GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Akin to Doctor Who’s phone booth, Grosse Pointe Shores for a while had an elevator at city hall linked to the universe.
It started when city officials mistakenly canceled the elevator’s telephone extension among unnecessary phone lines.
“We had to install a new line and — thank goodness, this has been fixed — you could call anywhere in the world on that line,” said Mark Wollenweber, Grosse Pointe Shores city manger. “Now, it only calls (to city hall) or Grosse Pointe Farms (public safety) dispatch.”
The telephone cleanup saved the city money by discovering another obsolete T-1 line at Shores police headquarters.
“This goes back to our transformation to CLEMIS (Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System),” Wollenweber said. “It’s another $200 a month we’ve been paying. We’re going to see what kind of rebate we can get from the last time we canceled.”
Mayor Ted Kedzierski’s recent shopping trip to Costco became a neighborhood reunion with the topic of portable generators.
He said two of six neighbors at the store wanted the Shores to ease restrictions on the placement of generators.
“They were talking about making it less onerous to get permission and not have to get a special use permit issued by the planning commission,” Kedzierski said.
The matter now is on the municipal agenda.
“We talked to the commission about making it a little easier for generator placement, like air conditioning placement with a sign-off of neighbors,” Wollenweber said.
It will come up at a future meeting.
Based on comments Kedzierski heard at the municipal swim team finals, he’s thinking of having the city sell team-type fan gear at city hall.
“We had at one time, ‘I like Grosse Pointe Shores day,’” Kedzierski said. “We had sweat shirts and T-shirts. We’re thinking about having some of the merchandise for a nominal cost, that states we’re proud of our community.”
Public safety administrators are receiving bids for security cameras to be placed at major interactions in the community.
“We have a resident who is an administrator with Homeland Security,” said Chief John Schulte. “We will be consulting with him to see exactly what type of cameras they are using and what capacities.”
The finance and pension committees are comparing the costs and benefits of investment management fees and strategies.
Goals include reducing fees, according to Councilman Bruce Bisballe, chairman of the finance committee.
“The pension people are charging way to much,” added Mayo Pro Tem Kay Felt, also on the finance committee.