Farmington Hills 2018-19 finances ‘in good shape’

first_imgFarmington Hills officials on Monday learned the city will be impacted for a third consecutive year by a rollback in its general operating, road, parks, and public safety millages.Michigan’s Headlee Amendment limits a local millage to the amount it was originally designed to collect, plus a factor for inflation. When the city’s overall property valuation rises at a higher rate than the cost of living, millages are reduced – a “rollback”.In presenting the 338-page, 2018-19 budget document, city Finance Director Steve Barr said a 3.38 percent increase in property valuation means $335,000 in rollbacks, $200,000 of which will come from the general fund.“That’s our new base going forward,” Barr said, adding the city anticipates continued growth of 3-4 percent over the next six years.The 2018-19 budget anticipates $59 million in general fund expenditures, about 3 percent over projected 2017-2018 spending. (The city’s fiscal year ends in June.) Barr said the budget assumes a 3 percent annual increase in operating expenditures, $1.6 million in debt payment and operating costs for the new community center at Harrison High School, a $4.5 million contribution to the Capital Improvement Fund, and staffing Fire Station #1 24 hours a day.City manager Dave Boyer said Fire Department representatives will make a formal presentation to council with the rationale for expanding service at the Nine Mile and Drake Road station.The 2018-19 budget estimates expenditures will exceed revenues by $1,475,220, but Barr noted that state shared revenues and other factors are still unknown. He noted a decline in tickets issued by the Police Department, which is not fully staffed, and a decline in fees paid by developers.Boyer said several construction projects expected in 2018-19 should bump the latter figure.Because of the anticipated red ink, the city’s unassigned fund balance will drop from $14.36 million to $13.09 million, about 22 percent of general fund expenditures. The balance of all funds will drop from $32.8 million to $31.4 million.Barr said the city still has the 12th lowest tax rate among Oakland County municipalities, and the total proposed property tax rate will drop by .0771 mills to 14.5798 mills.While the budget doesn’t include much in the way of growing revenues, Boyer said there will be a review of the city’s fee structure and possibly new user fees related to the new community center.“We have a great base to start with,” Barr said. While he sees more years “in the red” and a decline in the city’s fund balance, he added, “I think we’re in really good shape.”Officials will hold additional meetings in May to review the budget in more detail. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farmington Schools kindergarten registration opens

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington Public Schools offers free, full-day Kindergarten, with registration beginning this week.Parents can register any time, but signing up early guarantees home school placement. To register at the school, parents should bring a driver’s license and proof of residency, such as warranty deed, current property tax statement or lease/rental agreement with occupancy date including a list of all occupants, and any two of the following items: current gas, electric, telephone, or cable bill. Water bills do not meet the accepted criteria.Children must be at least five years of age by September 1. To enroll a child with a late birth date between, September 2, 2015, and December 1, 2015, the parent or guardian must provide a letter to the school requesting enrollment.On Kindergarten Orientation Day, May 1, Information will be shared with new Kindergarten parents and their children. Orientation will be held in the morning at each elementary school.If you’re not sure which child your school should attend, visit or call School/Community Relations at 248-489-3349. Reported bylast_img read more

