West Bloomfield Township agrees to share services with Farmington Hills

By: Maddie Forshee | C&G Newspapers | Published August 3, 2018

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield Township officials voted to share select services with neighbor Farmington Hills at a Board of Trustees meeting July 23.

The inter-local agreement between the city of Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield Township allows the two municipalities to share plan review and inspection services. 

Township Supervisor Steven Kaplan said the township is looking at “some major projects” in the next year, including the development of a hotel and an apartment building, which is why the township is implementing this agreement. 

“Farmington Hills approached West Bloomfield Township with this proposition,” said Kaplan. “I’m in favor of it. It seems to me Farmington Hills building inspectors would be a little more dedicated, a little more loyal than an outside agency.” 

The agreement will mostly help both cities internally in areas where they lack the employees to get a review or inspection done in a timely manner. 

Before West Bloomfield voted on the matter, Farmington Hills had already voted to approve the agreement. 

“This agreement is to provide each other with building department plan review and inspection,” said Michael Salhaney, the township attorney. “It allows for either community to help out with inspection services and to review plans.” 

Salhaney said that while the agreement is in place, reviews will take place. If one community has provided more services than the other over a six-month period, the other community will compensate the community that put in more work. 

Previously, when the township has used an outside consultant for inspection and planning services, they would pay the contractor $75 per hour, said Building Director Bruce Eck. In 2017, the township paid an outside contractor $35,000 for the same services.  

Both municipalities agreed to a lower, $50-per-hour rate. 

“There’s no legal reason why the township should object to this,” said Salhaney. 

Either community can exit the agreement at any time. The agreement is set for one year. 

Eck said the township hasn’t used an outside consultant for “a couple years.” 

Township trustees agreed that the agreement is similar to mutual aid of surrounding municipalities for law enforcement services. 

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the agreement.