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               THE BELLEVILLE          Mayor submits $68 million Westland budget
               Vol. 134, No. 15           Westland Mayor William R.                             ”                                and investments in both the sen-
                                       Wild presented a balanced $68                                                             ior center and Justine Barnes
            Members of the Belleville  million budget to members of                  I’m very proud of the city's                Community Center,” Wild said.
          Community Chorus will        the city council last week.                   financial situation and how                   Members of the city council
          present their 13th annual       The budget includes a very                                                             will meet for several study ses-
          spring concert, Let's Go To  slight reduction in the millage          far we have come as a community.                 sions to discuss the budget
          The Movies, Saturday, April  rate, going to 18.8787, a slight                                                          before a final vote on the fiscal
          27.                          decrease from the 18.8798                                                                 plan is adopted by formal reso-
                          See page 2.  adopted last year.            funding for recycling services.  total $310,000 “hoping to have  lution. The meetings will be
                                          The budget, the 13th Wild has  Recycling costs have escalated  some sort of solution in the near  open to the public.
                                       presented, includes the addition  rapidly for Westland and other  future.”  He said the city would  “While, like all cities, we still
                  THE CANTON           of $300,000 to the general fund  communities during the last  attempt to negotiate a lower rate  have some challenges, I'm very
             EAGLE                     based on an anticipated       year forcing communities,     or find an alternative to the cur-  proud of the city's financial situ-
               Vol. 72, No. 15         increase in revenue due to    including Westland, to begin  rent recycling service.       ation and how far we have come
                                       home value appreciation of
                                                                                                     “My proposed $68 million
                                                                     sending recyclebles to landfills
                                                                                                                                 as a community. If you like road
            The Canton Public Safety   about 4.5 percent in the city.   for disposal.              balanced budget heavily priori-  repairs and infrastructure
          Department will sponsor a       Included in the proposed     Wild said he budgeted the   tizes public safety, road and  improvements, and lots of it,
          one-week summer program      budget is funding for some new  $200,000 to cover the additional  water and sewer system  you're going to love this budget,”
          for teens ages 13 to 17 from  staff positions and additional  costs which are estimated to  improvements, customer service  Wild said on his Facebook page.
          June 24 through, June 28.
                                       Long-time Romulus director announces retirement
                          See page 3.

                                          Tim Keyes, one of the most   He has been part of every   main thrust of the study is best
                THE INKSTER            successful and long-serving eco-  major project in the community  business practices and innova-
          LEDGER STAR
          LEDGER STAR                  nomic development directors in  - including the most recent  tions implemented by local gov-

               Vol. 72, No. 15         local municipal government, has  Amazon, Penske and Mopar   ernment.
                                       announced his plans to retire  developments, which became     “Economic development
            The cities of Inkster and  from his position with the city of  major taxpayers in the city  helps a city grow,” Keyes said.
          Wayne were among those       Romulus at the end of June.   while creating thousands of new  “It's a key function of municipal
          awarded grants through the      Keyes is credited with guid-  jobs.                      government. Our team has expe-
          Financially   Distressed     ing the development of dozens                               rience and knowledge of local
          Cities,   Villages   and     of residential, commercial and                              and regional development
          Townships Grant Program.     industrial projects to Romulus.           ”                 issues. We work smart and hard
                          See page 5.  Before that, he worked success-   This town is a family.    every day to meet the needs of
                                       fully in economic development     They treated us with      the business community and our
                                       in the City of Taylor and in the                            residents.”
                  THE NORTHVILLE       private sector as well. But    respect and opened their       In the results of the study,
             EAGLE                     Romulus, Keyes admits, has         arms as if we were       Romulus is recognized for

               Vol. 19, No. 15         always been an integral part of    part of their family.    implementing a policy for culti-
                                                                                                   vating relationships with the
                                       his career.
            Fighting human traffick-      “Working for the City of                                 local business community by
          ing is the aim of a “Fashion  Romulus and getting to meet the  “The City of Romulus recog-  providing such activities as busi-            Tim Keyes
          for Freedom” dinner/dessert  residents has been very special  nizes the importance of econom-  ness-to-business gatherings, job
          event set for 6:30-9 p.m.    to me,” Keyes said. “This town is  ic development - and Tim has  fairs and real estate/developer  Board  and  Executive
          tomorrow at Ward Church in   a family. They treated us with  been key to that process in our  opportunity events, which show-  Committee. He has been
          Northville Township.         respect and opened their arms  community,” said Mayor LeRoy  case key buildings and areas to  involved with the development
                          See page 4.  as if we were part of their family.  D. Burcroff. “We will certainly  those connected to potential  of the ADC since the early plan-
                                       And I'll never forget that.”  miss Tim and his expertise. He  new business and develop-   ning stages, from the original
                                          As director of the Romulus  has consistently come up with  ments.                      concept development of the
                  THE PLYMOUTH         Department of Economic        new ideas. It seemed like we'd  Burcroff said that under    Ring Road Corridor through the
             EAGLE                     Development since 2001, Keyes  have him forever. We certainly  Keyes' guidance, the city has  signing of the intergovernmental

