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properties that front main or arterial roads such as Michigan Avenue, North and South Ann Arbor, Monroe, Woodland East and Bemis Road, among others. Interior residential subdivision streets are not included. Old Creek Drive and Willis Road are excluded. Photo by Jim Pruitt All individuals are required to first apply for a Brian Marl is beginning the transition process to take over as mayor of Saline in January. He will work with Mayor Gretchen Driskell to ensure the process is smooth permit from the Planning Commission. The commis- and while she is preparing to become the new state representative. sion has to approve the business as a special land use. The cost of the application and hearings is $300. Annual renewal and inspection fee will be $50, as will any follow up inspections. Councilmember David Rhoads thought the new fee book was proper. “Three hundred dollars is at a level where people contemplating (this) will come forward,” he said. The initial structure win over former councilFinancial stability and called for an application fee man Glenn Law. Since then, economic development are of $500, with the renewal among his priorities for his Marl has been working on fee at $65 and the follow up first term. transitioning from serving inspection fee at $40. The budget process for on City Council to leading fiscal year 2014 will comit. Staff Writer Jim Pruitt can mence shortly after he is Marl campaigned on be reached at 734-429By Jim Pruitt sworn in. Last year, the a five-point platform of Heritage Media 7380, council struggled to come support for public safety, or via Twitter @BigPruitt Text up with a plan that paid the openness and accessibility HERNews and HER-Weather Success has not gone to bills without resorting to in government, economic to 22700 to receive news Brian Marl’s head. If anyraising the millage rate. development, responsible and weather alerts to your thing, it has motivated him In 2013, he wants to keep financial stewardship, and cell-phone. Msg and data to prepare for his new job. his pledge to maintain the investment in infrastrucrates may apply. Text HELP Saline voters elected ture. And his first term will millage rate. To do this, the for help. Text STOP to Marl to be the city’s next likely address most of those PLEASE SEE MAYOR/3-A cancel. mayor with a convincing issues.


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Saline council OKs new fee structure for home-based businesses
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The city of Saline has established a fee structure for new tier of home-based businesses. The City Council approved the new Tier 2 designation in October, but enacting the legislation was delayed because of a lack of a fee structure. City Engineer and Superintendent Gary Roubal presented a fee book in October, but the City Council sent it back for more study. On Nov. 12, Roubal presented a new schedule that the council approved unanimously. The new Tier 2 designation came out of the city’s desire to address individuals who wanted to use their homes to base their business, but who did not qualify for Tier 1. Under the new designation, the business may have one employee who is not a relative; use no more than 1,000 square feet of a garage or accessory building for storage; use up to 200 square feet of outside storage space provided it is stored behind a barrier; may use and park one small commercial van; may not advertise its address in the phone book or advise people to visit the business. In addition, the businesses are limited to residential Michael Ford, chief executive officer of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, told the Saline City Council Nov. 19 that “all is not lost” regarding public transportation in the county.

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the plan. The motion was a formality since the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has already scrapped the plan and moved on. AATA Chief Executive Officer Michael Ford spoke to the City Council about the next step in the process. The

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