City Council Update
Highlights from the City Council meeting on Feb. 6,
A $25,471 grant from the Wayne County
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is expected to be
received in 2017. These funds are intended to target low to
moderate-income residents or to provide an urgent community need.
Northville plans to apply the grant to its senior services in the
following manner: staffing for senior programs; repairs at Allen
Terrace, including replacement of atrium windows and damaged interior
doors; new circuit breakers; and improvements to the ventilation system.
The public is invited to comment on the grant usage recommendations at
the City Council’s Feb. 21 meeting, beginning at 7 p.m.
The contract for electrical services and maintenance repair was extended
for two years with Allied Building Services, of Rochester Hills.
Randolph Street Drain…City Council approved a
payment of $228,577.67 to Oakland County for a special assessment issued
by the Randolph Street Drain Inter-County Board for the dredging and
maintenance of the Randolph Street Drain from 2017 to 2019. Work will
begin on Feb. 14 to dredge and improve the pond on the northwest corner
of Taft and 8 Mile near the Lexington condos, and work should be
completed by July 1. The pond will be dredged of sediment and taken to
the landfill. Access to the site will be from 8 Mile Rd. Council asked
the City for a report on the five-year plan and any related costs for
the Randolph Drain. To cover the full cost of the special assessment,
which was under-budgeted, City Council approved the use of $6,064.67
from FY 2016 Uncommitted Breakage Revenue.
Cross connection control program – Inspections are needed on 70
properties (both commercial and industrial) to ensure water is kept free
from contamination. City Council approved a three-year contract
extension for HydroCorp, of Troy, to conduct these inspections in an
amount not to exceed $22,788. The cost per inspection remains the same.
Zoning in new Cady Street Overlay – City
Council discussed the Planning Commission’s recommendation for mixed use
zoning at the Foundry Flask property and the old McDonald Ford site –
both part of the Cady Street overlay. Potential developers have
requested first-floor residential zoning to keep the project profitable.
A retail market analysis shows a demand for 50,000 ft2 of retail space
in new developments. The need for mixed use in the form of research and
development (R&D); housing that is affordable for the city’s senior
residents and those who can’t afford a luxury development; and historic
preservation was discussed. The City Council requested that the Planning
Commission re-examine the issue of prohibiting first floor residential
and explore zoning ordinance amendments that would permit residential
use and incentives for mixed use on the first floor.
Appointment of Assessing Firm - The City Council appointed
Assessment Administration Services, L.L.C. as the City’s Assessor for a
three-year term beginning Feb. 7, 2017.
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