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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

League of Woman Voters Candidate Forum Conjurs up Ghosts of Halloween Past.

 And a few firsts like the first Forum in recent memory to to be held at Prime Time. In the past  the Our Forum had to compete with rush hour traffic and the dinner hour.  Apparently  someone at one told the league that our senior residents  were usually ready for bed at six pm and the information stuck.
Another first was the length of an hour and a half. Usually we get just an hour. An other new wrinkle was  the addition  a of the Literature table where attendees could pick up  brochures  or puff  pieces  the candidates write about them selves. Attendees were invited to take home with them. It is not known  if anyone did.
The Crypt however was blown wide open on the first question of the evening of the  evening which was the  did any of the candidates see a rapprochement with The Township Library in the foreseeable future. The answer was no in no uncertain terms.
 the Baldwin Library has been a good fit for the City all agreed  providing  usage information when requested and making it clear to both Cities that  library belongs to the City of Birmingham and therefore upgrades and what not are the responsibility of the owners not the  contract  communities  who use it as  more or less renters.
Almost a decade before it was the township who wished to raise its rates  through  the stratosphere to cover their equally high remodel costs and would not provide sage information to justify such an increase.
What is little known is that City Commission paid the Township  library dues for the residents when they were in the bounds of reason. The money came from the General Fund And the City could not afford to pay what the Township Library was asking. So the City went dark and stayed that way for  a couple of years. 
Knowing how much the residents  liked the library money was even set aside in case  The Township Library come to its senses.
Enter the Troy library and the Ghosts of City Managers past. The City Manager' Duties include gate keeping, and keeping the Ghosts out.  But there are exceptions to every rule and the man from the  Troy Library was one of of such. The Troy Library would sell annual Library privileges to residents  our City for a mere $100 a household.
If every household wanted one the cost would be $15000. Cheap But it good better. Despite the City'offer to pay the hundred dollar fee there were few takers.  The highest estimates  were
less than 200 and easy to monitor when the City dispensed checks   to the small numbers who requested refund checks which prompted  the question couldn't those who wanted to use the Township  Library go there and pay the costs associated with such members  and receive the benefits of said.That is how it works in America right ?
 Maybe but not exactly. So two  residents of our CITY went to court to determine the exact boundaries of not exactly. The case went all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court it was ruled that  people had the right to visit the library, and use the library  on the premises. The Court also ruled that  it would not  force  libraries to loan books or sell it's services.
A Spit decision. When you are in a public Library In Michigan  you are entitled to be there by rights articulated   by Michigan  Supreme Court  in  a case taken there by Bloomfield Hills Residents Mr.Goldstein and  was represented fellow Bloomfield Resident,  Attorney Robert Toohey. Ther efforts   provide   you with the half you can use but not the part you can not.  If you want to change that in Michigan I suppose you start with the State's Supreme Court. In our City  we  have found  what works and is affordable and that is priceless.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

More new titles from The Baldwin Library

BOOKS
This collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national crises. We meet a failed poet who, envious of other people's wealth during the real-estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art collapse under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, in "Bronze," a sexually confused college freshman whose encounter with a stranger on a train leads to a revelation about his past and his future.

Bailey Ruth finds herself comforting a distraught sister when she's sent to Adelaide, Oklahoma, on her latest mission. Susan Gilbert receives a $100,000 ransom demand for her younger sibling. When the caller wants Susan to pay a visit to her wealthy boss and take the cash from his safe, Bailey Ruth follows Susan to the home. But she finds herself in a quandary, knowing that robbery is hardly a Heavenly pursuit. While Susan waits to hear back from the kidnappers, Bailey Ruth attempts to piece together how the criminals targeted Susan and how they know about her boss's money. At a luncheon the previous week, Susan's boss asked her to open the safe so all the attendees knew it was filled with cash. Could one of the rich man's closest confidants be behind the abduction? Bailey Ruth is positive she can use her detective skills to figure out which luncheon guest arranged the kidnapping. But an unexpected twist in the case soon has Bailey Ruth seeking a murderer who has plans to send more victims to the great beyond.

Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished.

Merry Smith is pretty busy these days. She's taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry's well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her--minus her photo--and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl. Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects--or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot.

It's been too long since the entire Quinn family has been able to celebrate the holidays under the same roof, but that's about to change. With Bart back safe and sound from Afghanistan, the Quinns are preparing for a holiday more joyous than any they've experienced in years. And Bart's safe return isn't the family's only good news: Kevin is enjoying married life with Isabelle; Patrick is getting back on his feet after paying his debt to society; Ava thinks she's finally found the love of her life; and Kelly is thrilled to see his family reunited at last. But it just wouldn't be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly.

