City of Ypsilanti http://wemu.org en Ypsilanti City Council Member Pete Murdock Running For Mayor http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-member-pete-murdock-running-mayor <p>Ypsilanti City Council member Pete Murdock says he's filed nominating petitions to run for Mayor.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Murdock says Ypsilanti has done a lot to "right its ship", and he'd like to help maintain that direction.<br /><br />"We've done a lot of things financially and things are looking a little better than they were four years ago, six years ago," Murdock says. "I think I have the experience and knowledge to provide that leadership."</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:04:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 44472 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council Member Pete Murdock Running For Mayor Ypsilanti Residents Glad Road Repairs Are Coming http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-residents-glad-road-repairs-are-coming <p>People who live and work along Prospect Road in Ypsilanti are glad to hear the city has approved spending some money to patch up the road and improve driving conditions until the road is completely re-built next year.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Jim Mufarreh owns Prospect Party Store at Prospect and Forest.<br /><br />"Long time coming," Mufarreh says. "It's well-needed. It's terrible out there. It's a terrible road. It's been needed for years."</p><p>Mark Naess lives in the area, and he says the road is almost undriveable.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:34:06 +0000 Bob Eccles 44469 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Residents Glad Road Repairs Are Coming Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Funding Road Repairs http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-consider-funding-road-repairs <p>Ypsilanti City Council tonight is expected to consider a resolution to spend $249,000 to fix some of the city's worst roads.</p><p></p><p>Council member Ricky Jefferson says the city has already had to pay on a couple of claims of bent wheel rims, and the problem is only going to get worse if it's not addressed.</p><p></p><p>The resolution up for council's consideration would target four specific sections of city streets:</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:04:29 +0000 Bob Eccles 44411 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Funding Road Repairs Amanda Edmonds Files Nominating Petitions http://wemu.org/post/amanda-edmonds-files-nominating-petitions <p>Amanda Edmonds has filed the required number of nominating petitions for her name to appear on August primary ballot in the race to be Ypsilanti's next mayor.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Growing Hope Executive Director submitted her petitions Friday, according to </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> City Clerk Frances </span>McMullan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Mayor Paul Schreiber is not seeking re-election. There are no other announced candidates to replace him at this time.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:21:09 +0000 Bob Eccles 44357 at http://wemu.org Amanda Edmonds Files Nominating Petitions Solar Ypsi Ready To Get Busy Installing Solar Panels http://wemu.org/post/solar-ypsi-ready-get-busy-installing-solar-panels <p>Solar Ypsi is close to kicking off another season of work trying to expand the use of solar power in Ypsilanti.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Solar Ypsi founder Dave Strenski says their first project will be to install solar panels on the roof of the Freighthouse in Depot Town.&nbsp; After that, they'll turn their attention to the building that houses the city's fire department.<br /><br />"They need a new roof," Strenski says, "and so we want to try and figure out if they can integrate solar with that."</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:20:42 +0000 Bob Eccles 44278 at http://wemu.org Solar Ypsi Ready To Get Busy Installing Solar Panels Ricky Jefferson, Daniel Vogt Seeking Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council http://wemu.org/post/ricky-jefferson-daniel-vogt-seeking-re-election-ypsilanti-city-council <p>The terms of three Ypsilanti city council members expire in November, and at least two of them are seeking re-election.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Ricky Jefferson represents the city's first ward, and he tells WEMU news he'd like another term in office.</p><p></p><p>Daniel Vogt represents ward two. He says he'll file for re-election soon.</p><p></p><p>Council member Brian Robb's term also ends in November. He hasn't indicated whether he'll seek re-election.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:32:34 +0000 Bob Eccles 44016 at http://wemu.org Ricky Jefferson, Daniel Vogt Seeking Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council Ypsilanti City Council Approves Same-Sex Marriage Resolution, Park Improvements http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-approves-same-sex-marriage-resolution-park-improvements <p>Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night adopted a resolution asking the state to withdraw its appeal of the federal court ruling that says Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.</p><p>The vote was six to one, with&nbsp; Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson voting "no", arguing that the issue should be allowed to finish its journey through the court system.</p><p>The resolution will be forwarded to Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette.</p><p>City Council also approved improvements at two city parks requested by council members Brian Robb and Pete Murdock.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:57:24 +0000 Bob Eccles 43794 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council Approves Same-Sex Marriage Resolution, Park Improvements Ypsilanti City Council To Ask State of Michigan To Withdraw Appeal Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-ask-state-michigan-withdraw-appeal-same-sex-marriage-ruling <p>Ypsilanti&nbsp;City Council is poised to send a message to the state on the issue of same-sex marriage.</p><p>Council Tuesday night will consider a resolution asking Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to withdraw their appeal of a federal judge's ruling that Michigan's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;If adopted, copies of the resolution will be sent to the offices of the Governor and Attorney General.</span></p><p>Ypsilanti City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, One S. Huron St., downtown.