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A snow event may be called when at least 2 inches of snow has accumulated in a single snowfall. Snow events will be posted on the city’s website and local access cable television. When a snow event has been called, residents have 48 hours to remove snow from the public sidewalk abutting their property. If snow has not been 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 may be called when ice or snow has accumulated or is significantly likely to accumulate to such an extent as to impede safe travel within the city. Snow emergencies will be posted on the city’s Facebook Page, website and on our local access cable television channels. During a snow emergency, no cars are to be parked on the street. 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. parking permits are also void.
COVID-19 Update: The Department of State is in Phase One of reopening passport services. They are limiting appointments to emergencies only and recommend customers wait to submit new or renewal applications as delays will continue in phase one. You may visit the Department of State website for passport related information at www.Travel.State.Gov or call 1-877-487-2778. The City of St. Clair Shores continues to suspend all Passport Services until further notice from the Department of State. As always, we suspend all passport related services 5 weeks prior to and during the week of an election as follows for 2020:
• June 29 – Aug. 9 (8/4 election)
• Sept. 28 – Nov. 8 (11/3 election)
The City no longer takes passport photos
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.
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 586-772-8900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Solicitation Permits are available in the City Clerk’s Office or at the following link: Solicitor
GFL can be contacted at 866-772-8900.
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
No. Residents subscribing to DirectTV or other satellite systems will be unable to view SCSTV programming on their television.
If you are having a problem with your video/cable television provider, you should 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. Check out their Consumer Tipsfact sheet for filing a video/cable complaint at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mpsc/mpsc-ca_videocomplaint_275049_7.pdf
You can view our latest programming as well as archived programming in the Media Center of our website at www.scsmi.net/civicmedia. Each program has a separate "channel" and can be viewed 24/7.
Citizens are permitted to use the overhead projector in the Council Chambers during the Audience Participation section of the Council agenda providing the material has been submitted to the Communications Director for review by 4:30 p.m. the Wednesday before the requested City Council meeting. The material must be in compliance with the City’s Guidelines for Visual Presentations that can be found at the City’s website at www.scsmi.net/DocumentCenter/View/3958.
The SCSTV Community Bulletin Board airs 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. It provides information about special events under the "Around Our Town" section and also provides information about SCSTV programming.
The City also publishes an annual City Calendar and a City newsletter "Inside St. Clair Shores" that list City events. You can also check out our City of St. Clair Shores, Michigan- City Government Facebook Page, our Twitter and Instagram accounts and YouTube and Vimeo for more information
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that range from mild to severe, including cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Since the symptoms are similar to those of pneumonia, influenza and the common cold, only a diagnostic test can confirm whether an individual has coronavirus.
The first cases of COVID-19 were believed to be linked to a live-animal market in chines, but the virus has since been spreading from person to person.
Person-to-person transmission is most likely between people in close contact, about 6 feet. When a person infected with COVID-19 sneezes or coughs, respiratory droplets could land on people nearby or could possibly be inhaled by those people.
While the virus can be transmitted by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with COBID-19, health experts don’t currently believe that’s primarily how it’s transmitted.
The CDC recently rolled out new guidelines, allowing anyone to be tested for COVID-19 without restrictions, as long as their doctor approves.
If you have traveled to an area with local transmission or have been in close contact with someone who has been exposed to the virus, and develop symptoms, such as cough or fever, your doctor can work with the Macomb County Health Department to determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.
If you have symptoms, but no travel history to an outbreak area, you could go to a clinic and have a rapid test done to rule out common viruses, such as influenza.
If you have mild symptoms and are worried that you might have COVID-19, call your doctor for an appointment.
If you have severe breathing problems, seek medical attention, or call 911 immediately.
Residents with symptoms are encouraged to contact their health care provider, who will make arrangements to have them tested at a nearby facility. You can also contact the Macomb County Health Department at 586-463-3750.
No. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children have generally presented with mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported.
