Notes on a Referendum.  This will become a coherent plan at some point.


Partially completed Petition Instructions

As it stands, the Petition


Northfield Township Notice for Public Indebtedness Ordinance

  •   This is the law put in place by the 2004-2008 Board of Trustees to prevent a recurrence of the chicanery that led to the doubled construction costs of the Township Hall.


Revenue Bond Act of 1933.   Act 94 of 1933


Northfield Township Notice of Intent to Issue Bonds, republished 5/31/2020



By Michael Cicchella, Northfield Township Supervisor 2004-2008

  • Comments on the Township plans to borrow $4.6 million dollars for a retention/equalization basin for the sewer system.

  • The total cost “estimate” is $6 Million+.

Some Clarification:

1 – Our sewer system is different than other municipalities.

We only have one sewer line. Unlike larger cities that have a sanitary line and storm line, our township has both rain and waste travel through one line, thus the problem.

2 - Revenue Bonds vs. General Obligation Bonds.

Revenue Bonds are normally issued to fund projects for a specific project with the expectation that only those residents who benefit will pay for it.
General Obligation Bonds, on the other hand, are the responsibility of all the residents in the township. The majority of our Board of Trustees seem to feel increased sewer fees will cover the $6M+ cost, but if they do not, township taxes will go up for everyone.

My concern is how the borrowing of the $4,6000,000 is being conducted.

Attached you will find our own township ordinance requiring the board to send out post cards to every resident telling us they plan on borrowing a significant amount of money. Residents have requested several times that the Board meet this obligation, but still no postcards.

The majority of the Board has chosen to keep residents in the dark. They have done the absolute minimum, posting a legal notice in the online Ann Arbor News, knowing full well most people do not read legal notices. One trustee, Jackie Otto said they got a legal opinion that the Board did not need to let us know ahead of time.

You must ask yourself why Trustee Otto would spend money on an attorney unless they were looking for a way not to send out a postcard.

The residents have 45 days after the “official posting” to object by collecting signatures on a petition and forcing a referendum vote. The petition requires 10% of the registered voters in the township to sign. There are only several weeks left.

You need to decide for yourself after reading our ordinance if you think they should have sent out the post card. After all a legal opinion is just that, an opinion not fact.

I was Supervisor when this ordinance was enacted and I know we wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to be heard ahead of time, which is 45 days after sending you a post card and posting in a newspaper, just like the township ordinance says, to give your input. Waiting for the 45-day period to expire eliminate resident feedback and action. You can go the Northfield Neighbors website ( to download a petition to put this on the ballot and let us vote on it. Instructions will be available there.

I think those Board members, who supported this action, must be held accountable this fall at the ballot booth, but that is just me. You need to decide. It’s your money and your decision on how it is spent.

We do need to address the infrequent wastewater problem because of regulatory issues. Everyone wants clean water, but the Board majority has not made the case for their solution and has deliberately ignored its own ordinance to inform residents of borrowing millions of dollars.


Click here to watch the July 1st Planning Commission zoom session with chapters / liveAgenda

Gronow introduced himself and his Leland farm plans - Luxury ranch apartments: 200 apartments and 90 single family homes costing under $300,000.  He said that he has followed the Leland property history, that he plans to work another 7 or 8 years ,and that this project will be his "crowning achievement and swan song," a signature development.


LiveAgenda - in the form of chapters.  These chapters are on the VideoNorthfield/YouTube timeline as well as in the Description beneath the video.

0:00 Start







          PUBLIC HEARINGS None


01:56 Board of Trustees Report

02:34 ZBA Report

02:41 Staff Report

02:47 Planning Consultant

04:05 Parks and Recreation

04:58 Downtown Planning Group


05:34 Planner Introduction of Marihuana Facility Cases

19:48 Planner Lippens shares the Pending Packet reviews spreadsheet.

          This is the list of Pot Biz applications.

25:50 Planner Lippens takes the PC on a google map streetview tour of proposed pot businesses


43:05  APPROVAL OF PRECEDING MINUTES: June 17, 2020 Regular Meeting


43:48 Developer Steve Gronow introduces himself and his Leland farm plans -

  • Luxury ranch apartments.
  • 7 or 8 more years of work.
  • a couple of signature projects.
  • "my crowning achievement and swan song will be this 90 acre Leland Farm development."
  • 200 apartments 90 single family homes Under $300,000 homes, for the schools


49:03 ANNOUNCEMENT: Next Regular Meeting – July 15, 2020



The meeting docs: 

7/1/2020 Northfield Township PC meeting Agenda

7/1/2020 Northfield Township PC meeting packet [potbiz applications]   [This is a HUGE download: 146MB]

6/17/2020 Northfield Township PC meeting minutes, draft


The meeting:

Please click the "Youtube" at the bottom of the YouTube Player after you fire it up.  That

will take you to the player with chapters and the liveAgenda index in the video description.





