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December News from Birmingham
View the December edition of the Around Town e-Newsletter for information about holiday valet parking, carriage rides, Santa Haus, final leaf collection information and more! Sign up to receive the monthly Around Town e-Newsletter at bit.ly/bhamnews.
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Share Your Input on Parks & Rec Master Plan Draft
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The draft 2018 Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the City of Birmingham is available for review and comment now through January 3, 2018.  The draft plan is available for download here or the public can review a hard copy at the following locations during normal business hours:

  • Birmingham Municipal Building, 151 Martin St.
  • Birmingham Department of Public Services Building, 851 S. Eton St.
  • Birmingham Ice Arena, 2300 E. Lincoln St.
  • Birmingham Baldwin Public Library, 300 W. Merrill St.
Written comments may be e-mailed to parksrecplan@bhamgov.org, or mailed  to: 
City of Birmingham, Dept. of Public Services 
Attn: 2018 Master Plan Review
851 South Eton Birmingham, MI 48009
The People of Birmingham: Celebrating 200 Years of Stories
The Birmingham Museum invites you to share a story about a special person from Birmingham’s last 200 years. This person can be anyone from the present or the past—a friend or family member, an ancestor, a neighbor, or someone you remember growing up that made an impression on you. We are more interested in the story and why it is important to you than exact facts. 
 
The People of Birmingham: Celebrating 200 Years of Stories exhibit will feature submitted entries on display in the museum and online during 2018—Birmingham’s 200th year! Your submission may become part of our permanent collection and could appear online, in the museum or both. The exhibit will run through December, 2018, and will include an online version that may be accessible permanently. 
 
Complete the entry form and learn more at www.bhamgov.org/PeopleofBirmingham2018Exhibit
New Smart Meters in Birmingham
 
INTRODUCING THE CIVICSMART LIBERTY SMART METER!


Parking Meters 1 LIBERTY NEWThe installation of 1,262 credit card enabled "smart" parking meters has begun! All parking meters located in the City of Birmingham will offer payment by credit card as an option upon completion of the installation of the new parking meters. Learn more at www.bhamgov.org/smartmeters.

New Parking Widget Shows You Real Time Parking Availability

parking greenThere is a new faster way to find parking in Birmingham structures. Simply pull up the City of Birmingham app on your smart phone, or go to www.bhamgov.org which is the homepage, and click on the green and white parking widget in the upper right corner of the page. It will pop up an orange box with real time parking space availability and a map to all the structures. It's that easy and convenient. When you are making plans to come to Birmingham, check out parking ahead of time and get real time information. For more parking initiatives, go to www.bhamgov.org/parking.

City Still Seeking Volunteers for Committees
Now is the time to get involved in your city government. There are opportunities right now to serve as a regular or altervolunteersnate member in all kinds of committees that review art, architecture, zoning, historic design, storm water, transportation, cablecasting, parking, property, and triangle district improvement. To apply for an open Birmingham committee, fill out our online application and send it in to the Clerk's Office, or call 248-530-1880.
Old Woodward Downtown Infrastructure Project Slated for 2018 midblock crossing graphic


The City of Birmingham’s Old Woodward reconstruction project, originally planned for this summer, will now take place during the spring of 2018. On Monday, April 24, the Birmingham City Commission voted to reject bids the City had received for the project, and to rebid in the fall. The section along Old Woodward from Oakland to Brown will be the first phase of downtown infrastructure improvements that will span over the next several years. The area will receive extensive upgrades, including: new sewers, water main, pavement, street lights, traffic signals, planters and parking meters. Due to a demanding construction season, the City received a low number of bids to complete the work in the summer of 2017 and they were significantly higher than expected. The revised project timeline will allow for additional companies to bid on the project. In addition, it will give Birmingham merchants more time to prepare for the project and develop incentives to be offered throughout construction.

Learn more about the City’s upcoming downtown infrastructure improvements and project phases at www.bhamgov.org/downtowninfrastructure

Storm Water Rate Changes Effective Jan. 1, 2017
The City has adopted a new billing methodology for allocatingsewer clip art drain storm water charges effective with billings on or after January 1, 2017. Information has been mailed out with the current water and sewer bills. For more information regarding the rate changes, visit our webpage at: www.bhamgov.org/stormwater.
Old Woodward & Maple Infrastructure Project

Over the next several years, the City of Birmingham will invest in the City's infrastructure by addressing the needs in theStreet scape proposed downtown Central Business District with water system, sewer system and streetscape upgrades. The City held a Public Open House event to share with the community more about the streetscape upgrades. The project consultant, MKSK, presented proposed designs for the complete redesign of Old Woodward and Maple in Downtown Birmingham. Topics discussed included: road design, on-street parking, pedestrian crossings, sidewalks and streetscape.

