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Front page news out of Huron Township.

Excessive heat warning issued through Saturday evening

Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s today and then into the mid to upper 90s both Friday and Saturday.

Posted by The Huron Hub on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued an excessive heat warning, which is in effect from noon today to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Hazardous hot weather has arrvied.

Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s today and then into the mid to upper 90s both Friday and Saturday.

Preparing for the heat: Here is a list of cooling centers in Wayne County

Increasing humidity will yield heat indices peaking during the afternoon hours in the 100 to 110 degree range.

Low temperatures will only fall into the 70s each night limiting the possible relief from the heat.

The hot and humid air could lead to potentially hazardous conditions, particularly for the elderly and those with pre- existing health conditions.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency and 911 should be called.

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

Drink plenty of fluids and stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.


Man missing from Oakwoods Metropark since July 11

Michell Lawrence Saari (Photo courtesy of Metroparks Police)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Metroparks Police say a man who visited Oakwoods Metropark hasn’t been seen since Thursday, July 11.

Michell Lawrence Saari, 64, entered the park at 6:11 p.m. that day and hasn’t been seen since, police say.

He’s reportedly an avid biker and often visits the metroparks to use the trails.

Oakwoods Metropark’s address is listed as 32911 Willow Road in
New Boston.

Police searched Oakwoods Metropark and didn’t locate Saari.

His gray 2013 Ford F-150 was found empty at the horse staging area of the park, police said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Metroparks Police Department at 734-697-9181 or the Huron Township Police Department at 734-753-4400.

Preparing for the heat: Here is a list of cooling centers in Wayne County

Posted by The Huron Hub on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 — 8:00 a.m. EST

With high temperatures expected late this week and over the weekend, the Wayne County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has compiled a list of cooling centers in local communities.

Click here for a list of cooling centers across Wayne County.

More information on the upcoming dangerous hot weather:

Flood warning issued for Wayne County until early Wednesday morning

Posted Tuesday, July 16, 2019 — 9:45 p.m. EST

The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a:

Flood Warning for… Wayne County in southeastern Michigan… Southern Oakland County in southeastern Michigan… Washtenaw County in southeastern Michigan…

Until 315 AM EDT.

Rainfall from evening showers and thunderstorms totaled 1 to 3 inches in many locations with local amounts of 4 inches or more. Additional pockets of heavy rainfall will continue this evening and bring over an inch of additional rain to localized spots before the activity ends overnight. It will then take several more hours for flood waters to recede.

Some locations that will experience flooding include… Warren, Ann Arbor, Livonia, Troy, Southfield, Taylor, Novi, Romulus, Ypsilanti, Saline, Grosse Pointe, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Downtown Detroit, Canton, Detroit, Dearborn, Royal Oak and Wyandotte.

This Flood Warning will replace the earlier F lash Flood Warning as well as Flood Advisories issued earlier this evening.



Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Runoff from the earlier heavy rainfall has caused flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.

Source: National Weather Service

Public safety director responds to ‘inaccurate’ social media post regarding recent fire department response to open burn call

Published by the Huron Hub on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Editor’s note: Below is an unedited message to the community from Everette Robbins, director of public safety in Huron Township:

Last night it was brought to my attention that a local social media post contained speculation and accusations regarding an appropriate response, or lack thereof, to a fire call received into our dispatch center on Sunday July 14th, 2019 at approximately 4:34p.m. While I do not feel that it is necessary to respond to every inaccurate post made on social media, I think in this case it is important to present true and accurate facts. Unfortunately, the inaccurate and false information posted unfairly presents a negative perception to the community about the great work the men and women of our fire department do to keep us safe.


The Huron Township Dispatch Operations Center received a 911 call at 4:34p.m. regarding an “OPEN BURN.” The caller reported seeing smoke but was confused as to where exactly he was. The caller reported initially that he was in the 22500 block of West Road. After questioning by our dispatch operator, he then believed that he was near the cross street of Judd Road, which then led us to believe he was actually in the area of the 22500 block of Waltz Road. Only ONE call was received.