DVD'S/BLU-RAYS

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Baldwin Library Hosts Family Story Times at the Birmingham Museum
BIRMINGHAM, MI (September 27, 2017) – Every month, the Birmingham Museum opens up their 1822 Hunter House to host an evening family story time along with the Baldwin Public Library. Upcoming family story times include “Nocturnal Animals” on Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. and “Teddy Bears” on Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.
The cozy parlor of the oldest home in Birmingham is the perfect spot to unwind as Baldwin Public Library youth librarian Maeve Devlin reads books, sings songs, repeats rhymes and fingerplays, and leads movement activities. Story times not only foster a love of reading, but they also teach children valuable social skills like following directions, sharing, and interacting with others. It encourages children to get involved in the story they’re hearing and motivates them to want to read more.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with the Baldwin Library for our story time series,” said Birmingham Museum Program Assistant Caitlin Donnelly. “For many young children and their families, this is their very first visit to the museum and it gives us a chance to show off our facility and the different programs that we have.”
The Birmingham Museum is located at 556 West Maple. Exhibit hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and until 8:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Two hours of free parking is available at the Chester Street Parking Deck; credit card required for entry and exit.  For more information, call 248-530-1928 or visit www.bhamgov.org/museum. Museum admission is $7 for adults; $5 for students and seniors.  Kids 5 and under and Friends of the Birmingham Museum members are free.

New from The Baldwin Library

BOOKS
Daniel Graham MacCormick--Mac for short--seems to have a pretty good life. At age thirty-five he's living in Key West, owner of a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the Army as an infantry officer with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky. One day, Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life, and waiting for Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups. Carlos wants to hire Mac and The Maine for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate, but Mac suspects there is more to this and turns it down. The price then goes up to two million dollars, and Mac agrees to hear the deal, and meet Carlos's clients--a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega, and a mysterious older Cuban exile, Eduardo Valazquez. What Mac learns is that there is sixty million American dollars hidden in Cuba by Sara's grandfather when he fled Castro's revolution. With the "Cuban Thaw" underway between Havana and Washington, Carlos, Eduardo, and Sara know it's only a matter of time before someone finds the stash--by accident or on purpose. And Mac knows if he accepts this job, he'll walk away rich.

In the course of his tenure with the Thames River Police, Commander Monk has yet to see a more gruesome crime scene: a Hungarian warehouse owner lies in the middle of his blood-sodden office, pierced through the chest with a bayonet and eerily surrounded by seventeen candles, their wicks dipped in blood. Suspecting the murder may be rooted in ethnic prejudice, Monk turns to London's Hungarian community in search of clues but finds his inquiries stymied by its wary citizens and a language he doesn't speak. Only with the help of a local pharmacist acting as translator can Monk hope to penetrate this tightly knit enclave, even as more of its members fall victim to identical brutal murders. But whoever the killer, or killers, may be--a secret society practicing ritual sacrifice, a madman on a spree, a British native targeting foreigners--they are well hidden among the city's ever-growing populace. Racing time and the rising tide of terror all around him, Monk must be even more relentless than the mysterious killer, or the echoes of malice and murder will resound through London's streets like a clarion of doom.

After twelve years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one--but what, exactly, does it prove? Meanwhile, newly married Dooley and Lace face a crisis that empties their bank account and turns their household upside down. Is the honeymoon over? Is this where real life begins? As the Mitford Muse editor stumbles on a quick fix for marital woes and the town grocer falls in love for the first time, Father Tim and Cynthia receive an invitation to yet another family wedding. But perhaps the bottom line is this: While a star blinks out in the Mitford firmament, another soon blinks on at Meadowgate, and four-year-old Jack Tyler looks forward to the biggest day of his life--for now and forever. Jan Karon weaves together the everyday lives of two families, and the cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin.

Eager to start their life together, historian Vickie Preston and Special Agent Griffin Pryce take a detour en route to their new home in Virginia and stop for a visit in Baltimore. But their romantic weekend is interrupted when a popular author is found dead in the basement of an Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant. Because of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the corpse, the FBI's Krewe of Hunters paranormal team is invited to investigate. As more bizarre deaths occur, Vickie and Griffin are drawn into a case that has disturbing echoes of Poe's great works, bringing the horrors of his fiction to life.
Our City's Election  long Night Journey into day is Finally over And thanks to the to the efforts of many the City will host an uncontested Election on Tuesday November 7th. Uncontested means  unchallenged as occurs when there are
 more commission seats available than there are commissioner seeking them. In such cases  With the Election being a forgone conclusion why bother having one?


