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City Council Update

Highlights from City Council Meeting, December 18, 2017

Cady Project lot adjustments – City Council agreed to amend the option to purchase made in 2016 on a site slated to become a mixed-use, four-story building with six premium condominium units and first-floor offices at the southeast corner of Cady and Center. The original option allows for the sale of the 24-foot westerly portion of the City-owned parking lot in exchange for 12 feet of space on the north side of the Cady Project and a cash payment. The new configuration conveys nine feet on the west side to be used for eight public parking spaces, with an easement for overhead balconies. As part of the amendment, the developer will install a storm sewer under the parking lot, which will retain the runoff from the parking lots and new building. The price went from $62,454 to $58,894 based on the actual square footage exchanged.

Cady Street Parking Deck stair repair – City Council approved awarding a $9,625 contract to RAM Construction, of Livonia, to repair the cast-iron stair treads in the east and west stair towers. Meanwhile, bids will be taken in January 2018 for an assessment and repair of the entire parking deck.

Purchase of utility vehicle for Parks & Recreation – City Council approved payment of $23,554 to purchase a John Deere Gator XUV with a V-blade attachment from Bader & Sons Co. in South Lyon. The vehicle replaces an older model that was auctioned off earlier this year. The newest vehicle will be one of three that the department owns. The XUV’s blade will enable it to plow snow at the venues where it conducts programs.

Purchase of pick-up truck for Dept. of Public Works – City Council approved the purchase of a F350 4 x 4 pickup truck with a V-plow attachment for $37,940. It will replace a 20-year-old truck, which will be sold. The pending purchase was made through the Macomb County Finance Dept., which obtained a volume discount from Signature Ford of Owosso, Mich., and offered a deal to local municipalities.
City of Detroit Water Contract / Amendment 4
 The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) held a five-year review with the City to gauge the water usage for the entire City during the next five years. City officials recommended staying with the current usage volume and City Council concurred.

Legal action concerning Horse Racing Law of 1995 – The City Council authorized the City attorney to pursue legal action to reverse the determination of the Michigan Gaming Control Board regarding the definition of “breaks” in the Horse Racing Law of 1995. The board’s determination has resulted in a loss of nearly $80,000 in racing track payments to the City since 2015. Further, the City attorney was given the green light to work with the City of Hazel Park, which also receives payment from its hometown racetrack, as a potential co-plaintiff in legal action.

People in the News (from the consent agenda)
Two members of the Historic District Commission – David Field and Mario Tartaglia – have been reappointed for terms that end on Jan. 1, 2021.

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