January 30, 2023 – City Council Meeting

Transparency, accountability and community engagement are essential in a democracy. Local government is important and City Council meetings provide insight into what’s happening in your community. Here is a summary of the January 30 Regular and Study Meetings of Livonia City Council.

NEW: You can now listen to City Council meetings in podcast format – https://anchor.fm/cityoflivonia?fbclid=IwAR1cJ4YyYSXIXvDsJ2xPVYZvW42mjKgGqhkpRAuhDz62pCVYo1qU6XSs8yY

General Meeting: https://livoniami.civicclerk.com/web/Player.aspx?id=329&key=-1&mod=-1&mk=-1&nov=0

Vice President Laura Toy was absent due to illness.

Mayor Brosnan notified Council that the 2022 Annual Report will be released soon. There will be hardcopies available and you can read the digital version here: https://livonia.gov/1870/Annual-Report?fbclid=IwAR3f-8WMe3hOdTYBepGCGwXpyhYARetNv8YttvPXde8Y-9tKC8AVyX6AchI

The consent agenda unanimously.

The proposed car wash at Farmington and 8 Mile was approved.

There was a first reading for a rezone request at 31501 Schoolcraft (by Merriman) from C-3 (Highway Services) to C-4 (High Rise Commercial). [this is not a votable action, when the 2nd read is given there will be a review of the site plan].

Request to move forward with phase 1 of a detention pond at Newburgh and 8 Mile by Whispering Willows was approved.

The matter of transportation issues for seniors as it relates to the city transit system was referred to the Senior Citizens, Families and Environment Committee.

Study meeting

Agenda: https://livoniami.civicclerk.com/web/Player.aspx?id=330&key=-1&mod=-1&mk=-1&nov=0

The following items were put on the consent agenda:

  • Waive noise ordinance for Anaastasia & Katie’s Coffee Shop for Car Show on Saturday, May 20th
  • Purchase requests by Livonia Police and Fire Departments
  • Wage increase to $15 an hour for reserve officers
  • Contract agreement with Livonia AFSCME Union Local 1917
  • Request by Housing Commission to use $300k CARES Act funding for small business support grants [note the department has a remaining $50k in CARES funding remaining]
  • Forestry Department requested the use of $169k for an updated tree aduit. Money for this project will come from $500k earmark obtained by Representative Pohutsky that must be spent by 2026

The request to amend a contract with OHM for construction administration services was referred to the Capital Outlay and Infrastructure Committee and will be evaluated in conjunction with the recent needs assessment done by Plante Moran

As always, the meeting agendas can be viewed on the city website here: https://livonia.gov/129/Agendas-Minutes.

The meetings can be watched unedited on the city’s Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/@LivoniaTV

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