That is old school thinking  the Residents  deserve better.This 
is the only chance the Residents have to comment who will be their leaders between now and and  and election day in1919 .

Having a contested election in 2017 is way of getting the ball rolling to that day in the 1919.
An uncontested election means no media coverage. Why should the Newspapers care about an election where the election is over before  it began ?

If you want a blow by blow    how we went from nine candidates in 1915 to 4 in 1917 you just had it. Commissioner Dull decided to  not to seek re-election  in order to do  vegetation piece work for a

 for a neighbor.  that left four remaining commissioners all incumbents but two more  candidates  were needed to get the magic number of 6  candidates needed for a contested election.

We are told the remaining commissioners keeping the the residents in mind
went on a shopping trip to the Planning Commission  to get candidates. they had four and needed to arrive at  to magic number of six  candidates for  for five seats  the 
 numbers necessary needed for an uncontested election and  reminiscent of a late 1960's popular date movie featuring Henry Fonda as a widower  with three kids and Lucile Ball as a widow with three kids. None of the teenage kids seems pleased with the upcoming  marriage.   But the youngest keeps  reminding  all that at the neighborhood Chinese restaurant   with six you get egg 
roll.
regardless one more was candidate was gleened   from the planning  commision  gained which was better than none was and  half way home,better and  than none. 


Unless you have tried it you may not realize how hard it is to get candidates  on the quick. Especially  when there are other considerations such as 
 family. Career,  Money (yes elections cost money)  mostly yours and the a general state of exhaustion when the the trumpets cease.
The Election previous on November 3rd 1915  the City had nine candidates some  which of despite being urged on by the well meaning  (we hope) may not have have been fully  apprised of what they getting involved in.
 Participating in City Government of Bloomfield Hills starts with attending meetings and getting noticed  believe me.show up at a City Commission. meeting and  you will you and stand out like a flickering neon sign in power failure.
Don't be shy. Everyone will wonder who you are but that will pass. Come enough and you might be asked for your opinion. Some day you might even be considered for a board or a commission. All six of the of the current candidates started that way. Did I say Six  I guess I did ? and I should know having written this article. With we six we get more  than egg roll.  Our candidates and citizens get extended  press coverage  follows and a  League of Woman Voters hosted  Candidate Forum. That may be televised. Hip HipHurray 
Like the wise man  once said  Serendipity is where you find it.




                   






Monday, October 2, 2017

Catching up on the planning Commission

Motion by Commissioner Salloum, supported by Commissioner Juras, the planning commission approve the minutes of the planning commission meeting held on May 9, 2017, as presented.
Did we say Catch up ?,
City Hall has a policy of not publishing meeting minutes on the City web side  until the City Commissioners approve them. this is a violation of the open meetings act which says  draft minutes of an official meeting be  available to residents in 15 business days. Draft minutes may not be pretty but they will give you an idea of what was discuss and decided at the meetingby hoom.
Know your rights.You are not required  to attend meetings. The Governing body is required to tell   you with draft minutes what happened  in 15 days, Not three monthes.That is why they call it the
The  Michigan Open Meetings Act.





