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Canton will strictly control what a 124-acre mega development south of Ford Road between Lotz and 1-275 will look like, but will have to do so quickly or risk losing the multi-million project altogether.

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On Monday, planning commission- held between the Ford/Lotz s t u d y ; ers originally wanted to delay the group (comprised of planning com*; project u n t i l a special C o r p o r a t e m i s s i o n e r s a n d t o w n s h i p boar Park zoning ordinance was in place m e m b e r s ) a n d t h e d e v e l o p e r s t o ! to control t h e architectural design, come up with suitable physical fea-; signage, type of lighting and other tures of the project. The contingency was placed on the • aesthetic features. The proposed mid-rise developHowever, the township's planning planning commissions' recommendment includes a campus setting with staff is so backlogged with various ed zoning a p p r o v a l for M i d - R i s e two or t h r e e hotels, multi-theater requests to build in growing Canton Development District. The property movie complex, restaurants and '250 t h a t it wouldn't be able to write the had been zoned commercial and restownhomes. A medical facility has ordinance for months, said Commu- idential. The meeting will take place b e e n s c r a t c h e d f r o m t h e p l a n s , nity Planner Jeff Goulet. within the next 30 days when the a c c o r d i n g to C h u c k DiMaggio of An e m e r g e n c y m e e t i n g will be P l e a s e s e e DEVELOPMENT, A2 Burton Katzman developers.

P l a n s f o r a 124-acre c o m p l e x o f h o t e l s , movie theaters, restaurants and townh o m e s are taking shape. B u t any major delay could scuttle t h e project set for the s o u t h s i d e o f F o r d R o a d n e a r 1-275.

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township board is to consider final approval. The project has been two years in the making and has involved coordination among 17 property owners. Burton Katzman and Phoenix Land Development are working in conjunction on the mega project. "These property owners have been through this before with other developers and they're a bit skeptical if we can deliver," DiMaggio told planning commissioners.

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Judy Stone, a local educator, was recently honored as t h e Delta Kappa Gamma "Woman of Distinction" for 1997 at a dinner

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Campagna wrote about the food program "and how they make everyone feel comfortable. It's not an atmosphere of charity. People who have a lesser chance are doing something for themselves. "

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Goulet also warned commissioners of the possibility of the project falling apart if there are delays. The Mid-Rise Development District zoning accomplishes 90 percent of what the study group originally requested, he said. Commissioner Tom Sullivan said he was leery to move ahead with plans on a promise from developers. "It's nice to have a romance, but there's no ring," he said. A study group of planning

at the Fox Hills Country Club. The Plymouth-Canton chapter of the international Delta Kappa Society presents this honor once every two years on a woman who has shown outstanding leadership in the field of education. Stone, currently the principal


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Olympic team: Canton High School students (from left) Matt Sameck, Erica D'Angelo, Megan Weller, Sara Campagna and Bill Chapin were participants in the Journalism Olympics sponsored by Focus: HOPE.

commissioners and township board members suggested the special Corporate Park zoning several months ago when they recommended other changes to the township's future land use map in three other areas near Ford Road and Lotz. The planning commission also heard objections from residents on Monday concerning the future land use map changes, although each received recommended approval. Two r e s i d e n t i a l a r e a s , one

south of the Phoenix/Burton Katzman project and the other west of Lotz and north of Cherry Hill, are proposed as light industrial (research park) on the future land use map. The third area currently zoned light industrial (research park) and located east of Lotz to the Westland border and north of Cherry Hill, received recommended approval to change in to high density residential for condominiums or apartments.

of West Middle School, began her teaching career as a classroom teacher at Belleville Junior High School. She came to the Plymouth schools and in the next 20 years gave leadership to staff initiating the TAG program at middle school level, establishing

a middle school careers program and other innovations. She worked hard to institute the inclusion of special education students through team teaching at West and received two competitive grants in support of this program.

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To date, Mike reports, only 35* of the population wear some type of eyewear to aid in their vision, although some 50% really need some type of visual assistance. What keeps people from getting their vision corrected, Mike believes is the cost. "An average single pair of glasses ran just under $200 nationally last year not including the exam," said Mike. At the Eyeglass Factory, we offer 2 complete pair of glasses plus the exam from only $69 95. Mike says. "This 2-pair pricing works out great for the person with the active lifestyle. pair for work, the other for raquetball or whatever your interests. After all. a person doesn't own just one pair of shoes or a single purse, why should it be any different for the glasses we choose to wear on our face?"


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and learning communities. •Schoolcraft has remained debt-free. No project or program is initiated until an in-depth analysis Citing his "highly effective administrative and has been completed. Long-range planning has led leadership abilities," trustees at Schoolcraft Col- to new courses, new facilities and new programs lege commended college president Richard that meet budget guidelines. McDowell for a job well done during his annual • A facilities master plan was developed to evaluation late last mont;h. maintain, improve and expand college buildings, Trustees evaluated McDowell May 28 at a some of which has been in existence for 35 years. , closed session, then awarded him a 2.5 percent The college's finances are strong under McDowincrease ell's leadership. Watson added. "Schoolcraft is one Earlier that evening, board members ratified of the few colleges that is debt-free," Watson said. 2.5 percent increases to 12 executive administraWatson said the board asked McDowell to contors, and 77 full-time classified staff and regular tinue to examine cost-cutting measures in his part-time employees. objectives next year. McDowell is expected to outMcDowell's abilities have "resulted in a quali- line those objectives on June 25 for the board. fied and stable work force, a strong financial base, "We've asked him to look at insurance coverage and academic and community recognition for the again next year." Watson said. "We would like to college," according to written comments released explore better communication between the SchoolThursday by the board of trustees. craft board and K-12 school boards. We have a "(McDowell's) continued e n t h u s i a s m is good relationship (with the districts) and we'd like unmatched and the college continues to grow in to enhance them. stature. He is a visionary. There is a high degree. "We'd like to work with area legislators, to pubof integration among the administration, faculty licize what we're doing and educate them on these and staff in the decision-making process." issues." Board chair Patricia Watson said the board was "extremely pleased" with his performance. Trustees agree "It's a pleasure to work with him. He's demonBoard vice chair John Walsh said McDowell has strated leadership throughout the years. The col- remained effective as a college president in a posilege's growth is a credit to him." tion that, at other schools, generally has a high turnover rate. Accomplishments "His tenure has resulted in a lot of success at McDowell's accomplishments for the 1996-97 the college," Walsh said. "He has been here 15 year included: years, and his approach to the college is still fresh • T h e celebration of the college's 35th anniver- and innovative." sary. Trustee Richard DeVries said: "Everybody's • T h e Business Development Center received happy with Dick McDowell. He's a creative adminthe Trainer of the Year Award from the state of istrator. In the review of his objectives, he did Michigan. (McDowell is responsible for the cre- very well. ation of the Business Development Center, which "He's recognized as one of the top 50 administrawas established in 1985. To date, the center has tors of community colleges in the country." helped area businesses obtain $804 million in govTrustee Steve Ragan reiterated DeVries" stateernment and state grants.) ments. • T h e college has expanded its distance learning "The college is in excellent financial shape," program and student enrollment increases each year for distance learning courses. This year the Ragan said. "He's a president who is active in the college added classes on E-mail, and a program community." Ragan said the board believes McDowell should using the college's interactive classroom was developed to provide courses for local K-1'2 continue to pursue cost savings and cost-cutting initiatives. schools. "It's important to keep the tuition increases to a •Student retention has been a major initiative. Programs and services were developed to meet minimum. We also want to strengthen our relaindividual needs, including individual tutoring tionships with K-12 districts." BY KEN ABRAMCZYK

Schoolcraft College trustees approved 2.5 percent salaryhikes on May 28 for the college president, 12 executive administrators and 77 full-time classified staff and regular part-time employees.

