5 Things You Should Know Today - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The holiday means closed government offices, but no change in trash pick-up in Farmington and Farmington Hills.
Since 1986, the country has set aside the third Monday in January to honor the life of civil rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here's what you need to know about today's federal holiday:
1. The weather
The morning should remain clear for today's Martin Luther King, Jr. walk, but there's a 50 percent chance of rain this afternoon. The National Weather Service predicts a high around 37 and a low around 34, with increasing chances for rain and snow Monday night.
2. City offices, schools closed
Students at Farmington Public Schools, Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge and Wayne State University's Oakland Center in Farmington Hills, all have the day off, and administrative offices are closed. The City of Farmington Hills and City of Farmington offices will be closed, as is the 47th District Court. Both the Farmington and Farmington Hills branches of the U.S. Postal Service will be closed Monday, but you can use their Automated Postal Centers.
3. Put out your trash
If Monday is your regular trash and recycling collection day, be sure to get those bags and bins out to the curb. Collection in Farmington and Farmington Hills is not affected by this holiday.
Today's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemoration starts with a 9:30 a.m. walk from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 28000 New Market Rd. (west of Dunckel Middle School) to the Farmington Community Library Main Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd., with refreshments served in the library auditorium. The day's program starts at 10:15 a.m. and includes performances by the East Middle School choir and Harrison High dance troupe. Keynote speakers will be Margaret Mason, author of These Hands, a children's book that retells the story of civil rights efforts at the Detroit Wonder Bread bakery, and Evege James, a former bakery employee.
5. Look ahead: Farmington city council meeting
During their regular meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m., officials will consider a vote to opt out of the SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation) bus system. They've allowed time for public comment before voting on the issue, which they've been mulling since SMART made sharp reductions in service to the community. The agenda also includes amendments to the city's recycling contract and a resolution regarding renewal of downtown Farmington's principal shopping district. The full agenda PDF is attached to this post.