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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 Township discusses neighbor’s police reduction


Reduction of 10 deputies in Ypsilanti Township could affect long-term work

By Tom Perkins
Nov. 30, 2009    ·    8:35 a.m.

One of the most effective and intense police operations in Washtenaw County’s recent memory came in taming an increasingly violent area around MacArthur Boulevard in Superior Township last summer.

Integral to the success of the effort was the cooperation between Superior Township and it’s neighbor to the south, Ypsilanti Township.

But that collaboration between the two townships is now ceasing and the results of its end remains to be seen.

Ypsilanti Township voters rejected a law enforcement millage increase on Nov. 4 that would have sustained their current levels of police coverage, and with 10 less deputies on its streets as of Jan. 1, the manpower just isn’t there for such arrangements.

While Superior Township supervisor Bill McFarlane recognizes Ypsilanti Township’s loss of deputies is a setback, he is confident his community will remain safe.

“We’re not cutting our staff at all, but anytime your neighbor cutting police services, it’s going to have an impact, and I don’t think it’s going to be positive,” he said. “But for us it could even work better because of our new deployment.”

MacFarlane said the township has worked closely with Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton to redistribute coverage in the township as of Jan. 1, and a collaboration with Ann Arbor Township has left MacFarlane confident his government can maintain its current levels of coverage.

“In our township, we’re in pretty good shape,” he said. “While some of our neighbors are having financial issues, we’re fortunate. We have managed our resources and we’re not having those issues.”

The Ann Arbor Township collaboration benefits both communities. Superior Township is the larger of the two municipalities, and typically has two deputies on patrol 24 hours per day.

Ann Arbor Township is about a third the size and doesn’t have 24-hour police coverage. By sharing coverage, Superior Township now has three deputies who can respond to complaints or emergencies, and Ann Arbor Township receives 24-hour coverage.
Should an emergency in Ann Arbor Township require more than the one deputy for which they contract and a Superior Township deputy isn’t tied up, two deputies instead of one can respond.

“It has worked out very good for both of us,” MacFarlane said. “Their supervisor is doing a good job working with us, and we try to provide equitable service.”

The Superior Township board was also savvy in hiring a deputy who was contracted with Ypsilanti Public Schools and Lincoln Consolidated Schools for 12 months during the summer months. Neither district needs an officer over the summer, and crime is traditionally up over the across the board when the weather is warmer.

“Now it’ll be even faster response in the summer,” MacFarlane said.

Still, how the MacArthur Boulevard situation will play out after Jan. 1, when Ypsilanti Township sees less police coverage, remains a question mark. But, MacFarlane said Superior Township is working closely with apartment and party store owners whose businesses were the hot spots for crime in the area, and he believes it can still be managed.

“We’re hoping to continue to do what we’ve been doing,” he said.

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