Quick Hits: Farmington Hills City Council

A delayed start, sports updates and a new tally on energy costs savings were part of Monday night's meeting.

We've told you about the at last night. Here's the rest of the story:

For lack of a quorum, Monday's council meeting was delayed by 20 minutes. Michael Bridges was out of town, Nancy Bates was ill and Cheryl Oliverio arrived late to the meeting. In the interim, operating off his cell phone, city manager Steve Brock provided a minute-by-minute account of the Detroit Tigers American League Championship series loss to the Texas Rangers. Brock also delivered the bad news about Nelson Cruz's grand slam later during the meeting.

Brock reported a $219,000 savings in energy costs this year. The 19 percent energy savings, which was created through a $1.6 million performance contract with Chevron Energy Solutions is "even better than we anticipated".

Officials passed three resolutions:

  • They support fixing an inequity that has some Oakland County communities, including Farmington and Farmington Hills, paying taxes to support the 52nd District Court, which serves more than 30 townships and cities throughout the county, even though they receive none of the revenues. The two cities also pay to support the in Farmington Hills.
  • They support legislation prohibiting the use of cell phones by drivers who are 18 years of age or younger.
  • They support the preservation of public access, educational and government (PEG) channels and their funding, through passage of H.R. 1746, the Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act. With cities of Farmington and Novi, Farmington Hills officials recently voted to , , eliminating the executive director's position.

In their last – and, perhaps, quickest – vote of the evening, officials unanimously agreed to establish the , which will focus on redevelopment efforts from Grand River and Mayfield in Farmington to Grand River and Eight Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills. The CIA is a .

Correction: The source of the city's $219,000 in energy cost savings, a project with Chevron Energy Solutions, was incorrectly reported in the original version of this story.

Jim Fields October 11, 2011 at 07:49 PM
I'm kinda excited about the Grand River Corridor Improvement Authority... I would love to see new businesses take shape in that area, and redevelop some of the land to make it more appealing to homebuyers in the area and attract new commercial development.
Joni Hubred-Golden October 12, 2011 at 01:38 AM
I agree, Jimmy. I'm looking forward to covering the authority boards once they're formed. Do you have any ideas about what kinds of development would be a good fit for that area?
Mary Burck October 12, 2011 at 08:08 PM
I always thought it would be nice to call the South Farmington area the So-Fa District, and try to attract some furniture stores, so one could indeed purchase a sofa in the SoFa district!
Joni Hubred-Golden October 13, 2011 at 01:17 AM
Mary, we could double up on that with music businesses. Do ti la So Fa mi re...
Jim Fields October 13, 2011 at 01:20 AM
Lol. I do agree with that, right now Grand River has a lot of commercial services, like Art's rental, Public Storage, etc. I'd like to see more in the way of retail on Grand River. That way it would attract more positive traffic to the area, and ultimately attract more people to live near and fix up the Gd. River corridor.


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