(October 29, 2007) A sales agreement is in place to purchase the campus of the former Ave Maria college on West Forest Avenue in Ypsilanti. The purchaser is Skip Cerier from SchoolPictures.com a clearing house and processor of school pictures. Cerier says they have over 3 million pictures and provide service to some 400 schools in the region. Cerier says they have been on-line for some two years now and shot over 80 schools last year.
Currently based in Ann Arbor, Cerier says he has been looking for some time for a location that was based in a college town. Cerier spoke highly of his work with City Planner Karen Hart and her recommendation to purchase the Ave Maria property but was skeptical about the location. But after touring the property, he thinks it will be a perfect fit.
Cerier did not disclose terms of the deal but did indicate that the property would go back on the tax rolls.
(October 24, 2007) Students from East Middle School participated in the Red Ribbon Week kick off event, Tuesday, Oct. 23, planting red tulips in the school’s front flowerbeds. The “Promise Garden” gave students an opportunity to plant a physical reminder of their commitment to stay drug-free. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated every fall and events to promote a drug-free and alcohol-free lifestyle are hosted in schools across the U.S.
East students who participated were: Damario Patillo, Tenica Patillo, Emma Swanson, Emily Bearman, Kayla Roberson, Aaliyah James, Kira Crawley, Joe Hodson, Josie Boone, Torrian Williams, Majorie Totten, Kayla Drobil-Wiedbusch, Chellsey Germundsen, Jamie Chatman, Tia Jones, Catrina Apple, Sergio Vasquez, Ashley Reid, Christina Lucas, Patricia Gwinner, Shanice Weems, Aja Smith, Davon Henry, Kaitlin Reseter, Paige Stewart-Dyer, Tadiwa Chavanduka, Shelby Munsel, Courtney Roberts, Bryan Roberts, Bradley Angle, Catrina Apple,Char Nash, Michael Schwab, Brandy Bargert, Meghan Bidlack.
Photos courtesy Ypsilanti Public Schools
(October 24, 2007) The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) today began placing into service its first 15 clean, efficient hybrid electric buses with plans to add another five in March 2008 and seven more within the next 18 months.
Over the long term all of its 69 buses will be replaced with hybrid electric buses. AATA is the first public transit operator in the Midwest to state its intention to convert to all hybrid electric buses.
AATA’s new buses, which feature an Allison electric drive as part of the General Motors hybrid electric bus system, were assembled by the Gillig Corporation of Hayward, California. The buses feature a combination of a battery-powered electric motor to provide most of the power at slower speeds and a smaller, clean-diesel engine that takes over at higher speeds.
The buses are expected to reduce fuel consumption by an average of 30 percent and lower maintenance costs by 30 to 50 percent. The hybrid electric buses can run with less engine noise and minimize diesel exhaust odor.
“Replacing diesel buses with a hybrid electric fleet is another big step toward meeting our community’s renewable energy goal. It solidifies our position as a leader in efficient, environmentally friendly mass transit,” said Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje.
(October 23, 2007) The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra has an event-filled weekend coming up. Elena Urioste, winner of the 2007 Sphinx Organization’s Competition, will be soloing with the YSO at its season opener. The concert is at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Towsley Auditorium on the campus of WCC. Tickets are available at the door, or online at the YSO’s website www.ypsilantisymphony.org.
The day before the concert, Saturday, October 27, 2007, at 1:00, the YSO will be having a “Meet the Conductor” event at Bombadill’s Cafe on Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti. Music Director, Adam Riccinto, will be available to chat, as will Ms. Urioste. Bombadill’s is located at 217 West Michigan Avenue.
(October 22, 2007) Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority mechanic Raymond Dufek was recently awarded Maintenance Professional of the Year by the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA). MWEA recognizes employers and employees for their outstanding work in the field of water quality and service.
Dufek has worked for YCUA for three years. He performs major repair and maintenance on mechanical equipment, electrical equipment, electronic equipment and electro-mechanical equipment. He is responsible for the management of Maintenance Helpers to ensure that the repairs and maintenance of equipment and facilities are successfully done.
The MWEA was established in 1925 and is one of Michigan’s oldest organizations. MWEA represents more than 1,700 water quality professionals statewide. The Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority was formed in 1974 by the City of Ypsilanti and the Charter Township of Ypsilanti as a regional water and sewer service.
(October 18, 2007) American Broach and Machine of Scio Township has announced plans to relocate their business and manufacturing facility to Ypsilanti. They have purchased a building on South Mansfield in the Ypsilanti industrial park.
American Broach has plans to sell their building on Jackson Road to Home Depot. Their move is dependent on Home Depot receiving final approval from Scio Township to build on Jackson Road.
American Broach has some 30 employees that will locate in Ypsilanti and has been in business since 1919. Broaches are the cutting tools that are used in the machining process. American Broach also manufactures and sells CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) broaching machines and sharpeners. They have two other locations in Canton and North Adams, Michigan.
(October 11, 2007) “Finally!” That is what one resident exclaimed as they watched the burned out building knocked done. Some eight months after the devastating fire that killed three young children and displaced four other families, the apartment building is coming down.
Housing Commission officials said the delays were caused because they had to preserve the scene because of the threat of a lawsuit. Yet no lawsuit was ever filed. Jon Ichesco, Fire Marshall and Fire Chief for the City of Ypsilanti said that their investigation was complete months ago and that the building did not need to be preserved for any evidence. Fire had gutted the building in February 2007.
Walter Norris, Director of Ypsilanti Housing Commission, at a public meeting in August 2007 said that DTE and other utility companies were slow in disconnecting the utilities which caused further delays. However, DTE and YCUA said they hadn’t been contacted about disconnecting the utilities until July and August.
Paradise Manor residents said it has been difficult living next to that building all summer. “It was a constant reminder of those kids dying in the fire,” said one long-time resident that asked to be anonymous. “I am just glad we can move on.”
(October 8, 2007) Ypsilanti High School celebrated Homecoming Friday, Sept. 28. During halftime students cheered as the 2007-08 King, Justin Thomas and Queen, Ayanna Thomas (no relation) were announced. The YHS football team completed the celebration, taking the win 40-7 over Redford Thurston.
(October 3, 2007) The City of Ypsilanti is reporting that their phone system has gone on the blink.
In a statement posted on the City’s website, they said, “Ypsilanti City Hall is currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phone and fax system. We are unable to make or receive phone calls indefinitely. If you need to contact someone at City Hall (which includes the City Manager’s Office, City Clerk’s Office, and the Planning, Treasurer, Assessing, Human Resources, and Building Departments) please contact the Department of Public Works at 734-483-1421 and they will forward messages. However, our e-mail system is working and you may find employee addresses on the city website at http://www.cityofypsilanti.com. We anticipate that our phones will be working within the next 24 hours.”
Ypsilanti Police are reporting that they are also experiencing problems with their phone lines and some calls, including 911 calls, are being routed to the County.
UPDATE: Phone service was restored by Thursday morning. City officials have not said what caused the problems.