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Support system Community sustains art involvement after the school bell BY KIMBERLY A- MORTSON STAFF WRITER

It is the community thst stepB in, like an understudy in a play, providing a seamless transition for school districts t h a t have been forced to curtail music and a r t classes due to a. lack of money. Venues where visual arts and music are offered range from the pavilion stage of Westland's new outdoor a m p h i t h e a t e r to the store front window of The Art Gallery in Garden City. In most communities the focus is broad and offerings appeal to all ages whether you're a 5-yearold painter or an 80-year-old musician. Westland, Plymouth, Canton, Redford. Garden City and Livonia all offer after-school programming either at the elementary or secondary level with some sampling of the arts, bridging gaps where lack of funding has left voids. Not all of the communities have symphonies or t h e a t e r troupes, but their location and convenience to each other makes exposure feasible. Year-round activities help keep the arts visible within every Observer area community from an early summer juried art show to a December symphonic concert. Kathleen Salla, volunteer coordinator of Canton Project Arts, said community organizations need to make the arts a priority to maintain a strong connection between learning and creative expression. "We make every effort to develop cultural arts and activities t h a t are both visual and

enjoyable for the community, said Salla. "Young people in particular should be stimulated to gain a deep appreciation of the arts that will last a lifetime."

N u r t u r i n g creativity Artist Sharon Dillenbeck said her new Canton studio (D&M Studio) relocated from Pljonouth, strives to nurture creativity in everyone from her youngest 3year-old students to senior artisans. Multi-age camps and instudio classes enable novice oil painters or cartoonists to have contact with distinguished community artists on a day-to-day basis. Dillenbeck said the lack of exposure children have to the arts comes from a shortage of consistency in the classroom. Funding in some communities is so minimal, said Dillenbeck, there's a different teacher every year. "Children need something to do besides play " Dillenbeck also noted the frustration teachers feel when workshops aren't offered with a focus on t h e a r t s . "Teachers themselves need to be taught to incorporate the arts in their classroom because they help shape small motor skills and build selfesteem," said Dillenbeck. Not only does D&M Studio provide a locale for creativity but also encourages students to market their work, teach classes at the studio and provides an arena for public showing at the annual Liberty Festival in Canton where more than 1.000, pieces of children's artwork went on display last summer.

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The Plymouth Community A r t s Council, e s t a b l i s h e d in 1968, facilitates a program that blends outside t a l e n t s in the classroom through the Art Volunteer Program, formerly known as Art Lady. Since 1969, volunteers make monthly presentations with cultural items such as jjnusic, r e p r i n t s , p o s t e r s and sculptures to local classrooms where speakers discuss and display art work. Jennifer Tobin, Plymouth Arts Council executive director, said

School. Students are exposed to live theater and are trained onstage and behind the curtain to act, build sceneries, design cost u m e s and conduct performances. "The t h e a t e r gives children something constructive to do with their lives," said director Blanche Graham. "It's not all fun and play, and the t r a i n i n g requires so much more than hitting a ball."

go before school boards and say 'We are serious about the situation the a r t s are in and you should be too.' * Realizing formal and outward measures need to be taken to insure the livelihood of the arts, the communities of Plymouth and Canton recently formed the Arts Alliance and adopted an objective to make sure the arts are brought back into schools.

continuing education beyond the end of a school day is necessary to augment what's happening in the classroom and not "copy it." Local teachers can apply to receive grants from the council for t h a t very purpose, said Tobin. Amounts ranging from $100 to $400 are used for trips to the symphony or to conduct school-wide art projects. "Our purpose is to expand programming and not let things get any worse," said Tobin. "Parents and community members need to

Tobin said Plymouth and Canton community-based organizations are also collaborating to design a calendar to avoid event conflicts and provide better communication with the media. Garden City m e m b e r and director of The Art Gallery Norma McQueen said her involvement with the arts came late in life but she finds the benefits innumerable. "Art feeds the soul," said McQueen, "yet in the schools they're considered so much less essential than other areas of the curriculum." Although the gallery generally features a r t i s t s 18 years and older, the business offers classes for young children including a clay sculpture course for students 6 to 12 years old. "Our gallery looks to be as supportive and encouraging as possible to spur an appreciation for the a r t s in everyone," said McQueen. Other local examples of programming for children include: • Theatre Guild of RedfordLivonia supports the Creative and Performing A r t s (CAPA) program at C h u r c h i l l High

Acting workshops for kinderg a r t e n - a g e children are also accessible. • The Westland All-Stars is a theater troupe for first through senior high school children, supported by the Bailey Recreation Center and under the direction of Marshall Middle School choir teacher Bill Ingersoll. • Civic Center Library of Livonia h o s t s an a n n u a l s t u d e n t exhibit in the spring where hundreds of young artists are featured and given the opportunity to display their work publicly. Many leaders from the arts community agree i n i t i a t i v e s made by their organizations are only beneficial to children if parents and teachers are resourceful and seek out their offerings, "Children should be given an o p p o r t u n i t y to whet t h e i r appetite for creativity," said Bflb Sheridan, Garden City Fine Arts Association president. "The arts, whether you're in a classroom or involved with A community program, f o i t t r ft natural and innate appreciation you can't gain from mathematlci or social studies."

Elementary budgets force arts to take a back seat to reading, writing BY KIMBERLY A MORTSON STAFF WRITER

By far, elementary-level exposure to visual arts and music has suffered the most dramatic changes in quality, frequency and volume. Art teachers at the elementary level are either non-existent, divide their day between more than one school or find themselves managing "mobile" classrooms. While a d m i n i s t r a t o r s and school boards search for ways to upgrade offerings to students who are at a critical junction for learning, funding ties their hands to limit, or at worst, dissolve structured art classes. Garden City public schools, due to severe budget cutbacks, were forced to eliminate formal art and music classes several years ago. Judy Pizzuti, Garden City curriculum director, said while it has not been approved, the district is hopeful they will be able to reinstate art and music in the elementary program for fall 1997. Currently, the two are incorporated into the curriculum among m a t h e m a t i c s , social studies, English, and reading. Sixthgrade s t u d e n t s , howeyer, are offered an instrumental music program at Garden City High

• Art teachers at the elementary level are either non-existent, divide their day between more than one school or find themselves managing 'mobile' classrooms. greatest impact on the kinds of School each week, said Pizzuti. Likewise, Redford Union and classes the district can offer. "The arts are still in place," South Redford also offer instrumental programs for students said Kuckel. "We would rather beginning in the fifth and sixth pare them down a bit before elimgrades compared to Wayne-West- inating them at all." land and Plymouth-Canton stuKuckel said the arts at the eledents who must wait until junior mentary level are critical to "layhigh or middle school to take up ing down a foundation for a wellan instrument. rounded student." Plymouth-Canton also knows Livonia does not offer instrumental music during school but the restrictions a budget can established a partnership with have on programming. "We value the arts and want to the Livonia Community Education Center to host an a f t e r - keep them in the academic curschool instrumental enrichment riculum to the extent t h a t the program for fifth- and sixth- budget allows us," said Verna Anible, director of K-12 instrucgraders. "We have made a commitment tion in the Plymouth Canton disto the arts," said Marlene trict. "We try and strike a fair Bihlmeyer, Livonia director of balance between the two." Secondary education teachers curriculum. "We have a rich secondary offering and are constant- and community-based art organily trying to improve what we zations note the lack of experience elementary children bring to offer our elementary students." Jane Kuckel, assistant superin- the classroom later on in their t e n d e n t of curriculum for the education. Wayne Memorial High School Wayne-Westland Community Schools, said the budget has the band director Dana Allen said



Admiring: Jan Bartsch of Garden City takes a look at art work on display of the students of Garden City High School before her son, Adam, a sophomore, plays in the annual band concert. shortcomings are evident at state competitions where s t u d e n t s from Class A schools are challenged to play against children from similar districts who continue to enjoy instrumental programming at the e l e m e n t a r y level. "They start later and have had

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156.04 This section provides that Ordinance No. 30 is adopted to amend Section 15 entitled "Private Sewage Disposal".

