Cloud-based service will improve cyber security
Posted on 05/06/2021
City Hall City Council recap of May 3 meeting

City email system – City Council approved a plan to convert the existing email system at City Hall from Microsoft Outlook, which is stored on an internal server with limited space, to a cloud-based program. The upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Online will improve data security and provide greater data storage. It reduces data security risks by removing the local area network attack footprint. Current vendor IT Right will perform the conversion for $5,400 and the software costs $5,808 for a total of $11,208.

New police vehicle – The Police Department received council approval to purchase a 2021 Chevy Tahoe, a 4 wheel-drive, pursuit-rated police vehicle offered on the State of Michigan MIDEAL. It will be purchased for $40,972 from Berger Chevrolet based on contract #071-B7700177. When the new vehicle arrives after July 1, it will be outfitted with police equipment from a 2017 Ford Explorer, which will be decommissioned as a patrol vehicle and converted to administrative use. That in turn replaces a 2015 Ford Explorer, which will be sold at auction. The new Tahoe purchase was a budgeted item.

Council communications
Mayor Brian Turnbull welcomed Council Member Andrew Krenz to his first official City Council meeting (aside from the special closed session held last week). After hearing the task force updates, Turnbull said there could be funds from the federal stimulus package to help pay for some of the initiatives being advanced by the task forces, such as the river walk and parks connectivity. He said he has talked to U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens and Sen. Gary Peters.

Task force updates

River Walk Task Force
Council Member Barbara Moroski-Browne reported the River Walk task force will tour the river area of Dexter the morning of May 22 and the public is invited to attend, along with members of the task force and some Dexter city officials. (Tour will follow social distance guidelines.)

Farmers’ Market Task Force
Council Member Andrew Krenz said the task force reviewed 17 sites within city limits, and narrowed those down to two as a potential new venue for the Farmers’ Market. He said the task force is assisting with site reviews and not looking at operations, which is handled by the Chamber. Marilyn Price added that Northville has one of the top Thursday markets in the state.

There were no new updates on the Sustainability Team or the Ford Field Task Force, noted Council Member Patrick Giesa. Moroski-Browne expressed her appreciation for the assistance given to the River Walk Task Force by members of the Sustainability Team.

View meeting here.