If you were unable to attend the event, view the Old Woodward and Maple Project Boards. Learn more about the entire project at: www.bhamgov.org/DowntownInfrastructure.

Wheel & Tire Thefts
The Birmingham Police Department would like to make the public aware that the City has had several cases over the past two months where wheels and tires have been stolen off vehicles parked on the street and in driveways.  We would like to ensure the public that the police department is aware of these thefts, and investigations and patrols targeting these crimes have been implemented. We remind the public to be vigilant in parking vehicles in well-lit areas if possible and to report anything of a suspicious nature to the Police Department at 248-530-1870 or 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.  

If anyone has any information concerning these thefts, please contact Detective Kate Long at 248-530-1771 or e-mail her at klong@bhamgov.org.  
Understanding Your Water Bill

Recently, summer water bills were sent out and you may notice that your bills may be higher than normal.  The reason for this is generally attributed to an increase in water and sewer rates and summer utilization. Learn more at www.bhamgov.org/waterandsewerrates.

Pet Safety Reminders

The City of Birmingham has several pet regulations designed to keep pets and people safe. Here are some useful reminders:dog leash streetscape - Copy (2)

  • All dogs must be on a chain or leash and under the reasonable control of some person at all times. It is unlawful for any owner of any dog to permit the dog to go beyond the premises of such owner unless restrained by a chain or leash and under reasonable control.
  • All dogs and cats four months old or over must have a license. All dogs and cats shall be immunized against rabies, prior to issuance of a license. Licenses are issued by the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall. For a more complete list of rules and information on pet regulations, go to:dog leash sign

http://www.bhamgov.org/government/departments/police/animal_control.php. If you have any questions regarding the Animal Ordinance you may call the Police Department at 248.530.1889 or the City Clerk’s office at 248.530.1880.

W. Maple Rd. OPEN
We are pleased to announce W. Maple Road is reopened to traffic from Cranbrook to Southfield.  

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While some minor work is still required to repair the sod along the rights-of-way, the road is now open to traffic.
 
We hope you are pleased with the newly paved surface and appreciate your patience in waiting for this project to be completed.  Please drive safely.
Birmingham Summer Newsletter Now Available
The summer edition of the City's printed newsletter is now available. Learn about the City's water quality, upcoming events, parking initiatives and more!
New Parking Options Announced
The Birmingham Parking System is pleased to announce two new initiatives designed to provide more parking capacity to the downtown area:

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Starting Tuesday, June 7, the roof level of the parking structure will be controlled by valet staff during the peak demand hours of the day (about 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.).  Drivers that cannot locate a space on lower levels will be asked to turn their car over to a valet driver stationed at the entrance to Level 5.  The valet operation will allow the building to hold about 50 more cars than it usually does.  This will help delay or remove the need to close the structure due to being filled.  There is no extra cost to use this service.
 
Temporary Parking Lot at 35001 Woodward Ave.
The City has leased vacant property at the northwest corner of Maple Rd. and Woodward Ave. to operate a monthly permit only parking lot.  Customers currently waiting for a monthly permit at the Park St. Parking Structure will be invited to pay a monthly fee and park in this lot.  We hope that this will help reduce parking costs for those that participate, while also reducing demand in the Park St. Parking Structure.  Sales of the monthly permits will begin next week, with full usage expected to begin the week of June 13.  
Statement on Flint and Water Quality in the GWLA Served Communities
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) issued a statement regarding Flint and water quality in the areas served by the GLWA. For more information, view the Statement on Flint and Water Quality.
View W. Maple Rd. Interim Data Summary

The results of the before and after analysis of the W. Maple Road conversion from 4 to 3 lanes are now available. See the January 19, 2016 W. Maple Road Interim Data Summary report by going to: http://www.bhamgov.org/westmapletrial.

Water Quality in Birmingham

With recent water quality concerns in Flint, it is important for residents to understand the water quality standards in their community.  Birmingham publishes an annual report on water quality which shows the sources of water, lists the results of our tests and contains important information about the City’s water and public health. These annual reports continually show Birmingham’s water quality standards surpass the water quality standards mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). To review City’s annual reports on water quality, you can visit the City’s website (www.bhamgov.org) or click here for the current annual report.