Motion by Bennett, supported by Kirchgatter, to approve the following budget a m e n d m e n t in the General Fund to appropriate budget f u n d s for the Tree Fund expenditures a s follows: Sheldon P a l t w r Park S "9.000 Barchester Park 15,000 Denton Park 39,000 Pheasant Run Golf Club 98-920 Total $231,920 •101-000-699-0000


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This section provides that portions of Ordinance No. 30 s r e hereby repealed only to the extent necessary to give this amendatory Ordinance foil force and effect. •


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This section provides t h a t this Ordinance becomes effective J u n e 5, 1997 after publication of the second reading. Adopted: May 27.1997 2nd Publication June 5,1997 Effective June 6,1997 This Ordinance was duly adopted and/or considered by the Township Board of Trustees of the Charter Township at Canton at its regular Board meeting called on t h e 27th day of May, 1997, and was ordered given publication in the manner required by law. Copies of t h e complete Ordinance are svailabts for inspection from the Township Clerk a t the Canton Township Hall, located f t 1160 South Canton Center Road. Canton, Michigan 48188 TERRY BENNETT. Clerk Motion by Bennett, supported by McLaughlin, to adopt the resolution to approve t h e site plan for the propoeed Reliable Lawn Car* including a modification to permit use of 1 0 0 * vinyl siding on the prop ass d storage'

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THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP O F CANTON ORDAINS: S E C T I O N 1. A M E N D M E N T T O S E C T I O N 20. This section provides that Ordinance No. 30 is adopted to amend Section 20 entitled "Rates".

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This section provides that the balance of Ordinance No. 30, Except as herein amended, shall remain in full force a n d effect. All proceedings pending and all rights and liabilities existing, acquired or incurred at t h e t i m e t h i s a m e n d a t o r y Ordinance t a k e s effect a r e saved and may be c o n s u m m a t e d according to the law enforced when they a r e commenced. This amendatory O r d i n a n c e shall not be construed to affect any right pending before the effective date of this amendatory Ordinance.

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This section provides penalty provisions for violations of this Ordinance.



This section provides that if any section, subsection, clause, phrase or portion of t h i s Ordinance is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any C o u r t of competent jurisdiction, s u c h portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent provision, a n d such holdings shall not affect t h e validity of the remaining portion hereof.




building, and conditioned upon t h e applicant transferring t h e appropriate notation on to the site plan sheets. AYES: Bennett, Burdziak, Kirchgatter. LaJoy. McLaughlin. Shefferly. NAYS: Yack. Motion by Bennett, supported by McLaughlin, to adopt t h e resolution approve t h e special land use for t h e proposed Grace B a p t i s t C h u r c h expansion. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bennett, supported by McLaughlin, to adopt the resolution to approve the site plan for the proposed Crystal Creek Adult Foster Care Center. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bennett, supported by McLaughlin, to adopt the resolution to approve t h e special use for t h e proposed Cornerstone Baptist Church. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bennett, supported by McLaughlin, to adopt the resolution to g r a n t Tentative Approval of the Preliminary Plat for Cherry Blossom Estates Subdivision. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bennett, supported by McLaughlin, to adopt the resolution to g r a n t special land use for the proposed fast food restaurant and gas station to t h e project sponsor, Mr. Issam Berry. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bennett, supported by LaJoy, to ^approve the Nankin Township Landfill Participation Agreement a n d authorize the Township Supervisor to sign t h e agreement; and further, to authorize the payment of $25,000 as C a n t o n Township's share, if t h e a g r e e m e n t is approved by t h e USEPA. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bennett, supported by McLaughlin, to table item for t h e sidewalk repair project until Finance can review and verify the bids. Motion e a r n e d unanimously. Motion by Bennett, supported by McLaughlin, to introduce the a m e n d m e n t s to Ordinance 3(XK), section 20 to change the water and sewer consumption r a t e s to $1.74 per thousand gallons for water consumption, to $2.23 per thousand gallons for sewage t r e a t m e n t , and minimum sewage disposal bill per reading cycle of $11.15. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bennett, supported by Kirchgatter, to table for publication in the Canton Observer the First Reading of t h e amendments to the Water Supply and Sewer System Ordinance No. 3 ENTITLED. "CAPITAL CHARGE". AMENDING SECTION 7iCN2< ENTITLED, "FRONT FOOTAGE CHARGE", AMENDING SECTION 7(D«2) ENTITLED. "SEWER CONNECTION CHARGE", P R O V I D I N G FOR VARIOUS NEW UNIT C H A R G E S AND VARIOUS NEW WATER AND SEWER RATES AND CHARGES. AND SPECIFYING INDUSTRIAL WASTE CHARGE (IWC) RATES; AMENDING SECTION 15 ENTITLED. "PRIVATE SEWAGE DISPOSAL". AMENDING T H E R E Q U I R E M E N T S FOR A PRIVATE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM. AMENDING SECTION 16 ENTITLED. "BUILDING SEWERS AND CONNECTIONS", AND AMENDING SECTION 20 E N T I T L E D "RATES. FEES. CHARGES", PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS NEW WATER AND SEWER RATES AND CHARGES, PROVIDING FOR THE SAVINGS OF ALL PENDING PROCEEDINGS AND BALANCE OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR T H E PENALTIES AND VIOLATIONS THEREOF PROVIDING FOR T H E SEVERABILITY OF ORDINANCE, PROVIDING FOR T H E C O N S T R U C T I O N O F T H E ORDINANCE; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP O F CANTON ORDAINS:




This section provides that Ordinance Na. 30 is adopted to amend Section 8 entitled "Water Billings and Readings"



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Supervisor Yack declared the public hearing open at 7:23 P.M.. Motion by Bennett, supported by McLaughlin, to close t h e public hearing at 7:26 P.M. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bennett, supported by Shefferly, to adopt t h e resolution approving t h e application of American Yazaki I n d u s t r i a l Facilities Exemption Certificate for Real and Personal Property Motion carried unanimously. Supervisor Yack declared the public hearing open at 7:28 P.M.. Noannmmli Motion by Bennett, supported by McLaughlin, to close the public hearing at 7:29 P.M.. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bennett, supported by McLaughlin, to adopt t h e resolution to establish an Industrial Development district, pursuant to the provision of Act 198 of t h e Public Acts of 1974, a s amended, to be known as Haggerty II C o r p o r a t e P a r k I n d u s t r i a l D e v e l o p m e n t District Motion carried unanimously. > AYES: Bennett, Burdziak, Kirchgatter, LaJoy. McLaughlin, Shefferly, Yack NAYS None

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None. RECOGNITION Motion by Bennett, supported by LaJoy, to adopt the resolution in recognition of Pulte Homes of Michigan for their involvement with t h e S u m m i t on the Park Builders Annual Pass Program. Motion carried unanimously.

