Police Dept. to acquire new dashboards
Posted on 04/08/2021
City Hall

City Council recap of April 5, 2021 meeting

At the beginning of the meeting, two agenda items were added to the main agenda as 9E: Discuss replacement of open seat on City Council and 9F: Minutes from March 15 City Council meeting (pulled from the consent agenda).

Liquor license –
North Center Brewery Owner Kevin DeGrood applied to the liquor license commission to add a partner, Charles Pankratz, to the license. Police Chief Al Maciag said a review of current operations and a background check of the partner was sound and recommended that the liquor license request be approved. City Council agreed. It was noted that DeGrood will keep his establishment at its current location at 410 N. Center, dropping plans to move to an expanded space at the former Village Workshop building at 455 E. Cady.

Software program provides pubic insight into police interactions –
Council agreed to a three-year software contract with Altovista Technology, LLC for Arx Alert Software, which collects data on police interactions. The data is compiled for public viewing via a dashboard with information such as crime rates, arrest data, citation data, citizen complaints and officer use of force. It provides an internal dashboard to assist police administration in analyzing department risk factors such as police pursuits, use of force, officer’s productivity and officers’ behavioral patterns. In addition, the data will assist with document management and be able to convert paper documents into electronic reports.

Altovista currently has an agreement with CLEMIS that allows for real-time information to be transferred to the city’s transparency dashboard, which may include citations, calls for service and arrest statistics. Oakland County has secured a funding grant that provides the transparency dashboard portion of the Arx Alert system to all Oakland County Police Agencies for two years. The grant reduces the city’s three-year cost for both the internal and transparency dashboard from $13,537 to $5,537. Payment will come from the Police Department’s drug forfeiture account until the cost can be expensed as a budget item.

Interview equipment for Police Department –
With video interviews being an integral part of police investigations, it was time to replace an aging, one-camera system with a new Camtronics system that has two cameras and a 6TB hard drive to store recorded interviews. City Council approved the cost of $4,101 to purchase and install the equipment. Payment will be made from the Police Department’s drug forfeiture account until the cost can be expensed as a budget item.

DDA signs new contract with Begonia Brothers –
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) received council approval to sign a one-year contract for landscaping services from Begonia Brothers, of Northville, the low bidder in a competitive bid process. The contract can be renewed up to three times. The season begins in May 2021 with the summer plantings. The DDA has budgeted $32,310 for the year and Begonia Brothers costs will be within that amount. The landscaping costs cover the downtown area with seasonal changes, and also provides new landscaped areas at entrances to the Social District.

Filling vacant seat on council –
Mayor Brian Turnbull, City Manager Pat Sullivan and council members discussed the best approach to fill the open seat on council, following the March 25 resignation of Sam Ekong, who is moving out of the city. Marilyn Price had conferred with former Mayor Chris Johnson, who noted that previous openings on council, in between elections, were handled by inviting interested individuals to apply and be vetted by council. That was the procedure preferred by this council after a discussion of other options. As a result, anyone interested and qualified (city resident, registered voter) preferably with expertise that could enhance operations of the council, should apply by sending a letter of interest to City Clerk Dianne Massa by 4:30 p.m. on April 14. Council will interview qualified candidates at an upcoming City Council meeting or special meeting.

Public comments –
During the discussion, audience member Therese Grossi of 512 W. Dunlap, said voter input is essential. She favors keeping the position open until the next election.

At the beginning of the City Council meeting, Joe Corriveau, of 237 S. Wing, expressed interest in serving the remainder of the term left open by Sam Ekong’s resignation. (He came in third for two open City Council seats in the 2019 election.)

Changes to council minutes of March 15 –
Council Member Barbara Moroski-Browne asked to revise several sentences in the explanation of Ford Field being recommended to become part of the Historic District boundaries since they did not accurately reflect her comments on the matter. Her stated changes were noted by the city clerk and the board then approved the minutes.

Council communications –
Mayor Brian Turnbull noted that the Vaccinate Northville event worked out “unbelievably well” with more than 3,100 Northville residents (city and township) receiving vaccines. He thanked all involved, saying it was a real team effort.

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