Friday, May 3, 2013
Building permits in southeastern Michigan are steadily on the rise, according to new data.
Southeastern Michigan finished 2012 with a total of 5,577 new residential building permits issued - an 18 percent increase over 2011, according to new data released by the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments. Canton was among the Top 10 communities for both total permits issued and single-family permits issued in 2012. The permits cover new construction of single family homes, condominiums and apartment units. According to the council, Canton issued 204 permits in 2012, 79 permits in 2011 and 47 permits in 2010. Canton Supervisor Phil LaJoy said the data is great news for the community. "I've always been a believer that Canton is a community to live in addition to just sleep in," he said. "There are a lot of pluses moving into …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Canton Emergency Management Office urges residents to review severe weather procedures during Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 7 – 14.
Tuesday, April 9
To help recognize Severe Weather Awareness Week, Canton's Emergency Management Office encourages residents to review thunderstorm, lightening, tornado and flood safety procedures. On March 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm, a tornado touched down in Dexter Township, Michigan. Wind speeds of up to 135 miles per hour destroyed 13 homes and did major damage to over 100 homes and buildings. Due to early warning notifications and residents heeding that warning, no one was killed or severely injured. Canton’s Emergency Management Office urges residents not to be complacent when it comes to severe weather. The best time to prepare for severe weather is before it happens. Have a plan in place for your family and your pets. Purchase a NOAA weather radio. Be …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Meeting will take place 4-7 p.m. March 27 at Summit on the Park Grand Ballroom.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will hold the next public meeting for the I-275 at M-153 (Ford Road) Area Traffic and Environmental Study and Evaluation on Wednesday, March 27 from 4-7 p.m. in Canton's Summit on the Park Grand Ballroom, according to a news release from Canton Township. During the meeting MDOT plans to share a DRAFT report detailing several proposed alternatives to address Ford Road congestion, the news release indicated. The meeting will be an open house format and public comments are invited. There will be no formal presentation but numerous stations will be available for visitors to get information on the project or to talk with project team members, according to the news release.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
An engineering and planning firm will conduct a market study on Canton's three corridors - Ford Road, Michigan Avenue and Cherry Hill Village.
The Canton Township Board of Trustees approved a contract at its meeting Tuesday night with planning firm OHM Advisors to do a market study in Canton for $54,500. "We haven't had a good market study in Canton ever I think," said Canton Township Treasurer Melissa McLaughlin. Kristen Thomas, Canton Township's economic development and marketing analyst, said the plan started with a look only at Ford Road and was later expanded to include Michigan Avenue and Cherry Hill Village. "There's a lot of opportunity for development in the township, not just on Ford Road," she said. She said they plan to take the results of the study to the annual International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) convention in Las Vegas in May. "This study will show …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Developer accuses township of using property it doesn't own to build road, parking area.
Cherry Ridge LLC, a developer, has filed a lawsuit accusing Canton Township of using property it doesn't own in Cherry Hill Village to build a road and parking area for patrons of the Village Theater and other nearby amenities, according to the Canton Observer. Befuddled Canton officials, theater employees and residents of Cherry Hill Village last week found concrete barriers blocking access to West Road—a short road running north from Cherry Hill Road to the Canton Human Services Center—that runs alongside nearby parking lots, the report said. According to the report, the barricades forced theater patrons to find alternate parking as far north as Preservation Park, and also restricted parking access to the Human Services Center. The …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
The township expects to hire a company to conduct a market study for development areas in Canton.
Canton Township is looking to add new and keep old businesses in its borders. Kristen Thomas, Canton's economic development and marketing analyst, presented ideas Tuesday to the township board for ways to improve Canton's economic growth, according to an article on HometownLife.com. The township will choose a company to lead a new market study for the Ford Road corridor, specifically between Lilley and Lotz roads, the Cherry Hill Village area and Michigan Avenue. “There's still a lot that can be done along Ford Road, believe it or not,” Thomas told HometownLife. The study is expected to cost less than $50,000, according to the article, and the township would like to partner with the Downtown Development Authority, which promotes Ford …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Voters gradually make way to polls today in local primaries.
After a slow start to the day, voters in Plymouth and Canton townships are making their way to the polls today to cast their ballots in local, county and state primary races with a little more than three hours left to vote. Plymouth Township Deputy Clerk Eric Bacyinski reports 2,173 voters have cast their ballots today as of 4:30 p.m. These votes are in addition to 3,563 absentee ballots already received by the township. Bacyinski said there are approximately 22,156 registered voters in the township. In Canton, the clerk's office reports 3,574 ballots cast today by 4:30 p.m. in addition to 5,325 returned absentee ballots out of 62,108 registered voters in the township. Polls close today at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Gregory Demopoulos is seeking a second term as Canton Township Trustee.
Age: 49 Party affiliation: Republican Spouse/kids?: Married 24 years, two children 19 and 21 both at MSU How long have you been a resident of the township?: 24 years What is your prior political experience?: Trustee since October 2011-appointed What is your prior professional experience?: Attorney 24 years What made you decide to seek office/re-election?: I love and care about the Canton Community What issues do you see affecting the township?: Fiscal, maintain level of services, roads What is your plan to address those issues?: Attended college : Yes College : Wayne State University Degree : B.A. Finance Year of graduation : 1985 University : University of Detroit Area of research : J.D. Law Year of graduation : 1988 Job titles held : …
John Anthony is seeking re-election for Canton Township Trustee.
Age : 72 Place of residence : Canton Township, MI Attended college : Yes College : University of Baltimore Degree : LLB Year of graduation : 1968 Has served in the military: Yes Rank : Sgt. Date when discharged from duty : June 1, 1968 Job titles held : FBI Special Agent Employers : FBI Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: Local office Running for position: Canton Township Trustee Chamber/district: Canton Township Incumbent: Yes First elected: Nov. 7, 2008 Previous elective offices : None Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : N/A
Joseph Carafelli is seeking his first term as Canton Township Trustee.
Age: 60 years. Political affiliation: Republican Spouse/kids: Married 27 years. Raised 3-children. Length of residency: 19 years, Canton Township. What is your prior political experience?: First time running for political office. What is your prior professional experience?: Served United States Air Force. Retired AT&T 30-years. Owned Ammo Specialist. Union representative and official. What made you decide to seek office/re-election?: What issues do you see affecting the township? / What is your plan to address those issues?: Loss of revenue due to depreciating property values during the recession. Water and sewer rates are too high. Total bill raised little over 60% since 2008. College : Colorado School of Trades Year of graduation : 1977…