Ypsilanti Citizen News Sidetrack

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. champions for fire safety

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Changes made to burning ordinance

By Christine Laughren
Nov. 8, 2008    ·    3:26 p.m.


The Superior Township Board is sending out a “news you can use” brochure to members of the community in an effort to educate residents on fireplace safety and an amendment to its burning ordinance.

The Fireplace safety brochures have been created in the wake of several local fires in the past year. Township Supervisor William McFarlane said the brochures are expected to cost the Township $1,200.

“This may be considered high unless it can saves one person or one home,” McFarlane said.

McFarlane reported that the latest chimney fire came from Oakbrook Subdivision. He said the flue was not properly venting, causing it to overheat and catch fire.

“In the past year we have also had fires originating from the fireplace bases where mortar dried up and embers fell into the cracks causing fires,” the supervisor said.

Along with the ten fireplace safety tips on the brochure, planned to be sent out later this month, is information regarding the adoption of an ordinance to prohibit outdoor burning in residential areas with a density of four or more houses per acre. The ordinance applies to all subdivisions and condominium projects in the Township but not to outdoor fireplaces.

Township trustee Brenda McKinney said she was glad to see the ordinance come to the table.

“Stop the burning,” McKinney said during the board’s discussion.

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