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Monday, September 21, 2015

It is with extreme sorrow that Bloomfield Township notes the passing of former Supervisor Dave Payne on Friday, Sept. 11.

In Memoriam

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Funeral Arrangements
In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, Payne is survived by a sister Bonnie (Monty) Newton and a brother, Don (Ann) Payne.

Visitation takes place from noon until 2 p.m. with services following immediately afterward. The church 
is located at 1825 E. Square Lake Road in Troy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to one of the following:
Bloomfield Township Police Benevolent Fund or to the Firefighters Charities, 4200 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield, MI 48302 or Livingston Christian Schools, 8877 Main Street, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189.

To read the Obituary click here 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Trees for the Country Club. Understanding how our City Government plans.

To understand how the current Government of Bloomfield Hills works you need to be familiar with a program called Goals and Objectives.

       The Goals and Objective are decided about this time of the year by the five sitting Commissioners, the City Clerk, and The City Manager. The seven pick goals and objectives for the commission and the City to point to. They are then submitted in writing to Jay Cravens the City manager who then analyzes the suggestions , discards some a  assigns the remainder to Commissioners.  Sometimes City staff assigns goals to themselves.

        Two years ago Mr. Cravens assigned himself to the city’s be sole determiner of the seemingly very successful, inaugural celebrate Bloomfield Hills Day.  It was a day that offered open house at such City attractions as Cranbrook museums, Historic City Churches and the Village Club.   While no such event is perfect in its first year (many visitors said there was not enough time to do everything)  Cravens found it wanting and to avoid “attendance fatigue “canceled it indefinitely.

         Three months later City Clerk in analyzing the City’s waste hauling, per Goals and Objectives, re-wrote all the City’s waste hauling ordinances based on what she had learned  by studying other  the program of other communities.

          Since it was started in 2012 under then Mayor McClure there has no residents input in Goals and Objectives and none has been allowed. At the first meeting when the program started former Mayor Zambricki and current Mayor Dul suggested “bringing the residents in to the process of identifying  Goals and Objectives.

         Such suggestions were ignored and apparently the commissioners were dissuaded from making such populous comments in future years.

         Ironically it is the City Commission that  is often on the outside  looking  in.  
.     The Commission had little say  in the waste hauler issue.

       City employees City Clerk Amy Burton wrote the ordinances, City Manager Jay Craves wrote the 40 page document of waste hauler duties and  the guidelines for hiring a single waste hauler. When it came time for the latter, Cravens excluded the commission from the selection process and instead  appointed a committee consisting of two “super citizens”  When commissioners objected Cravens allowed a single commissioner (Commissioner Sherr) to serve as a non-speaking, non-voting observer. 

  Because it  operates outside the normal bounds of traditional  open government mandated by the state of Michigan there is no legal basis for  Goals and Objectives as practiced by our City Commission and City employed. 


 Including the residents would  help the programs legitimacy but it would not provide the checks and balances necessary for good Government,. 
        When it started in 2011City Beautification became the poster child for future Goals and Objectives. Money was raised by soliciting donations which paid for tree planting and Woodward avenue islands.  The initial program was wildly successful and tax payer dollars were not spent 
       Four years later, as indicated by the memo below Beautification as an objective continue but the emphasis has changed . The memo  City Manager Cravens sent to the Commission dated September 4th 2015 request a cushion over  $5000, to be applied to three projects.
1)     Tree planting on the islands at the  Long Lake intersections of Pembroke and  Country Club to improve drainage. How much of the cushion is to cover this inherent city expense is not provided.
2)      Planters and plant to “beautify” the West Long Lake Merchants store fronts. How much of the cushion will go this to “goal” was not stated.  The Long Lake merchants beautification goal has been on the books for years and there is a little bit of irony here. Three ago  years Mr. Cravens tossed the crown jewels of the City (Cranbrook, Village Club, Christ Church  Cranbrook, and the Chapel at St. Hugo’s) to persuade  store front merchants to  beautify.
That fell on deaf ears until the City started providing incentives like drawings and plants. One wonders if  what would have happened if  he retained  Celebrate Bloomfield  and through clever marketing provided the  Merchants with what they really wanted  which is more customers.
3)      The last item is also not itemized in terms of much of the cushion expense it requires but it will have the City planting   trees along  Long Lake beside the Country Club.  Why exactly  is not stated. On its own the Country Club is very well landscaped. Maybe they want to shield it’s golfing members from traffic noise. If so that is something the club should take care on its own.
     One could say that $5000 is peanuts to a City with a 9 million dollar budget but it is still tax payer money unless donors with money to burn emerge. It has already been said that the City may find the money from other funds and sources and   not need the $5000 plus cushion at all but with exception of the Islands at  Pembroke and Country Club the emphasis  is on befitting third parties as opposed to residents.





