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You do not have to appear in person. You can mail in your evidence by certified mail or appear in person by calling 586-447-3355 to make an appointment.
A snow event is called when at least 2 inches of snow has accumulated in a single snowfall. Snow events are posted on the city’s website and local access cable television. During a snow event, residents have 48 hours to remove snow from the public sidewalk abutting their property. If snow is not removed in a timely fashion, the city reserves the right to have a contractor remove the snow and charge the homeowner for the service and administrative fee.
A snow emergency is called when enough ice or snow has or is significantly likely to accumulate to impede safe travel within the city. Snow emergencies are posted on the city’s Facebook Page, website, and on our local access cable television channels. During a snow emergency, there is no street parking and 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. parking permits are void.
You can find out what you need to bring by visiting the Passport Services page.
Residents may store their own recreation vehicles and recreation equipment on their own property for an indefinite period of time, provided the vehicles are in operable condition and can meet all other provisions of the city’s codes and ordinances. In short, Recreational Vehicles must be parked on a paved surface and meet setback requirements. Recreational vehicles shall be set back at least four (4) feet from any side lot line if the vehicles are located closer than six (6) feet to the main building on the site. If the vehicles are located more than six (6) feet from the main building, then the recreational vehicles shall be set back at least two (2) feet, six (6) inches from any side or rear lot line. For residents whose recreational vehicles cannot meet the setback and/or lot coverage requirements, their recreational vehicle may be stored up to forty-eight (48) hours prior to a planned trip, for loading purposes, and forty-eight (48) hours upon return from the same trip, for the purpose of unloading the recreational vehicle. In no event shall such recreational vehicles or equipment be stored more than ninety-six (96) hours in a seven (7) day period. A recreational vehicle or equipment parked or stored on a lot within the city shall not be connected to water, sanitary facilities, or electrical service, and shall not be occupied.
The City’s ordinances and the Property Maintenance Code require that all owners/occupants of a residential or commercial property maintain it. That includes keeping your grass cut and trees/shrubs/flowerbeds maintained without weeds. The ordinance states that grass, brush or weeds eight (8) inches in height or more shall be cut by the City as many times as necessary with costs and fees to be assessed against the property owner.
The area between the sidewalk and the street is called the road right-of-way, and typically, any trees that are growing in that area are considered City trees. If you feel that there is a city tree that may need to be trimmed, may be dead, or could be considered dangerous, you can call 586-445-5363 or submit a report to Report A Concern.
GFL Environmental East Corporation is responsible for residential trash, recycling, and yard waste pick up. Customer service hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. All service calls are to be directed to GFL by calling 586-806-8944 or email email@example.com
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then click here to see the setback requirements.
Solicitation Permits are available in the City Clerk’s Office or at the following link: Solicitor
GFL can be contacted at 586-806-8944.
Open Skate is on Saturday's from 2-4 pm (During Spring / Summer)
Open Skate is on Saturday's and Sunday's from 3-5 pm (During Fall / Winter)
The price of Ice depends on the time, but it costs $140-190 for an hour of ice
No animals are allowed in any of the Ice Arenas
Yes, please see our programs and classes page. Or visit our Learn to Skate page for more information!
Please visit SCSHA.ORG for more information, see our Sports and Athletics page, or simply call John (After 5 pm) at 586-872-3941
During the pandemic, our printing company suffered a paper shortage. To make up for this, the city newsletter is now being published monthly with a detailed calendar on the back page. You can also view the city's calendar on the front page of the website. You can check for updates in our news section.
You can find events on the front page of our website, and the city's Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.
Community events are also broadcasted 24/7 on Comcast channel 12, WOW channel 18, and between regular programming on Comcast channel 5, WOW channel 10, and AT&T channel 99.
The city also publishes a city newsletter "Inside St. Clair Shores" that list events.
You can view our latest programming as well as archived programming in the Media Center of our website. Each program has a separate "channel" and can be viewed 24/7.
Unfortunately, residents subscribing to DirectTV or other satellite systems cannot view SCSTV programming on their television.
Three cable providers have video franchises to operate in St. Clair Shores:
If you are having a problem with your video/cable television provider, first contact your provider and attempt to resolve your dispute with them. If you are not satisfied with their answer, you can file an informal complaint with the Michigan Public Service Commission.
