Northville City Hall temporarily closes to public

City Hall will be closed to the public as of 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 16, and will also be closed meetings through the end of the month. Employees will continue working at City Hall but no counter service will be conducted. The end of the closure period is not yet known.

Bill paying for parking tickets, utility bills, water bills, fees and licenses should be paid online, by mail or put in the drop box (no cash payments please) in the City Hall vestibule. For police emergencies, call 911. For general police inquiries, call 248-349-1234 or use the call box in the lower level vestibule at City Hall.

This week’s meetings at City Hall:
City Council, March 16, 7 p.m.
(Note all City Council meetings are videotaped and posted on the website the next day)

Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
March 17, 8 a.m.

Historic District Commission (HDC) - later cancelled
March 18, 7 p.m.

The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for March 17 has been cancelled at the request of the Chair and Vice Chair, due to no urgent agenda items.

Northville Township closes buildings to the public, suspends Parks and Recreation program except for bus service

Northville Township has closed its township buildings to the public. The parks and recreation program, a joint service of the township and the city, has suspended its programs for all ages, events and activities. Senior transportation will continue at this time for medical appointments, grocery shopping and getting to and from work.

The main township building closed to the public at 4:30 p.m., March 13.

To learn more, visit their website.

senior citizen stands next to bus
  The bus service is still running for seniors and the disabled. 


Government websites with updates on COVID-19

A pandemic of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus called COVID-19 is being closely monitored by local, state and federal health agencies. The outbreak continues to expand in the United States, including Michigan, and in many countries. Michigan is under a state of emergency to maximize efforts to slow the spread of this disease.

For the latest health news about COVID-19, visit these websites:

Oakland County Health Dept. 

Wayne County Health Dept.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Many Northville restaurants are open for carry-out and deliveries
The Northville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has compiled a list of restaurants offering carry-out and delivery service. View it here

The City has established three parking spots designated for carry out. They are located on eastbound E. Main east of Center at 120 E. Main (near Brown Dog); westbound E. Main west of Hutton at 157 E. Main (near Poole’s Tavern) and Northbound N. Center south of Dunlap at 150 N. Center (near Tuscan’s Cafe). There are close to 20 restaurants providing their exceptional menu choices to diners who value the flavorful food and beverages offered by local establishments.

DDA Director Lori Ward stated, “As consumers, please help us support our community businesses by continuing to order from the restaurants and/or purchasing gift cards from any downtown business.”

Find out what businesses are open and closed by viewing the DDA’s website ( and social media channels – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Restaurant interior
Los Tres Amigos, Northville's newest restaurant, is among those that are offering take-out service. Photo by Liz Cezat.

Building Dept. guidelines for compliance with governor’s order
To be in compliance with the order 2020-21 issued by the Governor's office, the Building Dept. will only conduct inspections on projects that are considered essential to the sustainment or protection of life. Below are some examples of work that is considered essential.

• Work performed to repair or restore utilities such as electric, gas, sewer, or water service to an occupied structure.

• Work to ensure a construction site or structure can be safely idled for an extended period of time.

• Emergency repairs to a structurally compromised building.

Work being performed on unoccupied structures to meet a "closing" or "move in" date will not be considered essential. While we cannot list enough examples to put all projects into a category, you must ask yourself if your project truly meets the intent of "essential to the sustainment or protection of life."

We understand the difficult circumstances facing the building industry and will continue to adjust our operations as further guidance or clarification comes from the Office of the Governor.
Overnight parking restrictions eased
Due to the recent Executive Order 2020-21 issued by the governor, the Police Department has issued a moratorium on overnight parking restrictions from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. on streets and in City parking lots.

With college kids at home and extended family, many residents have additional cars parked overnight at their residence. Many have asked for permission to park their vehicle in the street overnight.

The moratorium will continue until April 13 at 11:59 p.m., at which time it will be re-evaluated to determine if it should continue.

