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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

Future of city, DTCDC agreement unclear

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Council doesn’t discuss approaching 45-day deadline

By Dan DuChene
Jun. 17, 2009    ·    5:35 a.m.


Perhaps the news about the city’s agreement with the Depot Town Community Development Corporation is the lack of any conversation at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Though brought up by the group’s director, Erik Dotzauer, during audience participation, City Council spent little time discussing the future of the memorandum of understanding between the city and the DTCDC, which City Council had voted last month to terminate after 45 days.

At the meeting, Dotzauer reminded City Council that the DTCDC had agreed to drop the much debated term “Ypsitucky” for its roots music festival slated for September. He said the festival will continue with a different name, and that the group was interested in continuing the agreement.

“I do not know if the council has any intention of reconsidering (the termination),” Dotzauer said. “I’m not sure where it goes from here, but I’d be happy to have any conversation with anybody.”

If the memorandum of understanding is terminated, then the city will take over maintaining Riverside and Frog island parks, and the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees will take over event scheduling. Both of these responsibilities were taken over by the DTCDC when it reached its agreement with the city.

City Council had approved shifting $22,000 from the City Clerk’s Office to the Department of Public Services to maintain both the parks. The money was originally allocated to purchase a new microphone system for Council Chambers. The move is part of the budget for the 2009-2010 year that was passed by City Council Tuesday.

Councilmember Bill Nickels, D-Ward 2, brought the subject up again toward the end of the meeting, during council-proposed business. He pointed out that per a conversation with City Manager Ed Koryzno, city staff would need to know as soon as possible if they were to take over maintaining the parks.

After Nickels’ remarks, a moment passed where nothing was said by any council members as they all looked at each other. Mayor Paul Schreiber then moved on to the next item of business.

“Things changed,” Nickels said after the meeting.

He said he had come out of last month’s City Council meeting fully expecting to rescind the decision to terminate the agreement with the DTCDC if they agreed to change the name. However, he said he and other councilmembers had gotten word from event organizers, including the Heritage Festival and the Depot Town Cruise Nights, that the group was difficult to work with.

He said this was in addition to issues brought up at the previous meeting regarding the DTCDC’s reluctance to communicate with City Council, regarding an annual report and grant applications.

Nickels pointed out one instance where a community band was scheduled to play Riverside the same night Depot Town had its weekly cruise night scheduled on two separate occasions this month. He said this will create a two-fold problem in that Cross Street is closed for the cruise nights, blocking access to the park from that road. Additionally, the festivities in the park would likely conflict with those going on in Depot Town.

“There’s no certainty at all,” Nickels said after the meeting. “Nothing was discussed tonight.”

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