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AROUND TOWN
February 2017


Welcome to the February 2017 edition of the Around Town e-Newsletter from the City of Birmingham. We hope you enjoy this e-newsletter and forward it along to others who may be interested in the City of Birmingham!
Take a Virtual Tour Around the Birmingham Museum    

Birmingham Museum Tour
Birmingham Museum Tour


Make a Difference in Birmingham - Join a Board or Committee

There's no better time than now to get involved in a wide range of available boards  and committees in Birmingham. You may be  interested in art, history, cablecasting, architecture, storm water or transportation - wherever you look, we've got a place where you can make a difference.

The following is a list of Board or Committee openings:

Advisory Parking Committee ( 2 members needed; 1 building owner and 1 restaurant owner),
Architectural Review  Board ( 1 needed; Licensed Michigan architect and resident),
Cablecasting  Board  (1 regular member, 1 alternate opening),
Historic District Study Committee (3 regular member openings),
Multi-Modal Transportation Board (2 alternate member openings),
Storm Water Utility Appeals  Board  (3 regular members and 2 alternate openings),
Triangle District Corridor Improvement Authority (1 regular member opening).

(Some  boards  meet once a month, twice a month, or as needed.)

Find out more about the requirements for each  board at  www.bhamgov.org/government/boards/board_opportunities.php.

It's easy to apply. Download the  online application today, and email, fax, mail or bring in your application to the Clerk's Office. For more information, you may also contact the Clerk's Office at  248-530-1880.
Birmingham Restaurant Week Is Here! Bon App├ętit!

Now through February 3, and February 6-10



Take advantage of specially created menus from Birmingham's top chefs during Birmingham Restaurant Week. Now through February 3, and February 6 - 10, enjoy three-course lunches for $15 and three-course dinners for $30. Visit  www.BirminghamRestaurantWeek.org for event menus. 
Understanding Storm Water Rate Changes 

The City has adopted a new billing methodology for allocating 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, visit our webpage at: www.bhamgov.org/stormwater.
Planning a Vacation? Get Your Passport Renewed Early

usa-passport.jpg Passports are required for U.S. Citizens traveling outside of the United States. Currently the processing time to obtain a passport is six weeks (expedited service is available for an additional fee). Passport applications are processed at the City Clerk's Office by appointment. Residents and non-residents are welcome!  Contact the City Clerk's Office to schedule your appointment today at  248-530-1880
 
For additional information visit  www.bhamgov.org/passports or contact the National  Passport Information Center at  877-487-2778.
Sign Up NOW for the Spring Citizens Academy



City residents who are interested in increasing their knowledge about local government operation can apply to be a participant in Birmingham's Citizens Academy by submitting the  Citizens Academy Application . Applications are accepted now through  April 10, 2017  on a first come first served basis. 

This free, interactive 7-week program is open only to Birmingham residents 18 years or older and is designed to provide a fun, informative learning experience for citizens who want to know how the City of Birmingham operates. Classes will be offered on Tuesday nights from  6-8:30 p.m. and on two Thursday nights. Register now; space is limited. The sessions will be limited to a total of 20-30 participants to ensure a quality experience for all participants.

For further information about the Citizens Academy, visit www.bhamgov.org/citizensacademy  or contact Joellen Haines, Assistant to the City Manager, at  jhaines@bhamgov.org or  248-530-1807.
Know a Senior Who Needs Help? Learn about the Adopt a Senior Program & NEXT

As we continue to transition into the retirement years for our baby boomer generation, we are reminded of the services available to the seniors in our community.  Pioneered by two officers in 1997, the Birmingham Police Department's Adopt a Senior program just completed its twentieth year. The program targets seniors in the community who lack the resources or assistance many others enjoy.  From things as simple as an officer stopping by to say hello to minor home maintenance projects, the program provides services tailored to the seniors' needs.

As the program expanded, the needs outgrew what could be provided, so we partnered with NEXT.  NEXT provides a wide range of support services from legal and financial, to transportation and activities. Most referrals come from our officers during the course of their duties, but there are many seniors we don't see. If you are a senior who is interested in either program, or know someone who is, please contact NEXT at 248-203-5270, the Birmingham Police Department at 248-530-1870,  or visit http://www.bhamgov.org/government/departments/police/adopt_a_senior.php
Understanding the Snow Ordinance

Take measures to ensure you don't find yourself in violation of the snow ordinance regarding snow removal and snow parking bans. Here are the two most important requirements:
  
1) You're required to clear the sidewalk in front of your home of any snow and ice. If the snow stops falling during the day, your sidewalks must be cleared by no more than 12 hours later. If the snow stops falling during the night, all sidewalks must be cleared by 6 pm the following day. Sidewalks that are not cleared of snow and ice will be shoveled by the city and the property owner will be fined.
 
2) When a Snow Emergency is declared residents must remove their cars from the streets so the snow plows can get through. Cars in violation of this ordinance will be ticketed.
 
View more information about  snow removal on the city's web site.  
February News from the Birmingham Museum    

Second Thursday Family Storytime: "Away We Go!" Thursday, February 9, 2017

7:00 pm-The Birmingham Museum (Hunter House)
Free

This special storytime series is intended for children aged 3 to 8 years and will take place in the cozy setting of the historic 1822 Hunter House on the museum grounds. Susan Dion, children's librarian from the Baldwin Public Library, will get youngsters moving with readings focusing on the exciting theme of transportation. Parking is available at the Chester Street Parking structure. Registration required; please register online at the library.

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 1 PM to 4 PM and is located at 556 W. Maple Rd. Parking is available in the Chester St. structure on the south side of Maple. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors, children 5 and under are free. Please visit us on the web at www.bhamgov.org/museum or www.facebook.com/TheBirminghamMuseum.
Save the Date: Early Golf Sign-Up

Spring is just around the corner!

We invite you to Lincoln Hills Golf Course during the last two weeks of March for our "Early Sign-Up" for your 2017 Golf Membership. Those who come in will receive a complimentary round on us, valid through May.

March 20th - 24th, Monday - Friday,  10 am - 6 pm
March 27th - 31st, Monday - Friday,  10 am - 6 pm

We look forward to seeing you then!
February News from the Baldwin Library    


Black History Month Poetry Night with Deonte Osayande and Friends
Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. Registration required.
Deonte Osayande and friends will perform works of original poetry and lead a roundtable discussion about the history of Black activism in the United States.
 
Income Tax Time, with CPA Tom Hill
Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. Registration required.
Learn what you need to know to minimize your tax liability before preparing your 2016 Federal and State personal tax returns. This session will include time for questions.
 
Amazing Animal Athletes
Thursday, February 23 at 10:30 a.m. Registration required.
Compare and contrast human feats with animals' physical feats of strength, flexibility and more with special visitors from the Howell Nature Center.

The Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 W. Merrill Street in Birmingham. For more information visit www.baldwinlib.org or call (248) 647-1700.  
Thank you for reading Around Town, a monthly e-newsletter from the City of Birmingham.  We hope you find the information timely and useful. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to friends and neighbors who may be interested in Birmingham.  
 
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