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This section provides that Ordinance No. 30 is adopted to amend Section 7 entitled "Sewer Rates" and Section 7(A) entitled "Sewage Treatment Rates" and Section 7(B) entitled "Minimum Sewer Bills" and Section 7(c) entitled "Debt Service Charge" and Section 7(C)(1) entitled "Capital Charge" and Section 7(C«2) entitled "Front Footage Charge" and Section 7(D) entitled "Sewer Connection Charge" to provide for new unit charges," various new water a n d sewer rates and charges and to modify the method for charging front footage charges.


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This section provides that this Ordinance shall be liberally construed in such m a n n e r as to best effectuate its p u r p o s e . The provisions of t h i s Ordinance shall be construed, if possible, in s u c h m a n n e r as to make such provisions compatible and consistent with t h e provisions of all existing Ordinances of

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. This section provides that portions of Ordinance No. 30 are hereby repealed only to t h e extent necessary to give t h i s amendatory Ordinance full force snd effect.



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T h i s section provides that this O r d i n a n c e becomes effective J u n e 19, 1997 a f t e r publication of the second reading. Motion by Bennett, supported by LaJoy, to sward the bid for the Denton Park Sports Complex Construction to t h e low bidder DeAngelis Landscape, Inc., in the amount of $989,834.00 and to establish a contingency fond of $90,000 00. Motion carried unanimously Motion by Bennett, supported by Kirchgatter, to reprogram $101,624.00 from Land Acquisition Sports Complex t o Community Improvement Fund - Sport* Park Development account *'246-750-970-0000 Motion earned inammoufily Motion by Bennett, supported by Shefferly. to s w s r d t h e bid for t h e construction of Barchester park to t h e low bidder Warren Contractors and Development, Inc., in the amount of $153,715.25 plus establish a contingency fund of $15,000.00. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bennett, supported by Shefferly; to reprogram $28,715.00 from the C o m m u n i t y Improvement F o n d a c c o u n t #246-750-970-0000 f r o m Fire S t a t i o n Demolition to B a r c h e s t e r P a r k Development. Motion c a r r i e d

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Motion by Bennett, supported by Kirchgatter. to increase CarlislWWortman Associates, inc., professions! s e r v i c e s contract for Barchester p a r k by $1,138.00. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bennett, supported by LaJoy; to authorize the Supervisor to execute a contract with Governmental Consultant Services Inc., to coordinate all lobbying activities rslativ* to C a n t o n as directed by the Supervisor for ons y e a r a t t h e cost of $3,000.00 per m o n t h . I f u r t h e r move to increase appropriations as follows: Appropriation from Fund Balance 101-000-699-0000 $21,000 To Contracted Services 101-171-818-0000 $21,000 Motion carried unanimously ADJOURN Motion byMcLaughlin, supported by LaJoy, to sdjourn the masting at 8:50 PM. Motion carried Board on June 10.1997



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Conference and District C h a m pionship; Girl's Basketball Conference and District C h a m pionship; Boy's Swimming District Championship; Girl's Gymnastics District Championship; qualified for Girl's Volleyball State District Championship for the first time in 19 years; Boy's Cross Country Districts; Girl's Cross Country' Conference and District

Congrats grads Congratulations on your achievement. Please, class of 1997, look at what you have done. Your Class Council h a s h a d great leadership. You s t a r t e d out slow but have developed into a great leadership group. If it h a d to be done, you did it. Your class j u s t this y e a r won the Boy's Basketball

Championship; a n d Boy's Soccer Conference, Division, and District Champions. Wow, are we great. You have also won m a n y other a r e a s of o u t s t a n d i n g awards like Debate; Forensics; Concert Choir; a n d t h e P E C P Marching Band e a r n e d a superior rating in competition. I could write a lot more. Four long years have passed

and you've grown so much in wisdom, m a t u r i t y and responsibility. You are ready to meet the m a n y challenges t h a t lie ahead in life. Class o f ' 9 7 , you have the opportunity to m a k e a positive difference in the future. Go for it. Get involved. Ken S m i t h , 1997 S e n i o r C l a s s Advisor

Mr. Sill. 65, of Minis, FLorida, died May 26 in Oak Park. III. Born in Warren. Mr. Sill was a material handler at Chrysler

Corp for 27 years. He moved Mims, Florida from Westland in 1983. He was president of the Organ Players Club in Florida. Survivors include his wife.

PLYMOUTH-CANTON ANNUAL S C H O O L E L E C T I O N NOTICE OF ANNUAL ELECTION OF THE ELECTORS OF PLYMOUTH-CANTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS WAYNE AND WASHTEN AW COUNTIES, MICHIGAN TO BE HELD JUNE 9, 1997 TO THE ELECTORS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT: Please Take Notice that the annual election of the school district will be held on Monday. June 9. 1997 THE POLLS OF ELECTION WILL OPEN AT 7 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING AND CLOSE AT 8 O'CLOCK IN THE EVENING. At the annual school election there will be elected one (1) member to the Board of Education of the district for a full term of four (4) years ending in 2001 THE FOLLOWING PERSON HAVE BEEN NOMINATED TO FILL SUCH VACANCY: Carol Bollman Suzanne M. Dershem Roland J. Thomas, J r . SCHOOLCRAFT COMMUNITY COLLEGE REGULAR BIENNIAL ELECTION PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Regular Biennial Election of Schoolcrafl Community College, Michigan, will be held at the same time and at the same voting places as the annual school election on Monday. June 9, 1997, and will be conducted by the same school officials for those electors of the community college district residing in this school district. At the Regular Biennial Election there will be elected tow (2) members for the office of Community College District Trustee for full terms of six (61 years ending June 30. 2003 THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAVE BEEN NOMINATED TO FILL SUCH VACANCIES:

SIX YEAR TERMS i VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 2) Richard J. De Vnes Carol M. Strom THE VOTING PLACES ARE AS FOLLOWS: PRECINCT NO. 1 Voting Place Central Middle School. The first precinct consists of all of City Precinct No. 2 and all of City Precinct No. 3. PRECINCT NO. 2 Voting Place Gallimore E l e m e n t a r y School. The second precinct consists of all of Canton Township Precinct No. 10 and all of Canton Township Precinct No. 21 PRECINCT NO. 3 Voting Place: Isbister Elementary School. The third precinct consists of all of Plymouth Township Precinct No. 5. all of Plymouth Township Precinct No. 9, and all of Plymouth Township Precinct No. 14 PRECINCT NO. 4 Voting Place East Middle School. The fourth precinct consists of all of e City Precinct No. 1 and all of City Precinct No 4. PRECINCT NO. 5 Voting Place Allen Elementary School. The fifth precinct consists of all of Plymouth Township Precinct No, 3, all of Plymouth Township Precinct No. 4, and all of Plymouth Township Precinct No. 10. PRECINCT NO. 6 Voting Place: West Middle School. The sixth precinct consists of all of Plymouth Township Precinct No 12, all of Plymouth Township Precinct No. 15. and all the territory of the school district located in Salem Township. PRECINCT NO. 7 Voting Place: F a r r a n d E l e m e n t a r y S c h o o l . The seventh precinct consists of all of Plymouth Township Precinct No, 1, all of Plymouth Township Precinct No. 2, all of Plymouth Township Precinct No. 8, and all the territory of the school district located in Northville Township PRECINCT NO. 8 Voting Place Fiegel Elementary School. The eighth precinct consists of all of Canton Township Precinct No. 3, all of Canton Township Precinct No. 6 PRECINCT NO. 9 Miller Elementary School. The ninth precinct consists of all of Canton Township Precinct No. 4 and all of Canton Township Precinct No. 13. PRECINCT NO. 10 Voting Place Hulaing Elementary School. The tenth precinct consists of all of Canton Township Precinct No. 7, all of Canton Township Precinct No. 12, and all of Canton Township Precinct No 24. PRECINCT NO. 11 Voting Place E r i k s s o n E l e m e n t a r y School. The eleventh precinct consists of all of Canton Township Precinct No. 9 and all of Canton Township Precinct No. 14. PRECINCT NO. 12 Voting PlaSe Field Elementary School. The twelfth precinct consists of all of Canton Township Precinct No. 5 and all of Canton Township Precinct No. 18. PRECINCT NO. 13 Voting Place: Canton High School. The thirteenth precinct consists of ail of Canton Township Precinct No 8, all of Canton Township Precinct No. 25, all of Canton Township Precinct No. 28. and all the territory of the school district located in Superior Township. PRECINCT NO. 14 Voting Place: Bird Elementary School. The fourteenth precinct consists of Plymouth Township Precinct No. 7 snd Plymouth Voting Place

