City Council Update
Highlights from the City Council Meeting on October 15, 2018
Public comments were made by five guests.
Kaloustian, who lives on West Main Street and owns a home on
1st Street, says an oak tree on his 1st Street property is creating mold
on the roof and has cracked his driveway and sidewalk, and he wants to
cut it down. The Council advised him of the tree ordinance, which states
that you can’t cut down a healthy, landmark tree except in certain
instances. In those cases, there’s remediation: pay into the city tree
fund or replace the tree with a tree of a specified type and size.
Nancy Chiri, of 661 W. Main, commented about plans
to redevelop the Northville Downs property. She said she attended the
Planning Commission meeting on the topic and is concerned about that
development’s impact on local traffic, parking, the downtown area, and
added costs to the City and taxpayers.
of 437 Grace St., and co-chair of the Advocacy Committee of the
Northville PTA, criticized the City government for its legal action to
force the School District to bring its case for demolishing Main Street
Elementary School before the Historic District commission. (The mayor
responded by correcting some misstatements and reiterating the City’s
purpose in seeking legal recourse.)
of 336 Linden, who held the winning RFP to build homes on the Main
Street Elementary School property, questioned what the City’s next step
would be in legal proceedings. (The mayor responded that the lawyers for
the City and the School District are in discussions and he couldn’t
Gail LeVan, of Randolph St.,
said she has talked to many area residents who have a vested interest in
what happens at the Main Street Elementary School property. She said
that she and many of those residents want the City government to retain
the City’s heritage and sense of community while overseeing new
development on West Main Street and in the Northville Downs area.
City Council members Marilyn Price, Nancy Darga and Sam Ekong each
spoke about their role as elected officials to make decisions about new
development and their responsibilities to the citizens.
Zoning amendment – It was the first reading to approve an
amendment that would rezone the Seven Mile – South Main Street Sub Area
from Performance Regulated Industrial (PR-1) to General Commercial
District (GCD). The businesses currently on the site would be
grandfathered in but require a variance if they were to expand. After
the second reading, if there are no public objections, the ordinance
will become official.
Mayor Ken Roth congratulated City Finance
Director Sandi Wiktorowski for receiving a national budget award for the
13th straight year.
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