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Streets, Water & Sewer

 
Overview
The DPS is responsible for the maintenance of more than 90 miles of major and local streets, sign and traffic signal maintenance, leaf collection, solid waste collection, disposal and recycling services. Additional responsibilities include:

- Sewer and water-main repair and maintenance
- Equipment-pool operation and maintenance
- Water-meter reading
- Catch-basin cleaning
- Downtown sidewalk power washing 
- The Interlocal fleet maintenance agreement with the City of Troy

Reporting a Pothole
If you see a pothole on Woodward Avenue, Big Beaver or Cranbrook, contact the Road Commission for Oakland County directly via phone (toll free) at 877.858.4804 or through the Road Commission’s Website, www.rcocweb.org (click on the “contact us” button). 

Cape Seal Program
Designated Birmingham streets will undergo Cape Seal, a project designed to help maintain the condition of our roads. The work is scheduled to begin on or about September 15, 2014 and will conclude in early October 2014. The 2014 Cape Seal Program will consist of a double layer of chip seal and slurry. The majority of the streets will include pulverizing prior to the application and the installation of new ADA handicap ramps where necessary. Follow the link to view information about improved and unimproved roads: Understanding Improved and Unimproved Roads.

The following streets are in the project area:

 STREET  AREA
 KIMBERLY   PINE NORTH TO DEADEND
 MELBOURNE  KIMBERLY TO CHESTERFIELD
 PINE CHESTERFIELD TO 70 FT. WEST OF KIMBERLY
 WOODLAND  OAK TO VINEWOOD
 WOODLAND  VINEWOOD TO HARMON
 TWIN OAKS  WIMBLETON TO DEADEND
 WARWICK  ABBEY TO WIMBLETON
 OAK  LAKEVIEW TO LAKESIDE
 OAK  N.OLD WOODWARD TO GREENWOOD
 OXFORD  ABBEY TO WIMBLETON
 STANLEY  LINCOLN TO WALLACE
 OAKDALE  RIDGEDALE  TO  OAKLAND
 LAWNDALE  MADISON TO OAKLAND
 ABBEY  WARWICK TO ADAMS
 RANDALL  BALDWIN TO MILLRACE
 WILLITS  BALDWIN  TO  GREENWOOD
BONNIE BRIER  HARMON TO DEADEND

Please view the following videos for a better understanding of the Cape Seal process:




For more information, contact the Department of Public Services at 248-530-1700. 

Reporting a Street Light Outage
DTE Energy has an online reporting tool that makes it easy to get your street light working again! For residential and businesses customers, you can report outages using the online reporting tools at: Residential online reporting tool and Business online reporting tool.     

Things to remember:
  • Please provide as much information as possible (type of pole, exact location of pole, pole number).
  • Remember to update contact information in case we need more information.       
  • Normal repair time is 3-5 business days, with underground cable issues and pole replacements taking longer.       
  • Keep your neighborhood well-lit and safe by reporting street lights that are out. For more information, contact DTE Energy at 800.477.4747.
 

Sewer Backup Claims
In January 2002, a new Michigan law on municipal liability for basement flooding went into effect. Public Act 222 of 2001 requires claimants seeking compensation for physical injury or property damage as a result of a sewer-disposal or storm-water-system event to show:

    • the City's sewage-disposal system had a defect;
    • the City knew, or reasonable should have known, about the defect;
    • the City did not remedy the defect in a reasonable time;
    • the defect caused the event and the property damage or physical injury;
    • the claimant owns, and has shown the value of, any damaged personal property;
    • and the claimant notified the City.

Claimants must comply with statutory notice requirements. A claimant who has been injured or has suffered property damage as a result of a sewage-disposal-system event must provide written notice of the event within 45 days after the date the damage or physical injury was discovered. The written notice must contain the claimant's name, address, telephone number, the address of the affected property, the date of discovery of any property damage or physical injury, and a brief description of the claim. Failure to provide proper notice may bar the claim.

For additional information and forms, please download Sewer Backup Claim Information. If you need assistance or additional information regarding a claim, please call 248.530.1807. 

The above summarizes Public Act 222, which should be consulted for a full description of a claimant's rights and duties. To review or download the law, go to www.michiganlegislature.org (then click “Public Acts”, then fill in the blanks with “222” and “2001” in the Public Act search).

Water Meters
The City’s Department of Public Services has prepared a self-diagnostic guide to help homeowners determine whether they have a leak.