As Ramadan begins, local Muslims adjust to new reality

first_imgby Beverly ChurchFor Muslims throughout the world, the month-long celebration of Ramadan begins Thursday evening. Traditions include fasting from sunup to sundown, a special evening prayer and a community-wide celebration at the end of the month, called Eid Al-Fitr.Like other faith traditions, Muslims are making adjustments this year to their services and celebrations, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Fasting and prayerImam Wahaajuddin Mohammed (Contributed)According to Imam Wahaajuddin Mohammed of the Tawheed Center in Farmington Hills, there are two main acts of worship during Ramadan. The first is fasting, during which all able adults give up food and drink during the day. The second is a special evening prayer after sunset, in addition to the five usual daily prayers.“The purpose of fasting is so that you become conscious of the Almighty,” said Imam Mohammed. “Eating and drinking are things that we are always allowed to do. Yet in the month of Ramadan, we are giving up those things. You will not know if I am fasting or not — it is something that is just between me and God. When you do that for 30 straight days, (God) is training you (to be) somebody of good character.”At the end of each day, Muslims gather for a special evening prayer. This year, the evening prayer will be streamed live on YouTube.“Over the course of 30 days, we recite the entire Qur’an, our holy book,” said Imam Mohammed. “We break it into portions. It is an opportunity for the entire community to hear the entire Qur’an recited in the month because we believe that the revelation of the Qur’an began in the month of Ramadan.”Waheed Ahmed is pictured with his three daughters at a Ramandan celebration. (Contributed)Although children are not required to fast during Ramadan, some choose to. Waheed Ahmed, who attends the Tawheed Center along with his wife, Shabana, and their three daughters, said his oldest daughter, who is 10, wants to fast this year.“Humaira is very much interested and I think, since we are all home now, it will be a real encouragement for her,” he said.YouTube videos proving popularIn the weeks leading up to Ramadan, the Tawheed Center posted special videos on their YouTube site focused on topics such as the rules of fasting and the importance of charity.“Two weeks ago, we had about 28 subscribers,” said Imam Mohammed. “Now we have 1,300! We are still trying to maintain that sense of community, and we’re using online tools for that now.” Imam Mohammed said he sees some advantages to increasing their online presence.“There are people at the mosque who come daily to pray,” he said. “And there are other people who are still part of our community but they don’t come as regularly. They don’t know all that the mosque has to offer, but now, since all of the mosque programs…have gone online, it’s been a way to expose the larger community to what we have to offer.”Breaking the fastAfter breaking the fast each day, people often gather at the mosque for a meal or with extended family and friends. This year, that won’t be possible.“People cook and invite friends and family over to eat and break the fast,” said Imam Mohammed “Perhaps we could still go and drop something off to our neighbors, but inviting people over is out of the question.”And since Ramadan is also a month of giving, Tawheed Center usually hosts two fundraisers – one for the mosque and one for the school associated with the mosque. This year, those fundraisers will also move online.The monthly pantry, however remains an ongoing part of Tawheed’s community outreach. Boxes of food are available the third Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tawheed Center, 29707 W. 10 Mile, just west of Middlebelt.“The pantry is open to everyone – it doesn’t matter what faith you are,” said Imam Mohammed. “We just want people to know that, if you’re in need, you can come and food will be provided. Come and we’ll help you out in whatever way that we can.”Getting creativeAt the end of Ramadan, two large celebrations, called Eid Al-Fitr, are typically held at the Tawheed Center, drawing well over 1,000 people each.“This year will be very, very different and I believe we’re going to have to be very creative” to keep the spirit of the celebration alive, said Imam Mohammed. “I think families will probably coordinate with one another and give each other ideas of how to make the day memorable.” Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

