washtenaw county http://wemu.org en Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-gauging-affordable-housing-need <p>Washtenaw County wants to get a better idea of how great the need is locally for affordable housing, and has launched an online needs assessment to help make that determination.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Paul Montagno is the Sustainable Communities Coordinator for Washtenaw County's Office of Community and Economic Development.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 49297 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need July 20-26 Gun Safety Week In Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/july-20-26-gun-safety-week-washtenaw-county <p>Law enforcment agencies across Washtenaw County hope to help prevent gun deaths by offering free gun lock kits during Gun Safety Week, July 20th through the 26th.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:49:56 +0000 Bob Eccles 48591 at http://wemu.org July 20-26 Gun Safety Week In Washtenaw County Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-helps-fund-washtenaw-county-animal-control-services <div><h1 style="margin-bottom:15.0pt;line-height:33.75pt">The City of Ann Arbor will spend 135-thousand dollars to support animal control services in Washtenaw County.&nbsp;</h1></div><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:53:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48416 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks' http://wemu.org/post/irwin-blasts-road-funding-earmarks <p>A local state representative is among Democrats crying "foul" in Lansing over the latest round of road funding.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The state chose projects that'll receive $115 million in funding based on request from lawmakers, and Democrats complain that most of the work is being done in districts represented by majority Republicans.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 48262 at http://wemu.org Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks' Washtenaw County Population Growing http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-population-growing <p>Good new from the U.S. Census Bureau for Washtenaw County.</p><p></p><p>According to the Bureau, the County's population grew by .87 percent last year, one of the largest increases in southeast Michigan.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:49:14 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 47936 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Population Growing DTE Energy Working To Restore Power Across Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/dte-energy-working-restore-power-across-washtenaw-county <p>Storms that rolled through Washtenaw County knocked out power to several thousand DTE Energy customers Wednesday afternoon.</p><p></p><p>The utility's outage map shows three main affected areas:</p><ul><li>Dexter Township area: &nbsp;500-1500 customers without electricity.</li><li>Webster Township area: &nbsp;100-500 customers affected.</li><li>Southern edge of Ann Arbor into Pittsfield Township: &nbsp;1500-2500 customers in the dark.</li></ul><p>Numerous smaller scattered outages have also been reported.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:28:45 +0000 Bob Eccles 47549 at http://wemu.org DTE Energy Working To Restore Power Across Washtenaw County Ringleaders Identified In Recent Gang-Related Crime Surge http://wemu.org/post/ringleaders-identified-recent-gang-related-crime-surge <p>The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has identified three or four individuals believed to be the leaders in a recent rash of juvenile gang-related trouble at the Huron Heights apartment complex on Leforge Road.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Director of Community Engagement Derrick Jackson says a group of mostly middle school to early high schoolers has been mimicking gang behavior, leading to numerous calls for police service.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:44:08 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 47190 at http://wemu.org Ringleaders Identified In Recent Gang-Related Crime Surge Washtenaw County Seeks Public Input On Former Juvenile Center's Future http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-seeks-public-input-former-juvenile-centers-future <p>Washtenaw County will seek the community's thoughts on what to do with the former Juvenile Center property on Platt Road.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A consultant will spend the next seven months helping the county decide how to proceed.&nbsp;</p><p>Plans call for a three-day charrette to give the public a chance to weigh in on the future use of the 13-point-five acre parcel, but dates for that workshop have not been set.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:43:53 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 47189 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Seeks Public Input On Former Juvenile Center's Future Deer Management In Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/deer-management-ann-arbor <p>Deer overpopulation in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County is responsible for increasing home and vehicle property damage and is threatening the area's ecological balance.</p><p>This week, David Fair talks with Maurita Holland about the issues creating the problem and the potential solutions.