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Summary of Monday's Novi City Council meeting
January 25, 2017

NOVI, MI - At Monday's meeting, Novi City Council members heard from several residents in the Lakeshore Park / S. Lake Dr. area who opposed the proposed construction of a large rental hall at the park. One resident noted that the city should not be building facilities that compete with the private sector.

Council on Monday approved the transfer of a liquor license for the venerable Library Pub. The popular sports bar will be moving into the Main St. area in the space formerly occupied by Andiamo.

In other business before council on Monday:

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Approved as presented.




1. Linda Krieger – Zoning Board of Appeals




John Thomopoulos, 425 S. Lake Drive, said he lived in the first house east of Lakeshore Park. He thanked Council for showing that they were responsive to residents’ concerns. He said he watched the last meeting and heard the discussion about a large building being built with a large rentable space for weddings. He said they loved living there and were open to upgrading the facility but he didn't want it to become a huge rental facility.

Elizabeth Iszler, 621 S. Lake Drive, said some of her concerns were addressed by the Mayor. She also had concerns about the comments made at the last meeting about Lakeshore Park. They bought their home understanding the proximity to the park and she understood the need for an updated building. She said she was concerned about the size of the building. She was requesting that before moving forward with a large rental building, that the City perform its due diligence by doing a market study, traffic study, noise assessment and mitigation. She wants the City to ensure there is no negative impact on the neighbors.

Gary Zack, 359 S. Lake Drive, said he lived two houses away from Lakeshore Park. He provided several definitions of the word "park". He said as it stands, Lakeshore Park met those definitions. It was a jewel of Novi and we were lucky to have it. It was relaxing to walk in. He pointed out all of the current amenities, like the access to the beach, playground equipment, and nature trails without having to leave the city. He said there were some things he didn't like about having the park as a neighbor, and he wanted Council to be careful not to make it worse. He felt the residential bike and car traffic was overused on South Lake Drive already. He felt there was excessive noise, poor maintenance of the existing structures as well as trespassers. He said the proposed upgrades don't improve any of the features he enjoyed. The large building for large events, the retention basin, and additional pavement only increased the negative impact on neighbors. He said city government should not be building facilities that competed with the private sector.

Greg Iszler, 621 S. Lake Drive, said he had concerns about policing and liability. He wanted people to utilize the park, but there were safety concerns. He said he had witnessed many near misses at the entrance of the park. He said the bike lane on one side of the road didn’t have any biking signs to protect bikers. He said he was surprised there hadn't been more accidents there.

Maureen Zack, 359 S. Lake Drive, said she was opposed to a large building at Lakeshore Park. She thought it was a waste of taxpayer money.

Shelley Thomopoulos, 425 S. Lake Drive, said when you drive or bike to Lakeshore, you have a good view. When you park, you see mature trees and grasses. She felt the current buildings are subtle and fade into the background. It makes you feel like you are in a park oasis or even up north. Novi families can have a mini-vacation experience when they go there. With the proposed changes, you would enter a municipal parking lot with a large urban building. She said kids wouldn't be able to bike to the park due to the traffic. When the project was first described, it was an upgrade to the current camp building. She said the last citizen survey showed the highest response was regarding open spaces and trails. She asked that Council listen to the citizens.

Amarjit Chawney, 32850 Longbow Court, Beverly Hills, said he was there regarding a building that he built on Novi Road. He put a financial guarantee of $10,800 to complete the unfinished punch list items. He said there was only one item he didn’t complete from the list, which was putting the doors on the dumpster, which he said was waived by the building inspector at the time. He said he completed the work and would like the Financial Guarantee Deposit returned to him.

CONSENT AGENDA: Approved as presented.

A. Approve Minutes of: 1. January 9, 2017 – Regular meeting 2. January 14, 2017 – Special meeting

B. Approval of the transfer of a 2015 Resort Class C & SDM Liquor License with Sunday Sales Permit (PM), Dance-Entertainment Permit, Outdoor Service (2 areas), issued under MCL 436.1531 (2) from JCTD, LLC. (formerly Andiamo-The Second City) to ANBE Investments (d/b/a Library Sports Pub), with a new Sunday Sales Permit (AM), for a business to be located at 42705 Grand River Avenue, Suite 100, Novi, MI 48375.

