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Whitmer signs bill into law allowing roadside drug testing for controlled substances

(MSP file photo)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 12, 2020

Governor Whitmer on Thursday signed Senate Bill 718 into law, amending the Michigan Vehicle Code to allow for roadside drug testing for controlled substances.

The bill establishes a one-year pilot program of roadside drug testing in five counties to be selected by the Michigan State Police.

The Michigan State Police also received authorization to conduct a second one-year pilot program involving more counties at the conclusion of the original one-year pilot program.

MSP subsequently expanded the pilot program to all 83 counties in the State. SB 718 was sponsored by Senator Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford.

Related: Michigan State Police launch second phase of oral roadside drug testing pilot program


Dreamstreet Realty opens in downtown New Boston

Dreamstreet Realty opened recently at 36974 Huron River Drive in downtown New Boston. Photo courtesy Brandy Sayger.

Posted Friday, June 12, 2020

Dreamstreet Realty is beyond excited about opening up in downtown New Boston!

We are a family brokerage that serves all of southeast Michigan. We come from five generations and a century of real estate experience and wisdom dating back to 1922.

It is our dream to continue the tradition of trust and excellence before us while continuing to grow and stay on the modern edge of real estate.

We would love to assist you when buying or selling your home. We make realty dreams a reality!

Brandy Sayger, Broker
Dreamstreet Realty

Dreamstreet Realty is located at 36974 Huron River Drive. You can contact their office at 734-606-5333.


Huron Township fire department millage proposal will be on August primary ballot

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 11, 2020 

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety will have a millage request on the Aug. 4 Primary Election ballot.

The wording was approved by the Huron Township Board of Trustees during a recent meeting.

The millage is specific to the Huron Township Fire Department and Emergency Dispatch Center for use to upgrade equipment, make building improvements, and purchase fire response vehicles such as fire trucks, said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

Robbins and Fire Chief Jamie Hinojosa will be conducting a series of town hall meetings over the next several weeks to speak to residents regarding the millage.

Announcements for these meetings will be made on The Huron Hub, as well as the Huron Township Department of Public Safety Facebook page.

“This is an important millage for the future of the fire service here in Huron Township. It is important that we try and secure funds to improve our fire department’s facilities and emergency response equipment. Make no mistake, we have an incredible group of men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our community. The clear goal here is to make sure we can provide them with the necessary tools to keep themselves safe as they serve our residents, especially when time is critical,” Robbins said.

“It is not in any way lost on us as to how the Pandemic has affected our residents economically. While we realize that there is never a perfect time to ask the community for a millage, I was able to see first-hand how important our staff was to our community over the past few months as we battled COVID-19. As not only the Director, but also as a resident, I could not be prouder of how our Fire Staff represented our community during the pandemic. My hope is that as a community, we can thank them for their service by at least considering and hopefully supporting a millage that will give them the equipment they need to provide Huron Township with the quality service we have come to expect and deserve.”

The fire department is looking for volunteers to be a part of a citizen millage committee. The committee will assist the public safety department with getting information out to residents.

Residents interested in volunteering are asked to email Robbins at

“All of our fire department facilities are in desperate need of repair and we have several expensive future needs such as our ladder truck that will need replacement in the near future. This is an opportunity to define and shape the way we deliver fire services to our residents into the future,” Robbins said. “We have a lot of work to do in the next couple months to connect with the community and answer any questions they may have. I want our residents to feel free to email or call me anytime.”

Here is the official wording on the ballot for the millage:

Seen here is the department’s 1992 Pierce fire truck (28-years-old). Robbins said, as an example of future needs, the replacement cost of a platform aerial bucket ladder truck comparable to our current equipment is approximately $930,000.00. This does not include funds that may be needed for equipment to outfit the truck. (Photos courtesy Huron Department of Public Safety)


Huron Township bars and restaurants open for dine-in service

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 11, 2020 

Huron Township bars and restaurants have announced they are open for dine-in service.

On June 1, Governor Whitmer announced that bars and restaurants could reopen following a forced closing in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Restaurants that open will be required to maintain additional safety measures and guidelines, including a capacity limit inside of the business.

Some local restaurants have posted on social media that they are now open for dine-in.


A phone call to Woodside Meadows golf course confirmed that they are also open for dine-in service. The business does not operate a social media page. They are located at 20820 Inkster Road.

This article will be updated regularly. If you own or operate a local restaurant that’s not included here, please email your information to

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Thousands of DTE customers are without power as of Thursday morning

(Photo courtesy DTE)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 11, 2020 

8:30 a.m. EST

There are power outages all across the state following a stormy Wednesday afternoon and evening.

A large portion of southwest Wayne County, including parts of New Boston and Romulus, remain without power Thursday morning after storms blew through the area last night.

Areas in Belleville are also without service.

A check of the DTE outage map shows over 2,000 customers in the southwest portion of the county are currently without power.

“We are currently assessing damage caused by the severe thunderstorms moving across Southeast Michigan. Estimates for restoring your power may take several hours to prepare and could change once crews arrive on scene and fully assess equipment damage. Remember to stay 20 feet away from downed power lines and if you see crews in your neighborhood stay at least six feet away,” DTE said in a statement.

DTE outage map screen shot shows thousands without power in southwest Wayne County on Thursday morning after a night of storms. (Screen shot made at 8:30 a.m. on June 11, 2020)

The yellow portion on the map represents over 1,000 DTE customers without power.

The map cites wind damage for the majority of the local outages.

Restoration times are around 7:30 p.m. according to the DTE map.


