Ypsilanti City Council http://wemu.org en Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Purchase Agreement For East Side Rec Center http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-consider-purchase-agreement-east-side-rec-center <p>Ypsilanti City Council recently closed on a deal to sell a parcel of Water Street property for a Family Dollar Store, and there's no time to relax before the next proposal lands on council's plate.</p><p></p><p></p><p>A purchase agreement for Washtenaw County's proposed east side rec center is on council's Tuesday night agenda.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:30:38 +0000 Bob Eccles 48323 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Purchase Agreement For East Side Rec Center Ypsilanti Fire Department Hopes Grants Will Fund Big Projects http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-fire-department-hopes-grants-will-fund-big-projects <p>Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange's proposed 2014-15 and 2015-16 budgets include $3 million for the fire department.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Some of that money would be used to repair and department's leaky roof.&nbsp; The plan is to install solar panels on the roof as the repairs are completed.&nbsp; It's estimated the panels could save the city $20-thousand a year in electricity costs.&nbsp;</p><p>Grants and other funding will be sought to replace aging extrication gear and buy a new fire truck.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:19:38 +0000 Bob Eccles 47067 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Fire Department Hopes Grants Will Fund Big Projects Ypsilanti Council OKs Budget Amendments For Freighthouse, Non-Motorized Projects, Traffic Calming http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-council-oks-budget-amendments-freighthouse-non-motorized-projects-traffic-calming <p>Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night signed off on a handful of budget amendements that direct funds toward non-motorized plan projects, renovation work at the Freighthouse, and future traffic calming projects.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Council member Pete Murdock says the $220,000 for the Freighthouse will go toward upgrading mechanical systems.&nbsp;</p><p>Other amendments include spending $100,000 over the next two budget years on non-motorized projects like the Border-to-Border Trail and a mid-block pedestrian crossing on Michigan Avenue near Water Street.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:13:59 +0000 Bob Eccles 46870 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Council OKs Budget Amendments For Freighthouse, Non-Motorized Projects, Traffic Calming Ypsilanti Budget Focuses On Public Safety, Economic Development http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-budget-focuses-public-safety-economic-development <p>Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange wants to bolster the city's police and fire ranks, and dedicate more of his time to economic development.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Those needs are reflected in the two-year city budget Lange has presented to City Council which, having concluded a pair of budget sessions, will now fine-tune the spending plan.&nbsp;</p><p>Lange wants to give his assistant some of his duties - along with a $10,000 pay raise - and spend $55,000 to hire another city planner so that he and planner Teresa Gillotti can focus on economic development.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 00:33:15 +0000 Bob Eccles 46292 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Budget Focuses On Public Safety, Economic Development Smooth Sailing On Ypsilanti Budget Front Thus Far http://wemu.org/post/smooth-sailing-ypsilanti-budget-front-thus-far <p>The process of approving the city of Ypsilanti's next budget has been sailing along more smoothly than anyone can remember.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>That's according to Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson, who says city department heads are aware of the city's financial situation, and have crafted their budgets accordingly.&nbsp;</p><p>She says the city may not be where it wants to be, but Ypsilanti is generally doing well.&nbsp;</p><p>City Council has another budget session scheduled for May 22nd, but since the process has been moving along so smoothly, that session may not be needed.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:44:44 +0000 Bob Eccles 45857 at http://wemu.org Smooth Sailing On Ypsilanti Budget Front Thus Far Pierce Withdraws From Ward One Ypsilanti Council Race http://wemu.org/post/pierce-withdraws-ward-one-ypsilanti-council-race <p>Ypsilanti businessman Steve Pierce has withdrawn from the race to represent Ward One on Ypsilanti city council.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Pierce says he filed essentially just to make sure there was a name on the ballot.&nbsp; Incumbent council member Ricky Jefferson announced he wasn't running again just days before the filing deadline.