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Birmingham, MI 48012 
Ph. 248.530.1800
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January 2017

Welcome to the January 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!

The City of Birmingham wishes you and your family a very Happy New Year!
Stay In Touch with Us

Did you know the City of Birmingham has many communication tools to keep you apprised of the latest information from the City? You can sign up to receive updates from the City on the Public Notices Webpage, or on all aspects of the City on the Webpage E-notify page. And, the City has enhanced its messaging system called Constant Contact, which sends customized messages and information about events and opportunities in the City. In addition, the community can access information via the City's Facebook and Twitter accounts, the printed electronic newsletter, and more! Download a Communications Tools flier or visit for more information.
Storm Water Rate Changes Effective January 1, 2017 

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:
Set Your Christmas Tree Out for Collection

Please note Christmas trees are being collected through Friday, January 13. A separate service is used for disposal of holiday trees, so collection will not necessarily be at the same time your rubbish is picked up. The trees are ground into wood chips for recycling, so please remove all lights, ornaments, stands, etc. If you used a bag to contain the needles while removing it from your house, please remove it also and dispose of it in your regular garbage. For more information call 
248.530.1700 .
Refuse Collection on Schedule 

Remember to put trash out on your regular day this week (January 2-6, 2017). Trash will be picked up on schedule; there is no delay due to the holiday. Thank you!
Dine in Birmingham during Restaurant Week
January 30 - February 3 & February 6-10

Birmingham's favorite dining event is almost here! The  11th annual Birmingham Restaurant Week event will be held between January 30 - February 3 & February 6-10. Take advantage of specially created menus from Birmingham's top chefs. Enjoy three-course lunches for $15 and three-course dinners for $30. Keep an eye on for event menus coming soon !
Use Birmingham Online Payment Options

It's easy to make payments online. You can pay bills online, such as Property Taxes, Water Bills, Invoices and Special Assessments, simply by calling 855.780.5989, or go to this link to submit your payment online.

- Property Taxes - Please have your tax statement and credit card available. You will be asked for your parcel identification number. No partial payments can be accepted for tax payments.

- Water Bills - You will be asked for your account number or property address.
Invoices - You will be asked for your invoice number.

- Special Assessments - You will be asked for your special assessment roll number (SAD######) and your parcel identification number.

To pay a parking ticket online, visit: and use Bureau Code: 9169916 to get started. You will be asked for the ticket number or your license plate number. The rest is easy and fast.

Other options to pay your parking ticket are in person, by mail, or by phone.
To pay in person, visit the Treasurer's Office at City Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. City Hall is closed on holidays. If your parking ticket is due on a weekend or holiday, we will accept payment on the first business day after the due date. If you are mailing payment, please do not send cash. Use the drop box located behind City Hall after hours or during holidays.

To pay by phone, call 866.549.1010 (use Bureau Code 9169916). You will be asked for the ticket number or your license plate number. For more info, go to:
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.  
Learn to Skate Class Registration

Series 3 
Registration For All Skaters:
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
5:00 pm -7:00 pm 
Saturday, January 7, 2017
9:00 am - Noon
Classes will begin the week of:
Monday, January 9, 2017
Please visit the City of Birmingham website.
OR contact Jill Kolaitis, Learn To Skate Director:
January News from the Birmingham Museum    

Happy 2017! At the museum we are gearing up for a great year. Our newest exhibit "Birmingham's Image Maker Victor Pytko: Art, Science and Light" is fully installed Come on in and experience Birmingham and the world through the eyes of this talented local artist!

On January 12 at 7 pm we are hosting a "Winter Wonderland" themed family storytime in the Hunter House in cooperation with the Baldwin Library. This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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 or
January News from the Baldwin Library    

Introduction to Pinterest
Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Learn about Pinterest and how to use it to find and save recipes, parenting hacks, style inspiration, and other ideas.
Successful Communication with Your Teenager
Thursday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Jessica Cortez, LMSW, will give tips and tricks on how best to communicate with your teen.
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Miz Rosie
Monday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Miz Rosie will bring Madam C. J. Walker, the first female African-American self-made millionaire, to life.
Politics & Prosecco with White House Reporter April Ryan
Friday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a glass of Prosecco while listening to April Ryan discuss her newest book, At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White.
The Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 W. Merrill Street in Birmingham. For more information visit  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.