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City drainage concerns

Regarding a recent article on drainage problems in Bloomfield Hills (Downtown/April), Bloomfield Township is very good at enforcing their codes but Bloomfield Hills is very lax and lacks important codes.

For example, a neighbor on Harlan Drive tore out his driveway and put in a new one two houses from Quarton.

Bloomfield Township requires a permit and looks to ensure the culverts don’t get blocked for proper drainage.  Bloomfield Hills does not.  Even when I pointed this out to the city manager, he refused to do anything about it. I showed him pictures of standing water and he said it would go down in a few days.  The water went back to the house, making it musty.

Bloomfield Hills inspection is also a joke. I paid the roof inspector $250,  but I had to inspect it.  He stood on the driveway and looked up.  He said he might hurt himself going on the roof or going in the attic. The contractor didn’t even replace the flashing where it leaked and he said that was fine.

Well, after a big rain it still leaked.  Where? Around the flashing where it leaked before. I had to go in the attic and look. So I went to the city commission meeting and told them what transpired.  Sarah McClure just smirked and said that’s how they do it in Florida.  Really?  That’s the response?

Well, that’s not how they do it in Bloomfield Township which apparently has higher standards.

I just thought everyone should know.

Name withheld on request

Bloomfield Hills


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