Liquor License Reviews, Fiat Dealership on City Commission Agenda
There's a lot on the agenda for the regular meeting of the Birmingham City Commission, which meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, at City Hall.
Commission will review candidates for the Cablecasting Board and Planning Board Monday night, appointing two candidates for Planning Board and three for the Cablecasting Board. Janelly Boyce and Bert Koseck are up for three-year terms on the Planning Board; both currently serve on the board. Meanwhile, Mark Armitage, David Lurie and Elaine McLain are up for the Cablecasting Board.
On the consent agenda, commission will consider a Wedding Rental Agreement, which will set prices for weddings held in city parks. Specifically, ceremonies held in Shain Park would cost $250 for residents and $500 for non-residents, while all other city parks would cost $70 for residents and $140 for non-residents.
Commission will also review the Golf Report 2010 Review, which reccomends eliminating discounts and adjusting rates for seniors and junior golfers. Also on the consent agenda is a request from the Advisory Parking Committee, reccomending that the number of monthly parking passes authorized for sale in the Chester Street Parking Garage be increased by 75, for a total of 940 permits.
Also on the agenda is the Annual Dog Park Pass Application, which includes charging residents a $50 annual fee ($100 for non-residents) to use the city's dog park.
A request to hold the Birmingham Bike Festival Aug. 28 will be brought before commission again. The issue was tabled at the commission's Feb. 28 meeting pending input from local businesses. The Principal Shopping District reccomended the commission approve the plans at their monthly meeting March 3.
The first item of new business will be approval of a special land use permit for Birmingham Fiat, which would allow the car dealership — a branch of Golling Chrysler in Bloomfield Hills — to move into the former Baker Furniture location at 34500 Woodward Ave. Fiat's plans were approved at the Planning Board's Feb. 9 meeting.
Three liquor licenses will then be up for public hearings Monday night, including Papa Joe's, South Bar and the Hamilton Room. Commission decided to hold hearings for South Bar and Hamilton Room at their Feb. 14 meeting so as to better evaluate police activity there and how management is dealing with the problems. Papa Joe's official approval was delayed at the Feb. 14 pending more details on the grocer's plans for adding on to their cafe.