Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber hasn't said whether he'll run for re-election in 2014, but if he does, he'll face a challenge from Amanda Edmonds.
The Growing Hope Executive Director is also vice-chair of the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority. She's vice-chair of the Washtenaw Food Policy Council, and was appointed by the Governor to a similar organization at the state level.
The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education has adopted a resolution asking the state legislature to change the laws on the open carrying of firearms to specifically prohibit the practice on school property.
Board President David Bates says students need a safe environment to thrive, and staff need safe schools to properly do their jobs.
The resolution adopted Monday night is similar to one adopted last month by the Rockford, Michigan school board.
Also Monday night, the Ypsilanti Community Schools board approved a six-month contract with Margolis Companies for snow removal services.
Ypsilanti continues to push forward with a goal of becoming a solar destination.
What began as a grassroots effort in 2005, has progressed to the point where the Ypsilanti City Council has passed a resolution establishing a goal of having one-thousand solar roofs in the city by the year 2020. Our guest this week is Dave Strenski.
He launched Solar Ypsiback in 2005, and you can see the grassroots efforts successes at a variety of locations around the city.
Eastern Michigan University students and others remembered 20 year old student athlete Demarius Reed with a march, rally, and candlelight vigil. Among those participating were Reed's mother and the family of Julia Niswender who was killed less than a year ago.
Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies will immediately begin collaborating on patrols of the LeForge Road area north of EMU's campus.
One week after the death of 20 year-old Demarius Reed, an Eastern Michigan University student athlete found dead in the University Green apartment complex, law enforcement is collaborating to step up patrols in the area. EMU's Department of Public Safety will work with officers from the Ypsilanti Police department and Washtenaw County Sheriff's Deputies to patrol the LeForge Road area.
Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies will immediately begin collaborating on patrols of the LaForge Road area north of the EMU campus.
The university says the EMU Department of Public Safety will work with Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, with each dedicating officers specifically to patrol the area.
EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes says each evening, assigned officers will meet at the university's Public Safety headquarters to coordinate their efforts.
About 250 people are taking part in a "Increase the Peace" march across the Eastern Michigan University campus this afternoon.
Among those in attendance - the mother of 20 year-old EMU student athlete Demarius Reed and several other family members. Reed was found dead in his apartment complex suffering from several gunshot wounds, the victim of what investigators say may have been a robbery.
Also marching today are family members of Julia Niswender, an EMU student who was found dead in her off-campus apartment almost one year ago.
Eastern Michigan University officials continue to meet with representatives from the city of Ypsilanti and others to discuss ways to improve safety in response to a string of off-campus attacks on students, including the death of Wide Receiver Demarius Reed.
To reach out to a wider group of students a public safety meeting was held in the middle of the food court at lunch time at the Student Center Wednesday.
EMU President Susan Martin says they're working quickly to improve security off campus. She says a meeting with campus police and department leadership was taking place today.
Martin says a meeting with Ypsilanti officials took place yesterday, with another planned for Friday. She says they're "moving as quickly as we can".
EMU Police chief Bob Heighes says students are safe on campus, but they need to get involved by calling the police when they see things. He says they are working with the city to improve safety off-campus as well.
Students are leading a Stop the Violence march, rally, and vigil Thursday.
Washtenaw County could soon have two communities certified as Redevelopment Ready. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation took over the program two years ago and is in the middle of re-certifying Ypsilanti, while Ann Arbor joins the list of eight new communities to be evaluated.