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City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

City Council secures AATA funding

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Service level maintained for two years

By Peter Murdock
Sep. 25, 2009    ·    3:51 p.m.


The Citizen received the following letter from Councilmember Peter Murdock, D-Ward 3, this afternoon.

The letter is in regards to the recent discussion on busing in Ypsilanti. The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority recently approved a plan that would allow current service levels to remain unchanged until June 30, 2011.

The following articles are based on the discussion that has occurred on the issue:
City Council discusses busing before AATA decision
Buses for Ypsi and a budget for AATA [From Ann Arbor Chronicle]
AATA board approves balanced 2010 budget [From AnnArbor.com]

The content of this letter was not altered by the Citizen.

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With the action of the AATA board Wednesday, the Ypsilanti City Council has secured an expanded contract for public transportation with no service reductions through June 30, 2011. The details of this agreement are as follows.

Extended contract
For the first time, the city and AATA will be entering into a service contact that is longer than one year. The contract will run 21 months from Oct. 1, 2009 through June 30, 2011. This secures and stabilizes the public transportation services in the City of Ypsilanti while a more permanent funding solution is pursued.

No service reductions
There are no service reductions in the new extended contract.

Additional resources from the City of Ypsilanti
City Council has pledged an amount of $218,000 for the AATA contract for fiscal year 2010-11, an increase of $60,000 over this year’s allocation. The city’s commitment for the two-year cycle is now $376,000.

Use of Recovery Act (stimulus) funds
AATA received $6.4 million dollars in stimulus money, of which 10% can be used for operations. Stimulus money was awarded on a formula that contained Ypsilanti’s population and rider-ship. The AATA Board agreed to provide up to $202,000 to cover the shortfall for this contract period while a regional authority or other permanent funding mechanisms are pursued.

Long-term funding strategy
A secure dedicated source of funding for public transportation is necessary for the long term. This contract gives us a little breathing room to develop such a program. A regional system, either county-wide or consisting of the urban communities—with a dedicated millage, would provide the best service at the lowest overall cost. City Council cannot by itself make that happen, but is committed to pursuing that goal with those that can—AATA, the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.

City commitment to funding AATA
AATA’s decision to use stimulus money to fill the shortfall was clearly based on the city’s commitment to the two-year funding cycle as well as City Council’s commitment, in the event that no regional system emerges, to place on the Nov. 2010 ballot, a 0.9 mil Headlee override city charter amendment designated for the sole purpose of funding public transportation.

Without the commitment to securing dedicated funding in the long-term and the two-year funding in the near term, it was unlikely that the AATA would have authorized the use of the stimulus funds for Ypsilanti.

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