Bloomfield Township voters next March will be asked to renew a 10-year, general fund operating millage that generates about $5 million a year, under a resolution that was unanimously approved on Monday, November 25, by the board of trustees.
Voters in 2010 approved a 10-year, 1.3-mill property tax to fund all general operations in the township through 2019. Trustees approved language asking voters in the March 10, 2020 special presidential primary election to approve a redu
The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees on Monday, November 25, unanimously approved contracting with Minneapolis-based Segal Waters Consulting to conduct a comprehensive study into employee compensation and staffing levels at the township.
The proposed study will be the first of its kind in more than a decade, and is intended to address questions about employee recruitment and retention in light of budget reductions and upcoming contract negotiations. The study will look
Birmingham City Commissioners Rackeline Hoff and Stuart Sherman will join city manager Joe Valentine and the human resources manager in conducting final interviews for a new city clerk and recommending a final candidate to the city commission.
City clerk Cherilynn Mynsberge resigned in September, with Cheryl Arft serving as acting city clerk in the interim. The city commission began the process of hiring a new municipal clerk at its meeting on September 16, posting the posi
A push by two Bloomfield Township trustees and dozens of residents on Monday, November 25, to boost healthcare premiums to township employees by hundreds of dollars a month without warning or negotiations failed to gain adequate support.
The board of trustees has voted for years to opt-out of a state mandate that would otherwise require municipal employees to pay a certain percentage of health care costs. Municipalities are permitted to opt-out of the law in order to develo
The holidays will come alive in downtown Birmingham's Shain Park with the Birmingham Shopping District's annual Birmingham Winter Markt, Friday December 6, through Sunday, December 8, highlighted by the lighting of Birmingham's holiday tree in Shain Park at 6 p.m. Friday, December 6.
On opening night, Friday, December 6th at 6 p.m., join the community as it comes together with Santa and Birmingham’s Mayor Pierre Boutros for live caroling and the lighting of Birmingham’s hol
The Birmingham City Commission unanimously approved authorizing the allocation of 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars, in the amount of $36,090, on Monday, November 25.
Birmingham Finance Director Mark Gerber explained the city receives the funds from Oakland County, the state of Michigan and from the federal level, of which 30 percent is capped for public services. He recommended that the maximum amount of public services funding of $10,827 be allocated a
Plans for a two-story, 14,900-square-foot office building on the west side of W. Maple, just north of Telegraph Road, were approved on Monday, November 25, by the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees.
Property owners Maplewood Office Park LLC, plan to construct the new building on a 1.38-acre parcel at 4050 W. Maple Road. The property is zoned for office use, with the owner proposing a mix of general office and medical office uses for the building. However, the owner propo
Many birds across North America, including some migrating through Michigan, are struggling to survive in the face of manmade and natural threats, according to research based on radar data and new technology for tracking birds, and the overall migration data is serving as a forecast on the health of the environment.
Fall migration in Michigan tends to start in the third week of September and goes through the warmer part of November. During that time, birders not only see doz
In 2018, Michigan voters, fed up with congressional and state legislative districts that seemed designed to favor certain political parties and not necessarily reflect their interests, did something that people always say they want to do – they took the matter into their own hands and created a system designed to end partisan district gerrymandering.
It was accomplished through the efforts of a grassroots group called Voters Not Politicians, which launched a citizen-led bal
I believe I began to receive your online newsmagazine when I worked in Birmingham although I do not live in your immediate coverage area. I have appreciated the articles posted since beginning to receive them.
For quite some time, however, I have noticed when your articles highlight crime in the community, the majority of times, when pictures are included, the suspects are African Americans but when crimes are reported where people arrested are reported as residents of