Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Sen. Carl Levin (D) talks about bipartisanship, budget and more during a visit to residents at Fox Run senior living community in Novi on Wednesday.
U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D) brought good news and bad news to about 200 residents gathered at Fox Run senior living community in Novi on Wednesday. "The good news is that after about three years, the United States Senate has adopted a budget," he said. "The bad news is that the House of Representatives has also adopted a budget." Levin said both sides will have to come to an agreement on the final budget, which reaches out as far as 10 years. The key issue is the deficit. While the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate agree on the need for reducing it, he said, they differ widely in how to accomplish that goal. "The Republican approach is you simply cut spending on every domestic program," he said, adding the only…
Friday, March 29, 2013
Andy Meisner says a "1-2" punch can help homeowners avoid losing their properties.
Friday, March 29
Property owners with delinquent taxes from 2010 and earlier have until March 31 to take action that will prevent foreclosure. Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner is urging those with late property taxes to give knock them out with a one-two punch. “The first punch ... to knock out delinquent property taxes is contacting our office immediately at 248-858-0612 to work out a monthly payment plan,” Meisner said in a press release. "The second punch ... is applying for the Step Forward Michigan Program for Property Tax Assistance, which can ‘knock out’ up to $30,000 in delinquent property taxes for families facing hardships.” Under Public Act 123 of 1999, property owners have until March 31 of the third year of their delinquency to have their…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Teens with a temporary drivers permit, or a level 1 or 2 graduated license, will be prohibited from using a cell phone while driving a car under a law that takes effect Thursday.
A new Michigan law, known as "Kelsey's Law" which prohibits teen drivers from using a cell phone while driving a car, goes into to effect Thursday. According to the bill signed into law earlier this year, if any driver with a temporary drivers permit or a level 1 or 2 graduated license - meaning any driver under the age of 17 - is stopped for a moving violation, he or she could be cited with a civil infraction for using a cell phone. Because the violation is a civil infraction, local municipalities will determine the fine. The legislation was named for a 17-year-old Sault Ste. Marie girl who died in a car crash in 2010 while she was using her cell phone. Readers of the Novi Patch Facebook page were asked about their thoughts of law. Here …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Michigan Department of Transportation is offering a quick, simple way to sign up for construction news, traffic alerts and news releases.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is offering a quick and simple way to sign up for construction news, traffic alerts and news releases from the department. Signing up updates is free and easy. Just click on the red "Sign up for e-mail from MDOT" envelope icon on the home page of the MDOT Web site. GovDelivery subscribers will be able to manage their subscriptions and sign up to receive messages on a wide range of topics, including Aeronautics news, information for contractors, and traffic alerts for major highways. You can unsubscribe or make changes in your preferences anytime. You also can sign up to get the information delivered to your computer or smartphone via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook or text alert. If you already …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Economic development director Ara Topouzian in 2012 received a prestigious Kresge fellowship and $25,000 to help him advance his musical career.
City of Novi Economic Development Director Ara Topouzian shares his passion for Armenian music in a new YouTube video produced by the Kresge Foundation. In 2012, the Farmington Hills resident received a prestigious fellowship and $25,000 to help him advance his musical career. A songwriter and performer, he plays the kanun, a Middle Eastern harp, and aims to preserve and promote Armenian music, which reflects his heritage. "As an Armenian, I want to be able to educate to the outside the history of the Armenian culture," he said in the video. "In part, I can do that with music." Watch the video profile on YouTube.com.
Monday, March 18, 2013
The office will introduce clients to the federal services that are available to them, Bentivolio says.
Saying his "number one priority" is constituent services, Congressman Kerry Bentivolio is taking his office on the road, including a stop in Novi. Bentivolio's 11th Congressional District mobile office will tour a number of communities March 19-22 to introduce constituents to the federal services that are available to them. “The 11th District Mobile Office provides our constituents with greater access to Federal services by bringing the office right into their community," Bentivolio said in a press release. The mobile office’s April schedule will be released after the tour to these communities: Tuesday, March 19th 9 a.m. Birmingham – City Offices, 151 Martin Street 10:30 a.m. Bloomfield Hills – City Offices, 45 E. Long Lake Rd. 1:30 p.m…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Novi city officials approved funding for the project, which will not include off-road paths to connect neighborhoods to Maybury State Park, among other destinations.
While a project to improve Eight Mile Road from Beck to Napier will include bike lanes on both sides, off-road paths aren't part of the plan, Novi city manager Clay Pearson said during Monday's city council meeting. Though officials approved the allocation of $161,697 in tri-party road funds for the project, Mayor Pro Tem David Staudt and council member Andrew Mutch were disappointed that pedestrian paths are not on the table. Staudt called them "a critical part of our long term plan" for the area and said he is "definitely looking for further direction from staff" and information about the cost of installing the paths. Mutch noted that Northville city and township have stepped up to work on gaps in paths on the east side of Beck Road, …
In discussion over a review of the city charter, Terry Margolis said she would oppose any change to the $15 per meeting rate.
As a committee of city officials, staff and citizens prepares to review the Novi city charter, one elected official hopes they won't consider changing the rate of pay council members receive. Terry Margolis said Monday that she would oppose any increase to the current rate of $15 per meeting. "I have always felt very strongly I don't want that compensation to change," she said during discussions before officials approved a measure establishing the committee. "I like the nature of that small amount of pay, making us very much a volunteer board." Council member Andrew Mutch suggested sharpening language for the city's storm water millage to make clear that those funds may be used for acquiring property for environmental protection and …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Supt. Dr. Steve Matthews says a recent survey shows parents rely most on report cards to track their children's academic progress.
A survey conducted by Novi Community Schools in February shows that when it comes to student progress, parents rely on report cards to a much greater extent than standardized test results. "Parents rely primarily on report cards," Supt. Dr. Steve Matthews told school board members during a Thursday work session. "I'm suggesting to you that our report card system is not where it needs to be." Matthews presented results of the survey, which focused on how parents perceive progress toward the district's goals related to student growth and achievement. While NWEA (Northwest Education Association) and MEAP/MME (Michigan Educational Assessment Program/Michigan Merit Exam) tests each garnered a little more than 300 responses, report cards got …
Friday, March 8, 2013
The City of Novi will accept Board of Review appointment requests through 5 p.m. March 8.
If you're unhappy with the value that the City of Novi assessing department has placed on your property, there's still time to schedule an appointment with the Board of Review. The Board of Review meets March 11-13, and the city is taking requests for appointments through 5 p.m. March 8. Property owners are required to fill out and submit a board of review petition, which is available on the city's website. Property owners may also submit a written protest, but it must be received by 5 p.m. on March 13. A Board of Review protest protects your right to further appeals to the Michigan Tax Tribunal or the State Tax Commission, the website notes. To learn more, call the assessing department, 248-347-0485.