During the "Audience Participation" portion of council meetings, citizens can use the overhead projector to show pictures or documents. All material must be approved prior to the meeting. Submit your material for review by emailing the Communications Director by 4:30 p.m., the Wednesday before the council meeting.
View our City's Guidelines for Visual Presentations to find our rules and regulations.
We'd love to hear your idea. Email the Communications Director Steve Foulkrod or call us at 586-447-3389.
An attorney will represent you free of charge at your arraignment on the Bench Warrant.
If you wish to have attorney representation:
If you do NOT wish to have attorney representation:
The courthouse is located on the northwest corner of Eleven Mile Road and Jefferson Ave., two major thoroughfares in the City of St. Clair Shores. The area surrounding the building is a mix of government offices, businesses, and private homes.
The St. Clair Shores Police Department is located south of the courthouse (southwest corner of the intersection), directly across Eleven Mile Road. The Public Library and City Hall are located on the southeast corner of Eleven Mile Road and Jefferson Ave., diagonally across from the courthouse.
Please note: When the court is closed to the public, a drop box is available (to pay for most tickets) 24 hours a day. The drop box is installed to the left of the front door.
Please visit the Macomb County Website for information on obtaining a marriage license.
Notice: Only the wedding couple and two witnesses (four people) are allowed at court ceremonies.
All weddings conducted by the 40th District Court are scheduled by appointment.
The following must apply:
To schedule an appointment:
Honorable Mark A. FratarcangeliContact: Michelle MaltagliatiPhone: 586-445-5383Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Honorable Joseph Craigen OsterContact: Jennifer RentPhone: 586-445-5385Email: email@example.com
Corey KeelanPhone: 586-445-5285Email: *Non-Reporting Probation Instructions for PO Keelan*
Brianne ScaglionePhone: 586-445-5294Email:*Non-Reporting Probation Instructions for PO Scaglione*
Probation ClerkPhone: 586-445-5284Email:
Under Local Administrative Order 2020-01: Access, Inspection, Reproduction and Creation of Court Records, there is a charge of $1 per page for all copies related to case files.
To request copies of a case file, please submit your request via email by clicking HERE. You must include the name and specific case number related to the search.
Transcript requests must be submitted to the Court Recorder using this Transcript Request Form.
Transcript requests for cases heard by Honorable Chief Judge Joseph C. Oster must be submitted via email (email) or mailed to:
Jennifer Rent27701 Jefferson Ave.St. Clair Shores, MI 48081
Transcript requests for cases heard by Honorable Mark A. Fratarcangli must be submitted via email (email) or mailed to:
Michelle Maltagliati27701 Jefferson Ave.St. Clair Shores, MI 48081
Requests for certified copies of dispositions/convictions must be submitted via mail, drop box or email using this Record Request Form.
Do you have questions and need to speak with a Court Clerk regarding a case?
Please access the Virtual Counter below to speak and interact directly with a Court Clerk via Zoom.
The virtual counter can be accessed by Zoom Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Instructions to access the virtual counter are provided below:
Meeting ID: 422-518-2823
The court is now open to the public and manages dockets in a controlled fashion to ensure safety for both the public and court employees. The court will continue to readily adapt to provide a safe and productive court environment for the citizens of St. Clair Shores.
The COVID-19 Pandemic created many challenges for the court. The Court vowed to take precautions and make necessary changes to create a safe environment for both the public and employees. The court immediately began using the Zoom technology platform to conduct virtual hearings and arranged for individuals without access to technology to use it safely at the courthouse via I-Pad.
The court also made several changes and advancements to better serve the public during the pandemic, including the following:
The court is conducting hearings both in-person and via Zoom.
Motions, filings and/or necessary paperwork may be faxed to 586-774-5430 or emailed to the court at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many civil infraction tickets may be resolved by sending a letter to the court or by emailing the court for a city attorney to review.
The court is currently open to the public for viewing hearings. If at any time the court must revert to conducting all matters remotely, hearings with be live-streamed via YouTube Live using the links below:
The 40th District Court will resume MiFile on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.
As a reminder, all attorneys submitting filings with the court will be required to e-file as required by Michigan Court Rule 1.109(G)(3)(f).
Self-represented parties may participate in the e-filing program as well.
You will need a MiFILE account to submit forms to the court. To get started, visit the MiFILE website and click "Sign Up" in the upper right corner. Creating an account is free. Check out the MiFILE Tutorial below for guidance.
To help you navigate MiFILE, read the MiFILE Quick Reference Guide and watch the MiFILE Tutorials.
