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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 to vote on budget


By Christine Laughren
Oct. 29, 2008    ·    11:16 p.m.

The Superior Township Board is scheduled to take action on its Fiscal Year 2009 budget at Monday’s board meeting.

The Board is expected to approve the continued funding for nine Sheriff’s deputies. The proposed contract allocates nine deputies with $10,000 per deputy allocated for overtime funding and another $10,000 for special operations.

Township Supervisor William McFarlane said he only expects to see the Township spend about $6,000 in overtime per deputy but he said his office is budgeting for the unknown.

“If we don’t plan for the worst when the worst comes we won’t be prepared,” McFarlane said.

Lt. Jim Anuszkiewicz, who oversees Superior Township operations for the Sheriff’s Department, said he anticipates 2009 being very similar to 2008 and he does not anticipate any changes in the office’s operational plan. Anuszkiewicz agreed with the Township’s decision to budget the extra amount for overtime.

“I know, working for the Sheriff’s Department for the last 18 years we are always looking at worst case scenario and I think when you project $10,000 per deputy for overtime you are looking at the worst case scenario,” he said. “I think it gives the residents a sense of security that if something does happen there is money there to keep them safe whatever type of incident may occur.”

McFarlane said the Township may consider adding one more deputy for patrol but asked the Sheriff’s Department to submit a plan in terms of deployment to MacArthur Boulevard, a high crime area, as well as the rest of the Township. McFarlane said he wanted to reassure residents the Township’s resources are being equally distributed and there are additional resources to distribute.

“Because of the situation and the crime that has been occurring (at McArthur) there are some residents wondering what has been going on,” McFarlane said. Again, from looking at the statistics of the deputies I know they are doing more work they’re writing more tickets, making more traffic stops and they are issuing more trespassing notices but there are still possibilities in some minds crime is still increasing there.”

Anuszkiewicz said the Sheriff’s department has stepped up patrols as well as working with the management and Township to find more resources from the County and the State.

“And that doesn’t mean we are taking any resources away,” he said. “Our resources are working around the clock to bring people off the street.”

Visit the Ypsilanti Citizen Monday night for budget details.

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