Category Archives: Government

Bottled water distribution today at Lajko Park

Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 13, 2021 | 9:45 a.m. EDT

There will be a bottled water distribution today at Lajko Park, located on Huron River Drive next to Huron Township Hall.

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Great Lakes Water Authority testing township water; boil water alert remains in effect

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Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

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Great Lakes Water Authority testing township water; boil water alert remains in effect


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 12, 2021 | 10:40 a.m.

The Great Lakes Water Authority is in the area today testing the water around the township following a massive water main break last weekend.

The water main break has caused a boil water alert in the township, and has also closed local schools through Thursday as a precaution.

Below is the most current statement from Huron Township DPW Director Jim Lancaster.

“Spoke with the Great Lakes Water Authority this morning. They should be in town testing our location as this message is being sent. The process is they will take these samples to the lab and incubate them for 18-24 hours to see if there is any bacteria present in the system. They will come back tomorrow and do the same thing and as long as those samples are clear after that 2nd 24 hour window we will be lifting the boil water alert. I will update as more information comes along.”

Related articles:

Water update from Huron TWP DPW director; boil water alert remains in effect

Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

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Water update from Huron TWP DPW director; boil water alert remains in effect

Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021 | 10:20 a.m.

A boil water alert remains in effect for all of Huron Township following a massive water main break that occurred on Sunday.

Here is a statement from Huron Township DPW director:

Good morning everyone. My name is Jim Lancaster and I am the DPW Director for Huron Township. As most of you know yesterday we had a waterman break that drastically dropped our water pressure throughout most of the Township. Since most of you had extremely low pressures we decided to err on the side of caution and issue a boil water alert. We do not believe we dropped below a dangerous pressure level but we decided to issue the alert as a precautionary measure as your safety is our first priority.
Most of you got your pressure back between 3-6 pm as we got the break isolated. We had to cut out and replace a 10 foot section of 12 inch waterman and got it back into service around 3 am this morning.
None of these factors alter the boil water alert as it is still in effect. The procedure moving forward is that we will begin flushing township mains early this morning. An independent lab will be called in to do samples at random points all over the township. 24 hour later we must sample those same locations again and as long as both samples are clear as expected then we can lift the boil water alert. Please utilize this site and Nixle to get the most up to date information which will be relayed as we get it. Thank you for your patience and understanding. The DPW office will be staffed from 8-4 tomorrow if you have questions but town hall will be closed for Columbus day. 734-753-4466 extention 123 or 124.

Stay with The Huron Hub as we continue to post updates on the water situation.


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I-275 update: I-275/I-94 ramps near Detroit Metro Airport and S. Huron Road ramps are closing


Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 5, 2021

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:

Airport access is available at I-94/Merriman Road and I-275/Eureka Road.

Current ramp open/close schedule:

Eastbound I-94 to northbound I-275: open

Eastbound I-94 to southbound I-275: open

Westbound I-94 to northbound I-275: open

Westbound I-94 to southbound I-275: closed through late October

Northbound I-275 to eastbound I-94: open

Northbound I-275 to westbound I-94: closed 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 – late October

Southbound I-275 to eastbound I-94: closed through late October

Southbound I-275 to westbound I-94: open

I-275/S. Huron Road interchange: 7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 – 6 p.m. Oct. 8: Southbound I-275 ramps to eastbound and westbound S. Huron Road – Eastbound and westbound S. Huron Road ramps to southbound I-275.

The Will Carlton Road ramps are expected to reopen Tuesday morning, Oct. 5.

I-275 PROJECT DETAILS:

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be repairing and rebuilding 24 miles of I-275 between Will Carlton Road and 6 Mile Road in Wayne County in six phases over four years. The project includes 10 miles of concrete pavement repairs, 14 miles of rebuilding concrete pavement, asphalt resurfacing of four interchanges, rebuilding concrete pavement of parts or all of six interchanges, improving 65 bridges and a retaining wall, drainage improvements, sign replacements, traffic signal modernizations, intelligent transportation system (ITS) improvements, sidewalk improvements that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and tree replacements. Additionally, a segment of the Metro Trail will be rebuilt to replace an adjacent retaining wall.

Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state’s economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state’s infrastructure.

During this major multi-year project, work will be occurring in multiple areas at different times. For mor project details and updates, go to http://www.Revive275.org.

SAFETY BENEFITS:

This project will result in a smoother driving surface, extending the lifespan of the roadway and increasing safety. Drainage will also be improved by this work.


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Governor Whitmer Declares State of Emergency for City of Flat Rock and Wayne and Monroe Counties Due to Detection of Hazardous Fumes

Posted by The Huron Hub | Sept. 2, 2021 | 10:40 p.m. EST

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today declared a state of emergency for the City of Flat Rock and Wayne and Monroe counties, after an unknown odor was detected in the city’s sewer system.

“We are working closely with local officials and emergency crews to investigate the source of these fumes and protect the safety of residents in the area,” said Governor Whitmer. “My top priority is ensuring that every resource is available to the City of Flat Rock, Wayne County, and Monroe County to determine where the odor originated, so that we can clean up the affected area and prevent further harm. I’m grateful to the leadership in the City of Flat Rock, Wayne County, Monroe County, and all of the first responders who have been on the ground keeping people safe.”

By declaring a state of emergency, Governor Whitmer has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the designated area. The declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) to coordinate state efforts above and beyond what MSP/EMHSD has already been doing in conjunction with local agencies.

“The Flat Rock community should be able to go to sleep tonight knowing that their homes and businesses remain safe, and that clean-up efforts are already underway,” said Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. “Working with the EPA, state, county, and city leaders, we were able to mobilize immediately and take concrete steps to address this issue before it reached additional homes and put more of our neighbors at risk. As we rapidly begin clean-up efforts, I thank the EPA, Governor Whitmer, and our partners on the ground for working quickly to enact this state of emergency to get our community the resources they need now.”

On September 1, the City of Flat Rock declared a local state of emergency after discovering high levels of an unknown gas in the city sewer system and nearby homes. Hazmat teams have worked around the clock to evacuate impacted areas and to find the source of the fumes. Wayne County also declared a state of emergency and requested the governor’s declaration.

The declaration of a local state of emergency activates local emergency response and recovery plans. By requesting a governor’s declaration, the county has determined local resources are insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to protect the health, safety and property to lessen or avert the threat of a crisis.


Camilleri’s grade separation fund bill passes House; paves way for building bridges at problematic rail 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)

Posted by The Huron Hub | Aug. 18, 2021

After years of work on the issue and months of negotiations, House Bills 4523 and 4524, which would create a statewide fund to build bridges at the most dangerous rail crossings in Michigan, passed the Michigan House of Representatives today with overwhelming bipartisan support.

State Reps. Darrin Camilleri (D-Trenton) and Phil Green (R-Millington), the primary bill sponsors, say this brings us one step closer to improving public safety, creating new economic opportunities, and solving some of our state’s most complex transportation issues once and for all.

“This is a huge victory not only for our Downriver community, but our entire state,” said Camilleri, who initially developed the statewide grade separation fund legislation back in 2017. “Fixing our train issue has been one of my top priorities for years, and the passage of these bills today brings us one step closer to solving one of our state’s most pressing transportation problems once and for all. This program will improve public safety, unlock new economic opportunities, and improve lives, and I am so grateful we have been able to work across the aisle to get this done for the people of Michigan.”

Based on a successful program in Indiana, these bills would create a dedicated fund within the Michigan Department of Transportation’s budget to build grade separations at priority crossings statewide. 

“Across the state, rail grades have led to lengthy wait times and routing issues for local emergency services while trains move through crossings,” Green said. “This program will help alleviate those issues and the substantial cost of grade separation by providing grants that prioritize addressing those crossings.”

