City of Ypsilanti

WEMU News
3:15 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Schreiber Endorses Edmonds For Ypsilanti Mayor

Ypsilanti mayoral candidate Amanda Edmonds.
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Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber is officially throwing his support behind Amanda Edmonds in the three-way race to replace him.

Schreiber says Edmonds "would provide business experience that Ypsilanti City Council sorely needs." 

Edmonds is executive director of Growing Hope, and chair of the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority. 

Schreiber says Edmonds' collaborative approach "will be a refreshing addition to City Council". 

City council member Pete Murdock and community activist Tyrone Bridges are also on the August primary ballot.

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WEMU News
4:19 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Ypsilanti Fire Department Hopes Grants Will Fund Big Projects

Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange's proposed 2014-15 and 2015-16 budgets include $3 million for the fire department.

Some of that money would be used to repair and department's leaky roof.  The plan is to install solar panels on the roof as the repairs are completed.  It's estimated the panels could save the city $20-thousand a year in electricity costs. 

Grants and other funding will be sought to replace aging extrication gear and buy a new fire truck.

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Ypsilanti
6:43 am
Wed June 4, 2014

A Look From Inside Ypsilanti's Historic Water Tower

Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Water Tower is known far and wide for its historical significance and its...unusual shape.  89.1 WEMU's Bob Eccles recently had the chance to tour this remarkable structure.

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WEMU News
8:35 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Re-Built Rutherford Pool Opens Friday

Ypsilanti's re-built Rutherford Pool
Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti's Rutherford Pool finally re-opens Friday evening, following a two-year closure during which the pool was completely re-built.

The new pool will be much more cost-efficient than its worn-out predecessor, and features improvements like new lane laps, wheelchair ramps and a grassy deck area that can be used for picnicking. 

The grand re-opening takes place from 6-8 this evening.  It's free and open to the public.

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Ypsilanti
8:33 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Ypsilanti Budget Focuses On Public Safety, Economic Development

Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange wants to bolster the city's police and fire ranks, and dedicate more of his time to economic development.

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. 

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. 

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WEMU News
8:44 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Smooth Sailing On Ypsilanti Budget Front Thus Far

Credit Bob Eccles

The process of approving the city of Ypsilanti's next budget has been sailing along more smoothly than anyone can remember.

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. 

She says the city may not be where it wants to be, but Ypsilanti is generally doing well. 

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.

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WEMU News
1:09 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Hamilton Crossing Wins Award

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Ypsilanti's Hamilton Crossing housing development has been recognized by The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coaliton with its 2014 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Award.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Ypsilanti Housing Commission Executive Director  says the award recognizes the sense of community among residents, and the special programs offered at the complex. Zachary Fosler says those programs include computer training, employment connections, health care and after school programs.

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WEMU News
7:30 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Pierce Withdraws From Ward One Ypsilanti Council Race

Steve Pierce.
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Ypsilanti businessman Steve Pierce has withdrawn from the race to represent Ward One on Ypsilanti city council.

Pierce says he filed essentially just to make sure there was a name on the ballot.  Incumbent council member Ricky Jefferson announced he wasn't running again just days before the filing deadline. 

Pierce withdrew to clear the way for the other person who filed on time - Nicole Brown - to run.

"I think she's going to do a fabulous job in representing Ward One," Pierce says, "so I'm looking forward to having her as my next  city council member."

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WEMU News
8:22 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

2014 Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Loses, Adds Attractions

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival board chair David Nickerson addresses Ypsilanti City Council in early December, 2013.
Credit Bob Eccles

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.

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. 

David Nickerson is chair of the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival board.

"With that being primarily presented at Riverside Arts, especially this last year we noticed that people weren't necessarily flowing up out of the park and to that event and to the venue," Nickerson says.

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Construction
5:53 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Washtenaw Avenue At College Place To Re-Open Friday

Sinkhole on eastbound Washtenaw Avenue at College Place in Ypsilanti.
Credit Bob Eccles

The right and center lanes of eastbound Washtenaw Avenue should re-open sometime Friday, as repairs are made to a sinkhole caused by failure of a storm water line.

The city of Ypsilanti assisted M-DOT with the repairs Tuesday.  M-DOT says concrete will be poured Wednesday, and the road should be back to three lanes of traffic on Friday.

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WEMU News
4:46 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Three Candidates Seeking To Be Ypsilanti's Next Mayor

Credit City of Ypsilanti

The Ypsilanti Mayoral race has become a little more crowded.  

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Ypsilanti
7:41 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Sinkhole Closes Two Lanes Of Washtenaw Avenue In Ypsilanti

Sinkhole on eastbound Washtenaw Avenue at College Place in Ypsilanti
Bob Eccles

A sinkhole has caused the closure of all but one lane of eastbound Washtenaw Avenue at College Place in Ypsilanti.

Orange barrels, barricades and yellow caution tape surround the hole, which measures about 20 feet long by 12 feet wide by six feet deep.

The right and center lanes of eastbound Washtenaw Avenue are closed at College Place, just past the water tower.  Traffic is using the left lane to get through.

No word on what caused the road to fail, or how long it will take to make repairs.

