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March 2019

Welcome to the March 2019 edition of the Around Town e-Newsletter from the City of Birmingham. We hope you enjoy this e-newsletter and forward it to friends or family who may be interested in the City of Birmingham!
Inside City Hall with Birmingham City Manager, Joe Valentine

Inside City Hall March 2019
Inside City Hall March 2019

Register Now for Birmingham Citizens Academy
Deadline: April 19, 2019

Applications to attend the 2019 Birmingham Citizens Academy are now being accepted through April 19, 2019, in the City Manager's Office. This free, interactive 5-week program is open to Birmingham residents 18 years or older, and is designed to provide a fun, informative learning experience for citizens who want to understand how the City of Birmingham operates. 

Classes include: T he Role of Government,  Police,  Fire,  Building and Development, Engineering,  Parks and Public Services, Dept. of Public Services,  Budgeting and Finance, Museum and Library, and  will be offered on Tuesday nights from 6-8:30 p.m. and some Thursday nights. Downtown walking tours and project tours offer unique insight into government operations.

The academy will take place from April  30 through May 30, with a graduation ceremony at the City Commission meeting on Monday, June 3, 2019. The sessions will be limited to a total of 30 participants to ensure a quality experience for everyone. For an application and more information about the Citizens Academy, visit   or contact Human Resources at 248-530-1810.
Apply Now for Goodwill Mission to Ritto, Japan

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to visit Japan during the 2019 Goodwill Mission, scheduled for August 14-24. The annual Goodwill Mission is a key component of Birmingham's Sister City relationship with Ritto. It offers opportunities for Michigan and Shiga residents to deepen friendships and cultural understanding between our sister-states. 

This 11-day sister state trip to Shiga includes:
* Pre-travel orientation
* Round trip air fare from Detroit to Nagoya
* Ground travel in Japan
* Hotel accommodations and most meals
* Luggage transfers
* English speaking Interpreter/Tour Guide
* Tours & Unique Cultural Experiences

The central highlight of this trip will be a 5 day, 4-night homestay in the home of a Japanese family
in your sister city. You will meet their families, friends and neighbors, experiencing Japanese
customs and traditions. Friendships will be formed that last a lifetime. Download an information sheet and the application form. Hurry, applications are due no later than April 1, 2019.
Save with Early Golf Incentives

Spring is just around the corner!

We invite you to Lincoln Hills Golf Course during the last two weeks of March for our  2019 Early Sign Up Membership Bonus.  Early birds will receive their first round of golf on us! 

Get the Deal: Simply renew your membership between March 18 - 22 or March 25 - 29 at Lincoln Hills Golf Course between 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Lincoln Hills Golf Course is located at 2666 West 14 Mile Road. Learn more at We'll see you on the green!
Special Siren Test set for Wednesday, March 27

In an effort to promote severe weather safety preparedness, Oakland County will conduct a special test of the Outdoor Warning System on Wednesday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m. The purpose of this test is to raise the awareness level of our citizens and offer schools and businesses an opportunity to test their internal disaster plans during normal business hours. View future  siren testing dates  online here .
Yard Waste Collection Resumes in April

Please note you may start putting yard waste bags curbside for pick up on your refuse day during the week of April 1st. Only the kraft-style paper bags are acceptable, or trash containers with a "Yard Waste" decal sticker attached (no plastic bags). 

If you have yard waste bags prior to April 1st, you can either hold onto the yard waste until the curbside yard waste pick up begins, or take up to 10 paper yard waste bags to SOCRRA, located at 995 Coolidge, Troy MI.  

The City's contractor will not pick up yard waste prior to April 1st, as it is prohibited by state law during the winter months. For more information, view yard waste guidelines at or  contact the Department of Public Services at (248) 530-1700.
City moves to enhance cleanliness and foster pedestrian experiences in its alleys with ordinance amendment
A recent ordinance amendment to the Birmingham City Code includes updated language that aims to foster increased cleanliness as well as accountability in dumpster usage in the City's alleys. Among the actions included in the ordinance amendment is the requirement that labels be affixed to dumpsters by the waste hauler, indicating the party responsible for emptying the container. The labels also identify which businesses are permitted to contribute to a particular dumpster. More information on the dumpster labels will be coming soon.
The City believes this action, along with increased code enforcement and other measures, will enhance cleanliness while providing an active, pedestrian friendly experience in its alleys and passages. This is why the City has enacted plans such as the Strategy for Alleys and Passages (SAP) and the Via Activation Overlay District (VA) following extensive study.
For more information on the City's plans for its alleys and passages, please visit the city website .
If you have questions or concerns, please contact City Planner Nick Dupuis at (248) 530-1856.
Discover History of Woodward Ave. with Museum Director's Book
Photo by Esme McClear.

