City to replace motor for primary pump at water tower
Posted on 07/09/2020
City Hall

Highlights of the July 6 meeting

Facing a light agenda, City Council received updates on two key projects: a failing motor of the primary pump (one of two) that regulates water at the water tower, and legislation that paves the way for downtown restaurants and bars to expand liquor sales by enabling customers to consume alcohol purchased at those businesses in a nearby outdoor “social district.”

Water tower pump – A new variable speed motor (VFD) has been ordered from Northern Pump and Well to make an emergency repair on the primary pump. The motor will regulate the speed of the pump based on water flow (demand by users), resulting in greater efficiency and potentially reduced cost.

Social District part of liquor license legislation – DDA Director Lori Ward reported that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill #5781 into law on July 1 to help bars and restaurants that serve alcohol be able to maintain and/or enhance sales during the COVID-19 slowdown.

The so-called social district is an outdoor commons area, designed by local government, where patrons can consume drinks purchased from nearby restaurants/bars that hold the proper liquor licenses and permits. The DDA is considering the establishment of a social district in downtown Northville at Town Square on Main and Old Church Square on Center, along with the streets and sidewalks in the designated area.

The DDA is moving it general meeting ahead of schedule to discuss the opportunity and bring it before City Council for discussion. Following formal action by the DDA and City Council, each restaurant/bar that participates would need to apply for a social district permit and the peak summer season for outdoor dining/bar visits is already underway.

Details such as liability, increased enforcement of the area and additional clean-up would need to be worked out. Council member Barbara Moroski-Browne advised the DDA to look at other states, such as Colorado, that have already set up social districts to see how they handle the details.

Council communication – Sam Ekong said he is getting emails from an advocacy group opposed to wearing masks in public. Barbara Moroski-Browne said the City is following the governor’s executive order to wear masks. Responses to those emails by council members will restate that policy. Mayor Turnbull reviewed key points from his post Fourth of July letter to citizens, including COVID case statistics and called upon people to continue to help each other and the community at large. Patrick Giesa said the sustainability team for Northville is working on plans that will benefit the City.

Public Comments
Luci Klinkhamer, of 430 Lake St., asked when the FAR discussion would be on the City Council agenda. Mayor Turnbull said there will be a first reading of the proposed FAR amendment at the July 20 meeting and the public could comment at that time. Mayor Pro-tem Marilyn Price noted that the City Council could not change the percentage of FAR, but would need to send it back to the Planning Commission if it didn’t agree to pass the measure at the proposed percent of .36 Floor Area Ratio. The second reading is scheduled for the Aug. 3 City Council meeting.

Doris and Peter Booth, of 330 High St., asked whether pickleball lines for outdoor play could be drawn on the tennis courts at Fish Hatchery Park. City Council noted that their request should be brought up at an upcoming Parks & Recreation board meeting.

Commission appointments – Nachiko Hirato and Amanda Serpelloni were reappointed to the Beautification Commission, with terms expiring June 30, 2023.

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