Category Archives: Government

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.”


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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.

Municipal Library Board
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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Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored nicotine vaping products

(Photo source: Pexels)


By Scott Bolthouse—The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
Updated

Residents in Michigan who enjoy flavored vaping may soon see some of their favorite flavors go up in smoke.

Michigan announced it will be the first state to ban flavored nicotine products.

On Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer “took action to protect Michigan kids from the harmful effects of vaping,” a statement from the governor‘s office said.

The actions include making Michigan the first state in the nation to ban flavored nicotine vaping products.

“As governor, my number one priority is keeping our kids safe,” said Governor Whitmer. “And right now, companies selling vaping products are using candy flavors to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe. That ends today. Our kids deserve leaders who are going to fight to protect them. These bold steps will finally put an end to these irresponsible and deceptive practices and protect Michiganders’ public health,” Whitmer said.

According to Whitmer, after her Chief Medical Executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, made a finding that youth vaping constitutes a public health emergency, she ordered the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue emergency rules to ban the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products in retail stores and online, and ban misleading marketing of vaping products, including the use of terms like “clean,” “safe,” and “healthy” that perpetuate beliefs that these products are harmless.

Whitmer also ordered the Michigan Department of Transportation to enforce an existing statute to prohibit the advertising of vapor products on billboards.

“Governor Whitmer has taken bold and appropriate action in response to the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “In the absence of robust regulation by the Food and Drug Administration, we know shockingly little about the health impact of e-cigarettes being widely marketed to youth and adults. The recent outbreak of respiratory illnesses associated with e-cigarette use has only added to the uncertainty and increased the need for immediate action. What we do know is nicotine is highly addictive and has adverse effects on the developing brain, and flavors strongly appeal to youth. Gov. Whitmer’s action will protect Michiganders, particularly the state’s youth, from the known and unknown potential health risks of e-cigarette use. We urge the FDA to move urgently to protect public health and exercise strict oversight over all e-cigarette products.”

On June 4, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bills 106 and 155, which clarify that it is illegal to sell e-cigarettes and other non-traditional nicotine products to minors.

In her signing message to the Legislature, Governor Whitmer criticized the legislation for not going far enough to protect Michigan’s kids from nicotine addiction, calling the marketing, packaging, and taste of e-cigarettes a “bait-and-switch” engineered to “create new nicotine addicts.”

“In the past few years, we’ve seen an explosive increase in the number of Michigan kids exposed to vaping products,” said Khaldun.

“This is a public health crisis. These products can contain harmful chemicals that put our kids’ health at risk. I’m looking forward to working with Governor Whitmer to mitigate these effects and keep our kids healthy.”

According to the governor’s office, from 2017 to 2018, e-cigarette use spiked 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students.

In 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. kids, including one in five high school students and one in 20 middle school students were regular users.

These rates are still reportedly climbing, likely due to the availability of flavors akin to apple juice, bubble gum, and Nerds.


Huron Township government job openings: full-time treasury clerk, part-time elections clerk


Posted Monday, August 5, 2019

Huron Charter Township is currently looking to fill two open positions at Township Hall.

One is a part-time Election Clerk and the other is a full-time Treasury Clerk.

The link to the full job descriptions is at http://www.hurontownship-mi.gov/EmploymentInformation.aspx and hard copies are also available at the Clerk’s office.

Source: Huron Charter Township


Video: Pinnacle property discussed during Wednesday’s board meeting


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2019 

The future of the Pinnacle property was discussed during Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Khalil Rahal, assistant Wayne County executive, gave a presentation on the property and essentially laid out the reasons why Wayne County is leaning toward supporting one of two developers who responded to and, in the county’s eyes, meets the qualifications necessary to be a successful development. 

That developer is Hillwood, a firm based in Texas with industrial and residential experience.

According to Wayne County, the offer from Hillwood included the $4.8 million purchase price, which included the 320 acres held by the LDFA2/Pinnacle AeroPark and 330 acres held by Wayne County.

$4.8 million is owed in back taxes.

The county says Hillwood has a plan for a mixed use development including commercial, office, hotel, restaurant and retail.

The percentage of industrial to commercial business in the mixed use is still in the works.

The other developer, New E.R.A Community Group, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that wants to build a mostly outdoor sports complex on the property.

Concerns over whether New E.R.A. has the available funding to buy and develop the property was among the main reasons why the board, and the county, are hesitant to support the group’s plans.

These concerns were discussed during the meeting.

The board plans to host New E.R.A. representatives early next week to give them a chance to publicly present on their plans for the property, and will give them a chance to prove they can generate the funding to move forward with their plan.

The Huron Hub will publish details on that meeting when it’s announced.

