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Governor declares state of emergency in Wayne County due to flooding

Thousands of homes across county damaged, flooded due to heavy rainfall


Posted By The Huron Hub on May 2, 2019 — 10:00 p.m. EST
Updated May 2 — 10:30 p.m.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Wayne County.

Here is the press release issued Thursday evening:

Evans declares state of emergency

DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans declared a state of emergency at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, following widespread flooding and damage to approximately 3,000 homes in the County. The declaration also called on the Governor to do the same, so that state and federal resources may be made available to our local communities and citizens.

“Heavy rains this week on top of an already wet April have caused flooding and extensive damage in several Wayne County communities,” Evans said. “With thousands of homes flooded or damaged, we don’t have the resources locally to deal with this amount of damage and thousands of our residents are going to need help.”

According to the National Weather Service approximately 3.65 inches of rain fell in seven hours from 12:53 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 until 3:53 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1. Some of the hardest hit areas include: Allen Park, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, the Grosse Pointes, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Romulus and Taylor. According to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service, 5.82 inches of precipitation fell at Detroit Metro Airport in April.

“There was just too much rain, in too short of time given already elevated water levels in many bodies of water, like the Ecorse Creek,” Evans said. “Since the rainfall we’ve been working with our local partners to assess the flooding and damage, which is likely to increase, particularly if there’s more precipitation.”

Per the Declaration, Wayne County’s Director of Homeland Security Tadarial Sturdivant will coordinate with local, state and federal authorities for assistance related to this emergency. The declaration is effective until further notice. The County also declared an emergency for flooding at 2 p.m. on August 12, 2014, after historic rainfall on August 11 of that year.

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

Everette Robbins, director of public safety (left) and David Glaab, Huron Township supervisor.


Published by The Huron Hub on Monday, April 29, 2019 — 12:00 p.m. EST 

The public safety director and Huron Township supervisor released a statement Monday that showed support for the upcoming Huron Schools bond proposal that will be decided on May 7.

Everette Robbins, director of public safety, and Supervisor David Glaab say in the letter that “the Huron School District Bond Proposal seeks to make our school buildings safer for our students by providing the necessary funding required to renovate and equip our schools with modern day features proven to increase school security.”

Below is the full text from the statement, unedited:

Dear Huron Township Residents,

Providing for the safety of our children is one of the most important functions we perform. As your Public Safety Director and Township Supervisor, we want to share some critical information about the May 7th School District Bond Proposal. We hope you find this brief overview helpful.

A safe learning environment is important for students of all ages. A secure classroom is essential for students to focus on learning as they develop the skills necessary to prepare them for the future. Unfortunately, recent episodes of mass school violence have forced communities and their school districts throughout our nation to devise strategies and methods to combat potential school place threats. Your Huron Township Police Department has responded in part by increasing the level and frequency of its training particularly in the area of active shooter exercises. However, a major area of vulnerability that remains is our conventional school buildings that were designed and built before the emergence of mass school violence.

The Huron School District Bond Proposal seeks to make our school buildings safer for our students by providing the necessary funding required to renovate and equip our schools with modern day features proven to increase school security. Some of these plans include updating the interior and exterior doors with reinforced frames & hardware. Realizing that school safety literally starts at the front door, state of the art visitor access and secure entry controls and mechanisms are proposed as key components of a comprehensive safety plan update.

Effective and reliable public address systems are critical during any school threat scenario. A mass notification system allows school officials to convey a clear set of instructions to students and staff the moment a crisis begins. The quicker the superintendent can implement a lockdown over the public address system, the greater chance our children and their teachers will survive a threat. Again, the Huron School District Bond Proposal would make funds available to ensure our schools are equipped with these vital communication systems.

Finally, the bond proposal includes a plan to make arriving and departing school safer as well. The parking can be a very busy and dangerous place, particularly at the beginning and end of the school day when things can get a bit chaotic. The bond proposal incorporates improvements to our school parking lots to make them safer for our students and their parents.

The safety of our students remains our first priority. We hope you found this information helpful and that it helps you evaluate the May 7th Bond Proposal including the many safety benefits it offers.

Respectfully,

David A, Glaab
Huron Township Supervisor

Everette Robbins
Director of Public Safety


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Camilleri, Dingell and EPA officials tour McLouth site

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) was joined by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and state Rep. Cara Clemente (D-Lincoln Park) as well as officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, for a tour of the former McLouth Steel site in Trenton. (Photo courtesy Darrin Camilleri)


Posted April 24, 2019 -- 4:00 p.m. EST

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) was joined by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and state Rep. Cara Clemente (D-Lincoln Park) as well as officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) this morning for a tour of the former McLouth Steel site in Trenton.

The site has been closed since 1995 and was recently sold to Crown Enterprises, who is charged with demolishing the buildings on the property and beginning environmental clean-up overseen by the EPA and EGLE.

