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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

New era for city services

This Internet site, called the Action Center, is the latest addition to the city's website. It is expected the site will allow for a more stream-lined process and better tracking potential. Photo by Dan DuChene

This Internet site, called the Action Center, is the latest addition to the city's website. It is expected the site will allow for a more stream-lined process and better tracking potential.

Ypsilanti expands Internet features

By Dan DuChene
Dec. 17, 2008    ·    2:07 a.m.

The city of Ypsilanti is hoping to streamline services and better serve its residents through new features on its Internet site.

Assistant City Manger April McGrath informed City Council about the new ability for Ypsilanti citizens to ask questions of city staff, request city services and register complaints on the Web during its meeting last night.

Called the Action Center, the new Internet feature not only adds these abilities to the Internet, but also allows residents to track the progress of those features online.

Residents use their e-mail addresses to register for the services. Once the e-mail address is registered, a password is sent to the account. The e-mail and password are then used to log on, where the user can change the password.

“We’re well on our way to using technology to becoming closer with our residents,” McGrath said at the meeting.

She gave the example of a neighbor who files a complaint about someone not cutting their grass. The person would be able to log on, file the complaint and watch it move its way through its channels.

“While the citizens are very excited for residents in the community, staff will be able to create reports,” McGrath said. “We’re going to be able to do a lot of reporting.”

She said city staff has actually been tracking their progress on such matters for quite a while to get accustomed to the process. She said the data collected will be able to create specialized and specific reports on the information tracked by the new service.

“We can give you as many reports as you like,” she said.

McGrath said she hopes to make a more formal presentation on what the site has to offer next week. She said this development is a large part of what staff has been working on to create a better Internet home for the city.

Interested parties wishing to log on to the Ypsilanti Action Center can visit the site by clicking here.

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