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Submit your business profile to be featured on the Huron Hub

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Any business that operates in Huron Township is welcome to submit information to be featured in a special article on the Huron Hub.

An outline, written by the owner, should include the following information:

  • information about the owner(s)
  • history of store/business
  • what services/products are offered
  • what makes your store unique to competitors
  • location/description of store/business
  • hours of operation
  • contact information including phone number, website and/or social media pages
  • two photos: one showing the outside storefront and a photo of the inside of the business.
  • any other information about your business that’s relevant to potential customers

Business owners might also want to consider running a special advertisement, unique to Huron Hub readers, that they can use in your store.

Once all of the information and photos are gathered, email it to ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com.

The article will also be archived in a special business section on our website and promoted through our social media channels.

The Huron Hub supports all Huron Township businesses. Let us help grow your customer base.

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Community groups planet 18 new trees at Berlinn Park

Photos courtesy of Gregory Graham.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

18 new trees were planted at Berlinn Park over the weekend.

The planting was sponsored by the Huron Township Rotary, the Huron Recreation Department, and Outdoor Challenge.

“The tree planting is the first in several steps to revitalize the park,” said Terri Riopelle, event organizer.

Melanie Shepler, another organizer, thanked Schoedel’s Nursery for supplying the trees.

Photos courtesy of Gregory Graham

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Household hazardous waste collection set for Oct. 14 in Taylor

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Wayne County residents has been rescheduled.

The collection will run Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wayne County Community College District, Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Road.

Please click here for more information, which includes a list of items you can and cannot bring to the collection.

Waltz Road Bridge to be replaced; new bridge expected to be open by end of 2018

The Waltz Road Bridge, pictured here, will be replaced and is estimated to be open by the end of 2018, according to Wayne County.

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Wayne County announced Wednesday that the Waltz Road Bridge will undergo a full replacement which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The county closed the nearly 100-year-old bridge on June 1 after an inspection found the bridge bearings had deteriorated to the point that it was deemed unsafe to keep open.

Further inspection also revealed that the bridge deck and steel supports were also in need of repair.

The county said that it reviewed both repair and replacement options and decided replacement offers the longest life for the bridge while being the most cost effective.

The county estimates that replacement gives the bridge a 60-year life span at an estimated cost of $5.4 million.

Repairing the bridge would have cost an estimated $3.9 million, according to county officials.

The Roads Division will be issuing requests for proposals for the replacement design and construction.

The county said they will work with Huron Township officials during the design phase so that it will fit their downtown revitalization planning.

Once construction begins, it is estimated that replacement will take approximately six months.

Pedestrians and bicyclists will have access to the current bridge until construction of the new bridge begins.

Department of Public Services representatives will attend a town hall meeting hosted by Commissioner Al Haidous on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Huron Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston, to discuss the bridge replacement.


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Camera system shows live feed of railroad crossings in Huron Township

A screenshot of the mobile app ACTi Mobile Client shows which six crossings are open or blocked in Huron Township. Scott Bolthouse –The Huron Hub

 

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Motorists frustrated by constantly blocked railroad crossings in Huron Township will be relieved to know that they can now check their route before leaving for their destination.

Cameras placed near six railroad crossing in the area are currently broadcasting live video showing whether the crossings are open or blocked.

The crossings included in the feed are at Sibely Road and I-275, Pennsylvania Road, Huron River Drive and Sterling, South Huron at I-275, Willow Road, and the crossing in Waltz.

To access the video, residents can download a smartphone app called ACTi Mobile Client from their phone’s app store.

Once the app is downloaded, users can add the Huron Township camera feed by tapping the “+” icon and then adding the following credentials into the app:

Screenshot courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety.

After the credentials are typed in, tap the green arrow to add the feed, tap the added Huron Township server, then tap “all devices.”

The feed should then appear in the app showing all six railroad crossings.

Instructions on how to download the app can also be accessed at huron.vrteamviewer.com.

The Huron Township Department of Public safety announced Wednesday to both local media and TV news networks that the cameras are public.

However, they’ve actually been using the system internally since December 2016 for emergency dispatch.

“The railroad traffic cameras give our dispatch personnel the ability to direct our first responders immediately as the call is dispatched as to what is the best response route available in real time. Our dispatch staff is not only able to tell a responding first responder if a certain crossing is blocked, but which direction the train is travelling. In many cases, they can predict which tracks will be open for our police and fire staff to cross by viewing the cameras,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

Robbins said that over the past several months, the installation of the cameras has led to speculation by some residents that the cameras were put in as a tool for police to issue traffic citations.

“I want to make it clear to everyone that the sole purpose of these cameras is for the safety and convenience of our residents and everyone that lives, works, and visits our community. We have never had the intention, nor do we now, to issue traffic citations using the railroad traffic cameras. I know that the train issue along with ongoing traffic projects affect the day to day quality of life of our residents and we are hopeful that this will help make getting around the community a little easier,” he said.

