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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cravens Resignation Official City Press Release

Press Release – For Immediate Release
September 28, 2016

The City of Bloomfield Hills announces City Manager, Jay Cravens will be resigning effective October 21, 2016.  Mr. Cravens has accepted a position with the Town of Collierville, Tennessee.   The move will bring Jay and his wife Laurie closer to family in Tennessee.  “The City of Bloomfield Hills is a unique and wonderful community to work for and I have had the honor of working with an excellent staff.  While I will miss the area, I am looking forward to spending more time with my granddaughter,” said Jay Cravens.
“We thank Jay for his leadership over the past 10 years and all he has done for the city, we wish him the best in his new assignment,” said Mayor Pro Tem Mike Coakley.

During an open meeting on Wednesday, September 28th, the City Commission appointed Director of Public Safety David Hendrickson to serve as the Interim City Manager while the search for a permanent City Manager is underway.  The City Commission voted to procure a Municipal Search Firm and has appointed City Clerk, Amy Burton to oversee the executive search for a permanent replacement. 

Breaking News. City Manager Jay Cravens Resigns.

The word was on the street late Wednesday Afternoon. A formal statement is expected today to be written and delivered by Mr.Cravens' long time City Hall  friend  City Clerk Amy Burton.

Cravens  a man of brevity promised it would be short.

Like most of the decisions he made in his eight plus years tenure as Manager of day to day functioning of the City, his last was people centric as opposed to say a career move.
The Cravens family will be moving to Memphis Tennessee where they will be with their daughter who just delivered  their first grand child.

Cravens always a  planner plans on five years in Memphis seeing  his grand child work through the wonder.Then the Cravens expect to gravitate to the Western part of Michigan where the family has roots.

While  The City of Bloomfield Hills will remain in the rear view mirror  Mr. Cravens plans to  stay in touch with the many friends he has made here.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Agenda Items for tonight's City Commission Meeting.

CITY OF BLOOMFIELD HILLS City Commission Agenda  September 13, 2016 The regular meeting of the City Commission will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at City Hall 45 E. Long Lake Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304.  Phone 248.644.1520 1. Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance. 

2. Recognition of Citizens in the audience. 

3. Consent Agenda  A. Bills Payable for August 2016 B.  Department Reports: a. Finance Director / Treasurer b. Public Safety c. Engineering C. Minutes: a. City Commission Regular Meeting held August 9, 2016 D. Correspondence:  a. Memo from City Manager: 2016 Goals  b. Letter from Oakland County Water Resources Commission: Dated August 31, 2016 

4. PUBLIC HEARING: The commission will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of hearing public comments on the City’s proposal to reprogram its CDBG fund allocations for program years 2013, 2014 and 2015 to Bloomfield Township Senior Services. 
5. The commission will consider adoption of a resolution to reprogram CDBG funds to Bloomfield
Township Senior Center.
6. The commission will consider approval of a contract and adoption of a resolution for the PSAP Agreement with Oakland County.  

7. The commission will consider a memo from City Manager Cravens on the quote for installation of trees throughout the city

8. The commission will hear City Manager comments

9. The commission will discuss lead responsibilities. 

10. The commission will consider other business. 
Respectfully Submitted, Amy L. Burton, City Clerk

Agenda for this afternoon planning Commission Meeting

1. Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance.  
2. Minutes:  Planning Commission meeting held on August 9, 2016. 
3. PUBLIC HEARING: The planning commission will conduct a public hearing on the zoning ordinance amendment related to retaining walls and landscape walls.  
4. The planning commission will consider the request of the property owner at 39475 Woodward Avenue for preliminary and final site plan approval for building renovations.    
5. The planning commission will consider the request from     AT & T for a wireless communication tower at 1805 Kensington Road. 

6. The planning commission will hear a presentation from the architect for the project at 40701 Woodward Avenue to provide a project update. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Baldwin Library new releases 9-6-16 Jane Austin to Money Monsters.


220 Merrill marks second anniversary with benefit for Baldwin Public Library People

From  Library Director Doug Koschik

Cut the Cable Cord with Help from the Baldwin Library

BIRMINGHAM, MI (September 8, 2016) – Have you been considering canceling your cable package but are not sure how to access your favorite content without it? Learn about some of the most popular and user-friendly alternatives on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Baldwin Library.
Maria Williams, Head of Adult Services, will share many options for eliminating or reducing pay TV subscriptions by using free content from the library and an antenna, along with paid content from streaming services in order to access great entertainment options. She will demonstrate how to use a Roku Streaming Stick, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, and an Apple TV and share the pros and cons of each device.
Williams cut the cord in 2009 and has never looked back. “There are so many more options for accessing content now than there were even one or two years ago. HBO, live sports, and all kinds of programming that used to be exclusively available with cable or satellite subscription is now accessible by other, more affordable means. I really love answering questions, showing people new technology, and sharing how to save money on expensive cable bills."
The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The Library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 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.