Farmington officials talk Founders Festival Monday

Farmington City Manager David Murphy will ask city council members on Monday to support hosting two meetings focused on the Farmington Founders Festival.

A November 2018 decision to move the festival this year to Shiawassee Park lead to widespread criticism from the community, In a memo, Murphy said the first meeting with downtown business owners would center around ideas for this year and what parts of the summer festival work for their businesses. 

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Local stakeholders, including representatives from Farmington Hills, Farmington Public Schools, Farmington Community Library, the Downtown Development Authority, and Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, would be invited to the second meeting. Murphy said the purpose would be to talk about “defining and reinventing the festival and what it should look like moving

The agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting at Farmington City Hall, 23600 Liberty Street, also includes:

  • Interviews of two Planning Commission members who are seeking reappointment
  • Discussion about hiring Plante Moran to coordinate the purchase of a new and unified communications system in cooperation with the City of Farmington Hills. The contract would include replacing the city’s outdated phone system, security and wi-fi improvements, and more.
  • A discussion with Public Safety Director Frank Demers related to enforcing the state’s new recreational marijuana law.

There’s also time for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. Read the full agenda and supporting materials at

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