37th Dem primary candidates talk about COVID, budget

first_img jonihubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) On Tuesday, August 4, local Democrats will decide which of three candidates will run in November against Republican Mitch Swoboda for the 37th District House seat held by term-limited State Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills).We asked Michael Bridges, Randy Bruce, and Samantha Steckloff* how they would approach their first term in the State House, given the challenges Michigan faces due to COVID-19, racial unrest, and a budget deep in the red:Randy Bruce (Contributed)Randy BruceBruce’s top priority will be the state’s budget and filling an estimated $3 billion COVID-related deficit. He favors immediate use of a $1.2 billion “rainy day” fund to support Michigan’s economy and lobbying Washington to help with COVID losses.“One of the things I will not do is vote for any budget that cuts funding to education and local government,” Bruce said. “That seems to be the areas the state looks at first to cover budget holes. We have to hold those harmless, and we have to look to other places to cut or raise revenues as best we can.”As a practicing psychologist, Bruce said, he is “good at listening to what other people are trying to say, figuring out what’s motivating them, and addressing their concerns.” While he foresees painful decisions, he said, “we have to look at what opportunity is there as well.”Bruce said lawmakers must address the causes of systemic racism and ensure equal justice. He believes education plays a large role, and Michigan needs “a well funded education system that is fair to everybody.”“If we don’t have an education system that works equally for everybody, we’re going to continue to have long term issues,” he said, adding that includes proper charter school regulation.Bruce sees protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as a “safely valve” that allows people to release some of their frustration, as well as bringing important issues to light.“It’s forcing a real discussion in this country about how we address this,” he said. “I’m hoping that we can see real change because of all the people pushing back.”Samantha Steckloff ( SteckloffSteckloff said lawmakers need to not only work together, but with officials at all levels, to address of systemic racism, COVID-19 impacts, and other tough issues like women’s rights and health care. But that may not be easy in today’s angry political climate.“There was always conflict between parties, but there never used to be that hatred. It’s really debilitating for all of us,” Steckloff said. She believes the relationships she has developed with Michigan leaders, from Congress down, will give her an advantage in negotiations.Among her early initiatives, Steckloff wants a legislative committee on race relations, with representatives from across the state doing a deeper dive into related issues. As larger cities take more immediate action, like prohibiting police from using choke holds, lawmakers should take time to look at all agencies.Steckloff said defunding police isn’t necessary in suburban cities like Farmington Hills, where residents fund the local department through a dedicated millage. She said city officials are best able look through records to weed out “bad actors”.In the wake of COVID-19, Steckloff believes lawmakers have to become job creators, by bringing together unions, organizations, and strong corporations. She’d like to see health care coverage for all Michiganders, an unemployment system that better serves residents, and more protections and guarantees for furloughed employees.“The budget is a moral document dedicated to our residents, and we are going to have to take a deep look into it,” Steckloff said. “We need to make sure we are showing our residents that we are dedicating all of our funds to them.”Michael Bridges (Contributed)Michael BridgesHaving attended a recent Citizens Research Council seminar on how COVID-19 has affected Michigan’s budget, Bridges said the $3 billion deficit will have a “significant impact on our ability to provide services to state residents that they want and deserve.”“I’m mindful of the fact that we need to make sure we balance the budget, and protect those programs and services that are vital to the state’s success,” he said.In addition to budget impacts, Bridges said, “COVID-19 revealed significant disparities among victims, whether mortality or people who got the disease.”“Clearly, we need to make sure public policy reflects the reality that there are significant racial disparities with regard to health care, education, job opportunities, and the environment,” he said. “I’ll be a clear thinking person, and I will seek common ground.”While Farmington Hills has a very good police department, Bridges said, “we have some opportunities to improve.” He believes strongly in body cameras for all police officers.“In my time on city council, I’ve been a very forceful advocate for diversity and inclusion, making sure the police department reflects the population of Farmington Hills,” he said. “I don’t support any policy toward defunding (police). I think we should stress training, sensitivity training, and making sure we have the right officers on the job.”*Mr. Swoboda did not return an email requesting an interview.  Reported bylast_img read more

Farmington Republican Club scholarship deadline is April 13

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) While the Farmington Area Republican Club has cancelled an April 28 awards presentation, the club will still award $2,000 in scholarships through an annual essay contest.The contest is open to any graduating high school senior who lives in Farmington or Farmington Hills, with awards given to 1st ($1,000), 2nd ($500), and 3rd ($500) place winners. Entries are due April 13.The application form, which details eligibility criteria, essay topic and guidelines, and submission information, can be downloaded at more information, write to Reported bylast_img read more

New 40 GHz Termination Family with Zero Outgassing Emissions

first_imgXMA Corporation has released a series of high frequency terminations that with zero outgassing features. This series of termination operates at frequencies up to 40 GHz. These terminations meet ASTM Method E 595 Total Mass Loss and Collected Volatile Condensable Material (CVCM) standards.Under a controlled temperature and humidity environment, the assemblies showed a CVCM value of 0.08%, far lower than the recommended screening CVCM standard of 0.10% by ASTM E 595. Such low TML and CVCM is rare in the RF industry. XMA is able to achieve such positive results by selecting key materials and setting manufacturing standards that closely align with their AS9100 Quality Standards.The applications using RF millimeter waves in the 40 GHz & 50 GHz frequency bands has been increasing, specifically in the space and science communities. The recent low CVCM success from XMA now makes them a manufacturing partner for companies that are looking to build products that surpass the ASTM standards, thereby, reducing risk in key applications.XMA Corporation is located in Manchester NH and hosting a direct alliance with XMA Asia located in Tianjin China, provides high quality precision parts for the communications, Aerospace, Medical, Automotive and Defense industry.last_img read more