Twrmhip Piscinct Ns. 11. PRECINCT NO. 18 Pioneer Middle School. The fifteenth precinct consists of all of Plymouth Township Precinct No. 8, all of Plymouth Township Precinet No. 13, and all of Plymouth I W n s h i p Precinct No. 16 PRECINCT NO. 1« ntary School. The sixteenth precinct consists Voting Place: Tonda EU of all of Canton I W n s h i p Precinct No. 11 and all of Canton Township Precinct No. IS. PRECINCT NO. 17 Voting Place Hobea E l e m e n t a r y School. The seventeenth precinct consists of all of Canton I W n s h i p Precinct No 1, all of Canton Township Precinct No. 22, and all of Canton Township Precinct No. 23. PRECINCT NO. IS Voting Place: Bent ley E l e m e n t a r y School. The eighteenth precinct consists of all of Canton IWnship Precinct No 16 and all of Canton Township Precinct N o 17. All school electors who are registered with the city or township dart of the aty or township in which they reside are eligible to vote at this election This Notice is given by order of the Board t i Education CARRIE BLAMER Secretary, Board of Education Voting Place


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Elizabeth; son, David; sister. Pearl Schaening of Plymouth; four grandchildren. Services were dMay 30 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home. Plymouth, with the Rev. Peter Berg officiating. Burial was in Cadillac Memorial Gardens, East. Memorials may be made to the


Mrs. Smith, 78. of Northville, formerly of Canton, died May 30. Born in Detroit. Mrs. Smith was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Canton. Survivors include her sons,

C H A R T E R T O W N S H I P O F CANTON NOTICE TO BIDDERS The Charter Township of Canton will accept sealed bids at the Office of the Clerk, first floor, 1150 Canton Center Road S.. Canton. Michigan 48188, until 10 00 a m .June 26. 1S£7 for the following NEWSPAPER PUBLICATIONS Bid specifications are available in the Finance and Budget Dept Canton Township reserves the right to reject any or all bids Tht* Township does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services TERRY G BENNET, Clerk


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Robert and Charles; daughters, Janice Ream and Zepharene Higgins; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mass was celebrated J u n e 2 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Canton with the Rev. George Charnley officiating. Burial was in Parkview Cemetery, Livonia. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundaion of Michigan or mass offerings. Arrangements were made by the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth. HOWARD F. BRANDT, SR.

Mr. Brandt, 74, of Canton Township died May 28 at Bortz Nursing Home in Ypsilanti.. Born in Detroit, Mr. Brandt was a police officer. Survivors include his wife, Shirley; sons, Howard and Stephen; daughters, Pamela, Deborah Brown and Nancy; four

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CANTON. WAYNE COUNTY. MICHIGAN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Act 184 of the Public Acts of 1943 of the State of Michigan, as amended, and pursuant to the Zoning Ordinance of the Charter Township of Canton that the Planning Commission of the Charter Township of Canton will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, June 16, 1997, in the First Floor Meeting Room of the Administration Building, 1150 S. Canton Center Road at 7:00 p.m. on the following proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance: CONSIDER A REQUEST TO ESTABLISH HERON RIDGE PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT (PDD) AS PERMITTED IN SECTION 27 04 OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE INCLUSIVE OF PARCEL NOS 021 99 0016 700, 022 99 0001 000. 024 99 0002 000, AND PART OF PARCEL NOS. 022 99 0002 000. 022 99 0003 000. AND 022 99 0005 000. The project is comprised of 217 79 acres of land between Jov/Ann Arbor Roads 1 north i. Warren i south I. Napier (west i and Ridge Road 1 east 1 Preliminary Plan-First Hearing Ann A r tx>» "

Written comments addressed to the Planning Commission will be received at the above address up to the time of the hearing. VIC GUSTAFSON, Chairman

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grandchildren. Services were at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Canton with the Rev. Jerry Yarnell officiating. Burial was in Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia. Arrangements were made by the L.J. Griffin Funeral Home Canton Chapel. ELSIE M. NEIMAN

Mrs. Neiman, 89, of Plymouth Township, died J u n e 2. Born in Huron Township. Mrs. Neiman was a homemaker. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Diamond; two grandchildren. Services were at Divine Savior Catholic Church with the Rev Alexander Kuras officiating. Burial was in Michigan Memori al Park Cemetery. Flat Rock. Arrangements were made by the L.J. Griffin Funeral Home Canton Chapel.

PLEASE T A K E N O T E : T h e C h a r t e r Townmhip of P l y m o u t h will provide m t a i u j rwMcmabli- »u*ilur> •Kirs, w r v i c n . »uch u « # n e r i for U * h e a r i n g i m p a i r e d a n d audio t a p e s of p r i n t e d m a t e r i a l * being o m n d e r r d a l ail Tcvrnahip M e e t i n g s . lo indrviduaU with disabilities a l t h e meetmgWheanngi* upon one week notice prior to t h e C h a r t e r T o w n a h i p of Plymouth Individual* with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services s h o u l d contact t h e C h a r t e r Towruhip of P l y m o u t h by w r i t i n g or calling the SuperviM/r « office, 42350 A n n Arbor Road, P l y m o u t h . Ml 48170 P W N u m b e r 1313/ 4 5 3 - 3 M 0 , T D D u s e r s 1 800649-3777 Michigan Relay S e r v i c e • Publish: J u n e S. 1997 crwiKsu.

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Parcel 2: Part of South Section 21 Town 1 South. Range 8 East. Beginning South 89 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds West 1895 feet from Southeast V* corner Section 21 thence South 89 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds West 1575 feet thence North 3 degrees 05 minutes 00 seconds East 509 72 feet, thence North 88 degrees 40 minutea 20 seconds East 1575 07 feet thence South 0 degrees 40 minutes 00 seconds East 525 50 feet to Point of Beginning Parcel 3: Part of Southwest V. Section 21. Town 1 South. Range 8 East, Beginning North 85 degrees 46 minutes 45 seconds East 1138.52 feet from Southwlst V, corner Section 21, thence North 85 degrees 46 minutes 45 seconds East 662 94 feet, thence North 3 degrees lfl minutes 55 seconds East 510 feet, more or less thence

