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Town hall meeting on Waltz Road bridge replacement set for Wednesday evening

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Wayne County Commissioner Al Haidous, along with township officials, will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Huron Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston, to discuss the replacement of the Waltz Road bridge.

Representatives from Wayne County Department of Public Services also plan to also attend the meeting.

Wayne County announced in August that the bridge will undergo a full replacement which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The county closed the nearly 100-year-old bridge on June 1 after an inspection found the bridge bearings had deteriorated to the point that it was deemed unsafe to keep open.

Further inspection also revealed that the bridge deck and steel supports were also in need of repair.

The county said that it reviewed both repair and replacement options and decided replacement offers the longest life for the bridge while being the most cost effective.

The county estimates that replacement gives the bridge a 60-year life span at an estimated cost of $5.4 million.

Repairing the bridge would have cost an estimated $3.9 million, according to county officials.

The Roads Division will be issuing requests for proposals for the replacement design and construction.

The county said they will work with Huron Township officials during the design phase so that it will fit their downtown revitalization planning.

Once construction begins, it is estimated that replacement will take approximately six months.

Pedestrians and bicyclists will have access to the current bridge until construction of the new bridge begins.


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Man dies in crash on Will Carleton Road; Man critically injured in separate crash on West Road

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

It was a dangerous afternoon on roadways around Huron Township on Monday.

Two separate crashes occurred within hours of each other, the first crash killing the driver and the second crash critically injuring another man. 

A 73-year-old Flat Rock man was pronounced dead after he rolled over his car near Will Carleton Road, west of South Huron at about 2:20 p.m., police say.

When Huron Township police and fire personnel arrived on scene, they found the car in a ditch on the north side of Will Carleton, which was shut down for several hours while the accident scene was investigated.

Police have not yet released a cause for the crash.

At about 5:14 p.m., a second crash occured in Huron Township, this time near the area of West Road and North Peak Drive.

Upon arrival, first responders located a single-vehicle with one occupant who had struck a tree.

A 41-year-old Woodhaven man was transported to Beaumont Hospital-Trenton in critical condition.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash.

Both accidents remain under investigation, and the Michigan State Police Downriver Crash Team responded to both crashes.

“We cannot thank the Downriver Crash Team enough for their continued support in our community,” Said Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with both of these men and their families.”


Household hazardous waste collection set for Oct. 14 in Taylor

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Wayne County residents has been rescheduled.

The collection will run Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wayne County Community College District, Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Road.

Please click here for more information, which includes a list of items you can and cannot bring to the collection.

Huron Township police officers commended

 

Officers Keith Nappo (left) and Troy Rickelmann.

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Two Huron Township police officers were commend recently following an encounter with a resident traveling on I-275 in the township.

Officers Keith Nappo and Troy Rickelmann were commended by Police Chief Everette Robbins for a job well done after the resident contacted the police department in an email to express his appreciation for how the officers handled a dangerous situation on the freeway.

“I received an email from a community member regarding your actions involving a traffic incident on I-275 in which a boat had come apart from a trailer causing quite a bad situation for the community member,” Robbins said in the letter of commendation.

With the resident during the incident was his 4-year-old daughter who the officers were able to put at ease during the situation.

The email from the resident to Robbins, dated Sept. 5, said:

“They were kind and helpful, but more important they were kind to my daughter. They actually made her an honorary officer and gave her a sicker. She didn’t know what was going on, and it could have been a horrible experience for her but their kindness and thoughtfulness was beyond the call of duty. In fact, when we got home all she could talk about were the officers, and she wanted to show everyone her sticker.” 

Robbins said that in a time when negative stories are often reported about law enforcement, it’s refreshing to hear the good encounters that happen daily between officers in Huron Township and the public.

“We often hear the negative comments about law enforcement,” he said in the letter. “Seldom do we hear of the many things officers such as you do to protect our safety on a daily basis. In this instance, you went above and beyond to make sure that a father and his young daughter had a positive experience out of something that could have potentially been traumatic for them.”

Applefest set for Oct. 7 and 8 in New Boston

Festival-goers visit a past Applefest in downtown New Boston. Photo–Scott Bolthouse, The Huron Hub.

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Even though the Waltz Road Bridge is closed for repair and the parade is cancelled, Applefest will soldier-on in downtown New Boston for its 38th year on the weekend of Oct. 7 and 8.

A staple in the Huron Township community that draws thousands of residents and visitors from all over the area each fall, Applefest provides two days of fun for the whole family.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday of the festival, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.


Click here to check out photos from past Applefests

A stage in the heart of the festival will offer multiple musical performances and dancing throughout the entire festival.

Also during the festival is the 31st annual Michigan State championship old-time fiddlers contest on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the stage.

Other notable festivities include a street fair where crafts, food and other items are sold, and a carnival with rides and bounce houses for children.

Due to the Waltz Bridge closure, the following detour is suggested for Applefest visitors:

Southbound: Huron River Drive to Sibley Road, proceed eastbound on Sibley to south I-275 to South Huron Road heading west, then take South Huron to Waltz Road.

Northbound: Take Waltz Road to South Huron, proceed east to I-275 north,
then take I-275 North to Sibley, and follow Sibley Road to Huron River Drive.

Pedestrian traffic will still be able to access the bridge, and free parking will be available on the south side grassy area.

For a parking map and other relevant information, visit the Applefest website.

This article has been updated

Huron Township woman, 26, dies in collision on Inkster Road Tuesday morning

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A 26-year-old Huron Township woman died from injuries sustained during a collision that occurred on Inkster Road between Grix and West Road Tuesday morning.

The crash occurred at 11:30 a.m.

Huron Township Public Safety Director Everette Robbins says an infant that was also in the car was transported to Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, and that the status of the injured child is unknown, but that injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

A 73-year-old Brownstown man driving the second car was transported to St. Joesph Mecry Hospital and is in critical condition.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that the male driver may have been suffering from some type of medical event prior to the crash. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families,” Robbins said.

Emergency personnel from both Huron Township and Brownstown Township responded to the collision and were on scene within six minutes of the 911 call.

The Michigan State Police Crash Reconstruction Team responded and assisted the Huron Township Traffic Services Unit with the investigation.

Robbins said alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash and that the investigation is ongoing.

This article has been updated

Special meeting will discuss search for new superintendent of Huron Schools

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A special school board meeting will be held Monday evening to discuss the open position for the Huron School District’s open superintendent position.

A forum will be conducted by Dr. Rod Green, Michigan Association of School Boards consultant, starting at 6 p.m. in the high school media center.

Green will provide an overview of the search process and will ask for input from community members regarding the criteria to be used in evaluating candidates.

Related: Huron School District superintendent to retire