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

Fire station receives Homeland Security grant

The Ypsilanti Fire Department was awarded a $100,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant, provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for a sprinkler system as well as an exhaust removal system for the station’s garage.   Photo by Jim Cavanaugh

The Ypsilanti Fire Department was awarded a $100,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant, provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for a sprinkler system as well as an exhaust removal system for the station’s garage.
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Money to provide sprinkler system, exhaust removal system

By Jim Cavanaugh
Nov. 24, 2008    ·    8:29 p.m.


Improvements to Ypsilanti’s fire station are soon on the way due to an Assistance to Firefighters Grant, provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The grant, totaling $100,000, will provide for a sprinkler system for the station’s living area as well as an exhaust removal system for the station’s garage.

“When we leave the bay, we leave all the exhaust,” said Captain Michelle Stanbury of the Ypsilanti Fire Department.

Stanbury said the station’s living quarters are attached to the garage. When trucks go out on a call, exhaust builds up not only in the garage, but also in the living quarters.

“It’s definitely a safety concern,” Stanbury added.

Ypsilanti Fire Chief Jon Ichesco said the improvements make the station “the safest building in the city.”

“It will now be much more than a fire station, we will have the ability to make it into a command center,” Ichesco said. “When the work is done, we will have a building that can serve the community in even the worst of situations.”

According to a press release from Congressman John Dingell, the Department of Homeland Security designed the grants to assist first responders. Fire departments are authorized to use the grants for health and safety modifications, training, new vehicles and other improvements.

Dingell, who said he met with Ichesco recently, was happy to see the YFD was awarded the grant.

“They do terrific work protecting Ypsilanti and I am pleased to see that they have received this funding,” Dingell said.

In addition to impending improvements to the exhaust and sprinkler system, the station recently had radiant heat installed as well as new air-tight seals placed on its garage doors.



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