I’m working hard to bring about the change that Farmington residents voted for in November 2017.
Follow my votes and my progress on City Council in the local news coverage below.
My colleagues on City Council are leading the charge to keep the Founders Festival alive — and bring it back downtown where it belongs, starting summer 2021.
Farmington Community Library
I never thought I’d be calling on an appointed board member to resign, but I also never imagined the damage that this board member would do to the community resource that is the Farmington Community Library.
Farmington council member Maria Taylor in a Friday social media post said “turning a blind eye” to Largent’s behavior “is simply enabling it to continue. Farmington deserves better.” –Farmington Voice, 8/2020
Supporting good governance sometimes means a good fact check, as I did in this editorial called “Stop Micromanaging the Library Board.”
“It’s time for this little crusade — this attempt to micromanage the actions of the Library Board when there’s clearly no legal basis to do so — come to an end so the people we entrusted with leading our library can focus on their job.”
Farmington Road Streetscape
I voted to apply for a TAP grant, which we have since received, that will allow us to invest in the Farmington Road streetscape that is 10 years overdue. Expect work to begin in 2022.
“To me, the Farmington Road streetscape is the single most powerful project that we, as Farmington leaders, can carry out to ensure a brighter future for the downtown we all want to see grow and thrive.”
FUNDING FARMINGTON’S FUTURE: THE 2018 MILLAGE
We asked voters to invest in Farmington’s future, and Farmington said “yes!” I championed the millage, designed mailers, put up yard signs, and wrote editorials including this Readers’ Digest version of municipal financing.
“The millage is to compensate for what the state won’t do to help. It’s taking action to close the gap, fund what we love, and start investing in our future again.”
In November 2019, Farmington voted nearly 2-to-1 in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana via Prop. 1. Although Council passed an ordinance banning pot shops in Farmington, I made sure we included language stating that we intend to revisit the issue once the state finalizes its laws regarding regulation of the marijuana business. Ultimately, I’d like to put the question to Farmington voters.
Trees are city infrastructure as much as sidewalks, roads, and water/sewer. They make our neighborhoods desirable — and, like other forms of infrastructure, they need to be maintained. I got a tree study added to our official Council Goals, and it is now underway.
I want to change the rules and allow more food trucks in Farmington, so I got an ordinance update added to our Council work plan.
Taylor said … she’s talked to people in a variety of age groups, from seniors to families and millennials, and many of them wish to see more food trucks downtown, especially at events like the city’s Friday night concert series, Rhythms in Riley Park. –Farmington Press, 8/2019
When I saw a video of someone paddling down Mayfield in a canoe, I grabbed an umbrella and walked through the flood to see how deep it was. (The water came up to my thighs — and that was on the sidewalk.) I posted the photos on social media, then worked to get funding for repairing the Mayfield drainage system in the 2019-2020 City budget. The project was completed in late 2020, and “Mayfield Lake” is now once again a normal residential street.
I am a huge proponent of adaptive reuse: a type of historic preservation that renovates old buildings for cool new uses. I approved two adaptive reuse projects in Farmington: the Masonic Temple, being upcycled into Blue Hat Coffee, and The Village Mall, our iconic 1920s bank building being transformed into glass-walled offices by new owner GLP Financial.
“I am absolutely thrilled to see new owners GLP Financial Group bringing this Farmington icon back to life. This entire redevelopment is historic preservation done right.”
I also saved a historic barn by posting about it on Facebook.
Farmington City Council Member Maria Taylor, who describes herself as a “pretty outspoken historic preservationist,” created the Preservation Farmington post on Facebook. She said it has been shared more than 600 times and viewed by nearly 94,000 people. –Detroit Free Press, 1/2018
The barn, located behind the former Ginger’s Tea House, was taken to the Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society in Pontiac. Regrettably, the house was demolished for redevelopment (which I voted against).
I called for a ordinance change to zone smoke/vape shops out of downtown, which Council and the Planning Commission ultimately approved. The vape shop across from the Civic Theatre had been repeatedly cited for selling to minors. It is no longer there, and smoke/vape shops will no longer be allowed to move in downtown.
TIME Magazine Cover
That’s me on the cover of TIME.
I’ll admit: When I got an email from TIME asking if I’d like to submit a headshot for a cover on women running for office, I almost hit “mark as spam.” And I really didn’t expect it would be used. But a month and a half later, my phone started buzzing with texts from friends saying “OMG you’re on the cover!”
I’m just below the “S,” on the right side of the page. The photo was taken at a fall 2017 candidate forum at Farmington City Hall. How cool is that?