The Republican-led Michigan House refused Thursday to extend the state’s coronavirus emergency declaration as hundreds of conservative activists returned to the Capitol to denounce her stay-at-home order.
The City is bracing for cuts to state revenue sharing, although it was stated the real problem will be in the years to come when the potential impact on property values and other issues from COVID-19 are clearer.
The board previously approved pay provisions and tele-work for employees related to COVID-19. The resolution extends those provisions, in keeping with the Governor’s extended Stay Home order through May 15th.
In an email to its members, the organization says it is exploring how best to reopen shortly after the current order expires May 15th while still practicing social distancing and all other CDC guidelines.
At her Wednesday press conference, Governor Whitmer gave her regular COVID-19 update and talked about programs that would offer free tuition and hazard pay opportunities to essential and front line workers.
The City’s contractor is finishing up the paving portion of the Rickett Road sanitary sewer project that started last summer. Both north and southbound Rickett Road will be completely closed from Grand River to the railroad tracks.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit in 2018 by 38-year-old Daniel Bewernitz of Fowlerville, who claimed he was maced after requesting medical attention while incarcerated in Jackson County.
The Center for Responsive Politics notes that Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin is among freshman candidates rejecting corporate PACs, yet accepting money from campaign committees and leadership PACs, “which are often funded by corporate PACs.”
Whitmer says while she does not need legislative approval to extend the state of emergency, she wants the Legislature to cooperate and extend it because the Emergency Management Act is what provides health care workers and other first responders the necessary liability protections they need to do their jobs.
The ban had been put in place in late March to reduce calls for nuisance or unauthorized burning - which permitted staff to be available for other critical incident needs and helped to protect firefighters from infection by limiting their exposure to potentially infected persons.
Bernie Hager, a long time member of the Livingston County Disaster Assistance Response Team, was known for being a kind, gentle soul who consistently answered the call to assist first responders and the victims of emergencies, on scene.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has named Paul Junge as a "Contender" within their Young Guns program, signifying their recognition of the campaign he has built to unseat 8th District Representative Elissa Slotkin.
State Rep. Hank Vaupel said there is the possibility of the Legislature extending the emergency order for another 15 days if there is a loosening or restrictions. If not, he says the governor would probably issue a new order and then it would go to court.
State officials say increased testing helps them understand where the disease is so they can identify people at highest risk and make sure they’re quickly implementing best practices for preventing further cases and deaths.
Bill Opre, property owner, stated in his application that he is planning on a “high-end lounge offering primarily higher end alcoholic drinks and small plates.” He stated that the lounge will consist of a bar, fireplace surrounded with couch clusters, and high-top tables.
Landscapers, lawn-service companies, plant nurseries and bike repair shops can resume operating, subject to social-distancing rules. However, people are now required, rather than encouraged, to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as grocery stores.
The county’s unemployment rate in February, before the virus came to Michigan, was 3%, with just over 3,100 of the 103,000 member labor force out of work. But April’s estimated unemployment will be 20.1%.
If approved, the planned $40 million-plus Vista at Uptown in Brighton will be constructed on 4.3 acres between Second St. and the Mill Pond, immediately north — and within walking distance — of the downtown area.
VP of Lending for Lake Trust Credit Union Andrea Mosher encourages business-owners to be ready to take advantage of over $300-billion in additional federal funding that is expected to pass on Thursday.
The change follows criticism from several Republicans, including Livingston County Commissioner Wes Nakagiri, that the software company which was chosen to manage the data has connections to dozens of Democratic candidates, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Livingston County has two known outbreaks of COVID-19 in what are being referred to as “congregate settings” generally referring to facilities such as adult foster care, group homes, homeless shelters, independent living facilities, long term care facilities, nursing homes, prisons and juvenile justice facilities.
State Rep. Ann Bollin raised concerns with a recent ruling from a federal judge in favor of a GOP congressional candidate that extends the deadline by which Michigan candidates must file petitions to qualify for the ballot and lowers the signature threshold.
The ruling is a victory for Eric Esshaki, who is seeking the Republican nomination in Michigan's 11th Congressional District, which includes portions of northwestern Wayne and southwestern Oakland counties.
The top priorities for the slate include improved transportation, expanded services for seniors, protecting Livingston County’s water and environment, better roads, and bringing new viewpoints to the county board.
The Food Bank Council of Michigan and Area Agencies on Aging are working together to distribute quarantine food boxes to food insecure seniors who need to shelter in place to protect themselves from the coronavirus.
Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin held a Facebook Live session with the regional administrator of the Small Business Administration and CEO of the Michigan Banking Association, on the importance of refilling payroll funding dollars from the CARES Act.
Renters are protected from late payments and evictions through April 30th, as part of the governor’s stay-at-home executive order. If the landlord’s mortgage is federally backed, that date extends to July 25th.
At its meeting Thursday night, council voted unanimously to contribute up to $57,050 out of its fiscal year 2019-20 fund balance toward the project. The boards of the other two municipalities involved - Green Oak and Hamburg townships — have already voted to commit their portion of funds in the multi-jurisdictional effort.
In making the announcement, former Republican State Senator Mike Kowall of White Lake extolled his experience as a small business owner, township supervisor and former member of both the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives.
The lawsuit challenges the Governor's recent executive order. It was filed by the American Freedom Law Center in federal court on behalf of three Michigan residents including Paul Cavanaugh of Brighton who owns a local landscaping business.
The Center has recently shifted to full activation status, meaning there are currently representatives from each emergency service department in the county, along with the Emergency Manager, the Livingston County Health Department, local hospitals, transportation, and Central Dispatch.
