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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bloomfield Township Public Library Trustees meeting of September 16th.

To view this meeting Click Here
The  meeting is 25 minutes in length
To read the Agenda Click here

City of Bloomfield Hills August 12th City Commision meeting.

To Play the meeting video of  August 12th 2014  Click  Here.
To read the minutes of the meeting Click Here

City Commission
Agenda for Meeting August 12, 2014
The regular meeting of the City Commission will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at City Hall 45 E. Long Lake Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Phone 248.644.1520, FAX 248.644.4813.

1. Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Consent Agenda 
A. Bills Payable for July 2014
B. Department Reports:
a. Finance Director / Treasurer
b. Public Safety
c. DPW
d. Building
e. Engineering
C. Annual Reports:
a. Finance Director / Treasurer
b. Public Safety
c. Building
d. City Clerk
D. Minutes:
a. City Commission Regular Meeting held July 8, 2014.
E. Correspondence: 
a. Memo from City Manager: 2013 – 2014 Goals.
3. Recognition of Citizens in the audience.
4. The commission will consider approval of the Amended PUD Agreement for Cedarbrook Continuing Care Facility.
5. The commission will consider approval of an amendment to the approved PUD for Cedarbrook Continuing Care Facility for the development sign.
6. The commission will consider adoption of an amendment to the Vacant Property Ordinance. 
7. The commission will consider approval of the Resolution approving Fibertech Telecommunications Permit Application as presented by Secrest Wardle.
8. The commission will hear an update on Code Red / Oak Alert from Chief Hendrickson.

9. The commission will consider approval of revised ballot language regarding single municipal waste hauling services for the November 2014 ballot. 

10. The commission will consider approval of the RFP for a Single Municipal Waste Hauler.
11. The commission will discuss a memo from City Manager Cravens on ICMA. 
12. The commission will hear City Manager comments.
13. The commission will hear an update on individual lead responsibilities.
14. The commission will consider other business.
15. The commission will move into closed session to discuss contract negotiations  with the Public Safety Officers union.

16. The commission will return to open session to consider ratification of a labor agreement between the City of Bloomfield Hills and the Public Safety Officers.

Birmingham City Commission Meeting September 22nd, 2014

City Commission - Sep 22nd, 2014
To see this video click here.
Length: 2 hours and 14 ninutes

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ken Follett, Margaret Atwood, The Golem, Godzilla, and the Fault in our Stars highlight Baldwin New Titles.

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett:  East German teacher Rebecca  discovers she's been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives. George Jakes, the child of a mixed-race couple, bypasses a corporate law career to join Robert F. Kennedy's Justice Department, and finds himself in the middle not only of the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but a much more personal battle of his own. Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some official and unofficial espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is a much more dangerous place than he'd imagined. Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Nikita Khrushchev, becomes a prime agent both for good and for ill as the United States and the Soviet Union race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister, Tanya, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw and into history. Check Availability
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood: The award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale presents a collection of short stories that features such protagonists as a widowed writer who is guided by her late husband's voice and a woman whose genetic abnormality causes her to be mistaken for a vampire. Check Availability

The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan  and Jesse Kellerman: Waking up beside a beautiful woman he has no memory of meeting, Detective Jacob Lev investigates a Hollywood Division murder case involving a severed head, an ominous message in Hebrew and the legend of the Golem of Prague. Check Availability

The Fault in Our Stars (DVD): Hazel and Gus share a sarcastic sense of humor, a distaste for the conventional, and ultimately a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Although the two teens face unlikely challenges, their courage and dedication to each other prove that while life isn't perfect, love can still be extraordinary in this powerfully moving film based on John Green's New York Times best-selling novel. Check Availability


Godzilla (DVD): From visionary new director Gareth Edwards comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. Check Availability

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bloomfield Hills Schools. New high school construction progress. Summer Board of Education Meetings..

To see a  video detailing  the construction progress on the new high school  Click Here.. There you will have access to all programs now playing on Bloomfield Hills Schools TV. Of current note are the six  displayed below. 

  •  Results of the  Cobalt  Survey on engagement and priority assessment. (Length: 19 minutes).
  • New High School construction update. (12 min)
  • School Board Meeting of August 31st (1 hour 30 min)
  • School Board Meeting of July 17th (1 hour)
  •  High School Energy Efficiency report  (19 min)
  • Board of Education  Meeting Budget Review 2013-2015 (44 minutes)

Please note the highlighted programs change on a regular basis but can usually be found again on  video on demand.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2016 Master Plan for Downtown Birmingham Written in 1996.

To read the 200 page plan Click here

Found this while trolling on the the internet while looking for Planning Board agendas. 

After clicking on the above link you can scroll down through the 192 pages. As documents go this one is a crude copy on an old pdf file. Photographs are dark to the point of non recognition and tables were copied vertically rather than horizontally. The only way to get around that (aside from turning your computer sideways) is to print the tables of interest.

 Still the 2016 Downtown Master Plan is a current topic of conversation and one supposes that more than a few Birmingham residents have not laid eyes on the document provided below. One of the authors of the Plan, Andres Duany  was in town in a May and gave a presentation at the Baldwin Library. The Video of the presntation is  provided here two posts, back in our catch up of summer Baldwin Library Board meetings. 

Birmingham Planning Board Binge Watching. Meetings of 9/10, 8/27, 7/23, and 7/9.

Planning Board - Sep 10th, 2014
Length 1 hour and 11 minutes

Planning Board - Aug 27th, 2014
Length 2 hours and 57 minutes

Planning Board - Jul 23rd, 2014
Length 51 minutes

Planning Board - Jul 23rd, 2014
Length 1 hour 47 minutes

Length 2 hours and 25 minutes

Birmingham City Commission Meetings Updates 9/8, 8/25, 8/11, 7/28, and 7/14 (Bastille Day).

To see the video in its entirety click on  the  date..

City Commission - Sep 8th, 2014


Length: 1 hour and 34 minutes'

City Commission - Aug 25th, 2014

Length: 1 hour and four minutes.

City Commission - Aug 11th, 2014

Length : 1 hour and 25 minutes.

City Commission - Jul 28th, 2014

Length: 1 hrs and 23 minutes.

City Commission - Jul 14th, 2014

Length 2 hours and thirty minutes

Monday, September 15, 2014

Baldwin Library Update. June, July, and August Library Board Meetings on Video. Agenda for Tonight's Meeting. And May 21st Library Community Review.

To read the entire  well indexed 70 plus page agenda package for tonight's meeting  which includes the Agenda  click here.  Included in the packet are the draft minutes of the August meeting. which will be approved tonight.

August  Baldwin Library Board Meeting. 

              This meeting is approximately hour and 50  minutes long. To see it in its entirety click on the link below. 

July 2014 Library Board Meeting
This meeting is approximately one hour long. To see it in its entirety click here. To read the approved minutes for this meeting click here

       June 16th Board Meeting
The  video for this meeting is two hours long. To see it in it's entirety click here.  To see the  approved minutes for this meeting click here.

Baldwin Library Community Dialog, May 2014 (Excerpt from Andres Duany's 2016 Plan Review)

To see this video in its one hour and 15 minute entirety  click here.

All meetings will be taped and broadcast on Birmingham Municipal Channel 15 (Comcast) or Channel 99 (AT&T).  View the current Bloomfield Community Television schedule here.  Bloomfield Community Television reserves the right to reschedule programs if necessary.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

City Commission Goals for 2014-2015 devoid of Public Input. City to seek expensive alternatives and answers elsewhere.

0f note is" investigate community performance measurement programs in an effort to continually measure and improve our service delivery.. What a lot of nonsense. Service Delivery? To who? By whom?  It seems our City Commission is always looking for answers everywhere but where their constituents reside.

The  citizen survey  of 2011 was not for the benefit City residents of  The Price tag was $10,000 plus. The question were determined by Commissioner McClure and City Manager Cravens sans any other input from other City commissioners (who simply were asked to approve the final draft)  or  the public. The less than 30% response was then touted as the will of the people and used to justify legislation various commissioners wanted to pursue. 

Government by survey has been utilizes by more than a few municipalities as way of getting a desired response while bypassing the electoral process.  The trick is in how the question is phrased. Positive  consequences of an action are stressed and the negative ones ignored. 

 Less threatening but rather absurd is the proposed renewal  order of the 4000 City Welcome Brochure which cost about a dollar each and were presumably intended to be  "promoting the services of our department." 

At what department would that be ? Since the annual move in rate in our  City (of 3500) less is than 100 a year how many of the old brochures produced in 2013 still remain ?

City's Public Safety Department contributes to a successful dream cruise.