C. Approval of Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment 18.277 to amend the City of Novi Zoning Ordinance at Section 3.1.25 Town Center District, Special Land Uses, and Article IV, Use Standards, Section 4.40 Restaurants in the Character of a Fast Food Carryout, Drive-In, Fast Food Drive-Through, or Fast Food Sit-Down, specifically for the TC and TC-1 Town Center Districts, in order to permit Drive-Through Restaurants in the TC Town Center District. Second Reading

D. Approval of Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment 18.279 to amend the City of Novi Zoning Ordinance in order to modify the TC, Town Center and TC-1, Town Center-1 Districts to better accommodate mixed-use and residential developments in the Main Street area. Second Reading

E. Acceptance of a new street in Orchard Hills North and adoption of Act 51 New Street Resolution accepting Woodglen Drive as public, adding 0.20 miles of roadway to the City's street system.

F. Approval of Traffic Control Orders 17-01 through 17-04 for No Parking signs on Woodglen Drive in the Orchard Hills North subdivision located east of Novi Road, south of Ten Mile Road.

G. Acceptance of a warranty deed from Mirage Development for the dedication of a 60 foot master planned right-of-way half width along the south side of Ten Mile Road east of Novi Road as part of the Orchard Hills North subdivision development; and approval to execute a Quit Claim Deed conveying the dedicated Ten Mile Road right-of-way to the Road Commission for Oakland County.

H. Acceptance of a boardwalk on the south side of Ten Mile Road within the Right of Way for public use and maintenance from Mirage Development for the Orchard Hills North project located south of Ten Mile Road, east of Novi Road.

I. Approval to award easement acquisition assistance services to Spalding DeDecker Associates (SDA) on an hourly basis with a not to exceed fee of $48,990 for 13 permanent drain easements and 5 temporary access easements for the Bishop Creek and Ingersol Creek Streambank Restoration project.

J. Approval of Pawnbroker License renewal requested by Joseph Haddad, owner of Gold Buy and Jewelry, 41490 Grand River Avenue.

K. Approval of Resolution to close Karim Boulevard to Grand River to 10 Mile Road from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 10 Mile Road from Karim Boulevard to Taft Road from 9:45 a.m. – noon for the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29, 2017.

L. Approval of Claims and Accounts – Warrant No. 980


1. Consideration of tentative approval of the request of Hadley’s Towing, JSP 16-33, with Zoning Map Amendment 18.715, to rezone property in Section 17, located on the south side of Grand River Avenue between Wixom Road and Beck Road from I-1, (Light Industrial) to I-2 (General Industrial) subject to a Planned Rezoning Overlay (PRO) Agreement, and corresponding PRO Concept Plan. The property totals 17.78 acres and the applicant is proposing to rezone approximately 5.6 acres of the northerly portion of the property to accommodate a vehicle towing business and outdoor storage yard. APPROVED

2. Approval of the final payment to Fiore Enterprises, LLC for the 2015 Neighborhood Road Program – Concrete Streets (Contract 3) project in the amount of $106,839.25, plus interest earned on retainage. APPROVED

3. Approval of the request of TBON, LLC for a revised Preliminary Site Plan, Wetlands Permit and Stormwater Management Plan. The request is for an expansion of the existing showplace exposition facility by adding a 172,315 square foot building addition, with associated parking lot and other site improvements for land within the OST, Planned Office Service Technology District, and in the OST, Planned Office Service Technology District with an EXO, Exposition Overlay District. The subject property is located in Section 16, north of Grand River Avenue and west of Taft Road. APPROVED

4. Appointments to Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Review

Board of Review - Brandon Stewart (Alternate), Mark Evenson Zoning Board of Appeals – Linda Krieger, Siddharth “Mav” Sanghvi, Thomas Nafso (Alternate)


Gary Zack, 359 S. Lake Drive, said he heard discussion at a previous meeting about street lighting. He said he experienced the same issue. He pointed out that when you headed westbound on Ten Mile to turn into City Hall, it was hard to see where you were turning. He thought it would be nice to have a street light there.