City of Ypsilanti

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The City of Ypsilanti continues to move forward with plans to construct an Amtrak stop platform. 

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The Ypsilanti City Council has called a special meeting for early next Tuesday to decide whether or not to put the Water Street millage issue before voters once again in November.


The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area will host a forum tonight for the Democratic candidates running for State Representative of the 54th District.


Dedicated To Make A Change

The recent police-related shootings across the country have sparked conversations about race and policing in Washtenaw County.

The City of Ypsilanti recently held a public forum on the issue to determine what they need to do about it.

I spoke with Gail Wolkoff, the founder of Dedicated To Make A Change, a youth empowerment group in Ypsilanti.  She was at the forum and gives her take of the situation.

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The Ypsilanti Police-Community Relations Black Lives Matter Task Force is meeting in hopes of hearing from the community and dive more deeply into local policy change in light of recent police shootings around the country.

I spoke with Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds about the meeting.  She says growing interest in the task force has prompted them to move it to a bigger venue to accommodate more people and let concerned citizens have a voice.

Ralph Lange Resigns As Ypsilanti City Manager

Jul 9, 2016

Ypsilanti officials announced the retirement of City Manager Ralph Lange, effective August 5.


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The City of Ypsilanti starts work on a new affordable housing project today.


Like many cities in Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti is looking to improve road safety and they're turning to speed bumps. 

There's A New Mural In Downtown Ypsilanti

Jun 22, 2016
Amanda LeClaire

Ypsilanti's City Hall building has a new addition. It's an 11' by 22' mural designed by local artist Jermaine Dickerson.



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Late Tuesday night, Ypsilanti City Council approved a $14 million budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. 


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City of Ypsilanti officials are looking for "creative ways" to get people to stop speeding through neighborhoods.

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To make sure drivers pay their parking tickets, the City of Ypsilanti may implement measures used by other cities in Washtenaw County. 

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Ypsilanti officials are seeking the public’s opinion on closing North Grove and North Park streets to vehicle traffic.

Ypsilanti Mayor Discusses Local Issues With EMU Students

Mar 30, 2016
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About two dozen Eastern Michigan University students gathered to discuss politics and policy with Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds.

  Ypsilanti City Councilwoman Ann Brown wants to win election to the Michigan House of Representatives.  The 2nd Ward Democrat will run in the 54th district. That seat in Lansing is presently held by David Rutledge, a Superior Township Democrat. Brown, at one time, served  as a district manager for Rutledge who is being term-limited out of office in 2016. 


If you want to pay your parking tickets in person in the city of Ypsilanti you will have to go to a new location. 

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As of today, the city of Ypsilanti has a new service that will help protect the environment. 

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Ypsilanti Mayor, Amanda Edmonds, thinks economic development should solely focus on the new.

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Ypsilanti City Council has approved spending about $55,000 to buy 15 body-worn cameras for the police department.  The money will also pay for an upgrade to the department's in-car video system.

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Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night will consider paying for body-worn cameras for the police department.


Chief Tony DiGiusti is asking for $54,634 to not only pay for 15 body-worn cameras, but to upgrade the department's in-car video system. 

City Council will also consider transferring ownership of two parcels of land to the Ypsilanti Housing Commission to be used in part as offices where low-income residents can have access to the Internet and Family Empowerment Program counselors.

Three File For Ward Two Appointment

Dec 1, 2014
Bob Eccles

Three people filed paperwork by Monday's 5 p.m. deadline to be considered for appointment to Ypsilanti's vacant Ward two City Council seat.


Council member Susan Moeller resigned to spend more time with elderly family members. 

Beth Bashert, Gail Wolkoff and Anne Brown will now be interviewed by City Council at a special meeting on December 9. 

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Local efforts to restore Ypsilanti's historic Freighthouse have entered a new phase.  Ypsilanti City Council Member Pete Murdock is calling on the city and local organizations to help finish restoring the building.

Those efforts stalled after a State Historic Preservation Grant fell through.

Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority, city government and other local groups had previously pledged to contribute to the project if the grant was awarded.

It may feel like winter outside, but organizers of the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival have summer - and the 2015 edition of the festival - on their minds.

Festival board president David Nickerson says they need lots of help from the community in order to put on a successful event.

A New Resource For Renters Unhappy With Landlords

Nov 18, 2014
Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti renters having trouble with landlords have a new ally.  The Ypsilanti Tenants' Rights Association recently formed to advocate for renters having trouble with issues like harassment, neglect, or landlords who won't perform maintenance requests.

Alex Upham is a member of the Association, which was to introduce itself at Tuesday night's Ypsilanti City Council meeting. 

He says they're asking council to do what it can to help.

Bob Eccles

If you live in Ypsilanti's second ward and think you might like to serve in city government, now's your chance.  City Council is taking applications from people interested in filling the vacancy created by Susan Moeller's resignation.