August 10, 2017
MeetingsMeetings
Planning Commission - Tuesday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m. - Council Chambers - City Hall

Downtown Development Authority - Tuesday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m. - Meeting Room - City Hall

Historic District Commission - Wednesday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. - Council Chambers - City Hall

Senior Advisory Commission - Thursday, Aug. 17, 1 p.m. - Community Center

Agendas and minutes are available by clicking here

ThisJustInThis Just In...
City Council recap of Aug. 7 meeting

City to continue banking services with Comerica Bank - The City's Banking services were rebid with proposals submitted by Comerica, Flagstar, Huntington and Level One. City Council approved the finance director's recommendation to continue its existing relationship with Comerica Bank for five years at an estimated annual cost of $21,710. Rebidding this service is expected to save approximately $26,000 annually.

Investing with Oakland County Local Government Investment Pool - City Council approved a recommendation by the finance director/treasurer to invest $750,000 in the Oakland County Local Government Investment Pool, primarily to diversity the investment portfolio. The City's investment policy's main objectives are safety, liquidity and return. The initial funds being invested are coming from cash reserves and will be charged a fee of .037%.

New pagers approved for Fire Department -  City Council approved the fire chief's recommendation to purchase 60 new megahertz pagers. This is an upgrade from the current hybrid system that uses VHF pagers with 800 MHz digital radios, since newer pager technology wasn't available when the radios were purchased in 2009. The VHF pagers are no longer supported by the manufacturer and have caused problems by not being able to transmit all of the calls to the on-call responders, among other issues. The cost for the 60 Unication G4 P25 voice pagers will be $37,890 including 60 charging bases and a three-year warranty at no cost due to a timely incentive.
 
There were no public comments.
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The City of Northville is inviting historic architects to submit an RFP to conduct an intensive-level survey of the City's Historic District

A historic architect is being sought to conduct an intensive-level survey to uncover new information about the historical features and architectural attributes of up to 343 houses and other buildings in the City's Historic District. It's the first study of its kind in 45 years, when a partial survey of 61 historic structures in the 144-acre district was conducted.

Funding for the survey is being arranged through a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The federal government and the City of Northville will share in the cost of the survey. The City as well as local, state and federal agencies dedicated to historic preservation will receive an extensive report with color photos detailing survey findings. The public and owners of historic properties will have access to the full report as well as survey data and summary reports in digital format on the City's website.

"The survey will be a good resource for the Historic District Commission and the property owner," said Sally Elmiger, principal of Carlisle Wortman Associates and a project manager of the historic district survey.

Photo by Liz Cezat
A home in Northville's Historic District on W. Dunlap
 

Since the HDC must approve petitions for changes to historic structures brought by the property owners, having a new comprehensive survey will provide additional historic information to help the commission better understand the building components - what must be maintained and why it is historically significant.

"For the Historic District Commission to do its job, it needs more information," Elmiger said. "The survey will provide that missing link." In addition, she noted, "The survey findings will help the owners understand what elements are important to the structure, and preserve them for the future."

To determine the significance of the architectural and historical data, applications to the HDC ask for the date of construction, architectural style, historic photos, the name of the original owner, builder developer, and the building timeline (e.g. dates and locations of additions, demolition and changes). In addition, owners must provide a detailed description of building materials that are original to the resource, and any relevant historic information, such as notable residents, recognized landmark, important site and other attributes. Several of these topics will be investigated during the intensive-level survey.

Qualified individuals interested in submitting a proposal can visit the Historic District Survey page on the City's website for more information and obtain the RFP form. The deadline for responses is Sept. 5, 2017 by 12:00 p.m.
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Parlour7 Salon to hold open house on Friday, Aug. 11

Photo by Liz Cezat

Owner Melissa Sullivan is happy to have Parlour 7 Salon open for business in a new building. 
 
Say goodbye to Salon Paris, located in a historic home at 426 S. Main for seven years. Say hello to Parlour7 Salon at its new location at 540 S. Main during its open house on Aug. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a ribbon cutting by Northville Mayor Ken Roth at 6 p.m.

Parlour7 Salon is housed in a new building that formerly was the used car portion of a Ford dealership. Decked out in industrial chic furnishings, it features a reception desk made of reclaimed wood with steel mesh insets; baby blues walls on one side
and grey brick on the opposite wall; a unique tiered, crystal pendant-style chandelier and, at each station, exposed light-bulb sconces with steel flourishes. A vast window in the front of the salon lets in plenty of light.

At the open house, there will be incentives, product samples and refreshments. Owner Melissa Sullivan welcomes those who want to see the salon and potentially become clients, as well as current clients and other guests.

The salon is at 540 S. Main, off 7 Mile
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"The salon has five stylists with at least 10 years of experience each. We accept clients of all ages. It's a family salon," she said.

The salon has a men's line of Baxter grooming products and is a Moroccan oil certified salon. The stylists attend to men's shaving needs and expertly perform a straight razor cut. Hair color for both women and men is another area of expertise. Special services include straightening hair and applying make-up. They fulfill bridal party hair and make-up requests both onsite and at outside venues, such as the bride's home or wedding site.

Sullivan is proud to conduct In-house education for her stylists with top stylists in the country.

To learn more about the salon and open house, visit: Parlour7Salon or call 248.449.6677.
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City of Northville residents invited to apply for seat on the Planning Commission

The Northville City Council is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission, with members selected by the Northville City Council. The commission has nine members that serve three-year staggered terms. It regularly meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month.  

The Planning Commission works on the development of the Master Plan and Master Plan Updates; reviews and approves site plan developments and special land use requests; and also reviews and makes recommendations to City Council on all rezoning requests as well as the Zoning Ordinance.

If you are interested in serving, are a registered voter in the City of Northville and have been a resident for at least two years, you can submit an application to the City Clerk. Applications are available on the City's website or at the City Clerk's Office, 215 W. Main Street, Northville, Michigan, 48167. Applications will be accepted until the vacancy is filled.

EventsEvents / Things to Do
Barbara Eko Murphy - RESIST
Through August 26
The Graded Wash Juried Watercolor Exhibition
Northville Art House

215 W. Cady Street

Be a pART of it! The Northville Art House is presenting The Graded Wash Juried Watercolor Exhibition, featuring 29 artists who used watercolor, gouache and other media to create 44 colorful works, including landscapes, seascapes and portraits as well as animal, plant and abstract motifs.

Join us at the Art House for the opening reception on Friday, Aug. 4, from 6-9 p.m. with an awards presentation and juror's talk at 7 p.m. to celebrate the following participating artists from Northville: Marchelle Brotz, Barbara Eko Murphy, Patrick O'Rourke, Nancy Savage, Susan Wolocko Hassenrik and Julie Woodard, along with other artists from southeast and outstate Michigan.

Juror Jill Stefani Wagner selected these remarkable works and notes, "Painting in watercolor has been one of the true loves of my life. I have worked in this medium for over 30 years and it never fails to fascinate me."

The exhibition is open during Art House hours; Tuesday-Friday, noon - 5 p.m.; and Saturday, noon -4  p.m. Closed on Sunday and Monday. Visit the Art House here.
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Photo by Liz Cezat

Calvin and Bev Roberts, of Northville, bought honey at the market, which also has fresh fish, produce, flowers and Michigan-made products and crafts
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Every Thursday through October
Farmers' Market
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Shop for fresh, locally sourced produce and top-quality cheese, fish, jam, baked goods and other edibles from farmers and merchants. There are more than 70 stalls of Michigan-made and Michigan-grown products. In addition, fine juried crafters and vendors sell garden art, soaps, jewelry, furniture, woodworking and home accessories.

Gardeners can shop for plants and flowers to get their gardens growing. Master gardeners are available to answer gardening questions until noon.  

The Farmers' Market is held at the northwest corner of 7 Mile and Sheldon Rd, with on-site parking and additional parking at Northville Downs, across from the market.

For more information, please contact the Northville Chamber of Commerce at 248-349-7640 or visit www.northville.org.
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Friday, August 11   
Friday Night Concert Series
Town Square
(Located on Main Street across from the Marquis Theatre)
7 - 9 p.m.

Gia Warner - Classic Rock
The Northville Summer Friday Night Concert Series brings the music of popular local musicians to downtown Northville's outdoor stage in Town Square every Friday night. Enjoy jazz, blues, rock 'n roll, Motown and more. Click here for a schedule of performances .
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Saturday, August 12    8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Westland Shopping Center

35000 Warren Road - enter off Nankin Blvd. from Central City Pkwy. (behind JC Penney)

Examples of Acceptable Items
Household paints, stains, dyes; floor wax, carpet cleaner; furniture polish, bathroom cleaners, stain removers, solvents; pharmaceutical waste (non-controlled substances only); nail polish, glue; fertilizer, lawn and garden chemicals, pesticides; antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline; automotive batteries and dry cell batteries, fluorescent bulbs (all types); fire extinguishers and smoke detectors; mercury thermometers, thermostats and elemental mercury.

