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34th District Court in Romulus reaches agreement to serve neighboring communities

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Posted by The Huron Hub on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 


The city of Romulus announced last week that it has reached an agreement to reaffirm the city as home to the 34th District Court, and outline agreed-upon terms. The agreement, reached with the support of the Michigan State Court Administrators Office, replaces the 1998 Agreement between Romulus, the Township of Sumpter, the Charter Township of Van Buren, the Charter Township of Huron and Belleville.

The 2019 agreement settles misinterpretations of the prior agreement’s wording with regard to disbursement of funds, protects the communities against future misreading, and affirms the court will continue to be located in Romulus.

Meanwhile, construction continues on the new court building funded through fees assessed through the users of the 34th District Court, located at the city’s municipal campus on Wayne Road. The grand opening is slated for early 2020.

“The city of Romulus is proud to have brought our neighboring communities together to review this important issue, maintain good faith and to continue to host the 34th District Court,” Mayor LeRoy Burcroff said. “Having long understood and honored the spirit of the agreement, we are grateful to have cemented its intent in an official contract approved by all the neighboring communities. We are pleased with this agreement. This agreement puts to rest any question raised that the City of Romulus acted inappropriately and puts into writing changes implemented by the court, and how such court fees will continue to be administered and disbursed to the communities.”

Prior to reaching the new agreement, the city of Romulus conducted all financial transactions in accordance with the 1998 agreement. The city also received the highest, unqualified audit opinion in an outside audit conducted by Plante Moran in 2018.

“The recent signing of the updated 34th District Court Funding Unit Agreement is the latest example of how the five communities that make up this unit continue to work together for a common purpose,” said David A. Glaab, Huron Charter Township Supervisor. “Building on their positive relationships based on mutual trust and respect, the judges, mayors and township supervisors maintained open lines of communication and forged an agreement that will benefit the communities and their court well into the future. This agreement demonstrates what effective leadership and political subdivisions working together as an equal partnership can achieve.”


 

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It’s homecoming week at Huron High School


Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019


It’s homecoming week at Huron High School.

During homecoming festivities this week, the theme at the high school is “Road Trip,” with each day of the week featuring a related theme for the students to participate in.

Friday will be a busy day.

Homecoming court and pep rally will take place at the high school.

Friday afternoon, the homecoming parade will start at 3:30 p.m. at the soccer fields on Huron River Drive and head south to Arrowhead Stadium at Huron High School.

Kickoff for the homecoming game against Airport High School is at 7 p.m. Friday.

Homecoming king and queen will be crowned at half time.

The homecoming dance is on Sept. 21


Camilleri calls for supporting auto workers during UAW strike


Posted on The Huron Hub on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019


LANSING — On Sunday morning, the United Auto Workers called for a nationwide strike against General Motors following the expiration of the union contract at midnight yesterday after talks stalled in the negotiation process. In response, state Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) issued the following statement:

“As the son and grandson of UAW members, I know firsthand the critical role collective bargaining plays in the ability for everyday families to get ahead. That’s why I stand 100 percent with the workers striking, who are coming together to fight for fair wages, affordable health care and job security — basic guarantees workers in our state, and across the nation, deserve. I hope the talks continue and come to a fair and swift conclusion, and I will continue to support those on strike until that happens.”


Golf carts are now legal on the streets of Huron, but know the rules before you drive

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Sep. 13, 2019 — Updated


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Residents in Huron Township can now legally drive golf carts on certain streets after a resolution was passed by the Board of Trustees during Wednesday’s meeting.

With the approval of the resolution comes important rules that a golf cart operator must follow, though.

Rule one: you must be at least 16-years-old and have a valid driver’s license if you want to drive a golf cart.

The operator of a golf cart also needs to comply with the signal requirements of MCL 257.648, those that apply to the operation of regular motor vehicles, which includes signals for stopping or turning.

Having electronic signals on the carts is not required, but drivers should use the proper hand signals for their intention on the road.

There are also certain areas where golf carts are prohibited.

“It is important that golf cart operators know the limits of this resolution, especially as it relates to allowed areas operation as well as the age and licensing requirements,” said Everette Robbins, public safety director.

Golf cart speed cannot exceed 15 miles per hour, and it cannot be operated on a highway or street with a speed limit of more than 30 miles per hour, except to cross that highway or street.

“I have had many conversations over the past several years with residents about the use of golf carts in our Township. My hope was to find a solution that not only met the needs of needs of the community, but also kept in mind the safety of both the operator and the public. I think this resolution drafted by our township attorney and passed by the township board accomplishes both of those objectives,” he said.

If you plan to drive a golf cart, you should read the full list of regulations for usage in Huron Township by viewing the documents below:

“I am glad that we could work with our resident community partners and come up with a solution that fits the type of community that we live in,” Robbins said.


Relevant article: Huron Township government meetings are now streamed online

Romulus Library in need of Huron Township resident to serve on Library Board

Posted Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019


The Romulus Library is in need of a Huron Township resident to serve on the Romulus Library Board.

