A recap of the Nov. 18, 2019 meeting
Posted on 11/13/2019
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City Council recap
Nov. 18, 2019 meeting

Citizens for Northville – Bill Poulos, of 968 Coldspring, made a presentation on behalf of Citizens for Northville that detailed concerns and recommendations about increasing citizen input into the planning process for new development and redevelopment; and making it easier for two-way communication between the City and citizens. The City Council and City administration will review the points made in the presentation and develop a plan of response, and also forward it to the Planning Commission.

Vaping ordinance – City Council approved the vaping ordinance for minors on school property and throughout the City of Northville, which mirrored language of Northville Township’s ordinance. Penalties that could be imposed are a $50 fine; doing community service; and referrals to Northville Youth Network.

MPSCS subscriber agreement – With Council approval, the City’s Police Dept. will obtain a separate subscription for radio services with the Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) to operate its 800 MHz radios. The City had previously been covered by the subscription of Northville Township, which handles dispatch services for both communities.

Evidence Room security – City Council approved purchase of a key fob access system and surveillance camera for the Evidence Room, which is being upgraded in the Police Dept. The items and installation will be purchased through Holman Surveillance Systems (Plymouth, MI) totaling $5,346, and will be recovered through a Michigan State Police Bryne Justice Assistance Grant.

Allen Terrace lease – Housing Director Tracey Emmanuel presented a revised renter’s contract for applicants and residents at Allen Terrace, a City-owned and operated senior apartment complex. Among the changes are raising the minimum age of admission from 55 to 62, charging a security deposit and new lease termination language. City Council tabled the request to approve the lease, requesting that language regarding lease termination be reviewed and potentially revised by the City attorney. Resident Larry Parks addressed Council about the right to carry arms at Allen Terrace. He was concerned about the language in an earlier lease draft which contained a weapons provision; however that provision was not part of the final draft before Council.

Public comments
David Marold, 443 Grace St., stated that he believes a review of the Master Plan should incorporate the north entrance of the city, along Center Street, south from 8 Mile.

Council communications
Mayor Turnbull thanked everyone at the meeting for their participation and recommended that people get involved at future City Council meetings and Planning Commission meetings, in part by attending the meetings. He also encouraged people to attend the Holiday Lighted Parade (Santa will be there) and Greens Market this weekend.

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