Most vulnerable are the elderly, as well as people with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory illness, high blood pressure, and cancer. Those who are over 50 or 60 years of age who have some other health issues should be extra vigilant. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Many City services to the public have also been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Effective September 25, 2020, the following services are now available:
Department of Public Works (DPW) Regular operations have resumed.
Fire DepartmentStations remain closed to tours/visits.
Police DepartmentRegular operations have resumed.
Tax and Water DepartmentRegular operations have resumed.
Utility bills can be paid online or placed in the white drop box in front of City Hall.
Community Development Department (CDI)CDI is open and fully functioning.All permits, meeting applications, registrations, and forms can be submitted in-person, in the mail or via the drop box in front of City Hall.
All inspections can be scheduled by calling 586.447.3340.
SCS Public Library Beginning October 5, 2020, the Library hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM, and Friday and Saturday, 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
Senior Center/Civic Arena/Golf Course The Senior Center/Civic Arena remains closed. Only the Fitness Room is opened at the Senior Center. Monday – Thursday 7 am – 7 pm, Friday 7 am – 4 pm.
City Clerk’s Office
40th District Court (Check out their webpage)
The safety of our residents is our top priority. The City continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19 very closely. We will reassess resident services as needed and are prepared to do whatever is necessary to keep you and your family safe.
St. Clair Shores Reopening Plan
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.
Department of Public Works (DPW) Regular operations have resumed.
The City can assist the property owner by providing locations to pick up sandbags 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.
The City of St. Clair Shores has 25,303 water customers. The City estimates that there are approximately 650 homes with lead service lines. In St. Clair Shores lead service lines are most commonly found in homes built between 1920 and 1950.32 of those customers with known lead service lines were tested during September 2019. 4 of the 32 locations tested exceeded the 15 parts-per-billion (ppb) “Action Level” threshold, triggering the current Public Advisory. The city’s 90th percentile value for lead concentrations among sites tested was 21 ppb. The testing results shown that the “Action Level” exceedances were from samples taken from the lead water service lines.Per the Lead and Copper Rule of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, the city is required to periodically sample a number of water taps throughout its system for lead concentration levels. In 2018, the sampling protocol for this routine sampling changed to require multiple samples at each sample location and to exclusively target locations served by lead water service lines. The intention of this change was to better detect lead.According to the rule, if approximately 10% of sites sampled (90th percentile) indicate lead concentrations of 15 ppb or greater, the city is required to:
advise water customers of the results
provide tips on how to reduce lead exposure
increase community-wide sampling
Lead can enter drinking water when plumbing materials that contain lead corrode, especially where the water has high acidity or low mineral content that corrodes pipes and fixtures. The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes, faucets, and fixtures. In homes with lead pipes that connect the home to the water main, also known as lead services lines, these pipes are typically the most significant source of lead in the water. Among homes without lead service lines, the most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and plumbing with lead solder.
Source: EPA Basic Information about Lead in Drinking Water
National Public Radio (NPR) has developed a website that allows you to determine whether your drinking water is at risk in a few simple steps.
We are asking residents to use the tool and report the results to the City of St. Clair Shores Water Department.
Click here to get started. [Click here to get started.]
• June 29 – Aug. 9 (8/4 election)
The City no longer takes passport photos.
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)
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 1 calendar year. License renewals must be completed by March 1st of each year. The fees are as follows:
Jan thru March 1 - Spayed/Neutered - 1 Year Tag $10.00Jan thru March 1 - Not Spayed/Neutered - 1 Year Tag $30.00Jan thru March 1 - Spayed/Neutered - 2 Year Tag $20.00Jan thru March 1 - Not Spayed/Neutered - 2 Year Tag $60.00
After March 1st - 1 Year Tag –Spayed/Neutered $30.00After March 1st - 1 Year Tag – Not Spayed/Neutered $50.00After March 1st - 2 Year Tag – Spayed/Neutered $40.00After March 1st - 2 Year Tag - Not Spayed/Neutered $80.00
Owners who adopt a dog after the March 1st 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 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.
