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Winter weather advisory issued through Wednesday morning

(Archive photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


Winter Weather Advisory for Wayne County

Issued by National Weather ServiceDetroit, MI
2:24 PM EST Tue, Dec 29, 2020

Winter weather advisory in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze.

A brief period of light accumulating snow is expected between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. tonight.

Light freezing rain is then expected to develop between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions are expected to impact the morning commute.

Snow is expected to develop during the late evening hours, impacting Southeast Michigan through Midnight.

A quick accumulation of snow is expected with up to 2 inches possible, greatest amounts over northern Metro Detroit.

A lull in precipitation is then expected late tonight before light freezing rain moves into Southeast Michigan for the morning commute.

Slow down and use caution while traveling.


 

Whitmer signs $106 million bipartisan relief bill, extends unemployment benefits to 26 Weeks

Photo courtesy state of Michigan


Posted by The Huron Hub
Dec. 29, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bipartisan relief bill today designed to support Michigan families, frontline workers, and small businesses.

The relief bill passed by the Michigan legislature includes $55 million to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Grants of up to $20,000 will be made available to small businesses across the state that need support this winter. The relief bill also includes $3.5 million for grants of up to $40,000 each for live music and entertainment venues, and includes $45 million in direct payments to workers who have been laid off or furloughed as a result of the virus.

“I proposed this stimulus plan to the legislature in November because I know how much our families, frontline workers, and small businesses need relief. This bipartisan bill will provide families and businesses the support they need to stay afloat as we continue working to distribute the safe and effective vaccine and eliminate COVID-19 once and for all,” Whitmer said. “There is still more work to do to eliminate this virus and grow our economy. All Michiganders have a personal responsibility to do their part and mask up, practice safe social distancing, and avoid indoor gatherings where the virus can easily spread from person to person. We will beat this virus together.”

The governor also signed bipartisan Senate Bill 604 extending unemployment benefits for Michiganders who have lost work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic from 20 to 26 weeks until the end of March 2021.

Senate Bill 604 was sponsored by Senator Curtis Hertel.

“No Michigander should have to worry about how to put food on the table or pay their bills, especially during a global pandemic,” said Whitmer. “These bipartisan bills are an important step in providing immediate relief for working families, but there is more work to do. I urge the legislature to take further action to make this permanent. 40 states, including all of our neighbors, automatically provide at least 26 weeks of unemployment relief. Michiganders deserve better than a short-term extension that expires in March. It’s time to work together on a bipartisan, long-term solution for working families.”

Since March 15, Governor Whitmer’s administration has paid nearly $27 billion in benefits to nearly 2.3 million workers.

When she signed the bipartisan relief bill, Governor Whitmer line item vetoed items not subject to negotiated agreement.

That includes a $220 million giveaway of taxpayer money to the employer-owned Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund – a pool of funds designed to help businesses fund benefits for laid off workers.

“General fund dollars must be used to fund essential services like vaccines and PPE, not to give tax breaks to big businesses,” Whitmer said.

The Unemployment Insurance Agency has also provided more than $900 million in tax breaks to businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Today, Whitmer urged the legislature to return to work in January and pass a permanent extension of unemployment benefits and an increase in weekly benefits that provide unemployed Michiganders support during the pandemic.

On Sunday, President Trump signed a COVID relief bill that provides some support for Michigan’s unemployed workers.

This bill extends benefits to self-employed and gig workers and provides all unemployment recipients with an additional $300 per week.

This extension will bring relief to nearly 700,000 Michigan workers who are currently receiving benefits under the federal UI programs.

The continuation of these benefits with the additional $300 per week for all claimants will provide workers with the emergency financial assistance to buy essential items.


 

Snow possible on Christmas Day


Posted Dec. 24, 2020

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, well it’s possible.

According to the National weather Service, light snow for the eastern portion of Michigan is expected early Christmas morning, with snow showers then building in throughout the day.

Accumulating snow will be most likely over the eastern-third of the forecasting area.