MEETING OF  AUGUST 7TH
CITY OF BLOOMFIELD HILLS OAKLAND COUNTY ____MICHIGAN August 8, 2017 The regular meeting of the planning commission was called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Chairman Walter Cueter at 4:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room, 45 E. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Planning Commission Present: Walter Cueter Mary Kauper Connie Salloum Paul Lay City Manager David Hendrickson City Commissioner Sarah McClure Planning Commission Absent: Mayor Michael Coakley Will Hosler Mary Juras Staff Present: City Attorney Derk Beckerleg City Clerk Amy Burton Building Official Keith Woodcock 023-2017 Minutes Motion by Commissioner McClure, supported by Commissioner Salloum, the planning commission approve the minutes of the planning commission meeting held on July 11, 2017, as presented. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Absent-3 (Coakley, Hosler, Juras) Motion Adopted. 024-2017 295 Lone Pine Court – Pool and Pool Fence in Side Yard Ms. Jill Bahm, city planner, presented her review letter dated August 3, 2017. Ms. Bahm noted the applicant is  with a quaren meeting  meeting a quarrequesting approval to construct a pool and related pool fencing in the side yard at 295 Lone Pine Court. Mr. Keith Logsdon, architect with Michael Willoughby & Associates, presented the request on behalf of the property owner at 295 Lone Pine Court. Mr. Logsdon explained the shape of the lot doesn’t allow for the pool to be located in the rear yard. He explained the fencing proposed at the property line was modified to be an open design, 4 ft. in height instead of the originally proposed solid wood 6 ft. tall fence. Approved: September 12, 2017 Planning Commission 2 August 8, 2017 Commissioner Cueter suggested the applicant consider moving the fence location into the property to be closer to the pool and to allow for landscape screening on the outside of the fence to block it from neighboring property views. Mr. and Mrs. John & Julie Mazza, property owner at 351 Lone Pine Court, were in attendance to express opposition to the fence located so close to their property and in direct view from their property. Commissioner McClure noted the building envelope where the pool is proposed would technically allow for the primary residence to be built in this area. Stuart Sherr, city resident, spoke in support of the proposal and the property owner at 295 Lone Pine Court. Commissioner Cueter explained the placement of a pool in the side yard is the reason the request for a fence in the side yard is before the planning commission for approval. Mr. Cueter noted that the purpose for the fence is to secure the pool, and perhaps the fence should be brought in from the property line and closer to the pool the fence is intended to enclose. Commissioner Kauper agreed the fence on the north property line should be moved closer toward the pool and away from the property line. Commissioner McClure suggested the fence be positioned at the side yard setback location of 26ft. from the side lot line, with adequate landscaping to screen the views from the neighboring property owners. Property owner, Mr. Sam Shamie, was agreeable to the proposal of constructing the fence 26 ft. in from the property line as well as adding landscaping on the outside of the fence to monitor noise and the view of the fence and pool. Mr. Keith Logsdon suggested the applicant would work with James C. Scott & Associates, landscape architects, to create a natural planting plan to compliment the existing landscape and adequately screen the fence and pool from the off-site views. Motion by Commissioner Kauper, supported by Commissioner McClure, the planning commission approve the pool as presented and approve the fence plan as modified during the planning commission discussion to have the north fence moved to be no closer to the lot line than 26 ft. and the north and east fence shall be screened appropriately to fit into the landscape and the screening of the fence and the planting plan shall be developed by the applicant’s landscape architect and shall be reviewed by the City Manager. The landscape screening of the fence shall be on the outside of the fence so the fence is not visible from the neighboring property. The additional landscaping to screen the fence shall be natural to continue the look of the proposed planting plan for the rest of the site and this approval is subject to the conditions as set forth in the HRC letter dated August 3, 2017. Approved: September 12, 2017 Planning Commission

Thursday, September 14, 2017

CELEBRATE 90 YEARS OF THE BALDWIN LIBRARY

BIRMINGHAM, MI (September 13, 2017) – Sneak out for some roaring fun to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Baldwin Public Library. Baldwin is throwing a speakeasy-themed Books & Bites fundraiser on Friday, November 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All proceeds from the event will help fund an expansion and renovation of the Youth Room.
Bid on hotsy-totsy auction items, listen to live jazz music, strike a pose in the photo booth, and try your hand at one of the game tables. Sip and get stuffed with food, drinks, and desserts from Big Rock Chophouse, Griffin Claw Brewing Company, The Bird & the Bread, Bistro Joe's, Great Harvest Bread Company, 7 Greens, Svenska Café, Toast, Whistle Stop Diner, and Whole Foods Market.
Tickets are $75 for Shakers ages 64 and under, $65 for Boomers ages 65 to 89, and free for attendees 90 and over. Tickets can be purchased at www.baldwinlib.org/booksandbites or by calling 248-554-4683. Auction donations are welcome and sponsorship opportunities are also available.
“We have been working hard behind the scenes and are excited to host another big night for Birmingham. It’s wonderful to be able to open up the Library for a fun and entertaining evening,” said Doug Koschik, Library Director.
In past years, Books & Bites has benefited the Library’s Idea Lab (2015), Outreach Services (2013), a Teen Space (2012), and a Youth Early Learning Corner (2011).
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 (www.baldwinlib.org) has information on how to register for a Library Card and access all of the Library’s services.
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Rebekah Craft
Associate Director
Baldwin Public Library
300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI  48009

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Baldwin Library new releases 9/12/2017
In


  • In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country's first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.

