Ypsilanti City Council

Local News
4:11 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Ypsilanti On Verge Of Joining AATA

The city of Ypsilanti is on the verge of becoming a member of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authortiy.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Public Safety
3:07 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Ypsi City Council Hears Fire Fighters' Presentation

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Despite warnings from the City Manager that it amounted to negotiating Ypsilanti fire fighters' contract in public, city council Tuesday night heard a presentation on why fire fighters don't like the idea of a hybrid police and fire department.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Safety
4:31 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Local Support For State Effort To Limit Fireworks Use

An Ypsilanti City Council member is applauding the state legislature for considering a measure that would allow local governments to restrict the hours during which consumer fireworks can be used. 

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Public Safety
5:01 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Ypsi Firefighters to Present Hybrid Police/Fire Concerns to City Council

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It looks as though Ypsilanti City Council will go ahead and allow the city's firefighters union to make a presentation on why it believes a hybrid police and fire model is wrong for Ypsilanti. 

City Manager Ralph Lange has recommended cross-training police to also respond to fires as a way to make the best use of city employees. 

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Marijuana In Ypsilanti
9:19 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Question Before Ypsilanti City Council

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There are several items on the Ypsilanti City Council agenda tonight. AS WEMU's Bob Eccles explains, among the more interesting is consideration of a moratorium on licenses for new medical marijuana dispensaries.

Make sure to catch "Morning Edition"  with WEMU's David Fair on Wednesday for a full wrap-up of this evenings Ypsilanti City Council meeting.

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Government
8:56 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Ypsilanti approves a Water Street Development Project

Ypsilanti City Council has approved a purchase agreement for a portion of the Water Street Property. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the action will result in a new, Family Dollar Store.

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Local News
12:46 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Ypsi City Council Approves Family Dollar Purchase Agreement

Ypsilanti City Council has approved a purchase agreement for a Family Dollar store to be built on the northeast corner of the Water Street re-development area.

The approval came after the developer agreed to some changes to make the store fit better with the city’s vision for the property, including moving the store to the northwest corner of the point-eight-five acre parcel.

The city is selling the parcel for $210,000. 

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Local News
10:07 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Late-Night Re-Consideration Saves Ypsilanti Police Contract

Ypsilanti city council Tuesday night approved a contract with the city's police officers union.  The approval followed a tie vote earlier in the meeting that rejected the contract.

Council members Brian Robb, Susan Moeller and Pete Murdock had voted "no" on the contract.  Moeller wasn't happy that the contract didn't include raises.  Robb wanted pension costs for Police Officers Association members capped, similar to the city's contract with the Command Officers Association.  Council member Daniel Vogt was not present at the meeting.

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Ypsilanti City Council
9:39 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Ypsi Council Update: Dollar Store, Water Street, & AATA

The 2010 aerial below shows the redevelopment area; however, there are no structures remaining on the site.
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Ypsilanti's city council got an update on the Family Dollar store proposal for the Water Street development area Tuesday night.   Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

In other action Tuesday night, Ypsilanti's city council voted to become of member of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority.  

Also, with only six councilmembers present, approval of a new contract with the Ypsilanti Police Officers Associaton failed on a 3-3 vote.

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Local News
1:59 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Proposed Master Plan and Water Street Rec Center Clash

Planning Commission member Richard Murphy
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Council may face some tough decisions on developing Water Street, as the process of updating the city's Master Plan clashes with plans for a county recreation center on the northwest corner of the property. 

The design team that's taking public input and converting it into recommendations for council recommends locating the proposed recreation center further south on the parcel, mostly due to the building's large size and parking requirements.

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Ypsi City Council
10:24 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Ypsi City Council Member Proposes Having Charter Amendments At The Ready

Ypsilanti City Council member Pete Murdock
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One Ypsilanti city council member thinks it would be wise for the city to be ready to add some charter amendment issues to the ballot in the event the state puts a road construction funding issue up for a vote. 

Council member Pete Murdock has four charter amendments in mind, most of which have been previously recommended by the city’s Charter Commission. 

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Environment
2:06 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

No Action Taken On Environment Michigan Solar Proposal

Solar panels at the Corner Brewery
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Environment Michigan Tuesday night made a presentation to Ypsilanti City Council on how the city could become a solar energy leader in Michigan, but its recommendation that the city set a goal of having solar panels on 1,000 roofs by the year 2020 was not immediately acted upon. 

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Ypsilanti City Council
8:47 am
Wed April 10, 2013

City Clears Another Hurdle for DTE Solar Array

Ypsilanti's city council has approved easements and a 20 year lease for the site the city hopes DTE Energy will choose to construct a large solar panel array.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Local News
7:12 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Group Suggests 1,000 Solar Roofs In Ypsilanti By 2020

Solar panels on the roof of the Ypsi Food Co-Op
Credit Bob Eccles

A new report says Ypsilanti could benefit both environmentally and financially from becoming a “solar destination”, and recommends the city set the goal of having solar panels installed on 1,000 city roofs by the year 2020. 

Environment Michigan says the city would benefit from revenue from permits that would be required to install solar panels. 

The group says a study in California showed solar panels added $20-thousand to the value of a home. 

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Ypsilanti
2:22 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Moratorium Proposed in Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson thinks it's time for a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. 

Talks are underway which could lead to a new dispensary on the east side of South Huron street, just north of I-94.  Richardson says the city doesn't need another dispensary.

Richardson says Ypsilanti Township limits medical marijuana dispensaries, and the city should, too.  She has not made an official proposal to limit the number of dispensaries in the city, but she appears to have support from at least two of her colleagues on city council. 

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Ypsilanti City Council
12:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Council Delays Family Dollar Plan for Water Street

Ypsilanti's city council has put off a decision on a purchase agreement that would have a Family Dollar store built on the northeast corner of the Water Street redevelopment area.  The delay is due, in part,  to the city's master plan update.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ypsilanti
9:38 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Schreiber Delivers State-of-the-City Address

Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber gives his State-of-the-City speech
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber gave his state-of-the-city address Tuesday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles. 

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Ypsilanti City Council
10:54 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Council Considers Street Lighting Assessment

Ypsilanti's city council held a work session Tuesday night to discuss a possible special assessment for street lights.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ypsilanti City Council
9:38 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Council Members Appointed to Collaboration Committee

New committee formed between local government's and Eastern Michigan University should provide a pathway for more efficient collaborations.
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The city of Ypsilanti will be represented on a committee created to make collaboration between the city, Ypsilanti Township, and Eastern Michigan University more efficient.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ypsilanti City Council
9:41 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Council Backs More Urban Gardening in Ypsilanti

Disagreement Tuesday night over the issue of hoop houses and greenhouses nearly scuttled legislation before Ypsilanti's city council designed to expand urban gardening opportunities.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ypsilanti City Council
9:05 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Ypsi Backs Withdrawal from Regional Transit Authority

Ypsilanti's city council has approved a resolution supporting Ann Arbor's efforts to have Washtenaw County excluded from the regional transit authority for southeast Michigan.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Business
8:47 am
Wed January 23, 2013

City Approves Sidetrack Tax Abatement

Exterior of Sidetrack

Ypsilanti's city council has approved a tax break to help with renovation and expansion of the Sidetrack Bar and Grill in Depot Town.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles. 

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Ypsilanti City Council
10:04 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Benefits Reduced for New Hires in Ypsilanti

A resolution adopted Tuesday night by Ypsilanti's city council reduces benefits new city hires will receive compared to current workers.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ypsilanti City Council
10:26 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Council Sets Goals for 2013

Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange (l) and Mayor Paul Schreiber
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti's city council has set its list of priorities for 2013.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has details on council's goal-setting session.

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Ypsilanti City Council
9:33 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Ypsilanti Stays with Chamber of Commerce

Council members Susan Moeller and Brian Robb joined Pete Murdock in voting to leave chamber.
Credit Bob Eccles

The city of Ypsilanti will maintain its membership in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A resolution to withdraw form the organization was defeated Tuesday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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