Hundreds still without power in Huron Township

Photo courtesy DTE Energy

DTE says 90 precent of customers should be restored by 11:30 p.m. Tuesday

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Hundreds of Huron Township residents are still without power Tuesday morning following the devastating ice storm that hit Sunday morning which brought areas of southeast Michigan to a screeching halt.

The DTE outage map shows hundreds of customers, especially on the west side of I-275, are still without power.

DTE estimates that all customers should have power resorted by 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

“Being without power is frustrating and we apologize for the inconvenience. We expect that 90 percent of our customers will have power restored by end of day Tuesday,” DTE said in a statement.

“We will have over 1,000 workers in the field helping to restore customers today, along with an expected 600 workers from five other states – Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.”

Some localized outages may take longer to restore, with some estimates on the outage map citing Wednesday or Thursday for restoration.

Miller Elementary in New Boston was closed both Monday and Tuesday due to the outage.

Many areas of the township remain without power.

“We’ve been without since Sunday morning at 5:30. Our estimate is 11:30 tomorrow night. We have a generator and three heaters going. And we are layering,” said Huron resident Dana Ferguson, who responded to a Facebook post about how she and her family are staying warm during the outage.

Huron resident Paula Banas responded on Facebook and said that “Sumpter and Willow (are still without power) but I work at Dollar General and Blue Sky and both are still with out power,” she said. “Blue Sky is open running on generators.”

DTE said as of 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, they have restored power to more than 245,000 customers in southeast Michigan impacted by the ice storm.

The storm, according to DTE, impacted a total of 390,000 customers in the region.

Customers can use the DTE Energy mobile app, or visit dteenergy.com, to get a restoration estimate for their address.

This article has been updated


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Cady appoints Julie Martin as deputy clerk

Deputy Clerk Julie Martin

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Recently appointed Clerk Jeremy Cady has chosen Julie Martin as his deputy clerk.

Related: Cady appointed to clerk in Huron Township

Martin, a resident of Huron Township for 25 years, has been working at Township Hall as payroll clerk for the last two years.

She has experience with six years as an election worker, four years as a recruiting specialist, three years as a customer service representative and seven years as an administrative assistant.

“Julie Martin has been invaluable to the employees of Huron Township as well as the residents in the past two years she has been with the township,” Cady said.

The deputy clerk serves under the township clerk and is required by law to act in the absence of the clerk under several situations.

“Julie has shown her ability to be an extremely dependable public servant and I am extremely fortunate to have been able to appoint a deputy who will truly be an asset to me and to the clerk’s office. This is the type of team I want to put together to serve the residents of our township as well as the employees of the township,” Cady said.

Martin is a wife, mother of four, a grandmother to three granddaughters, and is an active member in St. Stephen Catholic Church.

30 drivers cited for distracted driving in Huron Township Tuesday

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Dozens of drivers were cited recently in Huron Township for distracted driving during a special operation conducted by police designed to thwart the dangerous habit.

On Tuesday, 30 drivers were cited for texting and driving, including one semi truck driver.

One citation was issued for careless driving while texting and driving, and three were arrested for driving with suspended licenses while texting and driving.

Public Saftey Director Everette Robbins said the operation was conducted by the Huron Township Police Department Problem Oriented Policing Team. The Problem Oriented Policing Team is a proactive team assigned to work on specific quality of life issues for residents in the community.

This same team has recently conducted proactive details such as warrant sweeps, sex offender registry checks, school bus passing and search warrants.

“It is likely that our residents saw the increased visibility from our officers this past Tuesday. Distracted driving is an epidemic that affects all of us and is something I believe needs to be seriously addressed. The danger that exists when a driver decides they must text while in control of their vehicle, which is a two-ton missile, can be devastating to their family or someone else’s. We have seen it all too often and even here in Huron Township. Hopefully this can spark some conversation between parents and their young drivers as well,” said Public Saftey Director Everette Robbins.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016, 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, and 9.2 percent of fatal crashes nationally were reported as distraction-affected.

Statistics show millennials are the biggest offenders when it comes to texting and driving, with more 16-to-24-year-olds using phones while driving than any other age group.

Women are also more likely than men to text and drive, according to the NHTSA.

“I am proud to see our Problem Oriented Policing Team growing and they have done some great work for our residents. This is a highly motivated group with great leadership. Our residents can expect to see more information in the future about some of their upcoming projects. We also welcome ideas from the community as to ideas they have that can help improve their quality of life. They can always email, call or come see me to discuss issues that affect either the community as a whole or just their specific neighborhood,” Robbins said.

Cady appointed to clerk in Huron Township

Jeremy Cady (left) was appointed as temporary clerk Monday, a position he will hold until the 2018 election. Cady was sworn in at township hall Wednesday by State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township). Photo courtesy of Jeremy Cady.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Jeremy Cady, a trustee elected in 2016, was appointed to township clerk during a special board meeting Monday evening.

The position became vacant when former Clerk Kathleen Van Wasshnova retired from office citing personal reasons during the March 28 board meeting.

Cady will serve in the full time position until the 2018 election.

“I want to thank the Board of Trustees for appointing me Township Clerk until the November election. I am humbled and grateful to have my peers think highly enough of me to consider me for the vacancy,” Cady said in a Facebook post.

“I have to thank retired Clerk Van Wasshnova for having the Clerks office completely setup for a smooth transition of power, regardless of who was selected to fill in. What an amazing thing to do when you don’t have to. Such a great show of character on her part. You have done tremendous things for our Township.”

Three other Huron Township residents applied for the position.

View the entire April 9 special board meeting here.

Related: View Cady’s “meet the candidates” letter submitted to the Huron Hub before the 2016 election by visiting this link.

‘Bomb’ found written on bathroom wall inside Miller Elementary; police say there is no threat

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A student at Miller Elementary told staff Wednesday that they found the word “bomb” written on a wall inside a bathroom at the school.

The graffiti did not indicate a specific threat, Police Chief Everette Robbins said.

School administration contacted the Huron Township Police Department’s school resource officer.

Robbins said threat assessment protocols were put into place and it is unclear how long the graffiti has been inside the bathroom.

No specific threat was made, Robbins said.

The investigation is ongoing between the Huron Township Police Department school resource officer, detective bureau, and the Huron Schools administration.

“I believe that it is safe for students to attend school Thursday. We will continue to investigate and inform the residents when additional information is available,” Robbins said.

Below is an email statement released from Huron Schools administration.

Good Afternoon Miller Families,

This is Jean Gilbert, Principal of Miller Elementary.  This afternoon, graffiti was found written on one of our bathroom stalls.  The graffiti used the word “bomb,” and we initiated our safety protocols in our building.  Using our district safety protocols, we contacted the police, investigated the graffiti, and together determined that the threat risk was at the lowest level, and is not considered a threat.  As part of our protocol, I am sending you this message to keep you informed.  In addition, I sent out an automated call with this information to our Miller families.

Our goal is to ensure student safety, and in doing so, we must make every effort to stay vigilant, even when it includes graffiti that does not pose a threat to student safety.

Please be sure to have a conversation with your sons and daughters about “graffiti” and “pranks,” reinforcing that jokes about threats and/or threatening language of any kind in a school setting is not funny and will be taken seriously by school officials and law enforcement.