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					                                                                                                     Winter/Spring 2010

                                       City of Richmond
                                     Community Newsletter
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INSIDE THIS                                                      CITY COUNCIL
                                 Mayor Tim Rix                     Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Schultz   Councilor Dennis LaFore

                                 Councilor Michael Misteravich     Councilor Theresa Olson
Snow Removal           1
                                 Councilor Robert Reindel          Councilor Jeff Yaroch

Ice Skating Rink       1

                                                                 New City Ice Rink
City Hall              2
                                              The City’s Recreation              Park. Skaters and their families can
Building Department/ 2                        Department with as-                park on Festival Drive. The new rink
                                              sistance from TIFA                 has a liner which should allow for a
                                              purchased a new ice                longer skating season this year. The
Homestead Tax Rates    3
                                              rink for this winter.              rink is open from dawn until 11:00
                             The Department of Public Works is                   p.m. If you have any questions
Recreation             4-5   setting the rink up in the sand volley-             please call the Recreation Department
                             ball courts next to the Richmond                    at 727-3064.
Division Road /              Community Center in Beebe Street
M-19 (Main Street)

Winter Parking Rules   6                     Remember to Shovel Your Sidewalks
                             The City Code requires that snow be                 push or blow snow from sidewalks
Points of Interest     7     removed from sidewalks within 12                    and driveways into the travel portion
                             hours following a snowstorm. With                   of any street. Doing so is a violation
Hall Walking           7     the cutbacks in school busing more                  of the State Motor Vehicle Code and
                             children are walking to school. Shov-               you may be cited and fined. Place the
                             eling your sidewalk will keep your                  snow in the public median (between
Assessing              8     children and grandchildren from hav-                sidewalk and street) in a manner
                             ing to walk in the street. We ask eve-              which does not block a sidewalk, ob-
Holiday Trash                ryone to work together to keep our                  struct vision or create a hazard for
Schedule                     children and residents safe.                        vehicles. Along the Main Street busi-
                                                                                 ness district, place the snow within 3-
                             Plows will push snow into your                      feet of the curb line. Please notify
Water Billing Schedule 8     driveway approaches, and in some                    your snow removal company of this
                             areas, onto your sidewalks. This can-               requirement.
                             not be helped. Please do not shovel,
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     The City of Richmond 2010 Calendars are in! If you are interested in receiving a
     calendar, please stop by the City Offices or the Lois Wagner Memorial Library to pick up your copy.

                                            City Offices Closed
                        City Offices will be closed in observance of the following holidays:

                                    New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, 2010
                                           Good Friday, April 2, 2010
                                      Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2010
                              Independence Day Observance, Monday, July 5, 2010
                                     Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2010
                                   Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 25, 2010
                               Day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, 2010
                             Christmas Eve Observance, Thursday, December 23, 2010
                                Christmas Observance, Friday, December 24, 2010
                            New Year’s Eve Observance, Thursday, December, 30, 2010
                             New Year’s Day Observance, Friday, December 31, 2010

                                                Dogs Licenses
      In accordance with Michigan Law all dogs must be licensed at four months of age or older. Licens-
      ing is available through Macomb County Animal Shelter. Please call (586)469-5115 with questions
      or stop by City Hall to pick up an application.

                                                                                           City of Richmond
 Building Department                                                                             Website
The City of Richmond building
department would like to make you
aware of a change that has been
made to the electrical code. The
new electrical code that is being           LOIS WAGNER MEMORIAL LIBRARY
enforced is the 2008 NEC code                         35200 DIVISION
                                                   RICHMOND, MI 48062
with State Amendments. This new                  TELEPHONE: 586-727-2665
code was effective December 2,                      FAX: 586-727-3774

