This Week in Grosse Pointe: Feb. 3

The Grosse Pointe Farms city council will consider a proposal from U.S. Border Patrol during a meeting Monday night.

There are a variety of important events and meetings this week in the Grosse Pointes. Here are some highlights:

1. Grosse Pointe Woods city council will meet Monday beginning at 7:30 p.m. According to the agenda, the council will discuss:

  • the annual request by the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House for staff to use the park entrance to enter the Ford House grounds for particular events throughout the year
  • bids for dredging
  • legal bills

2. Grosse Pointe Farms city council will meet Monday beginning at 7 p.m. According to the agenda, the council will discuss:

  • a proposal from the U.S. Border Patrol
  • an extension request for the Grosse Pointe-Clinton Refuse Disposal Authority
  • the election commission
  • attorneys fees
  • a quarterly financial report

3. A Downtown Development Authority meeting in the City of Grosse Pointe will begin Monday at 6:30 p.m. An agenda was not available on the city's website.

4. The Grosse Pointe Public Schools Board of Education's policy committee will meet Thursday beginning at 6 p.m.

Diane Smith February 04, 2013 at 12:52 PM
WOW! According to the Agenda attachments, over 75% of one of the two outside contracted city attorneys invoice for GPW was for work this month only, for the ongoing Property Tax dispute with Lochmoor Country Club. That's about $9,000.00 for one month for one issue for our largest "resident". Time for me to go into a "closed" session" to discuss further with my cronies.
GP For Life February 04, 2013 at 01:26 PM
What's the proposal from the Border Patrol? I am inclined to tell them no, just on the grounds that I don't care about that border. If they wanted to patrol Mack, I would be far more receptive.
Gloria February 04, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Diane, Am I missing something? I reviewed the GPW Lochmoor legal bill dated 1/24/13 and the amount came to $12,045. This billing represented 85.75 hours @ $140.00 per hour. I will post the actual bill on this site for your review. I wish the council would have listened to Dr. Joseph E. Sucher when he sited an article stating: Billable hours under attack...IN A RECESSION...companies push law firms for flat fee contracts.
Diane Smith February 04, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Yes, Gloria you are correct and I did see the bill. I was just estimating the portion for Lochmoor only which is actually 75.5 hours @ $140.00 totalling $10,570.00 Of course, this does not count all the prior (and future) work for Chip Berschback on this Lochmoor case only & the appraisals costs etc. I was just merely pointing out only this ridiculous and EXPENSIVE dispute which still isn't final. The way ALL our legal is handled is ANOTHER complete matter.
Gloria February 04, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Totally agree, Ridiculous and EXPENSIVE! If the city knew what they were doing and appraised correctly non of this would be happening! God only knows what this will cost the city in lost revenue and legal fees. Sad state of affairs!
SDC February 04, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Diane and Gloria, I agree with you both.
Elizabeth M. Vogel February 04, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Dear GP For Life: I conversed with City Manager Reeside by email today regarding the Border Patrol proposal. The USBP installed a camera on the GPYC tower in 2011. They would like to follow that up with radar. I asked for a copy of the USBP proposal that was submitted to the city, and I received it this morning. I'll try to upload it here as a PDF document on Patch. The Council will not make a decision tonight, this is on the agenda as an "information item." Here is a snippet from the proposal: "The U.S. Border Patrol would like to deploy a commerical marine radar on this same tower for the purpose of being able to maintain a situational awareness of the southern end of Lake St. Clair." Continuing, "Marine surveillance radars are needed by the USBP in order to detect vessels that cross the border illegally...USBP understands that the Grosse Pointe Community has concerns about the proposed radar and would like to address them in this paper." I'll be at the meeting tonight listening intently and taking notes.
Elizabeth M. Vogel February 04, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Correction: the RVSS (Remote video surveillance system) and tower in question are on the property of the Grosse Pointe Club (GPC).
GP For Life February 04, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Liz, tell them we don't want it. While, I am sure the waves of illegal Canadian immigrants needs to be stemmed, Border Patrol agents are getting a little too pushy for my tastes. We don't need to track every vessel on the Great Lakes. This type of government spending borders on idiotic. Do you know I was threatened with arrest for hitting on a Border Patrol Agent’s girlfriend, who also happened to be a Border Patrol Agent? It’s not my fault she looked like Eva Mendez! Apparently, they have very broad arrest powers inside a 5-mile radius of an international border. Also, they have very lenient “force continuum” regulations that permit rapid escalation to deadly force. Or, this is at least according to one very upset Border Patrol Agent. Anyway, I would rather not have GP turn into some Orwellian police state. Remember the good old days of rolling over to Cadillac Jack’s in Windsor and being welcomed back into the country at the border with a warm and friendly “Welcome home.”? Or, sometimes a more concerned, “How much have you had to drink?” Either way, those days are gone. Side note, $5 pitchers on Thursdays with the USD at a 45% premium to the CAD was awesome. You could go out all night and spend less than $20, including a slice of pizza for the ride home! I am GP For Life, GPS Class of 2000 and, Blue Devil For Life!
Mark February 04, 2013 at 07:07 PM
You must mention the slice of pizza came from Slices right next to the Canadian Ballet.
GP For Life February 04, 2013 at 07:17 PM
The amount of mornings I woke up with 2nd degree burns on the roof of my mouth from that delicious place is a little disgusting. Also, it was our duty to support the fine arts of other countries. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
christopher February 05, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Diane, These are the attorneys that WE pay full medical health care for? The city streets are crumbling and all departments are under staffed....Makes no sense to me.


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