    Working with Agent Cam Wittier (Insidious) and New York-based former Special Forces agent Jack Cabot, they must race against the clock to catch an international criminal and solve the enigma of the man called John Doe. When Agent Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a seemingly crazy man, he doesn't realize he will soon be facing a scientist who wants to live forever and is using "John Doe" to help him. But when the scientist, Lister Maddox, loses him, he ups the stakes and targets another to take his experiments to the next level. It's a race against time literally as Savich and Sherlock rush to stop him and save both present and future victims of his experiments. In the meantime, Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot must track a violent criminal through the Daniel Boone National Forest. When he escapes through a daring rescue, the agents have to find out who set his escape in motion and how it all ties into the murder of Mia Prevost, the girlfriend of the president's Chief of Staff's only son, Saxton Hainny. It's international intrigue at the highest levels and they know they have to succeed or national security is compromised. Featuring Coulter's signature "breakneck plot and magnetic characters" (Huffington Post), Enigma is a shocking thrill ride that will keep the you turning pages as fast as you can.

    Treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo's search for a Romanov fortune brings them into perilous contact with an ambitious neo-Nazi clan, in the thrilling adventure from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. In 1918, a ransom of enormous size was paid to free the Romanovs from the Bolsheviks, but, as history knows, the Romanovs died anyway. And the ransom? During World War II, the Nazis stole it from the Russians, and after that--it vanished. Until now. When a modern-day kidnapping captures the attention of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, the couple soon learn that these long-lost riches may be back in play, held in trust by the descendants of a Nazi guerrilla faction called the Werewolves. It is their mission to establish the Fourth Reich, and their time is coming soon. As the Fargos follow the trail across Europe, Northern Africa, and South America, they know only one thing. This quest is greater than anything they have ever done--it is their chance to make someone answer for unspeakable crimes, and to prevent them from happening again

    DVD/BLU-RAY
    Thought safely entombed deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day. Her malevolence has grown over millennia and with it come terrors that defy human comprehension.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MINUTES OF OF TONIGHTS CITY COMMISSION MEETING

meeting of the City Commission will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 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. Consent Agenda A. Bills Payable for August 2017 B. Department Reports: a. Finance Director / Treasurer b. Public Safety c. Engineering d. Building C. Minutes: a. City Commission Regular Meeting held August 8, 2017. D. Correspondence: a. Memo from City Manager David Hendrickson: City Goals b. Memo from Finance Director / Treasurer Keith Francis: MERS 3. Recognition of Citizens in the audience.  

The commission will hear a request from Kojaian Management Corporation regarding architectural approval for the remaining lots in the Bloomfield Hunt Club Estates Development. 5. The commission will consider the request of the property owner at 815 Canterbury Crescent for an appeal from the grading ordinance.
 6. The commission will consider a memo from City Manager Hendrickson on Additional Road Recommendations to the 2017 Road Rehabilitation Program. 7. The commission will consider a memo from City Manager Hendrickson on the Gravel Road Maintenance Analysis and Request to Pave Brady Lane. 
8. The commission will consider adoption of the Performance Resolution for Governmental Agencies with MDOT for work on Woodward Avenue, a state trunkline. 2 9. The commission will hear City Manager comments. 10. The commission will discuss lead responsibilities. 11. The commission will consider other business. Respectfully Submitted, Amy L. Burton, City Clerk.

Lot split may be divisive.

 The regular meeting of the Planning Commission will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 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. APPROVAL OF LAST MEETING Minutes,  of planning of Commission meeting held in August.

Today Agenda item3 . The planning commission will consider the request of the property owner at 649 Edgemere Court for permission to construct stone walls in the front and rear yards, gate in the side yard, columns at drive entrance and entrance into the rear yard and landscape features. 

TodayAgenda item 4. The planning commission will consider the request of the property owner at 1876 Rathmor and 1900 Rathmor for approval of a lot split, lot combination and natural features setback variance. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

End of summer Thrillers from the Baldwin Library.

BOOK
 Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people's secrets is silenced. The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it's not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that's exactly what happens one cold February evening. The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described "social information reporter," or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she'd find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone's done the same to her, literally--with a knife to the brachial artery. Eve didn't like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she'll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn't want to know...

DVD'S/BLU-RAYS
An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

Based on the true life story of a young Marine Corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.

Five friends from college reunite when they rent a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that goes completely off the rails. Just when all hope is lost, they realize there's more to the story than they could've ever imagine

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

MORE NEW TITLES FROM THE BALDWIN LIBRARY

Baldwin Library new releases 9/12/2017
Inbox

  • Sep 12 at 2:48 PM
    BOOKS
    In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country's first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.

