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City Council Update

Highlights from the City Council Meeting on November 5, 2018

There were no public comments.

Audit report – Plante and Moran gave a presentation on the audit of the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018. Of note, more money was allocated to paying legacy costs. While DPW costs went down, other administrative costs rose. Overall, the budget was on track and got high marks from the audit team. The budget schedule was set for 2019, with the goals/objectives meeting on Jan. 14, and two other meetings slated for April 11 and April 18, all at 6:30 p.m., in Council chambers.

A Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was established after a resolution was approved by the City Council, which held a public hearing at Monday’s meeting. Naming of the six-member board is slated for the Nov. 19 meeting.

A sanitary sewer agreement between the City of Northville, Northville Township and Wayne County’s WTUA (Western Townships Utilities Authority) was reached and approved by City Council. The agreement pertains to flow involving homes in the City and township that connect to the other municipality's sewer system.

The agreement clarified the cost – each of those homeowners will pay the other municipality’s set fee without the township’s readiness charge; and each municipality is responsible for the pipes leading from the homes located in their area. Flow from the township now goes through WTUA (to Ypsilanti) while the City’s flow continues to go to the Rouge Valley. The new agreement alters the initial one made in 1993, and was prompted by the township’s new contract with WTUA.

Communications – Mayor Roth noted that a former City of Northville Housing Commissioner, Genie Nehs, died and said “She was a good friend of the City and will definitely be missed.” The mayor encouraged people to “Get out and vote.”

Watch the meeting here.


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