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 Plymouth Concerned Citizens is a group of Plymouth area citizens  concerned about local issues and events.  PCC is a non-partisan group and  has no formal structure.  Our primary mission is to inform residents on current issues.  

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         --Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the NY Times

Jan - March 2019

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$20 MILLION IN TAX FUNDS SUPPORT SCHOSTAK PROJECT

The tale of a $20 million appropriations whodunit for Schostak Bros. project

The $20 million for water and sewer lines in rural Salem Township that the Michigan Legislature quietly tucked into two budget bills over the past two years had all the markings of a political whodunit.

https://www.crainsdetroit.com/voices-chad-livengood/tale-20-million-appropriations-whodunit-schostak-bros-project 


$20 Million State Grants Protested 

Plymouth Township residents and officials are among those questioning $20 million in state grants awarded to Salem Township, earmarked to fund the installation of water and sewer lines for a planned development just west of Napier Road. The award was approved by outgoing state legislators in December, just prior to new officials taking office.

https://plymouthvoice.com/20-million-state-grants-protested/


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rips Michigan Republican pork deals; says she can't block them

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday she was frustrated with over $100 million in pet projects approved just days before she took office – but said she can do little to halt the spending.

https://www.bridgemi.com/public-sector/gov-gretchen-whitmer-rips-michigan-republican-pork-deals-says-she-cant-block-them

MARIJUANA

Future of marijuana dispensaries in Plymouth Township goes up in smoke

When it came time to take a stance on allowing marijuana dispensaries in Plymouth Township, members of the Board of Trustees decided to go with the flow instead of bucking the trend.

https://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/2019/01/24/no-marijuana-shops-allowed-plymouth-township/2661156002/


Thinking about using marijuana recreationally?  Read this article first.

Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

Seventy miles northwest of New York City is a hospital that looks like a prison, its drab brick buildings wrapped in layers of fencing and barbed wire. This grim facility is called the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Institute. It’s one of three places the state of New York sends the criminally mentally ill—defendants judged not guilty by reason of insanity.

https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/marijuana-mental-illness-violence/?

HILLTOP GOLF COURSE

Plymouth Township's Hilltop Golf Course has greener future

It's not quite a "gimme," but Hilltop Golf Course's financial future appears to be on the upswing.

The Plymouth Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously Jan. 22 to approve a five-year contract with Troy-based ADM Ventures Inc. to operate the financially floundering 18-hole layout, beginning as early as late February.

https://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouth-township/2019/01/28/new-future-hilltop-golf-course/2663706002/

Oct - Dec 2018

PUBLIC SAFETY MILLAGE APPROVED IN TOWNSHIP 

Delayed results from Plymouth Township show voters handily approved a 1.2 mill Public Safety Millage on Wednesday 9,073 to 6,914, finally reported at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Public safety has been the center of controversy in both the City and Township of Plymouth since the two disbanded the shared community fire department in 2011.

https://plymouthvoice.com/public-safety-millage-approved-township/ 


COUNTY CLOSES 3 ‘UNSAFE’ BRIDGES ON HINES DRIVE

Wayne County Parks abruptly closed three Hines Parkway bridges Monday citing safety concerns.

A spokesman for the county said that serious shear cracks in the concrete members that support the middle concrete slab on the three bridges render them unsafe for pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Two of the bridges span the Rouge River.

https://plymouthvoice.com/county-closes-3-unsafe-bridges-hines-drive/

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Aug - Sept 2018

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Five Mile tech corridor gets funding boost for infrastructure, cleanup

Two communities have found a funding mechanism to improve roads and clean up contaminated areas along an emerging technology corridor on Five Mile Road, between Napier and Beck roads. 

https://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/2018/09/14/tech-corridor-gets-funding-boost-plymouth-northville-townships/1281583002/

MITC moves forward in Plymouth and Northville with Brownfield Authority

Plymouth and Northville Township officials have approved resolutions authorizing the creation of a site-specific Brownfield Authority for the Five Mile Road Corridor, shared by both townships between Napier and Beck Roads.

http://plymouthvoice.com/mitc-moves-forward-plymouth-northville-brownfield-authority/

Sequris to open health care cybersecurity hub in Plymouth Township

A Sterling Heights-based information security company is investing $5.6 million in a new health care-focused cybersecurity hub in Plymouth Township.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/technology/sequris-open-health-care-cybersecurity-hub-plymouth-township

Township Announces Updated Website and Smartphone App - https://patch.com/michigan/plymouth-mi/township-announces-updated-website-smartphone-app?