    Working with Agent Cam Wittier (Insidious) and New York-based former Special Forces agent Jack Cabot, they must race against the clock to catch an international criminal and solve the enigma of the man called John Doe. When Agent Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a seemingly crazy man, he doesn't realize he will soon be facing a scientist who wants to live forever and is using "John Doe" to help him. But when the scientist, Lister Maddox, loses him, he ups the stakes and targets another to take his experiments to the next level. It's a race against time literally as Savich and Sherlock rush to stop him and save both present and future victims of his experiments. In the meantime, Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot must track a violent criminal through the Daniel Boone National Forest. When he escapes through a daring rescue, the agents have to find out who set his escape in motion and how it all ties into the murder of Mia Prevost, the girlfriend of the president's Chief of Staff's only son, Saxton Hainny. It's international intrigue at the highest levels and they know they have to succeed or national security is compromised. Featuring Coulter's signature "breakneck plot and magnetic characters" (Huffington Post), Enigma is a shocking thrill ride that will keep the you turning pages as fast as you can.

    Treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo's search for a Romanov fortune brings them into perilous contact with an ambitious neo-Nazi clan, in the thrilling adventure from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. In 1918, a ransom of enormous size was paid to free the Romanovs from the Bolsheviks, but, as history knows, the Romanovs died anyway. And the ransom? During World War II, the Nazis stole it from the Russians, and after that--it vanished. Until now. When a modern-day kidnapping captures the attention of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, the couple soon learn that these long-lost riches may be back in play, held in trust by the descendants of a Nazi guerrilla faction called the Werewolves. It is their mission to establish the Fourth Reich, and their time is coming soon. As the Fargos follow the trail across Europe, Northern Africa, and South America, they know only one thing. This quest is greater than anything they have ever done--it is their chance to make someone answer for unspeakable crimes, and to prevent them from happening again

    DVD/BLU-RAY
    Thought safely entombed deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day. Her malevolence has grown over millennia and with it come terrors that defy human comprehension.



BOOKs
When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgment.

Through all their missions and adventures, the tightknit group of friends who make up the Sisterhood have learned one vital lesson: everybody has a weak spot. In the case of Yoko Wong's dear friend Garland Lee, the multimillion-selling performer known as America's beloved songbird, that weak spot was trusting her lawyer, Arthur Forrester. For years, he's taken advantage of her faith in him to amass a secret fortune. And now, in the deepest betrayal yet, he's dragged her into a lawsuit that could cost her home and everything she has left. The Sisterhood know they can't let that happen. Forrester has some of the country's top judges in his pocket, and a list of influential and ruthless friends -- not to mention knowledge of all the ways the law can be corrupted to work in his favor. But he doesn't have the Vigilantes' deep-seated loyalty and determination. And all his years of underhanded dealings won't prepare him for the type of creative payback that the Sisters have made their specialty...

Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alexandra Winslow took solace in the mystery stories she read with her devoted father--and soon she was writing them herself, slowly graduating to dark, violent, complex crime stories that reflected skill and imagination far beyond her years. After her father's early death, at fourteen Alex is taken in by the nuns of a local convent, where she finds twenty-six mothers to take the place of the one she lost, and the time and encouragement to pursue her gift. As she climbs the ladder of publishing success, however, she does so with her father's admonition firmly in mind: men read crime stories by men, only--and so Alexandra Winslow publishes under the pseudonym Alexander Green, her true identity known only to a few close associates. Moving from Alex's childhood to her forties, through loss and triumph, the inner workings of the publishing world and Hollywood adaptations--with the truth behind the celebrated Alexander Green concealed at all costs.

He came home to sell his family's failing ranch, but once twenty-year-old Bull Tyler sets foot on the Rimrock, he's determined to tame the rugged land and make it his own. First he'll have to take on the powerful Prescott clan, who'll do anything to get their hands on the Tylers' holding - even murder. Then Bull sets eyes on the breathtaking woman earmarked to be Ferg Prescott's bride. Now nothing will stop Bull from taking the land - or the lady who stirs his blood like no other - and building a dynasty worthy of both. She was born to privilege, and raised to do the right thing. But Susan Rutledge has never felt anything like the fire she feels for Bull Tyler. Yet can she defy her father's strong will and leave her secure life for a ramblin' rodeo man? She'd have to be crazy - or crazy in love.

DVD'S/BLU-RAYS
Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

The movie is based on the 1951 novel by Daphne Du Maurier and tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian.

Monday, August 28, 2017

NEW TITLES AT THE BALDWIN LIBRARY

BOOKS
Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold. Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew. The pair strike up a friendship--Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose--that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew's two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community. But Caden's return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again - and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized - Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly 30 years ago won't stay buried forever.