Rohde & Schwarz to Showcase Their T&M Solutions for Automotive Radars

first_imgRohde & Schwarz will be exhibiting their T&M Solutions for the Automotive Industry at the Automotive Testing Expo 2016 in Stuttgart, from 31 May to 2 June 2016. For testing driver assistance systems, they will be showcasing their FSW85 high-end signal and spectrum analyzer, with the analysis option for FMCW chirp signals. This instrument is perfect for analyzing automotive radar sensors designed for designated frequency bands around 24 GHz and 79 GHz. It is the only instrument on the market that can cover the frequency range from 2 Hz to 85 GHz in a single sweep. Its optional analysis bandwidth of up to 2 GHz makes it possible to demodulate and thoroughly analyze even extremely broadband signals.The ARTS9510 radar target simulator is the perfect complement to this signal analyzer. It will be on display at the trade fair in a T&M solution optimized for production tests on automotive radar sensors. This system consists of their ARTS9510, the TS7124 RF shielded box and NRP8S power sensor. On an automated production line, this system can be used to measure a radar sensor’s most important RF parameters and maximum power leakage. It is so compact that it fits in a 19″ cabinet.Since wireless communications modules are becoming increasingly common in cars, the automotive industry is also faced with the challenge of testing mobility scenarios such as data and voice handovers. Rohde & Schwarz offers CMWcards, a user-friendly graphical tool for creating signaling tests on the CMW500 wideband radio communication tester. These CMWcards lets users simulate all currently required signaling procedures in the lab. Not only does this reduce the number of necessary drive tests in the field, but it also make errors completely reproducible.The testing requirements for automatic motor vehicle emergency call systems remain a current issue, regardless of whether they are for the European eCall (mandatory in the EU from April 2018) or the Russian ERA-Glonass. Their eCall/ERA-Glonass test system consisting of the CMW500 and the GNSS-capable SMBV100A vector signal generator is a tried and tested hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) solution from them, for standard-compliant end-to-end tests for wireless communications and GNSS-capable components in in-vehicle systems (IVS).The number of transmitters and receivers inside cars is also increasing now that modern infotainment systems bundle the car radio, navigation system, handsfree equipment, mobile Internet and other functions. Component manufacturers not only have to test diversity reception and signal handover, they also have to make sure that the different signals do not interfere with each other. Rohde & Schwarz will be demonstrating their BTC broadcast test center a solution for simulating cellular signals such as LTE and non-cellular signals such as WLAN and Bluetooth, which can also interfere with the wanted signal.For sophisticated ElectroMagnetic Compatibility certification and development measurements, they will present their new ESW EMI test receiver. This new test receiver offers the widest dynamic range and highest level accuracy on the market. It can be used to conduct certification tests in line with all relevant commercial and military standards such as CISPR, EN, FCC and MIL. It is also ideal for performing EMC tests in the automotive industry in line with the highest internal company standards. This receiver is extremely fast thanks to the integrated FFT-based TD scan and two parallel CISPR detectors. With the switchable notch filters for the license-free 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz ISM bands, the R&S ESW also provides reliable EMC measurements for high carrier signals. Optional realtime spectrum analysis with its persistence mode and frequency mask trigger enables users to identify hidden or superimposed disturbances and analyze their causes.They also offers a number of oscilloscopes solutions that are tailored to the automotive industry. Their T&M expert will demonstrate on the RTE digital oscilloscope the trigger and decoding option for CAN, CAN-FD and CAN-ISO for design verification, putting into operation and debugging automotive buses.Visitors can also see their new RTO2000 multidomain oscilloscope in action. They will be demonstrating how their RTO2000 equipped with compliance test option for BroadR-Reach can perform automated tests on automotive Ethernet interfaces in line with the OPEN Alliance SIG standard. This oscilloscope can be synchronized with the BroadR-Reach system clock. In conjunction with their RTO oscilloscope’s unique high definition (HD) mode, this compliance test delivers highly accurate and conclusive results. For analyzing automotive network applications, they also offers a new eye diagram option for their ZNB and ZNBT vector network analyzers. These displayed eye diagrams make it possible to simultaneously and comprehensively analyze the signal integrity of automotive wiring systems in the time and frequency domain.Also on display will be the new Scope Rider, the first oscilloscope with isolated inputs in a handheld format that delivers the functionality and user experience of a modern lab oscilloscope. This oscilloscope packs five test instruments into a compact format. Its robust design makes it perfect for mobile installation and maintenance work. And it also offers the performance needed for lab applications.Rohde & Schwarz will present these and other test solutions from May 31 to June 2, 2016 at Automotive Testing Expo 2016 in Stuttgart (hall 1, booth 1458).last_img read more

