Repairs on track for sidewalks and streets
Posted on 09/09/2021
City Hall City Council recap of Sept. 7 meeting

Historic District Design Standards – City Council approved a resolution to enable the city manager to apply for a grant in the amount of $48,000 through the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for a Design Standards Project. The Historic District Commission plans to update the Historic District Design Standards, which were last updated in 1999. The cost would cover updating the standards, reviewing ordinances for compliance with the new standards and providing training to commissioners. If the grant is approved, the city would pay the costs up front and then be reimbursed for eligible expenditures.

Sidewalk repairs – The city plans to double the amount of sidewalk it replaces this year to make up for a temporary pause in sidewalk repairs over the last few years. The project went to the low bidder, Merlo Construction, at $62,330, plus a 10% contingency. A list of the sidewalks to be replaced are now posted on the DPW website page.

Crack Sealing Program – City Council awarded Carr’s Outdoor Services, Inc., a contract of $25,000 after the company agreed to extend its 2018-unit prices into the 2021 season. Carr’s was the low bidder in 2018 and performed the job well over the past three years. Not having to rebid the project saved staff time. The city has an approved budget in the Major Street Fund of $25,000 for this program.

New restaurant seeks to join Social District – Toria, the new restaurant operating in the former Edward’s Café and Caterer location at 115 E. Main, is seeking approval from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) to join Northville’s social district. City Council granted Toria’s request to amend the social district application and to support the restaurant as it applies for a license to sell alcoholic beverages that can be consumed within the social district of downtown Northville. Ten restaurants and bars currently have this type of liquor license.

Council communications

Mayor Brian Turnbull said there will be a brief ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 11 at noon at Town Square to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the traumatic terrorist attacks in 2001 that struck New York City, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. All are invited to attend. The mayor said he will be out of the country for the Sept. 20 City Council meeting and Mayor Pro Tem Marilyn Price will preside at that meeting.

Patrick Giesa said the Sustainability Team is working on a walkability presentation and plans to share that with City Council at the Sept. 20 meeting. He also said the team is updating its baseline metrics and will add that to the goals and objectives for 2022.

Andrew Krenz said the Farmers’ Market Task Force toured the McDonald Ford site, which is 2.5 acres, as the top contender to become the new market when that time comes. He said the development team headed by Hunter Pasteur Homes does not have any designated place in their plans for a farmers’ market. He also noted that the task force has a couple architects on it who are going to develop some renderings of what the market could look like.

Barbara Moroski-Browne said the Riverwalk Task Force is meeting this month on Wednesday, Sept. 8, and continues to work on the framework of their plan, which is very detailed and requires a lot of work. She was pleased to see the proclamation to honor the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution on the consent agenda. The proclamation was signed by the mayor and is now at City Hall.

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