City Services Continue during COVID-19 Pandemic
With the Governor's extended 'Stay Home Stay Safe' order, many are wondering about the coming weeks here in Birmingham. We know this is a challenging time for many, and while much remains uncertain during this evolving pandemic, we want to provide helpful information pertaining to City services and meetings.

City Meetings
Upcoming regularly scheduled City meetings for the City of Birmingham will be conducted virtually (online and/or by phone) through May 12 (or longer depending upon upcoming Executive Orders) due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19 under the Governor of Michigan’s Executive Order 2020-48. Learn how to participate in these meetings at www.bhamgov.org/participate and download virtual meeting Zoom instructions here . Please note the City Commission Budget Hearing originally scheduled for Saturday, May 9 has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 6 at 8:30 a.m. The budget hearing location will accommodate for social distancing and is yet to be determined.

Please note City offices continue to service the public, however the Municipal Building and Department of Public Services are not open to the public. Residents are encouraged to contact any department requiring assistance via phone or email. Visit  www.bhamgov.org/contacts  to view a list of departmental contact numbers for services needed.
Submit City Payments Online
It's easy to make City payments online, and the service is especially beneficial during the COVID-19 ‘Stay Home Stay Safe’ order. Visit  www.bhamgov.org/paymybill  to submit the following online payments: Water Bills, Invoices and Special Assessments. You may call 855-780-5989 to pay by phone.

You may also submit payments by mail for  Invoices and Special Assessments  to: 
City of Birmingham, Treasury Department, 151 Martin St., P.O. Box 3001, Birmingham, MI 48012-3001

You may also submit payments by mail for  Water Bills  to: 
City of Birmingham - Water, P.O. Box 671756,  Detroit,  MI 48267-1756

Learn more at  www.bhamgov.org/paymybill
Fire Hydrant Flow Testing  
Starting Monday, May 4, the Birmingham Fire Department and the Department of Public Services will conduct the annual flow testing of the City’s hydrants. Flow testing is a critical infrastructure project that ensures the safety of residents by providing the flow pressure and volume of water that is expected from each hydrant. Additionally, it reveals hydrants with mechanical problems. Flow testing is one of the ways the City ensures hydrants are operable and give the proper water flow when needed.

Please note flow testing may cause water in the immediate area to appear rust colored. The City gives a few days warning to the areas that will be tested by placing signs at crossroad intersections. If you experience rust colored water, here’s helpful information:
1.      This condition DOES NOT pose a health problem.
2.      Normal running of COLD water in your home will soon clear up the problem. DO NOT USE HOT WATER. This will prevent rusty water from entering the hot water tank.
3.      If the rusty water affects your laundry, you may purchase “oxalic acid”, or commercial products for taking rust out of clothes, from local grocery, drug or hardware stores. Follow the product instructions for rewashing the clothes and the rust will be removed.

The Fire Department and Department of Public Services conducts flow testing in May, Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Download a map that indicates the areas to be flowed. The areas shaded in gray will be tested in 2020; the white area without shading will be tested in 2021. Flow testing should be complete by the end of May. The Birmingham Fire Department and the Department of Public Services appreciate your patience as they work to ensure the safety of Birmingham’s residents. For more information, please contact the City at 248-530-1805.
Latest COVID-19 information from the City:  www.bhamgov.org/virusprevention

City's COVID-19 Hotline: 248-530-1805, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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