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Wayne County Airport Authority implements changes to address COVID-19


Posted by Huron Hub on Friday, March 13, 2020

  • Airport Authority increases cleaning frequency

  • Takes steps to reduce potential exposure to virus

The Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) is taking additional steps to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

WCAA—which manages and operates Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) and Willow Run Airport—has advised employees, stakeholders and customers to protect themselves by following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

DTW janitorial staff also increased the frequency of cleaning in the McNamara Terminal and North Terminal, concentrating on “touch points,” such as door knobs, water fountains, handrails and toilet seats.

Now, WCAA is going one step further by following the recommendation of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to implement a community mitigation strategy.

WCAA has decided to:

  • Postpone all community engagement activities, including the DTW Destination Pass program
  • Cancel all non-essential work-related travel for WCAA employees over the next 60 days
  • Cancel all WCAA meetings with non-essential visitors and vendors
  • Continue following a process to sanitize DTW’s terminals, similar to what occurs in a hospital
  • Add hand sanitizing stations in areas that passengers and airport employees can easily access throughout the terminals
  • Continue to provide checkpoint bins treated with antimicrobial technology that kills or slows the growth of bacteria and viruses
  • Remind passengers and workers to stay healthy by following the CDC’s recommendations via signage and public address messages in the terminals

“As the operator of the largest airport in Michigan, we feel it’s our duty to take the necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “With confirmed cases of the virus in our community, we knew it was time to increase our response. For example, we’ve decided to temporarily suspend the DTW Destination Pass out of an abundance of caution.”

The DTW Destination Pass is a popular program, which allows non-travelers to access the gate areas to spend time with loved ones, shop or enjoy the restaurants. The program will be suspended beginning March 16.

The Airport Authority will continue to take proactive steps to keep customers, stakeholders and employees safe. More information on the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/prevention.html and https://www.michigan.gov/CORONAVIRUS.


 

Metroparks implements COVID-19 precautions, parks remain open


Posted by Huron Hub on Friday, March 13, 2020

  • Public programming and interpretative and nature centers to close temporarily; all parks to remain open

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks today released the following information and statement from Director Amy McMillan due to COVID-19 virus concerns and preventive recommendations in Michigan and nationally:

“Our Metroparks team has been closely monitoring the fast-evolving issue of COVID-19 across our region, state and country. Given the latest information and guidance, we’re implementing several preventive measures to help mitigate spread and ensure public health and safety in key public gathering places of all those who visit our parks. All 13 parks will remain open at this time. Metroparks is committed to remaining a place for all to use and experience while doing everything we can to help protect Michiganders against this virus.”

McMillan pointed to the following specific preventive measures in place:

  • All Metroparks public programming will be canceled from March 14 – April 5 and won’t be rescheduled.
  • All interpretative center buildings, including nature centers and the Marshlands Museum, will be closed to public and school use from March 14 – April 5.
  • All school group visits will be suspended and rescheduled for future dates as possible.
  • The measures will be regularly reevaluated to determine appropriate next steps.
  • In the interim, extra steps will continue to be taken to clean and disinfect office spaces, buildings and restrooms on an even more frequent basis than usual.

Metroparks will continue to post new updates on its website at Metroparks.com and via email to subscribers. To sign up for future emails, visit metroparks.com/email.


 

(UPDATED) Yard waste pick up in Huron Township begins April 1

(Scott Bolthouse—The Huron Hub)

Updated March 29, 2020: This post has been updated with current information during the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. For the most current information, please see this post: Waste Management suspends yard waste, bulk collection until further notice

Original Post by The Huron Hub on Monday, March 9, 2020

It sure was a beautiful Sunday in southeast Michigan.

You may have spent the day outside cleaning up the messy yard and wondered when yard waste pick up starts in Huron Township.

Waste Management will begin yard waste pick up on April 1 and it will run though the last week of November 2020.

Yard waste pick up is weather permitting, so if you have a lot to collect and get rid of, you should hope for the best forecasts as we head closer to spring.


 

 

 

Downriver communities top alarms.org list of safest cities in Michigan


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

Published Friday, March 6, 2020

Three downriver communities made the list of top safest cities in Michigan, according to alarms.org, the official site of the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

Grosse Ile Township topped the list by coming in at number one.

Trenton was number 10, and Huron Township 22.

The website releases statistics about Michigan cities annually, allowing a year-by-year comparison of crimes in each community.

To identify the safest cities, the website says they reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics.