Plymouth Township's website and Smartphone application have a new look and feel, improving the customer experience, transparency, and providing more online services for residents.


Property sale ends long tax id dispute - http://plymouthvoice.com/property-sale-ends-long-tax-id-dispute/ 


City of Plymouth honors service of police officers - http://plymouthvoice.com/city-plymouth-honors-service-police-officers/ 

July 2018

City, Township settle benefit dispute - http://plymouthvoice.com/city-township-settle-benefit-dispute/

Plymouth City Commissioners took action last week to ratify a settlement agreement regarding past fire department legacy costs.  The move, long delayed and the subject of much apprehension by township officials, proved to affirm their desire to build a cohesive relationship with Plymouth Township.


Purchase of new fire truck approved - http://plymouthvoice.com/purchase-new-fire-truck-approved/
​Plymouth Township Fire Chief Dan Phillips was all smiles at the end of the board of trustees meeting last week after receiving approval to order a new fire truck for the township fire department.


State budget includes $2 million for area - http://plymouthvoice.com/state-budget-includes-2-million-area/​

State Rep. Jeff Noble delivered some good news to the Canton-Northville-Plymouth area last week.

​Plymouth Twp. intersection fix to start, but without a traffic light - https://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouth/2018/07/08/intersection-project-excludes-traffic-light-plymouth-township/760764002/
Local officials are miffed that summer improvements to the McClumpha-Ann Arbor Road intersection fail to include a four-way traffic signal to fix what township Supervisor Kurt Heise has called a "very dangerous" situation.

Plymouth manufacturer creating hundreds of jobs amid expansion

Hometownlife.com
Loc Performance Products, Inc., is expanding and creating 700 new jobs, including 200 in Plymouth Township, after annual sales soared from $42 ...

April 2018

Township officials blast false robocall claims - http://plymouthvoice.com/township-officials-blast-false-robocall-claims/
​Residents filled Plymouth Township Hall nearly to capacity last Tuesday ​in response to false claims about the merger of the township with the city announced in robocalls made to township homes.

​City offers settlement in pension dispute - http://plymouthvoice.com/city-offers-settlement-pension-dispute/
​Despite authorization earlier this month allowing Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise to cancel a tolling agreement and proceed with litigation, a settlement may be near in the disputed fire pension obligation from the City of Plymouth.​


Fire fighters battle 2 blazes over weekend - http://plymouthvoice.com/fire-fighters-battle-2-blazes-weekend/

Two Plymouth Township house fires in just over 24 hours kept area firefighters busy this week.​ 


Schoolcraft College asking voters for Headlee override, which would increase taxes​ - https://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/2018/03/29/schoolcraft-college-asking-voters-headlee-override-which-would-increase-taxes/468282002/​ 

It looks like voters in several school districts in northwest Wayne County and southwest Oakland County will have one more item to vote on come November.

March 2018

Development plans for downtown moving forward - http://plymouthvoice.com/development-plans-downtown-moving-forward/

Plans to construct mixed-use developments and ease Plymouth's downtown parking problems are moving along according to those familiar with the project.


Former township political appointee faces 10-years in prison - http://plymouthvoice.com/former-township-political-appointee-faces-10-years-prison/

The former Director of Parks and Grants for Plymouth Township, Mike Mitchell, 49, is now facing 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine following federal charges resulting from a joint investigation by the FBI and the township police department.


