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 an update from MDOT on the massive I-275 project currently happening in western Wayne County.
Wednesday, July 28 – Wednesday, Aug. 4:
The eastbound Eureka Road ramp to northbound I-275 will be closed.
The westbound Eureka Road ramp to southbound I-275 will be closed.
Monday, Aug. 2 – mid-September:
Northbound I-275 will have the right lane closed from I-94 to 5 Mile Road for the widening of the right shoulders for future use as a lane during work to rebuild I-275 in 2022.
6 Mile Road will be closed over I-275 for bridge improvements through early October with traffic detoured:
I-275/6 Mile Road detours:
Northbound I-275 traffic heading for westbound 6 Mile Road will use northbound I-275 to westbound 7 Mile Road, then southbound I-275 to westbound 6 Mile Road.
Southbound I-275 traffic heading for eastbound 6 Mile Road will use southbound I-275 to eastbound Ann Arbor Road, then northbound I-275 to eastbound 6 Mile Road.
Eastbound 6 Mile Road will be detoured to northbound Haggerty Road, then eastbound 7 Mile Road to southbound Newburgh Road back to eastbound 6 Mile Road.
Westbound 6 Mile Road will be detoured to northbound Newburgh Road, then westbound 7 Mile Road to southbound Haggerty Road back to westbound 6 Mile Road.
Wednesday, Aug. 4 – Wednesday, Aug. 11:
The southbound I-275 ramp to Eureka Road (airport entrance) will be closed. Airport access will be available on eastbound I-94 via the Merriman Road exit.
The eastbound Eureka Road ramp to southbound I-275 will be closed.
Thursday, Aug. 5 – early September
The Schoolcraft Road bridge over M-14, west of Haggerty Road, is closing for improvements.
Westbound M-14 will have single-lane closures under Schoolcraft Road. The bike trail underneath Schoolcraft Road will be temporarily closed.
Schoolcraft Road detours:
Eastbound Schoolcraft Road traffic will be detoured to eastbound 5 Mile Road, then southbound Haggerty Road back to eastbound Schoolcraft Road.
Westbound Schoolcraft Road traffic will be detoured to northbound Haggerty Road, then westbound 5 Mile Road back to westbound Schoolcraft Road.
Lane restrictions through late fall:
I-275 will have one lane open in each direction between I-94 and South Huron Road for concrete pavement repairs. Crews will be shifting the southbound I-275 lane closures this week, which will leave only the left lane open. The northbound I-275 shift will occur next week, leaving only the right lane open.
Pennsylvania Road remains closed over I-275 with traffic detoured to Sibley Road through late August.
During this major multi-year project, work will be occurring in multiple areas at different times. Go to http://www.Revive275.org for more project details and updates.
Amazon’s new Huron Charter Township location is an “XL” Non-Sortable Fulfillment Center, designed to receive, store and package heavy or bulky items, like TVs over 50”.
Sign-on bonuses of up to $1,000 are available at the Huron location.
Additionally, a $100 benefit will be offered on the first day of work to any new hire who comes to Amazon already vaccinated for COVID-19.
Work opportunities include full-time warehouse associates who will make at least $15.50 per hour (up t $18.50), with no prior experience necessary.
In addition to hourly wages, Amazon says it provides employees with a highly competitive, comprehensive benefits package starting on day one including healthcare, disability insurance, 401(k) with 50 percent match, company stock, bonuses and a network of support to help employees succeed.
Amazon says it also offers hourly employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.
In Metro Detroit, Amazon employees, their spouses and children, also have exclusive access to Neighborhood Health Centers – located in Royal Oak, Westland and Brownstown – that offer in-person and online appointments for a wide range of affordable health services.
Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety, was appointed by Governor Whitmer to the state’s new task force on juvenile justice reform.
In June, Whitmer created the task force on juvenile justice with a focus on analyzing the juvenile justice system and recommending “proven practices and strategies for reform grounded in data, research, and fundamental constitutional principles,” a statement from the governor’s office said.
Robbins is the chief of police and director of public safety for Huron Township, and has lead the department since May 2014 when he was appointed.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Public Safety Studies from Siena Heights University and earned his MCOLES certification from Washtenaw County Community College.
Robbins is appointed to represent a police chief nominated by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.
Robbins said it is a privilege to be appointed to the position.
“I am very honored to be chosen to represent Huron Township on this very important task force. This is a great opportunity to be a part of something that can make a great impact on many young lives,” Robbins said. “When my career is over, I hope my legacy will be the things we have been able to do for the youth within our community.”