‘Twisted’ Light to Open New Path for Wireless Communications

first_imgA team of physicists based in the UK, Germany, New Zealand and Canada have described how new research into ‘optical angular momentum’ (OAM) could overcome current difficulties with using twisted light across open spaces. This is an important step towards using ‘twisted’ light as a form of wireless, high-capacity data transmission which could make fibre-optics obsolete.Scientists can ‘twist’ photons – individual particles of light – by passing them through a special type of hologram, similar to that on a credit card, giving the photons a twist known as optical angular momentum.While conventional digital communications use photons as ones and zeroes to carry information, the number of intertwined twists in the photons allows them to carry additional data – something akin to adding letters alongside the ones and zeroes. The ability of twisted photons to carry additional information means that optical angular momentum has the potential to create much higher-bandwidth communications technology.While optical angular momentum techniques have already been used to transmit data across cables, transmitting twisted light across open spaces has been significantly more challenging for scientists to date. Even simple changes in atmospheric pressures across open spaces can scatter light beams and cause the spin information to be lost.The researchers examined the effects on both the phase and intensity of OAM carrying light over a real link in an urban environment to assess the viability of these modes of quantum information transfer.Their free space link, in Erlangen, Germany, was 1.6 km in length and passed over fields and streets and close to high-rise buildings to accurately simulate an urban environment and atmospheric turbulence that can disrupt information transfer in space – a thorough approach that will be instrumental in moving OAM research forward.Conducting this field tests in a real urban environment, has revealed exciting new challenges that will that must be overcome before systems can be made commercially available. Previous studies had indicated the potential feasibly of OAM communication systems, but had not fully characterised the effects of turbulent air on the phase of the structured light propagating over links of this length.A complete, working optical angular momentum communications system capable of transmitting data wirelessly across free space has the potential to transform online access for developing countries, defence systems and cities around the world. Free space optics is a solution that can potentially give us the bandwidth of fibre, but without the requirement for physical cabling. This study takes vital steps forward in the journey towards high dimensional free space optics that can be a cheaper, more accessible alternative to buried fibre optics connections.The turbulent atmosphere used in this experiment highlighted the fragility of shaped phase fronts, particularly for those that would be integral to high-bandwidth data transfers. This study indicated the challenges future adaptive optical systems will be required to resolve.These findings allow researchers to address challenges – not previously observed – in developing adaptive optics for quantum information transfer to move closer towards a new age of free space optics that will eventually replace fibre optics as a functional mode of communication in urban environments and remote sensing systems.The paper, titled “Free-space propagation of high dimensional structured optical fields in an urban environment,” is published in Science Advances.last_img read more

