Planning Commission Agenda Packet for 4pm Meeting 24 pages
Hats off to City Clerk, Amy Burton and her talented staff who had the agenda packets for tonight's meetings on the City website by late afternoon last Friday. A thousand pardons from this publication for getting them to you so late. Of course we had to read them and offer an analysis and we
could and will say there seems to be a whole lot of nothing going on. No cell phone tower, library, or USPS mailboxes at City Hall follow up. Maybe some of these items will occur in the infamous Agenda Item 13 Commission will consider other business. City Commission has been known to drop bomb shells before running off to a closed session. Such a session will conclude tonight's meeting but who knows ? The lead in is not ripe for bombshells. Agenda items include an award, tree beautification, Mers for retirement benefits, appointing someone to attend a conference, turn out gear for public safety, Fire codes, Public Safety operational plan,lead responsibilities, Agenda Item 13, employment contracts for non union administration employees, and the closed session. Heck of a way to sell newspapers.
Even reading the correspondence in the agenda packet was blah. . A letter from the Superintendent of Birmingham Public schools (page 54) was a yawner and what you'd expect from a community that has its ducks in a row. Not like Bloomfield Township's Recall the Board, where currently there is never a dull moment.The Chinese have a curse which says "May you live in interesting times." The Resolution, Complete Streets, from our neighbor to the south, Berkley (page 52) is more interesting as is the Vacant property log (page 38).
Then there are the approved minutes of the most recent commission meetings. If you like some of us spent the entire month of August vacationing in Southern France or Sunny Italy you will be happy to know that again,with a couple of exceptions, you missed a whole lot of nothing. The minutes of the August 9th meeting (page 56) contain two interesting items. The first is Agenda Item 117-2011 which appears on reduced form to your right.
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That brings us to the rather mysterious Commission meeting of August 30th (page 61) which like a summer storm blew out of nowhere. Upon word of said, perhaps by satellite phone some of you may have cut short your Adventure Tour of Cambodia which had you hacking through the brush at Angkor Wat before connecting with Air India Flight 1567 Phnom Penh to Los Angeles connecting with Delta 9906 to Detroit only to discover you were done in by the date line and today was really tomorrow. Or maybe today was in fact yesterday and you went to the meeting only to discover no one was there. Regardless of circumstance it safe to say the August 30th meeting was probably not well attended. Interesting enough none of the items discussed on August 30th have agenda numbers.
There was DPS follow up of sorts which refers to the website the DPS posts on the City site.
Also of note is talk of a residents survey. On August 9th , item 118-2011, Other Business....
And on August 30th
While not on the agenda these items may turn up at tonight's meeting under "other" business or in the case of the residents survey where City Manager Jay Cravens is taking charge, under 'individual lead responsibilities."
Planning Commission meets at 4pm. The packet includes a whole slew of old meeting minutes making their first appearance and new plans to be discussed this afternoon. Fences and Gates, past and future predominate. If you had anything you wanted to say on the new Fences and Gates ordinance the time has come and gone. Read it and weep. From June 14th in Planning Commission Packet item 135-2011 page 6.