Hills Highlights E-Newsletter - March 30, 2017

David Hendrickson, From Director of Public Safety to City Manager

The City of Bloomfield Hills has chosen the City’s Public Safety Director David Hendrickson, to serve as the permanent City Manager.  Hendrickson has been acting as the Interim City Manager since the end of September when the former manager relocated out of state.    

The city hired the Michigan Municipal League to conduct the search for a City Manager, which resulted in 39 applications to be considered.  During an open meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2017, the City Commission interviewed two highly-qualified candidates for the position.  The City Commission unanimously voted to offer the City Manager position to Hendrickson.  “We’re delighted to have David become City Manager after serving as Interim Manager for five months, where he did a terrific job, earning the respect and confidence of all the departments and all of our Commissioners.  We’re also grateful to all the candidates who stepped forward to seek this position, especially the finalists who brought such tremendous talents and credentials to the table, thank you,” said Mayor Coakley.

In addition to effectively serving as Interim City Manager for the last 5 months, Hendrickson has shown his skills as a valuable leader serving as the Bloomfield Hills Director of Public Safety since 2013.  Before joining the City of Bloomfield Hills administrative team, Hendrickson spent 27 years in law enforcement with the Warren Police Department in increasing roles of responsibility. As Captain of the Administrative Bureau Hendrickson was Commander of 6 Divisions and oversaw more than 200 employees. He was responsible for all financial and budget aspects of the department’s $40 million budget.

Hendrickson holds a number of law enforcement and fire academy degrees and certifications.  In addition, he is completing a Master’s of Administration at Central Michigan University.  He currently is a member of the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club and is serving as President of the Oakland County Chiefs of Police Association and Chairman of the CLEMIS Strategic Planning Committee.

David Hendrickson’s extensive management experience, excellent communication skills, high level of integrity, and positive attitude make him a remarkable fit for the Bloomfield Hills City Manager position.  

Staying Safe in Bloomfield Hills 

David Hendrickson, City Manager / Director of Public Safety

With warmer weather coming, the prevalence of contractors and solicitors sharply increase. The City of Bloomfield Hills has a strict solicitor ordinance which limits the time and day these activities can occur. All solicitors must apply for a permit at the City Clerk’s Office and are then screened through our Detective Bureau.  Residents can also be placed on a “No Soliciting” list which restricts solicitors from approaching their home.  Please feel free to review this ordinance which can be found on the homepage of the City of Bloomfield Hills website, www.bloomfieldhillsmi.net, under Code of Ordinances.
Additionally, this time of year Metro Detroit sees an increase in gypsy activity.  Gypsy’s are defined as organized traveling con artists.  There are thought to be 10 million worldwide and they are in every large city in the United States.   Gypsy scams cause an estimated $15 billion dollars in losses annually.  We want to protect our community from this common occurrence. Please call 911 for any activity that appears out of the ordinary. 
Residents should also secure your homes and vehicles when working in the yard or entertaining guests.  This will help prevent unwanted thefts or illegal entries.
The Public Safety Department wants to make every neighborhood safe and we can be more effective with the help of our community.  Please don’t hesitate to call 911 so our officers can quickly identify and resolve any suspicious incidents.
Enjoy the spring!

November 7, 2017 - City General Election 

Amy Burton, City Clerk

City Commission candidate packets for those interested in seeking a two-year term on the Commission are now available in the City Clerk's Office.

Residents interested in running for the City Commission:
  • Shall be a registered voter in the City of Bloomfield Hills.
  • Shall be a resident of the City for at least one year immediately prior to the Election.
  • Shall complete the nominating petition process as set forth in Michigan election law.  
The petition filing deadline is July 25, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. at the City Clerk’s Office 45 E. Long Lake Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304.
For more information, contact City Clerk, Amy Burton directly at (248) 530-1403 or via email at aburton@bloomfieldhillsmi.net

Outdoor Water Conservation

Did you know as much as 50 percent of the water used outdoors is wasted from inefficient watering methods? The summer season is the time of the year where we consume the most water through outdoor usage. We have all been told to turn off faucets when we brush our teeth and to regularly inspect indoor fixtures for any leaks as part of water conservation initiatives. Similarly, to conserve outdoor water usage, there are a few steps you can take to use water efficiently.
WHEN: The optimal time to water lawns and other plants is in the early morning or evening. Avoid watering in the middle of the day when much of the water will evaporate before hydrating any plants.
HOW OFTEN: Be conscious of the local weather conditions and time your watering system accordingly. A rule of thumb to go by is that lawns only need up to one inch of water per week.
HOW LONG: Pooling water is a major indicator that overwatering is occurring. Turn off sprinklers if water begins to pool and keep in mind that the majority of plants use less water than turf grass.
WHAT ELSE: Alternative methods to watering plants are available. Consider capturing rain water through the use of a rain barrel or cistern. These water harvesting techniques not only conserve water, but can also reduce your water bill.
For more information on outdoor water conservation, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website at www.epa.gov.

Source: epa.gov

Small Actions Make Big Impacts in Your Watershed

Just because you may not live next to the Rouge River, doesn’t mean your actions can’t directly impact them.  EVERYONE living within the Rouge River Watershed can either have a positive or negative effect on their watersheds, depending on the choices made.  A watershed is an area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place.
Contrary to popular belief, industry causes only about 2% of all pollution entering our rivers and lakes, which means that individuals contribute the majority of pollutants to our waterways, from storm water runoff.  Storm water can carry pollutant sources such as fertilizers, detergents, oils, greases, grass clippings and leaves.  There are many actions you can take year round to help protect our waterways. 
Become Pro-Active
  • Compost yard and kitchen waste.
  • Read labels.  Use low-phosphorus or phosphorus-free dishwashing detergents that are sold commercially. 
  • Consider using deicing alternatives, which are less corrosive and environmentally-friendly.
  • Pick up after your pet.
  • Be efficient when watering outdoors.
  • Use earth-friendly fertilizers.
  • Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste properly.  Disposal is available at
  • the South Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA) at 995 Coolidge, Troy, MI (between 14 Mile Road and Maple Road)
  • Never dump any yard debris or materials down storm drains.
  • Become a member of the Friends of the Rouge, or volunteer your time and efforts to events sponsored by this organization.  Contact the Friends of the Rouge (FOTR) at: 313-792-9900, www.therouge.org to find out more.    
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