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

Non-motorized trails move ahead in Superior Township

Photo by Christine Laughren

Watch Township Supervisor William McFarlane's report to the community and the Board of Trustees above.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Township closer to $150,000 project

By Christine Laughren
Mar. 3, 2009    ·    12:03 a.m.


Superior Township will likely see some major improvements to its non-motorized trail system in the near future.

The township trustees accepted a $60,000 pledge Monday evening from the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission to aid in the cost of constructing a portion of a non-motorized trail between Geddes Rd. and MacArthur Boulevard on Harris Rd.

The estimated cost of the entire project is expected to cost $150,000. The township has already obtained $90,000 toward the project in Community Development Block Grants.

Township Supervisor William McFarlane said it appears the township could also receive an additional $400,000 through federal stimulus money to complete a non-motorized trail from Prospect to Gotfredson Road.

“So, we’ll have about $700,000 to put in a non-motorized trails that should go all the way to Gotfredson,” McFarlane said.

The township has committed their own funds for preparation of construction drawings and bidding documents. The Township has also pledged to assume responsibility for construction administration according to the WCPRC.

In other Township news
Brenda Baker was chosen to replace Planning Commissioner Michelle Barth. Barbara Willis also won her seat back on the commission.

Baker, who has lived in the community for decades, was picked for her long-time service to the township, according to McFarlane. However, she leaves a seat vacant on the Wetlands Board that will need to be filled.

Baker’s term ends Feb. 12, 2012.

For other briefs watch the Supervisor’s report above.



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