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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NOVI
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2000 AT 7:OO PM
NOVI CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS 45175 W. TEN MILE ROAD
Mayor Clark called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL: Mayor Clark, Mayor ProTem Lorenzo, Council Members Bononi, Crawford, Csordas, DeRoche and Kramer.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
CM-00-11-361 Moved by Crawford, seconded by Lorenzo; CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY: To approve the agenda as presented.
Vote on CM-00-11-361 Yeas: Clark, Lorenzo, Bononi, Crawford, Csordas,
Patrick Brunett, President of Novi Library Board commended Council for engaging in this goal setting and prioritizing session. He noted it would be helpful in establishing the annual budget and would provide the citizens of Novi with a comprehensive picture of the direction in which the Council was moving the City. Last spring, he had requested Council to authorize the Library to place a library millage on the August 2000 ballot to be used to construct and operate a new library. The Council requested the Board postpone the millage request until after the road bond issue was presented to the voters. Also, that the Board participate with the City and the school district in a task force which would look at the land use needs of the schools and the library on the Civic Center Complex. In return, Council would support a library millage election in August 2001. The Task Force had completed its work and soon Council would be receiving its recommendations that support the librarys plans. Mr. Brunett urged Council to mention the Librarys plans and timetable somewhere in the goal document. This would insure that the public received the comprehensive picture of the planned public capital improvements in the City.
Donald Ingmire spoke to the Council about addressing code violations and working to accomplish an educational program for homeowners with regard to wetlands and woodlands. Mr. Ingmire wants to educate homeowner associations with regard to compliance. He was concerned with drainage problems that caused flooding and noted that this action item from Council was over a year old. Mr. Ingmire felt too much was spent on new growth in the community and the old homeowners associations that are 15-20 years old are not getting any attention. He felt better enforcement of the woodlands review board was necessary.
PURPOSE OF SPECIAL MEETING Goal Setting Session
City Manager Helwig reported it was his goal to allocate resources for where the City would go. This meeting was to set goals for what was to be achieved and how to do it. He spoke about focusing on short term and long-term goals. Short-term goals are those to be accomplished in less than 18 months and long-term goals were to be accomplished in more than 18 months. He said with 32 square miles and a finite
amount of land, it was important to plan the best use. Council would vote on Saturday, November 18th on what the final determination of what was to be accomplished and vision and values would be the main focus. He asked what ground rules or values Council would like to follow?
Member De Roche noted there was only 5 hours to accomplish this and felt they should state what was on their minds and move on. Member Csordas thought there should be respect for each others comments and recommendations. Mayor Clark emphasized listening to each others positions with an open mind. Mayor Pro Tem Lorenzo felt it was important to be honest and true to themselves. Member Crawford requested they remember they would be brainstorming and there were no bad ideas. Member Kramer said it was a consensus building effort to find common goals not to win or lose. Member Bononi suggested they recall the interests of those who enabled them to be here.
Member Bononi questioned if there was a set amount of goals. It was discussed that there would be a wide range of goals and for now there would not be a limit. Bottom line was what they want to accomplish for the community.
ST = SHORT TERM GOALS
LT = LONG TERM GOALS
ST Member Kramer implement road bond intersection improvements ASAP
LT - Address issues raised during proposed fire department millage.
ST Member Bononi adopt overlay zoning enabling attaching special conditions for a
LT enter 12 step program to break urban sprawl addiction
ST Member DeRoche adopt political priority and ongoing list for local street
LT work with administration to formalize policies as to expectations for job duties.
Evaluate council/administration relationship (duties, responsibilities)
ST Member Csordas establish the fund to maintain and improve city streets to
eliminate the need for future road bonds.
LT review police and fire staffing requirements, specific positions within police
Department, traffic enforcement and school liaison officer.
ST Mayor Clark Development of vehicle to pave Delmont/Dinser
LT complete all improvements in city parks
ST Mayor Pro Tem Lorenzo - achieve less dependence on outside consultants
LT continue to improve all levels of communication and better understanding of chain
ST Member Crawford- emergency medical response analysis
LT improve and upgrade Beck Road from 8 Mile to Grand River
ST Member Kramer -pursue capture of all possible grant funding opportunities
LT focus on improved service to Novi citizens to help solve their problems
ST Member Bononi establish an electronic scorecard with regard to planning and
LT determine, need, cost and benefit of constructed regional storm water basins and
maintenance of same.
ST Member DeRoche revisit the street trees and tree ordinance in the City
LT Bury as many power lines as possible.