Per City Ordinance 40.154, businesses must have their fire extinguisher inspected and tagged on an annual basis by a company recognized by the Fire Prevention Bureau.
Accordingto Ordinance 35-013 14, the owner of riparian (waterfront) property is the onerequired to provide an adequate barrier, dike, or other embankments (includingsandbags) to protect against the rising water, the overflow of water and/orflooding.
The City can assist the property owner by providing locations to pick up sandbags (empty) and sand for residents to build a sandbag barrier on their property. The Army Corps of Engineers will provide recommendations regarding the construction and location of sandbag, crib, or berm placement on your property. To schedule an Army Corp consultation, please contact Ken Blankenship in the City’s Community Development Department (CDI) at 586-447-3362. No evaluation or opinion onseawall construction, placements, or height will be provided.
First, look at the Lake St. Clair Lake Level at Current Lake St. Clair Lake LevelSecond, measure the clearance from the water to the connected high ground on your property.Now keep in mind the Army Corps of Engineers forecast indicates the lake could go as high as 578.1 ft.
The Army Corps of Engineers recommends property owners on the canals provide adequate protection 18 inches above the current lake level. If your property is on the lake subject to wave action, then the recommendation is to provide 36 inches above the current lake level. If the lake level rises to 578.1, determine the high ground on your property that should be connected to achieve the recommended barrier.
If the rising waters and waves are going to potentially breach your seawall, berm, or any other waterfront barrier, "yes," you must sandbag your property. If not, then "no," you do not have to sandbag your property.
The City strongly advises residents to take into account the forecast levels and build an adequate sandbag barrier before high water occurs. It is much easier to install the barrier on dry ground.
No. The City does not have the resources to build sandbag barriersas a service for residents. Keep in mind if the City performs the work, the bill will bemuch higher than the cost to a property owner to arrange for the installationhim/herself beforehand.
There is not an "official" deadline before the City takes action against home or business owners who do not adequately protect their property from high water levels. However, failure to provide adequate protection may result in flooding. If a breach affects neighboring property or goes out into the street, the City will take corrective action and bill the responsible property owner(s)/.
The City strongly advises residents to take into account the forecast levels and build an adequate sandbag barrier before high water occurs. It is much easier to install the barrier on dry ground.
No, ultimately it is your responsibility to work with your neighbor to ensure that water does not flow through your property onto your neighbor’s property or into the street; otherwise, the City must take action to stop the flow of water. If the City must perform this work on private property, the City will bill the property owner(s).
The Army Corps of Engineers provides instructions on how to build a sandbag levee correctly. The guidelines also include a chart on how many sandbags you will need:
US Army Corps of Engineers Sandbagging Brochure
US Army Corps of Engineers Sandbagging Technique video
USEFUL TIPS: Fill sandbags ½ to 2/3 full. Do not fill the sandbags to the top because they are too heavy to handle safely and they will NOT seal properly between layers.Tie the sandbag with enough room for the sand to lay flat and provide an adequate seal between layers of sandbags. Placing plastic sheeting between the layers of the sandbags and wrapping it around your sandbag levee offers the best protection from seepage through the levee.
1 foot of height per 100 foot of length =600 sandbags
Rule of thumb Width 3X (times) the height
Sandbag (Empty) Pickup Locations: Department of Public Works (19700 Pleasant) 7 AM to 3 PM, and the Civic Arena Parks & Recreation Office (20000 Stephens) After 3 PM.
Sand Pile Locations: Lac Ste. Claire Park (Behind City Hall), Veterans’ Memorial Park Parking Lot (Masonic & Jefferson), and Civic Arena Parking Lot (20000 Stephens).
Please, bring proof of residency. If you are a non-resident picking up sandbags for a resident, you must have the resident’s driver’s license (original not a copy) for proof residency.
The City is continuing our partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assist property owners in determining the construction and location of sandbag, crib, or berm placement on your property. No evaluation or opinion on seawall construction, placements, or height will be provided. To request assistance from the City or the Army Corps of Engineers, please call
Ken Blankenship at (586) 447-3362 Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
The Department of Public Works can deliver sand and bags to your neighborhood at your request. Please call (586) 445-5363 to schedule delivery. Include a location for the delivery and a contact name and telephone number. The City will deliver sand on the next available weekday.
