Birmingham City Commissioners unanimously approved a request from the chief of police to purchase 40 body cameras and to provide bias awareness and sensitivity training for the police department and other city employees, at their meeting on Monday, June 22.
Police Chief Mark Clemence explained he and the department have been researching and studying the issue of body worn cameras since 2016.
“There were privacy concerns, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, departm
Brian Wassom of the Southfield office of Warner Norcross + Judd filed for a dismissal of a lawsuit demanding $9 million in damages from the California-based company NextDoor and two Bloomfield Township residents, who have been sued by two Bloomfield Township officials, because the lawsuit violates the First Amendment on Wednesday, June 24.
Wassom, along with partner Matthew T. Nelson, are representing Val Murray and Kathleen Norton-Schock, the two township residents.
After postponing a decision on a request for a lot combination for 211 and 227 W. Frank Street at their meeting on Monday, June 8, in order for commissioners to receive clarification on part of an ordinance, Birmingham City Commissioners approved the request at their meeting on Monday, June 22.
The proposed lot combination of two small 40-foot lots at the southeast corner of Frank and Henrietta was submitted by mayor Pierre Boutros, who recused himself from the discussions.
A preliminary site plan and community impact study for development of the former Mountain King and Talmer Bank sites on S. Old Woodward received unanimous approvals from the Birmingham Planning Board at their meeting on Wednesday, June 24.
The sites, at 469 and 479 S. Old Woodward, have been under discussion and review for several years, primarily because the applicant, Doraid Markus, had originally sought to build a nine-story hotel on the property. Markus then sought to r
An ordinance to permit basketball hoops and play structures in back yards was unanimously approved by Bloomfield Township trustees on Monday, June 22.
Previously, residents had to apply to the zoning board of appeals in order to install basketball hoops and play structures, as they were considered accessory structures.
“Over the last 10 years, we saw the majority of these structures were reviewed and approved,” said Patti Voelker, director of planning, building and ordina
The Bloomfield Township Board was presented with other post-employment benefits (OPEB) actuarial results for fiscal year 2020-2021, showing the township is on an upward trend with their benefits, and trustees unanimously approved accepting the results at their meeting on Monday, June 22.
Michelle Boyles of Milliman, which has been the township's actuary for the Bloomfield Township OPEB plan for 13 years, presented the highlights of the April 1, 2020 valuation, for the fisca
With charges coming in from water and sewage disposal suppliers to Bloomfield Township lower than anticipated for fiscal year 2021, Bloomfield Township trustees unanimously approved lowering the rates charged for both water and sewer to residents at their meeting on Monday, June 22.
Trustees had previously approved water and sewer rates for fiscal year 2020-2021, which began April 1, 2020, at their meeting on April 13, based on preliminary charges from the township's water
Birmingham police were dispatched to a fight in progress between two men at a local restaurant around midnight on Friday, June 19.
Officers arrived at 220 E. Merrill Street where the two men, both intoxicated, were pushing and screaming at each other.
One of the men fighting stripped down to his underwear and spit at the police. The 31-year-old from Washington Township was arrested for disorderly conduct.
On Monday, June 22, Birmingham police arrived at Woodward and Maple in response to an indecent exposure incident at Birmingham's Dairy Mat.
A group of girls said they were eating ice cream on a half brick wall near the Dairy Mat at 35032 Woodward Avenue, when the incident took place. A man approached them and asked for the time before he pulled his shorts down and exposed himself.
The suspect was described as a heavy set white male, between 6-feet and 6-feet, 2-inches tal
Bloomfield Township police responded to four separate unemployment fraud cases during the week of June 15.
In three of the four cases, the victim received a letter from the state of Michigan to inform them of their unemployment status that they hadn’t applied for. A letter from the state, questioning the resident’s unemployment request, was sent to their current employer during the fourth incident.
The victims were not aware of how their identities were obtained or who co