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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

Township takes resident to court over use of its land

The property being used as a barbecue manufacturing and retail operation along Ford Boulevard just south of Clark Road in Ypsilanti Township is actually owned by the township, which will take the adjacent resident to court over the matter. Photo by Mark Tower

The property being used as a barbecue manufacturing and retail operation along Ford Boulevard just south of Clark Road in Ypsilanti Township is actually owned by the township, which will take the adjacent resident to court over the matter.
Ypsilanti Farmers Market

Curfew extension passed by board of trustees

By Mark Tower
May. 21, 2010    ·    5:12 p.m.


Ypsilanti Township will be taking one if its resident to court over the illegal use of township property along Ford Boulevard just south of Clark Road, owing to a decision by the board of trustees Tuesday.

The property in question is owned by the township but has been fenced off by an adjacent property owner and used to build and sell large barbecue grills, something Township Attorney Doug Winters said was not an appropriate use of township property.

Mike Radzik, police services administrator for the township, said they have made more than 12 attempts to get compliance from the property owner and are now not getting any response to their requests.

“We have run out of all other options,” Radzik said. “We need a court order.”

The property owner has built a fence and shed on the area assessed as township property, he said. There are also signs along Ford Boulevard advertising the business, and Radzik said there was some concern about the nuisance of people stopping along the busy roadway to transact business over the fence.

The proposal to take the property owner to court and request an order from the judge forcing the resident to remove the fence and building from township land met with unanimous approval from trustees.

Curfew extension goes into effect in June
After the second reading of a proposal to extend the curfew for minors in Ypsilanti Township to begin at 10 p.m. nightly, trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to enact the revised curfew ordinance, which will go into effect on June 19.

The new curfew, which Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo said will be consistent with the City of Ypsilanti's, will run from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The previous curfew ordinance began at 11 p.m.

This change is part of a push by the township board to enhance safety and security in the township after attending neighborhood watch meetings and community forums in which residents expressed concerns about suspicious youth loitering in area neighborhoods.

The curfew applies to anyone in the township under the age of 18, though it does make exceptions for those who are out in relation to emergencies, employment, or with a parent or designated guardian. Penalties for curfew violations is $100 and/or 90 days in jail, and parents or guardians are held responsible if allowing the minor to be outside during curfew hours.

Public hearings set for tax exemption, inspection ordinance
Township residents are invited to give public comment on two issues at the 7 p.m. June 15 Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees meeting.

The first issue that will be discussed is a request from Integrating Sensing Systems, Inc. for an industrial facilities tax exemption certificate. A second public hearing will be held after the first for public review of a mobile home rental inspection ordinance the township is considering adopting.

All township meetings, as well as public hearings, are open to the public, and generally take place at 6 p.m. On the third Tuesday of each month at the Township Civic Center at 7200 South Huron River Drive. Special meetings are also routinely called with 24-hour notification.



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