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Kids of all ages will have to go no farther than Barnum Park to enjoy Birmingham’s first “Little Free Library” housed inside a brightly painted owl figure perched in a tree on the southeast corner of Barnum Park. So what exactly is a Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, leave a book” free book exchange. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share.

Understanding Birmingham Road Projects
With several road projects on the horizon in and around Birmingham, it's important to understand who is responsible for the affected roads, the history behind the upcoming projects, where the funding is coming from and the scope of work that will be completed in the coming year. Please read our Understanding Birmingham Road Projects message to gain a better understanding of the West Maple Road and Big Beaver Road projects.
Birmingham Transitions to New ADA Parking Requirements
Reserved ParkingThe City of Birmingham is introducing a new policy regarding accessible parking in the City. Following federal ADA requirements, the City will be offering approximately 70 accessible parking spaces throughout the Central Business District. Access detailed information, as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the new policy and a map showing the location of the new designated accessible parking spaces at www.bhamgov.org/adaparking
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Policy Changes Coming for Accessible Parking
The City of Birmingham is introducing a new, exciting policy regarding accessible parking in the City. Following federal ADA requirements, the city will be offering roughly 60 accessible parking spaces throughout the Central Business District. To answer some questions, the City has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet about the new policy.handicap symbol - Copy
 
VIEW THE WEST MAPLE ROAD TRIAL

Learn about the trial for the West Maple Road lane reconfiguration.  Details about the plan, the process, and the test criteria can be found at www.bhamgov.org/westmapletrial.

Board & Committee Applicants Sought to Impact Birmingham's Future

Citizens have an opportunity to share ideas and make a difference in their community by serving on City of Birmingham boards and committees. Those who serve help shape the future of the community by serving in an advisory capacity to the City Commission. For more information and to download the application, visit www.bhamgov.org/boardopportunities or call (248) 530-1880. 

Birmingham Announces New Public Notice Webpage and Information Sharing Tools to Better Connect Residents and Businesses
To ensure community members have the latest information and updates from the City, new communications tools have been created to offer even more ways to stay informed on City business and issues. Download more information about Birmingham's newest communications tools.
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Chester Street Parking Structure will soon receive advanced traffic control equipment to create a faster and more efficient parking experience.

The enhanced system will require parkers to use a credit card to pay for parking. Cash will no longer be accepted. Those who do not have a credit card may go into the Central Parking office (located next to the entrance) to receive a special debit card. The system will not require parkers to use a ticket, which will prevent backups from occurring when a driver is stopped at the exit and unable to locate their ticket.

The new equipment will be installed this Saturday, April 23. The equipment will be operational beginning Monday, April 25. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/chesterparking.

Submit Tips through OK2SAY Student Safety Initiative
The Michigan Attorney General's office recently announced OK2SAY is now available in Michigan. OK2SAY is a student safety initiative which allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at school students, school employees, and schools. 
A Message from the City Manager
Joe Valentine, Birmingham City Manager, released a message regarding the Multi-Modal Transportation Plan and a public review process for proposed modifications to West Maple Road. Download the 
message here.
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Storm water lawsuit reaches resolution
The City of Birmingham, along with seven other communities to date, were served with class action lawsuits beginning in 2014 alleging the standard practice for allocated municipal stormwater charges did not meet the proportionality test established through ongoing court rulings. For more information on the settlement of this lawsuit and what this means for Birmingham, 
Click here.
A Message from the City Manager
Joe Valentine, Birmingham City Manager, released a message regarding the status of the City's parking system and plans for the future. Download the message here.
Andres Duany's Recommendations for the Future of Downtown Birmingham
View Andres Duany's final presentation regarding the development of Downtown Birmingham, the implementation of the Downtown Birmingham 2016 Plan and recommendations for the future of the Downtown Birmingham.
New Parking Standards to be Implemented on Hamilton Ave.

The road, sewer and water line upgrades on Hamilton Avenue have been completed and the road is now handicap symbol - Copy (3)reopened. The final elements, which include parking meter installation, will be conducted the week of July 11th.

The reconstruction of this road requires compliance with new regulations under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reserved accessible parking spaces on the street at a ratio of one marked accessible space for every 25 spaces on the block. As a result, Hamilton Avenue will be the first street to receive reserved accessible parking spaces. For more details and how it may affect parking, go to: http://conta.cc/29ouDb6