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Mayor Gatt gives State of the City address
May 3, 2016

NOVI, MI - More than 200 enjoyed breakfast and Novi Mayor Bob Gatt's State of the City speech this morning at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

The Catholic Central Band provided the National Anthem music, followed by a humorous video. Then the mayor got down to business. He started off by introducing dignitaries in attendance, including Novi's judges, Congressman David Trott, and many others.

Former council member and Novi Fox Run resident Doreen Poupard was awarded the Spirit of Giving Award. Gatt stated, "“I would like to personally recognize an individual who goes above and beyond the walls of ‘her community’ for the betterment of ‘our community’ each and every day. Doreen has been a shining example of a true community partner, ambassador and friend.” He added that she "truly embodies the sense of kindness and giving." Poupard was clearly surprised, and pleased.

Gatt stated that "I am more optimistic about the future of our Novi than ever before." He noted the in the past year, council has approved $250 million in residential development and $65 million in business development.

Gatt state that the health and safety of the community continues to be a top priority. He noted that serious crimes last year were at their lowest level in the past ten years. He gave much credit to Novi Police and Fire for keeping the community safe.

It was noted that Novi's new water storage facility will help lower Novi's wholesale cost of water (although rates aren't expected to go down), and that Novi's bond rating had been upgraded to AAA. He mentioned that Novi's new lower tax rate makes it the lowest in Oakland County.

One surprise announcement was that long-time city clerk Maryanne Cornelius will be retiring next month. The mayor thanked her for her years of service and added that she's "the best city clerk in all of Michigan."

He concluded by adding that the "State of Novi is robust and strong."