(December 23, 2007) Ypsilanti police responded to a two vehicle car crash on the corner of Buffalo and South Huron Street in Ypsilanti’s Historic Southside around 8pm Sunday. When officers arrived they found a Ford Ranger pickup truck had crashed into the house at 320 South Huron Street. A second Honda minivan had a smashed front end and was parked against the curb on South Huron.
It appears that the Honda rear ended the Ranger forcing it off the road and into the house. The house is a multi-unit apartment. The unit that was hit was vacant and no one was injured. Both air bags had deployed on the Ford Ranger.
Police suspect the two cars were chasing each other. Drug paraphernalia was found in Ford Ranger. None of the occupants from either vehicle were at the scene. Witnesses reported at least three and possibly four individuals were in the pickup and perhaps two were in the Honda. All of the occupants fled into the neighborhood.
(December 21, 2007) Charles Boulard, Building Official and Building Department Manager has announced that he is resigning effective January 4, 2008. Boulard was one of the longest serving department heads at the City of Ypsilanti. Boulard led his department during a tumultuous time for the City. He oversaw a shrinking department while tasked with new responsibilities such as the City’s Vacant and Dangerous Buildings ordinance and frequent legal battles with Ypsilanti property owners.
Boulard briefly served as interim City manager earlier this year when City Manager Ed Koryzno took an unexpected and lengthy medical leave of absence. City Manager Ed Koryzno took a medical leave of absence on March 9th. Controversial City Clerk Rebecca Bintz was cast as the new interim City Manager on March 12th under provisions of the City Charter. Sources inside City Hall had indicated that Bintz was not happy about being appointed Interim Manager. Citing her unfamiliarity with the city and that she was the only employee in the department, the next day Koryzno appointed Building Inspector and Building Department manager Charles Boulard as Interim City Manager.
Boulard is the 12th department manager to leave the city in the last three and half years. Sources inside city hall said Boulard has taken a new job but did not say where. YpsiNews made several calls to Boulard’s office but those calls were not returned.
(December 21, 2007) After a major snow storm canceled the December concert, The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra announced that their upcoming Holiday Concert with men’s choral group Measure for Measure has been moved to Sunday, January 6, 2007 at 7:00 P.M. Join the celebration of the Christmas spirit at EMU’s Pease Auditorium. Tickets are available at the EMU Convocation Center website or at the door.