City Council Update, April 18, 2022

City Council Update, April 18, 2022

News from Monday's City Council meeting includes El Patio, Kenmore/Cornwall reconstruction, P&R updates, and more.

Council gave their approval for a liquor license for El Patio Mexican Restaurant at the former location of Patrick J's. It now goes to the State for final approval. They expect to open sometime in mid-to-late May.

Council awarded the construction bid and related engineering services for the Kenmore / Cornwall reconstruction project at a cost of $2.75 million and an additional $250,000 reserved for contingencies. Because of material shortages, the project is anticipated to begin in June. It should be substantially finished by the end of the year with some restoration work such as replacing grass completed in the spring of 2023. All impacted residents should receive an informational flyer with contact information and progress updates.

The city's lead line replacement program continues. For those with lead water lines between the street and your water meter, they will be replaced at no cost. You can take a well lit photo of your water service line and water meter and send it to [email protected] to see if you have a lead line. Please include your name and address.

The Dads' Club and Moms' Club will have an opening day parade for their baseball and softball teams on Saturday, June 4 at 10am. It will start at the High School and go down Catalpa to Community Park.

Preparations were made to add ADA sidewalk ramps at all of our parks. The first project will be at the Tot Lot. The wood chip path will be replaced with a six foot wide concrete sidewalk. Elements such as the picnic tables will be placed next to the path for ease of access. Curb cuts to the street will be added. The park will be closed during construction, which is expected to start in mid-May and finish two to three weeks later.

All of the fences at Angell Ball Field are also scheduled to be replaced starting the third or fourth week of May and is projected to take about one week.

Our DPW Director Derrick Schueller has left to work for a larger city. Berkley's long time Foreman (i.e. Assistant Director) Shawn Young has accepted the position as our new DPW Director. Mr. Schueller will be missed, but I look forward to the good work Director Young will bring to the city.

Vibe Credit Union is offering up to ten $2,000 scholarships.

An election will be held on Tuesday, May 3 for an operating millage renewal for the School District. You can still get an absentee ballot application by calling the clerk's office at 248-658-3310 or emailing [email protected]. Absentee ballots can be dropped of up until 8pm on election day, but it helps the clerk's office if you drop them off early. More information about the ballot proposal is on the School District's website and questions about the proposal should be directed to them.

There are about two weeks left before the May 9 deadline to raise $50,000 for the inclusive playground, pathways, and pavilion at Jaycee Park to get the $50,000 match from the state! New incentives from public safety will be announced soon.

The meeting packet