Ann Arbor Township treasurer resigns after 26 years in office
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - A veteran township official first elected in 1996 is ending her time in public office in Ann Arbor Township. Now as a result, DiPietro said, almost 1,700 acres in Ann Arbor Township have been protected from development. Read more: Ypsilanti Township leaders pick new trustee, amid concerns the process was ‘done in the dark’Ann Arbor Township tapped a candidate who had already been working in the township offices. MLive/The Ann Arbor News couldn’t immediately reach Colvin-Garcia via email Tuesday morning. More from The Ann Arbor News:Sweetgreen opening first Ann Arbor location with Wolverine apparel, baked good giveawaysResearcher no longer working at University of Michigan amid falsified data chargeAnn Arbor’s net-zero fire station project could cost over $10M, chief saysMaynard Street fire started in restaurant kitchen, Ann Arbor fire officials saymlive.com
Tech upgrades pave the way for livestreaming of Superior Township board meetings
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - This year, Superior Township board meetings are set to premiere as the latest show on streaming. In Salem Township to the north, board meetings have for years been recorded and posted to YouTube, and Ypsilanti Township makes available audio recordings, though it does not stream meetings. Superior Township heard “increased requests” for a virtual board meeting capabilities, according to a resolution passed in April of last year. In April, the township board unanimously OK’d a roughly $23,000 proposal to modernize board room audiovisual capabilities. Board meeting information, including agendas and meeting packets, can be found on the township’s website.mlive.com
‘It never made sense’: Rezoning advances, dealing blow to mobile home park plans near Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI – A dense mobile home park bringing hundreds of new units doesn’t belong along U.S. 23 north of Ann Arbor. The attorney has previously said his clients would litigate the issue if the township rezoning request proceeded. The Ann Arbor Township board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19. More from The Ann Arbor News:8-story development called Southtown proposed on Ann Arbor’s State StreetI shot hoops at 30-plus Ann Arbor park basketball courts. Man accused of robbing banks in Ann Arbor indicted on federal chargesThese Michigan universities are among top public schools in the nation, U.S. News rankings saymlive.com
600-unit mobile park development near Ann Arbor stalled pending lawsuit
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - A failed attempt to rezone land has led to an ongoing lawsuit by a developer against Ann Arbor Township. JA Bloch and Company of Southfield, owners of land north of Warren Road near US-23, want to develop a 600-unit mobile home park on what is now zoned as agricultural land. The township denied the attempted residential rezoning of the land, leading to the developer suing the township in Washtenaw County Circuit Court.mlive.com
Two drivers suffer minor injuries in head-on crash on U.S. 23
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A head-on crash on U.S. 23 in Ann Arbor Township sent two drivers to the hospital with minor injuries Tuesday morning. Rescue crews were called at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, to northbound U.S. 23 for a reported head-on crash with injuries, according to the Michigan State Police.mlive.com
3 running in new Michigan House swing district from Ann Arbor to Livingston County
ANN ARBOR, MI — No new candidates have filed since last month to compete in Michigan’s new 48th state House district, leaving Ann Arbor Township Democrat Jennifer Conlin unopposed in the Aug. 2 primary. The new district created by Michigan’s independent redistricting commission stretches from northern Ann Arbor to points north and west, including to Whitmore Lake and Pinckney. The Ann Arbor News/MLive will be providing more in-depth candidate coverage leading up to the elections. Read more Ann Arbor-area election coverage here and Jackson-area election coverage here. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:4 competing in new Michigan House district stretching from Ann Arbor to JacksonAnn Arbor-Ypsilanti transit tax proposal headed to votersAnn Arbor council member suspends reelection campaign, drops out of raceWith ridership still down, Ann Arbor transit expansion is banking on future demandSee who’s running for Michigan’s new 15th District Senate seat in Ann Arbor areamlive.com
Westbound M-14 closed near Ann Arbor due to vehicle fire
ANN ARBOR, MI – Westbound M-14 after Ford Road in Ann Arbor Township is closed due to a vehicle fire on Thursday morning. The vehicle fire was reported at 8:24 a.m. Dec. 23, after the Ford Road exit, Exit 10, northeast of Ann Arbor, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The fire currently has all westbound lanes closed while fire crews are on scene. More from MLive:Could Ann Arbor dioxane plume stop development? Planners debate housing pitched for campground4-star rating for finance, accountability, transparency goes to United Way of Washtenaw CountyYpsilanti leaders vote to join potential lawsuit seeking shut down of EMU fraternity house involved in alleged sexual assault casesmlive.com
Voters OK all 6 tax proposals in Washtenaw County special election
ANN ARBOR, MI — Nearly 7,500 voters in three Washtenaw County townships cast their ballots in a special election Tuesday, Aug. 3, approving six tax proposals. In Ann Arbor Township, nearly 92% of voters said yes to renewing a roughly 3.9-mill tax for police and fire services. In Ypsilanti Township, four tax proposals were on the ballot and three passed by a 4-to-1 margin, and the other 3-to-1. Though the four Ypsilanti Township proposals were not labeled renewals, officials said approving them would replace expiring taxes and not result in a tax increase. As for voter turnout, the county reported Tuesday’s showing as a 17% turnout for Ann Arbor Township, 13% in Northfield Township and 13% in Ypsilanti Township.mlive.com
These 6 tax proposals are on the Aug. 3 ballot in Washtenaw County
ANN ARBOR, MI — Voters in three Washtenaw County jurisdictions will decide the fate of six local tax proposals in a special election Tuesday, Aug. 3. In Ann Arbor Township, voters are asked to renew a public safety tax. In Northfield Township, voters will decide a fire and medical rescue tax renewal and increase. In Ypsilanti Township, four different tax proposals for a range of services from parks to police await consideration. The tax would cost about $250 per year for the owner of a home with a $200,000 market value and $100,000 taxable value, raising an estimated $989,623 in the first year.mlive.com
