City Council Update
Highlights from the City Council Meeting May 1, 2017 meeting
Citizens comments: Christopher Maloney asked what is the process to get
a monument erected to Martin Luther King. The City currently has no
monuments of national figures and no policy for erecting a monument but
will respond via e-mail or letter.
Ordinance for sidewalks
closed due to construction: It was the first reading of an amendment to
ordinance (Chapter 74, Article III) that would require a builder to
provide a safe passage (alternate route, partial closure or temporary
walkway) when a sidewalk in the City right-of-way is closed due to
construction. The ordinance states that the sidewalk can’t be closed for
more 90 days. City Council wants to add a handicap accessible
requirement to the ordinance.
Grace Carpenter Alley update:
Resident Joe Hoffman said he and his neighbors (three in total) are
prepared to sign a special assessment to pay for adding a storm sewer to
the City-owned alley that they had paved in April 2017. Joe asked the
City to regrade the south portion of the alley for better drainage. Once
the special assessment petition has been signed, the City engineer will
gauge the project cost. City administration will prepare a report that
includes the project cost with recommended assessment and payment terms.
City Council approved a two-year lawn maintenance and weed
control contract to the low bidder, Xpert Lawn and Snow, of Ferndale,
for $82,000. Bids obtained through the state’s bid program (MITN) came
in as high as $130,000.
City Council agreed to extend the
current contract with Waste Management for five years, with a 1.95%
savings for residential customers and a 2% cost reduction for commercial
customers in the first year. In the next four years, the rates will
increase by 2% per year. As part of the contract, the company will
collect compost material for two additional weeks, through Dec. 15.
City Council approved the replacement of 14 failing heating and
cooling (PTAC) units inside residents’ apartments at Allen Terrace.
Funds of $19,103 appropriated by Wayne County for 2015/2016 will be used
on this purchase. Sherry Necelis, the director of Allen Terrace, will
also submit a request to Wayne County for its 2017 appropriation to fund
additional units, since all older PTAC units at the senior residence
will be replaced.
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