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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 looks to reduce police, fire millages

Photo by Christine Laughren

Suprior Township Supervisor William McFarlane discusses reducing the police and fire millage, roadside garbage pick-up, Board of Review and an update from Sheriff's office.
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Supervisor estimates .16 mills in addition to Headlee

By Christine Laughren
Mar. 17, 2009    ·    12:14 a.m.

Superior Township is looking into reducing its police and fire millages beyond the “Headlee roll back” as a “symbolic” gesture to its constituents.

Township Supervisor William McFarlane said he thought the police millage would be reduced from 2.25 mills to 2.23 mills in the Headlee roll back. He estimated fire would be reduced from 3 mills to 2.98 mills.

In addition to those reductions, McFarlane said he would like to offer additional reductions at approximately .16 mills for police and fire combined.

“It’s still plenty of money to provide police service and fire service but in these difficult times I think it would be wise of us to put a little bit of money in resident’s pockets when we don’t really need it as much,” McFarlane said.

The Headlee roll back of 1978 requires municipalities to roll back millages when the community's total tax base is increasing faster than the inflation rate.

Township Trustee Nancy Caviston agreed and said she encouraged residents having more “disposable income.”

“I think it’s a great idea I would like to see more of that done without hindering our police and fire,” Caviston said.

In other Superior Township news:

Board consolidates summer meetings.
The Superior Township Board of Trustees is changing its meeting schedule to once a month during the summer.

The board will be meeting on the third Monday of every month as opposed to the first and third Monday.

The change was made due to the light amount of agenda items during the summer months. The Township also hopes to save a little money in electricity and other costs.

Meetings scheduled for May 4, June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3 have been canceled. The board’s regular schedule will resume in September.

Township commits to River Rouge funding
The township committed $7,359 to the Alliance of Rouge Communities for 2009. For more than a decade the township has committed money to the voluntary, public watershed dedicated to protecting and restoring the Rouge River.

Township Supervisor William McFarlane was in favor of continuing the alliance comprised of 40 municipalities and three counties. However he also said, “it seems like an awful lot of money.”

Township Trustee Nancy Caviston said Alliance of Rouge Communities was “necessary.”


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