Week of 8.14.17

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Meadow Brook Concert & Cuisine

More than 350 ($85 - $125 tickets) convened at Oakland University for the annual summer fundraiser for MBT - “Michigan’s answer to Broadway.” Before the food stations opened, folks lollygagged outside sipping beer and wine from the Rochester Tap Room and bid $9,000 for the silent auction items Colleen Brnabic and Maryann Foxlee had set up in the hallway. Generous local restaurants (see photo gallery) served savory fare for dining on the stroll before the theatre doors opened. Artistic director Travis Walter conducted a live auction with his trademark good humor. He got $500 from two bidders for two Dickens packages that included a walk-on role in MBT’s “A Christmas Carol”  and $900 for a Fender Squire Guitar signed by The Grass Roots Band.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»
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Safety path contract approved for 2017

By Lisa Brody
News Editor
04/14/2017 - A contract extension with Italia Construction, at 2015 prices, to continue the 2017 safety path program was approved by the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees on Wednesday, April 12.

At their November 28, 2016 meeting, trustees approved the routes for the 2017 safety path program, which will include Long Lake Road from W. Bloomcrest to Adams Road; Woodward Avenue from Strathmore Road to Big Beaver, and then picking up again at Woodward from Big Beaver to Manor Road, along with a small allocation for maintenance repairs at miscellaneous locations. A preliminary cost estimate for engineering and construction provided in November was $1.45 million.

Olivia Olsztyn-Budry, township engineer, explained that a new set of unique conditions have arisen at the northwest corner of Adams and Long Lake that will necessitate the reconstruction of the area, as well as pedestrian signals and the installation of keystone retaining walls. Adjacent to the city of Troy, a cost sharing program, with Bloomfield Township paying 73 percent of the costs and Troy, 27 percent, would help offset charges.

In addition, SMART has requested that the upgrade of two bus stops on Woodward, and the addition of a shelter, engineer Randy Ford told trustees.

Ford also explained that trustees had two choices going forward to pay for the safety path program for 2017: they could award the contract to Italia Construction, who had done the township's other safety path work, and said they would maintain the 2015 prices if they were awarded the 2017 contract; or publicly bid out the 2017 program.

If they chose to bid it out, Ford said, the engineering department would need to develop specifications, advertise that they were bidding it out, and then return to the board in the future to have them award the contract. "It would take a few months," he said.

Ford also estimated that Italia's costs would be $1.17 million, while through bidding it out, new pricing would likely come in at around $1.35 million. The township's budget for the program is set at $1.45 million.

"Bidding the program out may exceed the budget," he said.

"Why is Italia holding the numbers for two years?" asked supervisor Leo Savoie.

"I think familiarity with the area, and it's a big job. It's understanding the job, and the expectations. There are bonds if the contractor does not hold up their end. Italia's done a good job of holding up their end. Sometime there is so much more given because of efficiencies," Ford explained.

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