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Media contact is Liz Cezat. By phone: 248-305-2703.


Boil Water Advisory is lifted in City of Northville

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
May 19, 2019
Media Contact: Loyd Cureton 248-305-2708

City of Northville . . . A Boil Water Advisory was lifted late Sunday afternoon for all residents and businesses in the City of Northville. Two sets of laboratory test were performed 24 hours apart and the results show the water is safe to drink and use for all other purposes.
  
The City issued the advisory on Friday morning (May 17) after a contractor hit a water line near 8 Mile and Center. The resulting break in the water line caused a reduction in water pressure. The break was repaired on Friday afternoon with full water pressure restored, yet the City needed to test the water over a 48-hour period before the advisory could be lifted.

The advisory meant that any water coming from the faucet for consumption was to be boiled for at least five minutes to kill any bacteria. With the lifting, there are guidelines to follow once residents and businesses start using the water. See those guidelines here.

There are not expected to be any follow-up repairs needed due to this incident. However, if that changes, a notice will be posted to the City’s website, Facebook and twitter accounts. If City of Northville residents or business owners have questions, please contact City of Northville at 248-349-1300 during office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, there is a special recorded line at that same number with any important updates at ext. 2710.
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Link for guidelines: https://www.ci.northville.mi.us/services/public_works_dept____d_p_w_
Boil Water Advisory in effect during weekend
Boil Water Advisory remains in effect in City of Northville
Broken pipe is repaired, water needs to be tested

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 Media Contact: Loyd Cureton
May 17, 2019
 248-305-2708

City of Northville, MI … A Boil Water Advisory remains in effect for all residents and businesses in the City of Northville until at least Sunday evening, May 19, and possibly into Monday, May 20. The City of Northville repaired a damaged water main break at approximately 1 p.m. on Friday, May 17, restoring full water pressure throughout the City.

The break came after a contractor hit a line at approximately 8:15 a.m. at 8 Mile and Center near the City’s water tower. Soon after, customers experienced a reduction in water pressure.

The City issued a Boil Water Advisory early this morning to all customers in the City, due to the reduction of water pressure in the City lines. This advisory means that any water coming from the faucet for consumption is to be boiled for at least five minutes to kill any bacteria.

The City is required to keep the main closed for bacterial testing after the repair is made and this process will take a minimum of 48 hours. The advisory will be lifted once the water has been determined to be safe for consumption.

People with compromised immune systems, infants and some elderly are at increased risk for health issues during this time. Pets should be given reserved water or boiled (and cooled) water to drink as well.

Showers and bathing can be done during the advisory as long as people do not drink water during these activities. Do not brush your teeth with the water until the advisory has been lifted.

Any changes to this report will be posted to the City’s website, Facebook and twitter accounts. If City of Northville residents or business owners have questions, please contact City of Northville at 248-349-1300 during office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, there will be a special recorded line at that same number with any important updates at ext. 2710.

Additional information about boiling water and other household water usage, visit the Oakland County website
City of Northville Issues Boil Water Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2019

The City of Northville has experienced a water main break the morning of Friday, May 17, 2019, causing a loss of water or pressure and has issued a Boil Water Advisory. 

This advisory means that any water coming from the faucet that is for consumption in the City is to be boiled for at least five minutes to kill any bacteria. The City is required to keep the main closed for bacterial testing after the repair is made and this process will take a minimum of 48 hours. The boil water advisory will be lifted once the water has been determined to be safe for consumption.

The City of Northville will be working around the clock to repair the main. The break occurred when a line was hit by a contractor. Updates to the status of this situation will be posted to the City’s website, Facebook and twitter accounts. If City of Northville residents or business owners have questions, please contact City of Northville at 248-349-1300 during office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, there will be a special recorded line at that same number with any important updates at ext. 2710.

Additional information about boiling water and other household water usage can be found on the Oakland County website


City of Northville welcomes new police chief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

Jan. 242019 

Northville…Former Wayne Police Chief Alan Maciag has joined the Northville Police Department as police chief, leading a full force of 13 officers in a city of 6,000 residents known for its Victorian charm, Historic District, Downtown Business District, and well-kept neighborhoods.