Would you like to learn more about the history of Woodward Avenue and how it affected the communities along it? Look no further than Birmingham Museum Director Leslie Pielack's new book,  titled  The Saginaw Trail: From Native American Path to Woodward Avenue.  Learn how the Saginaw Indian Trail became Woodward Avenue, and why it brought people to settle in Oakland County and as far as Saginaw in the early 19th century. It emphasizes the stories of some of the people who found their way here via the trail, including runaway slaves, independent women, and more. It also includes the stories of Native Americans who occupied the area and what happened to them when settlers came. Finally, it talks about the great changes and progress that occurred along the Woodward Corridor before and after the auto industry.  The book is available for $24.00 at the Birmingham Museum (556 West Maple), with all proceeds going to support the museum. It is also available at Amazon and local bookstores such as The Book Beat. Enjoy!
Support Community with Concert Series Sponsorship

The 39th season of In the Park Summer Concerts will be held in Shain Park this summer. The concert series is offered to the community thanks in part to our generous sponsors. Download the  2019 In the Park Summer Concerts Sponsor Form  to view various levels of sponsorship opportunities that fit all budgets. Thank you in advance for your support!
Pet Care & Safety Reminders for Walking Around Town

Photo by Ed Morykwas, River of Time Photography

The City of Birmingham has several pet regulations designed to keep pets and people safe. Here are some useful reminders:
  • All dogs must be on a chain or leash and under reasonable control of some person at all times. A dog cannot go beyond the premises of its 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.
  • Owners cannot allow animals to deposit fecal matter in any place other than the premises where the animal is harbored or kept, unless it is immediately collected and removed.
  • If a person is walking an animal on property they do not own, whether public or private, they must have an appropriate device for the collection of fecal matter in their immediate possession and an appropriate depository for the transmission of fecal matter to the premises where the animal is harbored or kept.
  • No person shall harbor or keep any dog which, by loud or frequent or habitual barking, yelping or howling, causes a serious annoyance to the neighborhood, or to people passing on the street.
Also, please remember dog waste should be collected with a bag and disposed of in your garbage container, not your yard waste bin. If you have 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.

March News from the Birmingham Museum  

The Birmingham Museum has been fortunate to work with area universities to provide educational internships to students interested in learning how a local museum operates. Students work with museum staff to experience giving tours, working with the public, and helping with the museum collection. This program provides students with a valuable learning experience, but also enriches our museum and gives students a sense of the 'real world' of museums.

This semester we have two college interns and a future intern/current volunteer at the museum. One of the first projects they are tackling is an inventory of several dozen boxes of clippings and photos from the Birmingham Eccentric. These clippings number in the thousands and have been part of an ongoing inventory project. From left to right they are: Michael Schaeper, who is studying Communications at Oakland University; Isabella Hickey, also in Oakland University's Communications program; and Elizabeth Jones, who is studying Economics and History at the University of Michigan. Stop by and say hello!

The Birmingham Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 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 five and under are free. 

Please visit us on the web at or
March News from the Baldwin Library    

Saturday, March 2, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Are finals stressing you out? PAWS from studying and pet a therapy dog. After the Library closes to the public, high school students will have the whole Library to themselves.

Tuesday, March 12, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Registration required.
Local author Bill Dow will talk about the historic ballpark and read from his book, "Tiger Stadium: Essays and Memories of Detroit's Historic Ballpark, 1912-2009."
Saturday, March 23, at 11:00 a.m. Registration required.
Join us for a story time featuring the book Tea Rex by Molly Idle, followed by a fancy dress tea party.
The Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 W. Merrill Street. For more information visit  or call (248) 647-1700.  
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