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VOL. 129, NO. 28

Council finds state’s new fireworks law too vague, lacking restrictions
Law doesn’t address local jurisdiction regarding noise issues
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Changes in state law have left the city of Milan with little choice but to approve deregulated fireworks rules earlier this month. The new law supersedes city ordinances regarding discharge and noise. Since the state law has been in effect since Jan. 1, the council decided against making it an emergency ordinance. The new law allows people to use fireworks anytime on the day before, day of and day after a national holiday. The city can still enforce zoning and permit regulations on people operating a fireworks stand. The holidays listed are New Year’s, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Washington’s Birthday Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The city’s ordinance prohibits the discharge of pyrotechnics except for those days. The law is vague on local jurisdiction such as noise ordinances and time restrictions,

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Broad-based marketing task force sought for city
Local leaders hoping community organizations will help foot the bill
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Transportation plan calls for new connector to Ypsilanti
‘Moving You Forward’ program will cost local taxpayers 1 mill
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Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Armitage will recruit others in making a new image for the city. The city of Milan has been working on creating a new brand as a way to attract new businesses and residents. So far, that has meant hiring a local man to create some commercials and an infomercial as a way to sell the town to others through the city’s website. Earlier this year, the council unveiled two new commercials that have appeared on the city’s webPLEASE SEE MARKETING/7-A

The city of Milan needs a new brand, an image on which it can build campaigns to promote itself to the outside world, officials said. But recognizing the city can’t do it alone, one member of the City Council wants to reach out to other local groups to see if there is interest in a more broad-based effort. To that end, the council gave its blessing to Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Armitage to recruit others in making a new image for the city.

The city of Milan may have to decide soon if it wants to be a part of a countywide transportation system. The Ann Arbor Transit Authority is looking to create a countywide system and has been meeting with representatives of various communities to gauge interest. The program is known as “Moving You Forward.” The proposal calls for improvements to existing transportation systems in Washtenaw

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1 to 3 p.m. July 18; EMU professor Tony S. Jones will present “Creating Docs in Google Docs” from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3; former lead blogger Edward Vielmetti will teach “Building a city wiki” from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16; and EMU professor Carol Schlagheck will present “Citizen Journalists and FOIA” from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30. ■ Bloggers sought: The Milan News-

Leader is seeking community bloggers to write on a variety of subjects. To pitch a blog idea or share a current blog, which would be featured at, email Managing Editor Michelle Rogers at Current blogs include “Peanut Butter Nomads.” “Big Red Country” by Alyssa Stuart, “Pa’s Blog” by Gerald LaVaute and “Adventures in D.C.” by Milan teacher Cindy Hasselbring.

■ Workshops set at Community Media Lab: The Community Media Lab, located at 215 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti, is offering four free workshops in July and August. Eastern Michigan University professor Michael McVey is teaching “Editing with Audacity” from

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