Electronics Recycling - computer CPUs, monitors (no CRT monitors or CRT TVs accepted), printers, scanners, keyboards, mice; cell phones, fax machines, copiers and televisions.

Items Not Accepted
Commercial waste, industrial waste, radioactive material, explosives, ammunition, 55-gallon drums, shock sensitive materials, household trash, refrigerators, microwaves or other appliances, tires, yard waste and concrete. For information on how to dispose of these items, please contact the Wayne County Resource Recovery Coordinator at (734) 326-3936.

City of Northville residents who live in Oakland County can also attend this event.
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Every Sunday
Sundays at Mill Race Village - Buildings open for the season
1 - 4 p.m.


Every Sunday in the summer, the historic buildings at Mill Race Village are open to the public with docents that tell the history of the building and answer questions. Admission is free. Stroll the beautiful grounds, bring a picnic lunch and check out the General Store.
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Photo by Liz Cezat

A scene from the concert on June 20, 2017.  
Tuesday, Aug. 15
Tunes on Tuesday Children's Concert Series
Town Square (Located on Main Street across from the Marquis Theatre)
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Eugene Clark - The Amazing Clark captures each and every audience member with his quick humor and incredible stage shows featuring magical ilusions, puppertry, and escapes. Concerts are free and open to the public.
 
In the event of rain, the performance will be held at Genitti's Hole-in-the-Wall Theatre (108 East Main, Northville).

BusinessBusiness
Secretary of State MiTimeLine appointment system

Why wait in line? The Secretary of State now has a system available at several locations where residents can make an appointment or hold your place in line. Check locations online at MITimeLine to schedule an appointment and they will call or text you when your turn is coming up. For more information click MI Secretary of State

AroundTownAround Town
Parking

Did you know it is illegal to park on City Streets between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. without a permit? If you are having visitors or work done on your driveway and must park in the street overnight, call Community Dispatch at 248-349-1234 by 2:00 a.m. with the license plate number and street location of the vehicle to avoid a parking ticket.

AtHomeAt Home
Tree permits required 
 
A permit from the Building Department may be required prior to cutting down any tree in the City of Northville. Before cutting down a tree, you must first make application to the Building Department to determine if a permit is required. The City enforces this ordinance if trees are cut down without the required permit. To avoid enforcement action, please contact the City of Northville Building Department at 248 449-9902. Tree cutting is regulated by Section 90 of the City of Northville Code.
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An easy way to dispose of old medications

Do you have outdated prescription or over-the-counter medications that you want to get rid of? Don't flush these medications down the toilet - it pollutes the water supply; don't throw them away because they will end up in a landfill and may be consumed by wildlife. There is a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted medications. Bring your unwanted medication - no liquids, needles or injectable medication - to the secure drop box in the lobby at the Northville Township Police Department at 41600 Six Mile Road. There is no paperwork required and the bin can be accessed 24/7. When the drop box is full, collections are picked up for disposal by the Drug Enforcement Authority.
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Sewage backups

If you experience an overflow or backup of a sewage disposal system or storm water system and want to file a claim with the City, please check our website for details or call the Department of Public Works at 248-449-9930. 

When presenting a written claim, you will be required to provide the following items:
  1. Copies of receipts for cleaning costs, plumbing bills, or other bills.
  2. List of the damaged items and receipts to prove the ages of your items. Reimbursement for the Actual Cash Value of damaged items is the maximum amount payable.
  3. Please make an attempt to provide pictures of anything you wish to claim that was damaged due to the sewer backup.
The filing of a claim does not guarantee reimbursement.

Most homeowner's insurance will not cover sewage backups, but insurance can often be obtained as an added item. Ask your insurance provider about this option. Also, consider having a plumber install a check valve - backflow preventer - to help minimize the risk of backups and related damage.
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Get social with City Hall online

Follow our Facebook page ( Northville City Hall, Michigan) and our Twitter account @NorthvilleCity.

You will be able to see stories, photos and videos of the City's people, places and events. We'll let you know about City services, such as trash pick up, payment of taxes and utility bills, and roads under construction. Plus, we want to hear from you. Share your photos and comments; ask questions. If you "like" the Northville Facebook page, you'll see our posts in your news feed.
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If you have comments or requests for specific news items, please e-mail Liz Cezat, Communications Manager, at lcezat@ci.northville.mi.us.
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