City Council Update
Highlights from the City Council Meeting June 19, 2017
Citizens comments - Callista Milroy, of
1056 Allen Drive, reported that 26 people volunteered to pull invasive
garlic mustard plant from the banks of the Rouge River near Novi Road
and 8 Mile as part of the Rouge River Clean-up on May 20. The volunteers
filled 42 bags with this invasive plant and celebrated with a block
party lunch afterwards. (Note: Garlic mustard plants should not be
A proclamation was presented to the Beautification
Commission (BC) in recognition of the group’s 50th anniversary. Diane Pittaway, chairperson, received the proclamation and gave a brief
presentation on the history of the group. As a thank-you to the
community, the BC members offered cake and coffee to the City Council
and guests following the meeting.
Kathleen Ripley Leo announced
that the Daughters of the American colonists will place a historical
marker in Oakwood Cemetery. The cemetery is the resting place of 421
citizens, many of whom were prominent citizens of Northville as well as
veterans. A ceremony will be held at the cemetery at a later date.
- First reading of an amendment dealing
with the amount of space that can be dedicated on a residential property
for a driveway. It calls for a minimum of 65 percent of a single-family
home’s front yard to be unpaved.
- First reading of
clarifications to the site plan review process, noting when a formal
site plan review is necessary by the Planning Commission and when/if an
administrative site plan review is necessary by City staff, planning
commission chair and consultants. It also extends preliminary plan
approval or final site approval if the applicant shows good cause.
- First reading of a business zoning amendment that does not allow
use of an adjourning alley as part of the calculation for property
- An amendment to the sidewalk café and outdoor
seating ordinance was adopted by Council to allow liquor to be served at
cafes on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m., consistent with the operating
start time Monday through Saturday.
Liquor license change
Brian Maiorana, owner of Main Street Hospitality, received
approval for a Class C liquor license (reclassified from a transferred
license) in advance of renovating the old Riffles building at 160 Main,
which is also the namesake of the new Sicilian restaurant to open at
that site later this year.
Electric Vehicle Recharging stations
will be installed
City Council approved the location of two EV
charging stations in the Old Church Square lot at Dunlap and N. Main.
There is a time limit of three hours to recharge electric vehicles at no
cost to the driver.
New voting equipment won the approval of City
Council to comply with the “Help America Vote Act” (HAVA). The City
Clerk will also purchase a new tabulator for back-up use. The $31,000
cost for the new generation of voting machines will be covered by the
state and HAVA funds. The back-up tabulator will be purchased for
A change-order for last year’s street improvement was
approved for $36,000 to cover the cost of additional road work and water
main replacements completed as part of the 2015/16 street improvement
The strategic plan commissioned by the Downtown
Development Authority (DDA), with some funding from the City, was
approved by the City Council. It sets a direction and vision for new
development and redevelopment of available land and unused properties in
the downtown area, extending to 7 Mile and Center.
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