The request is for a variance in the rear yard setback in order to build a gable style glass & aluminum enclosure. Parcel No. 091-01-0111-000 i Building) 3. Paul B. Deters, Metro Detroit Signs. 23544 Hoover, Warren, MI 48089. representing Clark 42129 for property located at 45230 Michigan Ave.. Canton. MI Appealing Ordinance 120, Article 29 009. Section 9.3 regarding canopy signs The requeet is for a variance to install four (4> canopy logo's which exceed the allowed 8 square feet in total area Parcel No. 134-990023-000 (Building i 4. Douglas R. Mueller, 6642 Carlton Rd . Canton, MI 48187, representing Michigan Dekhockey Center, for property located at 45109 Michigan Ave . Canton, MI 48188. Appealing Ordinance 120, Article 29.009, Section 9.4 regarding ground signs. The request is for s vanance lit sign height in order to locate a new sign above the ennting scoreboard to provid< advertisement. Panel No. 135-01-0001-3021Building5. Benny Troiani, 13055 Mystic Forest Drive, Plymouth. Ml 48170, representing Dynasty Builders Inc.. 20126 Riverside Drive. Livonia, Ml 46152. for property located at 45903 Henley Drive. Canton, Ml. Appealing Article 26 02 Section m. regarding side yard setbacks The request is for a variance of 8 feet on the one side abutting a five foot yard in order to build » side entrance garage. Parcel No 064-02-0069-000 (Building) 6. Gary Weiner. Shaw-Allan Construction, 9252 Elmhurst, Plymouth. MI 46170, representing Carol Koshy, 44211 Village Ct.. Canton. MI 48187. for property located at 44211 Village Ct., Canton. MI 46187. Appealing Ordinance 103, Section 8, D-2 regarding comer lot fences The request is for a variance in order to build a fence on the property line of a corner lot at the end of a cul-de-sac Parcel No. 012-02-0270-000 (Building) 7. Ronald Rotanaki. Kmart Corporation. 3100 West Big Beaver Road. Troy. Ml 48064, for property located at 41660 Ford Road, Canton, MI 46187 Appealing Ordinance 130, Article 29 009, Section 9 4B regarding ground signs. The request is for a variance in sign heights of not greater than 12 feet and areas not ragater than B1 square feet on each face Parcel Nos 99 0017-703, 99-0020-001. 99-0019-001. 99-0021-003. 99-0023-000, 99-0024 001,99-0025-003 Building) Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of May 8. 1997 TERRY CJ BENNETT. Clerk

thence South 12 degrees 28 minutes 15 seconds East 125 feet thence North 77 degrees 31 minutes 45 seconds East 60 feet thence South 12 degrees 28 minutes 15 seconds East 28 36 feet thence on a curve to left radius 25 feet arc 36.67 feet thence South 4 degrees 13 minutes 15 seconds East 60 feet thence South 85 degrees 46 minutes 45 seconds West 21.60 feet thence South 4 degrees 13 minutes 15 seconds East 171.96 feet to a point of beginning. Tax I.D. No 011-99-0004-003,012-99-0003-003; 033-99-0006-000 The plat, as proposed, is available for review by the public during business. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Written comments will be received prior to the inset ing. The application, review of the proposed plat, meeting, and address for written comment is: Plymouth Charter Township, Community Development Department. 42350 Ann Arbor Road. Plymouth, MI 48170. Telephone Number 463-3640. Ext 209 CAROL DAVIS, Secretary Planning Commission

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recently recognized for academic e x c e l l e n c e , p a r t i c i p a t i o n in e x t r a - c u r r i c u l a r activities a n d contributions to Michigan S t a t e University and the community. Pyhtila is majoring in electrical engineering in MSlTs Honor College. He has served as vice-president of Tau Beta Pi fraternity, is treasurer of A l p h a Phi


d a u g h t e r of M r . a n d M r s . N i c h o l a s H r y e y k of C a n t o n , w a s recently n a m e d to t h e presid e n t s list s c h o l a r s a t N o r t h C e n t r a l College. To be eligible for t h e p r e s i d e n t ' s list, u n d e r g r a d u ate students must maintain a g r a d e - p o i n t a v e r a g e of 3.6 o n a 4.0 g r a d e p o i n t a v e r a g e s t a n d a r d for 3 i e t e r m a n d b e e n r o l l e d a s a full-time s t u d e n t .

T o p g r a d u a t i n g s e n i o r s of t h e P l y m o u t h a r e a g o t a big s a l u t e a t C o b o C o n v e n t i o n Center recently. They were among leading students from the

Several C a n t o n area graduating seniors h a v e won Schoolcraft College T r u s t e e Award scholarships for 1997-98. T r u s t e e A w a r d s a r e a v a i l a b l e for first-year Schoolcraft students w h o will g r a d u a t e f r o m a r e a h i g h schools in J u n e . R e c i p i e n t s m u s t enroll f u l l - t i m e a t Schoolc r a f t for t h e 1 9 9 7 - 9 8 school y e a r . The award r a n g e s from $800 to $1,000. Andrew J o n e s from PlymouthC a n t o n High School h a s won a $1,000 s c h o l a r s h i p . P l y m o u t h Canton s t u d e n t s winning $800 s c h o l a r s h i p s a r e : Michelle D a v i s , Robert H a l l e r m a n , D a v i d L e w i s , Elizabeth Muylaert, Brad Schroeder and Katie Swanson. P l y m o u t h - S a l e m High School s t u d e n t s w i n n i n g $1,000 scholar-

I Municipal Services is considering site plan approval for phase

one of Haggwty M . Corporate Parti West. proposed for an area west of Haggerty and south of Palmer. Phase one consists of three buildings, ranging in size from 3 5 . 0 0 0 square feet to 6 3 , 0 0 0 square feet, for a total of 1 4 9 , 4 0 0 square feet. I Municipal Services is considering Industrial site plan approval for Uvonia BuNders a 6 , 0 0 0 square-foot office and storage facility proposed for an

area south of Joy and west of Ronda Drive. Rudolph Ubbe Inc.. a 20,000 square-foot office and storage facility proposed for the northwest comer of Haggerty and Warren. I Construction is underway on the widening of Haggerty Road just north of Ford. The improvements, which are part of the Super Kmart project, also

include construction of three drive approaches and installation of a storm sewer outlet. The anticipated completion date for the paving is three weeks. In the meantime, drivers may experience some delays along Haggerty. although one lane of traffic will remain open at all times. Construction is expected to begin soon on the Norqulck buHdtng. located on Haggerty Road between Joy and Koppernick. The 77.260 squarpfoot facility will house office and warehouse space, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 1, 1997.

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E m i l y Higgins. a Canton resident majoring in junior family life m i n i s t r i e s a n d C h r i s t i a n counseling at Ouachita Baptist University, was recently named co-president for the university's executive council of the Baptist S t u d e n t Union. The BSU is e s t a b l i s h e d as a m i n i s t r y a n d service organization to reach out to students, staff and faculty of the university.


s h i p s are: Nicole Roller and Casey Swanson. PlymouthS a l e m s t u d e n t s w i n n i n g $800 s c h o l a r s h i p s are: J o e l K i l p a t r i c k , T h o m a s Lewis, B r y a n Lyons, R o b i n M o o r e and T o d d M o r r o w .




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C a r o l E . J o y , t h e d a u g h t e r of T i m o t h y a n d P e n n y J o y of P l y mouth, was honored recently during the President's Honors and. A w a r d s Assembly at t h e U n i v e r s i t y of F i n d l a y . S h e i s a 1995 g r a d u a t e of P l y m o u t h - S a l e m H i g h School a n d is currently a sophomore pre-vete r i n a r y medicine major at Findlay.

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Bollman has right perspective


offerings the best possible. We have no doubt that Bollman will represent the voters who elect her. She is not a rubber stamp and will take the time to investigate issues confronting the school board. She is an independent thinker who can help lead the school district into the 21st century. We support her desire for a consistent curriculum t h a t won't let children fall through the cracks as they proceed into middle and high schools. Bollman is a parent whose children have gone through the Plymouth-Canton schools. She recognizes not only the problems, but the strengths of the district and intends to build on them. Bollman is a strong advocate of involving parents and staff on committees that recommend solutions for problems and issues in the district. In the 1990s, this is a far better method of resolving issues than recommendations solely from administration. Parents and staff see the effects of administrative derisions and are primed and ready to offer solutions. We believe Bollman will foster that. We also support Bollman's opinion that indeed there needs to be more discipline and enforcement in the classrooms and in the individual schools. Discipline does not hurt a child's ability to learn. If anything, it might improve the atmosphere for learning. Let's do something different. Let's make this school board election one in which the best candidate is elected. Let's not make this election a popularity contest. Casting a vote for Carol B o l l m a n will do just that.

Our choices in Wayne-Westland A

lthough things may be looking up for Wayne-Westland schools on the state financing front — thanks to the efforts of many — we still face an uphill struggle. This is a major issue facing Wayne-Westland voters as they head to the polls Monday, Jline 9. Although we don't want to ignore other issues such as curriculum and technology, everything boils down to having the money to do these things. ^That's one reason we are endorsing the candidacies of current Wayne-Westland trustees P a t r i c i a B r o w n , an incumbent and Canton resident, and challenger and former trustee Ed T u r n e r who lives in Westland. Brown and Turner would bring an element of consistency to the board and to an issue where the community must stand together and forge ahead. Both have the heart of a servant — something important when public tax dollars and especially children's issues are at stake. They are strongly committed to public education and their communities, which can be seen by the many activities in which they are involved. Neither Brown nor Turner will be afraid to vote for controversial issues if they are for the betterment of the Wayne-Westland schools. Both will take the lead in the ongoing school finance reform issue. Brown has proven herself through her aggressive approach in working with Lansing, her strong stand on tough issues like selling off school properties and her positive attitude toward sharing public information — something everyone should appreciate. She is also an advocate for new technology and for stu-

dents at risk, and has brought a strong leadership role to the board. We applaud incumbent Mathew McCusker's long history in education including his strong ties to the MASB group in Lansing. He is articulate, well-spoken and serves the district well. But we feel it's time for someone new, and Turner deserves a chance at this board seat. Turner can be seen throughout the community, whether on the YMCA board, the Westland Cable Commission or through his involvement with the Wayne-Westland Junior Miss program or elementary school programs. Although often a cheerleader for the community and school district, he also has the skeptical approach needed to review issues and make the right decisions. We offer two.cautions in this endorsement, however. During our candidate interviews, we sensed that the board is not as consolidated as it should be due to political affiliations and issues on which the board has been divided, such as the renaming of Walker-Winter school. We call on the new board to put aside these issues and work together for the good of the community. Also, there was much political posturing about the responsiveness of the current board. Whether t h a t is true, or simply a perception, we call on the new board to make a real effort to include all members of the community. Perceptions can sometimes become reality if no action is taken to counter them.

Be heard on Monday - vote N

ext Monday, June 9, voters in Canton, Garden City, Livonia, Plymouth, Redford and Westland will turn out to vote in their local school board elections. Well, some of them will. Turnouts for school elections are traditionally low, whether the elections are to select board members or to vote on bond or millage issues. Yet listen in on conversations around the office or at social gatherings. Schools and teachers are favorite topics. To paraphrase an adage: "Everyone talks about the schools, but nobody does anything about them." At least, not in the voting booth. The reason for such lack of interest on the part of registered voters is something of a mystery. It has been suggested that people who do not have children attending school feel no particular connection to the school system and

therefore no interest in helping select board members. Maybe, but that doesn't explain the low turnouts when millage or bond issues are on the ballot. Property owners have a direct connection to those issues when their tax bills come around. Another explanation for low voter turnout is that school elections tend to be scheduled at "non-traditional" times of the year, often in the summer when many people are on vacation. Some sinister theories suggest that such scheduling is done deliberately, the idea being that the lower the turnout the more likely a bond or millage issue will be approved. Well, one thing is certain. Every vote cast in any election is important. The smaller the turnout, the more important those individual votes become. Don't just talk about the schools. Go to the polls on J u n e 9. Vote.



LETTERS Two sides to

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our headline in the April 13 Travel section is begging for a reply. It read, "Disney World warm, friendly place for families. I'm glad the Joseph family did not go there on June 7, T h e Seventh Annual Gay & Lesbian Day at the Magical Kingdom" in Orlando. As other families who unknowingly happened to be there on that annual observance in the past can attest to: It is definitely not somewhere to be with your children. Walt Disney Co. - whose very name conjures up images of wholesome family fun - is under attack from religious groups that contend the company has forsaken its moral values in pursuit of the almighty dollar. In fact, the American Family Association called for a boycott of Disney theme parks, movies, retail stores and other products. Among other reasons is the fact that the world's largest "family" entertainment company has extended insurance benefits to the livein partners of homosexual employees, but not unmarried partners of heterosexual employees. Disney has come a long way since "Snow White." Actors Ernie Sabella and Nathan Lane said the characters they played (Timon, the meerkat, and pumbaa, the wart hog) in "The Lion King" are the first homosexual Disney characters ever to come to the screen," New York Times J u n e 12, 1994. Disney is the owner of several subsidiaries - most notably Miramax, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures - which buy, produce and/or release R-rated movies. Be careful, folks - things are not as they may seem! Barb Schmid Canton

spending of that money. Vote for Suzanne Dersham on Monday, June 9, 1997. Sheryl Tripp Khoury Plymouth

Admissions policy flawed


will not argue with your editorial about state Rep. Deborah Whyman's sometimes peculiar political behavior. I will, however, take exception with your dismissal of the University of Michigan admissions policy issue as an issue that has "little to do with the daily lives of her constituents." On the contrary, I think, it is an issue that very much concerns the Canton community. We ask, cajole and push our children into academic excellence with the promise that all their efforts will be rewarded. When race and ethnicity take precedence over academic achievement as enrollment factors, our efforts and the efforts of our children become worthless and meaningless. For this reason, any admissions policy not primarily based on academic standing is fundamentally flawed because it is basically unfair. Would it not make absolute sense to concentrate our efforts in providing minority students with the education needed to help them compete academically, on an equal basis with all students, for admission to our colleges and universities instead of pursuing a policy that, in the long run, harms many and benefits few? Regardless of the state representative's motivation in investigating U-M's admissions policy: making sure the policy is fair and legal is a justified endeavor. J a n u s z M. Szyszko Canton

Dershem is their choice A vote for Dershem


uzanne Dershem is the best choice for the Plymouth-Canton school board. Although she understands the funding constraints t h a t Plymouth-Canton operates under due to Proposal A she is aware of the need to reduce the class size and improve teacher morale. Her stand on redistricting is thoughtful and balanced. Roland Thomas has had his turn on the board and freely chose to leave it. Then, without having been involved in the decision to ask for a bond issue, he played a very critical and divisive role in the election. He does not deserve a second chance on the board. What will he do now t h a t he didn't do before? Finally, fewer than three percent of the voters turned out the last time there was a school board election. Is money all people care about? Let's elect competent leadership to oversee the


e are endorsing Suzanne Dershem for school board in the June 9 election. Ms. Dershem has aptly identified the most pressing issues in the Plymouth-Canton district: staff development and relations, community awareness and involvement, and managing growth while improving programs. She already has been addressing these issues over the past months by serving on several school committees. Ms. Dershelm is an engineer by profession, her perspective of product and process design would make an excellent addition to the school board. Please take the time to study the candidates and vote on June 9. Richard and Darice Schubatis Plymouth





