More details are expected to be forth coming in The Hills Highlights the official newsletter of the city which is reportedly due any day now. Fans of the Hills Highlights know that the publication has been on hiatus since the last edition appeared in June 2011. At one time City residents received as many as four glossy editions mailed to their home. In the last issue residents were offered either two glossy editions or if they opted out of home delivery six bare bones (words only) electronic editions. So far the six electronic editions have not materialized. With a website already in place cost is not a factor in an electronic newsletter nor is there ant reason why graphics and pix need to be omitted. It seems our City Commission the actual publishers of Hills Highlights have been too busy slaying dragons and conquering worlds to communicate with us. In that regard Hills Highlight author and City Commissioner Connie Salloum has promised an article explaining the tree ordinance, it's origins and it's implications. Look for it when the newsletter arrives. Also look here for Hills Highlights reviews and critiques from your unofficial City of Bloomfield Hills Blog which is proud to publish three times a week.
You have the expression. "that is using your head for more than a hat rack". Well maybe the mechanics of the Tree ordinance can work for other things besides trees.
For example the upcoming mini library at City Hall. Say you saw a book there you really wanted . Not only to read but to keep.The City Commission is not in any way shape or form trying to limit the number of books you may own but there has to be management . If you announced at the City Hall desk your desire to keep the book the clerk could via the tax rolls look up the size of your home in square feet and tell you how many replacement books would be necessary to facilitate the request. Of course there would be an appeal process that either you or the city could utilize but the arbitrating board is already in place. The City already has a Board of Review to assist you with your tax assessment which is coming up in March. The rest of the year the Board is relatively y idle. Why not make better use of the board as the year round Board of Book Reviews. Who better to decide if a paperback edition of the third Harry Potter novel is balanced by a bound (high quality vinyl) volume of Readers Digest Condensations which includes Ernest K. Gann's novel The High and The Mighty (the movie featured John Wayne).
While pie in the sky at present, there is no denying that the city is ready for a literary leap. Why at the public hearing of the tree ordnance a former mayor referenced Thomas Paine the author of Common Sense down to the very day of the meeting. Another quoted John Donne( up to the semi colon) Meditation 17, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions.
"No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee...."
Two world class "go to the head of the class" literary references beginning and ending a paragraph. of less than 100 words. Is that inspiring or what? Maybe it will inspire a member the newly minted Board of Book Reviews to assist in publishing the Hills Highlight on a more frequent basis.