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Huron Schools closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday as township awaits water tests

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021 | 4:20 p.m.

The Huron School District will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week while the township awaits water tests following a massive water main break that occurred Sunday.

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District, sent a communication Monday afternoon explaining the situation.

Rowe said he hopes the situation will be resolved so that classes can resume on Friday.

“I have been in contact with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety today, and we are working closely with the Huron Township DPW. Officials have notified the schools that they cannot guarantee that water is safe to drink or use for hand washing at this time. We are being told that definitive test results will not be available until late on Thursday, and the boil water advisory will be in effect until the results are in. Student and staff safety is our primary concern, and this situation poses a potential risk to our drinking and washing water in the district. Unfortunately, this means that the Huron School District will be closed on Tuesday, October 12, Wednesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 14, 2021. We hope that we will be able to safely return to regular operation on Friday. As always, we will communicate any updates or changes if and when we are made aware. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be safe out there,” Rowe said.

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Water update from Huron TWP DPW director; boil water alert remains in effect

Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021 | 10:20 a.m.

A boil water alert remains in effect for all of Huron Township following a massive water main break that occurred on Sunday.

Here is a statement from Huron Township DPW director:

Good morning everyone. My name is Jim Lancaster and I am the DPW Director for Huron Township. As most of you know yesterday we had a waterman break that drastically dropped our water pressure throughout most of the Township. Since most of you had extremely low pressures we decided to err on the side of caution and issue a boil water alert. We do not believe we dropped below a dangerous pressure level but we decided to issue the alert as a precautionary measure as your safety is our first priority.
Most of you got your pressure back between 3-6 pm as we got the break isolated. We had to cut out and replace a 10 foot section of 12 inch waterman and got it back into service around 3 am this morning.
None of these factors alter the boil water alert as it is still in effect. The procedure moving forward is that we will begin flushing township mains early this morning. An independent lab will be called in to do samples at random points all over the township. 24 hour later we must sample those same locations again and as long as both samples are clear as expected then we can lift the boil water alert. Please utilize this site and Nixle to get the most up to date information which will be relayed as we get it. Thank you for your patience and understanding. The DPW office will be staffed from 8-4 tomorrow if you have questions but town hall will be closed for Columbus day. 734-753-4466 extention 123 or 124.

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New school bus laws go into effect today in Michigan

Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021

Two new laws go into effect Monday in Michigan that aim to make school busses safer for children.

The two new laws focus on:

-making it easier to ticket drivers who pass a school bus’s extended stop arm
-implementing more signage to make it clear a person cannot walk onto a school bus without permission.

The first makes it easier to ticket drivers who illegally pass the school bus’ extended stop arm.

Previously, police had to witness in-person a car pass a bus stop arm sign in order to issue a ticket.

Under the new law, drivers can now be ticketed using exterior cameras on buses.

Some schools already have the cameras, while others are now looking into the investment because of the new law.

“This rule, we hope, will increase enforcement, wake people up and we will see fewer instances of those stop arms getting run,” Rep. Jack O’Malley, Chair of the House Transportation Committee, told WXYZ news.

O’Malley helped pass the law, along with another law stating people cannot walk onto a school bus without permission.

“It always happened at the school building. You try to go to your child’s elementary school and get in, you got to ring in and tell them who you are, they gotta buzz to let you in, why- safety,” said O’Malley.

The same idea will now apply to the bus. There will now be a no trespassing sign on the door of the bus.

If a driver is caught blowing a stop sign, or if a person steps onto a bus without permission, both offenses carry a fine of up to $500.


Huron School District closed Monday due to water main break in the township

Posted Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 | 8:20 p.m. EDT

Huron School District is closed Monday, Oct. 11 due to a large water main break that has impacted nearly every area of the township.

“I was recently contacted by the Huron Townhsip Department of Public Safety pertaining to the water main break in teh township. Unfortunately, the system is still not working, which will impact the drinking water and hand washing water in the district. This could be unsafe for our students and staff. As a result, the Huron School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, October 11, 2021,” a statement from Supt. Donovan Rowe said.

