents in waste hauling election  of 2014 and not all of them were kept. Starting there would be a good idea.








Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Agenda items for Todays PlanningCommission Meeting

CITY OF BLOOMFIELD HILLS 

Planning Commission   Tuesday, October 18, 2016    
The regular meeting of the Planning Commission will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in the City Commission Room, 45 E. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304-2322, Phone (248) 644-1520, FAX (248) 644-4813. 
1. Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance.  

2. Minutes:  Planning Commission meeting held on September 13, 2016.

3. The planning commission consider the request of The Village Club at 190 E. Long Lake Road for preliminary and final site plan approval.   

4. The planning commission will consider the request of the property owner at 372 Pine Ridge Drive for approval of work in the natural features setback.
      
5. The planning commission will consider the request from AT & T for a wireless communication Tower at 1805 Kensington Road

6. The planning commission will consider the request of the property owner at 40701 Woodward Avenue for final site plan approval.    


City Violates Open Meetings Act by failing to provide meeting minutes in a timely manner.


Below is a a list of meetings  which appear in the City web site under the title Documents  on demand. Note the last entry  is May 2016 . The minutes for subsequent meetings were published and put in the following month's agenda package which is a lengthy  often 200  page document most residents don't read. Nor are they required to do so. The State of  Michigan however makes it a requirement that  the local government provide minutes to its tax paying Citizens in a timely manner. and it  defines the what it means by timely.






Stated on our  the City Web site is the following.
To better serve the residents of Bloomfield Hills, we have created a searching tool that will allow you to view AGENDAS and MINUTES of City Commission, the Planning Commission, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Not only will you be able to look at the current meeting information but you will be able to search past meetings for specific meeting detail. Meeting Minutes will be posted once they are approved by the Council Board.
Regrettably  our City Commission meets but once a month which means a delay of  thirty days.  The Open Meeting Act allows for a delay of no more than eight business days before   draft minutes are made available to the public.By a posting at City Hall or whatever. Draft minutes do not preclude  changes or modification of minutes but they do inform the tax paying residents what it's government is considering.

Editors note: To that end we have found and published the  a collection of items from August onward which will help the reader understand what will  be discussed at Tomorrow's .