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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

Seven vie for Planning Commission Seat in Superior

The Superior Township Board interviewed seven candidates for two Planning Commission seats at Monday night's meeting. Photo by Christine Laughren

The Superior Township Board interviewed seven candidates for two Planning Commission seats at Monday night's meeting.

Lawsuit against Township also discussed

By Christine Laughren
Feb. 3, 2009    ·    12:07 a.m.

Seven candidates were interviewed for two Superior Township Planning Commissioner seats at Monday night’s meeting.

The Township Board of Trustees posed questions to each of the candidates individually. Brenda Baker, Dennis Donahue, Gayle Glazier-Sinkowski, Cornelius Grantham, Sarah Moon, Lynne Rose and Barbara Willis are all applying for the two seats.

Township Supervisor William McFarlane said all the candidates were well qualified and the decision would be tough.

“We are looking for a person that has been involved with the community and has shown interest in the past with providing us the services we need,” McFarlane said.

McFarlane did mention, however, that Willis is currently a planning commissioner and her application was a formality. He said her service in that position has been exceptional and she would likely keep her seat.

Michelle Barth vacated the other seat up for grabs. Her term expires Feb. 28 and she is not seeking reappointment.

Planning Commission consists of six members and one Board representative. The commission meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except in December, when it meets on the third Wednesday.

Planning Commissioners receive a stipend of $65.00 for each meeting they attend. You must be a Township resident for this position.

In other Township news

An update was given to the Board regarding a lawsuit filed against the Township by Hummana LLC.

Hummana requested to rezone 77 acres of property at the northwest corner of Prospect and Geddes from A-2 (Secondary Agriculture) to R-4 (Single-Family Urban Residential.)

The application was denied in July 25, 2007 by the Planning Commission.

McFarlane said the proposed 375 single-family homes were not consistent with the Township’s Growth Management Plan and the community sewer tax situation. The Township’s Growth Management Plan limits water and sewer extensions in its “rural” area north of Geddes.

Hummana has maintained the Growth Management Plan goals of preserving agriculture and controlling development by limiting water and sewer extensions is not legitimate.

McFarlane reported to the Board Monday that the Township has been working with several agencies including Ann Arbor Greenbelt, Washtenaw County Parks, the owners of nearby property as well as the Land Conservancy in an effort to try to acquire the property for preservation and mitigate the lawsuit.

McFarlane said if the Township is unsuccessful in acquiring the land it will go to court against Hummana July 13.

The Board of Trustees chose Elve Marcus Hillman, III as the new Park Commissioner. Hillman as well as Guy T. Conti and Moon interviewed for the position to replace the vacant seat was left by Carl Saddler, who resigned due to personal reasons after five years on the board.

The Board proposed two projects, slated for Capital Improvement in 2009, to be submitted to area officials in preparation for money that could come in under the Federal Stimulus Package.
A sanitary sewer rehabilitation project for Stamford Road as well as a feasibility study for a water storage tank were two issues proposed on Monday night’s agenda.

McFarlane also said the Township would propose older Township buildings that could be made more energy efficient with the Federal funds.

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