Temperatures will also be cold, with overnight lows in the teens warming up in to the mid to upper 20s for a high.

With light winds, it will feel more like the lower teens outside.


Huron School District Food Service program supplies food to students amid COVID-19 shutdowns

The meals being distributed consist of a variety of different foods that would have been offered in the situation that school wasn’t closed down for COVID, including various fruits, vegetables, milk, cookies, pizza kits, and more. (Photo courtesy of Nella Shock)


By Garrett Harper For The Huron Hub
Posted Dec. 21, 2020
Article updated

With COVID-19 shutting down schools all over the country, students are left without the ability to get the lunch that they would normally get from their school cafeteria.

As a way to remedy this, the Food Service team in the Huron School District decided to come up with a solution to this problem to help the students get the food they need.

Nella Shock and the rest of the Food Service team have set up a system where parents can drive to the East entrance of Huron High School and receive food for their kids for the week on Mondays and Thursdays.

The meals being distributed consist of a variety of different foods that would have been offered in the situation that school wasn’t closed down for COVID, including various fruits, vegetables, milk, cookies, pizza kits, and more.

This food distribution program has been running since the original lockdown in March, when schools started shutting down due to COVID concerns. Around the time the school year would have ended in June, they put the program on hold.

It was resumed on Nov. 16 to continue giving meals to the students, but will be going on a hiatus for Christmas break on Dec. 18.

After Christmas break, the Food Service team will be back on Jan. 4 to continue distributing food on Mondays and Thursdays until Jan. 19, when they will only be distributing the meals on Mondays from that point forward.

Every Monday and Thursday during the program, Nella and her team arrive at the school at 7:30 a.m. and spend over four hours making sure that everything is in order.

They also would spend days preparing for their next distribution day.

The team would then hand out the meals for the families of more than 600 kids from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

To help spread some holiday cheer for all the students, the team went above and beyond by writing Christmas cards for the kids to go along with their meals last week.

In addition to being an important nutritional resource for the students in the district, the program has also helped the Food Service members by allowing them to work during these difficult pandemic times.

Nella and her team work tirelessly to make sure that this operation can work smoothly, and it shows with how many people are able to still get food from the school.


 

Michigan begins re-opening of high schools, indoor entertainment


Posted by The Huron Hub

Dec. 18, 2020

–MDHHS begins re-opening of high schools and

indoor entertainment

–Gatherings remain limited, but high schools, casinos, bowling alleys, theaters can reopen

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated its epidemic order today to allow some indoor activities where Michiganders can remain masked.

Health officials say wearing masks has been scientifically shown to slow COVID-19.

This includes in-person learning at high schools and indoor entertainment venues.

Casinos, bowling centers and movie theatres will be allowed to reopen with total capacity capped at 100; food and drink concessions closed; and social distancing requirements in place.

The new order is effective Monday, Dec. 21 and will last until Friday, Jan. 15.

“These past few weeks, Michiganders across the state stepped up and did their part to slow the spread of COVID-19, and because of our collective hard work, we are now able to begin the steps to carefully lift some of the protocols we have in place,” Whitmer said. “I am encouraged by the progress we have made since early November, and will continue to monitor the data closely during and after the holidays. One of the most important things Michiganders can do right now is make a plan to get the safe and effective vaccine as soon as it’s available to you. And as always: mask up, practice safe social distancing, and avoid indoor gatherings where COVID-19 can easily spread from person to person. We will eradicate this virus together.”

“We have made some progress in our fight against this pandemic, and this was a historical week as we started to distribute life-saving vaccines,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “It is important that everyone continues to do their part. Start planning for when you will get a vaccine when it is available to you, and let’s avoid a surge in cases after the holidays by avoiding gatherings, wearing our masks, and continuing to socially distance.”

Previously, MDHHS had identified stabilization or declines in three metrics as critical for relaxing protocols. Michigan saw improvements across all three following the “pause” implemented in mid- November:

• Hospital capacity dedicated to COVID-19 patients:13-day decline; current capacity is at 17.3% for beds with COVID-19 patients. Peaked at 20.1% on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

• Overall case rates: 27-day decline; currently at 439 cases per million. Peaked at 739 cases per million on Saturday, Nov. 14.

• Positivity rate: 11-day decline; currently at 10.6% positive tests. Recently peaked at 14.3% on Friday, Dec. 4.

Indoor residential gatherings remain limited to 10 people and two households.

MDHHS continues to urge families to avoid indoor gatherings or to pick a single other household to interact with consistent with guidance already released by the department.

Families are encouraged to stay home this holiday season to maintain the positive momentum that has developed and to protect loved ones. Families are also encouraged to Mask Up, Mask Right, using new guidance for what masks to wear and how to wear them.

The epidemic order continues to temporarily pause indoor dining in bars and restaurants, but they can continue to offer outdoor dining, carry-out, and delivery. Colleges and universities will be able to have students return to campus for the winter semester, with a voluntary commitment to wait until Jan. 18 to restart in-person courses.

Gyms remain open for individual exercise with strict safety measures in place. Outdoor group fitness and outdoor non-contact sports will again be allowed, including running, downhill and cross-country skiing.

Under this new order, reopened indoor entertainment venues will not be required to collect names and contact information. With the amount of community spread that currently exists across the state and the heavy burden on contact tracing teams to keep up with these cases, it has become too challenging to meaningfully use this data for timely follow up. As case counts fall and contact tracing becomes able to keep up with the volume again, MDHHS expects to reinstate this information-gathering requirement.

As before, employees who work in jobs that cannot be performed from home can continue to go to work, while employees who can work from home should continue to do so.

Individualized activities with distancing and face masks are still allowed: retail shopping; public transit; restaurant takeout; personal- care services such as haircuts, by appointment; and individualized exercise at a gym, with extra spacing between machines.


Public safety director clears up social media rumor about alleged police impersonator in Huron Township

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety


Posted Tuesday , Dec. 15, 2020
By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB

Huron Township’s public safety director responded to a social media rumor posted recently alleging of a police impersonator roaming the streets of Huron Township.

The woman who made the allegation posted false information in her post, according to Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

Robbins said after meeting with the driver, she agreed to post a public apology and explain what actually happened.

The driver did not post an apology, and Robbins said he needed to clear up the issue because he was receiving calls from concerned residents about the possible police impersonator.

“This past Sunday, December 13th, 2020 at approximately 8:00a.m., the Huron Township Deputy Police Chief was ON DUTY in his undercover police department owned vehicle. This vehicle is equipped with complete emergency lighting as consistent with all unmarked investigative vehicles,” Robbins said in a Facebook post.

He added: “The Deputy Chief was traveling southbound on Waltz Road. Road conditions were wet and there was frost on the ground. As he travelled, a vehicle approached his vehicle, also southbound, at a high rate of speed. The vehicle passed his vehicle in a careless manner at a rate of speed much higher than the posted speed limit. Out of concern for the driver’s safety, as well as the safety of other drivers on the road, the Deputy Chief felt it was necessary to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. Immediately upon making contact with the driver, the Deputy Chief identified himself and told the driver that he was employed with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety.”

“He further advised the driver why they were being stopped. Although argumentative, the driver indicated that they had her small child inside the vehicle and was running late to drop the child off with family. They admitted to exceeding the speed limit,” Robbins said.

Robbins said the deputy chief gave the driver the option to have a marked unit respond, and the driver said they did not require a marked unit.

“To avoid them being uncomfortable about who he was, he advised the driver to call our Emergency Dispatch Center to confirm his identity. The driver did in fact call the Huron Township Emergency Dispatch Center and confirmed the Deputy Chief’s identity as well as his vehicle description. The driver continued to be argumentative throughout stating they were running late. He ultimately released the driver at the scene with the hopes that it would be a learning experience,” he said.

After seeing the post from the driver on social media, Robbins said he met with her personally.

“It was inferred in the post that the driver was unclear whether or not it was a “real” police officer and that the person refused to identify themselves. It was obvious from the post and from subsequent phone calls that I received that this caused fear and concern in the community. I immediately began an internal investigation regarding this incident so that I could inform the community accurately as to what happened. It should be noted that I, nor any of our command staff, ever received a call from the driver or anyone associated with them to discuss the reality of this incident. We can all draw our own conclusions as to why that is,” Robbins said.

“I personally met with the driver yesterday. The driver admitted that the Deputy Chief DID identify himself. The driver did admit that they were not completely truthful in the content of their social media post. The driver admitted driving in a careless manner. One thing we agreed on was that the driver and their son were in danger, NOT from the actions of our Deputy Chief performing his duties, but from the driver’s actions while they were driving. They agreed to do a post to the community that told the truth on the same social media site where they originally posted the dishonest statement on. They further agreed to apologize to the community for spreading unnecessary fear. In fairness, I gave them 24 hours to correct their wrongs, but they have chosen so far not to stand by what they said they would do to make this right. So, I felt it was important to write this post to inform our community that we do NOT have a fake police officer as inferred on Sunday.”

Here is the entire Facebook post from the public safety department:


 

Today is deadline to apply for Wayne County Cares Program designed to help those impacted by most recent state shut down


Posted Tuesday , Dec. 15, 2020
By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB

Today is the deadline to apply for the Wayne County Cares Program designed to help those impacted by the most recent state shut down.

This program is for workers in the restaurant, hospitality, entertainment, and fitness industry who have been impacted by the most recent Michigan Pause orders.

If selected to receive the award in the random drawing, applicants will receive a one time payment of $500, according to Wayne County.

Only applicants with a verified address in Wayne County, MI who meet the income and employment requirements will be added to a randomized list.

The randomized list identifies applicants who will move forward onto the next step in the process, the county said.

Applicants will be notified via email (if they provided no email then a call will be made) if they have been selected.

The application only takes a few minutes to complete.

For more information about the program, visit the Wayne County website.


 

Photos: Santa and crew rides through Huron Township on Sunday

 

Santa and crew rides through Huron Township on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (Photos courtesy of Kyle Meeker / Kyle Meeker Photography)


Posted Tuesday , Dec. 15, 2020
By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB

Sirens were blaring and lights were flashing throughout Huron Township on Sunday, but it wasn’t exactly a matter of public safety.

Instead, it was Santa Claus and his crew who made a special visit to Huron Township on Sunday.

Santa, Mrs. Claus, and his elves received a special escort from Huron Township Department of Public Safety vehicles, bringing Christmas cheer to families in various parts of the township.

“We had a great time getting the opportunity to escort Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves throughout our community! We did our best to see as many of you as we could. Nothing was better than seeing the smiles and signs of the children as our visitors passed them by,” a Facebook post from the public safety department said. “Equally as great was the support, waves, and thumbs up from the moms and dads!”

Photos: Santa and crew rides through Huron Township.

(PHOTOS COURTESY KYLE MEEKER / KYLE MEEKER PHOTOGRAPHY)


 

Planning commission public hearing will discuss rezoning of parcel on Waltz Road for ‘upscale senior living condos’

 

(Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


Posted Monday , Dec. 14, 2020
By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB

A public hearing will take place during Monday’s planning commission meeting regarding a request for a zoning change from agricultural to multiple family residential to allow for the development of upscale senior living condos.

The parcel is located on the west side of Waltz Road, just north of Palma in New Boston.

The commission will be meeting Monday via a Zoom conference call due to COVID precautions.

Instructions on how to access the ZOOM Meeting:

When: Dec 14, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: December 14 Planning Commission

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/95180853184?pwd=VHRGS2diUzE2VUQ1dGd4RW8zeDROQT09
Passcode: 534926
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +19292056099,,95180853184#,,,,,,0#,,534926# or +13017158592,,95180853184#,,,,,,0#,,534926#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 951 8085 3184
Passcode: 534926
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/adBO4D2HlE

Here is the agenda for the meeting: