A recap of the Dec. 3, 2018 meeting
Posted on 12/05/2018
CBDG funds sought from Oakland County – City Council adopted a resolution that allows Allen Terrace to apply for $7,000 in funding through Oakland County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to install new interior doors at the City-owned senior apartments. The City of Northville meets the CDBG requirements for an “urgent community need” and “rehabilitation of publicly owned residential.” Otherwise, CDBG funds are directed toward low- to moderate-income residents, which applies only to a small percentage of the senior population in Northville.

Marihuana ordinance approved – On Nov. 6, voters passed a new law that makes marihuana legal for recreational use in Michigan, effective Dec. 6, 2018. The council adopted an emergency ordinance to adopt amendments to Chapter 18 businesses to prohibit marihuana establishments within the city limits of the City of Northville. (Article VIII, Section 18-401). Based on new rules being developed by the Department of Licensing and Regulation (LARA) governing marihuana establishments, Council voted to make the ordinance effective only through June 30, 2020, unless renewed or amended by Council. Copies of the ordinance, in accordance with the City Charter, were posted in several public places within each voting precinct.

New equipment for Public Works Dept. – City Council approved the purchase of a tractor loader backhoe to replace an 18-year-old backhoe. The new backhoe is heavy-duty equipment that can be used for utility excavation, grave excavation, and loading salt, gravel and dirt, among other tasks.

Southeastern Equipment Co., of Novi, is the seller. The original cost of the Case 580SN tractor loader backhoe was quoted at $116,847; the final cost, with trade-in of the old backhoe, is $106, 847.

Contract awarded to engineering/consulting firm – Fleis & Vandenbrink, of Farmington Hills, was awarded a three-year contract to provide design and construction oversight of the City’s street improvement program as well as its capital improvement plan, private development review and other engineering-related matters. The contract will be billed on a time-and-materials basis, and can be terminated at any time. DPW Director Loyd Cureton told Council that having one primary firm handle the City’s engineering projects should save costs over time by allowing the firm to become experts on the City’s infrastructure and help maintain it.

Parking deck study for financing repairs – City Council approved awarding a contract of $7,500 to Carlisle Wortman, of Ann Arbor, to research and recommend the best approach for funding repairs to the City’s two parking decks at MainCentre and Cady Street. The repair schedule and funding plan will cover the next 20 years of those parking decks.

Mayor/Council communications:
Mayor Ken Roth thanked the City staff for launching the new website on Dec. 3, 2018 and encouraged people to visit it. (www.ci.northville.mi.us)
Council Member Nancy Darga mentioned a bill being proposed in the lame duck session of the Michigan legislature that would restrict local tree preservation ordinances. Council requested a resolution, in opposition to the bill, be put on the agenda for the next City Council meeting. |

There were no public comments.

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