ST Member Csordas complete the agreement with Sprint for tower at Ice Arena
LT review and plan for all city owned land uses
ST Mayor Clark library needs
LT substantially reduce ice arena debt
ST Mayor Pro Tem Lorenzo prioritize resources according to needs vs. wants
LT achieve consistent and improved public safety levels of service in accordance with
ST Member Crawford police liaison officer
LT emergency warning system at intersections with police and fire vehicles
ST meet with all boards and commissions at least once each year, planning twice,
and assist EDC with mission and charter
LT maximum extent feasible resolve differences through discussion, negotiation,
ST Member Bononi provide cable modem service to the community
LT formulate plan to retain existing businesses
ST Member DeRoche look into city software vendors specific to fire management,
Oakland County system(significantly less expensive)
LT revisit the roles of boards and commissions (interviewing, size, terms)
ST Member Csordas regarding sidewalk on south side of Ten Mile, West of Novi,
continuation of sidewalk over the wetlands with boardwalk.
LT develop a Grand River streetscape plan to address landscape and lighting. Look
and feel from Novi Road west in conjunction with road work in progress
ST Mayor Clark financial guarantees for unfinished site work
LT investigate transportation possibilities between major commercial and
entertainment centers in the city
ST Mayor ProTem Lorenzo consistent compliance with ordinances
LT achieve cable provider competition
ST Member Crawford review political sign ordinance
LT Member Kramer identify low cost, cooperative opportunities to develop
community character, quality of life and identity
ST develop a plan for extended hours of service to citizens
ST Member Bononi request City Manager to become diplomat with bordering cities
to share regarding infrastructure improvements that would benefit both, any or all.
LT establish environmental management system by using the ISO 14000s
ST Member DeRoche establish a Sunday concert in the park series
LT establish a plan/incentive to pave the remainders of dirt roads
ST Member Csordas contact owners of property on NW corner of Grand River/Novi
and clean, upgrade or else
LT discuss establishment of entertainment zone
ST Mayor Clark city entranceway signs
ST Mayor Clark South Lake Drive traffic reduction and improve quality of life
ST Mayor Pro Tem Lorenzo budget for environmental commitments and mandates
LT equip all public buildings with defibrillators and train staff.
LT Member Kramer continue to look for opportunities to expand non motorized
paths linking non-residential areas to facilities
ST improve track record of completing projects on timely basis and instill sense of
ST Member Bononi - Adopt an architectural ordinance, appoint a review board with
recommendation to Planning Commission and City Council.
LT acquire State of Michigan historic certification for Fuerst Farm and possible federal
ST Member DeRoche Review how large projects to department heads are
ST Member Csordas - Establish time line for road bond projects and matching funds
and cooperate with Expo Center to obtain matching funds for Grand River
ST Mayor Clark explore possibility of reassignment of responsibility for CDBG funds
ST Mayor Pro Tem Lorenzo utilize CDBG funds to improve infrastructure in the
target area (payment for personnel services to be derived from City budget)
ST Member Crawford continue to upgrade audio/video capabilities of Council
Chambers and control room
ST Member Kramer resolve northwest ring road segment property acquisition and
State funding to complete the project and improve response to the needs of
businesses on their timetable "move at the speed of business" with no
reduction of city requirements or quality
ST Member Bononi - Increase compliance of erosion and sedimentation ordinance at
LT establish a City of Novi land conservancy
LT Member Csordas Main Street consider 2nd and 3rd story as residential
development as opposed to commercial development
ST Planning Commission appointments completed and communication to applicants
ST Mayor Pro Tem Lorenzo replace older tornado sirens with newer models with
battery back-up power
ST Kramer explore means for enhanced volunteer recruitment program for fire
Department and for communication, utilize department reports for regular updates
by department heads on a rotating basis
ST Member Bononi determine how pre-development proposal conferences could
result in higher quality project and fewer referrals to the ZBA
LT establish a citizens opinion program on cable TV to widen the narrowing point of
view in programming
LT Member Csordas review of thoroughfare Master Plan and non-public-safety
staffing requirements for city staff
ST consultant czar and open and operate fire station #4 in 4th quarter 2001
LT Member Kramer - Develop and expand proposal for city support team re: contract
administration strengthen our capacity to administer contracts
ST Implement periodic residential newsletter, integrate kiosk with web site material,
add building site service locator
ST Member Bononi - Require maintenance of storm water systems to be timely per
LT determine the physical character of what we want the city of Novi to look like
ST Member DeRoche Council/Consultant relationship (more structured/formal
ST Mayor Pro Tem Lorenzo improve landscaping and maintenance of public
LT Member Bononi evaluate performance and justify cost of supporting SWOCC,
establish a commitment to land use sustainability and seek independent
professional critique of master plan for development
Mike Evans spoke about the fire service delivery to the citizens. He said 43% of voters stated they want Advanced Life Support and were willing to pay for this service. He requested Council to add long response times and unavailability of staff as short-term goals.
Meeting adjourned at 9:02 p.m.
Richard J. Clark, Mayor Maryanne Cornelius, City Clerk
Transcribed by: ____________________
Charlene Mc Lean
Date approved: November 27, 2000