Council approves fiscal year 2023 budget
Posted on 05/19/2022
City Hall City Council recap of May 16 meeting

Legal counsel for Downs project -
The city has engaged the firm of Rosati, Schultz, Joppich and Amtsbuechler to act as special counsel for the Downs redevelopment project and be a resource to the Downs Project Advisory Committee (DPAC). Firm founder Carol Rosati presented to council about her role in drafting development agreements and stated that attorney Elizabeth Kudla Saarela will advise on brownfield legal matters.

DPAC is comprised of the mayor and the chairs of the Planning Commission, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Sustainability Team and the Rouge Restoration Task Force. The committee is charged with examining all of the financial impacts of the project and making recommendations back to their respective bodies regarding funding mechanisms and development agreements that adequately fund the public improvements.

New police officer welcomed
Police Chief Al Maciag introduced the new police officer Joashua Clines to Council. Clines has more than two years of experience with the
Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority Police Department and the Canton Township Department of Public Safety. A native of Alabama, he has a B.S. in Health & Human Performance/Business from Auburn University and graduated from the Oakland Police Academy. He is married and has three children.

Beck Road proposed expansion
City resident Chuck Murdock informed council that residents of Northville Estates, a subdivision that borders Beck Rd., are opposed to widening the road at the section owned by the city (8 Mile to 8-1/2 mile, east side). Council discussed the proposed plan, initiated by the city of Wixom, to widen Beck Road from I-96 to M-14 and add enhancements, such as sidewalks, a boulevard and bike lanes. Council said they will keep residents informed of the project and gather input from citizens about their views on the project.

Budget approved –
A public hearing was held regarding the proposed fiscal year 2023 budget, which was later approved by Council. The general operating millage will be reduced
to 13.0182 mills. The street, drainage, and sidewalk improvement millage will decrease to 1.6216 mills. Both are reduced due to Headlee. The voted street bond millage will be set at 0.7862 mills.

In another budget matter, Council agreed to reallocate $110,000 in funds from the Public Improvement Fund (from racetrack breakage revenue) for a used bucket truck ($50,000) and $60,000 toward police and fire equipment reserves. Uncommitted racetrack breakage revenue in fiscal years 2020 and 2021 amounted to $319,313. In addition, reallocation of non-breakage revenue from the fund will be used to pay a portion of the cost of a new play structure at Ford Field. Fifteen thousand dollars allocated to the pavilion at Fish Hatchery Park will instead go toward the Ft. Griswold replacement play structure, coupled with $135,000. Council later carved out $50,000 from the $150,000 play structure allotment to be directed toward general improvements to Ford Field. Other reallocated funds are $25,000 for a large format printer and $18,000 to cover higher than budgeted costs for city entrance signs.

New police vehicle –
Council approved the purchase of a 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD police vehicle, which will be delivered after July 1 as part of the fiscal year 2023 budget. The purchase allows the department to rotate its vehicles so that a 2015 administrative vehicle can be sold and a 2017 Ford Explorer will be converted from a police vehicle to administrative use. The new Tahoe is offered on the State of Michigan MIDEAL contract for $40,426. It will be outfitted with equipment from the decommissioned 2017 Explorer.

Minutes for April 7 special meeting
will be approved at the next city council meeting since Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Moroski-Browne is asking for changes and not all members had sufficient time to review the minutes.

Council communications

Mayor Brian Turnbull
encouraged people to walk around town and view the veteran banners and also to attend the Memorial Day event at Rural Hill cemetery, May 30 at 11 a.m., to honor veterans. He also mentioned the chamber is hosting a flower sale on May 27/28 at the Downs.

Council Member Andrew Krenz
said he was happy to see the sidewalk in front of the new condos on N. Center have been safely moved away from the street. He said this shows that the Planning Commission and city do enforce ordinances.

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Moroski-Browne
said City Council has begun a strategic planning survey and wants people to take the survey to help determine priorities for new proposed projects. (View the survey here or on the city website.)

Council Member John Carter
encouraged solid public participation at meetings of the Planning Commission on May 17 and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority on May 23. He also congratulated Northville graduates as graduation party season begins.

Council Member Marilyn Price
would like to hear from young families with children via the strategic planning survey. Other members agreed, saying the survey will be broadly distributed.

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