Hours of OperationMonday: 10:00 a.m -6:00 p.m.Tuesday:10:00 a.m-6:00 p.m.Wednesday: 10:00 a.m-6:00 p.m.Thursday:10:00 a.m-6:00 p.m.Friday: 10:00 a.m-6:00 p.m.Saturday: Closed to PublicSunday: Closed to Public
ANNUAL 3AM-5AM 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 2 extra. So, if there are 2 licensed drivers, we will only consider up to 4 vehicles when issuing permits. Only one trailer will be considered in total number. RV’s are motor vehicles. 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 it has been plowed by the city. The registrations (or copies) of all vehicles to be considered must be presented each year 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 accept your updated driver’s license for the first year only. Registrations must be corrected by 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 the number listed below in approximately 14 days to learn whether or not you have been approved. There will be a $3 charge for each annual permit that is approved. ALL PERMITS EXPIRE ON FEBRUARY 1ST OF EACH YEAR, so you should renew in January, by AGAIN showing ** ALL ** of the registrations for ALL of your vehicles. 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 that was specified by the Police Department. RECORDS BUREAU HOURS for PARKING PERMITS Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (586) 445-5315
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.
The City of St. Clair Shores has 25,303 water customers. The City estimates that there are approximately 650 homes with lead service lines. In St. Clair Shores lead service lines are most commonly found in homes built between 1920 and 1950.
32 of those customers with known lead service lines were tested during September 2019. 4 of the 32 locations tested exceeded the 15 parts-per-billion (ppb) “Action Level” threshold, triggering the current Public Advisory. The city’s 90th percentile value for lead concentrations among sites tested was 21 ppb. The testing results shown that the “Action Level” exceedances were from samples taken from the lead water service lines.
Per the Lead and Copper Rule of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, the city is required to periodically sample a number of water taps throughout its system for lead concentration levels. In 2018, the sampling protocol for this routine sampling changed to require multiple samples at each sample location and to exclusively target locations served by lead water service lines. The intention of this change was to better detect lead.
According to the rule, if approximately 10% of sites sampled (90th percentile) indicate lead concentrations of 15 ppb or greater, the city is required to:
The State of Michigan recommends the following ways to protect yourself from lead water:
Flush your pipes before using your water.If you have not used your water for several hours, flushing your pipes may reduce the amount of soluble (dissolved) lead in your drinking water.
To flush the pipes in your home, do any of the following for at least five minutes:Turn a faucet on all the way.Take a shower.Run a load of laundry.Run your dishwasher.After flushing your home’s water, run the water from individual faucets on cold for 1-2 minutes before using the water for drinking or cooking.
Using a filter can reduce lead in drinking water.Both particulate and soluble lead can be safely removed from drinking water by using a water filter certified to reduce lead in drinking water. Look for filters that are tested and certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 for lead reduction. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install the filter and maintain it. For help choosing a filter, use the EPA Guidance Tool .Use cold filtered or flushed water for:Drinking, cooking, or rinsing food.Mixing powdered infant formula.Brushing your teeth.
Do not use hot water for drinking or cooking.Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap. Lead dissolves more easily into hot water.
Clean your aerator.Aerators (the mesh screens on your sink faucet) can trap pieces of particulate lead.Clean your drinking water faucet aerator at least every 6 months.If there is construction or repairs to the public water system or pipes near your home, clean your drinking water faucet aerator every month until the work is done.Replace plumbing, pipes, and faucets that may add lead into your drinking water.Older faucets, fittings, and valves sold before 2014 may contain up to 8 percent lead, even if marked “lead-free.” Replace faucets with products manufactured in 2014 or later and are certified to contain 0.25% lead or less.Guidance for reducing potential lead exposure from drinking water (English & Spanish)Source: MI Lead SafeReplace water service lines made of lead material.A water service line is the pipe that connects a home to the water main. In St. Clair Shores homeowners are responsible for the curb stop (at most homes this is in the front yard near the sidewalk) and the service line (under the front yard) and in to the home. Many homes built prior to 1950 were constructed with lead water service lines between the curb stop box and the water meter within the home or in a meter pit. A diagram showing the configuration and ownership of the water service line can be found here. A diagram showing the configuration and ownership of the water service line can be found hereSource: Great Lakes Water Authority
Click here to get started. After the lead service is verified, the City will contact the homeowner about a water filter.
