Archive for February, 2011

There seems to be a lot happening these days that are big local stories.   In no particular order:

  1. The Michigan film tax credits might be significantly reduced under the Governor Snyder’s first budget.  I’m not sure how to feel about the dollars-and-cents of it, but if the credit is reduced to the levels I’m hearing, there’ll be no more filming in Plymouth.  The Michigan film industry will dry up.  This is a statewide issue, but it’s also a local issue since we’ve had two films that did much of their shooting right here in the city, Trust and Scream 4.  I’ll  address this issue more in the coming days.
  2. The building occupying the space where the old Masonic Temple had been is finally starting to show signs of life.  UBS Financial Services will soon be taking residence inside the new building, which has set empty for Lord knows how many years.  Hopefully, the other office space and condo units are soon thereafter to be sold/leased.  I was never crazy about the new place; I miss the old Masonic hall, a cool building in its own right.
  3. Northville has approved a deal to provide fire services to Plymouth.  Local firefighters, who will be Northville employees paid by the City of Plymouth, will be housed in the soon-to-be renovated firehouse building adjacent to City Hall and the Library.  Of course, that’s dependent upon approval by the City Commission here in Plymouth.  It looks like our partnership with the township will come to an end.
  4. Ambulance services may be provided by contract with Huron Valley Ambulance.
  5. Tomorrow is the memorial service for Pastor Bill Moore.  This may seem like hyper-local news, but he really touched so many in the community, I can’t help but comment on it here.  Trinity Church has been a part of this community since 1979, and he was its founding pastor.  So many of us in this area have been touched by him.  He’s irreplaceable.  God speed to him, his family and the church.

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Here’s a really nice obituary for our fallen pastor, Dr William Moore.  We members/attenders of Trinity will miss him tremendously.


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Some may know him; many may not.

He was the founding pastor of Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church on Ann Arbor, near its intersection with Gottfredson.

Pastor Moore has moved to this “Founding Pastor” a role where he deserves recogntion  for leading the us from a group from holding schoolhouse meeting to 700, maybe more.

He is ill.  Desperately ill.  Estimates put his remaining life to days, not weeks.

If you know and love bill, please say a pray for him and his family, as well as for our church.

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to have our streets adequately plowed/cleared.

After last night’s surprising snowfall — not that we got snow at all but that we got so much — I wondered how bad the roads and streets in town would be.  They were worse than expected.

I’m one of the lucky ones.  Plymouth city plows cleared my street before 8 a.m.  Of course, they re-buried the mouth of my driveway, but that’s how it goes.

Tonight, 13 hours after my street was cleared, there are streets in the city still unplowed.  They’re a mess.  If you get unlucky and have to stop at a stop sign or light, you’re likely to get stuck at some of the intersections.  I didn’t get stuck completely, but I had a few intersections that I was nearly unable to cross because I couldn’t get traction in a foot of snow.

Along Ann Arbor Road, I saw a van and a car stuck in huge snow piles in the driveways of Arby’s and the Mobil at Sheldon Road.  These piles were in the road, not fully in the parking lot of these businesses.

I know there’s a budget crunch right now.  No one likes paying taxes.  I certainly don’t feel it’s my right to spend other people’s money or raise their taxes.  But can we get a voluntary pool in which whoever wants to contribute can throw in a few bucks to help pay for more plowing?  I’ll chip in some money.  The city can just add it to the water bill.


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According to the Plymouth Observer, there’s a bit of a controversy over the timing of this year’s Green Street Fair: it falls on Mother’s Day weekend.  Some businesses downtown are fearful that the massive crowds and the lack of parking space will keep away Mother’s Day diners and shoppers.  The argument is that people that want to take their moms out to lunch or to run into town to buy flowers will not brave the crowds.  The counter argument is that crowds downtown are good for downtown businesses.

If my experience has any broader applicability, the Fair will both help and hurt business.  I  live in the city and when things are going on downtown of the size of the Fair (things like Art in the Park and Fall Festival), I do not even attempt to eat downtown, at least not in any of the sit-down restaurants.  They’re always packed to the rafters and I’m not big on waiting  for a table.  I might grab something quick at Jimmy John’s for my daughter or get some coffee from Panera.  To eat out down there, though, I just won’t do it.

However, I live in town.  One of the big reasons why I won’t wait in line to eat during a fair or festival is that I can eat at our restaurants anytime I like.  Most of our visitors do not live here in town.  They get hungry or want to do some shopping.  There are only so many exhibits you can look at.  Not everyone wants to choke down an elephant ear or pizza that’s made in a trailer.  Those folks fill up the restaurants.   If they didn’t, there would be places to sit.

I can’t speak too much to whether jewelry stores and florist shops and the like suffer.  My guess is that fairgoers need to buy stuff for Mother’s Day and some, who wouldn’t otherwise be in town, will buy their gifts in town.

Besides, there’s always Old Village.  It has jewelry stores, restaurants, clothing boutiques, salons, bars, etc.  Old Village, in my view, never gets enough promotion by the City.  If some of the traffic moves over there for a few days, I’m sure the folks in the redheaded stepchild part of town would be thankful.

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The most devastating storm of our lifetimes — if you believed all the pre-storm hype — came and went Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.  Roads were deserted but passable.  The City of Plymouth plows were out on residential streets early Wednesday morning and made them clear enough to drive.  The amount of snow, except where drifts were created, was quite manageable.

I, at the editor’s request, contributed some photos from around town while enjoying my half day off yesterday.  You can see them at Plymouth Patch.



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