Among other key locations, Camilleri added that this fund could help build bridges at crossings in Huron Township and Trenton, which currently cause hours of delays for drivers and pose a serious public safety risk.

Article source: Darrin Camilleri


Board votes to allow another warehouse development at Pinnacle property

(Huron Hub file photo)

Posted by The Huron Hub|Aug. 5, 2021

The Huron Township Board of Trustees voted to allow another warehouse to be built at the Pinnacle development area during Wednesday’s meeting.

The board voted in favor of changing a zoning ordinance amendment that banned further warehouse and truck distribution at the Pinnacle site. The zoning ordinance was created after Hillwood/Sterling Groups purchased the property and built two large Amazon facilities that are now nearly finished.

The intent of the original ordinance was to make sure the property did not see further warehouse and trucking development occur.

The board’s decision goes against the planning commission’s decision to vote down the zoning change last month in a unanimous 9-0 vote.

On Wednesday, Supervisor David Glaab, Trustee Angela Cady, Trustee Michael Glaab, and Clerk Jeremy Cady voted in favor of changing zoning to allow a Home Depot warehouse to be built on the property. Trustees John Chont, David Patterson, and Treasurer Colleen Lazere voted against changing the zoning ordinance.

During Wednesday’s nearly two-hour meeting, several residents approached the board during public comment and spoke out against having another warehouse built on the Pinnacle property.

The main concern among most residents is an increase in truck traffic that would come with adding more warehouses to the development area, and the impact it will have on local roads and overall lifestyle in the township.

Some residents expressed that they feel further development at the Pinnacle property would affect a peaceful and quiet lifestyle that comes with living in the township.

Others noted that it’s not fully know the impact of the current Amazon warehouses built on the property as they are not fully operational as of this time.

Developers of the property claim that only one truck per hour would be arriving at the facility daily. Members of the board in favor of the change, as well as developers, say that the decision is good for the township, because if it is voted down, other types of development, particularly manufacturing, could be built at the site, which they allege might bring more traffic to the area.

Board members in favor of the decision also noted that the township will be able to collect full taxes from the development, instead of possible tax abatements that could be provided to manufacturing developments constructed at the site.

Part of the deal to change the zoning would be for a new Sibley Road boulevard to be constructed between Vining Road intersection west to I-275 entrance ramps.

You can watch the entire board meeting that this link.


Board meeting video: Pinnacle Park warehouse development, Sibley Road boulevard, bridge over Pennsylvania Road discussed

(Huron Hub archive photo)

Posted by The Huron Hub|July 29, 2021

An informational meeting regarding further development at the Pinnacle Park, a new Sibley Road boulevard, and a proposed bridge over Pennsylvania Road to alleviate railroad crossing headaches, was discussed at Wednesday evening’s board of trustees meeting.

During the meeting, local officials, as well as the property developers at the Pinnacle Park, discussed the plans to build a Home Depot warehouse at the Pinnacle property.

In addition, a grade separation (bridge) was discussed as being a possible option for Pennsylvania Road to help deal with blocked railroad crossings in the township.

The nearly two-hour long meeting is an important meeting to watch.

Here is a link to the full video

https://hurontownship.viebit.com/player.php?hash=eFUg02LOBKDS

Special board meeting agenda: presentation by Pinnacle property developers on amendment to zoning ordinance banning warehouse development

(Photo — The Huron Hub archive)

Posted by The Huron Hub|July 27, 2021

A special Huron Township board of trustees meeting will take place Wednesday, July 28 at Township Hall.

The sole item on the agenda is a presentation by Sterling Group/Hillwood concerning a text amendment to zoning ordinance at the Pinnacle property.

Currently, a moratorium is placed on future warehouse development at the Pinnacle property.

The developers want to have this moratorium lifted so that they can further development at the site and build more warehouses.

Currently at the site is two massive warehouses that will house Amazon fulfillment centers.

During a recent planning commission meeting, officials voted against lifting the moratorium. The decision will eventually be brought before the board of trustees for final approval.

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