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:23:11 +0000 Bob Eccles 43668 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council To Ask State of Michigan To Withdraw Appeal Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Ypsilanti Adds Three Fire Fighters Through SAFER Grant http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-adds-three-fire-fighters-through-safer-grant <p>The city of Ypsilanti has used a grant received in January to hire three more fire fighters.</p><p>The $800,000 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER grant has helped the city hire five dire fighters this year. It had been seven years since any new hires were financially possible.</p><p>The most recent additions to the Ypsilanti Fire Department include Justin Massey, who graduated from Eastern Michigan University this past winter and has worked part-time with the city of Riverview's fire department.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:40:11 +0000 Bob Eccles 43432 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Adds Three Fire Fighters Through SAFER Grant Trial Date Set For Demarius Reed Murder http://wemu.org/post/trial-date-set-demarius-reed-murder <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>ANN ARBOR&nbsp;— Two Detroit men are expected to stand trial in June on murder charges in the robbery and fatal shooting of an Eastern Michigan University football player.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:45:25 +0000 Associated Press 43416 at http://wemu.org Trial Date Set For Demarius Reed Murder Water Street Development Plans Coming Along http://wemu.org/post/water-street-development-plans-coming-along <p>Interest in Ypsilanti's Water Street redevelopment area continues to grow, as the three projects currently proposed&nbsp; make their way through the process.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>City Planner Teresa Gillotti says most of the interest lately is from residential developers.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:27:45 +0000 Bob Eccles 43213 at http://wemu.org Water Street Development Plans Coming Along Thompson Block Developers Secure First Commercial Tenant Letter of Intent http://wemu.org/post/thompson-block-developers-secure-first-commercial-tenant-letter-intent <p>With developers of the Thompson Block securing their first commercial letter of intent, City Council tonight will consider a tax exemption to help move redevelopment of the property forward.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Thompson Block partner Tyler Weston says a local restaurant entrepreneur has taken the first step toward becoming a tenant, and a coffee shop has also expressed interest.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:58:10 +0000 Bob Eccles 43007 at http://wemu.org Thompson Block Developers Secure First Commercial Tenant Letter of Intent Ypsilanti Snow Removal Ordinance Features Shorter Grace Period, Lower Fine for First Offense http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-snow-removal-ordinance-features-shorter-grace-period-lower-fine-first-offense <p>If you got a ticket in Ypsilanti after our latest round of snow, it's because you didn't clear your sidewalk within the required trimeframe.</p><p></p><p></p><p>City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the grace period for clearing snow is shorter this year than it was last year, "to try and keep the sidewalks clear sooner rather than later". The city now gives residents and business owners 24 hours to clear snow, as opposed to 48 hours.</p><p>Fines for first offenses have also been reduced from $50 to $15.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:59:07 +0000 Bob Eccles 42752 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Snow Removal Ordinance Features Shorter Grace Period, Lower Fine for First Offense Ypsilanti City Council Approves Water Street Flats Purchase Agreement http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-approves-water-street-flats-purchase-agreement <p>Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night voted 4-3 to approve a purchase agreement for the Water Street Flats affordable housing proposal.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 04:18:06 +0000 Bob Eccles 42352 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council Approves Water Street Flats Purchase Agreement Downtown Ypsilanti Businesses Split on Water Street Flats Proposal http://wemu.org/post/downtown-ypsilanti-businesses-split-water-street-flats-proposal <p>As Ypsilanti City Council prepares to vote on a purchase agreement for the Water Street Flats affordable housing proposal, downtown businesses are sounding off on the project.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Business owners have been portrayed as being united in opposition to it, but an informal survey shows most like the idea or don't really have an opinion. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:33:33 +0000 Bob Eccles 42292 at http://wemu.org Downtown Ypsilanti Businesses Split on Water Street Flats Proposal Ypsilanti Hires Two Fire Fighters with SAFER Grant Money http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-hires-two-fire-fighters-safer-grant-money <p>There were a couple of new faces on the Ypsilanti Fire Department this week.</p><p>The city brought two fire fighters on board using money from the federal SAFER grant it received last month.</p><p>Bruce Van Gemert comes to Ypsilanti with experience as a Paramedic Technician at St. Joseph Hospital. He has also been an on-call fire fighter for Van Buren Township.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:55:45 +0000 Bob Eccles 41902 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Hires Two Fire Fighters with SAFER Grant Money City of Ypsilanti to Convert Old Lights and Fixtures http://wemu.org/post/city-ypsilanti-convert-old-lights-and-fixtures <p>Ypsilanti City Council has approved replacing old lights and fixtures in city buildings and parking lots with more energy-efficient LED lights. &nbsp;</p><p>Changing the lights in City Hall, the police and fire departments and their adjoining parking lots is expected to cost $48,000, but will save the city between $8,000 and $12,000 a year in energy costs and about $8,000 a year in labor costs. &nbsp;</p><p>Rebates from D-T-E will save the city an additional $3,000 to $4,000 a year.