Former Grosse Pointe Park City Council member honored with resolution

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 20, 2020

 Daniel Grano

Daniel Grano

GROSSE POINTE PARK — The person who, for years, was the youngest member of the Grosse Pointe Park City Council was honored by his colleagues for the unique perspective and knowledge he was able to bring.

The Grosse Pointe Park City Council presented Daniel Grano with a resolution in his honor during a meeting via Zoom Nov. 9. Grano, an attorney by profession, was only 23 when he got his start on the council in 2005. An assistant attorney general in Michigan, he stepped down from the council in September because he recently moved to St. Clair Shores.

“It was an honor to serve with all of you and all of the previous council members,” Grano told officials. “Most importantly, it’s the residents who gave me the greatest sense of joy, even when I disagreed with (them).”

Mayor Robert Denner — who said he started on the council only two years before Grano — said the Park benefited from Grano’s background as a lawyer, especially since Grano had done legal work for some other cities. Grano’s youth was another plus.

“I think the city really benefited from his perspective,” Denner said.

According to the resolution, Grano was “instrumental in supporting the development of Kercheval Avenue, enhanced streetscapes on Mack Avenue, removal of the floodplain designation from the Windmill Pointe neighborhood, millage for the Public Safety Department and for the maintenance of roads, a bond for infrastructure construction at the Palmer T. Heenan Municipal Center, and most recently the planned construction of a new Public Services Department building on Mack Avenue.” He also supported the nonprofit Grosse Pointe Park Foundation during a series of projects that brought multiple new amenities and facilities to Windmill Pointe Park and Patterson Park.

City Councilwoman Lauri Read, who is also an attorney, recalled working with Grano on ordinances and the city’s new website.

“Dan, I appreciate your service,” Read said. “It was great working with you.”

While on the council, Grano was a representative to the Planning Commission, member of the Recreation Commission and Communication Committee, and chair of the Public Service and Ordinance Review committees.

Grano hails from a prominent legal family. His late father, Joseph Grano, taught constitutional law at Wayne State University, and his mother, Maura Corrigan, was the first female chief assistant U.S. Attorney and a former chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Corrigan is now living with Grano and his family.

City Councilman Vikas Relan called Grano a “dedicated husband, a dedicated parent (and) a dedicated son” who “helped make our city thrive” as a council member.

City Attorney Thomas “Jake” Howlett said he’s known Grano and his family for years. He said that entering public service at such a young age is unusual, but less so when considering Grano’s background.

“He comes from a great family dedicated to education and public service,” Howlett said. “It was an honor to serve with Dan. I’m sure he’ll continue to do great things.”

Veteran Park City Councilman James Robson called Grano “one of the most thoughtful, prepared and brightest council members I ever worked with.” He said the person selected to serve the remainder of Grano’s term would have “big shoes” to fill.

“It’s obvious he packed a punch in his 15 years,” Robson said.

City Councilwoman Michele Hodges was one of several newcomers elected to the council last fall.

“As a rookie, I found myself relying a lot on your expertise,” Hodges told Grano. “You’ve really been a blessing to us all. … (I’m) envious of St. Clair Shores, because it just got a little bit brighter and better.”

Grano said he’s excited to see that the city is finally getting a dog park; the park is slated to be built at Patterson Park.

“As much as I would have loved to have stayed on the City Council, Grosse Pointe Park has plenty of talented people,” Grano told the council. “You will have a great new colleague.”