Several parking problems, in fact.
If a business wants permission to establish itself in Ferndale, it must show there is enough parking for its employees and customers EXCEPT in the Central Business District (downtown). Originally it was assumed that all the lots around it would provide enough parking. Plus folks often walked to their downtown to get everyday items and rarely stayed for hours in one place. There was a balance of daytime shops and evening dining and drinking.
However, the city permitted / encouraged large entertainment establishments, and many of them, in a downtown surrounded by residences. These brought in a large number of nonresidents in addition to locals. The balance was lost. There are rarely used lots and meters, even on pleasant summer nights, but it is so much more convenient to park on a residential street, and free, too! Noise into the wee hours, litter, urination, vomit are all side effects suffered by these residents.
A parking structure has long been agreed to be a necessity. Most of the parking overflow
seems to me to now be south of 9 Mile. But in this economy, money and the private-
Parking meters is a non-
The city now has a Parking Management Team, made up of the city manager, DPW and
DDA. It went ahead, after reviewing the DDA research, and chose the system now criticized.
Being light years advanced from the old system-
Based on figures from the old system, the Parking Mgt. Team initially ordered only
half the pay stations that were needed. BUT/AND this system takes nickels, dimes,
quarters, dollar bills, credit cards and ParkMoble. Credit cards account for at least
a third of the take-
Two parts to this-
Secondly, the high bills for some/many houses was explained to me by a resident.
She made an appointment with the city to look over her water bill. They studied her
last 4 years of usage and found it to be quite stable. However, there were 15 consecutive
months of estimated bills-
SO, call city hall for an appointment to get yours reviewed, if you're one of those whose bill hit the sky. (Mine didn't, so someone with the same household size and also who doesn't water the lawn should not have had a bill 3 to 5 times what mine is.)
I printed out tax information for municipalities in S.E. Oakland County. Our millage
rate is in the middle. If West Bloomfield has a lower rate, think about this: 10%
of a $500,000 house yields more money than 20% of a $100,000 house. Their infrastructure
is much newer. So are their schools and theirs are filled with students who once
lived down here-
As a lawyer for 37 years, I've seen the huge expenditure for law enforcement, prosecution,
incarceration caused by this substance, which in my view is hardly different from
alcohol. This does not count the serious detriment to the many, many lives of those
prosecuted. I attended a full-
My opinion is that decriminalization would be appropriate. Being "high in public"
can be fined, but a criminal conviction and jail would not result. Legalization has
pros and cons-
Contact Sherry at:
Sherry A. Wells