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 05:02:34 +0000 Bob Eccles 41735 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council Won't Consider Surveillance Camera Policy http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-wont-consider-surveillance-camera-policy <p>Ypsilanti City Council won't be considering the issue of surveillance cameras in public places - at least not for now. &nbsp;</p><p>City Manager Ralph Lange asked council whether they'd like him to start working on a policy that would cover cameras in areas where crime has been a concern, like along LeForge Road. &nbsp;</p><p>The cameras would supplement surveillance equipment being installed by apartment complexes in the area. &nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Paul Schreiber and council member Pete Murdock said they were skeptical of the effectiveness of cameras in fighting crime.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 41734 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council votes down Special Events Policy http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-votes-down-special-events-policy <p>Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night voted down a Special Events Policy designed to go after fees and charges the city hasn't been collecting. &nbsp;</p><p>In voting "no", council member Brian Robb said if the city hasn't been collecting the fees, maybe it doesn't need to. &nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Paul Schreiber said he didn't think the public has had enough time to examine changes in the policy, which is available on the city's website. &nbsp;</p><p>The policy will likely be back before city council at its first meeting in March.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:58:46 +0000 Bob Eccles 41733 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council approves Speed Humps For Three Residential Streets Near Prospect Road http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-approves-speed-humps-three-residential-streets-near-prospect-road <p>Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night approved the installation of speed humps on several residential streets near Prospect Road, streets&nbsp;that neighbors say drivers use to avoid Prospect, which is in bad shape and scheduled for re-construction.&nbsp;</p><p>Several residents of Dwight Street spoke in favor of the temporary speed humps, which would be placed on Dwight, Hemphill and Stanley.&nbsp; The speed humps – on in each block, for a total of six – will cost the city $18,000</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:09:52 +0000 Bob Eccles 41727 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council Rates City Manager's Job Performance http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-rates-city-managers-job-performance <div>Ypsilanti City Council last night approved City Manager Ralph Lange's first performance evaluation. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Council member Brian Robb chaired the committee that oversaw the review. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 03:27:15 +0000 Bob Eccles 41443 at http://wemu.org Amanda Edmonds launches Ypsilanti Mayoral Bid http://wemu.org/post/amanda-edmonds-launches-ypsilanti-mayoral-bid <p>Growing Hope Executive Director Amanda Edmonds Tuesday night launched her bid to become Ypsilanti's next mayor with a party for supporters in Depot Town.</p><p>Edmonds said she believes her leadership skills are what the city needs to help it to continue to move forward.</p><p>Among those in attendance was current Mayor Paul Schreiber, who has announced he won't seek re-election.</p><p>Also on hand were former Mayor Cheryl Farmer and Washtenaw County Commissioners Yousef&nbsp;Rabhi and Conan Smith.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:57:31 +0000 Bob Eccles 41440 at http://wemu.org Amanda Edmonds launches Ypsilanti Mayoral Bid Ypsilanti City Council Postpones Action on Special Events Policy http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-postpones-action-special-events-policy <div>It'll be at least a couple more weeks before Ypsilanti City Council approves a new Special Events Policy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Council put the issue off until its next meeting in order to give organizers of events that might be affected by new or increased charges a chance to offer their thoughts. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Amanda Edmonds is Executive Director of Growing Hope, which runs the downtown Ypsilanti Farmer's Market.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Events like the Farmer's Market that run over a period of months could face additional street closure fees than have been assessed in the past, but Edmonds says it doesn't look like the Farmer's Market would pay substantially more than it does now.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city says it wants to do a better job of capturing&nbsp;fees that have "fallen through the cracks" in the past.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Council member Brian Robb calls the policy a "no win" for Ypsilanti.</span></div><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:03:16 +0000 Bob Eccles 41125 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Mayor Touts Benefits of AAATA Transit Improvement Plan http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-mayor-touts-benefits-aaata-transit-improvement-plan <p>Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber says he looks forward to residents of his city enjoying the benefits of enhanced transit options outlined in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's transit improvement plan.&nbsp;</p><p>Schreiber says improved public transportation will benefit both Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.</p><p>The Mayor says better bus service will help those who live in Ypsilanti and work in Ann Arbor, and will help the economies of both cities.</p><p>Schreiber says the local business infrastructure will also be a beneficiary of better transit.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:59:03 +0000 Bob Eccles 40856 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Mayor Touts Benefits of AAATA Transit Improvement Plan Ypsilanti Uses Federal Grant to Hire More Firefighters http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-uses-federal-grant-hire-more-firefighters <p>The ranks of Ypsilanti fire fighters are growing, <a href="http://wemu.org/post/federal-grant-help-ypsilanti-hire-additional-firefighters">thanks to an $800,000 federal grant</a>.</p><p></p><p>City Manager Ralph Lange says the money will allow the city to hire five fire fighters this year and next. &nbsp;He says the first five must be on board by April 8th.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:08:07 +0000 Bob Eccles 40791 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Uses Federal Grant to Hire More Firefighters