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               THE BELLEVILLE          Romulus residents face water, tax increase
               Vol. 134, No. 20
                                                     Scott Spielman                             ”                                goal of the change was to help
            Four alumni of Belleville                  Special Writer  There were ‘must haves’ that we really tried to look at   city residents avoid larger bills.
          High School were honored                                                                                                 “If there's an issue with leaks,
          by the school April 26 in spe-  As members of the Romulus      in the budget. We had people trying to do without       they don't catch it. If it's quarterly,
          cial ceremonies recognizing  City Council finalized the                things to keep this budget in line.             the bill can run up very high
          their life accomplishments.  2019/2020 city budget, it appears                                                         beyond what's manageable,” he
                          See page 4.  the overall millage rate and,  mine what the rates for city resi-  implementing a bi-monthly  said. “We've had a lot of people
                                       most likely, the water rates will  dents and businesses would be.   billing cycle. That means they'll  request this so they can catch it
                                       increase beginning July 1.       “The rates change every year,  get a water bill every other  quicker with a shorter billing
                  THE CANTON              With regards to the water rate,  no matter what, because our  month, rather than every three  cycle.”
             EAGLE                     however, the answer of how    rates change,” she said. “We take  months.                    The recent installation of new
                                                                                                     The fixed rate residents pay
               Vol. 72, No. 20         much is not yet known.        all the water rates and incorpo-  every month will be adjusted  water meters allows for more fre-
                                                                                                                                 quent and accurate readings,
                                                                     rate them into our rate structure
                                          Suzanne Moreno, director of
            The 9th annual Canton      Financial Services for the city,  to determine what the final rates  accordingly. The monthly fixed  Moreno added.
          Acts of Culture Week will    said the water rates would    we set for July 1.”           rate had been multiplied by     “Now we have more efficient
          continue with events through  “absolutely” change. She said  Residents and businesses will  three during the quarterly billing  meters, we can read from the
          this weekend presented by    last week that she was still wait-  also see a change in the way they  process; beginning in July, it will  road. We can read the meters
          the Canton Commission for    ing on figures from the three  are billed. The city is moving  be multiplied by two, instead.
          Culture, Arts and Heritage.  entities serving the city to deter-  away from quarterly bills and  Mayor Leroy Burcroff said the  See Budget, page 5
                          See page 4.
                                         Signs of spring

                THE INKSTER
          LEDGER STAR                    Local Farmers’ Markets open
          LEDGER STAR
               Vol. 72, No. 20                                     Julie Brown
            One of the oldest                                      Staff Writer
          Memorial Day Parades in
          the state will take place from    Spring has officially arrived throughout
          noon until 2 p.m. Monday,      the area as several of the local farmers
          May 27, in the City of Inkster.  markets open with fresh produce, flowers
                          See page 5.    and other offerings while others prepare
                                         for the upcoming season.
                                            The Romulus Farmer's Market will
                  THE NORTHVILLE         open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, and
             EAGLE                       continue to serve patrons through Sept. 25.
                                         It takes place at the Romulus Historical
               Vol. 19, No. 20           Park Pavilion, 1147 Hunt St. in Romulus.
                                            More information is available at (734)  The Farmers' Market in Northville sells only produce from Michigan farms, crafts and
            Wayne     County   has
          planned multiple road and      955-4531 or by visiting  more, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays at the corner of Sheldon and Seven Mile roads.
          ditch projects in the          RomulusFarmersMarket or www.face-
          Northville community this Those
          year, several of which will    attending the Romulus Farmer's Market
          start soon.                    each week can enjoy a “Theme Day” give-
                          See page 2.    away, enrolling in the free Market “Kid's
                                         Club” to receive a $2 coupon to spend each
                                         month there.
                  THE PLYMOUTH              The Plymouth Farmers Market opened
             EAGLE                       two weeks ago and customer Debbie
                                         Brunk of Plymouth stopped by Sweet
               Vol. 19, No. 20           Creations by Michele. The vendor offers
                                         vegan baked goods and is online at
            Members of the Plymouth
          Township Board of Trustees        Michele Flowers and Helene Flowers,
          have adopted new regula-       both of Canton Township, said that cus-
          tions on the use of fireworks  tomer traffic was “pretty good” at Sweet
          in the community based on a    Creations that day, helped by the warm
          new state law.                 weather that day.
                          See page 2.       The market takes place in The       The Canton Farmers Market takes place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at
                                                                                Preservation Park, 500 N. Ridge Road with fresh food, live music and various vendors.
                                         Gathering structure, across from Kellogg
                                         Park in downtown Plymouth. It is present-  Flowers, plants, cheese, fresh produce,  Michigan goods. It includes a 6-9 p.m.
                   THE ROMULUS           ed by the Plymouth Community Chamber   jams and jellies are staples of the   Monday Night Main Street Cruise, a clas-
             ROMAN                       of Commerce. It runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Plymouth market. Many other communi-  sic car show in June through September.
                                                                                                                         The emphasis on locally grown, made
               Vol. 134, No. 20          Saturdays through Oct. 26, except for Art in  ties offer farmers markets on other days of  and crafted fare is shared by all the farm-
                                                                                the week.
                                         the Park and Plymouth Fall Festival week-
            Romulus       students       ends.                                    In Belleville, the Belleville Central  ers markets.
          throughout the school dis-        At the opening day May 4, Max Berger  Business District offers the Fourth Street  In Westland, the market will be open
          trict participated in the cele-  and Olivia Kernahan of Beyond Borders  Square Farmers Market from 4-7:30 p.m.  from 3-7 p.m. today, May 16, and continue
          bration of Earth Day this      were busy serving customers Latin street  Mondays, June through September.   on Thursdays through Oct. 10. The
          year with activities as varied  food.  The business is located  at 810 S.  The Belleville market, like the others,
          as planting and grounds        Main St. in Plymouth.                  emphasizes tasting the local difference of             See Markets, page 6
                                       ‘Iron Trail’ for hikers and bikers is OK’d in Belleville
                          See page 5.

