The City of Novi was celebrated Wednesday night by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners for being named in the August issue of Family Circle magazine.
Novi was chosen as the number six best town by the magazine based on its excellent schools, affordable family housing, green space, and giving spirit.
Commissioner Kathy Crawford, whose district includes Novi, presented Novi officials with the proclamation at the board's meeting.
“One thing I’m very sure of is that anytime any of our communities—I don’t care what community in Oakland County is recognized for anything—we should all celebrate,” Crawford said. “That’s reason for us all to celebrate because it really affects everybody in our council, so this particular national recognition should make all of us proud.”
The Board of Commissioners is the governing body for the county, which is divided into 25 districts, and meets in the Courthouse Auditorium in Pontiac.
Crawford, a proud life-long Novi resident, spoke of how she remembers Novi was once a farm area that nobody had heard of, but is now an active and economically thriving community.
“We have come a long, long way,” she said.
The commissioners were all given a "I ♥ NO.VI" T-shirt from the city to celebrate Novi's achievement of the number six spot on the magazine's list.
Novi Mayor David Landry thanked the commissioners for honoring the city, and also said that the national recognition reflects well on the county.
“The City of Novi like all of our neighbors, is very much our own city, but also, like all of our neighbors, we do not exist in isolation,” Landry said. “We are only a part of a community of municipalities, and when a national magazine recognizes any one of us, it recognizes all of us. We are happy to share this with our neighbors, with the county, as one of the best places in the United States.”