He began his new post in Northville right after Christmas. It’s a role he says he couldn’t pass up based on the City’s reputation for having a respected, community-focused police department.
“The tradition of respect, integrity and service is part of the culture of Northville’s Police Department and those are traits that I live by,” he said.

Maciag started his career at the Wayne Police Dept. nearly 21 years ago and rose to become police chief. He was named Wayne’s Police Officer of the Year in 2001. He earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University; an M.A. in Criminology from Eastern Michigan University and graduated from the FBI National Academy (251st session) in Quantico, VA. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

“Alan Maciag has an impressive background in terms of his training and professionalism. We think he’ll be a great fit for the department and the community,” said City Manager Pat Sullivan.

Small-town policing in Maciag’s view means “being an integral part of the community, knowing the business owners and the residents, and knowing what issues are taking place in the community.”

In a compact city of 2.2 square miles, he is sure to become a familiar figure. He is eager to police events that draw residents and visitors alike to the streets of downtown – such as the Heritage Festival in September and Skeletons are Alive throughout October.
Maciag knows the former police chief (Mike Carlson, who retired in July 2018) and the two often compared notes on each City’s policing challenges and best practices.

Despite disturbing national trends of rampage shootings, opioid overdoses and property crime, Maciag is optimistic about police work. “We need to talk about crime with the community, look at policies within the department, and prevent and respond,” he said. "The community is our biggest ally. They should know what’s going on in Police Department operations and about crime trends.”

He likes to “be hands-on and get out there with the officers, and become integrated with the community as much as possible,” he said. “Having a great line of communication helps solve problems and combats crime.”

When he’s not working, he likes to do DIY projects at his home in Grass Lake, work on cars, and golf. He is married to June and they have two sons: Jacob, 24, and Alex, who died in 2017 at age 21. Maciag is dedicating his second career, in Northville, to Alex because he always wanted to be a police officer.



City of Northville takes legal action to halt razing historic school

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Nov. 10, 2018 


     

City of Northville seeks injunction to prevent demolition of Main Street School prior to a hearing by Historic District Commission 
 

Northville, MI ... The City of Northville brought legal action against Northville Public Schools on Nov. 9, 2018, seeking an injunction to prevent demolition of the Main StrMain Street Schooleet School. This action was taken to allow the Historic District Commission to hold a hearing to determine whether Main Street School should be demolished. 

Main Street School
, 501 W. Main, sits in the middle of the City’s Historic District. It was built in 1939 and designed by Maynard Lyndon. It is considered the first mid-century modern school building in the country. 

T
he action seeks to enforce an ordinance that requires the owner to obtain a permit prior to the demolition of any structure in the Historic District, which requires holding a hearing in front of the Commission. The School District claims they are exempt from this requirement. The City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, as authorized by the Michigan Historic Preservation Act, requires that any demolition in the Historic District be approved by the Historic District Commission. 


The City is not taking a position on whether Main Street School should be demolished, nor is it taking a position at this time about whether the District’s proposed construction should be allowed.  

“The City is not voicing an opinion on whether the building should stay or go, but we are requesting that the District follow the same rules that our residents follow, which require them to seek HDC approval,” said Northville Mayor Ken Roth, speaking on behalf of City Council.  

The School District argues that state law exempts the district from the Historic Preservation Ordinance. They cite a statute, case law and a Michigan attorney general’s opinion that preempt local regulation of “construction, reconstruction, or remodeling of school buildings used for instructional or non-instructional school purposes.” The City’s position is that demolishing a building in a historic district for the purpose of selling the land to a private developer to build four single family homes is not exempt from the State Historic Preservation Act and the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. 

The City has taken many steps to avoid litigating this issue. Its last recourse has been to file a lawsuit. The City has offered many alternatives to the District, all of which would have avoided protracted litigation. All of those offers were refused. The City remains open to alternative means to settle this matter and wants to see it resolved without protracted litigation. 

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