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Michigan Attorney General to intervene in DTE’s latest rate increase request


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted Wednesday, July 10, 2019

After receiving a rate increase of $125 million earlier this year that raised residential consumers’ rates by seven percent, DTE filed for another $328 million rate increase Monday with the Michigan Public Service Commission.

The request would raise residential customers’ monthly bills an additional nine percent.

DTE says the rate increase is intended to pay for the company’s tree trim program, the modernization of their electrical grid and IT services that will improve customer service.

“This one comes two months after the previous approval,” said Pete Ternes, spokesperson for DTE, in a quote to Fox 2 News. “One of the things was we didn’t get everything we asked for (from the last rate case),” he said.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said today she plans to intervene in the request.

“Months after it received a rate increase from MPSC, DTE shows it is completely unconcerned about the savings accounts of its consumers. Today I’m putting them on notice: I plan to vigorously review all their filings and make certain the priority in this case is ensuring affordable energy for Michigan consumers, not dividends for their shareholders,” Nessel said.


 

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Van Horn Road closed for a month between Inkster and Arsenal due to construction


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Van Horn Road, between Inkster and Arsenal, is closed to traffic for about a month due to construction.

The sidewalk ramps crossing Stewart, Pine Ridge, Brookview and Pleasant Creek streets will also be removed and replaced with ADA compliant ramps during this closure period.

The closure began Monday, July 8, 2019 for a period of approximately a month. 

Van Horn Road will be completely barricaded off at the Silver Creek Culvert Crossing. However, local access will be maintained from both Inkster and Arsenal.
-Brookview Blvd, Pine Ridge Drive, Stewart Blvd, and all homes west of Silver Creek will have access from Inkster Road
-Pleasant Creek Drive, Grand Traverse Ave and all homes east of Silver Creek will have access from Arsenal Road.

For more info, contact the 24 hour customer service center at 1-888-ROAD- CREW or visit www.waynecounty.com


Dangerous heat wave possible by next week


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted Tuesday, July 9, 2019

After a steamy Independence Day holiday and then a brief relief from the excessive heat, forecasters are predicting a dangerous heat wave for next week.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Monday that hazardous heat is possible for the second half of July.

“Things look to be warming up across much of the Central and Eastern U.S. as we head into the second half of July,” NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said.

“A moderate risk of excessive heat is forecast from the Eastern Great Lakes through New England on the 16 and 17 of July.”

According to NOAA, a heat index of 100+ degrees will be possible from Detroit through Boston.

Additonally, there is a slight risk of excessive heat across the Great Lakes from July 16 to 22.

This couid be a potentially dangerous heatwave.


Metropark police officer placed on paid leave after alleged discriminatory remarks

(Photo source: Flickr)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted Monday, July 8, 2019

A Huron-Clinton Metropark police officer is under investigation after allegations that he made discriminatory remarks to an Arab-American family from Illinois.

A video circulated online has sparked an investigation of the officer, and some are calling for him to resign.

The video shows an exchange between a group of people and the Metropark officer at Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown Township on July 1.

The video doesn’t show what initiated the exchange, but the officer is accused of telling the family to “go back to where they came from.”

The video has caught the attention of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Commission in Washington, according to reports.

The officer is suspended with pay at this time.

According to the Metropark Police website, the mission of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority Police Department is to provide safe and secure facilities and recreational opportunities for the citizens we serve.

The members of the department are dedicated to providing the highest level of police service to our visitors and staff and are guided by the philosophies of outstanding customer service and community policing,” the website says.

Check back for updates to this story as they become available.


Michigan experiencing increase in legionellosis cases

(Photo: CDC)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, July 8, 2019

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is coordinating with local health departments across the state to investigate cases of legionellosis this summer. To date in 2019, there have been 140 confirmed cases of legionellosis reported in 38 counties compared to 135 confirmed cases during the same timeframe in 2018.

Confirmed cases include 19 in Oakland County, 16 in Wayne County, 13 in Macomb County, 11 in Genesee County and 10 cases each in the City of Detroit and Kent County.

This increase corresponds with national increases in legionellosis. Legionellosis is most common in the summer and early fall when warming, stagnant waters present the best environment for bacterial growth in water systems.

MDHHS and local health departments are working to inform healthcare providers of the increase in cases and share information regarding testing and treatment. Legionellosis is a respiratory infection caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionnaires’ disease is an infection with symptoms that include fever, cough and pneumonia. A milder form of legionellosis, Pontiac fever, is an influenza-like illness without pneumonia that resolves on its own. 

“With warmer days now here, we want everyone to be aware of Legionnaire’s disease, especially if they may be at higher risk for illness,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “We also want all healthcare providers to remain vigilant and test and treat appropriately.”

Legionella bacteria are found naturally in fresh water lakes and streams but can also be found in man-made water systems. Potable water systems, cooling towers, whirlpool spas and decorative fountains offer common environments for bacterial growth and transmission if they are not cleaned and maintained properly. Warm water, stagnation and low disinfectant levels are conditions that support growth in these water systems.

Transmission to people occurs when mist or vapor containing the bacteria is inhaled. Legionellosis does not spread person to person. Risk factors for exposure to Legionella bacteria include:

  • Recent travel with an overnight stay.
  • Recent stay in a healthcare facility.
  • Exposure to hot tubs.
  • Exposure to settings where the plumbing has had recent repairs or maintenance work.

Most healthy individuals do not become infected after exposure to Legionella. Individuals at a higher risk of getting sick include the following:

  • People over age 50.
  • Current or former smokers.
  • People with chronic lung disease.
  • People with weakened immune systems from diseases, such as cancer, diabetes or liver or kidney failure.
  • People who take immunosuppressant drugs.

Individuals with any concerns about Legionnaires’ disease or exposure to the Legionella bacteria should talk to their healthcare provider. MDHHS and local health departments will continue to monitor cases and provide updates to the public. More information on Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Source: State of Michigan


Heat advisory issued Friday; strong storms possible in the evening


Posted by The Huron Hub on July 5, 2019

Just one day after the holiday, summer is really showing it has arrived in full force.

A heat advisory is in effect Friday. Heat index could reach 100 degrees this afternoon.

Here is information from the National Weather Service in Detroit about today’s forecast:

A Heat Advisory is in effect from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. for the greater Detroit metro counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb. Peak heat indices will reach 95-100 degrees this afternoon and evening in these areas. These heat indices will lead to hazardous conditions, particularly for those who are elderly and with pre-existing conditions.

In addition to the heat, scattered thunderstorms will be possible today, especially this afternoon and evening. Some thunderstorms may be strong, with torrential downpours, wind gusts in excess of 40 mph, and frequent cloud to ground lightning. The slow storm movement could allow for localized areas to see 1-2 inches of rain, which may lead to poor drainage flooding.

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.