absence is teachers can make mistakes. 1 have been marked absent several times by teachers am writing in response to your recent article, when I was in class. I don't need the school call•Concern focuses on PCEP" (May 18). This ing my house, telling my parents I was absent I article, written with quotes from a Canton when I was in class. I teacher. Ken Smith, negatively portrays PCEP Teachers can make mistakes and I don't students as tardy smokers, swearing anrf litterblame them for it just as long as my house is not ing the halls of PCEP. Of course, that is when called because of their mistake. Another attenthey are not constantly skipping school, violatdance issue is skipping. The only defense I can ing the dress code, eating where they please, give for skipping is most people skipped at»least and when they "use undue familiarity with each once in high school. There is nothing anyone can other." do to stop it. Our parents skipped school and their parents probably skipped once or twice. I This article is just another in a series of stodon't see the problem just as long as it doesn't ries portraying PCEP as an anarchist school become habitual. with students doing anything they want. I am very disgusted with not only Mr. Smith, but Another issue in the article was brought up also the writer of the story, M.B. Dillon, for by Mrs. Pat Sarna. Apparently, when she disciwriting this biased article. I am not upset plines students, her fellow teachers think those because my opinion differs. I am upset with the students will vandalize her car. It was never way the students are portrayed without proper stated whether or not Mrs. Sarna believes this, defense. So, let me take this time to quote the but I have my own take on it. Every day, stupoints from your article, and defend the students in the auto department repair teacher's dents against these accusations. cars and I have not heard one complaint. Nor have I heard of an incident where a student First there is the source, Mr. Ken Smith. In vandalized a teacher's car at all. the article, some of the rules and regulations of the park were quoted to display how the stuTo be honest, the students probably don't dents broke the rules. It was brought to my have the time or the inclindtfoirto vandalize a attention Mr. Smith decided not to follow rules teacher's car. If Mrs. Sarna believes the comand regulations when he brought an unnamed ments spoken to her by her fellow teachers, reporter (for another publication) into school don't bother disciplining the people she sees violast week. With those actions, I hardly think the lating the rules. But if she believes the truth, reporter or Mr. Smith has any right to quote the speaking from a student's point of view, go rules of the school when they go and stomp all ahead and discipline us. I think we can matureover them. The term coming to mind is hyply handle it. ocrite. I am not saying Mr. Smith is a bad perLet me take this time to applaud the efforts of son; I have never met him. The same goes for Mrs. Patton, Dr. Little, and the supervisor of the reporter. The information I obtained could attendance at PCEP, Mrs. McGuire. They told be wrong. On the chance it isn't, I want people the truth about PCEP; a thing not easy to do to know the truth about the article. when the article is written to destroy the credibility of the park. I can only hope their opinions Then there is the manner the article was are valued as much as Mr. Smith's. written. I find it odd the reporter could not find any room on the front page to put a positive Once again, for the third time, 1 ask the edidefense of the students. It surprises me the tor of the Observer to consider writing an article defense by the honorable Canton principal, Mrs. from a student's perspective. If the paper wants Patton, could not fit on the front page. I will give to appear as non-biased, it is the only course of the reporter credit. The reporter did manage to action to take. fit two sentences of positive input about the stuThank you for your time. dents on the front page. Eric Edford P l y m o u t h Salem j u n i o r Now, the issues of the article. The first, and main point of the article is about attendance. Why does it take eight total absences for the school to notify a student's parents? Depends on S u p p o r t s bill the teacher you have. One of the teachers I had hen someone mentions the word "tradelast year called after two. It takes eight for the port," most of us wouldn't know what the school to notify parents, but it is an individual word means. State Rep. Deborah Whyman teacher's policy when they decide to call a stuwants to change that. dent's parents. However, big business interests are gambling Another reason you can't call after every

Defends students

For school board o one can say that the past year has not been a tumultuous one for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. Whether it's been class size, the bond issue and now the subsequent legal challenge. teacher contract negotiations or MEAP test scores, the school district, its officials and administrators have had a rough road. That's why it's so important that the new school board member - replacing Carol Bollman longtime member David Artley - have the ability to listen with balance to all sides of an issue, analyze and determine the best course of action for the district as a whole. The Observer urges district residents to elect Carol B o l l m a n . a member of the Housing and Facilities Committee and longtime PTO activist. The 18-year Canton resident is a familiar face who regularly attends school board meetings, gets involved and has a broad viewpoint of the entire district, including the Plymouths. She has paid her dues as an active parent at the elementary, middle and high schools levels. She knows the district and its players. Bollman also served on the citizens committee for hiring a new superintendent. Bollman is definitely more substance than pizzazz and glitz. She is full of studious energy. thought, common sense and a heartfelt desire to make the district and its educational





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on the fact t h a t most citizens who live in communities surrounding the Willow Run Airport aren't up to speed on the "tradeport." As a former childhood resident of Romulus, I can honestly say that I don't want to live in the "flight line" again. A tradeport at Willow Run will do just that. Along with the constant airliner thunder, we can expect to see an increase in heavy truck traffic on our roads. Big business could care leas about communities like Canton, Belleville, or Ypsilanti - they don't live here. So, what would you say to a "choice" of whether to have a tradeport or not? Some interests don't want citizens to choose. That's why Rep. Whyman has penned HB 4338, to give residents in surrounding communities the power to choose. Citizens making choices? Novel idea, you say? No, government in action the way it's supposed to be. Some of the provisions allowed by HB 4338 are: • Allows residents of adjacent communities 45 days to place a binding local referendum on the ballot. • States t h a t the ballot question could take place in any city or township adjacent to the proposed tradeport. • Declares that if any adjacent community votes to reject the tradeport, the entire project is terminated. Without this proposed legislation, local communities would suffer from noise pollution and devalued land prices caused by the enterprise zone authority. HB 4338 will allow the decision of the authority to be overruled by local citizens if they believe it is against their best interests. Concerned citizens should contact Rep. Whyman's office at 1-800-555-5021 to request a copy of this proposed legislation. The bill is currently being reviewed by members of the Transportation committee and must pass their approval before seeing any time on the House floor. It's not too late for affected citizens to become involved in a process that could very well decide the fate of several communities. F r a n k Finch Canton


the concrete stage of learning. In this stage, children need repeated hands-on experience* and activity-based lessons to be able to apply what they have learned. When teachers deviatf from this type of instruction and assessment, children show many stress-related symptoms— -»-•» According to the preeminent cognitive psy- % . chologist of our time, J e a n Piaget, the c o n c r e t e stage of development extends from age seven ^ through 11 or 12. During this stage, children's"* thoughts are limited by their actual experiences. They are only beginning to pay attention to more than one idea at a time. They are not y e t capable of dealing with abstractions or inferences. . Elementary school children are excellent observational scientists, but they are not yet ' -w able to go from a general principle to an anticipated outcome (like going from a theory to a hypothesis). The MEAP is asking children to do just this. Many of the MEAP questions for reading are not found right in the text. The children have t o apply prior knowledge to the reading selection -< a difficult task for children at this age. Prior knowledge comes from information and experi| ences in life. Schools do not control life beyond . the classroom and the range of experiences is often great. Another issue of concern is the discrepancy between Michigan's new definition of reading . * • and the MEAP. The new definition of reading states: Reading is a process which enables us to make sense of print. When we read, we use what we already know, combined with the print we see, to make sense of what we read. Reading is about making meaning. It is not about saying words. Reading does not occur unless the reader understands what h a s been read. We are not objecting to appropriate welltimed assessment tools. But the MEAP does not fit either of these criteria. We are looking for an instrument t h a t evaluates each individual's progress and strengths. This instrument would have a meaningful context and would fit our population of children. Then assessment would be closely linked to t h e reality of the active learning environments t h a t we foster in our classrooms.

MEAP test

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he purpose of this letter is to convey our concerns regarding the timing and appropriateness of the MEAP test for elementary children. The timing of the fourth grade reading and math test is inappropriate because many children in the autumn of fourth grade are still in


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