Former Plymouth Township appointee charged in federal corruption probe - https://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/2018/03/14/former-plymouth-township-appointee-charged-federal-corruption-probe/426402002/

Mike Mitchell, former director of parks and grants in Plymouth Township, has been caught up in a federal corruption investigation.


Hotel plans scrapped, land off the market in Plymouth Township - https://www.hometownlife.com/story/money/business/2018/03/20/hotel-plans-scrapped-land-off-market-plymouth-township/438691002/

Plans for a Marriott hotel complex, once seen as a way to revive a dilapidated gateway to Plymouth Township, have been scrapped, officials say.

February 2018

 Sale of former prison property planned - http://plymouthvoice.com/sale-former-prison-property-planned/While great enthusiasm surrounds the potential sale of undeveloped land located in Plymouth Township that once was home to the Detroit House of Corrections prison farm, and the subject of a protracted legal battle, Plymouth Township Treasurer Mark Clinton expects the municipality will merely "break even" on the deal.


Efforts to attract high-tech development for Five Mile and Ridge Road area ramps up - http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouth-township/2018/01/31/efforts-attract-high-tech-development-five-mile-and-ridge-road-area-ramps-up/1078926001/
Plymouth Township is ratcheting up efforts to lure high-tech companies to develop a 71-acre site southwest of Five Mile and Ridge roads.Township-based Hillside Investments is being recommended by brokerage firm Signature Associates to potentially buy and develop the land.


​Pavilion construction flaws prove costly - ​ http://plymouthvoice.com/pavilion-construction-flaws-prove-costly/​Reports of unfinished work, concrete failures and shoddy ​workmanship at McClumpha Park in Plymouth Township have led to unnecessary costs and labor expenses over the past year, according to Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise.


​Hella moves plant from Plymouth to Northville - http://plymouthvoice.com/hella-moves-plant-plymouth-northville/​Hella, an automotive industry supply manufacturer, will move the company U.S. headquarters from Plymouth to Northville next year.


​Tee time? Meeting on Hilltop Golf Course's future comes Tuesday http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouth/2018/02/02/tee-time-meeting-hilltop-golf-courses-future-comes-tuesday/300375002/The first meeting of Plymouth Township's newly-formed Hilltop Golf Course Study Committee takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the township board room, 9955 N. Haggerty Road. The public is invited to attend and participate. 

Plymouth community could face four tax proposals this year​ - ​
http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouth/2018/01/31/plymouth-community-could-face-four-tax-proposals-year/1074889001/
Plymouth-area voters could be asked to dig deep into their pockets this election season, with multiple tax proposals potentially headed for the ballot.Township voters could be facing four separate tax proposals to support the Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex, the police and fire departments, Schoolcraft College and regional mass transit.


Voters could face public safety tax proposal in Plymouth Township​ - http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouth-township/2017/12/22/voters-could-face-public-safety-tax-proposal-plymouth-township/974601001/​
Plymouth Township voters could be asked in 2018 to decide a public safety tax proposal in a move designed to replace aging fire trucks and police cars, tackle retiree health care costs and hire more police officers and firefighters

January 2018

Fire damages Lake Pointe home -
http://plymouthvoice.com/fire-damages-lake-pointe-home/​

​Bitter cold and winter conditions didn't hinder area firefighters​ last Tuesday night when a fire that was thought to start in a gas fireplace caused extensive damage to a Lake Pointe home in Plymouth Township.

Gas fireplace blamed for house fire in Plymouth Township​ - http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouth-township/2018/01/18/gas-fireplace-blamed-house-fire-plymouth-township/1043713001/​

A fire that damaged a Plymouth Township home Tuesday night appears to have started in a gas fireplace, Fire Chief Dan Phillips said.


​$100 million St. John's project halted - http://plymouthvoice.com/100-million-st-johns-project-halted/
Grandiose plans for a $100 million development at the upscale Plymouth Township Golf Course at St. John's have come to a screeching halt.

Voters could face public safety tax proposal in Plymouth Township - http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouth-township/2017/12/22/voters-could-face-public-safety-tax-proposal-plymouth-township/974601001/
Plymouth Township voters could be asked in 2018 to decide a public safety tax proposal in a move designed to replace aging fire trucks and police cars, tackle retiree health care costs and hire more police officers and firefighters.

December 2017

Township OK’s $14.9 million budget - http://www.associatednewspapers.net/editions/eagle113017/files/assets/basic-html/index.html#1 The Plymouth Township Board of Trustees has approved a $14.4 million budget by a 5-2 vote. . . . The new budget includes plans to hire more public safety employees in both the police and fire departments using money cut from other line-item spending.


Marriott Hotels Planned For Plymouth Township - https://patch.com/michigan/plymouth-mi/marriott-hotels-planned-plymouth-township​ For a few decades, Steak and Ale and Bennigan's served as a nice entry point into Plymouth Township. But the restaurants closed and fell into disrepair years ago and the township has been searching for an entrepreneur to redevelop the site at Ann Arbor Road and I-275 since. 


Two-hotel complex could replace eyesore in Plymouth Township​ - ​http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouth-township/2017/12/08/two-hotel-complex-could-replace-eyesore-plymouth-township/928537001/ 

Two new hotels are planned on Plymouth Township's east side, ushering in a major makeover of a longtime eyesore that once housed Steak and Ale and Bennigan's, southwest of Interstate 275 and Ann Arbor Road.

 

PARC Wins Grant To Restore Pool​ - https://patch.com/michigan/plymouth-mi/parc-wins-grant-restore-pool​ 

Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex has received a grant of $125,000 from the Margaret Dunning Foundation for renovation and modernization of the original pool built in 1952 located within its one hundred year old historic building. PARC is headquartered at old Plymouth High School/Central Middle School on Main Street. 


Hilltop Golf Course's future under scrutiny amid money losses​ - http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouth-township/2017/12/07/hilltop-golf-courses-future-under-scrutiny-amid-money-losses/927140001/​ 

Amid steep financial losses, Hilltop Golf Course's survival remains unclear as Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise considers forming a transition committee to examine what might become of the 18-hole course. 

Township plans to hire more public safety employees - http://plymouthvoice.com/township-plans-hire-public-safety-employees/​The Plymouth Township Board of Trustees ​has approved a $14.4 million budget by a 5-2 vote. 

November 2017

PARC launches $30M campaign to renovate facility, build theater - http://www.hometownlife.com/story/life/community/observer/plymouth/2017/11/21/plymouth-arts-30-million-campaign-renovate-facility-build-theater/880907001/ It's an ambitious plan that officials say could make Plymouth the cultural hub of Detroit's western suburbs. The vision involves a far-reaching renovation of the Plymouth Arts & Recreation Center, a place where 27 arts, recreation and education tenants already are renting space since PARC got the keys to the former Central Middle School two years ago. 


Finances 'improving' as township board splits on new budget​ - http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouthtownship/2017/11/20/finances/874552001/​ A new Plymouth Township budget contains money to hire more police officers and firefighters while trimming spending elsewhere and adding a $311,000 surplus to the $3.9 million general fund balance. ​   


New fee to appear on Plymouth Township tax bills - http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouth-township/2017/11/16/new-fee-appear-plymouth-township-tax-bills/869785001/ 

Plymouth Township taxpayers will notice a new fee on their tax bills after a divided township board Tuesday approved a revenue-raising plan that is expected to generate $630,000 a year. 


Former Detroit House of Corrections Property Will Soon Have New Owner​ - https://wdet.org/posts/2017/11/13/86066-former-detroit-house-of-corrections-property-will-soon-have-new-owner/​ The site of a former women’s prison in Plymouth Township is expected to be turned over to a new owner soon. The State of Michigan spent over 2 million dollars to demolish the Detroit House of Corrections, which closed in 2004. Director of the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority, Josh Burgett says the 120-acre parcel on Five Mile Road., west of Beck, has been cleared.