Audit shows city finances are in good shape
Posted on 11/18/2021
City Hall Recap of Nov. 15 City Council meeting

Audit results accepted –
Audited financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2021 were presented to City Council by Plante Moran auditors and the city’s Finance Director/Treasurer Sandi Wiktorowski. In the last 10 years, the city was able to reduce the legacy costs for pension and OPEB (retiree health care) by making additional contributions. The pension plan is 77% funded and the OPEB plan is fully funded. The General Fund unassigned fund balance is just over $2 million or 26% of expenditures. To view the financial statements in their entirety, visit this web page.

Public hearing for CDBG funds – The city will request approximately $7,000 of Oakland County CDBG Funds for Program Year 2022 to purchase new interior doors at Allen Terrace. The public hearing for comments was managed by Housing Director Tracey Emmanuel. Only one comment was made, by Luke Gibbons, a Boy Scout from Troop 755, who asked what type of doors would be installed. The response was a hollow-core, 2-panel door with a lever handle that is ADA compliant. CDBG funds are used to target low-moderate income residents or to provide an urgent community need. The city- owned Allen Terrace senior housing facility qualifies for funds under the category of “Rehabilitation of Publicly Owned Residential.”

Redevelopment program for city officials – City Council passed a Resolution of Intent, at the request of City Manager Pat Sullivan, to engage in the Redevelopment Ready Program managed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The no-cost certification program will provide training to city officials in best practices for redevelopment, and ease the way for developers to apply for state-funded grants on projects that meet certain criteria.

HDC amendment to Rules and Regulations – Council voted to return a proposed amendment to the Historic District Commission that would add a deadline, of up to 14 days, for meetings that are adjourned if they go beyond three hours. The rationale is to enable the pending agenda items to be resolved in a timely manner and applies to both regular meetings and public hearings. If the change is accepted by the HDC, the returned amendment will appear on council’s consent agenda at an upcoming meeting.

Appointments to boards and commissions – The mayor, with input from City Council members, appointed members to the city’s boards and commissions. Appointed council members’ names appear on the boards and commissions web page on the members tab for each entity.

Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Schedule – Three meetings were scheduled related to the adoption of the 2022-23 City Budget.

Monday, Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m. – Special City Council Meeting – Goals and Objectives
Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. – Special Meeting – Budget Review Session #1
Monday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. – Special Meeting – Budget Review Session #2 (6:30 pm)

There were no public comments.

Council communications – Mayor Brian Turnbull and other council members reflected on the funeral of retired former Fire Chief Jim Allen, calling the service and outpouring of support from local fire departments, residents and others a fitting tribute to an iconic chief who made a big difference in Northville.

John Carter and Barbara Moroski-Browne updated council on the Nov. 11 Riverwalk meeting, calling it a great discussion that was attended by approximately 20 people. The next Sustainability Team meeting is Nov. 22.

View the meeting here.