2009.                                        WEB SITE:

                                                      E-MAIL ADDRESS:                    Please check out the City of
                                                                                         Richmond website at
                                                             Hours              for
                                                       Monday – Thursday
                                                        10 a.m. – 8 p.m.                 detailed information regarding the
                                                             Friday                      City Council Meetings, City
                                                        10 a.m. – 5 p.m.                 Departments, and Other
                                                        10 a.m. – 2 p.m.                 Community Events.
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      Macomb County City and Village 2009 Homestead Tax Rates

Below are the rankings for the 2009 total homestead tax rates within Macomb County for cities and
villages. The homestead tax rate is the millage rate paid by property owners claiming the homestead
exemption on the home that is their principal residence. The homestead tax millage rates listed below
include all municipal, county, regional, school, and state taxes levies. Some communities are listed
more than once because they have more than one school district within their municipal boundaries
causing different homestead millage rates.

    Governmental Unit                                                                                 Homestead Tax Rate
    Centerline—Centerline Schools ··········································································· 51.6495
    Centerline—Van Dyke Schools ··········································································· 48.5495
    Eastpointe—South Lake Schools ········································································· 47.7324
    Eastpointe—East Detroit Schools ········································································ 45.3956
    Warren—Centerline Schools ··············································································· 44.7653
    Roseville—Fraser Schools ··················································································· 43.9823
    Mt. Clemens—Mt. Clemens Schools ··································································· 43.5182
    Roseville—Roseville Schools ············································································· 42.9123
    St. Clair Shores—South Lake Schools ································································· 41.9471
    Warren—Warren Consolidated ··········································································· 41.7525
    New Haven—New Haven Schools ······································································ 41.7259
    Warren—Van Dyke Schools ················································································ 41.6653
    Utica—Utica Schools··························································································· 41.2658
    St. Clair Shores—L’Anse Creuse Schools···························································· 41.1103
    Mt. Clemens—L’Anse Creuse Schools ································································ 41.0982
    Warren—Fitzgerald Schools ················································································ 40.9247
    Fraser—Fraser Schools ························································································ 40.7405
    Armada—Armada Schools ·················································································· 40.2221
    New Baltimore—Anchor Bay Schools ································································· 40.1618
    Grosse Pointe Shores—South Lake Schools ························································ 39.6091
    St. Clair Shores—Lakeview Schools···································································· 38.5803
    Romeo (Washington Twp.)—Romeo Schools ····················································· 38.3389
    Warren—Warren Woods ····················································································· 38.3247
    Warren—East Detroit Schools ············································································ 36.3247
    St. Clair Shores—Lakeshore Schools ··································································· 38.0603
    Romeo (Bruce Twp.)—Romeo Schools ······························································ 37.5529
    Memphis—Memphis Schools ············································································· 36.3142
    Sterling Heights—Warren Consolidated ······························································ 35.5959
    Richmond—Richmond Schools ········································································ 35.4349
    Sterling Heights—Utica Schools·········································································· 30.1681
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                             Richmond Recreation Department

Winter/Spring Programs & Classes
   The following classes are being offered this January-April through the Richmond Recreation Dept.
                    All registrations are taken at the Richmond Community Center.
               HALL WALKING                                           ZUMBA GOLD FITNESS
          At Richmond Middle School                                     9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays
       Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays                                 9:00-10:00 a.m. Wednesdays
          Ongoing until April 1st, 2010                                  Starting Jan. 11th, 2010
                  5:30-7:00 p.m.
    $1 drop-in fee/15 walk punch card for $12                    $30 for 6 week session-1 class a week
                                                                $60 for 6 week session-2 classes a week
   Please bring clean shoes to wear in inclement                            $6 drop-in fee
                                                          Zumba Gold is a dance-exercise program for those over
 Not held on January 18th, March 9th, or any other        50 years of age. Dance yourself into fitness with Zumba
 day the school is closed due to inclement weather.       Gold! Be ready for a low-impact aerobic workout, great
                                                                              music, & fun!
               ABC GYMNASTICS
               Taught by Keith Dunton                                    BEGINNER’S YOGA
     Parent/Tot (2-3 years) 4:30-5:00pm-$48               Taught by Tammy Yaek, Certified YogaFit Instructor
     Beginner (4-5 years) 5:10-5:55pm-$48
          Beginner (6+) 6-6:55pm-$54                                     Wednesday Sessions:
         Intermediate(6+) 7-7:55pm-$54                                 Jan. 13th-Feb. 17th 7-8 p.m.
                                                                      Feb. 24th-March 31st 7-8 p.m.
           All classes held on Thursdays                               April 7th-May 12th 7-8 p.m.

