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Summary of Monday's Novi City Council meeting
March 28, 2017

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Approved with the addition of Mayor & Council Issues: Meadowbrook Commons.


1. Special Assessment District 179 for streets within Vistas of Novi Planned Unit Development

Ron Reynolds, the attorney representing Tollgate Woods I & II HOA, was present to object to the SAD.

Joseph Samona, 41542 Burroughs Avenue in Tollgate Woods I was present to object to the SAD.

Tim Kotlarek, 41481 Twain Place in Tollgate Ravines was present to object to the SAD.

2. Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant for land acquisition application

No public comment


1. National Emergency Telecommunicator’s Week – April 9-15, 2017 – Alan Patterson, Communications Manager




Joseph Samona, 41542 Burroughs Avenue, said Novi has a stringent sign ordinance. He wants the City to hold a meeting to provide information to business owners and residents to help residents understand the sign ordinance and help the City succeed.

CONSENT AGENDA: Items E and O were removed and later approved. All others approved as presented.

A. Approve Minutes of: 1. March 13, 2017 – Regular meeting

B. Approval of the final payment to L.J. Construction, Inc., for the ITC Pathway – Phase 1A project in the amount of $45,046.97, plus interest earned on retainage.

C. Approval of Ordinance Review Committee recommendation resolution to eliminate fees charges for yearly re-inspections of Outdoor Seating installations and assignment of addresses.

D. Approval of Resolution Authorizing “2017 Stars and Stripes Festival” to occur on the Suburban Collection Showplace property at 46100 Grand River Avenue including adjacent temporary supporting uses.

E. Approval of the Beautification Commission’s recommendation on the Neighborhood Entryway Enhancement Matching Grant Program to award the requested grant amount for the following neighborhoods upon successful completion of the entryway work depicted in the applications: Briarwood ($5,000.00), Camden Court ($5,000.00), Meadowbrook Glens ($1,400.00), Meadowbrook Lake ($ 5,000.00), Oakridge Place ($1,684.50), Roma Ridge ($2,250.00), and Yerkes Manor ($ 5,000.00).

F. Approval to award an amendment to the engineering services agreement with Spalding DeDecker for design engineering services associated with the 2017 Neighborhood Road Program (NRP) in the amount of $89,195.02.

G. Approval to award the Barracuda Backup Appliance and associated Cloud Storage Project to CDW-G in the amount of $43,443.14 using a competitively bid contract through the State of Michigan MiDEALS extended purchasing program.

H. Approval to procure a Husqvarna, Model FS 5000 D – 30 ET, Concrete Cutting Saw and factory installed 5th wheel kit, from Cougar Sales and Rental, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $25,574.95.

I. Acceptance of two warranty deeds from the owners of parcels 22-10-400-070 and 22-10-400-072 for the dedication of a 43-foot master planned right-of-way half width along the east side of Dixon Road and north of Twelve Mile Road as part of the Dixon Meadows project.

J. Correcting the name of the previously accepted Academy Lane to Everbrook Lane, and corresponding Act 51 New Street Resolution accepting it as public.

K. Approval of renumbering existing Traffic Control Orders 16-32 through 16-50 adopted between October 10, 2016 and December 19, 2016 to 16-55 through 16-73; and correcting the street name on the existing Traffic Control Order 17-14 adopted on March 13, 2017 from Academy Lane to Everbrook Lane.

L. Acceptance of a Quit Claim Deed from Secure Development Properties, LLC for the conveyance of remaining interest in the 50 foot half width right-of-way, if any, along the south side of Grand River Avenue west of Taft Road as part of the Paradise Park commercial development; and approval to execute a Quit Claim Deed conveying said right-of-way to the Road Commission for Oakland County.

M. Approval of a Storm Drainage Facility Maintenance Easement Agreement from Mirage Development, LLC for the Montebello Estates development located north of Nine Mile Road and west of Novi Road (parcel 22-27-453-035).

N. Consideration of a request from Robert D’Angelo for a variance from Section 11-256(f) of the Design and Construction Standards and Chapter 7 of the Engineering Design Manual to install stamped concrete sidewalk along the street frontage of a home at 21213 Equestrian Trail (parcel 22-32-401-079).

O. Approval of Resolution No. 3 for Special Assessment District No. 179 (Holmes Road, Hemingway Drive, and Brownstone Drive within the Vistas of Novi Planned Unit Development) approving the preliminary plans and cost estimate, designating the special assessment district and directing the City Assessor to prepare a proposed special assessment roll.

P. Approval of Claims and Accounts – Warrant No. 984


1. Approval of Resolution to establish an Industrial Development District for Madias Brothers Inc. on Twelve Mile Road east of Taft Road. APPROVED

2. Approval of Resolution authorizing application from A 123 Systems LLC. for an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption Certificate for an approximately 88,580 square foot New Facility to be located on Twelve Mile Road east of Taft Road, and related Agreement concerning Industrial Facilities Tax Abatement. APPROVED

3. Approval of Resolution authorizing submission of a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant (MNRTF) grant application for land acquisition of 20.31 acres of property parcel 50-22-31-200-021 located on Nine Mile Road, west of Garfield Road. Total estimated purchase cost, including grant, is $490,000, with the 25 percent City match of $122,500. APPROVED

4. Consideration of adoption of Ordinance No. 17-188, an ordinance to amend the City of Novi Code of Ordinances, at Chapter 28, “Signs,” in order to comprehensively revise regulations relating to purpose and intent; permitting process; permanent and temporary signs; off-premises signs; definitions; appeals; and other provisions of the ordinance. Second Reading APPROVED

5. Approval of Ordinance Review Committee recommendation to adopt Ordinance No. 17-107.04, amending Chapter 18, “Housing,” Article III “Disclosure Requirements for Sale of New Single-Family Residences,” of the City of Novi Code, in order to repeal the regulations and provisions. First Reading APPROVED

6. Approval of Ordinance Review Committee recommendation to adopt Ordinance No. 17-119.3, amending Chapter 12, “Drainage and Flood Damage Protection,” Article VII “Fertilizer Application,” of the City of Novi Code, in order to delete the requirements of Section 12-274, “Rates and Application Schedule; Prohibitions” relating to required mailings, delete Section 12-276, “Registration Requirement and Procedure,” and renumber the remaining provisions accordingly. First Reading APPROVED

7. Approval of Ordinance Review Committee recommendation to adopt Ordinance No. 17-189, amending Chapter 7, “Building and Building Regulations,” Article VI, “Business of Renting Buildings,” of the City of Novi Code, in order to repeal the regulations and provisions. First Reading APPROVED

8. Approval of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) request for a Variance of the City’s Noise Ordinance for the proposed reconstruction of 10 Mile Road from Copperwood Drive (Lyon Township) to Nepavine Drive and the construction of a modern roundabout at the intersection of Napier Road and Ten Mile Road. This project also includes the paving of the existing gravel road along Napier Road from 9 Mile Road to 10 Mile Road. APPROVED

9. Consideration to approve Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Future Realignment of Taft Road (Commerce Park Development) relating to property on the south side of Twelve Mile and west side of Taft Road. APPROVED

10. Approval to award a unit price contract for landscaping services on city-owned properties to KBK Landscaping Inc., the lowest qualified bidder, for a one year term with three one year renewal options with a total estimated cost of $119,706. APPROVED


Frank Ellias, 29353 Whistler, asked why they removed Item E from the agenda.



Mayor Gatt added the topic of Meadowbrook Commons. He said during the recent power outage, he was surprised to learn they did not have a generator. He requested that administration look into the cost of a new generator for Meadowbrook Commons.