The Department of Insurance & Finance Services, MI, recommends the following steps:
Contact your insurance company’s claims hotline and/or your agent to report your claim. Have your policy number and other relevant information readily available.
When contacting your insurance company, be sure to communicate that you have experienced water damage and are looking to determine what coverage you have available. Do not simply state that your damage is due to a flood as there may be additional causes for water damage, such as a sewer backup or failing sump pump that may be covered under your policy.
Document your loss. Take pictures or videos of the damaged items and do not get rid of the items until the insurance company instructs you to remove the items.
Take steps to protect your property and prevent further loss.
The National Flood Insurance Program was created by Congress in 1968 to help individuals protect themselves financially from floods. To learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program, visit www.floodsmart.gov. The website provides information on locating an agent, filing a claim, and other flood-related resources.
A stormwater utility fee is similar to a water or sewer fee. In essence, customers pay a fee to convey stormwater from their properties. The utility is the result of unfunded United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) mandates that force cities like St. Clair Shores to manage stormwater within their jurisdiction. The fee is used to finance annual compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting standards. The NPDES is the compliance system for the Clean Water Act (CWA) and requires that all stormwater discharges that enter waters of the United States must meet minimum federal water quality requirements.
Stormwater begins as rain or snowmelt that flows over land rather than seeping into the ground. It flows over hard surfaces (impervious surfaces) such as roofs, driveways, and walkways, as well as pervious surfaces such as grass, gardens, and woodlands into the city’s combined sewer system. The more hard surface (impervious surface) on your property, the more stormwater runoff is contributed to the sewer system.
This drainage either flows into the same underground pipes as sewage and must be treated at the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) wastewater treatment plant before it can be released back into the environment or into Lake St. Clair through a separate storm water sewage system.
The City of St. Clair Shores is billed by the SESMD for the conveyance and treatment of combined sewage at GLWA.
Since 1993, the City has had a stormwater utility ordinance that requires property owners to pay a user fee related to the operation and maintenance of the City’s stormwater system. The current stormwater utility ordinance was developed on the basis of a 1992 Stormwater Utility Implementation Report prepared by McNamee, Porter & Seeley, Inc. This 1992 report is now 30 years old and has not been updated based on recent court rulings. The Michigan Supreme Court has since ruled on stormwater service charges, in particular as related to violating the “Bolt Criteria.” The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the stormwater service charge imposed by Lansing was unconstitutional and void on the basis that it was a tax for which voter approval was required and not a valid use fee. The Court established three criteria for distinguishing between a fee and a tax:1) a user fee must serve a regulatory purpose rather than a revenue-raising purpose2) a user fee must be proportionate to the necessary costs of the service; and3) a user fee must be voluntary--property owners must be able to refuse or limit their use of the commodity or service
The outcome of this study recommends the City adopt an updated methodology as a basis of billing for stormwater charges that meets the three aspects of the “Bolt Criteria”. This study has determined a methodology to assign all properties within the City their proportional share of the cost of service to capture, convey, and treat the stormwater that runs off each property and to meet the needs of the City’s stormwater regulatory obligations. The study recommends using the direct impervious vs. pervious surface area and total property area to determine the property’sdirect runoff potential. This entails an individual review of each residential lot, by size/zoning classification, and every non-residential property to calculate square feet of imperviousness for each parcel. Once PRP is initially determined, there are no zoning classifications or groups of properties. All calculations are based solely on impervious vs. pervious area and the particular benefit each property receives due to the stormwater system. Other general items that werelooked at which affect stormwater were topography, soils, property maintenance and access to stormwater facilities.
Any person, kindergarten age or older, residing in or paying taxes to St. Clair Shores is eligible for a Library Card. Proof of residency or taxpayer status is required, such as a current driver license or state identification with a St. Clair Shores address, a tax receipt or a lease agreement. Residents under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign as the responsible person. A current driver license or state identification is required from the responsible person.
The Library has eleven public computers with Internet and Microsoft Office. A valid library card is necessary to access the Internet. Minors must have signed parental permission to access the Internet in the Adult Services area. A one-day Internet guest pass may be purchased for $2.00. Same day, in-house Internet reservations are made for the next available computer. The Library offers wireless Internet access in all areas of the Library.
To log on to the Library's online catalog, go to www.scslibrary.org. Click on Online Catalog. You will need your Library card and PIN to access your account, place items on hold or renew your items.