Session 1: Jan. 7th-Feb. 18th, 2010 (No class 2/11)                       Saturday Sessions:
     Session 2: February 25th-April 1st, 2010                Jan. 9th-Feb. 27th 9-10 a.m. (No class 1/23, 1/30)
         Session 3: April 15th-May 20th                         March 6th-April 24th (No class 3/27 & 4/3)

      *Checks payable to ABC Gymnastics*                           $36 per person per 6 week session
      Spots are limited so pre-register today!
                                                                   BEGINNER DANCE CLASSES
        RICHMOND’S WEIGHT LOSS                                        Taught by Jim & Donna Berg
         January 17th-April 18th, 2010                                  Beginner Swing Dance
            No meeting on April 4th                                       7-8 p.m. Tuesdays
                $29 per person                                       $40/per person/6 week session
              Sundays at 6 p.m.
                                                                      Beginner Ballroom Dance
 This 12 week contest is a perfect way to kick start a                    8-9 p.m. Tuesdays
New Year’s Resolution to get healthy! The competition                $40/per person/6 week session
  is based on the percentage of body weight lost, and
cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. Register at          Session 1: Jan. 12th-Feb. 16th, 2010
           the Recreation Department today!                     Session 2: Feb. 23rd-March 30th, 2010

                 All classes are held at the Richmond Community Center in Beebe Street Park.
             Call the Recreation Department M-F, 8-5 pm at (586) 727-3064 for more information.
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                            Richmond Recreation Department

        Winter/Spring Events & Trips
             UPCOMING TRIPS                                        SENIOR ACTIVITIES
 The following trips are offered though Bianco Tours.
                                                                          Senior BINGO
       Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek                Come play bingo with area seniors while enjoying fun
          Thursday, February 18th, 2010                                   and fellowship.
                8:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m.                                Thursdays @ 12:30 p.m.
 $32 per person includes round trip transportation                   $.25 per card/no limit
and a casino package with $20 slot credit and $5 to            Nominal cash prizes will be awarded
    be used for food, slot play or the gift shop.
                                                                 Dining Senior Style-Daily Lunch
              Soaring Eagle Casino                       Join us for lunch, Mon.-Fri., provided by Macomb
              featuring Wicked Celtic
                                                                       County Senior Nutrition
          Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
                                                            Seating begins at 11 am; lunch served at 12
               9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
                                                                       $3 donation is suggested
$36 per person includes round trip transportation, a
                                                               Seniors 60+ or spouse of someone 60+
$20 coin coupon, $5 food voucher, and admittance
 to see the musical experience of Wicked Celtic.

                                        2010 Special Events
              Daddy/Daughter Dance                               Valentine’s Day Senior Social
             Thursday, Feb. 11th, 2010                            Sunday, February 14th, 2010
      6:30 p.m. at Maniaci’s Banquet Center                    2 p.m. at Maniaci’s Banquet Center
      $34 per couple/$12 per additional child                  Registration begins Jan. 18th at the
Includes dinner, glitter temporary tattoos, a gift for            Richmond Community Center
   each girl, a professional photo, DJ, and raffle            $7/seniors 60+ or $9/spouses under 60
                        prizes                                 Tickets sell quickly so don’t delay!