First Ever 5G NR mm-Wave Call on a Smartphone Sized Mobile Test Device

first_imgQualcomm and Ericsson have successfully completed a 3GPP Rel-15 spec compliant 5G NR call using a smartphone sized mobile test device. The over-the-air (OTA) call was performed using mm-Waves in the 39 GHz band of spectrum using NSA (Non-Standalone) mode. It utilized Ericsson’s commercial 5G NR Radio AIR 5331 and baseband products and a mobile test device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and RF subsystem in the Ericsson Lab in Kista, Sweden.The lab data call is a continuation of the interoperability development testing (IODT) that was announced in 2017 which used Ericsson’s 5G NR pre-commercial base stations and Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G NR UE prototypes, and further shows the companies’ commitment and ability to achieve milestones that pave the way for commercial launches of 5G NR standard-compliant infrastructure, smartphones and other mobile devices. In addition, these early trials and milestones will enable global operators and OEMs to conduct tests in the field using their own networks and devices.While mobilizing mm-Waves for the smartphone has been seen by many as a challenge, the recent demonstration validates that Qualcomm is on track to bring groundbreaking 5G mmWave experiences to consumers.last_img read more

Automated Software Enables CISPR-Compliant Real-Time Emission Measurements

first_imgThe new TDEMI EMI Receiver Family from Gauss Instruments’ provides a huge fully CISPR compliant real-time bandwidth that speeds up measurements and reduces the measurement uncertainty significantly – both at the same time. By using Gauss’ full automation software suite EMI64k, the test procedures can be configured according to the CISPR 16-2-3 standard for the FFT-based measuring instruments. In comparison to the previously done pre-scan and final measurement strategy, the overall test quality can be significantly increased whereas the testing times are reduced by orders of magnitudes.In the past, to reduce test times a pre and final scan test procedure was usually conducted. During the pre-scan procedure, which is just a quick overview measurement by the way, the critical frequencies with maximum emissions are going to be identified. Afterwards detecting these critical frequencies the final measurement is carried out then in the single frequency mode with much longer dwell times now to achieve a more accurate result.Now, Gauss Instruments has introduced a novel real-time scanning feature for their TDEMI X test receiver series providing several Gigahertz of real-time bandwidth (Option QCDSP-UG, UFSPA-UG). Thus the final maximization can be performed at all frequencies simultaneously in just one step. By using the newly designed very powerful hardware module, such measurements across several GHz can be performed in the real-time spectrum analyzer mode. For example in the frequency range from 1 GHz to 18 GHz all frequency points can be directly measured with a very high resolution in time and the result can be maximized instantaneously.Over the entire frequency range the results are displayed in real-time. The detectors peak, average, and RMS are available in this mode. Further the video bandwidths, which are required according to the standards, can be applied. Of course all the measurements according to the standards CISPR 16-1-1, MIL 461, DO 160 as well as many other national and international standards are fully covered.For the very first time, a typical emission measurement in the range of 1 GHz up to 18 GHz the full frequency range is scanned in real-time now by testing with the TDEMI X test receiver of Gauss. The DUT is rotated in just one continuous movement and the angular position as well as the maximum level of emission is recorded. All the requirements of the standards CISPR 16-2-3 as well as the ANSI and FCC standards are fulfilled by the TDEMI X receiver.This allows making EMC testing more sustainable. For example, it is possible to create an entire database and documentation with radiation patterns, test procedures, and casing construction but also many more information. New product developments and designs can be tested right from the beginning to make sure all the required limits are fulfilled. This saves time and money in development and design process but also in the final market certification process. Of course the EMI64k is not limited only to CISPR applications, but also measurements according to FCC and ANSI or MIL-461 and DO-160 standards are also applicable as well. An overview is shown in the figure (Fig B) given as a screenshot of the graphical user interface.The TDEMI receiver families provide the perfect match for all kind of tests and applications. Starting from pre-compliance, ultra compact and mobile receives up to high-end EMI test solutions with up to 685 MHz real-time bandwidth, 40 GHz real-time scanning as well as the lowest noise floor available in the receiver and real-time analyzer market.Due to the modular architecture of their TDEMI EMI receiver as well as the automation software suite EMI64k, Gauss Instruments provide an optimum and cost effective software solution tailored to user requirements. Also upgrades to fulfill extended or new upcoming requirements are possible any time later on.last_img read more