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 David Fair 47086 at http://wemu.org Deer Management In Ann Arbor News Mixed In Washtenaw County Foreclosure Auctions http://wemu.org/post/news-mixed-washtenaw-county-foreclosure-auctions <p>This year's tax foreclosure auctions are a mixed bag for Washtenaw County.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:16:18 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 46934 at http://wemu.org News Mixed In Washtenaw County Foreclosure Auctions When It Rains, It Pours: Local Efforts To Contain Floodwaters http://wemu.org/post/when-it-rains-it-pours-local-efforts-contain-floodwaters <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152003864&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio-description">Water is life-giving, but too much, too fast is destructive. Climate change is causing more severe rainstorms, creating challenges for both homeowners and municipal governments.</div><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 46567 at http://wemu.org When It Rains, It Pours: Local Efforts To Contain Floodwaters Re-Development Of Powertrain Plant Could Mean 7,800 New Jobs http://wemu.org/post/re-development-powertrain-plant-could-mean-7800-new-jobs <p>Washtenaw County could soon get a major boost to its economy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The county has applied for a nearly one million dollar federal grant to convert the old GM Powertrain plant in Ypsilanti Township into a research &amp; development facility for connected and automated vehicles.</p><p>County Administrator Verna McDaniel says if the grant is approved, it could lead to creation of 7,800 research and skilled trade jobs.</p><p>McDaniel says the county should know one way or the other in the next two to three weeks.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:42:56 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 46596 at http://wemu.org Re-Development Of Powertrain Plant Could Mean 7,800 New Jobs Chief Of Chelsea Area Fire Authority Continues Recovery From Farm Accident http://wemu.org/post/chief-chelsea-area-fire-authority-continues-recovery-farm-accident <p>Chelsea Area Fire Authority Chief Jim Payeur is alert and fully functional, as he continues his recovery from serious injuries suffered in a farm accident this past Friday evening.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>That's according to Fire Authority Board Chair Rod Anderson, who says he and the board have agreed informally that there's no need to name an interim Chief.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:38:49 +0000 Bob Eccles 46595 at http://wemu.org Chief Of Chelsea Area Fire Authority Continues Recovery From Farm Accident Events Focus On Opioid Addiction, Recovery http://wemu.org/post/events-focus-opioid-addiction-recovery <p>A series of events over the next couple of weeks aim to address the issue of opioid use in Washtenaw County.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Glynis Anderson is founder of Home of New Vision, which is hosting a public awareness event Thursday evening at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital with remarks from a nationally-recognized expert on addiction, treatment and recovery.<br /><br />Anderson says a workshop Friday is designed to help those who've recovered from opioid addiction share their story of recovery.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:37:23 +0000 Bob Eccles 46581 at http://wemu.org Events Focus On Opioid Addiction, Recovery Washtenaw County Looks To Find Funds For Support Services To Help Homeless http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-looks-find-funds-support-services-help-homeless <div>A private endowment could one day fund important support services needed as homeless individuals transition into permanent housing. &nbsp;In 2008 a Washtenaw County task force recommended a millage to pay for this work until the endowment was funded. &nbsp;The economic downturn killed the tax idea, but the task force has continued to meet.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:24:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46541 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Looks To Find Funds For Support Services To Help Homeless As Summer Vacation Approaches Low-Income Food Programs Grow Important http://wemu.org/post/summer-vacation-approaches-low-income-food-programs-grow-important <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>With about one in six Washtenaw County children going hungry, free and reduced lunch programs are vital. As summer approaches <strong><a href="http://www.foodgatherers.org/" target="_blank">Food Gatherers</a></strong> and <strong><a href="http://www.ycschools.us/" target="_blank">Ypsilanti Community Schools</a></strong> are sponsoring <strong><a href="http://www.foodgatherers.org/?module=Page&amp;sID=summer-food" target="_blank">Summer Food Service Programs.</a></strong></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></div><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:52:32 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46483 at http://wemu.org As Summer Vacation Approaches Low-Income Food Programs Grow Important New Book On Ann Arbor's Architecture Released http://wemu.org/post/new-book-ann-arbors-architecture-released <div>A new book highlights the most important buildings of Ann Arbor. &nbsp;Susan Wineberg and Patrick McCauley's "Historic Ann Arbor: An architectural Guide" includes 375 of the city's outstanding structures. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:54:14 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46467 at http://wemu.org New Book On Ann Arbor's Architecture Released Critics Of Genetically Modified Organisms Will March In Ann Arbor Saturday http://wemu.org/post/critics-genetically-modified-organisms-will-march-ann-arbor-saturday <div>More companies are pledging not to use Genetically Modified Organisms. &nbsp;That's welcome news to organizers of March Against Monsanto events planned in Ann Arbor and hundreds of other locations Saturday. &nbsp;</div><div> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:27:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46284 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Officials Reject Tax For Road Work, Create Study Committee http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-officials-reject-tax-road-work-create-study-committee <div>Washtenaw County like most places in Michigan has plenty of roads that need work, particularly after the harsh winter we had this year. &nbsp;The Washtenaw County Commissioners have opted to form a committee to study options for fixing the roads rather than levy a .4 mill tax in December.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:37:55 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46269 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Officials Reject Tax For Road Work, Create Study Committee Eastern Michigan University Hosting Discussion On Human Trafficking http://wemu.org/post/eastern-michigan-university-hosting-discussion-human-trafficking <div>Michigan lawmakers are considering efforts to fight human trafficking. &nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.emich.edu/wcen/" target="_blank">Eastern Michigan Unviersity's Women's Resource Center</a></strong> Thursday hosts Senators Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons to share their proposals. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:31:19 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46268 at http://wemu.org Eastern Michigan University Hosting Discussion On Human Trafficking University Of Michigan Again Receives Record Number Of Applications http://wemu.org/post/university-michigan-again-receives-record-number-applications <div>Once again a record number of students applied to the University of Michigan. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's the 8th consecutive year U of M's admissions office has set a record for applications received.</span></div><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:25:41 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46267 at http://wemu.org University Of Michigan Again Receives Record Number Of Applications Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre Suspends Operations http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbors-performance-network-theatre-suspends-operations <p>Ann Arbor's <strong><a href="http://www.performancenetwork.org/" target="_blank">Performance Network Theatre</a></strong> has closed its doors. &nbsp;The board of directors suspended all operations effective immediately earlier Thursday. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:16:48 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46266 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre Suspends Operations Home Prices Up In Washtenaw County; Will Property Taxes Follow? http://wemu.org/post/home-prices-washtenaw-county-will-property-taxes-follow <p>In another sign of economic recovery, prices for homes in Washtenaw County are rising.</p><p></p><p></p><p>April's average home prices are up 10 percent from the same time last year, but that doesn't mean property taxes will be matching that increase.</p><p>County Treasurer Catherine McClary says Michigan law prevents property taxes from being raised by more than 5 percent a year.<br /><br />McClary says rising sale prices are a good sign for the county, and will make it easier for home owners to get out of an underwater mortgage.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 23:32:15 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 46231 at http://wemu.org Home Prices Up In Washtenaw County; Will Property Taxes Follow? Tony Hawk Adding To Excitement Around Ann Arbor Skatepark Grand Opening Plans http://wemu.org/post/tony-hawk-adding-excitement-around-ann-arbor-skatepark-grand-opening-plans <div>The grand-opening of Ann Arbor's new skatepark is a month away, but news that skating legend Tony Hawk will be at the opening has the skating community freaking out. &nbsp;President of the <strong><a href="http://a2skatepark.org/" target="_blank">Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark</a></strong> Trevor Staples says Hawk and several other professional skateboarders will give demonstrations as part of the opening event. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 20:21:45 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46217 at http://wemu.org Tony Hawk Adding To Excitement Around Ann Arbor Skatepark Grand Opening Plans Former Department Of Environmental Quality Official To Talk About Risks Of Oil Drilling http://wemu.org/post/former-department-environmental-quality-official-talk-about-risks-oil-drilling <div>The environmental risks of oil and gas developments and local solutions will be discussed Tuesday night at a meeting at the Scio Township Hall. &nbsp;Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards are hosting the meeting which will include consultant and former Department of Environmental Quality official Chris Grobbel.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:32:10 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46096 at http://wemu.org Former Department Of Environmental Quality Official To Talk About Risks Of Oil Drilling