According to the website, Grosse Ile, with a population of over 10,000, reported only 3 violent crimes and 34 property crimes.

Trenton, a city of over 18,000 residents, had 22 violent crimes and 104 property crimes.

The study cited 34 violent crimes and 120 property crimes in Huron Township.

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety, said he is proud that the community has seen a steady drop in crime over the last few years.

“These rankings are a great barometer of progress for not only our department, but for our community. Our first responders do a fantastic job of putting the safety of our residents above all else. Over the past several years, we have placed a huge emphasis on being highly visible throughout the community and using every resource we have available to hold those that break the law in Huron Township accountable. By continuing to work with our community stakeholders, we expect to work our way up even higher in the rankings and focus on the quality of life issues that affect our residents,” he said.

Alarms.org says Michigan is at a unique crossroads when it comes to crime.

The website says the state has one of the top 15 highest violent crime rates in the U.S., yet its property crime rate is well below the national level.

Meanwhile, the state is home to some of the highest crime areas in the country, such as Flint and parts of Detroit, but also has numerous communities where crime is exceedingly scarce.

See a full list of Michigan’s safety’s cities, along with the crime statistics, by visiting this link.


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Traffic crashes, workplace accidents increasingly common following switch to daylight saving time


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

Published Friday, March 6, 2020

Sunday marks the beginning of daylight saving time, or known popularly as “springing forward” an hour on the clock.

Setting clocks forward one hour for daylight saving time means losing an hour of sleep on the morning after the change.

For some, this may just be a minor annoyance, but for others, the lack of sleep can have unfortunate effects on daily driving habits, and it’s also a common time for workplace accidents to occur.

Because sunrise will occur one hour later, that means it will be darker later in the morning.

People commuting to work and school might be on the roads during the morning darkness, and the Michigan Department of Transportation wants drivers to be prepared for the change.

“Driving through school zones becomes more challenging for motorists during the first week of the time change,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “Pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists should wear brighter, reflective clothing in order to be seen more easily, and those behind the wheel need to pay close attention and eliminate distractions while driving.”

Motorists are reminded that bicyclists are permitted to ride on most roadways in Michigan.

Bicyclists are reminded that, as legal roadway users, they are required to obey all traffic laws, signs, and signals.

A person operating a bicycle on a highway or street at less than the speed of traffic is required to ride as close as possible to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, MDOT said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 6,283 pedestrian deaths and 857 bicyclist deaths resulting from traffic crashes in 2018.

What’s concerning to officials is that these incidents were 3.4 percent and 6.3 percent increases from the previous year.

“NHTSA’s data showed that most of the pedestrian fatalities (76 percent) and bicyclist fatalities (50 percent) occurred during dark conditions between 6 p.m. and 8:59 p.m.,” a statement from MDOT said.

MDOT said that In Michigan, there were 145 pedestrian fatalities and 21 bicyclist fatalities in traffic crashes, with 78 percent pedestrian fatalities and 57 percent bicyclist fatalities involved in traffic crashes that occurred during dark conditions.

In the workplace, accidents are common on the day after the time change.

According to a study by the American Psychological Association, workers sustain more workplace injuries, including injuries of greater severity, on Mondays directly following the switch to daylight saving time.

The same study noted that on Mondays directly following the switch to standard time—in which one hour is gained—there are no significant differences in sleep, injury quantity, or injury severity.


 

Huron Schools notice to bidders for 2019 bond project


00 1116 NOTICE TO BIDDERS

PROJECT: HURON SCHOOL DISTRICT 2019 BOND PROJECT
BP #2 – PHASE 2 RENTON MIDDLE SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN BUILDING

OWNER: HURON SCHOOL DISTRICT
32044 Huron River Drive
New Boston, MI 48164

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: GRANGER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
6267 Aurelius Road/P.O. Box 22187
Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 393-1670 Phone
(517) 393-1382 Fax

ARCHITECT:
IDI
Marquette Office
1021 W. Baraga Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone 906-228-4480
Fax 906 228-7524
Brighton Office

8571 W. Grand River Ave., Suite 600
Brighton, MI 48816
Phone 810 229-2701
Fax 810 229-6767

Invitation is hereby made to have qualified bidders submit bid proposals for the following work categories:

Category and Description
03-01 Building Concrete & Site Concrete
04-01 Masonry
05-01 Structural/Miscellaneous Steel
06-01 General Trades
07-01 Roofing
08-01 Aluminum, Glass & Glazing
09-01 Drywall/Acoustical/Plaster/Light gage Trusses/Framing
09-02 Soft Floorcoverings
09-03 Hard Tile
09-04 Painting
10-01 Lockers
11-01 Food Service Equipment
11-02 Gymnasium/Athletic Equipment
21-01 Fire Suppression
22-01 Plumbing
23-01 Mechanical
26-01 Electrical
31-01 Earthwork & Utilities
32-01 Asphalt Paving and Markings

Bid proposals are requested and will be received as a “single lump sum proposal” prior to 2:00 p.m., local time, on 3/19/2020.

