Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Michigan Department of Transportation cites several construction projects this weekend on I-94.
Wayne County motorists mapping out their weekend travel plans can keep the following construction projects in mind, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation: Source: Michigan Department of Transportation
Friday, April 26, 2013
Consumer confidence is rising along with home sale prices.
Metro Detroit house prices climbed more than 20 percent from this March compared to last March, with increases across the board, according to recently released Realcomp statistics. Wayne County is no exception to this--showing the biggest jump with prices up 43 percent over March 2012. Additionally, the average days on market dropped by 10 days, indicating that houses are moving faster and higher prices than they were last year, Realcomp states. Darralyn Bowers, president and CEO, ERA Bowers & Associates in Southfield noted, "the primary reason for the positive trend in home sale prices is consumer confidence. As the economy is perceived as stable, home buyers are no longer fearful. "Demographics continue to grow new family units, first …
The Michigan Department of Transportation cited road work this weekend on local freeways and roads.
Wayne County motorists can expect delays this weekend on Interstate 94, as construction will prompt a lane closure between Moross Avenue to French Road. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, I-94 westbound will have a single-lane closure from 9 p.m.-9 a.m. Friday and Saturday for lighting and sign work between the two roads. Both directions of Telegraph Road between Van Horn and West roads will also have single-lane closures beginning at 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Sunday for pavement work. In the Dearborn Heights area, southbound Telegraph Road just north of Van Born Road will have a right-lane closure from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, MDOT stated in a news release. In neighboring Macomb County, northbound and …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
After taking over the Elizabeth Park Marina from Wayne County Trenton made approximately $25,000 in 2012.
The Elizabeth Park Marina is set to open April 1. The marina remains a City of Trenton entity after the city took over operations from Wayne County in 2012. The city made $25,000 in revenue from the marina in the first year of the new operation. "The marina has been a great venture for the City of Trenton, Wayne County and all of the facility users," said Tim Beaker, business operations manager for Trenton Parks and Recreation. "We look to continue the success together as we begin to open for our second season." Launch tickets are $5 and $2 for seniors Monday through Friday. Seasonal and transient dock-age is available. Seasonal dock-age costs $2250 for boats over 30 feet and $1850 for boats under 30 feet. For the latest Trenton and Grosse…
Gray market cigarettes, bootleg DVDs, K2 Spice and counterfeit designer wear were among items seized in the statewide inspections.
Michigan State Police tobacco tax inspections uncovered violations across the state, including in Wayne County, and led to the seizure of illegal products worth hundreds of thousands, police said. The 264 inspections at party stores, gas stations, smoke shops and other businesses took place in January but investigations are still ongoing, Detective First Lt. Derrick Hayes said Wednesday. "This is a multi-state department initiative...to better combat tobacco tax evasion and fraud," Hayes said. Tobacco tax evasion has increased in recent years in Michigan, which ranks as having the 11th highest on cigarette tax in the nation relative to bordering states, he said. Violators of the Tobacco Products Tax Act could face up to five years …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Trenton City Council members voted to maintain control of the Elizabeth Park Marina.
More than one year after accepting control of the Elizabeth Park Marina, Trenton officials voted in favor of maintaining control for at least one more year. The initial contract between the City of Trenton and Wayne County expired on Dec. 31, 2012. Offcials said the arrangeemnt with Wayne County proved to be beneficial to Trenton and were eager to extend the contract. The Elizabeth marina opens on April 1 and closes on Oct. 31 each year, weather permitting. Boat launch fees are $5 per vehicle and $2 for senior citizens Monday through Friday, excluding weekends and holidays. Marina Rates are: For the latest Trenton and Grosse Ile news and information, "like" Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our …
Monday, March 4, 2013
There are more than 90,000 federal employees in Michigan. Click on Wayne County in the interactive chart below to find out how many there are here and hover over the bars to see which departments they work for.
Monday, March 4
Unless Congress reaches a last-minute agreement on the sequester by Friday, the huge budget cuts slated to kick in have the potential to affect nearly 9,000 federal employees working in Wayne County. Barring any kind of deal, the Obama administration will have to impose $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts to military and domestic programs on Friday, according to The New York Times. Those cuts would be the start of $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade. The numbers in the graph above show the number of federal employees in Michigan by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Trenton received $100,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding from Wayne County for 2013-14.
The Trenton Historical Museum could be back to its former glory sooner than expected. Trenton Historical Preservation received $70,000 Monday after council members voted in favor of allocating a large portion of the 2013-14 Wayne County Community Development Block Grant for the purpose of fixing up the aging museum. Councilperson Timber Baun-Crooks said she liked where the money is heading. "It's going to preserve a great history of Trenton and I am so relieved that they're going to use their money toward that (museum)," Baun-Crooks said. Museum Curator Ruth Ann Brewer said the museum needs several crucial repairs including problems with the foundation and 20 new windows. Museum curators raised over $17,000 during a museum fundraiser in …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The committee will aim to determine where spending cuts need to be made, and if certain county departments are being adequately funded.
A new committee within the Wayne County Commission will aim to help solve the county's financial challenges. Commission Chairman and Dearborn resident Gary Woronchak explained that the Special Committee on Efficiency & Accountability will do a thorough review of county operations to determine if cost-effective improvements can be made and to find if some areas need additional funding to perform their basic functions. Commissioner Richard LeBlanc, D-Westland, was named chairman of the special committee. Commissioner Kevin McNamara, D-Belleville, will serve as vice chair. Other members include Commissioners Shannon Price, R-Canton, Martha Scott, D-Detroit, and Ilona Varga, D-Lincoln Park. The county needs to pay down an accumulated deficit …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The City of Trenton captured taxes earmarked for the Detroit Zoo from 2008 to 2010.
Trenton officials resolved to return taxes meant for The Detroit Zoo captured by the city from 2008 to 2010. Council members voted in favor of returning $8,238 originally earmarked for the Zoological Authority at Monday's Trenton City Council meeting. City officials stopped capturing the tax revenue in 2011 at the request of Wayne County officials. Trenton Treasurer Michael McCullough disagreed with the decision to return the money. "I don't believe the city (of Trenton) owes them any money," McCullough said. Trenton City Councilman Terrance Teifer recommended the city reimburse the captured tax dollars. Tiefer said there are 16 communities in Wayne County that still capture the dollars meant for the zoo. Zoo officials said they get all of…