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Huron Township police release statistics from December 2013 through March 2014

(Photo/Jeremy Cady)

(Photo/Jeremy Cady)

The Huron Township Police Department’s Facebook page posted police statistics on Tuesday, March 22. The statistics cover December 2013 through March 2014 and are as follows:

December 2013 Stats
Dispatch received 4,249 incoming phone calls
Dispatch received 496 calls on incoming 911 lines
Officers responded to 374 calls for service
Officers completed 156 reports
Officers made 32 Arrests
Officers wrote 26 accident reports.

January 2014 Stats
Dispatch received 7,682 incoming phone calls
Dispatch received 802 calls on incoming 911 lines
Officers responded to 428 calls for service
Officers completed 109 reports
Officers made 23 Arrests
Officers wrote 36 accident reports.

February 2014 Stats
Dispatch received 6,343 incoming phone calls
Dispatch received 637 calls on incoming 911 lines
Officers responded to 347 calls for service
Officers completed 83 reports
Officers made 25 Arrests
Officers wrote 37 accident reports.

March 2014 Stats
Dispatch received 3,080 incoming phone calls
Dispatch received 284 calls on incoming 911 lines
Officers responded to 388 calls for service
Officers completed 132 reports
Officers made 37 Arrests
Officers wrote 29 accident reports.

It is interesting to note that incoming calls for January and February 2014 were almost double that of December 2013 and March 2014.

Back in the beginning of March, the Huron Hub reported a SafeWise study that listed Huron Township in the top 50 safest cities in Michigan. According to the company’s social media pages, SafeWise is “the authority on safety and home security news.”

 

 

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Huron Township police officers commended for preventing potential suicide

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By Scott Bolthouse

 

Officers Sterling Price and John Bettendorf were commended for persuading a suicidal woman to surrender her gun.

According to Huron Township Police Lieutenant Gary Dockter, Officers Price and Bettendorf arrived at the woman’s home on Ellis Street on March 15 and found the woman in a garage with a gun.

According to Lieutenant Dockter, the officers heard the woman say that she was going to point her gun at the officers in an attempt to make them shoot her.

Following an hour long negotiation, the woman agreed to surrender her weapon. Lieutenant Dockter said that the woman was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Both officers received letters of commendation and were publicly recognized at last week’s board meeting.

Community photos

Huron Township resident Jeremy Cady sent The Huron Hub  some beautiful black & white community photos this week. Cady will also be running for Wayne County Commissioner District 11. The Hub will be working on a story within the next week featuring Cady and his ideas on how to improve this region.

Here are some of the photos he submitted:

 

 

The Huron Hub loves to feature resident’s photos of Huron Township — one of this region’s most beautiful communities! Please send them to editor@huronhub.com along with any relevant caption information.

Red Cross blood drive collects 17 pints of useable blood

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As the sun shines, residents of the Huron community donated 17 productive units of blood during a Red Cross drive at Willow United Methodist Church on Monday, March. 31, 2014.

By Scott Bolthouse

 

The Huron Township community helped save lives on Monday, March 31.

The Red Cross blood drive at Willow United Methodist Church in New Boston collected 17 productive units of blood, according to Red Cross Representative Martha Roemer Kurtz.

23 potential donors came to the drive and helped produce enough blood to potentially save 51 lives. Each productive unit of blood could possibly save three lives, according to Kurtz.

“Everyday we need 900 donors to meet supply demand in hospitals across Southeastern Michigan,” said Kurtz. If you’d like to donate blood or find an upcoming Red Cross event, log onto http://www.redcross.org. There, you can search for different events by city or zip code.

As a Red Cross technician prepares, Steve Chont of Huron Township was one of over two dozen people to donate blood during the drive.

As a Red Cross technician prepares, Steve Chont of Huron Township was one of over two dozen people to donate blood during the drive.

The blood drive was organized by the Huron Township Rotary and sponsored by Inergy, a leading automotive supplier that operates out of New Boston.

“We are celebrating the rotary’s 75 years of existence with “12 x 12″: Twelve projects in 12 months,” said Rotary Treasurer Terri Riopelle.  According to Riopelle, the Rotary will be organizing a few other events to celebrate their anniversary as we head into the spring and summer. Already in the works  is a 2014 Harley Davidson raffle planned for Oct. 5, 2014. For more information on how to sign up for the raffle, visit www.hurontownshiprotary.org.

 

 

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Huron TWP Board of Trustees approves request to accept bids for downtown park construction

Overlooking the Huron River, this is a sketch of what the proposed park will look like.

Overlooking the Huron River, this is a sketch of what the proposed park will look like.

By Scott Bolthouse

The Huron Township Board of Trustees approved a request by the planning commission to accept bids to build a park in downtown New Boston. Community Development Director John Enos gave a brief presentation on the project during the Mar. 26 meeting.

The project, Nicknamed the Riverside Park, will sit on a quarter-acre of township owned land on Huron River Drive between the Coyote Grill and the AC pub. The park will overlook the Huron River.

The estimated cost of the first phase of the project is $70,000. The funding for the park will come from the township’s beautification fund, as well as some extra funding provided by Wayne County’s parks and recreations. The park will not be funded from any other source, according to Enos.

According to Enos, the first phase of construction will include seats, lights, paved walk ways and the planting of new trees. “We are making incremental steps to a variety of different projects,” said Enos.

The second phase of the project, which will be a separate cost from the first phase, will include the addition of a deck that will overlook the Huron River.

According to Enos, the park will “improve public infrastructure, which will lead to private development.”

Trustee R.P. Lilly noted the positive atmosphere the park will bring to the area. “It’s going to be a great addition to downtown,” said Lilly.

Other business conducted at the meeting:

  • The board approved the purchase of a 2011 Dodge Charger for the police department. The cost of the vehicle is $26,849. The board also approved the promotion of part time dispatcher Aaron Wilmoth to full time, as well as the request from the police department to advertise and hire two part time dispatchers.
  • The board approved the purchase of ten new workstation computers for the police department. The total cost, according to Lieutenant Gary Dockter, will be $6,670. According to Lt. Dockter, the current department workstations are outdated and cannot handle modern-day workloads.
  • The Pinnacle Development in the northern-area of the township was rezoned to light industrial and research development.
  • The board approved the resignation of fire fighter Julie Ploeger. Ploeger worked for the township’s fire department for 11 years.
  • The board approved the adoption of the Huron TWP police department millage renewal ballot language. This is a renewal of the police millage currently being levied.
  • The board approved the request from the Department of Works to allow Suburban Calcium Chloride Sales Inc. to provide calcium chloride for use on the township’s dirt roads. Chlorinating the roads helps to control dust.
  • St. Stephen’s Catholic Church was granted a public gathering permit for it’s upcoming annual festival on May 16-18.

 

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Downtown Park, Rezoning of Pinnacle Property to be discussed at the Mar. 26 Board of Trustees meeting

Having closed it's doors to the public in 2011, the former Pinnacle Racecourse sits on a piece of land that will soon be in development, according to Huron Township officials.

After closing it’s doors to the public in the fall of 2010, the former Pinnacle Racecourse sits on a piece of land that will soon be available to developers, according to Huron Township officials. Load-1 logistics company is already in the process of development on the I-275 face of the area.

By Scott Bolthouse

 

On the agenda for Wednesday evening’s Board of Trustees meeting is the rezoning of the Pinnacle Development, which is located on nearly 400 acres of land just south of Metro Airport. The abandoned Pinnacle Racecourse currently sits on the property.

According to Huron Township’s Community Development Director John Enos, the township is “proactively looking to the future of the area,” which is development ready. “This is the start of real development potential” said Enos.

Also on Wednesday evening’s agenda is a short information session regarding the Riverside Park, which is currently in the works and will be located between the Coyote Grill and the New Boston AC pub on Huron River Drive.

The Huron Hub will have a full write up following Wednesday evening’s meeting. Stay tuned.

With hopes that the weather is breaking, remember how unpredictable March can be

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By Scott Bolthouse

Do you remember March 22, 2012?

The high temperature was 86 degrees that day. In fact, that whole month of March set records here in Michigan as the warmest spring in recent history. I clearly remember being outside and active with my family during that whole month; cleaning up the yard, working in the garden, and visiting the Metroparks. Huron Township truly shines when the weather is nice.

This morning, I took my first spring walk around the property I live on here in Huron Township. It was wet, muddy and cloudy, but it still felt great to get out and breathe some fresh air. I have high hopes that the weather here in Michigan is going to make a great change for the better.

We do have to keep in mind one thing though, as we long for the sun: March can send different types of weather patterns our way. According to Mark Torregrossa of M-Live, we can expect to experience a wide array of different types of weather as we make our way into April. While we hope for sun and 65 degrees, don’t be disappointed if we dip down into the high 20’s or 30’s a few more times this spring.

Check out a story I wrote for the Belleville Lake Current  back in February about the cause of this winter’s crazy weather

With nicer weather comes some problems. A side effect of warmer weather and increased precipitation, especially after a record setting winter, is massive melting. According to the United States Geological Survey current water data for Michigan, the streamflow in the southern-half of the state, including Wayne County, is way above normal. As ice packs move downstream, they can jam and cause rapid increases and decreases in the river or stream level, causing problems that can escalate quickly if you live near or around these tributaries.

As long as precipitation in the form of rain remains low, the flooding scare won’t be as predominant, especially since most of out snow-pack is now melted as of March 22. Regardless, keep an eye on those water-ways around the Township.

As the snow melts, a creek in Huron Township rises.

As the snow melts, a creek in Huron Township rises.

 

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