A recap of the Oct. 7, 2019 meeting
Posted on 10/10/2019
City Council meetings are held at City Hall.Grant updates:

Police Dept. – Police Chief Alan Maciag reported on the awarding of $1,771 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance for new bulletproof vests. The grant covers purchases for new, damaged and expired vests (5-year lifespan) from April 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2021. Maciag also noted the department is making plans for an upgraded evidence room and has applied for a grant toward that effort. He has also applied for grants from the City’s insurance carrier, MMRMA, for the camera system. He reported that The Western Wayne Criminal Investigation Unit – which covered surveillance, the narcotics black-market, criminal investigation, and auto theft – has been disbanded. The remaining forfeiture funds will be distributed to the participating agencies, including the City of Northville. 

Fire Dept. – Fire Chief Steve Ott reported on three major grants – awarded by FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, to be used to purchase a new ambulance, new hoses and new radios. (Read more about the grants on the City’s website.) Ott also said his department is working on developing Firefighter 1 and 2 training on-site. If the plan goes forward, certified staff will conduct the six-month training. The courses would be free to attendees. Such a program helps retain graduates to the host fire department after they’ve completed the course. The City-based program may be covered by a pending grant. 

Asset management system – The City Council approved DPW’s request for Mayor Roth to sign an agreement with SEMCOG to collect data on the City’s drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer as part of a new Southeast Michigan Infrastructure Asset Management Program. The data will be compiled by Ritter GIS, which maintains the City’s Geographic Information System, with the cost covered by SEMCOG as the lead agency. The resulting regional database will become a clearinghouse of information detailing the condition of assets, replacement needs over time, a means of sharing best practices, and a resource to communicate the needs for maintenance and upgrades to regional assets with the State. 

Oktoberfest pros-cons discussed – The request for a special event permit to hold Oktoberfest on Oct. 19 was moved from the consent agenda to the regular agenda at the request of Councilmember Nancy Darga. This is the third annual event hosted by Kevin DeGrood as a fundraiser for Our Lady of Victory Church/School. Darga raised a concern about the sidewalks being closed in front of the North Center Brewery at this busy section of town (across from Kroger) and the inconvenience it would cause for the local neighborhood as well as people going to the grocery store. Councilmember Marilyn Price noted there was a new crossing on Center street, which would make it safer to cross there during the event. The vote was 3-1 in favor of allowing the event to be held.

Council communications – Mayor Ken Roth congratulated the DDA and its director Lori Ward for producing a well-attended Skeletons are Alive launch party on Friday, Oct. 4. He noted it has become a landmark event that is positive and draws many families and visitors to the City. Regarding another popular event, Marilyn Price noted that on her way to the City Council meeting she observed many families heading to the Fire Department for the Open House, which runs through Oct. 11. 

DDA Board – On the consent agenda, City Council approved the reappointment of Carolann Ayers and Gregory Presley to the DDA Board.

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