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Posted on: December 7, 2018

PUBLIC NOTICE: Mayor's Newsletter December 7th

December 7th, 2018

Correction: Again! Oy Vey! Did you ever have one of those things that just go wrong, time after time? It’s the joint meeting with Council and the Parks and Rec Commission, coming up on December 11. I got the location wrong, twice in a row!

Here are the actual details:

7 PM, Tuesday December 11 at Senior Center
(I do believe I got it right this time, and my apologies!)

Link for getting recycling card

Local News and Event Highlights of the Week

Heritage: Historical Society Open House

The community values summarized in our city motto are Pride, Diversity, Heritage. In our little 2x2 city, we have several museums and one of them is our Historical Museum. In that gem of a museum, we have some interesting items which celebrate our city’s heritage. Maps, clothing, artifacts, instruments, so much of what made Ypsilanti what it is today is available for you to see there! You have an opportunity to check it out at their annual open house this Sunday. Stop by for cookies and history! I’ll be there and I hope to see you!

Diversity: Brother 2 Brother Program

A new Ypsilanti-based initiative called Brother to Brother is pairing at-risk youth with local businessmen as mentors, and will soon add a partnership offering academic support for youth. Mentors include barbershop or salon owners Shawn Green of Finesse 1, Opio Shaah of Stylez Unlimited, and Ryan Griffin of Griff's Unlimited Cutz. "The mentoring session starts during their haircuts," says Cheyenne Turner, community support specialist at the Washtenaw County Youth Center. "They get practical life lessons and grooming from prominent men in the community, and the mentors engage them in dialogue about various topics." Read the whole article in On The Ground Ypsi, a project of Concentrate Media.


SAVE THE DATE for upcoming MLK Day Celebrations at EMU Jan 19-22

This annual celebration brings together town and gown in commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s celebration begins with a march, reception, and student art show. The latter includes selected art pieces created by EMU students that will be featured in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A returning event from a decade ago (originally called Nothing Said) is the Gospel Fest which will take place at Pease Auditorium from 3-6pm on Sat, 1/19/19. Keith Boykin, New York Times bestselling author and TV's leading commentator on politics, race, and sexual orientation will be 2019’s MLK keynote speaker at 2pm on Monday, 1/21/19 at the EMU Student Center auditorium, 900 Oakwood Street, Ypsi. All the above noted events are free and open to the general public. For more details, contact 734-487-1107 or

Upcoming Council Business

Train Stop Town Hall and Format for Public Engagement

The city has released the proposed designs for the proposed train stop in the works. These public plans have been the subject of community and social media discussion for a couple of weeks. City council has proposed a town hall for community input. Town halls have been kind of a go-to method of public engagement. And yet, town halls alone don’t reach everyone. So, here is what Council proposes for the train stop plans:


First public engagement process regarding rail platform feasibility study report findings:

  1. SEMCOG facilitated public information meeting (town hall): OHM and Bergman to be present for questions
  2. 2 week period of time to accept messages specifically about the design
  3. Date: Tuesday, February 19 - Decision TBA by Council on preferred location

Second public engagement process regarding environmental study report findings:

  1. SEMCOG facilitated information meeting to present results of environmental study
  2. 2-week comment period
  3. Decision by city council on next steps in project planning process

Peninsular Dam Removal or Repair decision

Details on the public engagement process for Pen Dam will be released soon. At this time, we have scheduled a similar process for that, beginning with a facilitated town hall with a presentation by both Hydro Electric and OHM (engineering firms who did the removal and repair study, respectively) on Wednesday, February 13, SAVE THE DATE. Details will be forthcoming.

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