Thursday, September 17, 2015

Baldwin Library Hosts OK2SAY Program on Cyberbullying.

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BIRMINGHAM, MI (September 16, 2015) – Living in an online world filled with sexting, bullying and cyberbullying can be challenging for students and parents to navigate. OK2SAY program personnel from the Office of the Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will facilitate two concurrent programs for teens and parents about these pressing subjects on Monday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Baldwin Public Library.

The goal of OK2SAY is to stop harmful behavior before it occurs by encouraging students to report threatening behavior to caring adult authorities who can help. Featuring a comprehensive communication system that facilitates tip submissions through various means, OK2SAY enables Michigan residents to confidentially report student safety threats to trained program operators who forward tips on to local agencies for a timely response.

Teens in grades 6-12 will learn about the dangers of revealing personal information on social networking sites, the consequences of sexting, how to respond to bullying and cyberbullying, and how to use the OK2SAY confidential tip service. Parents will see a brief overview of the teen presentation, learn relevant research about how students are using technology, and hear Internet safety tips and practical tips.

Baldwin's Head of Adult Services, Maria Williams, says, "We want parents and students in our community to understand the threats that exist for young people who are active online and be properly equipped to respond to them. The digital divide between parents and their ultra tech savvy kids can make it harder for these important conversations to occur. We want to help bridge that gap."

To learn more about OK2SAY, visit the program's website at Parents and students can register to attend the programs on the Library's online event calendar or by calling 248-554-4650.

The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The Library’s hours are 9:30 a.m.—9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Library’s website ( has information on how to register for a Library Card and access all of the Library’s services.

Birmingham City Commission Candidate Forums Begin This Evening.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Legendary Township Supervisor Dave Payne dead at 64. After heart attack on Harbor Springs golf course.

Outgoing Supervisor Dave Payne enjoys his last day in office and congratulates Leo Savoie after the swearing-in ceremony. July 28th, 2011.

Outgoing Supervisor Dave Payne enjoys his last day in office and congratulates Leo Savoie after the swearing-in ceremony.

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..."We want to control costs without compromising critical services," said Township Supervisor Dave Payne....
2013 News: Former Bloomfield Township Supervisor Fred Korzon Leaves Legacy of Preservation of Township s Residential Quality
...He was 89 years of age. Former Supervisor Dave Payne, whose 41-year career with Bloomfield Township overlapped much of the time Mr. Korzon served in elected positions, said Mr. Korzon focused on maintaining the high-quality residential character of Bloomfield Township while the business community expanded along the Township s main arteries:...
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...Leo was appointed to the Bloomfield Township s Board of Review in 1997 and the Zoning Board of Appeals in 2011. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in November, 2004. On July 25, 2011, Leo was appointed Supervisor to fill the unexpired term left vacant by the retirement of Dave Payne....
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[PDF] 2004 Winter Newsletter
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[PDF] Summer 2004 Newsletter
...Township resident Ben Craine has been a leader in this effort, serving on the Cable Access Board (originally known as the Access Management Committee) since its inception and chairing it since 1989. Township Supervisor Dave Paynehonored Ben saying, Ben has been a constant source of leadership....
[PDF] Winter 2006 Newsletter
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[PDF] Fall 2009 Senior Newsletter
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...Township Supervisor Dave Payne said, "The AAA bond rating is the direct result of a great team effort put forth by the Board, administration and...
[PDF] 2007 Township Annual Report
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Opening Celebrations of the EMAGINE PALLADIUM & IRONWOOD GRILL.

Emagine Palladium & Ironwood Grill

Charity Opening Celebrations

250 North Old Woodward Avenue
Birmingham, MI
Please join us for a series of three events, hosted by Mary and Paul Glantz, the charitable opening celebration week at Emagine Palladium and Ironwood Grill includes two evenings consisting of dinner and a movie (seated reservations with full menu and bar options) and a final grand opening charity preview evening (with strolling appetizers, full bar, music, movies). Includes valet parking.
100% of the ticket purchase price will equally benefit four selected charities that serve the surrounding community. They are: Beaumont Children’s Hospital, The Community House, Kids Kicking Cancer, and Variety the Children’s Charity.