No public meetings at City Hall through 3/31
A decision was made on Tuesday, March 17, to cancel the Historic District Commission meeting, scheduled for March 18, and not to hold any public meetings at City Hall through the end of the month. 
Letter from Mayor Brian Turnbull

An important message to the community

These are indeed extraordinary times and communication is a top priority for all of us. First, I want to thank our hardworking men and women in the Northville community on the front lines of this COVID-19 battle, with all of its evolving situations (public safety, medical professionals, essential services and those assisting the community).

I write this note representing your City of Northville team. I’ve been in contact with the governor, along with federal, state, county and local municipal officials and will continue to do so. I’m watching the extensive updates by the White House and am gathering as much information as possible to assist our community in fighting and responding to the COVID-19 virus.
I want to share this updated information with you. ⠀


● On Monday, Gov. Whitmer enacted a “Stay Home” order, effective at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 24.
● As of Wednesday, March 25, the State of Michigan reported there are more than 2,295 residents with the virus, with 43 deaths. The nation in total had 61,167 cases reported, with many unreported. (national data: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.)
● Many states around the country are enforcing shelter-in-place orders. If you must go out, practice social distancing and take all precautions to not spread the virus.
● Grocery stores are open, as are gas stations, pharmacies, restaurants that provide take-out and delivery, and other essential services so citizens can meet their needs as they shelter in place. View the State of Michigan website for details. If you are over 60 years old, make use of the special hours designated for seniors only at area grocery stores.

Northville City Operations

Service by your Northville Police, Fire, Advanced Life Support Staff and First Responders will continue for your safety without interruption. Please help support our First Responders by calling 911 only when it’s critical. Otherwise, call Dispatch at 248-349-1234

The following actions have taken place:
● Senior Transportation (medical appointments given priority) will continue at this time for seniors and the disabled with only one bus in service, Monday - Friday.
● Activities temporarily suspended: Parks & Recreation (including Hillside Recreation Center), Senior/Community Center, Northville Youth Network and all other city meetings
● We’ll continue to coordinate response efforts and best practices with surrounding communities.

● The City of Northville will remain vigilant in monitoring the ongoing guidance provided by health officials, as well as in sharing timely and accurate information.
● We don't have all the answers. The truth is, no one has all the answers, but I can assure you that your Northville officials, employees and myself are doing everything we can for your safety and well-being. ⠀
This is a major upheaval to our way of life but we will all get through together. Don’t panic, stay calm and plan ahead. Here are a few tips I’m personally following and encourage you to do the same: ⠀

● Follow the best practices shared by the CDC, know the symptoms and stay home.
● Practice social distancing, avoid handshakes, wash hands and use sanitizer. ⠀
● In addition to personal hygiene, get enough rest, eat healthy and manage stress. ⠀
● Check on friends and family (virtually when possible), especially the elderly that may not have immediate access to news and social media.

Support your local businesses in Northville

● The survival of many of our favorite businesses is dependent on our support now.
● Order delivery or curbside pick-up from Northville restaurants and stores. ⠀
● Shop your favorite local store online.
● Follow local businesses on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) – engage with these accounts, leave reviews, comments and likes, share their content, hours and offerings.
● Consider buying gift cards for later use, or even making a donation. ⠀
● Reach out to business owners directly and ask them about other ways you could help.
● As you are restocking your pantries and freezers, readying activities for your kids, ordering items online and planning for meals at home, please consider ways you can keep your business local.

Continue to use these sites for updated information on COVID-19:
● Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
● Oakland County Health Dept.
● Wayne County Health Dept. 
● Our State Rep. Matt Koleszar has created a google drive of resources for the community as well, and can be found here.

I’m committed to ensuring that no one in the greater Northville community gets left behind. Northville is strong because of every one of you working together to keep our community safe.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Northville at 248-349-1300 or contact me directly on my cell 248-505-6849 (even if you just want to talk).

Keep that Northville Faith! And breathe … we will get through this together!

Brian Turnbull
Mayor, City of Northville

March 25, 2020 (updates will be added as things change)

Mayor Brian Turnbull
State of Michigan hotline

The State of Michigan has set up a COVID-19 hotline to field questions. It is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136.