City Council considers two new ordinances

Two ordinances underwent a first reading at the Ypsilanti City Council meeting Tuesday evening. A public hearing has set the second readings to be on Feb. 17.

Motions to carry ordinance number 1237, to vacate Lathers Street, located west of the city boundary and east of Warner Street, and ordinance number 1238, to vacate the alley between Forest and Oak Avenues forward were unanimous.

Robert Grams, resident of Ypsilanti, petitioned for the alley closure. He said that with the recent closure of the alley to the east, approved by Planning Commission in 2011, he and his neighbors have seen an increase in cut-through traffic.

He also said that neighbors are concerned about their health, safety and welfare. They do wish the alley not be “vacated,” as pedestrians use the alley frequently, and the neighbors use it for garage access.

In other news, a second reading and public hearing for Ordinance 1239 was to amend Ordinance 2014-1212 providing for a service charge in lieu of taxes for two additional parcels of land for a low-income housing project pursuant to the provisions of the State Housing Development Authority Act of 1966.

No one from the public attended the hearing and the motion was carried.

All remaining resolutions were passed:

  • Resolution No. 2015-006, approving Amendment number one to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone Agreement between Michigan Economic Development Corporation, City of Ann Arbor, City of Ypsilanti and the Local Development Finance Authority of the Cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
  • Resolution No. 2015-007, approving annual compensation for the Mayor and City Council. Compensation is as follows: Mayor - $9143.58, Mayor Pro-Tem - $6095.52 and council members - $5254.02.
  • Resolution No. 2015-009 approving Release of Right of First Refusal for Towner House, 303 North Huron, Ypsilanti, Mich. 48197.

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