Sunday, September 27, 2015 — Dinner and a Movie
  • Seated dinner reservation, hosted bar, and movies. Times vary – see RSVP card.
  • Tickets: $125 adults / $50 youth (under 18)
  • Reservations every 20 minutes from 4:00-8:00 p.m. (Dinner precedes movies)
Tuesday, September 29, 2015  — Dinner and a Movie
  • Seated dinner reservation, hosted bar, and movies. Times vary – see RSVP card.
  • Tickets: $125 adults / $50 youth (under 18)
  • Reservations every 20 minutes from 4:00-8:00 p.m. (Dinner precedes movies)

Baldwin Library Unveils Build Imagination Collection at Open House

Library Unveils Build Imagination Collection at Open House

BIRMINGHAM, MI (September 9, 2015) – The Baldwin Public Library is unveiling a new collection of 100 architecture books for children, the Build Imagination collection, at an Open House on Saturday, September 26 from 10:30 a.m. until noon in the Library’s lower level Rotary Room. Made possible with a generous donation from the Rae Dumke fund of the Michigan Architecture Foundation (MAF), this collection features fiction and non-fiction books on topics that help foster children's imaginations and raise awareness about architecture.

Ms. Rae Dumke is the former Executive Director of MAF, AIA Michigan (American Institute of Architects Michigan), and AIA Detroit. She currently serves on the MAF Board of Trustees. Upon her retirement, an endowment was established in Ms. Dumke’s name through contributions to MAF.

The Build Imagination collection includes books about architecture, art, color, Legos, graphic design, shapes, and famous landmarks. It features everything from board books for the very young to more advanced informational texts for children as old as fourteen. Titles in the collection were selected by an MAF committee comprised of Stephanie Miller, Baldwin Library; Alan Cobb, Albert Kahn Associates; Rae Dumke, Honorary AIA; Doug Koschik, Baldwin Library; Jeffrey Ryntz, Saroki Architecture; Michelle Saroki, Saroki Architecture; and Stephen Smith, TMP Architecture.

Attendees of the Open House will have the opportunity to check out books from the collection after the presentation. Coinciding with the release of the new collection is a “block party.” Children and grown-ups of all ages will have fun building structures with a variety of building toys including wooden blocks, Duplos, and Legos at various building stations set up in the meeting space.

Stephanie Miller, Baldwin’s Head of Youth Services, says “the Library has been increasing its focus on STEAM programming to encourage engagement with math and science and this new collection will be a fun way for children to engage and develop these skills.” Visit to register for this event.

The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The library’s website ( has information on how to register for a library card and access all of the library’s services.

Baldwin Library Hosts Eleanor Roosevelt Tea at the Townsend Hotel September 26th Noon.

BIRMINGHAM, MI (September 9, 2015) – Tea experts Barb Gulley and Rachel Gulley of Barb’s TEA Shop will discuss the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt during an afternoon tea at The Townsend Hotel on Saturday, September 26 at noon.

Inspired by the release of Ken Burns’ documentary, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” which aired on PBS in 2014, the afternoon tea presentation will focus on the highlights of Eleanor Roosevelt's life. “Growing up, she was a shy, unassuming child who faced her fears and, by doing so, grew to accomplish great things in politics and human rights. She exemplified one of her most famous, and our personal favorite, quotes: ‘A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water,’” shared Barb Gulley.

Barb and Rachel incorporate their world travels and passion for tea and education into all their programs. Back from a recent trip to Hyde Park, New York, home of Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, they are excited to share stories of Eleanor and the Roosevelt family.

“With the success of the Downton Abbey inspired tea the Library hosted in February and the enthusiasm of its 60 attendees, we knew we wanted to host another event with Barb’s TEA Shop,” stated Associate Director, Rebekah Craft. “Eleanor Roosevelt has been an influential figure in our nation’s history and we want to honor her many achievements with this program.”

Contact The Townsend Hotel’s Afternoon Tea Department at 248-647-2196 for reservations. Tickets for the event are $45 per person and include a selection of sandwiches, scones, miniature pastries and Harney & Sons tea. The Townsend Hotel is located at 100 Townsend Street, Birmingham, Michigan 48009. All proceeds from this tea will support the Baldwin Public Library.

The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The library’s website ( has information on how to register for a library card and access all of the library’s services.