                  THE WAYNE               Belleville was the choice of                          ”                                compared to three other consid-
             EAGLE                     civil engineers for a section of                  We love anything                        ered routes.
                                                                                                                                   While there is currently no
                                       the Iron Belle Trail which will
               Vol. 72, No. 20         link Van Buren Township and                       that brings people                      pedestrian path on the Denton
            Wayne-Westland students    the Huron Clinton Metropark                           to our city.                        Road Bridge, Smith said that
                                                                                                                                 when the bridge is rebuilt in the
                                       section of the trail.
          and families now have the       Members of the Belleville                                                              future, the engineers would
          ability to know exactly where  City Council unanimously    in Detroit and goes through the  for bicyclists and would not  request a 10-foot sidewalk from
          their school bus is and when  approved the installation and of  state to Ironwood in the Upper  require any property acquisition  the county.
          it will arrive for pick-up or  markers for the trail during  Peninsula.                  in the city. Smith said the cur-  The trail through the city is
          drop off.                    their regular meeting earlier    During the meeting earlier  rent right of way is large enough  designated as a walking trail,
                          See page 3.
                                       this month.                   this month, Jeff Smith of PEA,  to accommodate the proposed  but there will be places for
                                          Belleville    Downtown     Inc., civil engineers, said the  path.                      cyclists, Smith said. He added
                                       Development       Authority   trail through Belleville will   The path through the city   that people from Belleville
                  THE WESTLAND         Coordinator Carol Thompson    begin at the Denton Road      would be maintained by the City  could go all the way through
             EAGLE                     said, “We love anything that  Bridge and head down High     of Belleville, he said, although  Washtenaw County on the trail.
                                                                                                                                   The next step will be the pre-
               Vol. 72, No. 20         brings people to our city.”     Street, turning southeast on  there is private grant money  liminary engineering which
                                                                                                   now available for the project,
                                                                     Church Street and east on W.
                                          The city route is the link
            Developers hoping to       between the Denton Road       Columbia Avenue. It will con-  along with federal and state  might only include some
          build in Westland will find  Bridge and the Van Buren      nect to E. Huron River Drive  funds. Application for those  improvements to Belleville side-
          far less red tape and far    Township route that begins at  and end at Iron Belle Trail at  funds is prohibited until the full-  walks and some improvements
          more cooperation following   Edgemont Street and travels   Edgemont.                     route if proposed, he cautioned.  for the handicapped as the city
          a vote of members of the city  west to the Huron Clinton      Smith said the trail will uti-  Smith said that downtown  already has viable sidewalks in
          council last week.           Metropark portion of the trail.  lize existing sidewalks for walk-  Belleville was a highly desirable  the section to be used as part of
                          See page 3.     The trail begins on Belle Isle  ers and create a street marking  route and scored attractively  the trail.

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