What to expect at City Hall

Some changes still in effect

Although the pandemic has eased, it is still with us. Because of that, please continue to conduct business online, by phone, email, regular mail or using the drop box whenever possible. A dropbox on the circular drive makes it easy to drop off items without leaving your vehicle. 

Most meetings at City Hall are being held online (City Council, BZA, Planning Commission) and may continue in that format through the end of December. Agendas and links are available on the website and in City News. Several meetings are being held in person, such as the DDA, and commissions that meet at the Northville Community Center and Allen Terrace. 

Inside City Hall, safety measures are still in effect. Clear plexiglass surrounds the reception desk. Visitors are advised to keep six feet apart from others. There are place markers on the floor that show where people should stand when doing business in the front lobby. If you've not yet been vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask inside the building and at any city meeting  you attend. If you don’t have one, we will provide you with one.

Do not enter City Hall if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe headache, or loss of taste or smell. Please refrain from using the City Hall restrooms. The drinking fountain is not in service. The elevator is available. 

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) 


City of Northville Preparedness and Response Plan

View the document that details the process in effect when City Hall reopens - the Preparedness and Response Plan.
Guidelines to safely reopening buildings, businesses
Business owners and operators who are looking for guidance in re-opening their businesses have a "go-to" resource in the Michigan COVID-19 Business Response Center website

It contains information regarding state and federal government updates, state return to work guidelines and other industry practices. In addition, the CDC also has a webpage with information for businesses and offices that have reopened. 

Testing sites for COVID-19

There are several testing sites in the Northville area for people in need of a COVID-19 diagnostic test. To view a statewide list, visit the State of
Michigan/coronavirus website page on testing. 
 If you live in Oakland County, you may also visit the web page for COVID-19 testing for local sites and updates. 
Wayne County directs viewers to the State of Michigan website for test sites.

COVID-19 testing is available to any resident of the tri-county region (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County) through Coronavirus Community Care Network.

To schedule an appointment (no prescription needed), call 313-230-0505. Testing is offered daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m

Seniors can get assistance with meals and other essentials

Michigan has received additional federal dollars to help provide meals to older adults as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs enable Michigan residents 60 years and older to obtain meals through home delivery and pick-up services.

Seniors who need extra support at this time can sign up for assistance, including meal delivery, delivery of non-perishable food items, and daily wellness-check calls, through the MDHHS coronavirus website.

Northville Senior Services, part of the Northville Parks and Recreation Dept., also offers wellness checks conducted by local volunteers. To learn more, contact Joyce Drever at 248.305.2851 (between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday – Friday) or by email.  

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law on March 18, provides the additional funding for the nutrition services programs authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965. Michigan received approximately $7.5 million to fund meals for older adults through a program managed by local Area Agencies on Aging.

In addition to meals, Older Americans Act programs provide a wide range of services, such as help with bathing and dressing, rides to doctors’ offices, education on managing chronic illnesses, support for family caregivers, and much more. Provided by a network of community-based organizations, such as Area Agencies on Aging, local community and senior centers, faith-based organizations, and other non-profit service providers, these programs work together to help millions of older adults each year stay healthy and live independently.

Older adults who need assistance can request help through the MDHHS coronavirus website or contact their local Area Agency on Aging.

Many Northville restaurants are fully open
Restaurants are open in downtown Northville at full capacity and many offer outdoor dining and carry-out and delivery service. There are nearly 20 restaurants providing exceptional menu choices to diners who have a taste for great food and refreshing beverages.

View the DDA’s website and social media channels – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out what's happening at your favorite restaurant.

Restaurant interior
Los Tres Amigos, Northville's newest restaurant, is open with dining indoors and outdoors. Photo by Liz Cezat.

Public meetings being held online
Since April 2020, the City has been holding meetings online using the Zoom meeting platform. A few days prior to the scheduled meeting, the log-in information is posted with notice of the meeting, either on the City Council page (for their meetings on the first and third Monday of the month) or on the  Agendas and Minutes page for meetings of the Planning Commission, Historic District Commission and others. Zoom meetings will continue through Aug. 31, 2021.

Since public gatherings were halted under the governor's executive order while online meetings for municipalities were allowed, City Hall cancelled in-person meetings, effective March 18, 2020. In-person meetings will resume in the future, pending State Health Dept. orders.  For details about the City's online meetings, including how to log-on and what to expect, please view this news article

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.