Since 2012, Robbins has worked with juveniles on the FBI’s southeast Michigan crimes against children task force as a task force officer and board member. The task force focuses on combating human trafficking, and also includes Leo Girard, a detective lieutenant with Huron Township police.
Robbins also was assigned to the juvenile and gang intelligence division with the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department.
The governor’s task force includes members of the executive branch, legislature, judiciary, and juvenile justice community.
Appointees will serve for two-year terms expiring July 22, 2023.
The task force is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist.
“To fully change our criminal justice system into a system that will position young Michiganders for success, we need the best minds from a wide variety of backgrounds to lead the Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform,” Gilchrist said. “I am very confident that these appointees are going to do everything in their power to ensure that we focus on building and delivering reforms that will make our communities safer while improving outcomes for individuals who come into contact with our criminal justice system. When we allow everyone to have a seat at the table, we make sure that these policies will be inclusive and equitable for all.”
Metroparks had previously sent out an alert that the pool at Lake Erie Metropark was set to open this week. During final pre-opening operations and tests, a section of marcite (the cement-like finish in the inside of the pool walls) unexpectedly failed leaving sharp edges and causing conditions unsafe for swimming.
“The safety of our visitors is our highest priority, so the pool will not be able to open tomorrow,” the Metroparks said in a press release.
The repair requires staff to drain the pool and repair the surface. Because of the time it will take to complete the repair, the pool will unfortunately not re-open this year.
Visitors can still cool off in other pools at Willow and Lake St. Clair Metroparks and can enjoy Turtle Cover Family Aquatic Center at Lower Huron Metropark or splash pads at Kensington, Indian Springs or Lake St. Clair Metroparks.
After being closed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pool at Lake Erie Metropark is set to open on Friday, July 23.
“The Metroparks are still experiencing a shortage of lifeguards, so the pool will welcome visitors this season with some limited capacities and operational changes,” a statement from the Metroparks said.
• The pool will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Noon – 7 p.m. • Pool entry will be $4.00 per person. • The pool will operate as a flat pool and there will be no waves. • The spray features on the deck will be in operation. • Flotation tubes and life jackets will be available for use. • The food bar will not be open. • The pool capacity will be limited to the first 500 swimmers each day. • Pricing and more details can be found at this link.
In addition to the Lake Erie Metropark pool, visitors can cool off in five other constructed water facilities throughout Southeast Michigan (Willow Metropark pool, Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center, Lake St. Clair Metropark pool, Kensington Metropark Splash ‘N’ Blast, Indian Springs Metropark Spray ‘N’ Play).
For visitors looking for a natural water experience, they can visit beaches at three Metroparks, hop on the Huron or Clinton rivers in multiple locations or enjoy boating, fishing and paddling on inland lakes.
A major road construction project on I-275 starts on Tuesday.
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.
Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist today announced the reopening of state to full capacity at Belle Isle in Detroit, while highlighting the administration’s Economic Jumpstart Plan focused on strengthening the economy and putting Michigan residents back to work.
Starting today, capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings will increase to 100% and the state will no longer require residents to wear a face mask.
Small businesses and other venues still can require mask usage.
“Today is a day that we have all been waiting for, as we can safely get back to normal day-to-day activities and move forward together,” said Governor Whitmer.“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the medical experts and health professionals who stood on the frontlines to keep us all safe. And we are incredibly thankful to all of the essential workers who kept our state moving. Thanks to the millions of Michiganders who rolled up their sleeves to get the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine, we have been able to make these changes ahead of schedule. Our top priority going forward is taking full advantage of the billions in federal relief funding and our $3.5 billion surplus to jumpstart our economy. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure that Michigan’s families, small businesses, and communities emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before.”
Present at the announcement in Detroit were representatives of Michigan’s small businesses.
“As a small business owner Covid 19 was devastating to my business, but with the help of the State of Michigan and Governor Whitmer, we were able to maintain and stay open,” said Tiffany Barber, owner of Tiffany’s Delicious Dogs LLC. “Tiffany’s Delicious Dogs was a City of Detroit vendor for 15 years, forced to change our business model to survive. With grants and training funded by the State of Michigan, to learn new business techniques we made it together and are thankful to our great Governor and the State of Michigan for the support to make it through the storm. We look forward to getting back to business in a safe environment guided by a great leader.”
Case rates, percent positivity and hospitalizations have all plummeted over the past several weeks, while vaccination rates continue to increase.
To date, 61.2% of Michiganders ages 16 and older receiving their first vaccine dose. As part of these efforts, Michigan is partnering with organizations across the state to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine.