City Council Update, April 3, 2023

City Council Update, April 3, 2023

On Monday Council approved the Berkley Art Bash, established a Social District, updated our rental ordinance, and recognized Natalie Price, among other matters.

State Representative Natalie Price was recognized for her years of service as Councilmember for the City.

Several people spoke about the pending pet sale regulations during Citizen Comments. Representative Price shared that she is co-sponsoring a bill that is in the early stages of banning the retail sales of dogs, cats, and rabbits statewide.

Council approved the safety plan for the Berkley Art Bash on Saturday, June 10 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Katie Forte was appointed to the Downtown Development Authority. It was also announced that Katie Kutscher has taken the position of Events Director for the Berkley Area Chamber.

Council established the Berkley Outdoor Social Scene (BOSS) Social District on 12 Mile between Tyler and Kipling. This will allow businesses inside the district to sell liquor that can then be consumed anywhere in the district.

Berkley Outdoor Social Scene (BOSS) Social District
Berkley Outdoor Social Scene (BOSS) Social District

After talking with other cities, staff found that social districts have not caused major problems. However, the city will collect information on any complaints and report back to Council at the end of the year. We expect it to be 2-3 months, or maybe longer, for the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to make the necessary approvals.

Council approved the first reading of an ordinance updating regulations concerning rental properties. It better codifies when and how inspections can take place and modernizes some of the language to match our current practices. 

A proclamation was passed thanking all of the volunteers that help the city operate. There are many people working behind the scenes, both in appointed positions and unofficially. There are currently openings on several boards for those interested in applying.



The meeting packet.