           16th Annual Chili Cook-Off                                 Easter Egg Scramble
          Saturday, February 13th, 2010                      Saturday, March 27th, 2010 at 10:30am
                  11 a.m.-2 p.m.                                         Beebe Street Park
             Ray Laethem Dealership                          Scramble for thousands of Easter eggs &
          $2 per person to sample & vote                           visit with the Easter Bunny!
  If you are interested in entering your chili, come               Don’t forget your cameras!
 to the Community Center to fill out a registration           $6 professional digital photo available
   form. There is a $10 fee for entering, and there
   will be cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place    Please bring your own bag/basket to collect eggs.
    winners. Please make enough chili for at least     Event will be held even in light rain/snow. Please
      200-1/4 c. servings. Call for more details!    dress appropriately for ground & weather conditions.

                 All classes are held at the Richmond Community Center in Beebe Street Park.
             Call the Recreation Department M-F, 8-5 pm at (586) 727-3064 for more information.
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                     Division Road Infrastructure Improvements
              This project will                                                   reconstruction. All of the barrier
              complete the second         An 8-inch water main will be            free sidewalk ramps for streets
              phase         of   the      installed on Forest from Bartell to     intersecting Division Road will be
              s a ni t ar y    sewer      Division. The proposed water main       reconstructed to meet current ADA
              interceptor                 will replace the existing 2-inch        requirements.             Paving
              replacement and is          distribution line that was installed    requirements under this contract
              scheduled to begin          in 1940. The 2-inch line dead ends      will be base and wearing course on
              this Spring as soon         south of the railroad crossing.         Forest, but only the base course on
              as the frost laws are                                               Division.
              lifted. The project                             Division
              will start on Forest                            Road     from       Under a separate contract through
at Bartell; go to Division Road;                              Forest to the       the Small Urban Program,
then east on Division to Skinner                              west railroad       Division Road from Main Street to
Drive.      The Howard Street                                 right-of-way        the railroad crossing will be milled
sanitary sewer sub-main will be                               line will be        and resurfaced.          Structure
replaced from Skinner Drive to                                reconstructed       adjustments and pavement
Howard Street. The Division                                   with curb and       markings are also included under
Road sewage pump station will             gutter.  Division Road will be          the Small Urban Program.
also be upgraded to current               widened so that a center turn lane
standards and requirements.               can be incorporated into the

                                     MDOT Resurfacing Project
 The Michigan Department of project for M-19 from 31 Mile                         consist of milling off an inch and a
 Transportation (MDOT) has Road to 32 Mile Road for the                           half of the pavement and
 scheduled a mill and resurfacing summer of 2010. The project will                repaving.

                                          Winter Parking Rules
              T h e            C i t y    exception of the business district      is allowed between 3 a.m. and 6
              Administration              commercial parking, residents and       a.m. If it is at all possible, please
              reminds              all    visitors should try to have their       remove your vehicle from the
              r e s i de n t s   t ha t   vehicles off the streets by 10 p.m.     street at any time snow removal
              parking overnight           In addition, no parking on any street   operations are being undertaken.
              on curbed City
streets is prohibited from
December 1st to April 30th. This
requirement is to facilitate snow
removal operations by the Public
Works Department. With the
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       S P E C I A L P O I N T S   O F
              I N T E R E S T :

•   Winter & Ice Festival—Friday, February
    12th thru Sunday, February 14th

•   Family Fun Nite— Friday, February 12th at
    6:00 p.m.                                              TAXES
•   Chili Cook-Off— Saturday, February 13th
    at 11:00 a.m.
•   Senior Social— Sunday, February 14th at
    2:00 p.m.
                                                        February 28th
•   Board of Review—Tuesday, March 9th
    from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. &
    Thursday, March 11th from 9:00 a.m. to
    6:00 p.m.

