The start of construction on the re-building of Ypsilanti's Rutherford pool is so close you can almost hear the sounds of folks enjoying a cool dip on a hot summer day. But as WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, work won't begin until $51,000 is raised.
High school students in the new Ypsilanti Community School District will attend Ypsilanti High School next year. Middle school students will attend classes at what is now Willow Run High School and the adjoining Willow Run Intermediate Learning Center. Hear more from WEMU's 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.
The Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail is a step closer to completion, thanks to an easement obtained by the City of Ypsilanti from Fischer Honda on Michigan Avenue.
Ypsilanti City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the easement will clear the way for a pedestrian bridge to be built from Riverside Park to a corner of the Fischer Honda property, with an improved Michigan Avenue crossing then linking the trail to the Water Street re-development area.
Gillotti says the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission is covering the $38,000 cost of the easement.
A group of about 35 people, most of them students, got together last night in the Ypsilanti High School media center to talk about mascot and school colors suggestions for Ypsilanti Community Schools.
The generational divide between the students and the adults was obvious, as most of the adults favored a mascot with historical significance, such as Bombers or Liberators, and the kids preferred something new, like Royals or Grizzlies.
Ypsilanti residents can plan for nice vegetable gardens on their property this summer, now that city council has approved an ordinance text amendment to allow for urban gardens in residential yards and vacant lots.
City Planner Teresa Gillotti says gardens can be grown in front, side and back yards, but must be set back three feet from the sidewalk and cannot obstruct the view for motorists.
Gillotti says area churches have been among those anxious to put vacant city lots to good use by planting gardens.
The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district holds a public forum Saturday morning to give the public a chance to talk about suggestions that have been received for a district mascot and colors.
Board member Maria Sheler-Edwards is co-chair of the committee looking into mascots and colors. She says the process will be similar to the way the district's name was chosen, with a pair of public forums to narrow the options down. She says a final recommendation is expected at the board's March 28th meeting.
The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night accepted a recommendation that the consolidated district move toward a year-round educational model. The board's High Quality Teachers and Teaching Advisory Committee believes year-round school will help keep students from losing much of what they've learned over an extended summer break. The board will now establish a work team to look into the different types of balanced calendar models and figure out which is best for the district. The public's input on the idea will also be sought. Year-round school wouldn't begin until the 20
The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board holds a public forum Saturday at noon to update progress toward merging the districts, and to address questions and concerns from the public. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board voted Monday night to have the Washtenaw Intermediate School District provide superintendent services during the transition period. Not many in the audience were happy with that decision. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
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.
A pilot program designed to encourage more Eastern Michigan University employees to live in the city of Ypsilanti has been so successful, it's getting a second year of funding. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has stepped up several services linking downtown Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Much of the service increase was in preparation for a county-wide transit authority. Now, with the county-wide plan stopped, the AATA is looking to expand its partnership with Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
It's a scenario no police department wants to be called to respond to, but one for which they must be prepared. WEMU's Bob Eccles joined officers from the Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University police departments this weekend for "active shooter" training.
A local brewing company has teamed up with one from Belgium to create a pair of new brews that have American and European influences. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on a special beer now brewing at Arbor Brewing Company's Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti.