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Voters to decide key issues and proposals in tomorrow’s primary election


By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor in Chief


Tomorrow, voters across the metro region will hit the polls to decide key ballot issues and proposals.

In Huron Township, voters will have a chance to renew a police millage that will have a profound impact on how the department will operate in the future.

The ballot language, which was approved by the Board of Trustees back in March, asks voters to renew 2 mills for ten years. One mill is equal $1 in tax for every $1,000 of taxable value.

The ballot states that if the millage passes, it will raise approximately $945,234 in the first year that it is levied.

Huron Police Chief Everette Robbins wants voters to know that when they go to the polls tomorrow, they will be deciding on a quality of life issue for this community.

“Passing this renewal maintains the current level of service here in the township,” said Robbins.

“This renewal will not increase your current tax rate,” said Robbins.

If the millage does not pass, officers could possibly face layoffs, and only one officer would be available to patrol the 36 square mile township at a time.

Two years ago, voters in Huron voted down a proposal to increase the millage.

Huron Trustee Michael Stach, who is running in the same election to retain his seat on the board, fully supports the millage and the police department.

“I don’t want to let our guard down,” said Stach.

“There are good things coming down within the police department,” said Stach. “It is important to keep the climate that we have, or we could be susceptible to who knows what,” he said.

Robbins, who has been Chief for only two months, says he has been extremely impressed with the officers and staff within the department.

“Since joining this department, I have seen some of the most quality and professional police work that I have ever been around,” he said.

Robbins has made efforts to make the department more proactive in the community, organizing town hall meetings and setting up police liaison programs within some of Huron’s biggest subdivisions.

Jason Carter, who is a member of the Falkirk subdivision’s board, believes that the residents in his community seem to support the idea of the millage renewal.

“No one wants to lose the support structure of the township,” said Carter.

Debbie Yancey, a citizen in the township who attended a recent community millage meeting, said that Chief Robbins walked citizens through the entire police department and educated them on how the millage will benefit the department.

“To find out that our own police department and our own officers don’t have computers in their cars is sad,” said Yancey.

“Everyone is so concerned about our tax dollars — it’s about making sure we’re safe,” she said.

Sarah Gylioai, PTO President for Brown Elemntary in Huron Township, says most members on the PTO board are in favor of the millage renewal.

“When you don’t support the police and fire departments, your city is declining,” said Gylioai.

“When people move to the community, they look for those things,” she said. “If we lose our police department, people will start moving out of the area.”

Gylioai said that Chief Robbins is working with the school district to reinstate the school liaison plan that was cut a few years ago, but there is no guarantee.


Other issues on tomorrow’s ballot that will effect Huron Township residents:

  • Voters will be asked to approve or disapprove state proposal 41-1: Amendatory act to reduce state use tax and replace with a local community stabilization share to modernize the tax system to help small businesses grow and create jobs. More info here. 
  • Intermediate schools district proposal enhancement millage. More info here. 
  • Republican incumbent Michael Stach will face Andrew Lazere while Democrat Walter Irodenko will face Democrat Claude E. Wright. The two winners from the Republican and Democrat sides will face off in the Nov. 4 election for a partial term on the Huron Board of Trustees.
  • Jeremy Cady, William Collop and A. Haidous will face off for County Commissioner for the 11th district.


Polls will be open from 7 a.m to 8 p.m. tomorrow, and absentee ballots must be turned in to the Wayne County or township clerks by the time polls close. Remember that the polling locations were reorganized in Huron Township, so make sure you know where your precinct is.

A full look at tomorrow’s proposals. 

View what your ballot will look like here.


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Huron Township eligible to receive road repair funding under new initiative


By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor in Chief

Some much needed resurfacing and repair work may be coming to some roads in Huron Township in the near future.

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano announced the Township Roads Initiative on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

The initiative is designed to make funds available to help repair, resurface or reconstruct township roads.

According to a news release from Ficano’s administration, Wayne County’s nine townships are all eligible to participate. Huron Township, Canton, Redford, Northville, Brownstown, Van Buren, Plymouth, Grosse Ile and Sumpter will all have a chance to take advantage of the initiative.

According to the release, the Township Roads Initiative is a unique partnership between the Wayne County Department of Public Services and the county’s townships. The initiative will make $14 million available over the next two years to help address local township roads.

To be eligible, the roads must be zoned residential and have to be within Wayne County’s jurisdiction.

Counties are responsible for road repairs within a township, which differs from cities. Cities receive state gas tax revenues to help with road repairs.

$7 million in funds will be available for townships during the 2014-2015 fiscal years, while the other $7 million will be available during the 2015-2016 fiscal years.

In the release, Ficano stated that this initiative will bring much needed resources for residential township roads that need attention.

The initiative will be a reimbursement based program, which will require townships to match at least 20 percent of the total cost of a project to qualify. Wayne County will fund up to 80 percent of the project costs capped at the amount available for each township.

The amount of funds a township can receive will be based on population.

Huron Township, which has a population of just over 15,460, will have $500,000 available during each fiscal cycle.  The total initiative amount for Huron, which includes a 20% match by the township, will add up to $1,250,000.

Canton Township, which has the highest population when compared to the other eight townships in Wayne County, will receive an annual initiative amount of $1,500,000 for each fiscal cycle.

Each township is required to submit their proposals for repairs by November 30.

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Police situation at Country Meadows complex ends peacefully



According to police, the man who held his girlfriend hostage at the Country Meadows mobile home complex last night surrendered peacefully around 12:30 a.m.

The incident started around 3:30 p.m. on Monday when the unidentified man told police he would shoot his girlfriend if they tried to gain entry into the house. Huron Township Police and The Downriver Mutual Aid Task Force responded with a SWAT team and a negotiator. 

Following hours of negotiation, police were able to get him to come out of the home and at that point, the man was taken into custody.

The victim only had minor injuries, and no other injuries were reported.

Check back with The Huron Hub for updates on this story.


Fire Chief honors Frank Marvaso at Apr. 23 Trustees meeting


By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor in Chief


Huron Township Fire Chief Ed Gillman honored former Fire Chief Frank Marvaso during the Apr. 23 Board of Trustees meeting. Marvaso, who acted as Fire Chief in the township for 24 years, died on Apr. 20, 2014 at the age of 72.

Marvaso, who was a life-long resident of Huron Township, served with the fire department from 1963-1993. “As chief, he organized three departments into one Huron Township Department,” said Chief Gillman. According to Gillman, before Marvaso took over as Chief, firefighters in Huron were not dual certified as both a firefighter and EMT, and some medical calls took up to 40 minutes for a response. “Frank made all of the firefighters dual certified, as an EMT as well,” said Gillman. “If you didn’t like it, you didn’t get on,” said Gillman.

“(Marvaso was) a good chief, dedicated to the service of this community and the department. He will be greatly missed; it was an honor and pleasure to serve with him,” said Chief Gillman.

Funeral services for Marvaso were held on Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 and he will be buried at Michigan Memorial Park in Huron Township. Memories can be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute at www.karmanos.org.


Business conducted at the meeting:


  • The board approved the hiring of Part Time Police Officer Thomas Hickman. According to Lieutenant Gary Dockter, Hickman is 22 years old and has lived in Huron Township for one year. Hickman is a graduate of Woodhaven High School and the Schoolcraft Police Academy, and is working towards a bachelors degree in criminal justice from Eastern Michigan University. The board also accepted the resignation of Part Time Police Officer David Pinnow.


  • Trustee RP Lily gave an update on the Apr. 16 LDFA meeting. According to Lily, the LDFA marketing representative gave an update on statistics during the meeting. Lily also updated the board that Load One Logistics continues to negotiate with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in regards to the finance of the project. Trustee Lily gave an update on Brose, a German automotive supplier who operates out of Huron Township. Brose, in accordance to Act 328, was required to develop a minimum employment level of 200 jobs. According to Lily, actual jobs at the complex come to 175. Brose projects a total of 260 jobs once all positions are filled. “Everyday you go by the parking lot, and it is getting more crowded,” said Trustee Lily, who hopes to tour the facility with the rest of the board in the near future.


  • The board approved a request from Willow Metro Park that allows them to add mixed liquor drinks to the beer and wine license that they already possess. According to the Metro Park, residents, visitors and wedding receptions have all requested the availability of liquor at the park. It was noted by the board that the Metro Parks have their own police force that patrols the parks.


  • It was announced that Huron High School won the State of Michigan Class-B Championship of the Quiz Bowl. High school students refer to this contest as “team jeopardy.” The Huron High School team was made up of five seniors, one junior and three sophomores. “(This is a) testimony to the wonderful school system we have in our great community,” said Trustee Lily.


  • The board approved the second reading of the private road ordinance, which the Huron Hub reported on following it’s first reading during the Apr. 9 Trustees meeting.



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