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Ypsilanti city residents will only need to stop once when looking to make tax payments or obtain election information at city hall. As of Feb. 11, the city clerk and treasury department will be combined into the clerk’s office on the first floor. “It will create a one-stop shop where all the payments are going to be received here on the first floor,” said City Clerk Frances McMullan. “It will be more customer friendly and more convenient.” The combined office will handle various duties of both departments including the receipt of tax payments, parking ticket payments, issuance of parking permits and handle all aspects of elections.

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff ’s Office arrested Avantis Dominique Parker for the murder of Brandon Charles, a man shot in his car Jan. 29 in the West Willow neighborhood. The sheriff ’s office says Parker, a 21-year-old Northville man, was arraigned Feb. 6 on charges including open murder, which can include any degree of murder and is punishable by up to life in prison.

The City of Ypsilanti will be saving upwards of $20,000 annually on its electric bill as more than 200 roadway lights will be upgraded to LED lighting technology. Partnering with DTE Energy, some of Ypsilanti’s current mercury vapor street lights will be incrementally replaced with the energy-efficient LED lights. City council members unanimously approved the motion to partner with DTE and participate in two conversion programs during its regular meeting Tuesday. The larger of the two programs will upgrade 224 mercury vapor lights in portions of the city. The program’s total cost is $67,282 for the conversion of 224 lights, but DTE has offered rebates totaling $14,706 bringing the city’s overhead cost to $52,576. Currently, the 224 mercury vapor light fixtures cost the city $49,721 on its utility bill while the LED lights will drop the cost to $33,172, according to information presented by DTE account manager Tim Miller. Thanks to the $16,549 annual savings, Miller estimated the return on investment is just over three years then the city will pocket the full savings indefinitely. City Manager Ralph Lange asked Miller if the 200-plus lights planned to be converted are the city’s costliest lights to “maximize investment and savings.” Miller said of the various types of light fixtures used throughout the city the mercury vapor lights

“I’m pleased to say that Ypsilanti is the first community in the Detroit Edison service territory that’s going to avail itself this program.”
PAUL GANZ DTE regional manager
are the costliest types of lighting, which is why it’s among the first type to be replaced. Lange said the city will not only save on utility costs, but maintenance costs as well since, on average, LED light fixtures hold up longer than the traditional mercury vapor lights. Paul Ganz, DTE regional manager, told the council members of his excitement about the new energy-efficient program and thanked Director of Public Services Stan Kirton for seeking out dollar-saving investments. “I’m pleased to say that Ypsilanti is the first community in the Detroit Edison service territory that’s going to avail itself this program,” Ganz told the council. The city has more than 1,750 light fixtures, making the LED upgrade possibly the first of many incremental updates to the lighting infrastructure, Kirton said during the meeting. DTE has opted to bear all the cost of wiring upgrades and installation costs for the second program, which will upgrade the circuitry and convert 36 lights to a more efficient wiring system. The current series circuit of these lights will be replaced with a parallel circuitry system and they will also be converted to LED. In its current configuration, energy cost of the 36 lights is $18,558 while the changes will drop it to $11,211. Between the two programs, 260 lights east of Huron Street will be replaced, according to the conversion plan found in the council meeting packet, and will cost the city approximately $61,184 after rebates. A start-date for the conversion hasn’t been set yet, but is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Danny Shaw can be reached at, 734429-7380 or on Twitter @ShawEduReporter. Text HERNews and HER-Weather to 22700 to receive news and weather alerts to your cell-phone. Msg and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.

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