DVD'S/BLU-RAYS
It is a dark psychological thriller about a fierce showdown between two couples during the course of an ornately prepared meal at a fancy restaurant. When Stan Lohman, a popular congressman running for governor, invites his troubled younger brother Paul and his wife Claire to join him and his wife Katelyn for dinner at one of the town's most fashionable restaurants, the stage is set for a tense night.

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. Once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy, whether he likes it or not.

When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

requim for a dream cruiser

The name of the movie was Somebody up there up there likes me. IT WAS A POPULAR FILM OF ITS TIME, THE MID NINETEEN FIFTIES.IT AND IT WAS A STORY OF A PRIZE FIGHTER WHO FIGHTS HIS WAY TO THE TOP. 
IT WAS BREAK OUT FILM FOR A YOUNG ACTOR,PAUL NEWMAN. FURTHER DOWN IN THE BILLING AND PROMOTION OF THE MOVIE WAS ANOTHER ACTOR NAMED STEVE MCQUEEN.THE LATTER HAD TO BE CONTENT WITH STARING IN A TV SHOW CALLED WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE.A NATIONAL MAGAZINE OF THE ERA DID AN ARTICLE ON THE SHOW WITH A PICTURE OF MR AND MRS. MCQUEEN STRUGGLING TO HELP HIM GET INTO COWBOY BOOTS.DESPITE SUCH EARLY STRUGGLES MCQUEEN VOWED TO HAVE EQUAL BILLING WITH PAUL NEWMAN SOME DAY.
 MCQUEEN MCQUEEN'S BREAK OUT FILM WAS A MOVIE CALLED THE GREAT ESCAPE IN WHICH MCQUEEN STUNT RODE A MOTOR CYCLE INTO FAME AND FORTUNE.THE POWERS THAT WERE IN HOLLYWOOD  BACK THEN LIKED HIM.HE WAS A FRESH FACE AND HIS FILMS MADE MONEY AND THAT WAS ENOUGH FOR TINSEL TOWN TO HAND OVER THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM.
MCQUEEN  HAD SHIFTED GEARS SINCE THE GREAT ESCAPE AND IT WAS NOW RACING CARS THAT FASCINATED HIM.MCQUEEN BELIEVED THAT HOLLYWOOD HAD NEVER DEPICTED WHAT MAN,MACHINES,AND SPEEDS OF UP TO 200 MILES DID FOR ALL CONCERNED.INSTEAD OF ACTORS MCQUEEN SURROUNDED HIMSELF WITH A CADRE OF RACE DRIVERS.WHILE HE HAD SOME HELP FROM PEOPLE HE WORKED WITH ON THE GREAT ESCAPE, MCQUEEN WAS DRIVEN BY A VISION OF PERFECTION.
THE 24 HOUR ENDURANCE RACE WOULD BE SHOT TWICE.ONCE AS RACE ACTUALLY OCCURED AND THEN AGAIN WITH THE FICTIONAL VERSION MCQUEEN AND TEAM OF DRIVERS WOULD PRODUCE.THEN THE FILMS WOULD BE MERGED.AS BILLS MOUNTED AND A TANGIBLE SCRIPT WAS STILL A WORKS IN PROGRESS HOLLYWOOD BALKED AND REPLACED MCQUEEN WITH ONE OF THEIR OWN INCLUDING A DIRECTOR  MCQUEEN CLAIMED KNEW NOTHING ABOUT RACING.
IT WAS SET BACK FOR A MAN WHO HAD FEW IN HIS ROAD TO THE TOP.Back in Hollywood McQueen returned to some of his best work. He STARED IN THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, PApION WITH DUSTIN HOFFMAN, GETAWAY WITH Aly Mcgraw, and the Towering inferno where he received top  Billing with Paul Newman.
HE even found time to appreciate the Russian 18th Century author TOLSTOY. In the end Tolstoy got a little preachy and wrote a tract entitled what must man do? McQueen played Tolstoy but the needless to say the film was not a big box office hit. We know that McQueen died of Cancer at an early age.
Very possibly it was the result it was the result of Asbestos treated masks the racing drivers of the era wore.
There is an excellent documentary film on the movie Mcqueen tried to make, and his quest for perfection. One of the drivers who was part of McQueen's, Brain Trust at Le Mans went on to win the the real race five times.
The documentary ends with McQueen telling a person off camera that if anything should happen to him on a particularly difficult stunt on the set of the  Towering Inferno, "If Anything should happen to me tell Alie she can have the pick up."Everyone Laughs.



