Friday, September 7, 2012
The Brighton City Council approved the low bid for installation of a curb to block an illegal driveway on West Main Street near the CSX Railroad tracks.
- Tom Tolen
Friday, September 7, 2012
The City of Brighton said work will be done to remove an unauthorized curb cut made several years ago on Main Street at the CSX Railroad tracks that railroad crews used to get vehicles in-and-out of a driveway while they completed upgrades to the railroad crossing. The driveway leads to an unauthorized gravel parking lot adjacent to the railroad tracks that was being utilized by members of the Brighton Lions Club, Buon Gusto restaurant customers and the general public. The situation has placed what Council Member Jim Bohn calls a huge liability burden on the city, if an accident should occur. Access to the driveway was blocked last month by the city, which is concerned about the liability issue. Out of two bids, the low bid was awarded …
Friday, April 20, 2012
The Brighton City Council was told Thursday night that there is nothing the city can do to prevent the state from placing prison parolees in the city, as long as local ordinances are being followed.
The city of Brighton was recently informed that four convicted felons who have completed their terms have been placed in a duplex on North Second Ave. According to Brighton Police Chief Tom Wightman, the city was informed that housing would be found for four prison parolees in a meeting with the state Department of Corrections and Washtenaw County Catholic Social Services, which administers the Prisoner Re-Entry Program in Livingston and Washtenaw Counties. Wightman said that none of the parolees living in the city of Brighton are sex offenders. Mary King, coordinator of the Washtenaw Prisoner Re-Entry Program, was at the meeting to explain more about the program. Council was told that Livingston County receives about 100 parolees who …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Brighton City Council members heard several complaints about Andre's Fine Jewelers during its Thursday night meeting.
Andre's Fine Jewelers received several complaints against its melting gold operations at the Brighton City Council meeting Thursday night. Michael Monroe, a landlord with rentals adjacent to Andre's, said he has received several complaints of green smoke with foul smells coming from the exhaust vent in the back of the building on Main Street. Moore provided a folder to all City Council members that included more than 10 written complaints from stylists and workers from Madison Alexis and others who live and work downtown. Jim Starnes, owner of Two Brothers Coffee, said he became physically ill with a headache and nausea after smelling fumes from Andre's. While Moore insisted that these complaints have been on multiple occasions, only one …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The city could ask for a $5.6 million bond to fund community improvements on the November ballot.
After the second of four scheduled focus group meetings Tuesday night, City Manager Dana Foster said it is too soon to tell whether Brighton residents would support a bond issue to fund capital improvements in the community on the November ballot. The focus group meetings are what Foster calls the second phase, after holding general meetings last summer and fall. The purpose of the meetings is to get recommendations from residents on what the most critical improvements needed within the city and the best way to fund the improvements. The suggestion to explore a bond issue comes from a Citizen's Advisory Task Force that was created to work with city staff to identify areas needing improvement and to make recommendations on the most …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Oliver Nelsen completed a community service project at the Howell Nature Center in order to earn an Eagle Scout rank with Troop 350.
Brighton High School Senior Oliver Nelsen is the latest boy scout in Troop 350 to earn the rank of Eagle Scout -- the highest rank a boy scout can earn. Nelsen's achievement was honored at the City Council meeting Thursday night, where he received a Mayoral Proclimation from Brighton Mayor Jim Muzzin. To earn an Eagle Scout rank, a boy scout must earn 21 merit badges, serve six months in a troop leadership position and plan and develop a community service project. Nelsen's service project involved adding security features to the Howell Nature Center in the form of a road gate, a farm gate and adding a steel lid to the donation box. "Somebody had been breaking into the box and stealing the money, so I covered it with a steel lid so there …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
All four incumbent city council members will retain seats.
The people sitting in the Brighton City Council seats will remain the same in the coming years - all the incumbents were re-elected Tuesday. Council member Jim Muzzin said he is absolutely happy with that. "I think we need some stability with the current council so we can continue to move forward," Muzzin said about the unofficial results. "That's good." Based on unofficial vote totals, incumbents Jim Bohn, Chad Cooper and Muzzin have the top three most votes and will serve four-year terms while incumbent Claudia Roblee, with the fourth most votes, will serve a two-year term on City Council. Muzzin, who has served on council for eight years, is currently its longest serving member. "I just want to continue to give back to the community …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
At the request of local business owners and residents, Brighton City Council is making efforts to reopen the Imagination Station this fall instead of waiting until next spring to take action.
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- Tina DeBord
Thursday, September 22, 2011
After several weeks of discussions and disagreements amongst city officials and community members, Brighton City Council decided at last Thursday's council meeting to move forward with City Manager Dana Foster's plan to repair and reopen the Imagination Station as soon as possible. The city, which took over its care from volunteers in 2000, temporarily closed the Imagination Station on Aug. 10 after a test confirmed the presence of arsenic in the play structure. The decision to reopen the playscape came after several members of the public urged council to reconsider its decision to keep the Imagination Station closed until spring in order to avoid legal issues. “This is killing our community. The Imagination Station is the centerpiece of …
Friday, September 16, 2011
Changes in rules governing City Council meetings did not pas at Thursday night's meeting.
Residents of Brighton will still get two opportunities to speak at city council meetings, now that the city council has had a change of heart about eliminating one of the public portion sections. At Thurday's meeting, a motion to eliminate the "call to the public" at the beginning of the meeting failed 3-3. During a meeting on Sept. 1, council members voted in favor of eliminating one of the two public comment periods held during its bi-monthly meetings because supporters of the measure said it was taking up too much time. Council then asked the city attorney to draw up new rules to govern the change. But then didn't adopt them. Mayor pro-tem Jim Bohn voted against the motion Thursday to change the rules. He said on average, two people …
Council okays city manager to put out requests for proposals to clean playscape.
After amending the agenda to include discussion on Imagination Station Thursday, The Brighton City Council heard from many local business owners and residents, pleading with them to reopen the playscape this fall and not wait until next year. Keith Karp, owner of Oh My Lolli, said his business has suffered and many children's field trips to his store have been cancelled. "Obviously, I have a very kid-oriented business, but I've talked to a lot of the other businesses and they echo the same things I'm seeing with foot traffic," Karp said. "Tuesday I had four ticket sales. Last year, when you look at this time frame, I had 147. There's a huge difference in my foot traffic and I need that to survive. I put my business here because I did a lot…
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Five candidates are running for four open seats on the City Council, and four candidates are running for two openings on the school board.
On Nov. 8, there will be two local elections on the ballot for the Brighton community — Brighton City Council and the Brighton Area Schools Board of Education. Tuesday was the last day for candidates to file to run for office. Here are the final lists of candidates for each race. Look for more coverage of these election on Brighton Patch in the coming days, including profiles of each candidate. The following candidates are running for three four-year terms and one two-year term on the City Council. The candidate who gets the fourth-highest number of votes serves the two-year term. Brighton City Council members make $70 per meeting. The following candidates are running for two four-year terms on the Brighton Area Schools Board of Education…