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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

Superior Fire Department next in line for grant

Superior Township Fire Chief James Roberts (left) discusses the $120,365 Assistance to Firefighters Grant awarded to the Township late November. Jeff French, who wrote the grant sits at his side. Photo by Christine Laughren

Superior Township Fire Chief James Roberts (left) discusses the $120,365 Assistance to Firefighters Grant awarded to the Township late November. Jeff French, who wrote the grant sits at his side.

DHS awards $120,365 to Township

By Christine Laughren
Dec. 1, 2008    ·    11:34 p.m.

The Superior Township Fire Department will not be asking Township trustees for more money thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Fire Department was awarded a $120,365 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the DHS Nov. 21. The money will help the department buy 16 Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses and a fill station or compressor.

Fire Chief James Roberts made the announcement at tonight’s Township Board meeting.

Roberts said the grant would save the Township thousands of dollars on equipment that needed to be purchased in the near future anyway. He said the current air packs the department uses have a 15-year life span and they are at the end of their days.

“We don’t have all the new safety requirements that we need and this grant brings us right into current standards,” he said.

Roberts also said though he was grateful for the grant, it was rewarding for him to see the reaction of those who wrote the grant.

“The awarding of the grant was pretty neat, but watching the guys’ reactions who worked on the grant was 100 times neater,” he said. “It was a huge morale booster.”

Jeff French, a township firefighter who helped write the grant said the grant process began in April. The department was notified it was on the short-list to receive the grant in October. French said he checked the HSD Web site every day to see if the department would get the money.

Township Supervisor William McFarlane said he was thrilled the fire department was awarded the grant even while the economy is slowing.

“You are saving the taxpayers money and getting equipment that is greatly needed,” McFarlane said.

Assistance to Firefighters Grants are on the decline this year compared to recent years.

The number of AFG awards reached 5,088 municipalities in 2007, totaling $494,221,826. To date 1,444 municipalities have been awarded grants in 2008, totaling $136,564,911.

Michigan has received $3,122,464 in fire grants this year. Local awards include the Ypsilanti Fire Department, which received $100,000 to modify its facilities and the Van Buren Fire Department, which received $19,231 for training.

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