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Summary of Monday's Novi City Council Meeting
Mayor Gatt remembers Novi police officer who recently passed away

September 13, 2016

NOVI, MI - The following is a summary of Monday's Novi City Council meeting.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Approved with the addition of a Mayor and Council issue.






Drew Lathin, 24291 Homestead Court, was there to comment in support of the prescribed burn ordinance. Novi has a progressive landscaping and land management history. A couple years ago they modified the poorly written noxious weeds ordinance to allow goldenrod and milkweed. He said the prescribed burn ordinance is an important tool for land maintenance. He wanted to thank Fire Marshal Shelton, City Attorney Tom Schultz, members of ORC Committee and Director Johnson of the Fire Department. He said the ordinance is good and has reasonable safety mechanisms written in. This was a good example of multiple departments working together for a citizen’s request. He thanked them for considering it.

CONSENT AGENDA: Approved as presented.

A. Approve Minutes of: 1. August 29, 2016 – Regular meeting

B. Enter Executive Session immediately following the regular meeting of September 12, 2016 in the Council Annex for the purpose of discussing privileged correspondence from legal counsel.

C. Acceptance of a pathway easement as a donation from K&S Investment Group, Inc. along the east side of Beck Road south of Pontiac Trail to allow for construction of a pathway segment as part of the 2016 Pathways Program (Parcel 22-04-100-012).

D. Approval of a Storm Drainage Facility Maintenance Easement Agreement with Park Place South of Novi, LLC for the Chamberlin Crossings residential project located east of Napier Road and north of Eight Mile Road.

E. Acceptance of two boardwalks on the east side of Napier Road for public use and maintenance from Toll MI II Limited Partnership for The Preserve at Island Lake (Phase 8) and the island Lake Orchards (Phase 5B) project located north of Ten Mile Road and south of Seaglen Drive.

F. Acceptance of a covenant deed from Toll MI II Limited Partnership for the dedication of a 60 foot right-of-way along the east side of Napier Road as part of The Preserve at Island Lake (Phase 8) and Island Lake Orchards (Phase 5B) project located north of Ten Mile Road and south of Seaglen Drive.

G. Acceptance of a covenant Deed for general common elements of The Preserve at Island Lake (Phase 8) to be conveyed back to the Preserve at Island Lake Association following an inadvertent recording of a warranty deed from the developer to the City of the general common elements.

H. Approval of Claims and Accounts – Warrant No. 971 MATTERS FOR COUNCIL ACTION

1. Consideration to introduce Ordinance 16-99.17, in order to amend the City of Novi Code of Ordinances, at Chapter 15, Fire Prevention and Protection, Article 2, Fire Prevention Code, Section 15-17, Amendments, Subsection 307, Open Burning and Recreational Fire, in order to add a provision relating to prescribed burns. FIRST READING APPROVED

2. Approval to purchase a Ford E450 Camera Utility Van with a 16-foot box and equipped with IBAK pipeline inspection equipment, through the HGACBuy Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the amount of $193,999. APPROVED

3. Approval of budget amendment to transfer $2.1 million of the projected General Fund net revenues over expenditures from fiscal year ended June 30, 2016 to a new CIP Fund along with an additional transfer of $1 million from the General Fund to the CIP Fund for fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. APPROVED




Mayor Gatt spoke on behalf of City Council about a loss the City of Novi experienced last week. A loss that every citizen of the city, every business owner, staff member and City Council member will suffer from as a result.

Officer Tim Harper from our Novi Police Department died last week. He started his career in 1991 with Novi. Tim Harper was a giant of a man; big, tall and strong as an ox, yet friendly, soothing, and gentle as a lamb. He would do anything, for anyone, at any time. He was the kind of officer that the Sergeants loved because he would do it with professionalism, thoroughness, and without controversy. He was the kind of officer that administration loved because he simply came to work each day and did his job. He didn’t cause problems and was friendly to all as if they were family. He was the kind of officer his fellow patrol officers loved because he would gladly volunteer for things other officers shied away from.

For the past 13 years, Officer Harper was at nearly every Council meeting providing security, while helping citizens at the same time. Mayor Gatt thought he had been assigned that task, but was recently informed that Officer Harper volunteered to handle that assignment in order to help during shift change.

He was the kind of officer the public loved. Whether he was writing a ticket for a traffic offense, or simply stopping by a Kool-Aid stand set up by youngsters, he treated everyone with respect. He always had a smile and friendly word for everyone he met. He was the kind of father that bragged about his children to everyone and was so proud of his son and daughter.

When Tim died, he left his two children and a heartbroken Novi Police family. He asked that people remember Tim and his family in their prayers.