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City Council Update

Highlights from the City Council Meeting May 15, 2017 meeting

Citizens comments - Callista Milroy, of 1056 Allen Drive, said she is organizing volunteers to pull invasive garlic mustard plant from the banks of the Rouge River near Novi Road and 8 Mile as part of the May 20 Rouge River Clean-up. Volunteers will be rewarded for their efforts at a block street potluck following the clean-up from 9 a.m. to noon. If interested, contact Callista at 248-496-8426 or . (Note: Garlic mustard plants should be discarded in the trash not with compost.)

Budget - City Council approved the fiscal year 2018 budget, which begins July 1, 2017, as presented by Finance Director Sandi Wiktorowski. There were no public comments.

First reading of "lot size" ordinance - Residents whose property backs up to an alley cannot use a portion of the alley in their calculations for lot size. (Article 18, general provisions) Currently, owners can add up to one-half of the alley size for lot area requirements. This figure is used as a basis for building or remodeling a home. The ordinance will have a second reading (and potential approval) at an upcoming meeting.

Sidewalk ordinance - City Council adopted an ordinance that prevents sidewalks on construction sites from being closed or obstructed for more than 90 days. This and seven other amendments were added to Chapter 74 Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places, Article 3.

Liquor licenses were approved for the following restaurants:

  • Browndog for use on its front platform at 120 E. Main St.
  • Lucy & The Wolf for use on its front platform at 102 E. Main St.

A 2013 road condition report will be updated by Spalding Dedecker, which was granted a $6,700 contract.

Pavex Corp. of Livonia was chosen as the low-bidder at $160,066 to complete work on two City streets this summer and add a crosswalk across from Kroger. The paving projects are on High Street, from West Main to West Dunlap; and Elmsmere, from East Chigwidden to Coldspring. The roads will be repaved and new curbs and sidewalks will be installed.

The City-sponsored Household Hazardous Waste Program will be held in September using EQ Industrial Services, the same contractor that did City of Livonia's event in April. That event was also open to Northville (City and township) residents - part of an ongoing collaboration in collecting hazardous waste.

The City entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner to pay 1.5 percent of the operating and maintenance costs for its metered flow rate through the Huron-Rouge Sewage Disposal System (HRSDS) at Novi Road near 8 Mile. In addition, the City will pay into a major maintenance fund for the pipe and an emergency reserve fund.

Of note (Consent agenda) - Board appointments approved
The City Council approved three appointments to the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Two vacancies will be filled by Robert Miller through 9/30/20, and Natalie Kneifel through 9/30/19. Meanwhile, Aaron Cozart was appointed to serve through 9/30/21 to replace Linda Heaton, who is retiring from the board in September. The City Council appointed Jerome (Jerry) Mittman to serve on the Housing Commission, through 9/15/19. (He requested to serve on an interim basis, fulfilling the term if no other citizen volunteer seeks the seat.)

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