Lead exposure could cause a variety of health effects depending on the amount of lead and the length of time and age of the person exposed to lead. Young children are more susceptible to toxic effects of lead, which can cause behavioral issues, learning disability, abdominal pain and growth retardation.
Lead poisoning occurs when lead enters the bloodstream and builds up to toxic levels. Many different factors such as the source of exposure, length of exposure, and underlying susceptibility (e.g., child’s age, nutritional status, and genetics) affect how the body handles foreign substances.
The Macomb County Health Department recommends you get your child tested for lead. A simple blood test can detect lead. Consult with your healthcare provider for advice on blood lead testing.
Source: Macomb County Health Department
The City has multiple strategies for working on this issue, which include:
Sharing information. Through this advisory and other community engagement efforts, the City is committed to sharing information that can help residents understand sources of lead in tap water, its potential health effects, and how to reduce exposure to it.Increasing sampling. The City will double its community sampling efforts over the next year in order to provide additional information to the state.Locating lead. In order to build an accurate inventory of lead water service lines, the St. Clair Shores Water Department is encouraging homeowners to report their water service line materials through the Water Service Line Report.
Filters. The Macomb County Health Department and the City of St. Clair Shores are providing filters to qualified residents. See “How do I get a drinking water lead filter?” for a further explanation.Removing lead. Starting next year, the City will begin replacing lead service lines at a rate of 7% per year. The Mayor and City Council will also review proposals to expedite the replacement of the lead service lines.
The Macomb County Health Department is providing water filters to any residential household (regardless of service line material type) in the City of St. Clair Shores that has a child or pregnant woman and are not able to afford the cost of a lead filter.The City of St. Clair Shores is providing water filters to residential homes that are verified to have a lead service line. First residents must complete at Water Service Line Report that includes a picture of the water service line at the point it enters the home. Once completed and the material type is verified by the Water Department the resident may pick-up a lead filter at the Department of Public Works, 19700 Pleasant St., St. Clair Shores, MI 48080. Only 1 lead filter per household will be provided.Drinking water lead filters can be purchased at your local retailer. Click this flyer to make sure you purchase a lead filter that will provide the protection you want.
You cannot see, smell, or taste lead in drinking water. If you suspect that your home’s plumbing or faucets could contain lead or lead-based solder, you should have your water tested. Testing your water for lead is the only way to know if it is there. The State of Michigan has a list of laboratories certified for Lead & Copper Testing. Click here for the list. Contact a testing lab before having your water tested to confirm that they can test for lead, and obtain specific instructions for how you will collect, store, and transport the sample(s) you get from your home. There is a cost for having drinking water tested.The City of St. Clair Shores is a municipal water system and our drinking water is tested for lead and other potential contaminants. Testing results and other information on our drinking water system are made available to our residents annually in the St. Clair Shores Water Quality Report. You can also obtain a paper copy of the report at the Department of Public Works located at 19700 Pleasant St., St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.
The State of Michigan has a website called Mi Lead Safe that includes many resources including:
Learn more at ww.michigan.gov/mileadsafe
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has detailed information to help you understand certification marks as well as terminology regarding drinking water filters. Click here for this flyer.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has this flyer for PUR filters and this flyer for Brita filters that explains how to install, use and maintain your water faucet filter.
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 Water Department already has a list of sampling locations it uses for compliance testing. To the extent possible, the sampling rules require the city to resample previous sites during each monitoring period. Therefore, the department is limited in its ability to add additional locations.
By submitting your Water Service Line Report service line inspection results on the City’s website, you’ll be added to our records. Should additional sites be needed for testing, staff will seek volunteers from this list.
To determine if your home has a lead water service line please go to: SCS Lead Safe webpage
For more detailed information on Lead contamination please visit: