There’s a new officer in town and she’s ready to serve and protect. Well, maybe just serve. Bella, an 18 month old black Labrador/Golden Retriever mix has joined the department as a certified therapy dog. Bella will work with adults and children in need of comfort and compassion resulting from traumatic or stressful events. Bella will also travel to schools with officers during speaking engagements or when officers are present to ensure safety. Bella will be seen walking the downtown streets, City parks and other events with officers to engage the public as a friendly police presence. Bella can usually be found in the Chief’s office or in the clerical area of the police department when she is not out and about. Please stop by and say hello. Bella loves visitors and sharing her toys!
To ensure an advanced level of service to Birmingham customers and visitors, the City of Birmingham and BSD are offering two valet parking locations: Hamilton near Ferndale, and South Old Woodward near Merrill. The service is offered Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The charges are $5 per vehicle (first two hours), then an additional $5 per hour thereafter.
View the September Edition of the Around Town e-Newsletter for information about ice skating classes, special events at the Birmingham Farmers Market, the AquaHawk portal, off-site museum exhibits and more! Sign up to receive the monthly Around Town e-Newsletter at bit.ly/bhamnews.
Next and the City of Birmingham are partnering
together to bring you Pickleball at the Birmingham Ice
Arena. Enjoy six courts of play in a climate-controlled
setting with indoor amenities and easy parking. Balls
and paddles are available for use. Lessons are also
available; call the Next office for more information at 248-203-5270. All ages are welcome!
If you're parking in Birmingham's parking structures for more than three hours, the City asks that you go UP. Freeing up spaces on the first and lower levels of the parking structures has the following benefits: opens 250 short-term spaces, increases traffic flow efficiency and reduces full capacity occurrences. The City appreciates your patience and understanding!
The installation of 1,262 credit card enabled "smart" parking meters has begun! All parking meters located in the City of Birmingham will offer payment by credit card as an option upon completion of the installation of the new parking meters. Learn more at www.bhamgov.org/smartmeters.
There is a new faster way to find parking in Birmingham structures. Simply pull up the City of Birmingham app on your smart phone, or go to www.bhamgov.org which is the homepage, and click on the green and white parking widget in the upper right corner of the page. It will pop up an orange box with real time parking space availability and a map to all the structures. It's that easy and convenient. When you are making plans to come to Birmingham, check out parking ahead of time and get real time information. For more parking initiatives, go to www.bhamgov.org/parking.
Over the next several years, the City of Birmingham will invest in the City's infrastructure by addressing the needs in the downtown Central Business District with water system, sewer system and streetscape upgrades. The City held a Public Open House event to share with the community more about the streetscape upgrades. The project consultant, MKSK, presented proposed designs for the complete redesign of Old Woodward and Maple in Downtown Birmingham. Topics discussed included: road design, on-street parking, pedestrian crossings, sidewalks and streetscape.
If you were unable to attend the event, view the Old Woodward and Maple Project Boards. Learn more about the entire project at: www.bhamgov.org/DowntownInfrastructure.
Recently, summer water bills were sent out and you may notice that your bills may be higher than normal. The reason for this is generally attributed to an increase in water and sewer rates and summer utilization. Learn more at www.bhamgov.org/waterandsewerrates.
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 the reasonable control of some person at all times. It is unlawful for any owner of any dog to permit the dog to go beyond the premises of such 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. For a more complete list of rules and information on pet regulations, go to:
http://www.bhamgov.org/government/departments/police/animal_control.php. If you have any 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.
The summer edition of the City's printed newsletter is now available. Learn about the City's water quality, upcoming events, parking initiatives and more!
Temporary Parking Lot at 35001 Woodward Ave.
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) issued a statement regarding Flint and water quality in the areas served by the GLWA. For more information, view the Statement on Flint and Water Quality.
The results of the before and after analysis of the W. Maple Road conversion from 4 to 3 lanes are now available. See the January 19, 2016 W. Maple Road Interim Data Summary report by going to: http://www.bhamgov.org/westmapletrial.
With recent water quality concerns in Flint, it is important for residents to understand the water quality standards in their community. Birmingham publishes an annual report on water quality which shows the sources of water, lists the results of our tests and contains important information about the City’s water and public health. These annual reports continually show Birmingham’s water quality standards surpass the water quality standards mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). To review City’s annual reports on water quality, you can visit the City’s website (www.bhamgov.org) or click here for the current annual report.
Kids of all ages will have to go no farther than Barnum Park to enjoy Birmingham’s first “Little Free Library” housed inside a brightly painted owl figure perched in a tree on the southeast corner of Barnum Park. So what exactly is a Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, leave a book” free book exchange. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share.
With several road projects on the horizon in and around Birmingham, it's important to understand who is responsible for the affected roads, the history behind the upcoming projects, where the funding is coming from and the scope of work that will be completed in the coming year. Please read our Understanding Birmingham Road Projects message to gain a better understanding of the West Maple Road and Big Beaver Road projects.
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The City of Birmingham is introducing a new, exciting policy regarding accessible parking in the City. Following federal ADA requirements, the city will be offering roughly 60 accessible parking spaces throughout the Central Business District. To answer some questions, the City has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet about the new policy.
VIEW THE WEST MAPLE ROAD TRIAL
Learn about the trial for the West Maple Road lane reconfiguration. Details about the plan, the process, and the test criteria can be found at www.bhamgov.org/westmapletrial.
Citizens have an opportunity to share ideas and make a difference in their community by serving on City of Birmingham boards and committees. Those who serve help shape the future of the community by serving in an advisory capacity to the City Commission. For more information and to download the application, visit www.bhamgov.org/boardopportunities or call (248) 530-1880.
To ensure community members have the latest information and updates from the City, new communications tools have been created to offer even more ways to stay informed on City business and issues. Download more information about Birmingham's newest communications tools.
Chester Street Parking Structure will soon receive advanced traffic control equipment to create a faster and more efficient parking experience.
The enhanced system will require parkers to use a credit card to pay for parking. Cash will no longer be accepted. Those who do not have a credit card may go into the Central Parking office (located next to the entrance) to receive a special debit card. The system will not require parkers to use a ticket, which will prevent backups from occurring when a driver is stopped at the exit and unable to locate their ticket.
The new equipment will be installed this Saturday, April 23. The equipment will be operational beginning Monday, April 25. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/chesterparking.
Joe Valentine, Birmingham City Manager, released a message regarding the Multi-Modal Transportation Plan and a public review process for proposed modifications to West Maple Road. Download the message here.
Storm water lawsuit reaches resolution
The City of Birmingham, along with seven other communities to date, were served with class action lawsuits beginning in 2014 alleging the standard practice for allocated municipal stormwater charges did not meet the proportionality test established through ongoing court rulings. For more information on the settlement of this lawsuit and what this means for Birmingham, Click here.
Joe Valentine, Birmingham City Manager, released a message regarding the status of the City's parking system and plans for the future. Download the message here.
View Andres Duany's final presentation regarding the development of Downtown Birmingham, the implementation of the Downtown Birmingham 2016 Plan and recommendations for the future of the Downtown Birmingham.
The road, sewer and water line upgrades on Hamilton Avenue have been completed and the road is now reopened. The final elements, which include parking meter installation, will be conducted the week of July 11th.
The reconstruction of this road requires compliance with new regulations under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reserved accessible parking spaces on the street at a ratio of one marked accessible space for every 25 spaces on the block. As a result, Hamilton Avenue will be the first street to receive reserved accessible parking spaces. For more details and how it may affect parking, go to: http://conta.cc/29ouDb6