Category Archives: Government

Here is the agenda for Wednesday’s board meeting

Huron Hub file photo


Posted by The Huron Hub on Nov. 13, 2019

Here is the agenda for Wednesday’s board 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.

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Camilleri, Chang announce opening of new Downriver Community Workspace


Posted by The Huron Hub on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) and State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) invite residents to attend a special open house to celebrate the opening of a new Downriver Constituent Office and Community Workspace inside Gibraltar City Hall.

The office is the first of its kind Downriver, and will allow residents to get help with state issues face-to-face. After the office formally opens, staff will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during normal business hours.

Free coffee and pie from local Downriver businesses will be available during the open house celebration.

The open house will be Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4-6 p.m.

Gibraltar City Hall is located at 29450 Munro Street.

Residents with questions, or those looking for more information about the event or the new workspace, can reach Rep. Camilleri by phone at (517) 373-0555 or by email at DarrinCamilleri@house.mi.gov.


 

Camilleri, Manoogian look to create Election Day holidays

(Huron Hub file photo)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, Nov, 1, 2019 

State Reps. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) and Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) introduced legislation this week that they say will increase access to voting.

Camilleri’s House Bill 5191 would designate regular election days in May, August, and November as state holidays.

Manoogian’s House Joint Resolution calls on Congress to declare Election Day a national holiday.

The package would also encourage employers to allow their employees to take at least a half-day of paid leave to ensure they have the opportunity to vote.

“Voting is at the very foundation of our democracy—it’s our best tool to hold our elected officials accountable and chart a new course for the future,” said Camilleri. “But even today, many people can’t exercise this fundamental right in a meaningful way because they can’t get the time off work. With this legislation, we have an opportunity to expand access to voting in Michigan by ensuring that residents can fulfill their civic duty without jeopardizing their job or financial security.”

According to a joint statement from the representatives, several states have already declared election days as civic holidays, while others require employers to allow employees to take paid leave time in order to vote.

Manoogian and Camilleri said they believe their package will make it easier for Michigan residents to reach the ballot box.

“Every citizen who wishes to vote should be able to. For Americans working multiple jobs to support themselves and their families, it can be impossible to find the time to vote,” said Manoogian. “This resolution urges Congress to make Election Day in November a holiday, giving citizens more flexibility to vote, ensuring that our government is truly representative of its people.”

“In the United States, voting is the most important civic duty entrusted to the people by the Constitution. It is what allows the elected representatives to respond to the will of the people, and holds elected officials accountable for their actions,” said state Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Huntington Woods), who co-sponsored the package. “By passing this resolution and making voting day a national holiday, the government is sending the message that the election process, and each vote, matters.”


 

Romulus receives five star rating from U of M-Dearborn’s annual eCities study for second year in a row


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019

The City of Romulus received a five star rating recently from a study conducted by eCities iLabs researchers at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research.

The study recognized Romulus for its dedication to entrepreneurial growth and economic development, according to a statement from the city.

It’s the second year in a row that Romulus has received the accolade.

“The city of Romulus is proud to receive a five-star rating in the eCities report for the second year in row, demonstrating our commitment to making Romulus a home of opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs,” Mayor LeRoy Burcroff said. “We have doubled down on our efforts to fuel the success of local businesses, and I am thrilled to see continued growth in our community as a result.”

The annual eCities study analyzed publicly available data from 277 communities in 54 counties in Michigan. Researchers focused on the five-year changes in property values, community assets and tax rates, which demonstrates the growth, investments and cost of doing business within the community.

Romulus was one of only three communities in Wayne County to receive five stars.

According to the statement, the city’s Economic Development Department has numerous tools and incentives designed to attract incoming development, retain current businesses and prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The city says they recently implemented a three-part “Buy Local” strategy in support of local businesses, which includes marketing businesses to new and existing residents, providing networking opportunities for developers and businesses owners, and implementing a local preference clause in the city’s purchasing ordinance.

In addition, to mitigate a shortage in talent, the city says it is developing a pilot program called Career Connect, that provides youth and young adults with summer work experience at local businesses.

Once admitted to the program, students receive assistance with resume building and job training, along with access to a financial literacy course.

Other business resources include a Tax Increment Finance Authority, a Downtown Development Authority, Next Michigan Development Corporation, a Foreign Trade Zone and two Federal Opportunity Zones.

To view the entire list of five star communities in Michigan, visit this link.


 

Camilleri, Cady hosting coffee hour at Tony’s Coney Island on Oct. 25

 

Jeremy Cady (left) being sworn in as clerk at Township Hall on April 11, 2018 by State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township). (Huron Hub file photo)


Posted by The Huron Hub Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019


State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) and Huron Clerk Jeremy Cady will host a special Huron Township Coffee Hour at Tony’s Coney Island and Grill on Friday, Oct. 25 from 9-10 a.m.

The event will give residents a chance to hear updates on the state and local levels and provide an opportunity to ask questions and share their concerns.

Tony’s Coney Island is located at 19250 Huron River Drive, New Boston.

For more information, contact Camilleri’s office at (517) 373-0855 or by email at DarrinCamilleri@house.mi.gov.


 

Camilleri introduces bills that fund construction of bridges over problematic railroad crossings

In Huron Township, blocked railroad crossings, like this one seen here at Sibley Road, are common occurrences. Crossings in Huron can sometimes be blocked for over an hour at a time, posing an obvious safety risk to the community. (Huron Hub file photo)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) said Thursday that he introduced legislation that would create a dedicated statewide fund to build bridges over the most problematic railroad crossings in Michigan.

According to a statement from Camilleri, House Bills 5129 and 5130 introduced this week would allow municipalities to receive as much as 80 percent of the funding necessary in matching state grants to complete high-priority grade separation projects.

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri speaking on the House floor.

Camilleri said the bills were inspired by a similar program in Indiana, and would set aside $50 million per year for five years to support critical grade separation projects.

The railroad crossings that would benefit from the legislation would be determined based on priority factors including average wait times, proximity to schools, hospitals, and assisted living centers.

“All across Michigan, train crossings not only cause headaches as trains block the road for hours, they pose a huge threat to public safety, blocking access to hospitals, nursing homes and emergency sites,” said Camilleri in a statement. “By creating this dedicated fund to build bridges over our most problematic crossings, we have the opportunity to solve one of Michigan’s most critical transportation challenges and improve public safety Downriver and across our state.”


 

Michigan judge issues preliminary injunction blocking ban on flavored e-cigarettes


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

A Michigan judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the recent ban on flavored e-cigarettes.

Related: Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored nicotine vaping products

According to David Eggert, Michigan government/politics correspondent for the Associated Press, the judge said there is evidence that if flavored vaping products are banned in Michigan, adults will return to using more harmful combustible tobacco products.

The decision temporarily stops the state from enforcing emergency rules banning the sale of the products.

Gov. Whitmer responded to the injunction and promised to seek an immediate stay and request a final ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court, The Detroit News reported.