•   Easter Event— Saturday, March 27th at
    10:00 a.m.
                                                Hall Walking is back for the Winter
•   Last Day to Register to Vote for May
    2010 School Election—Monday, April 5th
                                                                     The City of Richmond’s Recreation
•   Richmond Historical Village Open—                                Department with the support of the
    Saturday, April 24th from and Sunday,                            Richmond Community Schools is
    April 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.                           offering hall walking at the Richmond
•   Richmond School Election—Tuesday, May                            Middle School again this year. Tired of
    4th from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
                                                                     stepping in a slush puddle or the
                                                                     neighbor throwing a snowball at you?
•   Mother/Son Bowling– Friday, May 7th at                           Walking in the halls of the Middle
    7:00 p.m.                                                        School is a safe and warm exercise
•   Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo—Saturday,         opportunity when the winter elements are preventing you
    May 15th at 10:00 a.m.                      from enjoying the outdoors. Hall Walking is held on
                                                Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, through April 1st,
•   Police Auction — Saturday, May 15th at      5:30 pm. to 7:00 p.m. at the Richmond Middle School. All
    1:00 p.m.                                   walkers must complete a simple registration including an
•   Richmond Historical Village Open for        emergency contact and waiver to participate. Strollers and
    Veterans Remembered—Sunday, May             Children under 10 are not permitted. Youth 10 and older
    30th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.            must be actively walking with an adult to participate. A $1
                                                drop-in fee is all that is charged. Please bring clean shoes to
•   Community Pool Opens—Monday, May            wear in inclement weather. For more information contact the
    31st                                        Recreation Director Stacie VanKirk
                                                at 727-3064. Don’t let the cold stop
                                                you from exercising, come walk the
                                                halls with us.
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                                  Assessing Department Update
A new year is the culmination of the past     assessment change notices before the       without having to appear before the
year’s work in the Assessing                  end of February.       The preliminary     Board. More information will be
Department. The department has been           assessment roll is then printed along      provided with the assessment change
busy updating files and preparing the         with parcel cards in anticipation of the   notices that you should receive the
sales studies to be used for the upcoming     March Board of Review meetings. The        end of February.
year. This is all done for the preparation    meetings dates for 2010 March Board of
of the new assessment roll. Over the          Review are tentatively scheduled as:       For recently purchased homes please
past year commercial properties were          Tuesday, March 9, from noon to 9 pm        remember to file the Principal
remeasured with pictures taken and            and Thursday, March 11, from 9 am to 6     Residence Exemption Affidavit and
drawings of houses and lots and other         pm.     Please check your assessment       the Property Transfer Affidavit.
miscellaneous information have been           change notice or the local weekly paper    These forms are usually signed at the
updated on the current computer system.       in February for the scheduled dates and    closing of the property. If you have
Pictures of buildings and the drawings of     times. Anyone wishing to appear before     any questions, please call the
lots and buildings are part of the parcel     the Board of Review is encouraged to       assessor’s office.
card package available to the public for      make an appointment prior to the
free on the City’s web page                   meetings. Appointments to the Board of     F o r                           Review will be taken beginning the last
                                              week in February. Property owners are
January and February are busy months in       also encouraged to make an appointment
the Assessing Department. The tentative       to speak with the Assessor prior to
assessed and taxable values are finalized     meeting with the Board of Review.
in preparation of the mailing of the          Sometimes questions can be answered

                      First Yard Waste Pick Up is April 6, 2010!

                                                Holiday Trash Schedule
                              Memorial Day—Pick up on Wednesday, June 2, 2010
                              Labor Day—Pick up on Wednesday, September 8, 2010

                                             Water Bill Schedule

  District #2— Friday, January 15, 2010                      District #2—Thursday, July 15, 2010
  District #3—Monday, February 15, 2010                      District #3—Monday, August 16, 2010
  District #1—Monday, March 15, 2010                         District #1—Wednesday, September 15, 2010
  District #2—Thursday, April 15, 2010                       District #2—Friday, October 15, 2010
  District #3—Monday, May 17, 2010                           District #3—Monday, November 15, 2010
  District #1—Tuesday, June 15, 2010                         District #1—Wednesday, December 15, 2010