Street closures at Main and Center stay
Posted on 08/04/2022
City Hall City Council recap of Aug. 1 meeting

Stormwater ordinance adopted –
City Council waived the second reading and adopted amendments to the stormwater management ordinance (Chapter 86 Utilities, Article III ). The changes meet requirements set by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and comply with Wayne County stormwater engineering design standards. This article applies to post-construction storm water runoff from new development and redevelopment projects that disturb one or more acres, including projects less than one acre that are part of a larger common plan of development, and that discharge to the city’s MS4, including projects where the city is the developer. MS4 stands for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System.

New doors/hardware at Allen Terrace –
Council waived the bidding process and authorized the purchase of interior doors and hardware from Home Depot for $28,992 under the cooperative purchasing organization Omnia Partners. The amount currently budgeted for this project is $7,000. Council authorized a budget amendment for $21,992 from the Housing Capital Fund reserves to fully fund this purchase. The Housing Commission will seek reimbursement from the Oakland County CDBG program for $21,000. Allen Terrace physical facilities staff will install the doors and hardware on each of the senior apartments.

Downtown street closure decision –
Council members voted to permanently close the downtown streets to vehicular traffic on N. Center between W. Main and Dunlap and on W. Main between N. Center and Hutton. The decision was made following a presentation by City Manager Pat Sullivan on various data points, passionate public comment, spirited council discussion, survey results, and the DDA Board’s recommendation in May to keep Main Street closed but reopen Center. (Council at that time voted to keep the two downtown streets closed until they could evaluate traffic data.)

Council comments

Mayor Brian Turnbull
said last weekend in Downtown Northville was great. He encouraged people to attend the Buy Michigan Festival this weekend and mentioned the Wine and Food Festival the following weekend. He said events bring people to town.

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Moroski-Browne
thanked those who attended the city council marathon meeting (it ran more than three hours until 10:15 p.m.) and said citizens will need to work together for a long-term solution on the downtown street closures.

Council Member Andrew Krenz
welcomed the new interim Parks and Recreation Director, Debra Bilbrey Honsowetz.

Council Member John Carter
said that he and City Manager Pat Sullivan met with the Beck Road Task Force (which is planning to expand Beck Road) and presented concerns of Northville Estates residents who anticipate an increase in traffic and pollution and object to changing the berm that buffers the neighborhood from Beck Rd. He wished his 10-year-old son, Declan, a happy birthday via the Zoom feed and told him it was time to go to bed.

Council Member Marilyn Price
said the Beautification Commission would like to have one of their members serve on the Sustainability Team. The mayor, in agreement along with other council members, said he would talk with the group’s chair.