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October 2019

Welcome to the October 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 October 2019
Inside City Hall October 2019

Learn about Fire Safety at Birmingham Fire Dept. Open House
Saturday, October 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore Station 1 (the former Adams Fire Station) and learn about fire safety at the Birmingham Fire Department's annual Open House event on Saturday, October 12 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at 572 South Adams. The hands-on event will offer a variety of interactive displays and activities.

Attendees will have an opportunity to operate a fire hose, try on a fire coat and watch firefighters tackle a kitchen grease fire during portable fire extinguisher demonstrations. Crowds will gather to view live vehicle extrication demonstrations with airbag deployment. Children will enjoy inflatable obstacle courses, a smoke house and face painting.

Historic emergency vehicles will be on display, including the City's first fire truck (a "Fire Pumper") from 1924. A Birmingham police vehicle and officer will be on site to display equipment and answer questions. A bomb disposal robot from the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad, plus HAZMAT apparatus and equipment will also be on display. Enter a raffle to win fire safety equipment and enjoy firehouse chili, hot dogs (new this year), cider and donuts at this family-friendly event. 

For more information, contact the Birmingham Fire Department at (248) 530-1906 or visit
First draft of Master Plan to be presented Oct. 17th at City Commission, Planning Board workshop 

Following months of public input, the first draft of the citywide Master Plan will be presented by the City's planning consultants on Thursday, October 17, 2019 during a joint workshop of the City Commission and Planning Board.  The workshop will start at 7:30 p.m. and be held at the Department of Public Services (DPS) at 851 S. Eton Street. 

While no action will be taken by the City Commission or Planning Board, the gathering is your opportunity to discuss the direction the Plan is taking. "Public input is critical in the development of what will eventually become the final document next year," said Jana Ecker, the City's Planning Director. "We encourage all groups in the City to share their vision for the future of Birmingham in 2040." 

If you cannot attend in person, the workshop will be recorded by Bloomfield Community Television (BCTV) and posted to the City website as well as the project website at . In addition to the presentation of the first draft on October 17th, a new survey seeking public input is also planned to be released by the middle of this month. The survey will be online on the City website as well as on the project website and hard copies will be available at the Baldwin Public Library and City Hall.
Maple Rd. Reconstruction work in 2020 will include installation of wider sidewalks that will add to the City's walkability

Already renowned as a walkable community, the City's pedestrian friendliness will get another boost when the Maple Road Reconstruction project gets started next spring (2020).

Once completed, City residents and visitors can look forward to walking on wider sidewalks throughout the Maple Rd. corridor whether it's to visit your favorite merchant, attend a meeting or simply enjoy being outside on a pleasant day. In addition, pedestrians will have another option to cross Maple east of Old Woodward. That's because a mid-block crosswalk is also part of the plans. The mid-block crosswalk on E. Maple will be similar to the one installed during the award-winning Old Woodward Reconstruction Project in 2018 which is regularly used by walkers on Old Woodward.

You can learn more about the Maple Road Reconstruction Project on the City website at There, you will find a fact sheet about the project as well as maps and other information to help you plan for the work, expected to start in the spring of 2020 and take about four months to complete.
Curbside Leaf Collection Begins Week of October 14th

For streets with curbs only, please note the city is divided into two zones. Determine when leaves will be picked up within your zone using the curbside leaf collection map shown below. Simply rake your leaves into the street for pickup the weekend prior to your street's designated week. Residents living on uncurbed streets may place leaves in approved containers curbside by 7 a.m. on your trash day now through the week of December 16th. For more information, visit

Discounted Fall Golf Rates and Upcoming Golf Events


Save with Fall Golf Rates
Cooler weather, changing leaves and discounted golf make fall the perfect time of year to hit the links. Head to the golf course and enjoy the fall rates listed below!  Springdale Golf Course will remain open through Sunday, Oct 20th (weather permitting), and Lincoln Hills Golf Course will remain open through the end of the 2019 golf season (as weather permits). We'll see you soon!

WEEKDAY                                      WALK             RIDE
Adult Member                               $11.00           $17.00
Senior/Junior Member                  $ 7.50            $13.50
Guest                                            $14.00           $20.00
Sr/Jr Guest                                   $11.00            $17.00
WEEKEND                                    WALK               RIDE
Adult Member                              $12.00            $18.00
Senior/Junior Member                 $ 8.50             $14.50
Guest                                           $15.00            $21.00
Sr/Jr Guest                                  $12.00            $18.00

Halloween Nite Golf - October 18th at Springdale Golf Course
$35 Per Player (Includes Taco Bar,  Golf, Glow Balls and a Fun Night!). Enjoy a Taco Bar with cold beverages, and when the sun has set, you'll head out for a night full of adventure!

Turkey Shoot - Saturday, Nov. 2nd, Lincoln Hills Golf Course
Golfers are encouraged to take advantage of an opportunity to hit the links while helping those in need during the sixth annual Turkey Shoot  Golf Classic on Saturday, November 2 at Lincoln Hills Golf Course. The event will kick off with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and includes 18 holes of  golf (walking) and an awards dinner. Two-person teams will enjoy three different formats: scramble, alternate shot and best ball of two. The event is $30 per player, however those who bring a frozen turkey for Lighthouse of Oakland County will receive $10 off the entry fee. Those who bring non-perishable food items will receive $5 off the entry fee.
Did You Know the City has cell phone charging stations in downtown Birmingham?

Among the improvements from the award winning Old Woodward Reconstruction Project in 2018 was the installation of cell phone charging stations along the City's main artery. In this digital age, the City understands how important it is for you to stay connected through your cell phone or other mobile devices. That's why the green charging stations, with their multiple USB inputs, will also be included as part of the Maple Road Reconstruction Project in 2020. You can find the green cell phone charging stations on Old Woodward, adjacent to the granite benches, that were also installed during the Old Woodward Project.

So, when your power is low while you are enjoying the walkability of downtown Birmingham, go green to one of the convenient cell phone charging stations and get recharged. In addition, you can get more information on the planned Maple Road Reconstruction Project in 2020 by going to .

Birmingham Welcomes New Businesses

The following businesses recently opened in Birmingham: 

Pernoi, 310 East Maple Road. Find  French, Japanese, and Italian dishes on the menu at Pernoi.

Luxe Bridal Rack, 700 North Old Woodward.  Luxe Bridal Rack's goal is to offer unsurpassed quality and style at a convenient price point. 

Stop by soon and give them a warm welcome!
End of Season Celebration at the Birmingham Farmers Market

The 17 th season of the Birmingham Farmers Market will come to a close with an End of Season Celebration on Sunday, October 27 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Public Parking Lot 6 at 660 N. Old Woodward. Attendees will enjoy autumn-themed activities including trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving demonstrations. Vendors will feature bountiful fall produce, flowers, Halloween-themed decor and more. Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and stop by vendors for a special treat. Celebrate with us as we say goodbye until next spring!  Learn more at .
City seeks Election Inspectors as it readies for fall and 2020 Elections

The City Clerk's office is seeking Election Inspectors as it prepares for Election Day on November 5, 2019 and makes long range plans for an expected busy presidential election cycle in 2020. City election inspectors are essential in the functions of democracy. Their duties can include: processing voters when they arrive at their polling location; assisting voters while they cast their ballots; helping to close a precinct when voting is complete as well as other assorted tasks throughout Election Day.

Candidates must be at least 16 years old (the voter registration requirement is waived for inspectors under 18), be a registered voter in the state of Michigan, and be able to attend a paid election inspector training session. Knowledge and familiarity with computers is also helpful. Full and half-day shifts are available. The pay rate for inspectors is $11.00/hour. Inspectors can anticipate working a total of about 17 hours, with the bulk of their time dedicated to activities on Election Day.

