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E-M:/ Novi City Council's dirty work



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Enviro-Mich message from Andrew Mutch <andrewimutch@yahoo.com>
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As many of you are aware, the City of Novi has been
seeking to settle a lawsuit with a developer by
trading City parkland purchased with bonds approved by
the voters of Novi. On July 9th, the State Court of
Appeals is supposed to hear the appeal of Judge
Howard's original decision against the City. The
judgement against the City now exceeds 70 million
dollars. However, last night, 5 members of the Novi
City Council approved a settlement with the Sandstone
developers intended to prevent the case being heard by
the Court of Appeals.

The resolution to approve the settlement was approved
after a 3.5 hour Closed meeting. Absent from the
meeting were the two members of City Council who had
raised questions about the direction of the City's
settlement. The resolution provided no details of the
settlement. However, it is expected that the
settlement includes the give-away of at least 75 acres
of City property, which does not include wetland
acreage that will be landlocked within property
controlled by the developer. It's likely that the
total amount of land affected in this deal with exceed
100 acres. Previous versions of the settlement had
included authorization for the developer to develop
the City property with multi-family housing in excess
of 20 units per acre and commercial development along
Twelve Mile Road. 

The nature of this meeting, the absence of information
regarding this settlement and the proximity of the
hearing of the Court of Appeals all raise serious
questions about the actions of the Novi City Council.
Unfortunately, the current Council and Administration
have shown that they have not allowed legal issues to
stop their efforts to cut a deal with the Sandstone
developers.

Andrew Mutch
Novi

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