Video: Ypsilanti City Council November 10, 2008

November 17, 2008 by  
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This was the organizational meeting of the Ypsilanti City Council held the first Monday after the November election. Three city council members were each sworn in for a four-year term. Lois Richardson (Dem, Ward 1) took the oath of office for to start her third term representing Ypsilanti’s southside.

Two new members also took the dais. Mike Bodary (Dem, Ward 2) from Ypsilanti’s westside replaced three-term council member John Gawlas. Bodary defeated Gawlas in the August primary.

Pete Murdock (Dem, Ward 3) from the city’s eastside bested Rod Johnson who was backed by Mayor Paul Schreiber (Dem) in the August primary. Murdock then beat two independent candidates to win the November election with 67% of the vote. Murdock takes the seat from Brian Filipiak (Dem) who decided not to run for a second term.

Murdock, a former Mayor and city council member, is beginning his fourteenth year on City Council.

But before new council members could be sworn in, MML Director Dan Gilmartin gave the old and new council a presentation on Place.

The biggest change will start this Tuesday as City Council meetings have been moved to 7pm.

During Council proposed business Murdock asked for a resolution to repeal the City Income Tax ordinance and to change the focus of Water Street to consider any proposal for the project that would not be a detriment to the City. This would be a change from previous plans that called for mostly residential condos at the site. Both resolutions are expected to be on the agenda for the November 18th meeting.

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