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PAGE 6                                                         ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                            April 29, 2021

                                                NORTHVILLE - PLYMOUTH
                                                NORTHVILLE - PLYMOUTH

        City schedules public hearing on budget

           A public hearing on the City  (OPEB) is now fully funded.                             ”                                 such as tourism and hospitality;
        of Northville 2022 budget is set  Finance Director Sandi                                                                   provide premium pay to essen-
        for 7 p.m. May 17.             Wiktorowski also responded to               The city-wide meter replacement                 tial employees of state or local
           Members of the city council  questions by council members                  program has slowed down                      governments or make grants to
        have been reviewing the budget  with added input from depart-                                                              the employers of essential
        during recent meetings with City  ment directors.                               due to the pandemic.                       employees. Premium pay may
        Manager Pat Sullivan who         Council members asked                                                                     not exceed $13 per hour or
        detailed anticipated revenue   about the replacement of water                                                              $25,000 per worker; provide gov-
        and several larger expenses.   meters and the cost required to  ings are expected in next year's  March 11, 2022. The ARP law  ernment services to the extent of
        Among those, he said during an  read     those      meters.   budget, they said.            allows until the end of 2024 to  any revenue reduction resulting
        overview of the budget, are    Approximately 400 residents are  No amounts from the         use this community investment.  from COVID-19 or make neces-
        street construction and parking  still using old meters, and those  American Rescue Plan Act were  Funds allocated from each of  sary investments in water, sewer
        repaving, and the renovation of  have become more difficult to  included in this budget since  the State Fiscal Recovery Fund  or broadband infrastructure.
        the fire station. Unfunded pen-  manually read as they are scat-  distribution of $4 billion allocat-  and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund  State and local governments
        sions continue to be a large   tered throughout the city, offi-  ed to local governments within  may be used to: respond to the  cannot use the funds to make
        expense but that liability is  cials said.  The city-wide meter  Michigan is not yet finalized,  COVID-19 emergency and    pension payments or to offset
        being paid down steadily over  replacement program has        Sullivan noted. Local govern-  address economic effects,     revenue losses resulting from
        time, Sullivan told the council  slowed down due to the pan-  ment funds will be distributed in  including through aid to house-  any tax cut, tax delay or tax
        members. He said the liability  demic. Once this program is   two equal branches, the first by  holds, small businesses, non-  rebate enacted after March 3,
        for retiree healthcare benefits  complete, additional cost sav-  May 10, and the second by  profits, and impacted industries  2021.
        Plymouth City Commission has only 4 candidates

           The outcome of the Nov. 2   which three candidates will    incumbent Nick Moroz, who     The three candidates with the     Candidates had until last
        general election for the four  serve four-year terms and who  currently served as mayor pro  highest vote totals will be   Friday to withdraw their names
        expiring terms on the Plymouth  will serve the lone two-year  tem. Moroz was the lone incum-  awarded the four-year terms  from the ballot. Write in candi-
        City Commission is pretty much  term on the municipal body,   bent to file for reelection to the  and the lowest vote getter will  dates have until 4 p.m. Oct. 22 to
        already determined.            unless write-in candidates     commission.                   serve the two-year term.       file a declaration of intent with
           Only four candidates filed  appear later in the election     Also filing paperwork to       Mayor Oliver Wolcott and    the Plymouth City Clerk.
        the necessary nominating peti-  cycle.                        appear on the ballot were     Commissioners Ed Krol and      Candidates must be a resident
        tions last week for the seats    One of the four seats on the  Alanna Maguire, Jennifer     Marques Thomey did not opt to  of the City of Plymouth and a
        leaving voters to decide only  commission will be filled by   Kehoe and Linda Filipczak.    seek reelection.               qualified and registered elector.

           Search and destroy

           Garlic mustard, an invasive, destructive weed, is taking over
           the Coldwater Springs Nature Area off Ridge Road, north of
           Five Mile Road. The growth is detrimental to the greenery,
           since native plants have difficulty thriving in the presence of
           garlic mustard, officials said. To stop the spread, Northville
           Township, Northville Parks & Recreation and Friends of the
           Rouge are urging community members to join them in a garlic
           mustard removal event May 15, rain date May 22. Residents
           are asked to bring their own work gloves and masks, follow
           social distancing rules and arrive between 8:30-9 a.m. to sign
           in. Not only will the effort help the nature area, but the pulled
           weeds will be weighed and measured, which helps the Friends
           of the Rouge secure a grant for this important project, officials
           said. Limited parking is available near the Coldwater Springs
           Nature area, on the east side of Ridge Road. Register at:
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