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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

County Board votes down emergency services contractor

County Commissioners voted down a proposed two-year contract with Allied Building Service Company of Detroit. Photo by Jim Cavanaugh

County Commissioners voted down a proposed two-year contract with Allied Building Service Company of Detroit.
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commisioners argue for local contracts

By Jim Cavanaugh
Nov. 6, 2008    ·    7:36 p.m.

Several county commissioners showed their support for local vendors Wednesday night as the Washtenaw County Board voted down a two-year contract for emergency and construction services.

The proposed two-year contract with Allied Building Service Company of Detroit, which failed by a vote of 4-4, would have cost the county $100,000 and have provided general construction services, including renovating, remodeling and maintaining facilities on an as-needed basis.

Although the county maintains its own facilities services, it cannot, according to County Operations Maintenance Manager David Shirley, provide all construction and emergency services.

Although he couldn’t recall any major emergency in the past 3 years, Shirley did say the County has suffered from some minor emergencies that required independent contractors.

“All of the emergencies we’ve had in the recent past have been related to power outages,” Shirley said.

Commissioner Rolland Sizemore was not convinced the county couldn’t provide all of its own emergency services.

“I’m still having a hard time figuring out why we have to bid out jobs,” Sizemore said, after questioning Shirley about the contract.

County Attorney Curtis Hedger said Allied Building Service was originally recommended due to its relatively quick response time to emergencies—1 hour, and its standard response time—4 hours. Several of the other bidders had a significantly longer response times, some as high as a day.

Allied was also chosen because it provided a higher wage than the next closest competitor. The county requires that contractors pay their employees a minimum “prevailing wage” for municipal contracts.

Those who supported contract wanted it passed because of its perceived low cost.

“It seems prudent to take the lowest bidder,” Commissioner Leah Gunn said. “We simply do not have the resources to hire people to sit around and wait for an emergency to happen.”

“My duty as a county commissioner is to spend taxpayers’ money as responsibly as possible,” she later added. “We need to preserve every penny that we can.”

Several Commissioners expressed concern about the fact that Allied Building Service was not based in Washtenaw County.

“I’m not really happy these people are in Detroit,” Sizemore said. “The people in here in this county pay our taxes.”

Commissioner Jessica Ping echoed Sizemore’s sentiments.

“It’s important to give back to the community,” Ping said, “and for that reason I will not be supporting this.”

Gunn responded to Ping and Sizemore’s comments about their support for local vendors, instead of Allied Building Service.

“There was an opportunity for every business in Washtenaw County to bid on this if they cared to,” she said.

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