Over 1,000 DTE customers without power in New Boston, Romulus as of Wednesday evening

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 10, 2020 

6:35 p.m. EST

There is a large power outage in Huron Township due to storms that are hitting Michigan Wednesday evening.

The outage stretches from New Boston north to Romulus.

Over 1,000 DTE customers are without power due to the outage in both communities.

The DTE outage map says the outage occurred at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday.

DTE says wind damage caused the outage and that there is no estimation for restoration of power at this time.

DTE outage map shows over 1,000 DTE customers without power at of 6:30 p.m. June 10.


Southeast Michigan under moderate risk for severe storms Wednesday


(Huron Hub file photo)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 10, 2020

You will want to keep updated on the weather forecast throughout the day on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Detroit says there is a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and early evening.

The main hazard will be damaging straight line winds, but a few tornadoes will also be possible.

The risk for storms is most prevalent between 3 and 9 p.m.

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Michigan drivers now have a choice in amount of personal injury protection medical coverage

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 9, 2020

Under a new auto insurance law, Michigan drivers will now have a choice in the amount of personal injury protection (PIP) medical coverage they purchase on policies issued or renewed after July 1, 2020.

PIP medical coverage pays allowable expenses for medical care, recovery, rehabilitation, and some funeral expenses, and typically represents almost half of an individual driver’s premium.

Michigan is the only state where unlimited PIP medical continues to be an option.

“This is a time when Michiganders need to see rate relief, and I am pleased that these reforms will result in savings even greater than the law’s requirements,” Gov. Whitmer said in a statement. “It’s important that drivers talk to their insurance agents or attend upcoming town halls to make sure they understand the changes coming this summer so they can make the best choices for their families and budgets.”

According to the state of Michigan, aggregated data shows that the average statewide PIP medical reductions exceed the statutory requirements, which use the average statewide rates on May 1, 2019 as the baseline. (Images are courtesy state of Michigan)

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services says it contracted with outside independent analysts to review all filed rates to confirm compliance with the law.

DIFS rejected PIP filings that used any rating factors not permitted under the new law, such as sex, marital status, home ownership, or zip code, and required companies to resubmit filings with the prohibited factors removed, the department said.

In total, DIFS said it approved 321 personal and commercial auto filings related to the law change.


“DIFS has worked hard in extraordinary circumstances to review and approve auto insurance rates so that drivers can see the benefit of this law starting this summer,” said DIFS Director Anita Fox. “We are also working to educate Michiganders so they can be ready to review and make decisions about their policies and ultimately save money.”

Auto insurance premiums are individual to each consumer and may vary on driving record, miles driven, coverages selected, and other factors.

Informative resources, instructional videos and a schedule of virtual town hall events are available for drivers to learn more about the new law at


Get ready for a heat wave on Tuesday and Wednesday, with severe storms possible

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 9, 2020

Someone flipped a switch from spring to summer seemingly overnight.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be hot: highs will be in the low 90s.

With the extreme heat usually comes the chance of storms.

Severe storms are possible over the next 24-48 hours, as well.

Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service in Detroit:

It will be hot today with temperatures exceeding 90 degrees across most of southeast Michigan. Fortunately, the real humid airmass will not arrive until this evening, and thus peak heat indices should be close to the actual max temperature.

The tropical moisture from the remnants of Cristobal will bring a severe thunderstorm risk to southeast Michigan. There is a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms this evening and tonight, with a much better chance for severe storms late Wednesday/Wednesday evening. The fast movement of the storms will limit rainfall under 1 inch for most locations, but localized amounts of around 2 inches is likely in stronger thunderstorms


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Whitmer reopens more regions, economic sectors

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 5, 2020

Governor Whitmer today signed orders to reopen more regions and economic sectors under her “MI Safe Start Plan.”

On June 10, Regions 6 and 8 — which include much of northern Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula — will move to Phase 5 of the governor’s plan.

Phase 5 allows the reopening of salons, movie theaters, and gyms, subject to safety protocols and procedures designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

On June 15, personal services including hair, massages, and nails will reopen statewide.

Whitmer said she expects the entire state will advance to Phase 5 in the coming weeks.

The remaining regions, 1 through 5 and 7, will remain in phase 4 under today’s executive orders,

“Today marks another milestone in the safe reopening of Michigan’s economy,” Whitmer said. “As we continue to slowly reopen different parts of our state, it’s critical that we listen to the experts and follow the medical science to avoid a second wave of infections. The good news is that we are headed in the right direction, and if the current trajectory continues, I anticipate we’ll be able to announce more sectors reopening in the coming weeks. We owe it to our front line workers to keep doing our part.”

“We are still on an encouraging trajectory across the state, and while there are regional differences, we are seeing continued general rates of decline in cases and deaths,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “While we must continue to monitor the data, because of these positive trends we are able to move forward, on a regional basis, with the next phases of the MI Safe Start Plan. Although the risk levels are going down, it does not mean it has gone away. Please remain vigilant, wear your mask, practice social distancing, and remain patient as we continue to fight COVID-19 together.”

Under phase 5, indoor social gatherings and organized events of up to 50 people are permissible.

Outdoor social gatherings and organized events are also allowed if people maintain six feet of distance from one another and the gathering consists of no more than 250 people.

In addition, outdoor performance and sporting venues will be open with a larger capacity limit of 500, which will allow for some outdoor graduation ceremonies.

Governor Whitmer has issued an updated rule laying out new workplace safeguards for gyms, in-home services, hair salons, and entertainment venues.

“Following these safeguards will ensure that workers and patrons alike remain protected as the state moves to reopen,” Whitmer said.

To view Executive Orders 2020-114 and 2020-115, click the links below: