Category Archives: Government

Camilleri: Bill will help students in obtaining federal aid for higher education

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri speaking on the House floor. Archival photo courtesy of Michigan House Democrats.

Published by The Huron Hub May 22, 2019 — 1:20 p.m. EST 

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) released the following statement Tuesday regarding House Bill 4614:

Legislation promotes public school students completing FAFSA form prior to graduation

LANSING — State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) introduced House Bill 4614 to encourage public school students to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form before they graduate. The legislation would require students without extenuating circumstances to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as a requirement to graduate to make accessing affordable post-high school education an option for students across the state.

“For thousands of young people across Michigan, the only factor holding them back from pursuing higher education is the rising cost of college,” Rep. Camilleri said. “While completing the FAFSA provides access to incredible financial support for post-high school education, too often students are not taking advantage of this opportunity. By including FAFSA completion as a prerequisite to graduation, we can open doors for students who would have never considered higher education due to financial constraints.”

Postsecondary students received more than $123 billion in scholarships and grants in 2014-15, with 37 percent of that funding coming from the federal government through FAFSA.



Renton Junior High music teacher honored as teacher of the month

Brenda Bressler, music teacher at Renton Junior High School in New Boston, was announced as May’s teacher of the month by State Rep. Darrin Camilleri . (Photo courtesy Darrin Camilleri)

By Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Posted May 10, 2019 – 8:15 a.m. EST

Brenda Bressler, music teacher at Renton Junior High School in New Boston, was announced May’s teacher of the month by State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township).

Camilleri said Bressler has a great devotion to sharing music and joy with her students.

“Her love for music is infectious and inspires so many students in Huron Township. Please join me in saying thank you to her for all her hard work,” he said.

In honor of teacher appreciation week, Camilleri personally delivered donuts to schools across the 23rd District.

Earlier this week,  Camilleri also sent letters to every school throughout the district thanking their teachers for their service and commitment to the community.

“This week, and every week, I am grateful for the hard work of educators across our district as they uplift our young people by ensuring they are on a path to a successful, meaningful life,” Rep. Camilleri said. “I owe much of my own success to the dedicated teachers who believed in me, and as a former teacher, I know how much they sacrifice for our kids. We should take every opportunity we can to let our teachers know that we appreciate all their tireless work,” Camilleri said.

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri visited Bressler in her classroom on Friday to honor her as teacher of the month for May.

Michigan House approves auto insurance reform bill

By Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Posted May 9, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. EST
Updated 12:30 p.m.

The Michigan House voted early Thursday morning to approve an auto insurance reform bill that would no longer require drivers to buy unlimited medical benefits through their car insurer to cover crash injuries, which according to supporters of the bill, would reduce insurance premiums.

The vote was brought before the House and was passed at 2 a.m.

The bill, which passed 61-49 mostly along party-lines, would give motorists the option to waive mandatory unlimited personal injury protection, a requirement only in Michigan.

According to the Associated Press, insurers would have to cut PIP rates, for five years, by between 10% and 100%, depending on the coverage chosen. That could equal an estimated $120 and $1,200 in savings for someone paying $2,400 annually per car, assuming the PIP fee accounts for half their bill, according to Republicans’ projections.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement that she is against the reform bill.

Whitmer, according to WXYZ, said she “is only interested in signing a reform bill that is reasonable, fair and provides strong consumer protections and immediate financial relief. In their current form, neither bill passed by the legislature meets that standard.”

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) responded to the passed bill in a statement Thursday morning.

“Downriver families need real rate relief, but this proposal is nothing more than a giveaway to insurance companies. Republican leadership fast-tracked this bill without public input or bipartisan support, sacrificing quality coverage for our families with no guarantees of long-term rate reductions. Michiganders deserve a bipartisan solution that works for their families, not big insurance companies,” he said.

Michigan’s auto insurance industry is one of the least regulated in the U.S. with Michigan drivers paying nearly two-times more than drivers anywhere else in the nation, Camilleri said, citing a University of Michigan study.

Read more about the auto insurance reform bill in the Associated Press and in the Detroit Free Press.


Household hazardous waste collection dates scheduled in Wayne County

Posted April 22, 2019 — 12:30 p.m. EST 

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Saturday, May 11, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Henry Ford College
5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn
For more information, click here.

Saturday, June 29, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Second Ebenezer Church
14601 Dequindre Street, Detroit
For more information, click here.

Saturday, August 10, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Westland Shopping Center
35000 Warren Road, Westland
(Lot behind JCP store)
For more information, click here.

Saturday, October 19, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wayne County Community College District – Downriver Campus
21000 Northline Road, Taylor
For more information, click here.

Only household generated products from Wayne County residents will be accepted.

Items that will not be accepted include: commercial waste, industrial waste, radioactive material, explosives, ammunition, 55 gallon drums, household trash, refrigerators, microwaves or other appliances, tires, yard waste, roofing shingles, & concrete.

For information on how to dispose of these items, please contact the Wayne County Resource Recovery Coordinator at 734-326-3936.

Source: Wayne County


Voters support Huron Schools bond proposal during special election

Posted by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub — Tuesday, May 7, 9:35 p.m. — Updated 10:15 p.m.

The Huron Schools bond proposal was passed by voters Tuesday during a special election.

Here are the unofficial results from the clerk’s office:

2,566 votes have been counted as of 9:30 p.m.

1,648 voted yes, 918 voted against.

Related: Community to vote Tuesday on Huron School District bond proposal

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron Schools, posted a message on Twitter thanking the community for passing the bond.

“Thank you to the Huron Community for supporting our kids,” he said.

“This bond will help the Huron Schools make much needed improvements to facilities and programs.”

Community to vote Tuesday on Huron School District bond proposal

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published May 6, 2019 — 4:45 p.m.

The Huron community will have the chance to vote Tuesday on a bond proposal that, if passed, would allow the Huron School District to make facility improvements — including safety and security at district buildings — and upgrade heating and electricity.

The bond, according to the district, would generate $49,075,000 without increasing the tax rate or mill rate from the previous year’s levy.

It would maintain the current school debt millage rate of 7.0 mills, according to the district.

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron Schools, said that bond funding would allow the district to maintain quality programs and facilities in order to attract and retain students.

“The bond issue process began last year during our push to create a new strategic plan. Over the 2017-2018 school year, the Huron School District interacted with 28 different community and school groups in order to gather information and to develop a solid plan for the future. Based on this plan, it was clear that student safety, student growth, and quality facilities were important to our community,” Rowe said in a letter to the community.

He added: “As a result, the District formed a bond committee in order to explore facility needs and assess the need for a bond issue. This committee consisted of parents, community members, and employees from the school district. The committee met this school year, and at the same time, the District engaged experts to provide a facility needs assessment and student growth assessment. This information led to the creation of a comprehensive list of needs for our school district and for our school buildings. In order to address these needs and raise the necessary funds for the projects, the school district has proposed the bond issue.”

The district launched an informative website that explains where bond funding will be used, a complete list of all building and facility improvements, and a timeline.

Visit the website here:

Polls on Tuesday are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you are in line by 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.

If you are voting absentee ballot, they have to be turned in to the clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on election day to be counted.

Huron Township voting precinct information:

Precinct 1
Miller Elementary Library (Park in the rear parking lot, follow voting signs)
18955 Hannan Rd
New Boston

Precinct 2
Huron Township Senior Center (Park in the rear parking lot, follow voting signs)
28245 Mineral Springs Rd
New Boston

Precinct 3 (Huron School District only)
Kirby Church
2773 Will Carleton Rd
Flat Rock

Precinct 4 and 5

Huron High School Auxiliary Gym (Park in the lot between High School and Junior High, follow voting signs)
32044 W Huron River Dr
New Boston

View The Huron Hub’s coverage of the bond proposal:

Superintendent explains ballot language in the Huron Schools bond proposal

Letter to the editor: ‘VOTE YES!’ on the Huron Schools bond proposal

Letter to the editor: Support the Huron Schools bond proposal on May 7

Public safety director, township supervisor: Huron Schools bond proposal will make schools safer