If you are interested in serving please contact Kathy Carlton-Beh in the Huron Township Supervisor’s office at 734-753-4466, ext. 126 or email kbeh@hurontownship-mi.gov.

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The Library Board has ultimate authority and responsibility for governing, controlling, and monitoring the business and affairs of the Romulus Public Library. The Library Board may delegate such authority, as it deems proper. Policies adopted by the Library Board are binding on its officers, agents, employees, and committees. The Board is responsible for hiring and evaluating the Library Director, monitoring and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the library, setting library policies, reviewing and adopting the annual budget, developing long-term planning, advocating for the library, communicating regularly with the Director, and conducting the affairs of the board at regularly scheduled meeting. Meetings are held Third Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room (with the exception of holidays). Meets for approximately one hour. The Library Board is comprised of five (5) members which are appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council as established by Council Resolution #s 11-111, 11-112 & 11-113. One member is appointed to serve as Romulus city council representative and one is appointed to represent Huron Township. Members serve either a one-year, two-year, three-year, four-year, or five-year term. The city council representative serves a four-year term that corresponds with their term in office. Interested persons notify the Board of their desire to serve. Upon receiving Board approval, they notify the Mayor in writing of their interest in serving. Mayor appoints members with City Council approval. Huron Township representative also notifies the Huron Township Supervisor for approval of the appointment prior to notifying the Mayor. Please check below if you have experience in:
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Huron Township homeowner sets fire to house, barricades doors before taking his own life

Huron Township Police and Michigan State Police SWAT make entry into the house in the 21000 block of Huron River Drive early Wednesday morning after a homeowner set fire to his own house and barricaded the doors from within. After entering, police found the man dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Image courtesy of Everette Robbins)

Posted Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 — 1:30 PM


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A 76-year-old Huron Township man is dead Wednesday after firefighters and police initially responded to a structure fire in the 21000 block of Huron River Drive to find a house barricaded from within and fire accelerant spread throughout the inside.

At 5:21 p.m., Huron Township Dispatch Operations Center received a 911 call from a neighbor reporting a structure fire at the location.

The neighbor told 911 that they could see smoke coming from inside the house.

Huron Township Fire Department and police responded to the scene within four minutes and firefighters were able to extinguish multiple fires in the house and garage areas.

After entering the house, emergency responders observed a large amount of fresh fire accelerant spread throughout the inside, as well as several weapons and doors to the house barricade from within.

“Once inside the residence and after observing several indicators of obstacles that could potentially be dangerous to our staff, a decision was made to have our first responders take tactical positions. This decision was made not only to ensure their safety, but also the safety of nearby neighbors. Our top priority was to make sure everyone remained safe,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Officers then setup a perimeter around the house and neighbors were asked to shelter in place.

Huron River Drive was closed between King and West Roads, and multiple Huron Township police and fire staff were contacted while off duty and responded to the scene to assist.

DTE was also contacted and shut down service in the immediate area.

“The teamwork that occurred throughout this emergency situation was incredible. Our Dispatch Staff, Firefighters and Police Officers unselfishly responded to the scene while they were off duty. All hands were on deck and both of our public safety departments were all in to ensure the safety of our residents,” Robbins said.

Because of the accelerants spread throughout the house and the possibility of an armed barricaded person inside, the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad and SWAT team were contacted and assisted during the incident.

For several hours, the bomb squad robots examined the house in an attempt to identify any potential threats inside.

“I am very appreciative for the assistance of the Michigan State Police. They responded with two robots to assist us with assessing the threat level inside the residence. The robots were beneficial to limit the human interaction with potential threats and ensure that our first responders make it home safely. The work of these robots ultimately gave us the confidence that we could enter the home safely and resolve this incident,” Robbins said.

At about 12:30 a.m., Huron Township Police and MSP SWAT made entry into the house in an attempt to locate the resident.

Shortly after, he was found dead from what police say initially appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Video: Huron Township Police and Michigan State Police SWAT make entry into house

 

“Our thoughts and prayers go out this this man’s family. I am not sure we will ever know the deceased’s individual’s true intentions or reasoning for this incident,” Robbins said.

The Detective Bureau, Evidence Tech Team, and Huron Township Arson Investigator then conducted an investigation at the scene.

Multiple weapons and fire accelerants were located inside the house.

“It initially appears that the man set the fires himself,” Robbins said.

The investigation is ongoing and the man is not being identified at this time pending the notification of out of town family members.

His body was turned over to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

“This incident could have had a much different outcome. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated and well-trained Dispatch, Fire and Police Departments. At the end of the day, we only had a couple officers sustain minor injuries. Again, I am proud of both the teamwork and leadership that I witnessed. This teamwork includes the residents who were displaced from their homes. We appreciated the patience showed by the neighbors affected by this incident and the confidence the community had in us to bring this to a safe conclusion,” said Robbins.