Snow is wet, and made of nothing more than frozen water. So, it may seem strange to consider it a fire hazard. But, it is. Because there has been so much snow, many of the road plows have been creating huge snow mounds that cover up fire hydrants.
Some property owners also pile up around the hydrants in an effort to clear a path for their vehicles. Ypsilanti Township Fire Chief Eric Copeland tells 89.1 WEMU News, that could delay the time in which the fire department can respond to a fire. If they can’t find the hydrant, they can’t fight the fire on your property. Chief Copeland asks, if you have a fire hydrant near your property, take a few minutes and shovel it out so it is both visible and accessible.
ReImagine Washtenaw presented its right-of-way plan to the public at a meeting Tuesday night.
The plan covers the corridor from the water tower in Ypsilanti to the Washtenaw-Stadium split in Ann Arbor.
Ypsilanti city council member Pete Murdock says the city is dealing with a lot of traffic issues as part of its master plan revision, and those will have to be coordinated with ReImagine Washtenaw.
The ReImagine Washtenaw right-of-way plan includes improvements such as refuge islands to help pedestrians safely cross the street, buffered bike lanes, and eight "super stops" for Ann Arbor Area Transportation busses along the corridor.
The next step in the implementation process is to have municipalities along the corridor adopt the plan.
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.
The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is a step closer to adding another member community. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the AAATA Board last night voted unanimously to approve Ypsilanti Township's request to join the authority.
Cruelty investigators with the Humane Society of Huron Valley found horrendous conditions in a home in Ypsilanti Township from which 88 malnourished, flea-bitten cats have been removed. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.
The events at Eastern echo those in Washington D.C. where there will be a morning re-dedication program at the King Memorial, and ringing of bells at the Lincoln Memorial at 3 p.m., the time King began his " I Have a Dream" address 50 years ago. Stay tuned to WEMU for special coverage of the 50th anniversary from noon to 4 p.m., including live coverage of President Obama's speech starting at 3 p.m.
Eastern Michigan University to commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech Event scheduled for 3 p.m. August 28 at MLK Gardens on Eastern campus by Geoff Larcom, Published August 27, 2013 YPSILANTI - At 3 p.m.
The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board has decided on a process to name the new district. As WEMU’s Bob Eccles reports, if all goes according to plan, that name will be in place in just over one month’s time.
Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Mensel met with state Treasurer Andy Dillon earlier this week, seeking assistance in wiping out an operational deficit in the newly combined Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district. Hear more from WEMU's 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.
The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner's office is bringing in some additional experts to help them with the process of determining Julia Niswender's cause of death. That's the word from Ypsilanti police, who also say they're following up on leads they've received, but can't offer any additional details. Niswender's death is being investigated as a possible homicide.
The Superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District is recommending that the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board keep Perry Child Development Center and the elementary schools in the consolidated district open next school year. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
The Superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District is recommending that the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run School Board keep Perry Child Development Center and the elementary schools in the Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts open next school year.
The investigation into how 23 yerar-old Julia Niswender died continues, as the Eastern Michigan University student is laid to rest. A funeral service was held today for Niswender, who was found dead in her off-campus apartment last Tuesday night. Ypsilanti police spent the weekend talking to people in the area surrounding the Peninsular Place apartments, trying to find out if anyone saw or heard anything that might be helpful to the investigation. Niswender's death is being investigated as a possible homicide, although the cause of her death has not yet been determined.