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Agenda - Monday, March 22, 2021


Reason for allowing participation by electronic means:

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the public health, and provide essential protections to vulnerable citizens, in-person contact should be limited. Critical mitigation measures include social distancing and limiting the number of people interacting at public gatherings.” This includes public meetings.

Procedure for public participation by electronic means:

In order for the City to allow electronic participation in the meeting, there must be full opportunity for both the general public and the members of the public body to both hear and be heard at appropriate times during the meeting.

The City will be utilizing the video/audio conferencing platform ZOOM. Members of the public body will be able to hear and speak to each other for the entire meeting. Except for any closed session portions of the meeting, members of the public will be able to hear (and possibly see) members of the public body during the meeting but will only be able to speak during a public comment period.

In order to connect to the meeting through ZOOM a member of the public needs to do the following:

Members of the public participating in the public comment via ZOOM will wait in a virtual queue until called during the public comment period. Because of limitations on un-muting and re-muting members of the public, there will be only one public comment period as shown on the agenda, unless there is a public hearing item, in which case the following procedures will apply to that portion of the meeting as well.

When public comment is permitted, members of the public will be called one at a time, as would happen during an in-person meeting. The Supervisor will determine the order of public speakers. If you want to speak, you must use the "Raise Hand" feature in order for the Supervisor to know you need to be unmuted. When you are unmuted, you will have no more than three (3) minutes to share your comments to the public body. At the conclusion of your comments or your three (3) minutes, you will be re-muted and then removed from the queue.

Participants may also choose to submit comments that can be read into the record or shared with the other members of the Board. Comments can be submitted via an electronic form on Comments shall be done prior to 7 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Forms can be found at:

Procedures by which persons may contact members of the public body prior to a meeting.

Novi government e-mail addresses of the members of all public bodies utilizing this means of meeting are available on the City’s website at:

Procedures for participation by persons with disabilities.

The City will be following its normal procedures for accommodation of persons with disabilities. Those individuals needing accommodations for effective participation in this meeting should contact the City Clerk (248) 347-0456 at least two working days in advance of the meeting. An attempt will be made to make reasonable accommodations.

Regular City Council Meeting
 March 22, 2021 | 7:00 PM
Remote Meeting |(248) 347-0460


If you wish to view the meeting, you can watch it live on, Spectrum or AT&T

If you wish to comment during the Audience Comment portion of the meeting:


–  Pursuant to the State of Michigan Open Meetings Act, all members shall identify their physical location by stating the county, city, and state from which he or she is attending the meeting remotely.
Mayor Gatt, Mayor Pro Tem Staudt, Council Members  Casey, Crawford, Fischer, Maday, Mutch




1.  National Community Survey Presentation
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1.  Manager/Staff
2.  Attorney

CONSENT AGENDA REMOVALS AND APPROVALS – All items listed under Consent Agenda are considered routine by the City Council and will be enacted by one motion.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Council Member so requests, in which event the item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered at the end of the normal Agenda.  

1.  Appointments to Boards and Commissions
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2.  Consideration of approval to award the construction contract to Merlo Construction, the low bidder, for the Segment 51 Ten Mile Road Sidewalk (North Side, Dinser Drive to Woodham Road) project, in the amount of $182,277.
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3.  Consideration of approval to purchase one (1) backhoe loader Michigan CAT, through a MiDeal cooperative purchasing contract in the amount of $130,192.21.
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4.  Consideration of Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment 18.295 to include an option for stand-alone, multiple-family residential use in the PD-2, Planned Development Option, subject to conditions. SECOND READING
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5.  Consideration of a resolution to create a Municipal Broadband Committee.
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6.  Consideration of a resolution to support a grant application by the City of Novi to the United States Department of Transportation, Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development or BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program for funding of the multi-jurisdictional Beck Road Business Corridor Improvement project.
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7. Consideration to approve Resolution Declaring and Affirming a Local State of Emergency for The Purpose of Permitting the City Council and Other Public Bodies of the City to Meet by Electronic and Telephonic Means.
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CONSENT AGENDA REMOVALS FOR COUNCIL ACTION – Consent Agenda items which have been removed for discussion and/or action.

AUDIENCE COMMENT – In order to hear all citizen comments at a reasonable hour, the City Council requests that speakers respect the three-minute time limit. This is not a question-answer session. However, it is an opportunity to voice your thoughts with City Council. Speakers wishing to display visual materials through the City’s audiovisual system must provide the materials to the City Clerk’s Office no later than 12:00 P.M. the day of the meeting. The materials cannot be changed before the meeting.




– Background information for Consent Agenda items is available for review at the City Clerk’s Office.
A.  Approve Minutes of:
      1. March 8, 2021 - Regular Meeting
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B.  Enter executive session immediately following the regular meeting of March 22, 2021 for the purpose of discussing property acquisition and labor negotiations.
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C.  Approval of the Automatic Mutual Aid Fire Department Agreement between the City of Novi and Salem Township.
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D.  Acceptance of a sidewalk easement from Ellias and Rebecca Saad for construction of a sidewalk along the north side of Ten Mile Road between Dinser Drive and Woodham Road (parcel 50-22-20-376-005) in the amount of $10,300.00.
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E.  Acceptance of a Warranty Deed to dedicate 60 feet of half-width right-of-way along the south side of Ten Mile Road as part of the Valencia Estates South residential development (parcel 50-22-29-226-004).
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F.  Approval of a Street Light Purchase Agreement with Detroit Edison Company for the installation and ongoing operating cost of one (1) standard street light at the entrance of Woodbridge Park Condominiums, and approval of an agreement with Pulte Homes of Michigan, LLC for the sharing of installation and ongoing operation costs per the City’s Street Lighting Policy.
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G.  Approval of the request from the developer of Taft Knolls Phase III, Trowbridge Homes, for a variance from the Design and Construction Standard outlined in Section 11-194 (a)(7) of the Code of Ordinances.
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H.  Approval of request by Trowbridge Land Holdings for Taft Knolls Phase III, for termination of the recorded Conservation Easement over the subject property, and Acceptance of a new Conservation Easement in order to allow the buildable portion of the property to be developed with 13 single family homes in accordance with JSP19-34 and the existing R-4 zoning for property located at 25150 Taft Road, south of Eleven Mile Road and east of Taft Road.
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I.  Approval of Traffic Control Order 21-01 and 21-02 related to a No Parking Zone located on the east side of Austin Drive between Shawood Drive and Charlotte Street.
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J.  Approval of claims and warrants – Warrant No. 1080.
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SCHEDULED MEETINGS –  For a complete listing of scheduled meetings, please visit the Event Calendar at

NOTICE:  People with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in this meeting should contact the City Clerk (248) 347-0456 at least two working days in advance of the meeting.  An attempt will be made to make reasonable accommodations.