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:30:02 +0000 Bob Eccles 45135 at http://wemu.org Pierce Withdraws From Ward One Ypsilanti Council Race 2014 Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Loses, Adds Attractions http://wemu.org/post/2014-ypsilanti-heritage-festival-loses-adds-attractions <p>This year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival will look as bit different than in past years, as new attractions are added and others decide to strike out on their own.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Among the elements that won't be part of the festival this year is Chautauqua at the Riverside, which is moving to October this year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:22:57 +0000 Bob Eccles 44853 at http://wemu.org 2014 Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Loses, Adds Attractions Three Candidates Seeking To Be Ypsilanti's Next Mayor http://wemu.org/post/three-candidates-seeking-be-ypsilantis-next-mayor <p>The Ypsilanti Mayoral race has become a little more crowded. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:46:54 +0000 Bob Eccles 44780 at http://wemu.org Three Candidates Seeking To Be Ypsilanti's Next Mayor Ypsilanti Council Members Robb, Vogt Turn In Nominating Petitions http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-council-members-robb-vogt-turn-nominating-petitions <p>The last two Ypsilanti City Council members whose terms expire in November have submitted petition signatures to run for re-election.</p><p></p><p>City Clerk Frances McMullen says Brian Robb and Daniel Vogt submitted signatures.&nbsp; Robb represents Ypsilanti's 2nd ward, while Vogt represents Ward 3.&nbsp;</p><p>McMullen says a couple of people have also taken out petitions to try and get on the ballot to run for Ricky Jefferson's seat on council.&nbsp; The Ward One representative announced last week he won't seek re-election when his term expires in November.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:24:30 +0000 Bob Eccles 44721 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Council Members Robb, Vogt Turn In Nominating Petitions Ricky Jefferson Will Not Seek Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council http://wemu.org/post/ricky-jefferson-will-not-seek-re-election-ypsilanti-city-council <p>Ypsilanti City Council member Ricky Jefferson says he will not seek re-election.</p><p></p><p>Jefferson has represented Ward One since winning election in 2010, and told WEMU news earlier this month that he was interested in another term.</p><p>In a statement to supporters, neighbors and business owners, Jefferson said he has pondered the decision for months with his wife, his Pastor and his advisors, and came to the conclusion that "this is the best decision for my family, my supporters and me."</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:08:42 +0000 Bob Eccles 44602 at http://wemu.org Ricky Jefferson Will Not Seek Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council 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.&nbsp;</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 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 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 Next Step for Thompson Block: Brownfield Tax Credits http://wemu.org/post/next-step-thompson-block-brownfield-tax-credits <p>Developers of the Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town have secured a 12-year Obsolete Property Rehiabilitation Act tax credit from city council.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:39:41 +0000 Bob Eccles 43075 at http://wemu.org Next Step for Thompson Block: Brownfield Tax Credits 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 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 Residents Continue to Raise Concerns over Water Street Flats Proposal http://wemu.org/post/residents-continue-raise-concerns-over-water-street-flats-proposal <p>If Ypsilanti city staff had hoped to convince Sandy Ellinger that the proposed Water Street Flats affordable housing proposal is a good idea, they were not successful.</p><p>Ellinger wasn't for or against the proposal when she came to Tuesday night's City Council workshop on the project, but at the end of the meeting she said if it were up to a vote of the people, she'd vote "no".</p><p>Ellinger said she had concerns that the city was going to be "left holding the bag" if the proposal doesn't work out, and she said the appearance of the building was also worrisome.&nbsp;</p><p>The city plans to sell a 3.14 acre parcel of land on the southern edge of the Water Street Redevelopment Area to a developer who would build a four-story, 90-unit apartment building there.&nbsp;</p><p>Everyone who spoke on the subject during the public comment period last night had concerns, which you can listen to below.&nbsp;</p><p>City Council is expected to consider a purchase agreement for the project at its March 4th meeting.</p><ul><li><a href="http://cityofypsilanti.com/Portals/0/docs/Mayor%20and%20City%20Council/Records/2014/Packets/water%20street%20flats%20work%20session%20presentation.pdf">View the city's Water Street Flats presentation here</a>.</li></ul><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:10:12 +0000 Bob Eccles 42069 at http://wemu.org Residents Continue to Raise Concerns over Water Street Flats Proposal 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