Emergency repair to help prevent flooding
Posted on 10/21/2021
City Hall City Council recap of Oct. 18, 2021 meeting

Street flooding causes and solutionsInterim Public Works Director Mike Domine provided an update on flooding that occurred on Lake and Carpenter streets in Cabbage Town during the summer and early fall. One cause was the exceptionally large volume of rainfall in 2021. Domine and City Manager Pat Sullivan have been exploring the causes of flooding as it relates to the infrastructure, guided by analysis and field work conducted by the city’s engineering consultants. The short-term solution is to expand the storm sewer intake in that area, a repair that will become part of a more extensive solution.

Liquor License approved for new Lava Grille – Council approved a request from the Liquor License Review Board to transfer ownership and location of an escrowed 2020 Class C License from a closed restaurant in Canton to Karry Bazzi, owner of Lava Grille, at 133 W. Main St, Ste 201 in Northville Square (former site of Brick’s restaurant). The new restaurant will be a sit-down, full-service restaurant serving alcohol, with a capacity for 220 patrons. Planned hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week.

Support for expanded outdoor service area – Another new restaurant, Toria, 115 E. Main, is seeking to use the outdoor space and structure of Adorn Fine Flowers, located across the street, for dining and drinks in the winter. Both businesses are owned by Ryan and Alicia Racine. DDA Executive Director Lori Ward presented the Racines’ request for council’s support of their plan. Council gave its consent, allowing the couple to apply to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission for an additional outdoor service area.

Lake St. emergency repair – Council approved the initial storm sewer reconstruction on Lake St., which will be performed by D’Angelo Brothers Inc., of Livonia, at a cost of up to $15,000. (See related section on street flooding.)

Citizen comments relating to emergency repair
Luci Klinkhamer, 430 Lake St., said developers should be held responsible for infrastructure considerations, especially as it applies to storm water runoff on large properties, and noted that landscapers should be regulated (to reduce storm water runoff on properties they work on).

Jon Forslund, 350 Lake St., recommended that French drains be used in the yards of new properties to direct stormwater directly into the storm water pipes and keep excess water off the streets.

Annual Wayne County right-of-way permit – Council adopted a resolution that authorizes Interim Public Works Director Mike Domine to execute the annual maintenance, pavement restoration, and special event permits with Wayne County Department of Public Services.

Legal matter discussed in closed session
Council held a closed session to discuss a legal opinion.

Settlement agreement for pending litigation
In reviewing a pending lawsuit that was set to go to trial, which stemmed from a trip-and-fall incident in 2018, Council agreed with the city attorney’s recommendation to settle the case with the plaintiff and avoid extensive court costs.

Mayor/council communications
Mayor Brian Turnbull wished everyone a Happy Halloween and noted that the Fire Dept. will be open that night with cider and popcorn, and the siren will sound at 6 p.m. to mark the start of trick-or-treating and at 8 p.m. to mark the end.

Patrick Giesa said the BZA application form is being rewritten to make it less arduous.

Andrew Krenz said Hometown Life wrote an article about the Farmers’ Market new concepts and recognized architect Keith Kohler for his pro bono work on the renderings. He said that he and City Manager Pat Sullivan will meet with the family of the owner of the lot adjacent to the site being considered for the new location of the Farmers’ Market (McDonald Ford site). He said the market task force will meet on Oct. 27 but won’t meet in November due to Thanksgiving.

Barbara Moroski-Browne mentioned the Halloween traditions in Northville that bring so many people to the downtown neighborhoods and businesses.

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