June 18: Freddie's pot delivery service has opened up service to Brighton, Howell, Fenton, South Lyon, Hartland areas.

Can Amazon be far behind?

Tort lawyer Barry Goodman, of Goodman Acker, said his company started small, delivering to customers within about 15 miles of his Clio, Michigan store.  They expanded the service area into Bay City, Saginaw and Midland, then to Mt. Pleasant and Big Rapids. Now they've set their sights on the prohibitionist deserts of Livingston and Oakland Counties.

According to the Livingston Daily, under Michigan law each delivery driver is limited to 10 deliveries or 15 ounces of product per excursion.  What began as a three hour wait and $45/order minimum has become a requirement of 48 hours advance notice and a $200 minimum order. They've driven up to three hours, according to Goodman. It's unclear whether that's one way or round trip.

Jennifer Timar's June 18 Livingston Daily report introduces Freddies and Northfield Township's half dozen proposed pot businesses. Her report includes photos and locations of the vacant and unused Whitmore Lake locations and storefronts they want to fill, also an interview with Northfield Township Manager Steven Aynes. Aynes slightly misrepresents the Township voters' support for legal marijuana as "evenly divided." That's not true. Two to one in favor is a better picture.

Scroll down for the PC meeting Agenda and packet. But that's boring. From the owner's photos on google image, here is Freddie's:



 This photo is dated April and may represent the opening of their Recreational Marijuana business. The photo is the owner's, cropped.


Lined up and doing business.



This logo is a case study in why serious businesses hire graphics design and branding pros.   



The Freddie's lobby.  Why you should hire professional decorators, part 2020...



Freddie's was named for Co-owner Nicole Goodman's father.



  • Address: 10092 N Dort Hwy, Clio, MI 48420
  • Hours: 10:00AM-10:00PM
  • Phone: (810) 547-7276
  • Freddie's Menu on Wikileaf 


MLive Photographer Sarabeth Maney's photoessay comprises much nicer interior shots of Freddies than the Google Image freebies I posted.

6/18/2020:  Pot delivery comes to Livingston County, shops proposed in Whitmore Lake, by Jennifer Timar, The Livingston Daily

4/10/2020:  Clio-area marijuana dispensary expands delivery service to Bay, Saginaw and Midland areas, by Winter Keefer, MLive

4/2/2020:  Michigan Pot Dispensary Freddie's Moves Up Launch Of Home Delivery Service, by Nina Zdinjak, Benzinga

3/31/2020:  Clio-area marijuana dispensary begins delivery service, by Winter Keefer, MLive

3/19/2020:  Clio-area dispensary offering curbside marijuana pickup during coronavirus pandemic, by Winter Keefer, MLive

2/22/2020:  Recreational marijuana shop opens in Clio, ABC-12,

2/20/2020:  Clio-area dispensary to start selling recreational marijuana,

12/16/2019:   Thetford Township Board votes to ban recreational marijuana, by Ron Hilliard, Mid Michigan NOW

12/3/2019:  Thetford Twp residents talk legal cannabis, by Ron Hilliard, Mid Michigan NOW



7/1/2020 Northfield Township PC meeting Agenda

7/1/2020 Northfield Township PC meeting packet [potbiz applications]   [This is a HUGE download: 146MB]

6/17/2020 Northfield Township PC meeting minutes, draft


I've indexed this Board meeting in a different way, using Youtube Chapters.

You can watch the meeting in the old fashioned way, start to finish, in the window below.

Or you can click "Youtube" at the bottom of the video, and open up in Youtube itself.

You'll see the chapters on the timeline. And you'll see those same chapters in the description

below the Youtube window.

This is easier to try than to explain.  Click here and try it!

Or you can do it the hard way. Press the play icon in the video window below. When it fires up, at the bottom of the window, click where it says "Youtube."  You'll be transported to the YouTube viewer. The timeline will become segmented into the parts of the meeting I listed in the meeting description below the video window.  Scrubbing left and right on the timeline will show you the text identifying each chapter or segment. Scrubbing is a trade term for sliding the time marker forward and backward in the timeline.  The timeline is that horizontal bar at the bottom of the video window that shows you where you are in a video.


So, you can scrub around the timeline to get to the point of the meeting you want to watch.  - Or you can click the time markers in the description.

Like I said, this is easier to try than to explain.  Click here;  just do it!