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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 Twp. adds extra deputy for summer months

Lt. Jim Anuszkiewicz, right, answers questions from the Superior Township Board of Trustees at Monday evening's meeting. Photo by Christine Laughren

Lt. Jim Anuszkiewicz, right, answers questions from the Superior Township Board of Trustees at Monday evening's meeting.
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Partnership with YPS gives extra patrol to Macarthur Blvd. area

By Christine Laughren
Jun. 16, 2009    ·    1:23 p.m.


Superior Township is contracting for an additional Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Deputy over the summer in an effort to curb violence on MacArthur Boulevard.

With a unanimous vote at Monday evening’s meeting, the township partnered with Ypsilanti Public School District to contract its deputy between June 7 and September 5. The cost for the additional deputy is $35,491.

“I think this is a win-win situation,” Township Supervisor William McFarlane said.

Lt. Jim Anuszkiewicz said the MacArthur Boulevard area has been a problem this year, as in years past, with regularly reported shootings, robberies and burglaries. Calls for service typically increase during the summer months according to the lieutenant and the beginning of June alone has been a busy one for the Sheriff’s Department.

Anuszkiewicz said the Sheriff’s office would be releasing information this afternoon surrounding a shooting that occurred at approximately 4 p.m. Friday near MacArthur Boulevard.

He said a woman, who was shot three times, has non-life threatening injuries and a suspect has been identified. He also said shortly after the shooting a burglary occurred and a local party store was robbed in the MacArthur Boulevard area.

“There are a lot of things going on up in that area,” he said addressing the Township Board. “By supporting this deputy over the summer it will go a long way.”

The Sheriff’s Office is characterizing the school/municipality program as a pilot program.

McFarlane said, with local apartment complexes offering to share some of the cost of the deputy, Superior Township has a unique opportunity to facilitate the pilot program.

“We have the funds available to pay for this,” McFarlane said. “This is one of those rainy day funds and I think its raining now.”

The Sheriff’s Office plans to release a report at the end of the summer showing the results of the additional deputy. According to the department a recent quarterly document reviled deputies in Superior Township were spending 31 percent of their time on Macarthur Boulevard.

McFarlane said 97 percent of the residents on Macarthur were “good people.”

“It’s 3 percent of the residents that are causing 100 percent of the problem,” McFarlane said. “By working together with the Sheriffs Department and the apartment complexes I think we could improve the quality of life up there reduce the amount of violence and criminal activity.

“Hopefully it will impact the area in a positive way,” he said.

Visit the Ypsilanti Citizen this evening for updated information regarding Friday's shooting.



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