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City Commission
Agenda for Meeting September 9, 2014
The regular meeting of the City Commission will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday,
September 9, 2014 at City Hall 45 E. Long Lake Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Phone 
248.644.1520, FAX 248.644.4813.
1. Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Consent Agenda
A. Bills Payable for August 2014
B. Department Reports:
a. Finance Director / Treasurer
b. Public Safety
c. Building
d. Engineering
C. Minutes:
a. City Commission Regular Meeting held August 12, 2014.
D. Correspondence:
a. Memo from City Manager: 2013 – 2014 Goals.
b. Resolution: Oakland County Tri- Party Funds.
c. Correspondence from Labor Attorney Craig Lange.
d. Resolution: Repeal of MI Fireworks Safety Act. 
3. Recognition of Citizens in the audience.
4. The commission will consider the request to recognize OCIMA organization as a
non-profit operating in the city and adopt a Resolution for charitable gaming
5. The commission will consider the memo from City Manager Cravens on the IMCA
6. The commission will discuss 2014-2015 Goals.
7. The commission will discuss the city entry signs.
8. The commission will hear City Manager comments.
9. The commission will hear an update on individual lead responsibilities.
10. The commission will consider other business.

Only one agenda item for September 9 Planning Commission meeting.

Planning Commission 
September 9, 2014
The regular meeting of the Planning Commission will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 
September 9, 2014 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
a. Planning Commission meeting held on August 12, 2014. 
3. The planning commission will consider the request of the property owner at 3637 Lahser Rd., Tax Parcel No. 12-19-15-151-013, for approval of the landscape plan as part of the fence and gate approval. 
Respectfully Submitted,
Amy L. Burton
City Clerk

Clive Cussler novel and Secrets of Sociable GA highlight Baldwin New Titles 9/02/2014.

The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler:  Baffin Island: Husband-and-wife team Sami and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic, when to their astoni
shment they discover a Viking ship in the ice, perfectly preserved - and filled with pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico. How can that be? As they plunge into their research, tantalizing clues about a link between the Vikings and the legendary Toltec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl - and a fabled object known as the Eye of Heaven - begin to emerge. But so do many dangerous people. Soon the Fargos find themselves on the run through jungles, temples, and secret tombs, caught between treasure hunters, crime cartels, and those with a far more personal motivation for stopping them. At the end of the road will be the solution to a thousand-year-old mystery-or death.Check availability

Eyes Only by Fern Michaels: Lush, exclusive Spyder Island is home to many of the world's billionaires. Years ago, Gretchen Spyder, daughter of the island's namesake, gave her twin babies up for legal adoption. Now Gretchen and her father are trying to get them back. The twins' adoptive parents are a loving but poor couple, completely outgunned by the Spyders' wealth. Their only hope lies with Myra Rutledge and her formidable Sisterhood, who are as ready as ever to fight the good fight. But nestled among the lavish mansions and immaculate landscaping of Spyder Island is a sinister enemy. And in a case that's far more twisted than it first appeared, the ingenuity, courage, and friendship of the Sisterhood will be tested as never before.Check Availability

Personal by Lee Child: Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he's out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G-8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin.

If anyone can stop Kott, it's the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though he'd rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they're facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses--and no backup if they're caught. All the while Reacher can't stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save. But he won't let that that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice.Check Availability

Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman: While working for the Greenbury Police Department in upstate New York, Peter Decker must draw from his years of experience as a homicide cop when a break-in at the local cemetery leads him into a world of art forgery and murder that is linked to cold case crimes, international intrigue and ruthless people who kill for sport.
Check Availability

Haunted by Kay Hooper: When Deacon James's younger sister Melanie calls him, terrified, he goes to her aid in the small Georgia town of Sociable. What he finds is a scared young woman in the grip of what she insists is a paranormal nightmare - and murder. Two local men have been killed under mysterious circumstances. And Melanie is the prime suspect. Trinity Nichols left a high-stress job for quiet, small-town life. But news of the murders has left her - and the town - on edge, especially when there is nothing remotely ordinary about how the men died. And her investigation is yielding more than she bargained for, including a group of strangers who have descended on Sociable, some with abilities Trinity finds hard to believe, and agendas she refuses to trust. For some reason, they know a lot more than they should about what's happening in town. And what's happening is growing stranger by the minute. Now Trinity, Deacon, and this odd band of FBI agents must work together to solve a series of disturbances so incredible that Trinity, and the town of Sociable, will be changed forever. She just isn't certain who - or what - will be left standing when it's all over.Check Availability