Monday through Thursday 9:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M., Friday and Saturday 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. The Library is closed on Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The book drop is open when the Library is closed.
Black and white printing is available for $.15 per page from the Internet, online databases and the Library catalog. The Library also offers wireless printing from your portable device.
The Library has a meeting room available for nonprofit and for profit groups. Groups must call the Library at 586-771-9020 for the meeting room availability and guidelines. The meeting room must be reserved in advance.
The Library offers fax services to patrons. The fee for this service is $2.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page. A cover sheet provided by the library must be sent as the first page.
During tax season, the Library may have printed copies of the most popular tax forms. During the year, a librarian can print out copies of the tax forms for $.15 per page.
Fines may be paid in person at the Library by cash, check, credit or debit card. Fines may be paid online by going to www.scslibrary.org, clicking on the Online Catalog link and clicking on My Account. Enter your library card and PIN and click on Fines.
The Library offers online access to eBooks, music, magazines, newspapers, reference materials and database subscription services. Go to www.scslibrary.org and select Online Resources. You will see an alphabetical list of our Online Databases. Most online resources have remote access from outside the Library with your Library card and PIN.
The Department of Parks and Recreation 2019 park passes will be available starting March 2019. Please come visit us and bring a valid driver’s license or state ID (this is what we need to see in order to verify residency).
1 adult park pass is $7, or you may obtain a pass for a spouse as well for $10.
If you’re 62 and older, 1 park pass is $5 (or you may obtain a pass for a spouse too for $7).
Please note: We cannot issue park passes for minors. Anyone 17 or younger should use their parent/guardian(s) pass. The SCS Parks & Recreation department is located at 20000 Stephens, 48080 (between Little Mack & I-94).
The City Pool (27600 Jefferson at 11 Mile Rd) is open weekends and holidays ONLY on May 25, 26 & 27, June 1 & 2, June 8 & 9 from NOON to 8:00 PM.
The City Pool opens DAILY from June 15 to September 2 from NOON to 8:00 PM. FREE Day at the Pool will be on June 15, 2019.
The Splash Zone at Veterans Memorial Park (32400 Masonic at Jefferson) opens DAILY from May 25 to September 2, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Public Skate is offered on Saturdays from 2-4 P.M. during the Summer (June - August).
Public Skate is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 3-5 P.M. during the Fall/Winter/Spring (September - May).
The cost is $3 per person (children 6 & under free when skating with an adult) and $5 for skate rental (if available).
If you’re planning on having a ceremony or taking pictures, you need to apply for a permit to use Wahby Park (24800 Jefferson, in front of Blossom Heath) with the Parks and Recreation office (20000 Stephens). This will guarantee you the use of the gazebo for an hour on either Friday or Saturday from 1-4 P.M. (one hour time block ONLY).
Please note: You have to be a St. Clair Shores resident in order to obtain a permit. Please make sure to bring your driver’s license or state ID when applying. (There is no cost for this permit).
To be a member you MUST attend 1 membership class (classes are offered a few times per month). Your dog MUST BE 5 months old and fully vaccinated for Rabies, DHLPP and Bordetella, and MUST BE licensed in the city that you reside.
Applications and classes are located at the Parks and Recreation Department (20000 Stephens).
For more information, class dates, and prices...please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 586-445-5350.
When checking for a cancellation, you may contact the Kyte Monroe rainout number at 586-899-1846.
Garbage CartThe City sells 64 and 96 gallon garbage carts to residents who want a larger container for rubbish.
Garbage Cart Order Form (Online)
Garbage Cart/Recycling Cart Order Form (Printable Version)
The City of St. Clair Shores has entered into an agreement with the Macomb County Animal Control Center to issue dog licenses on behalf of the County. To obtain a license, a resident may come in person to the cashier’s office at City Hall or the Macomb County office located at 21417 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036. If a resident already has the dog license application card, it may also be mailed directly to the Macomb County address. To acquire a dog license, proof of the dog’s rabies vaccination must be provided, along with evidence of spaying or neutering if applicable. Licenses are valid for one (1) calendar year. License renewals must be completed by March 1 of each year.
Owners who adopt a dog after the March 1 deadline are exempt from paying the $20 late fee as long as the dog is registered within 30 days of adoption. Puppies are expected to be registered after their rabies shot at around four months old. An extension to six months may be given with the evidence of the animal being spayed or neutered. For more information, please contact the Macomb County Animal Control Office at 586-469-5115 during the following business hours.