               Vol. 19, No. 15         has been responsible for and  wish him all the best going for-  focused on business retention  agreements creating the ADC.
                                                                                                                                   Prior to joining Romulus,
                                       overseeing the economic devel-
                                                                                                   and attraction, using a proven
            An exotic cruise close to  opment, planning and communi-   Keyes' skills have been recog-  system that guides owners,  Keyes served as the Vice
          home awaits the winner of    ty development activities for the  nized multiple times with five-  CEOs and managers through the  President for Development for
          the Michigan Philharmonic    city, including Tax Increment  star ratings during the annual  best process of locating a suc-  Horizon Properties, LLC, a
          cruise raffle this year for a  Finance   Authority,   the  eCities study conducted by    cessful business in the city.  Taylor commercial property
          10-day,     all-inclusive,   Downtown       Development    researchers at iLabs, University  Keyes is immediate past   development corporation. In
          Riverboat trip.              Authority and the Brownfield  of Michigan Dearborn Center   chairman of the Aerotropolis
                          See page 3.  Development Authority boards.   for Innovation Research. The  Development Corp. (ADC)               See Keyes, page 2
                                       Weather watchers
                   THE ROMULUS
               Vol. 134, No. 15        SKYWARN group volunteers keep their eyes on the skies
            The Romulus Public
          Library is among only 15                                                                                  Julie Brown    Arnold noted ham radio oper-
          elite facilities in the state to                                                                           Staff Writer  ators have long been active in
          be rated “enhanced” by the                                                                                             SKYWARN, saying, “That's
          Library of Michigan.                                                                       Those folks often observed  another way that information
                          See page 2.                                                              sitting outside in the wind and  gets to us.”
                                                                                                   sometimes rain watching the sky,  Jack Stange of Westland is a
                                                                                                   are believe it or not, doing it to  member of the Garden City
                  THE WAYNE                                                                        help their neighbors.         Amateur Radio Club and is also
             EAGLE                                                                                 of Plymouth Township, are grad-  a weather spotter. Stange, who
                                                                                                     Volunteers, like Cheryl Rotole
                                                                                                                                 was also at the Livonia training
               Vol. 72, No. 15                                                                     uates of SKYWARN storm spot-  is comparatively new to the
            Wayne Main Street, in                                                                  ter training.                 effort.
                                                                                                                                   “Last year was the first time I
                                                                                                     “I work from home,” said
          conjunction with several                                                                 Rotole, who lives in western  took this course. I was out of
          community partners, will                                                                 Plymouth Township where she   radio a long time and came
          host the 4th Annual Spring                                                               often sees storms coming in from  back,” he said.
          Clean-Up Day in downtown                                                                 Washtenaw County. “I'm very     He was first licensed at age 14
          Wayne on April 27.                                                                       interested in weather and I like  and left radio in 1972, serving in
                          See page 5.
                                                                                                   being helpful, almost to my detri-  the military.
                                                                                                   ment. I'm in a good position and  “It gives me the opportunity
                                                                                                   if I can do that I want to.”  to be one of the first ones in
                  THE WESTLAND                                                                       The National Weather        Westland,” to see weather com-
             EAGLE                                                                                 Service began the training for  ing from Canton to the nearby

               Vol. 72, No. 15                                                                     weather spotters in the 1970s,  west, Stange said.
                                                                                                   and they're required to undergo
                                                                                                                                   Stange, also the chaplain for
            Gene McKinney, one of                                                                  periodic training to remain   American Legion Post 251 of
          the founding fathers of                                                                  active. National Weather Service  Westland, sits out in wind but is
          Westland, was recently hon-                                                              meteorologist Andrew Arnold   sheltered from rain by an over-
          ored for his more than half a                                                            led a recent training session  pass near railroad tracks in
          century of dedication to his  Jack Stange of Westland enjoys being a SKYWARN storm spotter.  under the auspices of the  Westland. He hasn't reported a
          city.                        He is a ham radio operator and Garden City Amateur Radio Club  Livonia Amateur Radio Club
                          See page 4.  member.                                                     and Livonia Police Department.    See SKYWARN, page 3

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