September 8, 2021 – City Council Meeting

General Meeting

Senator Dayna Polehanki provided a legislative update on the Budget and DTE outages. She will be hosting a listening tour in Livonia with the Attorney General next month for residents to voice their concerns.

The consent agenda was approved.

There was the first reading for the ordinance proposal to increase meter deposit fees for private from $100 to $800.

The request to authorize funds for a new roof for the Bungalow at Greenmead was denied. This was discussed at length during the previous study meeting and the vote was based on the Greenmead Master Plan currently being worked on to establish a standardized process for repairs. Check out Greenmead365:

The D’Angelo Brothers contract was extended for a year. They perform water and sewer services.

A storm drainage system agreement was approved between Engineering and Haggerty Square (new complex at Haggerty and Seven Mile).

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

Accepted for the consent agenda:

  •  A Halloween block party + Homecoming Parade for Clarenceville
  • Animal Care Hospital of Livonia (Joy and Harrison) is expanding
  • Kroger at 8 Mile and Farmington is also expanding

Items for further discussion:
There were multiple department requests for municipal employee pay increases. Grant and Transit employees have not received pay increases (including COLA) since 2018 and it was requested that the 23 employees receive a 4% increase raise. There are 8 employees in the Assessor’s office and Livonia’s wages are significantly below surrounding communities for this competitive field. In order to attract and retain talent a wage increase was requested.

The Mayor’s office proposed that some of the CARES funding from the federal government be used to provide Hero Pay to all city employees who were hired before June 23, 2021 (when the ’emergency ended’). The amount is $1,000 for full-time employees and $500 for part-time employees. This proposal was discussed at length and will be discussed further at the next General Meeting (9/21). Council will request that the Mayor attend the meeting to explain the rationale behind this proposal. 

Friendly reminder, you can watch Council Meetings on YouTube (both live and past meetings):

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