Tuesday, April 14, 2015
In the case of David Kellet (City Commissioner (2004-2010) and City of Bloomfield Hills Mayor (2009-2010) the word former doesn't apply.
A resident of Kingsley Trail, He is currently President of his homeowner's neighborhood association, The Whitehall Civic Association and has in the last three months appeared before the current City Commission three times.
Like any resident of the City he he is granted three minutes to speak his mind before City Commission. The only stipulation is that he can not speak on an item appearing on that evenings agenda. The portion of the meeting where residents may speak is called, Recognition of Citizens in the Audience.
On two of the occasions Kellet spoke about a matter that concerned his sub division. and that is dead head school buses which cut corners by coming down Kingsley Trail.
Deadhead is an interesting term and has has many usages. One being that of fans of the Grateful Dead rock group. Another is airline pilots who fly free (Deadhead) en route to another assignment.Trucks,buses and similar delivery vehicles deadhead after having delivered a load, before picking up another.
In terms of picking up or dropping school children there is no reason for a half dozen or more of empty school buses to parade down Kingsley Trail every morning usually between the hours of 8:58 and 9:16. Kellet has done his home work and has tracked as many as nine or ten buses per day.
When he first appeared before City Commission at the commission's inaugural meeting his presentation prompted little interest. That did not surprise Kellet who in so many words said the ball was in his court. He would document everything and he as his fellow neighborhood association associates would start on petitions. Kellet also visited with Bloomfield Hills School superintendent Jim Glass and officials in the BHS transportation department and learned their of the story.
It was said that coming down Kingsley Trail cut 3.6 miles off their route. When one interested observer declared that to be preposterous, Kellet who had measured the route vouched for it's veracity, but indicated that miles saved was not the issue.
The Deadhead school busses in question came down Eastways which is fairly busy street. Then before turning on Long Lake which is a County Road with a 4o MPH speed limit, they turn on Kingsley a residential street with a 25 MPH speed limit.
The busses bring noise, clatter, and the pungent smell of diesel fuel in the early morning hours. When the issues of safety (presumably for the empty busses) ws mentioned Kellet explained that the sight lines of turning right onto Long Lake from Eastways were among the best in the City. Furthermore the light at Long Lake and Kensington wasn green for Long Lake 75% of the time.
Last but not least the White Hall homeowners association was comprised of 111 home owners who deserved their peace, quiet and serenity that realtors promote when they sell the City of Bloomfield Hills.Those home owners gladly pay approximately 180,000 dollars annually to Bloomfield Hills Schools which is arguably one of the best in the county. All the Whitehall Home owners wanted was a little consideration.
Kellet also asked City Road consultant about Deadhead buses might be adding to the wear and tear on the City's roads. Keep in mind that Long Lake is a County road repaired by the county. The Consultant thought the buses could be equivocated to so many car trips per day.
Kellet concluded by asking the Commission for resolution of support that he could take to Superintendent Glass and the BHS School Board.
Commisioner McClure said she thought it was a matter City Commissioner could handle administratively and saw no point to bring the City Engineering consultant in on it because that would cost the City money. There was certain lack of reality in such assertions that was broken by the reminder by Kellet that he and his White Hall Home owner association had done all the work, did research, and assembled the data. All the City Commision had to do was offer it's support. In the end Mayor Kellet got his resolution of support by a 5-0 Margin.
Posted by Mark Kapel at 5:48 PM
The Agenda Package contains all site plans and schematics that will be used at Today's meeting as well as the published minutes from the March Meeting. It is approximately 20 pages long.
Posted by Mark Kapel at 9:35 AM
The big crash boom of conceivably irrevocable change is the 57 page amendment to the Road Right of Way Ordinance to be found on pages 88 through 145 which will effect the entire City.
It is similar to a the single waste hauler Opus Mr. Cravens wrote last winter. That too was 40 plus pages of minutia.
So one would guess that Mr. Cravens is again the author. It will be interesting to see how familiar the Commission is with this document and how quick they are to approve it. It too is long and yes, tedious and it does on occasion ask the Commission to grant the City Manager Special Powers.
The last trap to avoid is agenda item 11 when the Commission moves into close session to discuss a labor attorney letter. By state law all such personnel discussions occur behind closed doors.
In the past these closed door items have usually occur as the last Agenda item. Thus meeting attendees leave as the commissions go behind closed doors.
Tonight per the agenda (always subject to change) the commission returns after the closed door session for Agenda item 12 The Commission will discuss other business. Like what ? Will any residents have waited out the closed door session ? Will the Comcast Cameras which document every meeting still be rolling ? Or as the hands of the clock approach the midnight hour will it be time for what one television drama calls Secrets and Lies ?
It may however be the most interesting portion of the meeting. We will keep you informed.
Posted by Mark Kapel at 8:34 AM
Friday, April 3, 2015
You must be a Comcast customer to watch. In The City of Bloomfield Hills where Comcast is the main service provider that should not be a problem.
If you do not have cable TV but do have Comcast Internet and Phone service you may qualify for some "On demand" viewing privileges on a tablet or other portable device.
During the Watcha-hon that "some" means virtually everything.
To connect with Comcast on a portable device you will need to download the Comcast app on you portable and enter with you Comcast user ID and password.
IF you choose to watch on a portable device the Comcast app works nationwide.
This is the third year for Watchathon which starts at midnight Sunday the 6th of April and ends at midnight the following Sunday. Last year Comcast was generous about not cutting one off at exactly the stroke of midnight conclusion.
Comcast bills Watchathon as biggest thing on Television and they may be right. For customers of Comcast it a once a year chance to view premium programs at no cost and to catch up on episodes they have may have missed. It is 168 incredible hours of viewing. For more information you can scroll downward or call Comcast, or push the help button on your portable device, or consult other sources on line. If you choose the latter maker sure you specify Comcast Watchathon 2015.
Posted by Mark Kapel at 9:37 AM