Monday, September 26, 2011

Board of Trustee Meeting: Monday September 26, 2011 @ 7 PM

Hi All,
Monday, September 26 @ 7 pm   Board of Trustee Meeting
Please don't forget to click on the BOARD PACKET for the details of the meeting.

PUBLIC HEARING for Roadside B & G (Bar & Grill)
This is a new restaurant for the closed Brandy's site on Telegraph.
This project has been on a fast track.  Most projects don't go this quickly.
This is the 4th meeting this month.  I have attended and commented at all meetings.
Well known restauranteur, Bill Roberts is the petitioner.
Top notch design team Ron & Roman is part of the project.
Intention is to open before the end of the year.
Is this project getting special attention?  Just asking.

My problem with the project: 
There is a deck 36.5 feet from the CURB of Telegraph Rd. for seasonal outdoor eating.
The posted speed limit on Telegraph Rd. is 50 mph.
I believe this is a safety issue.  However, the ZBA granted the variance for this set-back.
I suggested at least huge boulders to be in the front landscaping.
I'm not sure this will happen.
There are other issues I will try to address in my three minutes during public comment.

FYI:  before one word is spoken at the Public Hearing,  I believe the Board has already determined the outcome.  It will be approved as presented with a list of still "to do"  items.  I believe that motion is already written on a piece of paper so the motion can be "read" into the public hearing minutes correctly.  The only unknown:  which Board member will make the predetermined motion?

I wish:
that all decisions at all levels are made to protect the safety of the Township citizens;
that the enforcement of the Township ordinances  are consistent and that variances are only approved when there is a specific and identified  "practical difficulty";
that the public has the right to expect equal treatment when petitioning for projects and variance considerations during the government process.

Five items on the agenda - with my added comments.

 Lot Split Request – Lot 15 of Devon-on-the–Lake Subdivision (5490 and 5495 Shadow Lane)

 Consider Approval of Bloomfield Community Art Project: Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Out

 Board Discussion of Planning Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Appointments

These 2 committees are a part of Township governing: Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.  They are made up of appointed citizens of the Township and one Trustee.
The membership of both of those committees in the past has been appointed by the elected leaders without public posting. Employees of the Township may not be appointed members.

Under public pressure, the Township has opened up this "appointing" process by accepting letters of interest and resumes from the public in an open forum.
This is open and transparent government and I applaud the decision of the Board of Trustees.
Qualified candidates will have the opportunity to be appointed.
These appointed positions are for a specific length of time. 
When the term expires, hopefully  the Township leadership will post the openings and accept applications again.
Reappointment is possible if that person remains the best qualified.

 Consider Approval of the December 1, 2011 Millage Rate for the Bloomfield Village Police and Volunteer Fire Departments for the Fiscal Year April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013

"....requests that your office levy a special assessment on the residents of Bloomfield Village (Birmingham School District 34) to cover the projected costs of police and volunteer fire services for the fiscal year April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. Attached are the corresponding approved 2012-2013 Village Police and Fire Budgets."   from a letter in the Board Packet from the Bloomfield Village Association Board of Trustees  to Dan Devine, Treasurer.

 Consider Approval of a Charitable Gaming Events Resolution for Marian High School and its Dads Club 

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