Following the tour, Rep. Camilleri said: “The clean-up of McLouth is a high priority throughout our Downriver communities, and this tour allowed us to see the progress firsthand. I appreciate the transparency shown today by Crown, and I am committed to working with them, as well as the EPA and EGLE, every step of the way to ensure a proper clean-up that keeps our air, water and communities safe.”

Source: Rep. Darrin Camilleri


 

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
 
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Published April 23, 2019

11:00 a.m. EST

Those with prescription medication they no longer need can safely dispose of it this Saturday.

During National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Michigan State Police is asking residents to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted pills.

MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 by serving as drop-off points.

All collected pills will be destroyed, with no questions asked, according to MSP.

Liquids, inhalers, patches and syringes cannot be accepted.

“Taking a few minutes to go through your home and discard these medications is something small that can have a huge impact,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police. “The devastation caused by opioid and prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses is real. We urge you to do all you can to help us fight this crisis.”

MSP pill collection sites can be found here.

Additional collection sites across the state can be found by going to dea.gov.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year in April and October.

During the October 2018 effort, MSP posts collected nearly 950 pounds of prescription drugs.

The State of Michigan says it is using every available tool to combat the opioid epidemic.

According to MSP, the collaborative efforts of state agencies amplifies Michigan’s efforts related to prevention and treatment of patients, education of health professionals and enforcement of over-prescribers.

These efforts include:

  • A one-stop website (Michigan.gov/opioids) with all helpful information and resources on the epidemic.
  • Providing online resources for patients, health professionals and communities about prevention and treatment of opioid abuse.
  • The Michigan Automated Prescription System provides real-time prescription data and resources to better assess a patient’s risk for substance use disorder.
  • Assistance with proper drug disposal of unwanted medications.
  • Michigan State Police posts serving as drug-take back sites and providing the Angel Program for individuals struggling with addiction.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Further, disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose safety and health hazards.

Anyone who is unable to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their prescription drugs at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

For more information about opioids and the additional steps residents can take to protect themselves and loved ones, visit michigan.gov/opioids.


 

Gov. Whitmer joins State Rep. Camilleri to host budget roundtable in Trenton

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri is joined by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and a group of community leaders at a budget roundtable in Trenton City Hall on April 22, 2019. (Photo courtesy Darrin Camilleri)

Camilleri was  joined by Gov. Whitmer for budget presentation and roundtable with community leaders


Posted April 22, 2019 — 4:45 p.m. EST 

Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined state Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell at Trenton City Hall for a budget presentation and roundtable with local elected officials and community leaders. Gov. Whitmer highlighted key issues facing the community and state and her solutions for addressing them, including increasing funding for road and bridge repairs as well as K-12 and higher education funding, including for skills and career training.

“I was honored to welcome Gov. Whitmer to our Downriver community to share her vision to strengthen our schools and communities,” said Rep. Camilleri. “I look forward to working with the governor to ensure that we build a Downriver to last by tackling our infrastructure problems, making sure every community has access to clean drinking water, and finally funding our schools.”

Rep. Camilleri, a former public school teacher, serves as Democratic vice-chair on the House Education Committee where he is advocating for the more than $500 million increase in K-12 education funding proposed in Gov. Whitmer’s budget. The increase would be the largest K-12 funding increase in a generation of Michigan students.

Article source: House Democrats 


 

Camilleri recognized nationally as rising progressive leader

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri speaking on the House floor. (File photo courtesy of Michigan House Democrats.)

Camilleri selected to join national network of pro-growth progressive state and local elected officials


Posted April 17, 2019 — 10:00 a.m. EST 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, state Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) was selected as one of 20 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a national network of state and local elected officials working to enact pro-growth progressive, innovative solutions in their communities.

“As community leaders, we have a responsibility to look toward the future and enact policy to ensure we leave our environment, economy and education system better than we found it,” said Rep. Camilleri. “I am honored to join this esteemed group of progressive leaders from across the country as we work together to create an America where no one is held back because of their background, their faith or their financial situation.”

Since Rep. Camilleri joined the Legislature in 2017, he has stood as a steadfast advocate for public education, environmental protection and workers across the state, all while advocating for increased government transparency and accountability. Most recently, legislation introduced by Rep. Camilleri – House Bill 4016 – to subject the governor’s office to the Freedom of Information Act and the Legislature to a new Legislative Open Records Act, passed the House with unanimous support and now awaits a hearing in the Senate.

Rep. Camilleri’s commitment to ensuring Michigan’s economy provides for working families across the state also drove his nomination to NewDEAL. His recent introduction of legislation in the “Michigan Jobs First Package,” a group of bills that would give preference to Michigan companies in state contracts, demonstrates his dedication to moving our state toward a better future for all.

The NewDEAL brings together leaders focused on expanding opportunity, helping them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. Most importantly, the organization facilitates the exchange of ideas among its members and connects them with other pro-growth progressive political, policy, and private sector leaders.

Source: House Democrats