If you are a resident concerned about the future of the Pinnacle area and the community as a whole, the nearly two hour long meeting is worth watching.

Here is a link to watch the meeting online 


 

 

Assistant Wayne County executive to give presentation on Pinnacle property during Wednesday’s board meetings

Huron Hub file photo

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2019 

Khalil Rahal, assistant Wayne County executive, will give a presentation on the Pinnacle property during Wednesday evening’s board meeting.

Related: LDFA votes to support Wayne County’s RFQ process for sale, development of Pinnacle property

Below is the agenda for the meeting.

For more information about agenda items, visit the township’s civic portal by clicking here.  At that link, you can view an attachment file linked to each item.

Meetings are also broadcast live at this link: hurontownship.viebit.com/

The board meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston.


 

LDFA votes to support Wayne County’s RFQ process for sale, development of Pinnacle property

The abandoned Pinnacle Racecourse sits vacant in this 2014 photo by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub.


Published Tuesday, July 23, 2019 

Editor’s note: The chances of development at the vacant Pinnacle property at the north end of the township could be moving forward sooner than later. 

Below is a press release from the Huron Township Local Development Finance Authority regarding the group’s unanimous vote to support Wayne County’s Request For Qualification process to sell and develop the Pinnacle property.

According to the press release, the buyers for the property consist of The Sterling Group, a Detroit based equity firm, and Hillwood, a Texas based developer who is part of the Perot Company. Hillwood is a large-scale global development firm with industrial and residential experience. The Sterling Group, according to their website, partners with management teams to grow and build winning businesses in the industrial sector.

Related: Hillwood Investment Properties visits Board of Trustees for informational meeting on Pinnacle site proposal

To view The Huron Hub’s complete coverage of the Pinnacle property, including the defunct race track through the recently announced proposed development, please visit this archive on HuronHub.com.

–Scott Bolthouse


RFQ Process Holds Hope for Pinnacle Property in Huron Township, MI

Source: Huron Township LDFA

Huron Township, MI, July 23, 2019 – The Pinnacle area property in Huron Township has sat vacant for the past nine years due to the closure of the racecourse and unpaid taxes. In a similar situation in Trenton with the old McLouth Steel property, Wayne County has stepped up again to try and secure a development plan.

Like the Trenton process, once taxes go unpaid, the property can either go to auction or proceed with a right of refusal first going to the State, then the Township and then Wayne County for purchase.

Being proactive, Wayne County sent out request for quotes (RFQ) to nine hundred and ninety-six developers and received only two bids. After the second bid was discarded because of financial requirements the remaining bid is being taken seriously.

The Huron Township Local Development Finance Authority holds 320 acres in the Pinnacle area or LDFA2 within its jurisdiction.

Wafa Dinaro, Wayne County Deputy Director of Capital Development indicated that the offer included $4.8 million purchase price which included the 320 acres held by the LDFA2/Pinnacle AeroPark and 330 acres held by Wayne County. $4.8 million is owed in back taxes.

“They have a September deadline to avoid auction.” Said Dinar. “The buyers have a plan right now for a mixed use development including commercial, office, hotel, restaurant and retail.” The percentage of Industrial to Commercial business in this mix use is still in the works.

Wayne County Economic Development, Executive Director Khalil Rahal said. “We will do everything possible to prevent an auction. With these projects it is important to know who you are dealing with and building relationships to hold development accountable for what the public wants.”

Other benefits of working with a developer include timelines, strict workforce development requirements and use of local contractors. With the Huron Township LDFA ability to help the new developer with infrastructure, it’s a win-win situation when the development brings jobs and tax dollars to a vacant property.

The buyers for this property consist of The Sterling Group, a Detroit based equity firm and Hillwood, a Texas based developer who is part of the Perot Company. Hillwood is a large-scale global development firm with major industrial and residential experience. Their portfolio is extensive and upscale, see their website https://www.hillwood.com/. The Hillwood group has also taken it upon themselves to hold a public meeting and asking the residents what would they like to see built on the property. They used those comments to adjust their original proposal for the site.

The LDFA trustees voted on July 17 to support the Wayne County RFQ process moving forward and the motion passed unanimously.

“Not only do we believe we have the properties, we have the service and support businesses needed to relocate in our beautiful township.” Said R.P. Lilly, LDFA Chairman. “Companies are amazed how easy our group are to work with.” The LDFA 1 and LDFA 2 parcels are convenient to Detroit Metro Airport, major expressways and railways.

For more information visit the web site www.hurontwpldfa.com , www.twitter.com/hurontwpldfa and video can be found at www.youtube.com/hurontwpldfa


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