Two scheduled on-duty Huron Township Fire Personnel were dispatched to the 22500 block of Waltz and were on the scene within four minutes. Two Huron township police officers and a Michigan DNR Officer also responded to the scene. At that time, they were all unable to locate fire and/or smoke in the area and spent considerable time investigating. A neighbor to the reported residence was interviewed upon their arrival and stated that he was working in his yard all day and had observed no smoke and/or fire in the area.

Although some on social media speculated that it could have been a person’s “Kubota” on fire, the Public Safety Department did NOT receive any calls reporting this event. To this moment we have received no calls from anyone reporting a fire at their residence or damage to their property. Should that owner exist, we encourage them to call us to initiate an investigation.

To further the investigation, I contacted the City of Romulus Fire Department to inquire if they had any fire incidents in the area. They reported that they had a “hay truck” fire in the area of I-275 and Eureka at approximately 11a.m. Romulus Fire Staff on their scene advised that the pictures posted on our local social media site looked consistent with their fire. Unfortunately, since we have NOT been contacted by the concerned party who posted the photos, we are unable to obtain information as to when and where they were taken. We would be happy to speak with anyone who has information regarding this incident.

As the Director of Public Safety, I think it is important to provide the residents with some accurate facts that contradict some of the misinformation posted recently on social media. Last month, OUR fire department responded to 153 calls, 134 rescue calls and 19 fire related calls. The average response time was SEVEN (7) minutes. This is consistent with recent monthly statistics. OUR fire department is staffed with a paramedic 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. Our fire response is supplemented with part-time paramedics and EMT staffing as well as paid-on-call firefighters. We don’t NOT utilize volunteer firefighters. Every member of our staff is compensated and trained. Our dedicated Fire Chief, Jamie Hinojosa, along with Deputy Chief James Katona work hard each and every day to ensure that OUR community gets the quality service that it deserves.

We will always be open and transparent with the community that we are dedicated to serve and protect. It is unfortunate that we must defend ourselves against speculation and misinformation, but I do realize that it is the day and age we live in. I am always open to analyzing our work in an effort to improve our services, but I believe we responded appropriately in this instance using the information we were provided. I do feel that I must respond to recent social media comments that somehow, we do not have a great fire department with unwavering respectful disagreement. As not only the Director of Public Safety, but also as a resident of this community, I am fortunate to see the tireless work and dedication of the men and women of OUR fire department first-hand. I can tell you without hesitation that I sleep well each and every night knowing that if an emergency happens to friends or family in my community, our dedicated fire staff will be there to protect them. I thank each and every one of them for providing me, my friends, and my family that comfort and security.

As always, our door is always open to anyone who would like to discuss anything public safety related. Feel free, to call me, Director Everette Robbins, at 734-753-4400 or email at

Huron residents allowed two landfill passes per year for Woodland Meadows Landfill

Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, July 12, 2019

Here is a letter from the township clerk with information on Huron resident use of the Woodland Meadows Landfill:

Greetings Huron Township Residents,

Below is an updated communication from Waste Management regarding items that are acceptable at their Woodlands Meadows Landfill. Please use this information to help you handle your waste removal needs in the future. If you have any questions, please contact the Woodlands Meadows Landfill directly at the below contact information.

Landfill Vouchers are issued to Huron Township residents (2 per year) free of charge. They will be issued upon request, and expire 90 days after issue date. Proof of residency is required. You may obtain your vouchers at the Clerk’s Office located in the Township Hall, Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 4:30pm.

5900 Hannan Road, Van Buren Township
Van Born Road between Haggerty Road and Hannan Road Phone: 734-326-0993
Landfill Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday 7:00 am – 10:30 am.

Voucher allows up to four (4) cubic yards of acceptable material, any additional material will be charged at the gate rate.

• Materials Accepted: Household construction materials (drywall panels, concrete, and shingles) wood (plywood, paneling, etc.) fencing, stoves, landscaping materials, (railroad ties) household waste and junk.

• Materials Not Accepted: White items (air conditioners & refrigerators), large car parts (fenders, engines, and doors), liquids (paints or motor oil), chemicals (yard spray or fluids), empty uncrushed drums, compost, batteries, branches, grass clippings or leaves.

• Recyclables: Should be recycled at curb side, do not take to Woodland Meadows.

• Tree limbs, tree stumps, etc. will not be accepted at this land-fill.

Thank you, and have a great summer!

Source: Jeremy R. Cady, Township Clerk