Watches, luxury jewelry stolen in Ann Arbor-area home invasion
ANN ARBOR TWP., MI – Police are investigating a home invasion in Ann Arbor Township where several watches and pieces of luxury jewelry were stolen. One or more suspects broke into a home in the Barton Hills neighborhood in Ann Arbor Township on June 18 and stole multiple watches and jewelry worth thousands of dollars, according to a notice from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office posted Wednesday, July 7. Several other high value items were stolen as well in the home invasion, police said. Police released several photos of the some of the stolen watches and jewelry in hopes someone may be able to identify a suspect or locate the stolen items. More from MLive:Bob’s Discount Furniture opens new Ann Arbor storeMan pleads guilty to mutilating body of missing Livingston County woman found dead in DetroitMarketing agency submits plans to move into historic Ann Arbor buildingmlive.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office investigating Barton Hills home invasion
ANN ARBOR, MI – Deputies from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a home invasion in the Barton Hills neighborhood of Ann Arbor Township. Deputies were called to the 500 block of Hillspur Road after a family member of the victim checked on the residence and found the home ransacked, police said. The family member noted that the victim’s vehicle had been stolen along with several pieces of high-end jewelry. Heather Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or the sheriff’s office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711. READ MORE:Group that manages Arbor Hills outdoor mall files for Chapter 11 bankruptcyAnn Arbor man accused of attacking transgender woman charged with hate crimeInsufficient cleaning of grease vent likely sparked fire at downtown Ann Arbor pizza place, officials saymlive.com
Good food, good neighbors: New Ann Arbor farm focuses on CSA, generosity
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Caroline Wright and Seth Schmiedeknecht believe in two things: good food and being good neighbors. Visiting Good Neighbor Farm, located off Pontiac Trail in Ann Arbor, is like visiting a farm out of a picture book. Good Neighbor Farm is part of the Tilian Farm Development Center, a 153-acre plot owned by Ann Arbor Township. The entrance to Good Neighbor Farm, 4400 Pontiac Trail in Ann Arbor Township on Friday, June 11, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor NewsThey moved to the Ann Arbor area roughly a year ago, bringing most of their supplies in Schmiedeknecht’s van. Good Neighbor Farm can be found at the Dixboro Farmers Market and the Ypsilanti Depot Town Market.mlive.com
Investment totaling $7.1 million to bring 266 new jobs to Ann Arbor area
Two companies will soon bring 266 new jobs to the Ann Arbor area. ANN ARBOR – Two major projects will bring well-paying jobs and new investments to the Ann Arbor area, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced on Tuesday. Homepoint, a national mortgage lender, will also be expanding in Ann Arbor with plans to add 155 area jobs. Homepoint is looking to create 155 new jobs and generate an additional private investment of $3.7 million by adding an operations center in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor SPARK is supporting the company with resources and staff time.
Ann Arbor firefighters respond to massive house fire over weekend
ANN ARBOR – Members of the Ann Arbor Fire Department responded to a house fire on Saturday just after 8:30 a.m. According to a Facebook post by the department, the firefighters battled a blaze on Miller Ave. just east of M-14. A second alarm brought in fire departments from Pittsfield Township, Scio Township, Saline Area and Ann Arbor Township. Ann Arbor Police Department, Huron Valley Ambulance and Helping Area Response Teams provided assistance on the scene. This is the third second alarm structure fire in Ann Arbor in 2020.
Michigan General Election Results for Ann Arbor Township on Nov. 3, 2020
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Submit questions, participate in public Q&A session on Gelman 1,4-Dioxane litigation
ANN ARBOR – Local and federal officials will hold a joint public session via Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. to answer questions residents have about the Gelman dioxane plume and ongoing litigation. Trustees of Scio and Ann Arbor townships and heads of the Huron River Watershed Council have been invited to take part in the session. The plume is a toxic pollution by chemical plant Gelman Sciences in Scio Township that’s been seeping into the area’s soil and groundwater since the late 1960s. Trace levels of the chemical have been detected in the city Ann Arbor’s drinking water supply from Barton Pond starting in Feb. 2019. Questions for the Sept. 24 event should be submitted to email@example.com by Sept. 18 at 5 p.m.For more information on the case and cleanup efforts, visit the city of Ann Arbor’s Gelman 1,4-Dioxane Litigation website.
81-year-old man killed in head-on crash in Ann Arbor Township
ANN ARBOR – An 81-year-old man was killed in a head-on crash in the area of Clark Rd. and Hogback Rd., according to local police. He has been identified as Francis Kimball from Ypsilanti Township. On Sunday at approximately 12:59 p.m., deputies responded to the two-vehicle head-on crash in Ann Arbor Township. The drivers were traveling in opposite directions on Hogback Rd.
Police locate 33-year-old woman reported missing out of Ann Arbor Township
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that deputies were searching for a 33-year-old woman who went missing in the area of Whimore Lake Road and Joy Road in Ann Arbor Township. The woman has since been found safe.
Stretch of Barton Drive closed in Ann Arbor due to abandoned house fire
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Barton Drive is closed between Pontiac Trail and M-14 while firefighters respond to an abandoned house fire. City of Ann Arbor officials said the stretch of road is expected to be closed for several hours on Friday while Ann Arbor firefighters are on scene helping Ann Arbor Township firefighters. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.