A recap of the March 18, 2019 meeting
Posted on 03/19/2019
City Council meetings are held at City Hall.Highlights from the March 18, 2019 meeting

Proposed zoning ordinance amendments – first reading of two.

1) Articles 11; General Commercial District Seven Mile – South Main Street Overlay (SM-O). The zoning ordinance text amendments were derived from the Planning Commission’s public hearing on Jan. 15, 2019, to create the SM-O. Proposed changes include the addition of residential development and limiting outdoor storage and vehicular-related special land uses. Please see the full text on the website

2) Articles 18 and 26; Outdoor Storage in Apparatus – The proposed amendments would prohibit storage of materials, equipment and other items in vehicles (defined as “apparatus”) such as campers, travel trailers, boats and utility trailers while parked on a property. It also adds a minimum side/rear yard setback of seven (7) feet for parked “apparatus.” Please see the full text on the website.

Repair of patrol vehicle 13-1 – City Council approved a request from Police Chief Alan Maciag to pay $5,658 of a $9,448 repair bill to replace the engine on the 2013 Taurus, with Ford Motor Co. paying the balance. While the car has 46,711 miles, the idling hours amount to 294,000 miles. The care will be repaired at Blackwell Ford in Plymouth. After, the car be will used as an administrative vehicle rather than a patrol vehicle to reduce wear and tear. 

Pair of police vehicles – City Council approved the purchase of two new patrol vehicles for the Police Department. The 2019 Chevy Tahoes will arrive in the summer and replace two older vehicles. The cost is $71,538 ($35,769 each), purchased through Oakland County’s competitive bid program. They will replace two 2011 Ford Crown Victorias. 

MDOT Transportation Economic Development Grant
 – City Council supported two grant applications being submitted by DPW Director Loyd Cureton to the State of Michigan, which unveiled an additional source of road funding. The grants are seeking $85,000 in 2019 and $250,000 in 2020. 

MDOT Act 51 Annual Road Mileage certification – City Council approved a resolution required by the Michigan Department of Transportation that adds approximately 140 feet of Butler Ave. to the City of Northville’s public road system. This addition will yield an additional $95 per year in road funding. 

Public Comments: 
Nancy Kerry, of 661 W. Main, made several points. She thanked the City for doing a good job clearing snow/ice from the City streets after snowfalls. She said the City needs to monitor the sidewalk in front of Main Street School so it’s kept open during construction. She asked about the process for public comment to zoning changes. The mayor said if the zoning item is on the agenda for City Council, the public can comment during that time. 

Michigan State Senator Dayna Polehanki, District 7, greeted Council and said she wanted to assist the City with their needs in Lansing. Mayor Roth asked her to support their request for additional road funding through the MDOT Transportation Economic Development Grant. She agreed to have her office follow through. 

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