April 26, 2021 – City Council Meeting

General Meeting

City Clerk Susan Nash reminded everyone about next Tuesday’s special election for the Livonia Schools Millage. The Clerk’s office will be open on Saturday from 8am to 4pm and you have until Monday at 4pm to request your absentee ballot. If you have one, you can deposit it in the ballot box outside of City Hall. You can vote in-person on Tuesday, May 4th from 7am to 8pm. If you have questions call the Clerk’s office at (734) 466-2121.

Contract/Bid approvals: Council approved the bid (by a vote of 4 to 2) for the preferred printing company of the Mayor’s Communication Department + Parks & Rec Department for the new Love Livonia magazine. This was not the lowest bid but, as Councilwoman Laura Toy pointed out, the lowest bid is not always the best bid and it’s important to consider all factors and trust the recommendation of staff. Spending was also approved for water main/sewage improvements.

Two issues related to dogs remain pending: a leash law in Livonia and an ordinance that stipulates pets must be brought inside during inclement weather.

Development News: Infinity & Co received approval to develop a 30+ housing development called Emerson Oaks on West Chicago + Harrison. This development includes parking lot expansion and exterior improvement at Clement Circle Pool. The exterior of the commercial property on 33527, 33529 and 33535 Seven Mile Road (by Farmington) is getting a makeover.

Undisclosed settlement amounts were approved for 2 cases:  

  • Dwayne Love v City of Livonia, WCCC Case No. 19-013049-NI
  • Susan O’Donohue Williams v City of Livonia, WCCC Case No. 19-013904-NI

The Study Meeting session previews what you can expect to hear more about in future Regular Meetings. 

Stephanie Roehl Blatt will be reappointed to the Plymouth Road Development Authority.

Exciting news! Bicentennial Park is getting a new universal playground and Clement Circle is getting new pool furniture. Moving forward with Livonia Vision 21, the Parks & Recreation Department is going through a rebrand.

Fun Fact: Park’s Director Ted Davis shared that the City looks to replace equipment at 1 to 2 parks a year and spends $125k – 200k a year on these projects.

Other topics were purchasing requests from the Department of Public Works, contract extension for water treatment and proposed storage company Space Shop Self Storage at 31100 Plymouth Road by Merriman. Space Shop would save the eastern parking lot empty for later retail/commercial development. 

This business development proposal will be looked into further because Council President McIntyre expressed concern that a storage facility may not be the best use for the property. Plymouth Road is an area of focus in the City’s development plan with a proposed emphasis on more retail + restaurants. If you have thoughts on this project, I would suggest reaching out to City Council members.

I want to hear from you too! What stands out to you from tonight’s meetings?

You can watch Council Meetings on Livonia TV, Zoom and on YouTube (including past meetings): https://www.youtube.com/user/LivoniaTV/featuredApr

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