The Construction Manager is providing bid documents to Bidders electronically without charge at the following link: http://bit.ly/HSD2019Phase2BidDocs.

Bidders must submit a hard copy bid via separate sealed bid proposals for each of the above work categories to:

Huron School District
32044 Huron River Drive
New Boston, MI 48164

Bid security in the form of bonds are required to be submitted with all proposals. Bid security in the form of a certified check is acceptable bid security only for proposal less than $50,000.

All bids must contain a sworn and notarized statement disclosing any familial relationship existing between the bidder or any employee of the bidder and any member of the Huron School District Board of Education and acknowledge compliance with the Michigan Iran Economic Sanctions.

All addenda will be posted to the bid document site. Each bidder shall ascertain, prior to submitting a bid, that they have reviewed all addenda issued and shall acknowledge such on the Bid Proposal Form. No addendum will be issued later than three (3) days prior to the date for receipt of bids except an addendum, if necessary, postponing he date for receipt of bids or withdrawing the request for bids.

Bidders are responsible for all costs and coordination of their work wherever it is shown within the entire project manual and all project bid documents.

The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to accept other than a low bid, and to waive informalities, irregularities and/or errors in proposals, which they feel is in their best interest.

Bid documents are available online using the following link: http://bit.ly/HSD2019Phase2BidDocs and will be on file at the locations listed below.

Builders Exchange of Grand Rapids & West Michigan ……(616) 949-8650
Builders Exchange of Kalamazoo ………………………………..(269) 349-2507
Builders Exchange of Lansing & Central Michigan …………(517) 372-8930
Builders Exchange of N.W. Michigan ……………………………(231) 946-5531
Construction Association of Michigan …………………………..(248) 972-1000
Construct Connect……………………………………………………..(800) 364-2059


Posted Thursday, March 5, 2020

Chick-fil-A, Anita’s Kitchen among four restaurants that opened recently in DTW’s North Terminal

Detroit Metro Airport announced the opening of four new restaurants in the North Terminal. (Photos courtesy of DTW)


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

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Hungry travelers now have a whole slew of options while flying through Detroit Metro Airport, and there’s even more on the way.

Detroit Metro Airport announced the opening of four new restaurants in the North Terminal recently.

The restaurants include: Pei Wei Asian Kitchen, an international chain restaurant inspired by ancient Asian cooking; Brioche Dorée, a French-style café bakery that offers fresh baked breads, pastries and freshly sliced meats; Chick-fil-A, the largest family-owned business in North America, known for its chicken sandwiches; and Anita’s Kitchen, a Detroit original, offering premier Lebanese and Middle Eastern meals for more than four decades.

The restaurants are the third part of a multi-phased dining redevelopment project at the airport.

“We are so excited that our multimillion-dollar dining redevelopment plan is nearing completion,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “During the development of this project, we wanted to ensure DTW was offering dining options tailored to meet all of our customer’s dietary needs. Based on the feedback we’ve received, I’m confident this was accomplished.”

The redevelopment program includes 15 food and beverage concepts, many of them Metro Detroit favorites.

“Anita’s Kitchen is thrilled to join the dynamic group of restaurants servicing travelers in Detroit Metro’s North Terminal,” said Anita’s Kitchen Proprietor Jen Farah Wegrzyn. “Working together with global restaurateur HMSHost, we look forward to introducing the cherished Lebanese dishes by which Anita’s Kitchen has come to be known, and to a much larger international audience. For over 40 years, Anita’s Kitchen has prided itself on presenting old world family traditions in a fresh, new world approach. With that same goal at heart, we are excited to enter into this new chapter for AK.”

The airport says to ensure a variety of food options are available for customers at all times, the transformation was divided into four phases.

The final phase, which includes Outback Steakhouse and Jolly Pumpkin is expected to be completed in the spring.