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City Council Update

Highlights from City Council Meeting, May 21, 2018

FY 2019 budget approved – City Council adopted the fiscal year 2019 budget after holding a public hearing at the May 21 meeting on the matter. There were no public comments on the budget presented by Finance Director/Treasurer Sandi Wiktorowski. Adjustments to the water and sewer rates were included in the budget.

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority – City Council adopted a resolution of intent to create and provide for a Brownfield Redevelopment Authority for the City. The authority enables communities to take the lead on cleanup of brownfield properties and fund brownfield redevelopment projects through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Funds collected are then used to reimburse developers for environmental cleanup and other eligible costs. All plans are subject to negotiation. A public hearing will be held on creating an authority at the regular City Council meeting on July 16.

Millage request for road funding – Council voted to put a ballot proposal before voters in the November election, asking voters if they would support the issuance of $3,050,000 bonds to finance proposed street improvements over a 10-year period. If voters approve the funding request, the estimated millage to be levied beginning in 2019 would be 0.98 mills (98¢ per $1,000 of taxable value).

Ordinance amendments – Council waived the second reading and adopted five new ordinances:

  1. Residential fences – (Section 18.09) to allow privacy fences along the back or side of a house that abuts certain highly-traveled roads.
  2. Special Land Use Standards (Section 16.01) The recipient of applications and materials for special land use requests will be designated as the Building Department rather than the City Clerk.
  3. Special Land Use in general commercial district (Section 11.03) – Eliminate the phrase “no more obnoxious or detrimental to the surrounding area.” The Planning Commission instead is advised to use the Special Land Use standards to gauge whether an unlisted proposed use is similar to other acceptable uses in the district in question.
  4. Site condominium development standards (Section 18.14) – An applicant must submit "draft" condominium documents to the City attorney for review after the Preliminary Site Plan has been approved. Any draft documents not approved by the City attorney must be brought back to the Planning Commission, which may recommend changes prior to final acceptance. The previous language required that the condominium documents be finalized at the review stage by the City attorney.
  5. Senior Living Facilities – (section 16.18) A senior living group residence can only be built in the zoned multi-family district, R-3 or R-4, not on Cady Street or in the downtown area. The language was revised to reflect the current definitions of senior housing, ranging from independent apartments to Continuing Care Retirement Communities. The amendment also adds standards for site development and parking.

Zoning change – Council approved conditional rezoning of an historic residence at 129 N. Wing from general commercial district (GCD) to residential (R-1B), which includes foster care and day care. Council also approved the owners’ plans to add a detached garage and reorient the house entrance to face Dunlap. A second reading open for public comments will take place at the June 4 City Council meeting.

Auditors stay on board – City Council voted to continue using the audit services of Plante & Moran during the fiscal years 2018-2020.

Information Technology (IT) services related to CLEMIS – City Council approved the agreement for information technology services between Oakland County and the City of Northville, which allow for the continued use of the County Court and Law Enforcement Management Information System (CLEMIS) system and assist Ritter GIS, the City’s GIS contractor, in enhancing the City’s GIS system.

Of note:

Patrick Giesa was approved by City Council to serve as the election commissioner for the August 7, 2018 primary and Nov. 6, 2018 general election.

Jay Wendt received a proclamation from City Council recognizing his significant contributions to the City for his decades-long tenure on the Planning Commission, including 18 years as chair. He also served on the Board of Zoning Appeals. He began his public service to the City by serving on the Northville District Library board.

Mayor Ken Roth recognized the Northville High Baseball for hosting the Armed Forces Day, saying it was a fitting tribute to fallen service members.

The mayor also congratulated the Chamber of Commerce for bringing veteran’s memorial banners to the downtown area (in May and November).

There were no public comments.

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