If you'd like to be a part of democracy in action, please complete the Election Inspector application . For more information, please log onto or call the City Clerk's office at (248) 530-1880.
City resolution from 2011 seeks cooperation of political sign displays as election season unfolds

Election season is underway and the City wanted to remind you of Resolution # 3-60-11 that governs the display of political signs.

Passed in 2011, the resolution seeks the cooperation of political candidates, parties/groups and residents on whose property political signs are being placed. In order to minimize aesthetic problems, visual blight and potential driving/safety hazards, the City asks that the following guidelines of the Resolution # 3-60-11 be followed:
  • Persons refrain from displaying political signs on their property more than 45 days before the election/vote;
  • That the political signs be removed within three days after the election/vote;
  • That the number of political signs for each candidate or issue to be voted on at the election be limited to one sign per candidate or cause for those parcels of property with frontage of less than 100 feet;
  • Two signs per candidate or issue for those parcels of property with frontage of 100 feet or more or parcels constituting corner lots.
The City thanks you for your cooperation in following the guidelines of Resolution # 03-60-11 as it balances the tenants of democracy in action while maintaining the high aesthetic standards of Birmingham as well as being mindful of possible hazards to public safety.
September News from the Birmingham Museum

Senator Carl Levin and Representative Sander Levin to be on hand at presentation on their family's Birmingham history at Baldwin Library October 17th at 7 p.m.

Few people realize that Michigan's two distinguished congressional Levins are from a family with deep roots in Birmingham's past, and furthermore, that the family still has connections to the city. The Levin brothers will participate in a presentation by Birmingham Museum Director Leslie Pielack entitled,  "The Levinsons-First Jewish Family in Birmingham," at 7 p.m. at the Baldwin Public Library on October 17th. The talk will discuss how Morris Levinson, a Russian immigrant, established a business in Birmingham and raised his family here at a time of change in the village in the late 1890s and early 20 th century. His department store's success helped usher in modern Birmingham's strong retail presence, and his descendants have gone on to make important social, economic, and political contributions locally, nationally and globally. This program is the second in a three-part series looking at important Birmingham families and their stories. The free programs are co-sponsored by the Baldwin Public Library and the Birmingham Museum; registration for this event is required . Register at the Baldwin Library calendar at .

For more information, contact the Birmingham Museum at 248-530-1928 or visit us on the web at, or on Facebook at TheBirminghamMuseumThe 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 5 and under are free. 
October News from the Baldwin Library    

Vermeer & Music, with Karen Imarisio
Sunday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m. Registration required.
Learn about the legendary painter Johannes Vermeer and how the music of 17th-century Netherlands influenced his works.

Downloading Library eBooks: Using Libby
Monday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. Registration required.
An Adult Services Librarian will teach you how to use the Libby app from OverDrive to access eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Library's collection on your smart phone, tablet, or computer. Bring your BPL card, device, and all device passwords.
The Spooky Monster Magic Show
Sunday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m. Registration required.
Join us for a one-of-a-kind magic show filled with fast-paced fun, lots of audience participation, and Gordon Russ the magician!

The Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 W. Merrill Street.
For more information visit  or call (248) 647-1700.  
Next: A Community Center for Boomers & Beyond
2121 Midvale, Birmingham, MI
Health Expo & Flu Shot Clinic
Tuesday, October 1 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Please join us for this fun and information packed event 
featuring 45 vendors from various Boomer related industries.  Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) will administer the Flu  Shots - the Senior/High Dose, Regular Dose or Flumist (nasal).
Laurie Johnson: Talent Unmatched!
Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30 pm
Detroit's powerhouse vocalist brings her passion for music  to Next for what is sure to be a top-notch performance.  Laurie's seemingly endless music selection includes  hits from Motown, the sixties, seventies disco, the 80s,  as well as R&B and Jazz.  

Strange, Spooky and Wicked Michigan
Thursday, October 31 at 1:00 pm
What a way to celebrate Halloween! This program covers  a range of stories featuring mysteries, old legends, creepy  creatures, ghosts, haunted locations and a dab of true  crime from all over the mitten state. Amberrose Hammond,  author and researcher, will have you on the edge of your  seat!
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.