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Grosse Pointe Woods Council Approves Variety of Requests

The council also tabled a decision regarding a fence variance request by a resident due to two council members absences.

The council approved a variety of requests Monday and tabled one decision about a variance request from a resident regarding a fence.

Refuse Vendor Application Approved

Council approved a refuse vendor license for William Robert McDaniel, a scrap metal vendor, in a 3 to 2 vote after extensive conversation about identification. McDaniel's request is one of many that goes before the council in any given year and Councilwoman Lisa Pinkos Howle said she has concerns about these vendors not having proper identification to wear on their persons that would be easily visible to residnets.

Howle said she votes against these applications because she feels the current identification--a plate that is displayed in the vehicle's window--is not sufficient because residents cannot necessarily see that plate. Visible identification would give residents the knowledge that the refuse collector has undergone a public safety background check and been authorized to sift through trash.

Councilman Joseph Sucher voted against the application as well after he attempted to add specific parameters related to any identification that might be developed by the city after its approval. His amendment did not gain support.

Tree Planting Plan

Council also approved a contract with Marine City Nursery for $9,935 for 50 trees and seven 5-foot blue spruce trees. The 50 trees will replace the 60 the city had to remove this year, according to the written request submitted by the Director of Public Services Joseph Ahee. The blue spruces will be used to further separate the Department of Public Works yard from Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and Cultural Center.

The city received seven bids for the tree work and Marine City Nursery was the lowest, according to the written request.

Donation to Parade

Council also approved a $1,000 sponsorship of the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade--an event the Woods has been supportive to in the past, according to Mayor Robert Novitke.

Fence Variance Decision Delayed

Meanwhile, council deferred a decision about a fence variance request made by an East Emory Court resident until Nov. 7 because not all of the council members were present. The resident requested the delay saying he wanted all members to vote on the issue.

The request was already tabled once and came before the council again Monday after an agreement officials believed was happening fell through.

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