Saturday, August 19, 2017

Far from maddening crowd City of Bloomfield Hills offers super dream cruise watching.

And other amenities such as four restaurants,  and plenty of easy in easy out parking.  You see the City of Bloomfield Hills is not an official sponser. That is a decision the city makes every  year and you can argue it this  way and that but  on dream cruise day the city remains an island of calm for those who want to see vintage cars.
The city's location at the corner of Long Lake and Woodward is perfect for viewing as the cars go up and the around the Pontiac loop before returning
before returning to go south

.It also allows for gas pit stops and ice cream for the kids.

Last year  the always helpful City's Public Safety Department volunteered its services to monitor the scene. So welcome to Bloomfield Hills and enjoy!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Roads to rule in 2018

Roads to rule in upcoming road a thon planned for January.  In retrospect  according to commisioners,that we talked to that was never in doubt.  What was and what needed to be adressed at the last Monday's work session was where where the money was  to going to come from to pay the bills without taxing the residents a major consideration in an election year.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CITY WELCOMES NEW PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR NOEL CLASON.

 We asked Chief Clason for some biographic detailS and he provided the following.....
Chief Noel Clason began his law enforcement career in 1993 as a US Navy Master-at-Arms specializing in corrections and investigations, he served 2 deployments in th
e Persian Gulf while stationed in Yokosuka, Japan on board aircraft carrier USS Independence CV-62 (Served 1991-1995).  Upon honorable discharge from the Military, Clason attended the Oakland Police Academy in 1995 then served as a part time Police Officer for Clarkston Police Department and Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept.  In 1996 Clason accepted a position with Centerline Public Safety immediately attending Macomb Fire Academy.  He was a member of Centerline’s SWAT team (S.O.G.). 
In 1998, Clason accepted a position with City of Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety where he promoted through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and most recently the Detective Lieutenant in charge of Investigations.  While serving as a Public Safety Officer for Bloomfield Hills, Clason was also a paid on call firefighter for Centerline Fire, Fenton Township Fire Department and North Oakland Fire Authority.  Clason also served as an instructor with the Oakland Police Academy.
Clason holds a degree in criminal justice.  He is also a 2012 graduate of Michigan State University school of Staff and Command specializing in Police administration.
Clason is a current member of the Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) which is a multijurisdictional team serving local communities on high profile cases.  This team is comprised of senior area detectives and were recently recognized by the City of Troy for their investigative efforts.

Notable events
Clason was raised in Rochester Hills and graduated from Avondale High School in 1991
Clason was employed in his first job at 13yo with the Bloomfield Hills Country Club as a caddy.
Clason achieved awards and recognition from the Cities of Troy and Bloomfield Hills for response to Ground Zero on 9/11/01 with members of Bloomfield Hills and Troy Fire Department where they worked at ground zero for recovery efforts following the tragic events that unfolded.
Clason, at 44 yoa is the youngest Director of Public Safety in the City of Bloomfield Hills history.


He is married with a 10yo and 12yo.

Monday, July 24, 2017

City of Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Promotions





(From left): Sgt. Daniel Phillips, Lt. Dustin Lockard and Detective Lt. Jeff Gormley (Photo courtesy of Bloomfield Hills Police Department)

(From left): Sgt. Daniel Phillips, Lt. Dustin Lockard and Detective Lt. Jeff Gormley (Photo courtesy of Bloomfield Hills Police Department) 




Three members of the Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety were recently promoted:
• Jeff Gormley, a 19-year veteran of the department, was promoted laterally to from lieutenant to detective lieutenant, and oversees the detective bureau. He recently graduated from Northwestern University Staff and Command, and also holds bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and fire science from Lake Superior State College. Gormley has served on the department’s motor unit and as evidence technician as well as on the county’s hazardous materials team..
• Dustin Lockard joined the department in 2002 as a dispatcher and hired as a public safety officer in 2006. He’s been promoted from sergeant to patrol lieutenant and now commands operations of Patrol Shift 3. He holds a master’s degree in information assurance and bachelor’s degrees in sociology and information technology. He’s IT supervisor for the City of Bloomfield Hills, IT liaison with Oakland County and a volunteer firefighter for Troy.
• Daniel Phillips, an 18-year veteran of the department, has been promoted to sergeant for Platoon 3. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saginaw Valley State University, and formerly worked as an officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections and deputy with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department. He’s a firearms instructor, an Oakland County Tactical Response Team instructor and lead member of the department’s motor unit.