It was the unexpected summer storm that blew up towards the end of the July 2017 City Commission Meeting. Despite the storm and and drang it inspired there was something vaguely familiar about it.
After ten years all aspects of Road review and regret the City of Bloomfield Hills sounds vaguely familiar.
IT was out going Mayor MCready who talked up roads as a way of showing residents their tax dollars at work.
The only problem was the roads the tax payers paid for didn't last and no one seems to know why.
A late as 1977 there was no high speed highway connecting Paris with the German Border, Just a tree lined two lane road.
Like the Roman roads or for that matter some of the roads in Birmingham Michigan they may have been built on concrete.
What ours are built on are built on and why they don't last remains a frustrating subject of conjecture.
A couple of years ago at budget meeting, Then Mayor McClure told commissioner Hardy that she has doubts about the latest HRC road proposal.and maybe it should be shopped out for competitive bids. To which Ms.Hardy said it is a little late for that don't you think ? Mayor Mclure said it could be changed.
That was a number of years ago. At the July Meeting Jamie Burton of the City''s Engineering Consulting firm Hubbel Roth and Clark Introduced a new approach. Re-do all the roads that needed doing in one fell sloop with a single contractor. Make your arrangements now in what Burton called the January Window of time when contractors would be desperate for business and prices would be low.
Burton was supported by new City Manager and Former City Chief of Public Safety David Hendrickson.
Sara McClure opposed the all in once scheme saying that it was beyond the City'budget..Mayor Coakley joined Mclure concerned about the budget bur appeared ti be drafted into the fray.
the complexityof the matter and the lack of immediate information on hand prompted tabling the matter for a late July work session.
Work sessions are open to the public and usually begin in late afternoon and conclude before the dinner hour.