Ypsilanti
5:24 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Ypsilanti Council Members Robb, Vogt Turn In Nominating Petitions

Credit Bob Eccles

The last two Ypsilanti City Council members whose terms expire in November have submitted petition signatures to run for re-election.

City Clerk Frances McMullen says Brian Robb and Daniel Vogt submitted signatures.  Robb represents Ypsilanti's 2nd ward, while Vogt represents Ward 3. 

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.  The Ward One representative announced last week he won't seek re-election when his term expires in November. 

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WEMU News
4:57 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Paint Ypsi Expands After Successful Pilot Season

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After a successful pilot program last year, the Depot Town Community Development Corporation is launching its Paint Ypsi program with the goal of painting 20 homes this year.

Erik Dotzauer is Executive Director of the Depot Down C-D-C.  He says they're looking to help groups like veterans, the elderly and those with disabilities by painting their homes for free.

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Ypsilanti
4:25 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Zingerman's, Espresso Royale May Be Coming To Depot Town

The Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.
Credit Bob Eccles

Zingerman's could be coming to Ypsilanti.

Thompson Block partner Tyler Weston says Zingerman's has signed a letter of intent to occupy retail space in the renovated building, as has Espresso Royale.

"We're really excited to have both of these amazing local entrepreneurs in our building," Weston says, noting that a letter of intent is just the first step.

"It's non-binding, but we're hoping to work together with them to make them a great space in our building and bring them lots of business."

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WEMU News
7:08 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Ricky Jefferson Will Not Seek Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council

Ypsilanti City Council member Ricky Jefferson.
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Ypsilanti City Council member Ricky Jefferson says he will not seek re-election.

Jefferson has represented Ward One since winning election in 2010, and told WEMU news earlier this month that he was interested in another term.

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."

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WEMU News
3:04 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council Member Pete Murdock Running For Mayor

Ypsilanti city council member and mayoral candidate Pete Murdock.
Credit Pete Murdock

Ypsilanti City Council member Pete Murdock says he's filed nominating petitions to run for Mayor.

Murdock says Ypsilanti has done a lot to "right its ship", and he'd like to help maintain that direction.

"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."

Murdock says public safety and economic development will continue to be big issues, and he's hopeful the AAATA transit millage will pass next month.

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Community
2:34 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Ypsilanti Residents Glad Road Repairs Are Coming

Prospect Road across from Prospect Park.
Credit Bob Eccles

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.

Jim Mufarreh owns Prospect Party Store at Prospect and Forest.

"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."

Mark Naess lives in the area, and he says the road is almost undriveable.

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WEMU News
1:04 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Funding Road Repairs

Ypsilanti City Council tonight is expected to consider a resolution to spend $249,000 to fix some of the city's worst roads. 

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.

The resolution up for council's consideration would target four specific sections of city streets:

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WEMU News
1:21 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Amanda Edmonds Files Nominating Petitions

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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.

The Growing Hope Executive Director submitted her petitions Friday, according to Ypsilanti City Clerk Frances McMullan.

Mayor Paul Schreiber is not seeking re-election. There are no other announced candidates to replace him at this time.

Municipal candidates have until April 22nd to file nominating petitions with their local clerk's office.

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WEMU News
8:20 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Solar Ypsi Ready To Get Busy Installing Solar Panels

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Solar Ypsi is close to kicking off another season of work trying to expand the use of solar power in Ypsilanti.

Solar Ypsi founder Dave Strenski says their first project will be to install solar panels on the roof of the Freighthouse in Depot Town.  After that, they'll turn their attention to the building that houses the city's fire department.

"They need a new roof," Strenski says, "and so we want to try and figure out if they can integrate solar with that."

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WEMU News
2:32 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Ricky Jefferson, Daniel Vogt Seeking Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council

Ypsilanti City Council member Ricky Jefferson
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The terms of three Ypsilanti city council members expire in November, and at least two of them are seeking re-election.

Ricky Jefferson represents the city's first ward, and he tells WEMU news he'd like another term in office.

Daniel Vogt represents ward two. He says he'll file for re-election soon.

Council member Brian Robb's term also ends in November. He hasn't indicated whether he'll seek re-election. 

Mayor Paul Schreiber won't seek another term, and Growing Hope executive director Amanda Edmonds is running to take his place. 

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WEMU News
11:57 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council Approves Same-Sex Marriage Resolution, Park Improvements

Prospect Park basketball court
Bob Eccles

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.

The vote was six to one, with  Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson voting "no", arguing that the issue should be allowed to finish its journey through the court system.

The resolution will be forwarded to Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette.

City Council also approved improvements at two city parks requested by council members Brian Robb and Pete Murdock.

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WEMU News
1:23 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council To Ask State of Michigan To Withdraw Appeal Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Council is poised to send a message to the state on the issue of same-sex marriage.

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.

 If adopted, copies of the resolution will be sent to the offices of the Governor and Attorney General.

Ypsilanti City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, One S. Huron St., downtown. 

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WEMU News
12:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Ypsilanti Adds Three Fire Fighters Through SAFER Grant

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The city of Ypsilanti has used a grant received in January to hire three more fire fighters.

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.

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.

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