“To my knowledge, we are the first community to have this technology up and running. We have had several other area departments inquire about this access and hopefully we will see this spread out to other communities as well,” he added.

Robbins also said that the Public Safety Department has been working with local businesses in the community that are the source for many of the train delays, and that one of the other issues resulting from blocked crossings is the back-up of traffic, especially from car haulers, on and near Sibley Road.

“We have unfortunately not had much success at getting the local business responsible for many of these issues to assist with any tangible solution for relief, although it is not from a lack of trying on our part,” he sad.  “We have met with them numerous times and will continue to do so. We have taken a zero-tolerance approach with car haulers and car manufacturers using our roads and exit ramps in the area. We have taken a high number enforcement actions against the car-haulers and I believe we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor on that end. We won’t wait for someone to get hurt or killed and will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach.”

The Department of Public Safety recently contacted TDSI rail yard and requested a schedule for incoming and outgoing trains.

Their response, according to Robbins, is that trains arrive on the tracks daily at 12:15 p.m., depart at 1:45 p.m., arrive again at 4:45 p.m., and depart at 6:15 p.m.

The camera feeds were made possible by a partnership between the Department of Public Safety and internet technology company XG Tech Services.

XG Tech Services says they designed the system specifically for Huron Township’s railroad crossings.

“XG Tech Services’ Bernie Yoscovits, CEO, and Jonathan Giles, CIO, developed the xCaliber Camera systems specifically to address the pain Huron Township was experiencing with visibility of the townships railroad crossings. Yoscovits and Giles engineered completely self-contained, wire free units that are solar powered. The systems are capable of streaming in real time, independent of Wi-Fi or wired internet access, through a proprietary secured network,” the company said in a statement.

 

Robbins hopes that the camera system, although not a perfect solution, will still make it easier on residents and visitors who travel over the many railroad crossings in the township on a daily basis.

“We realize that this is not the end all be all solution to the train problem here in our community. I think it will benefit our residents as they travel the community. I truly hope that our residents will use this technology to find a way to visit and patron the businesses within our community. It is not lost on me the impact the train and traffic issues have on our small business owners. Hopefully, we can all can come together and support them,” Robbins said.

“As with any technology, I want our residents to show patience as we continuously work to improve and upgrade these services over the upcoming months. There may be times where the link or a specific crossing could be down from time to time. The community has my promise that we will continue to move forward on this issue and that it is being addressed at all levels of the Township Government here in Huron Township.”

This article has been updated 


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Indian tribe denied land in Huron Township to build casino

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

The Tribe vows it will continue to fight for the land 

An indian tribe based out of Sault Ste. Marie who had hopes to build a casino gaming facility near Sibley Road and I-275 was denied trust land petitions by the United States Department of Interior last week.

“We are deeply disappointed in the U.S. DOI’s decision to deny our mandatory trust land petitions,” said Aaron Payment, spokesperson for the tribe, in a statement last week.

“Our Tribe is within federal law and our legal rights to pursue these opportunities to create thousands of new jobs and generate millions of dollars in new revenues that will enhance our tribal land base and benefit our members, the people of Lansing, public school students in Lansing, the people of Huron Township, and the entire state.”

The tribe says they have no intention of giving up fighting for the land, which it hoped to acquire in both Huron Township and Lansing, to use for similar purposes.

The Huron Hub first reported on the tribe’s attempt to acquire the land back in June 2014

According to the tribe, the gaming locations would boost the communities that they would be built in by offering jobs, new infrastructure and other revenues.

The Department of Interior says that the Tribe’s acquisition of the properties does not prove a consolidation or enhancement of tribal lands.

“The Tribe has submitted no new evidence to demonstrate that acquisition of the parcels would effect a consolidation or enhancement of tribal lands. After review of the matter, I conclude that the applications fail to demonstrate that acquisition of the parcels would effect the consolidation or enhancement of tribal lands necessary to trigger MILCSA’s mandatory trust provisions,” said James Cason, associate deputy secretary of The Department of Interior, in a statement.

Read The Department of Interior’s full decision by visiting this link.

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Former Lion Cory Schlesinger visits Huron Football training camp

Former Detroit Lion fullback Cory Schlesinger speaks to a group of young football players during his visit to a training camp attended by youth from Huron Township and Dundee at Huron High School on July 26. Photo courtesy of Julie Stevens.

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Former Detroit Lion fullback Cory Schlesinger visited training camp in Huron Township Wednesday and spoke to a group of young football players from both the Huron and Dundee football programs.

Schlesinger, 45, spent his entire 12-year career with the Lions, and was known for breaking hundreds of face masks during his time in the NFL.

Currently, Schlesinger is an industrial arts teacher at Allen Park High School.

All photos are courtesy of Julie Stevens.

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This article has been updated. 

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