Areas of the township were still without water pressure as of Sunday afternoon.

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Related: Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

Water main break causes pressure issues in Huron Township Sunday


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Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

A temporary boil water alert has been issued for all of Huron Township as of Sunday morning. A large water main break occurred in the township causing the boil water alert.

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 | 10:35 a.m. EDT

A boil water alert has been issued for all of Huron Township following a very large water main break that has occurred.

The following is a statement from Huron Township DPW:

“Due to a very large water main break Huron Charter Township is issuing a temporary boil water alert for the entire Township. We do not believe the water pressure dropped to a dangerous level, however we are airing on the side of caution until the repair is made and we can properly flush the system to ensure the safety of our water customers. Once the proper testing is completed we will lift the boil water alert. More information will be forthcoming. We will be providing information via Nixle and Facebook as the situation develops. Thank you for your patience and understanding,”

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Water main break causes pressure issues in Huron Township Sunday

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Update: Boil water alert in Huron Township

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 | 9:07 a.m. EDT

A water main break somewhere in the township has caused pressure issues throughout the area.

Here is a statement from Huron Department of Public Safety:

“The Huron Township Department of Public Works (DPW) is currently out investigating an issue with low water pressure throughout the Township. It is believed that there may be a water main break somewhere that has not been located yet. If anyone observes a potential water main break, please contact the Huron Township Emergency Dispatch Center at 734-753-4400,” a message from the Huron Township Department of Public Safety said.

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Construction begins in downtown New Boston


A much needed construction project began Thursday morning in downtown New Boston. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse—The Huron Hub)

Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 7, 2021

A long awaited and much needed construction project has begun in downtown New Boston.

Phase one of the downtown New Boston improvement project is scheduled to begin Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 7:30 a.m. weather, and equipment permitting.


Phase 1 Construction Scope
The Phase 1 limits will be from Waltz Road north to 18757 Huron River Drive (Huron Dental).
During construction, no parking will be allowed on HRD.

Businesses and residents will have access to their drives although there may be times when the drive may be partially blocked for a short period of time.

One-way traffic will be maintained north bound from Waltz Road at most times throughout construction with minimal two-way closures.


Special attention will be given to ensure traffic will remain open to businesses in the area at all times during construction which is scheduled to last through November 2021.


“While we apologize for any short term inconvenience this may cause, we hope you will share our enthusiasm for much needed improvements to our roads in Downtown New Boston. If you have any questions or concerns during the course of the project, please contact the on-site Hennessey Engineers representatives, Adam Kmiecik at (734) 365-3614 or Charles Smith at (734) 365-3553. You can also send an email to construction@hengineers.com,” a statement from Huron Township said.

This rebuild of Huron River Dr. consists of the following steps:
Beginning on the west side of HRD

  1. Complete milling and removal of the asphalt
  2. Installing the storm sewer
  3. Removing the existing pavement
  4. Creating the road and installing the stone base
  5. Pouring the new concrete on the west half of the roadway with a 5-10 day
    curing period prior to opening to traffic.
    The same procedure will be followed on the east side of HRD upon completion of the west side

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I-275 update: I-275/I-94 ramps near Detroit Metro Airport and S. Huron Road ramps are closing


Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 5, 2021

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:

Airport access is available at I-94/Merriman Road and I-275/Eureka Road.

Current ramp open/close schedule:

Eastbound I-94 to northbound I-275: open

Eastbound I-94 to southbound I-275: open

Westbound I-94 to northbound I-275: open

Westbound I-94 to southbound I-275: closed through late October

Northbound I-275 to eastbound I-94: open

Northbound I-275 to westbound I-94: closed 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 – late October

Southbound I-275 to eastbound I-94: closed through late October

Southbound I-275 to westbound I-94: open

I-275/S. Huron Road interchange: 7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 – 6 p.m. Oct. 8: Southbound I-275 ramps to eastbound and westbound S. Huron Road – Eastbound and westbound S. Huron Road ramps to southbound I-275.

The Will Carlton Road ramps are expected to reopen Tuesday morning, Oct. 5.

I-275 PROJECT DETAILS:

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be repairing and rebuilding 24 miles of I-275 between Will Carlton Road and 6 Mile Road in Wayne County in six phases over four years. The project includes 10 miles of concrete pavement repairs, 14 miles of rebuilding concrete pavement, asphalt resurfacing of four interchanges, rebuilding concrete pavement of parts or all of six interchanges, improving 65 bridges and a retaining wall, drainage improvements, sign replacements, traffic signal modernizations, intelligent transportation system (ITS) improvements, sidewalk improvements that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and tree replacements. Additionally, a segment of the Metro Trail will be rebuilt to replace an adjacent retaining wall.

Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state’s economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state’s infrastructure.

During this major multi-year project, work will be occurring in multiple areas at different times. For mor project details and updates, go to http://www.Revive275.org.

SAFETY BENEFITS:

This project will result in a smoother driving surface, extending the lifespan of the roadway and increasing safety. Drainage will also be improved by this work.


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4th annual Southeast Michigan Beer Festival set for Oct. 9 in Huron Township

Posted by The Huron Hub | Sept. 20, 2021

The Huron Township Rotary is hosting the 4th annual Southeast Michigan Beer Festival At Lajko Park on Oct. 9.

The 21 and over event features a large variety of craft beers to choose from for sampling along with select wines.

Iron Mike’s will be on site as a food vendor, along with New Boston’s own DJ Scott for music. There will also be fun games, raffles and more.

The event takes place rain or shine.

To sign up or for more information, visit this link.


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Second driver in a week ignores school bus stop lights in Huron Township during police patrol

While the bus’s red lights were engaged, a driver in a late model Ford Explorer completely ignores the red flashing stop lights. Video courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Sept. 22, 2021 scottbolthouse@huronhub.com

For the second time in about a week, Huron Township police caught a driver ignoring a school bus’s stop lights, and it was recorded on police dash cam video.

Police were conducting a patrol of school bus routes in the township on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

The video shows a school bus stopped on Sibley Road west of Middle Belt Road at 3:14 p.m.

Watch the video below:

While the bus’s red lights were engaged, a driver in a late model Ford Explorer completely ignores the red flashing stop lights and continues to drive past the stopped bus.

The driver was immediately pulled over and cited for the infraction.

A similar incident occurred last week in Huron Township.

“This issue is one that I feel very strongly about,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety. “Our proactive patrol is something that has been going on for several years. We will not be able to catch every offender, but we will certainly do all we can to do so. Maybe by sharing these videos, we will be able to educate the public as to how dangerous this actually is, as well as make them think twice about their actions in case we are watching. Just because the public may not always see us, it doesn’t mean we aren’t there.”

Below is the law regarding school bus passing directly from the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code.

257.682 Stopping for school bus displaying flashing red lights; violation as civil infraction; meeting stopped school bus on divided highway; proof; rebuttable presumption; community service.
Sec. 682.

(1) The operator of a vehicle overtaking or meeting a school bus that has stopped and is displaying 2 alternately flashing red lights located at the same level shall bring the vehicle to a full stop not less than 20 feet from the school bus and shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated. The operator of a vehicle who fails to stop for a school bus as required by this subsection, who passes a school bus in violation of this subsection, or who fails to stop for a school bus in violation of an ordinance that is substantially similar to this subsection, is responsible for a civil infraction.
(2) The operator of a vehicle upon a highway that has been divided into 2 roadways by leaving an intervening space, or by a physical barrier, or clearly indicated dividing sections so constructed as to impede vehicular traffic, is not required to stop upon meeting a school bus that has stopped across the dividing space, barrier, or section.
(3) In a proceeding for a violation of subsection (1), proof that the particular vehicle described in the citation was in violation of subsection (1), together with proof that the defendant named in the citation was, at the time of the violation, the registered owner of the vehicle, constitutes a rebuttable presumption that the registered owner of the vehicle was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the violation.
(4) In addition to the civil fine and costs provided for a civil infraction under section 907, the judge, district court referee, or district court magistrate may order a person who violates this section to perform not more than 100 hours of community service. 


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