Hamilton Farms residents, in particular, had been complaining for a long time about the frequent power outages in their 70-condo development. There are also 29 homes in the Spring Hill development on Spring Mountain Drive who were affected by the outages.
Among those taking part was Republican Congressional candidate Mike Detmer of Howell. A picture from Detmer’s Facebook page shows him taking a selfie with about a dozen people, none of whom are following social distancing guidelines. Also seen in the picture is an individual wearing a Proud Boys face mask and flashing a recognized white power symbol.
Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy says that isn’t too much of a surprise considering that people have been “cooped up and they basically stream media 24/7 talking about how bad things are and then hop on social media.”
Local lawmakers stated these are unprecedented, dangerous times but they recognize the need to get the economy going and get everyone back to work - all stressing they welcome input from residents and businesses.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer said there are early signs that measures taken are helping make a difference, while also updating residents on new testing sites, when they might get back to work, and what falsehoods are being shared on social media.
Judith Minton, Laurel Castiglione and Courtney White filed nominating petitions to run in the August 5th primary as Democrats for three township trustee positions, saying they want to, “represent a broader section of the township than the current board.”
According to statistics released Sunday afternoon by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Livingston County has a total of 209 residents infected with the novel coronavirus. That is up from 196 on Friday, when the county’s third death was reported, an elderly woman who had underlying medical conditions. There were no details released about the fourth death.
11th District Republican U.S. House candidate Eric Esshaki of Birmingham argues the state's stay-at-home order had made it impossible for him to collect the required 1,000 valid signatures by the April 21st deadline to get on the ballot.
Michigan’s self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers affected by COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) beginning Monday at 8am.
The budget as presented totals $9.5 million in projected general fund revenues and $10.4 million in projected expenditures, with council cutting into its fund balance to fund the RIckett Road Phase II project.
A new section of the order puts restrictions on stores to reduce crowds. Large stores must limit the number of customers to no more than four at a time for every 1,000 square feet of space. Small stores must limit capacity to 25% of the total occupancy limits.
In an effort to provide a small bit of comfort and show support for those “frontline heroes” area eateries have been delivering portable meals to area hospitals, medical facilities and other first responders, as they remain on the job during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Bill Bolin, the pastor of the Floodgate Renewal Fellowship church on Old US-23 in Brighton Township, says he was open to hearing God say “shut it down” but instead he keeps hearing “be patient and stay the course.”
Follwoing last week’s discussion among local business leaders who discussed ways to navigate the current health crisis and beyond, local businesses within the Brighton DDA district will soon have access to a “robust crowdfunding initiative” bolstered by Lake Trust Credit Union.
Holly Democrat Elissa Slotkin reached out St. Joseph Republican Fred Upton to assist in fast-tracking approval for a process that had been jointly developed by an area business, Lansing’s Sparrow Health System and Michigan State University to potentially allow for the re-use of medical masks.
Emily Lauren, owner of the Hartland Quilt Shop, wanted to help in any way she could with the coronavirus outbreak, and felt an ideal use of unsold fabric she had around her store would be to use for face masks.
Hamburg Township officials confirm that recreational boating is still permitted under the executive order, so far as it is with only members of your household and social distancing guidelines are kept.
WellBridge Group CEO Mike Perry says one of their facilities, which he declined to identify, is already at about 50% capacity and they hope to be able to either transfer the remaining patients or discharge them home and turn it into a COVID-19 only unit that would be the single-point repository for overflow patients coming from local hospitals.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Detroit-area hospitals are running “dangerously low” on personal protection equipment and that a field hospital at Detroit’s downtown convention center could gets its first COVID-19 patients this week.
The parking lots to receive the repair and maintenance work include the West St. lot, East Block lot, Second Street lot, CSX lot, Hyne Street lot and Squire lot. The work will include seal coating, crack seal work and striping.
Mark DeGroff of White Lake Township and Josh Fenwick, a commercial airline pilot in-training from Brighton, were among a half-dozen pilots who gathered on Friday and flew to Indiana to pick up 12,000 face shields and bring them back to Michigan.
What happened in Michigan also played out across the country and at the federal level after the 2008 recession, which caused serious budget problems for governments. But as the economy recovered, public health funding did not, a review of budget figures and interviews with health experts and officials shows.
Even though April is a traditionally wet month, Emergency Manager Therese Cremonte says the yard waste ban is in effect to protect first responders from additional situations where aggravated respiratory problems can occur.
Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the year, while ensuring, "continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning."
Residents of the Hamilton Farms condominiums say they have experienced five outages in a four-day period beginning last Thursday, and the most recent one — which took place early Sunday afternoon and didn’t end until late the next morning — was the longest, lasting about 20 hours.
It followed pictures on social media of teens congregating on fields around Brighton High School, well within six feet of each other, the minimum distance recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Board of Commissioners extended pay and benefits to non-essential employees not working through April 30th, while rejecting a proposal that could see them re-assigned to other departments or state entities.
Details about the circumstances of Livingston County Commissioner Dennis Dolan's death were not immediately available. However, it did come as a surprise to commissioners, many of whom expressed their condolences Wednesday morning during the virtual county commission meeting.
The lawsuit was filed against the Village of Milford last October by former maintenance employee Corey LeMarbe alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as a hostile work environment.
The Severe Weather Network had been providing shelter for about 25 homeless individuals in the lower level of the Chilson Hills Church on Brighton Road in Howell. They were forced to close down March 17th as that facility could not provide the updated requirements for shelters to try and limit the spread of COVID-19 virus.