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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

Ypsi DDA to vote on ending interim director's contract

Pictured, Interim DDA Director Jennifer Coe. The DDA's executive director search committee cited Coe’s $75 per-hour salary, which works out to approximately $1,200 a week, as reason for the termination of the contract. Photo by File photo

Pictured, Interim DDA Director Jennifer Coe. The DDA's executive director search committee cited Coe’s $75 per-hour salary, which works out to approximately $1,200 a week, as reason for the termination of the contract.
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Ad hoc committee to recommend holding on re-posting position, additional hours for interns

By Christine Laughren
Feb. 5, 2010    ·    3:12 p.m.

Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority’s Ad Hoc Executive Director Search Committee will recommend the DDA hold off on re-posting for the director position and terminate its contract with its current interim director.

The directive came after Teresa Gillotti, the front-runner for the position, accepted a job offer from the City earlier this week. Gillotti, who currently works as Ypsilanti’s Michigan State University Extension planner, will begin her new position, taking over for Richard Murphy as city planner Feb. 15.

The ad hoc search committee meeting took place at City Hall this morning, directly after the DDA’s Executive Committee met to discuss what to expect and directions to take surrounding Gillotti’s transition from the DDA to a full-time employee with the City.

Gillotti, who currently splits her time between the DDA and the City, said she typically works about three days a week for the DDA.

The ad hoc committee decided it would recommend the DDA hold off on re-posting the position for about a month while it evaluated a change in structure, also discussed at this morning’s meeting.

Two part-time interns, Tracy Lewis and Jessica deBlacam, will be given more hours and responsibilities to fill the shoes of Gillotti when she leaves. In addition, the DDA plans to end its contract with Interim Director Jennifer Coe, an associate with Carlisle/Wortman Associates, Inc.

The DDA committee cited Coe’s $75 per-hour salary, which works out to approximately $1,200 a week, as reason for the termination of the contract.

Mayor Paul Schreiber recommended deBlacam act as interim director and increase her hours from approximately 20 hours a week to approximately 35 hours a week. If approved, deBlacam would also see a slight increase in pay as well.

Lewis, who typically works approximately 10 – 15 hours a week would most likely see a slight increase in her hours to approximately 25 per week.

Schreiber said deBlacam and Lewis could seek assistance from Coe as they saw fit.

“What struck me during [the Executive Committee] meeting was that they really spoke and supported each other,” Schreiber said of deBlacam and Lewis.

Rene Greff, who chairs the ad hoc search committee, said the DDA could even consider hiring a part-time office assistant to do menial office tasks such as answering the phones and putting together board packets.

“It’s still going to be a lot less money than we are spending now,” Greff said.

The DDA curently has several projects it is working on including its streetscape project, façade grant applications and preparing a budget to present to the City in April.

The DDA will vote on the recommendations made by the ad hoc search committee at its next regular meeting at 8 a.m., Feb. 18.

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