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#OTGYpsi: Building Communities Around Ypsilanti's Barbershops And Salons

Getting a haircut in Ypsilanti is more than just regular self-maintenance. Many barbershops and salons serve as pieces of Ypsilanti's history, as well as places that serve the common good. Among these establishments is Finesse 1 Salon, owned by Shawn and Hala Green. They talk about their experiences with WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."

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Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has approved first reading of a tax increment financing and development plan for expanding West Cross Street. The 25-year plan calls for nearly three-point-two million dollars in improvements. The first goal in the plan is to add on-street parking, and make the historic area more pedestrian friendly. The city hopes to have approval by summer from the Michigan Department of Transportation for the on-street parking phase of the project.

Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has approved the sale of 10-million dollars in bonds for continued infrastructure improvements throughout the city in general, and for the Water Street development project.
City Manager Ed Koryzno says over six million dollars will be used to continue the city's water main replacement projects. An additional one-point-five million will go to replace old and failing sewer connections, and two-million will be used for land acquisition, demolition, and soil improvements in the Water Street area.

Ann Arbor – A reduced spending plan for the City of Ann Arbor has been proposed for the upcoming fiscal year. City Manager Roger Fraser, Monday night, presented the 82-and-a-quarter million dollar budget. That represents of cut of one-point-75 million dollars from the current year's spending plan. Much of the savings are realized through the elimnation of empty positions that are equivalent to 80 full-time jobs. Fraser says city services will be maintained through better cooperation and efficiencies between departments. The plan does not call for tax increases or lay-offs.

Ann Arbor – A measure creating new regulations for the drilling of monitoring-wells in Ann Arbor will be revisited in June. City Council Monday night postponed action on the measure after citizens and the Department of Environmental Quality expressed concern over language in the proposal. Councilman Chris Easthope says the fear is that the language is too vague and may be open to unintended interpretations. Attorney's will review the language over the next month and a revised proposal will be submitted to council for consideration at a June meeting.

Ypsilanti, MI – Software that's already on Ypsilanti School District computers now can be used legally.
The school board last night approved spending 120-thousand dollars for software rights. The decision follows an
audit of district software following complaints by the district's former computer services director that unlicensed software was being used.
The district has a process to ensure licensing. Officials say they need to a better job of following their own guidelines in the future.

Ypsilanti, MI – About 60 Ypsilanti public school teachers picketed outside the high school, then filed in to last night's school board meeting to tell district leaders they want a new contract.
Mediation efforts on a new agreement ended unsuccessfully last week, and teachers are asking school board members to get more involved in negotiations.
The district's teachers have been working eight months without a new contract.

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor school district voters will decide in June if school board members should serve longer terms, and if there should be fewer board members.
The Board of Education voted last night to put the issue on the regular school board election ballot in June.
If approved, the school board would be reduced from nine to seven members, but each member would serve four-year terms instead of the current three years.

Ann Arbor, MI – After a lengthy public hearing, Ann Arbor's city council has tabled a proposal to expand the Washtenaw-Hill historic district. Council tabled the motion last night based on concerns raised by many homeowners in the proposed expansion area.
Members of non-profit groups in the area, including churches and co-ops, plus fraternity and sorority groups in the area say maintenance costs will be too high if the district expands to include them. Some said they would face bankruptcy if forced to comply with historic district rules covering building maintenance.

Ypsilanti, MI – WEMU-FM, Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, fired radio host Terry Hughes, also known as Thayrone, April 2 for violating station policy and refusing to follow the station manager's directions.

Hughes, host of the Bone Conduction Music Show (BCMS), refused to air segments of National Public Radio news during his show and repeatedly voiced political opinions despite management's warnings that by doing so he was directly violating station policy.

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