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Here is video of the Nov. 8 board meeting

Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub

Here is video of the Nov. 8 Board of Trustees meeting:

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U of M-Dearborn ‘eCities’ study recognizes Huron Township for developing positive entrepreneurial climate

Huron Township has been recognized for its successes and efforts in contributing to Michigan’s entrepreneurial growth and economic development in the annual eCities study conducted by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. Huron Township was honored as a five star community along with 183 other communities across the state.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our commitment to economic growth and job creation. Our ability to attract development that benefits from our unique infrastructure and transportation resources has produced tremendous opportunities for our region,” said Supervisor David A. Glaab

The eCities study analyzed publicly available data from 277 communities from 54 counties in Michigan. Researchers focused on the five-year changes in property values, community assets and tax rates, which can demonstrate the growth, investments and cost of doing business within the community. For example, over the five-year period, these communities increased their capital assets by an average of 2 percent per year by purchasing public safety equipment and improving sidewalks and other infrastructure.

“While accounting for only about 15 percent of the cities and townships in Michigan, the 277 communities analyzed are home to nearly 70 percent of the population and 85 percent of the state’s commercial property,” Davis said. “By analyzing these high-performing communities, our goal is to showcase what cities and townships are doing to spur growth and how we can continue to support their efforts in developing business and encouraging entrepreneurs.”

Huron Township will be recognized Tuesday, Nov. 14, during the eCities Panel Discussion, which will discuss how talent, business policy and access to capital have impacted community growth in Michigan. The panel, moderated by DBusiness Magazine and DBusiness Daily News editor R.J. King, will feature Beth Ardisana, CEO, ASG Renaissance; Antonio Luck, managing director, Endeavor Detroit; Anthony Tomczak, chief procurement officer, DTE Energy; and Amelia Zamir, co-founder and principal of acquisitions, Method Development. The event is free, but registration through the UM-Dearborn College of Business website (umdearborn.edu/cob) is required.

The annual eCities research project, which began in 2007, previously used data supplied by the participants. This year’s shift to reviewing publicly available data was implemented to simplify the process for communities.

Source: University of Michigan-Dearborn

Here is the agenda for Wednesday’s board meeting

Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub

Here is the agenda for the Nov. 8 Board of Trustees meeting.

For more information about agenda items, visit the township’s civic portal, where you can view an attachment file linked to each item.

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

State rep asks MDOT to review railroad crossings

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri sent Michigan Department of Transportation an official request Tuesday asking for a study to be conducted on railroad crossings in Huron Township and Woodhaven.

Camilleri announced in a statement on his Facebook page that a Diagnostic Study Team Review should be done at railroad crossings located in both communities.

“These teams, made up of individuals from the Department, road authorities, railroads, and others, assist MDOT in determining crossing safety needs, including the coordination of roadway improvement projects,” Camilleri said.

Camilleri said that a diagnostic review of the Huron Township crossings has not been done since the 1980s.

Local officials have been unable to make progress on the crossing issues because the railroad is labeled as interstate commerce, which is regulated within a state only by the Federal Government according to Constitutional powers.

Motorists that travel over crossings in Huron Township are often left stranded at the safety gates and sometimes have to wait well over an hour for the crossing to eventually clear.

In August, a private company collaborated with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety to make available a camera system to the public that shows live video of each crossing in the township.

Read more: Camera system shows live feed of railroad crossings in Huron Township

Here is Camilleri’s statement in full:

Today, I sent two letters to the Michigan Department of Transportation requesting Diagnostic Study Team Reviews on two Downriver railroad crossings. These teams, made up of individuals from the Department, road authorities, railroads, and others, assist MDOT in determining crossing safety needs, including the coordination of roadway improvement projects.

While these reviews are usually done by the Department at the request of railroad corporations, I think it is time that we also put these state agencies to work for Downriver residents. In the case of the Huron Township crossing, one of these reviews has not been conducted since the early 1980s.

Given increases in traffic and business activity in our community, and the unacceptable number and length of road blockages, I have asked MDOT to conduct these safety reviews as part of a broader effort to work on this issue that rightfully causes so many in our community so much frustration.

Camilleri is representative for House District 23, which includes the communities of Brownstown, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Trenton, and Woodhaven.

Here is the letter Camilleri sent to MDOT regarding to the Huron Township crossings:

Image: Darrin Camilleri on Facebook