Howell Council Advances Property Donation and Traffic Ordinance

The Howell Town Council meeting on February 20, 2024, saw developments, including the acceptance of a property donation from AutoZone and the adoption of a traffic ordinance amendment. The donated property, located adjacent to the town hall, offers potential for future township use, such as expanding parking or adding accessory buildings. The council also adopted a traffic ordinance, which amends the township’s traffic code, although specific details were not discussed in the transcript.

During the meeting, the council discussed an upcoming ordinance concerning residential resale certificates of occupancy (CO). The township seeks to reinstate a system of oversight for property transactions to ensure safety and code compliance. The ordinance aims to avoid overburdening sellers and buyers with minor issues that could delay closings. The council intends to focus on significant items like unpermitted construction and open permits while allowing for affidavits to be used in certain cases to prevent closing delays.

The council also highlighted several community initiatives and updates. These include a successful landlord registration season with a high compliance rate for violations, grant opportunities for Echo Lake Playground improvements, and a planned summer concert series and other community events.

Public safety was also addressed, with the mention of a recent armed robbery in town. A reminder was issued about the police department’s safe area for internet purchase exchanges, an initiative designed to protect residents during such transactions.

Lastly, the council discussed the upcoming meeting with Representative Chris Smith regarding veteran housing. Administration officials are exploring property options to facilitate this initiative. The council expressed enthusiasm for projects that address the needs of veterans.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Theresa Berger
City Council Officials:
Ian Nadel, Susan Fischer, Fred Gasior, Evelyn O’Donnell

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