Monday- Friday10:00 AM-6:00 PM
ANNUAL 3 AM-5 AM ON-STREET PARKING PERMITS: Effective January 2017, when determining the total number of vehicles to be parked at the home, we will only count a MAXIMUM of one vehicle per licensed driver at the home plus two (2) extra. So, if there are two (2) licensed drivers, we will only consider up to four (4) vehicles when issuing permits. Only one trailer will be considered in the total number. RVs are motor vehicles. The calculation of verified parking spaces will remain the same. Permits are not issued for convenience reasons. Vehicles with permits must be in use and must be moved at least every 48 hours.
Permits do not exempt vehicles from the rules of a snow emergency. Vehicles must be removed from the street until the city has plowed it.
The registrations (or copies) of all vehicles to be considered must be presented annually for renewal. All registrations must be valid and registered at the address. If you have just moved and SOS has not updated your registration, we will only accept your updated driver’s license for the first year. Registrations must be corrected by the second year of residency. A title must be shown for any unlicensed vehicles. UNLICENSED VEHICLES MUST BE STORED IN THE GARAGE.
Upon application, an officer will check the residence to determine whether or not a permit is warranted. Neither the vehicles nor the homeowner needs to be present when this takes place. A temporary permit can be issued so that you will not be ticketed during this period. You will call 586-445-5315 in approximately 14 days to learn whether or not you have been approved. There will be a $20 charge for each approved annual permit.
ALL PERMITS EXPIRE ON FEBRUARY 1ST OF EACH YEAR, so you should renew in January by AGAIN, showing ALL of your vehicles' registrations. If a vehicle with a permit on it is sold and replaced by a new vehicle, remove the old sticker (in pieces or whole) and bring it in, along with the registration for your new vehicle, and a new permit will be issued.
NOTE: Stickers must be permanently affixed to the driver’s side of the windshield, approximately 5” up from the dashboard, and can only be used on the vehicle specified by the Police Department.
RECORDS BUREAU HOURS for PARKING PERMITS are Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their number is 586-445-5315.
Once a ticket has been issued, the original copy is electronically sent to the 40th District Court. Any questions regarding fines, points, or court dates should be directed to the court at 586-445-5280.
The St. Clair Shores Police Department reviews all criminal complaints. The Investigative Division uses solvability factors and the resources available to determine if the investigation can reach a successful conclusion. If the case is assigned, a detective will contact you with additional questions.
Operational Support Services is open 9 AM - 5 PM, Tuesday-Thursday. In addition to the regular open hours, Support Services will be open for public business on the first and third Monday of each month from 4-7 PM. If the first or third Monday is a holiday, there will be no evening hours until the next regularly scheduled evening hours day. Rule of Thumb to follow: if it’s a Monday and there is a Council Meeting that evening, we are open 4-7 PM.
A person who intends to obtain a pistol from an individual must first complete a purchase permit application and submit it to the OSS personnel. Individuals purchasing a pistol from a licensed dealer can work directly with them and avoid obtaining a permit from the Police Department.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has this flyer that explains what an aerator does and steps you can take to help keep it clean.
The stormwater utility fee is similar to a water or sewer fee. In essence, customers pay a fee to convey stormwater from their properties. The utility is the result of unfunded United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) mandates that force cities like St. Clair Shores to manage stormwater within their jurisdiction. The fee is used to finance annual compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting standards. The NPDES is the compliance system for the Clean Water Act (CWA) and requires that all stormwater discharges that enter waters of the United States must meet minimum federal water quality requirements.
While stormwater is a result of rain and snowmelt, the stormwater fee is not related to how much rain falls on your property, but rather the facilities used to manage stormwater such as sewers, manholes, catch basins and wastewater treatment. The more hard surface a property has, the more it uses the stormwater system components.
This fee takes into account all aspects of managing and maintaining a separate stormwater management system. The previous charges did not adequately capture the total cost of operation, maintenance, and capital improvements. The new fee provides the necessary revenues to make sure the City meets its responsibilities under Federal and State requirements. This is done by ensuring proper maintenance and operation of the City’s forty plus pumping stations, conveying water off properties and roads into the drainage system and providing for continued upgrades of the stormwater system. The expenditures for the stormwater management system are approved each year by the Mayor and City Council as part of the City’s fiscal budgeting program.
