Ypsilanti Citizen News Sidetrack

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 may stave off cuts to personnel

Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Budget may spare police, fire, City Hall

By Dan DuChene
May. 1, 2009    ·    4:55 p.m.


City Manager Ed Koryzno said he doesn’t plan to present any personnel cuts to City Council Thursday.

In his budget presentation to City Council last month, Koryzno presented two options to resolve an anticipated $463,000 drop in revenue next year. He said cuts could come out of the fire and police departments, or out of City Hall.

However, Koryzno said today that he plans to present Council with a plan to cut some expenditures next year instead, which would bide time for City Council to evaluate where the personnel cuts will come from the following year.

“All it is, is a delay,” Koryzno said. “It’s clear cuts are going to be necessary.”

He said the extra time will be used to allow Council on opportunity to prioritize cuts and allow the police department time to await the result of a federal grant it has applied for. Koryzno said the city expects to hear back on the grant by September.

Koryzno said he did not present this plan to Council last month because he “wanted to sensitize Council and the public” to the budget situation. At the meeting last month he presented the scenarios Those in light of an anticipated 7.9 percent loss in revenue next year due to a reduction in taxable value.

The first option would have eliminated a currently vacant road patrol position at the police department, the police chief’s secretary and three firefighters. The second option would have would eliminated the building secretary position at City Hall, move the assessor to part-time and move to a four-day work week for City Hall staff. The loss of a day would have meant a 20 percent reduction in pay for all staff.

Instead, Koryzno will present a budget that provides no increase to funding the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority for service, reducing payments to the Other Post Employment Benefits account and holding off on a $150,00 project to install a fire suppression system at the Ypsilanti Department of Public Services building.

He said the $318,000 in savings is coupled with a revenue projection that raises state-shared revenue income and allots for an increase in anticipated tax captures. Koryzno said the city still predicts a drop in state-shared revenue, just a smaller drop.

“It’s still a conservative budget,” Koryzno said. “It’s just not as conservative as before on the revenue side.”

He said he is still comfortable with the plan.

The presentation will be made on Thursday. City Council will discuss the budget throughout this month, and is expected to make a final decision before July.

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