Orchard Drive will be reconstructed
Posted on 05/10/2024
City Hall is where City Council meetings are held.City Council recap of May 6 meeting

Mayor Brian Turnbull noted this was the first time that Diligent online system was being used for the agenda and package at a City Council meeting.

At the request of City Manager George Lahanas, a special event request was moved from the consent agenda (5L) to the regular agenda and became item F. At the request of Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Moroski-Browne, the appointment of Mario Tartaglia to the Historic District Commission was added to the consent agenda. Council Member Laura Genitti requested the proposed contingency for the Downs demolition be moved from the consent agenda to the regular agenda, becoming 9G.

New ordinance clears first reading –
The first reading of the Dance Entertainment premises ordinance (Chapter 6, Article IV) was approved by Council and the second reading will be presented at the June 3 Council meeting. Upon approval, the ordinance will repeal and replace Article IV (Public dance facility; roller skating facility; bar or restaurant with dance facility). City Clerk Mike Smith, who presented the ordinance, said the Police Dept. will use a decibel meter to record the sound level of music/entertainment at restaurants when there’s a question of compliance.

Mobile parking ticket system –
Police Chief Al Maciag presented a request to Council to purchase a mobile parking system to monitor nearly 500 timed parking spaces that range from 15 minutes to 3 hours. City staff evaluated several products and recommended Flash Ballparc system, of Austin, Texas. He said their system best fits the city’s needs and consists of three cell phones that connect to a Bluetooth printer.

When operational, an officer/parking enforcement official uses the cell phone to record the time and place a vehicle is parked and receives an alert when the time period is up. The first time a vehicle is parked beyond the time limit, a warning notice will be placed on the vehicle. The second time and beyond, the officer will issue a ticket. The new system will open up spaces for patrons of downtown businesses. Council approved the request.

The company’s set-up fee is $1,503 with recurring monthly costs of $200 per cell phone (total $600 monthly). People can pay their parking ticket online, which includes a $4 service fee, or by cash or check at City Hall, with no service fee.

Local street reconstruction –
DPW Director Mike Domine presented the plan for road construction in 2024, including a cost of $1,259,442 (bid price plus 15% contingency) to reconstruct Orchard Drive from W. Main to 7 Mile. Nine bids were received and Nagle Paving, of Novi, was selected based on price and past performance. The bids were reviewed by the city’s engineering firm, OHM. Council approved the contract. On a related subject, Domine said OHM has performed an updated PASER study on the city’s streets and will take core samples in addition to evaluating the road surface. Those results will be reported soon.

Main Street improvements –
City Manager George Lahanas requested Council approve a not-to-exceed $42,000 preliminary engineering study for OHM to evaluate the feasibility of converting to a curbless street on Main, from Center to Hutton, and full reconstruction between Hutton and Griswold. He said the curbless design will facilitate placemaking and outdoor dining. The feasibility and design study could be applied to future street replacement on Main between Center and Hutton, since elevations are part of the report. It also could be used when applying for Main Street improvements/placemaking grants – as a shovel-ready project. The city manager said the DDA is expected to largely fund street repair, replacement and enhancements of that section of Main Street. Council approved the plan on a 4-1 vote, with Council Member Laura Genitti voting against it.

Engineering Services Contract – Council approved a contract not to exceed $120,000 for OHM to conduct additional inspections of the Downs building project and provide project oversight, supplementing the work of the city’s building inspector. Funds will be recovered primarily through permitting fees and will not come from the General Fund.

Special Events request –
Council unanimously approved a plan to close Main Street to vehicles on Fridays at noon and reopen the street on Sunday morning to support the seasonal concert series at Town Square managed by the Northville Chamber on Friday nights and the DDA on Saturday nights.

Demolition contract contingency –
Council approved a $50,000 project contingency for the demolition associated with the River Park parcel. This is approximately 7.5% of the current value of the Renascent contract. ARPA funds will be applied to this cost.

Public Comment –
Before opening public comments, Mayor Brian Turnbull noted there should be no jeers, cheers or boo’s. Public comments were made at the meeting by the following people:

Steve Pichan, 611 Ashley Ct.; Jeff Snyder, 508 Gardner; Bill Carter, 767 Carpenter St.; Annette Mullett, 49438 Villa Dr.; Andy Whitmire, 530 W. Main; Richard Graham, 790 Carpenter St.; Mike Williams, 247 West St.; Tim Johnson, 47234 Dunsany; Laurie Johnson, 47234 Dunsany; Therese Grossi, 512 W. Dunlap St.; Nancy Chiri, 661 W. Main; Rebecca Hoffman, 19317 Upland Ct.; Bobby Johnson, 47266 Dunsany; Colleen Lally, 1086 Washington Circle; Dan Huffman, 619 W. Main; Lenore Lewandowski, 119 Randolph; Bob Buckhave, 145 N. Center; Andy Genitti, 530 W. Main; German Reyes, 532 Langfield St.; Naznin Mahmood, 17379 Parkshore; Dave Beiger, Grasmere; and Tim Hasse, 966 Springfield Ct.

Comments submitted by email are in the online Council package.

Council communications

Mayor Brian Turnbull said Northville residents live in one of the greatest places in Michigan due to community involvement. He noted that last weekend was great for the community with the street party in the city and skatepark opening in the township. He thanked Council members, whom, he said, give 20, 30, 40 hours per week of their time for Northville.

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Moroski-Browne commented favorably on the large number of people who spoke during Public Comment and also thanked those who stayed through the meeting. She noted that Coffee with Council will be held at Toria on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m.

Council Member John Carter said community involvement takes many forms and he and fellow Council Member Andrew Krenz served food to seniors at the Kentucky Derby luncheon hosted by Northville Senior Services at the Community Center. He commended the first responders who aided a senior in distress on the pickleball courts at the Community Center, which occurred at the same time as the luncheon.

Council Member Andrew Krenz emphasized the importance of continuing to support local businesses in and around Downtown Northville. He said roughly 300,000 people in the city and surrounding communities purchase goods and services from Northville merchants and “We must consider our downtown something special.” He reiterated a topic from the last Council meeting that, as citizens, people need to treat each other with civility.

Council Member Laura Genitti responded to a citizen who spoke during public comment, noting she was not involved with the Let’s Open Northville group. She said, “I have lived here for 46 years. I love Northville … more than I dislike street closures.” She emphasized that her focus is on ‘participation and activation’ and said she wants to help with the process (of city governance). She later stated that she wants to do the street closures correctly, whether it’s seasonal, weekends only, or another way.

View the meeting video.