The fee is based upon the property runoff potential, or PRP, of each parcel in the City of St. Clair Shores. PRP is based upon hydrologic engineering principals for calculating runoff that use both the impervious surface area and pervious surface area. All surfaces will generate some amount of runoff during precipitation events and can be assigned a runoff coefficient to represent the fraction of the precipitation that results in runoff.
Runoff potential is based upon the following formula:
Property Runoff Potential(sft) = .20 x [Total Area-Impervious Area] + 0.9 x [Impervious Area]
This factor is then multiplied by the per square ft rate that is determined by the fiscal budget
Areas identified as impervious:
1. Hardened surfaces on or near the ground: sidewalks, private roads, private streets, parking lots, walkways, patios, concrete slabs, runways, taxiways, aprons or other hardened surfaces consisting of asphalt, concrete, or other paving material
2. Hardened surfaces above ground: buildings, foundations, storage tanks, rooftops, athletic courts and tracks
3. Gravel and dirt driveways, and pavers that do not meet requirements to be classified as pervious
4. Paved decks adjacent to pools
5. Wooden decks covered by a roof or having an impervious underlying surface
6. Surface water that is not part of the public conveyance system
Areas identified as pervious:
3. landscaped areas without impervious underlying membrane
4. natural rock formations
5. dirt paths
6. pavers set in porous fill (photos, design plans, and specifications must be submitted)
7. porous pavements (photos, design plans, and specifications must be submitted)
The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) conducted an aerial survey ofthe region in 2015 that was analyzed to determine the building footprints and impervious surface areas. The resulting data sets were provided to each community, and the building footprint and impervious surface area data sets were used for this study and supplemented with other commercially available data sets. The impervious surface area measurements made using the SEMCOG data were verified for properties of different types by visually analyzing aerial photographs of the individual parcels. This factor also corresponds to the factor that was used in the 2017 Stormwater Asset Management Plan
Yes, Roads and public rights-of-way maintained by the City are not exempt from the stormwater utility fee, City-owned properties such as parks and parking lots are also subject to the stormwater utility fee. Fees owed by the City as part of this stormwater utility are budgeted either in the City’s General Fund or Streets Fund.
The revenues from the Stormwater Utility can only be spent on stormwater related activities and will provide a steady funding source for much needed operations and maintenance activities, maintenance of stormwater structures, replacement and installation of pump stations and the City’s federally and state mandated stormwater quality management program.
Fairly accurate, but the impervious area analysis images are not without error. A review and appeal process exists within the City’s Code to address those errors and ensure every landowner is paying their fair share.
If a property owner has reason to believe that their property’s impervious area has been incorrectly identified, they should take the following steps:
1. Visit the City’s website and print out the Impervious Area Review and Appeal form
2. Supply the requested information on the form
3. Mail the form to: Attn: Stormwater Appeal Office of the City Manager 27600 Jefferson Avenue St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48081
Email the form to: Stormwaterutility@scsmi.net
Or drop the form off: City Manager’s Office City Hall 27600 Jefferson Avenue St. Clair Shores, MI 48081
Rain barrels harvest and store water from your rooftop by collecting it from a gutter downspout. The stored runoff can be used for watering or other purposes that don't require drinking water. Rain barrels offer several advantages. Using the runoff for watering can reduce your water bill, be beneficial for your plants, and help rain percolate into the ground and recharge groundwater supplies. A credit equal to 100 sft of impervious area per rain barrel is in use.
Rain Gardens, Cisterns, or Drywells. Rain gardens are planted depressions of deep-rooted native vegetation designed to absorb excess rainwater runoff from a house or other impervious area with a purpose (besides being beautiful) of allowing rainwater to pool in a low spot just long enough to percolate into the ground. Cisterns are water management devices that provide retention storage volume in above or underground storage tanks. Cisterns are often larger than rain barrels, with some underground cisterns having the capacity of 10,000 gallons. Only one credit can be taken for utilizing a dry well or cistern. Drywells are small, excavated pits, backfilled with aggregate, and used to infiltrate “good quality” stormwater runoff, such as uncontaminated roof runoff. Drywells are not to be used for infiltrating any runoff that could be significantly contaminated with sediment and other pollutants, such as runoff from high potential pollutant loading areas and parking lot runoff. Only one credit can be taken for utilizing a dry well or cistern. Credit for these depend on the design capacity for each.
The amount will be credited on the following quarter’s water/sewer bill.