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Boards and Commissions

The following information provides an overview of the various boards, commissions and committees that exist within the City of Novi.  These bodies provide an opportunity for citizens to participate in their local government and at the same time help to insure that the Novi City Council receives a broad spectrum of public input.  Citizen involvement in local affairs is essential in keeping the city responsive to the needs of its citizens.

Anyone interested in applying for membership to Novi's boards, commissions or committees should complete an application and return it to the City Clerk's office.  The application is then forwarded to City Council for their review and eventual appointment decision. 

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Beautification Commission

Board of Review

Building Authority

Construction Board of Appeals

Economic Development Corporation

Election Commission

Historical Commission
Housing and Community Development Committee

Library Board

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Commission

Planning Commission

Youth Council

Zoning Board of Appeals

  

Beautification CommissionTop of Page

Term

Three years

Meetings

Second Monday of each month at 5:00pm

Where

Novi Civic Center

Duration

Meetings run approximately one hour, depending on agenda.

Current Membership

Colleen Crossey
Cindy Haley
Cindy Lang
Amanda Laverly
Ratna Rao
Jennifer Ryan
Celia Todd
Carolyn Upton
Lindsay Wyskowski

Staff Liaison

Wendy DuVall

The Beautification Commission consists of nine members.  The commission helps to evaluate the entries for the city’s Neighborhood Entryway Enhancement Matching Grant Program by a predetermined set of guidelines.  The commission helped with the inception, design and coordination of the “Beautiful Half Mile” which features various plantings in front of the Novi Civic Center and Police Station, and extends west on Ten Mile Road.  The commission also created and maintains the Fuerst Park Monarch Waystation and is involved in various beautification projects and public events.
Rain Garden

 An Informative Guide to Rain Gardens

What is a Rain Garden?  It is a garden constructed to direct rain runoff from hard surfaces such as roofs, driveways and lawns .In a unique partnership, Michigan State University Tollgate Extension Center and the City of Novi created a Demonstration Rain Garden.  The purpose of the Demonstration Rain Garden is to set an example for other businesses, homeowners and communities who may be interested in creating on of their own.  Novi's Demonstration Rain Garden was awarded the Michigan Plaque by Keep Michigan Beautiful as a leader in beautifying Michigan.

Board of ReviewTop of Page

Term

Three years

Meetings

Second week in March for three to five days

Where

Novi Civic Center

Duration

Meetings run from 9:00am to 6:00pm daily, depending on the agenda.  This is the only board that is compensated.  One of the sessions will meet from 1:00pm to 9:00pm. The Board will also meet for one morning in July and December for corrections to the assessment roll.

Current Membership

Kevin Cassady
Mark Evenson
Peter J. Winter

Alternates

Brandon Stewart

Staff Liaison

Micheal Lohmeier, City Assessor

The Board of Review is comprised of three to six members and one to three alternates appointed by the City Council.  The Board of Review is created by the state statutes that govern assessment appeals, and Section 9.6 of the Novi City Charter.  The Board reviews property assessments as set by the City Assessor and hears appeals by individual property owners; then reduces, adds to or denies said appeal.  A certification of the assessment role is required by the Board of Review per the state statute.

Building Authority Top of Page

Term

Three years (residents)
Two years (City staff)

Meetings

Scheduled by the chairperson

Where

Novi Civic Center

Duration

Meetings run approximately two hours, depending on agenda.

Current Membership

Larry Czekaj, Chair
Peter E. Auger, City Manager
Charles Boulard, Community Development Director
Carl Johnson, Finance Director
Ramesh Verma
The Building Authority is a Commission that oversees the issuance of financing bonds for special projects within the City of Novi. The most recent project is the newly constructed Novi Public Library, which successfully opened in June 2010.

Comprised of five members, two (residents) have three year terms, three (City staff) have two year terms.

 

 

Construction Board of AppealsTop of Page

Term

Four years

Meetings

On call, scheduled by the chairperson on as needed basis

Where

Novi Civic Center

Duration

Meetings run approximately one hour, depending on agenda.

Current Membership

Jeffrey Bowdell
David M. Byrwa
John E. Enkemann
Lee Mamola
David Stec

Alternate

Kamran Qadeer

Staff Liaison

Charles Boulard

The Construction Board of Appeals consists of five members and one alternate appointed by City Council.  Board members must have expertise in a building trade or profession. The board exists as a “fact finding” body for builders and developers.  Appeals are usually heard by the board within fifteen days from the date of the actual appeal.  The appeals process is for questions of interpretation, proper application and equivalency only.  If the board has cause to avoid the strict application of a particular section of the codes, they may grant a waiver of specific code requirements.

 

Economic Development CorporationTop of Page

Term

Five years

Meetings

Meets annually as required

Where

Novi Civic Center

Current Membership

Fred Ciampa
Cynthia Grubbs
Todd Kuzma
Jerrod Hart
Peter E Auger
Rob Petty
Eleanor Rzepecki
Michael Watza
Vacancy

Staff Liaison

Victor Cardenas

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) consists of  nine members. The EDC is a resource for reviewing requests for Industrial Revenue Bonds and for other economic development initiatives, as needed.

Currently there is one opening for EDC members.

Election CommissionTop of Page

Term

Three years

Meetings

Scheduled by the chairperson

Where

Novi Civic Center

Duration

Meetings run approximately an hour, depending on agenda.

Current Membership

Pamela Superfisky
Bob Copes

Staff Liaison

Cortney Hanson, City Clerk

The Election Commission consists of the City Clerk and two members appointed by City Council.  The Commission has the duties and powers conferred on City Election Commissioners by statute.  The City Clerk is the chairman of the Commission.  The Election Commission shall, before each election, appoint for each precinct of the city a Board of Inspectors.  The Board of Inspectors consists of not less than three qualified electors.  

 

Historical CommissionTop of Page

Term

Three years

Meetings

Fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm

Where

Novi Library

Duration

Meetings run approximately two hours, depending on agenda.

Current Membership

Tom Alexandris
Kathy Crawford
Tammy-Lee Knopp
John MacInnis
Rachel Manela
Kim Nice
Dhara Sanghavi

Staff Liaison

Julie Farkas, Library Director
Betty Lang, Librarian

The Historical Commission is comprised of five voting members, of which one member is nominated by the Novi Historical Society.  In addition, there are three non-voting liaison members representing the City of Novi, Novi Public Library and Novi Public School District.  In cooperation with the Historical Society and the Novi Public Library, the Historical Commission is responsible for Old Township Hall (which serves as a museum), and for the collection, preservation and marking of historical sites. 

Housing and Community Development Advisory CommitteeTop of Page

Term

Three years

Meetings

Scheduled by the chairperson

Where

Novi Civic Center

Duration

Meetings run approximately two hours, depending on agenda.

Current Membership

Katherine Dooley
William J. Lawler
Dan Magee
Keith Mixer
Chester Roaden

Staff Liaison

 

The City of Novi receives Federal funding called Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG) on an annual basis.  The Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee (HCD) was formulated for the purpose of reviewing community development needs in regards to these CDBG funds. The committee works in conjunction with City administration to develop annual CDBG goals for the City of Novi.  These goals are then used to determine a funding recommendation that is proposed to the citizens of Novi through a public hearing process.  The Novi City Council authorizes the final recommendation that is submitted in an annual application. This committee is comprised of six members (5 residents and 1 Administrative).

Library BoardTop of Page

Term

Three years

Meetings

Fourth Thursday at 7:00pm

Where

Novi Civic Center

Duration

Meetings run approximately two hours

Current Membership

Melissa Agosta
William Lawler
Craig Messerknecht
Datara Michener
Doreen Poupard
Ramesh Verma
Geoffrey Wood

Student Representatives - Two Year Terms

Raveena Joshi
Lahari Vavilala

Staff Liaison

Julie Farkas, Library Director

The seven member Library Board serves as the governing body of the Library.  The board approves payment of bills, acts upon recommendations of the Library Administrator and handles various other business matters.  Committees of the board include: finance, which prepares the annual budget and oversees funds; policy, which sets the basic framework for library operations; and the planning process committee which focuses on future development.

Library Board Agendas/Mintues.

 

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services CommissionTop of Page

Term

Three years

Meetings

Held the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm

Where

Novi Civic Center

Duration

Meetings run approximately 1.5 hours, depending on agenda.

Current Membership

Douglas Bauss
Jay Dooley
Gerald Jewell
Scott Pratt
Charles A. Staab
Shelley Thomopoulos
Hideki "Harry" Torimoto

Student Representatives - Two Year Terms

Jooho Lee
Sanidhya Singh

Staff Liaison

Jeff Muck

Comprised of seven members appointed by the City Council, the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Commission sets policy for and makes recommendations to the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department.  The Commissioners work together with professional staff in the areas of programming, budget, facilities, planning and public relations.  The Commission has the responsibility of meeting community recreational objectives, and reflecting community needs to the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department and City Council.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Commission Agendas/Minutes.

Planning CommissionTop of Page

Term

Three years

Meetings

Second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm

Where

Novi Civic Center

Duration

Meetings run approximately two hours, depending on agenda.

Current Membership

Tony Anthony
John Avdoulos
Robert J. Giacopetti
David Greco
Michael J. Lynch
Mark Pehrson
Ted Zuchlewski

Staff Liaison

Barbara McBeth

The Planning Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council.  It is the function and duty of the Planning Commission to prepare a Master Plan For Land Use and to advise the City Council in regard to the proper development of the City of Novi.  The Planning Commission reviews and recommends to City Council all requests for change in zoning and ordinance text amendments.  The commission also reviews and approves industrial, commercial and residential development site plans within the City.

Planning Commission Agendas/Minutes.

 Planning Commission Annual Report for 2012

 

Youth CouncilTop of Page

Term

Two years

Current Membership

Shiven Acharya
Ajay Arora
Kashika Chhabra
Aakash Jajoo
Ashley Jamison
Claire Lee
Konnie Lin
Andrew Lu
Saahith Mummadi
Savanna Parnell
Sharadha Reddy
Maithelee Sathe
Sarav Singh
Toya Smith-Baker
Neha Subrahmanyam
Prianka Swaminathan
Ronit Tiwary
Sriva Vallapareddy
Vikram Vallapareddy
Aubrey Widner
Alice Ying

Staff Liaison

Wendy DuVall

Youth Council is comprised of 19 members, 2 alternates, entering freshman and older.

Click here for more information on Youth Council.

 

 

Zoning Board of AppealsTop of Page

Term

Three years for six regular members
One year for Council-appointed member of the Planning Commission to the ZBA

Meetings

Second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm

Where

Novi Civic Center

Duration

Meetings run approximately three hours, depending on agenda.

Current Membership

Cynthia Gronachan
David M. Byrwa
Jonathan Montville
Linda Krieger
Siddharth Mav Sanghvi
Brent Ferrell
Joe Peddiboyina

Alternate

Thomas Nafso

Staff Liaison

Larry Butler

The Zoning Board of Appeals is comprised of seven members and one alternate appointed by City Council.  One of the seven members of the Zoning Board of Appeals shall be a member of the Planning Commission. The board authorizes use in a zoning district in which it is not otherwise permitted, provided it is clearly shown that the land cannot be utilized for a zoned use.  The board is empowered to act on matters where these zoning ordinance provides for administrative review, interpretation, exception or special approval permit, and to author a variance as defined in section 3104 of the Zoning Ordinance and Laws of the State of Michigan.

Zoning Board of Appeals Agendas/Minutes.