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February 28, 2020
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP., MI -- Ypsilanti Township Trustee Monica Ross-Williams is running for township treasurer, her campaign announced Wednesday.
Ross-Williams was elected to the township’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and has lived in the township for 19 years, according to a news release. Current Treasurer Larry Doe is not seeking reelection, he confirmed Friday, Feb. 28.
As treasurer, Ross-Williams said she wants to focus on maintaining fiscal discipline while growing the business community. She also wants to maintain affordable housing and chances for recreation.
Ross-Williams is a member of the Ann Arbor Area YMCA Board of Directors and supports a feasibility study to develop an Eastern Washtenaw County-based YMCA facility. The township board approved a resolution of intent in December 2019 to donate 25 acres of township-owned land to the YMCA.
“Surveys conducted in the Master Planning process highlighted the need for community gathering spaces, increased child care options, year around aquatics instruction along with partnering providers such as the YMCA build a new facility, focused on providing these types of programs and more to the Eastern Washtenaw County region,” Ross-Williams said in a statement.
Ross-Williams also wants to expand on developing renter awareness, first-time home ownership seminars and affordable independent senior housing options, according to the news release.
She graduated from the former Ypsilanti Public Schools and has bachelor’s and master’s of business administration degrees from Cleary University, the news release states.
Ross-Williams is the only person who has filed for the Tuesday, Aug. 4 primary election thus far, according to an unofficial list of county candidates.
December 19, 2019
Ypsilanti Township Moves Forward On Next steps in 21st Century Recreation
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI - Ypsilanti Township broke ground on Friday, June 21, 2019, on what will be Ypsilanti Township based Skatepark on the corner of Clark and Midway Roads on the land of Community Center Park with a Grant via the Tony Hawk Foundation, support from Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission (WCPRC) and Ypsilanti Township, MI - Government.
The Skatepark will promoting community wellness activities and networking opportunities is a welcomed addition to the Township and of course for the Eastern Side of Washtenaw County and its residents.
"The Township continues to enhance fixtures to enhance recreation and total body wellness in our community, Ypsilanti Township Trustee Monica Ross-Williams stated. "Improving recreational options are features what our residents expressed in the Ypsilanti Township Parks and Recreation 5-year Master Plan which I was honored to be on the Planning Committee of in 2019."
Ypsilanti Township has another opportunity which is literally in the very initial planning stages right now to uniquely advance 21st Century Recreation ten-folds.
The WCPRC approved for $30K for a land feasibility study with the Ann Arbor YMCA - with the "Y" paying upwards of over $100K for the study -- to examine land on Huron Street and Brinker Way for Recreation, Community and Aquatics Center operated via the "The Y". The land on Huron Street and Brinker Way is owned by Ypsilanti Township.
The Ann Arbor Area YMCA received unanimous Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees approval at its Tuesday, December 17, 2019, to being a up to one-year feasibility study on the 28 acres of land on Huron Street and Brinker Way.
If the land meets the feasibility study expectations, the next step is a Memorandum of Understanding agreement requiring the Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees approval.
April 22, 2019
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI - The east side of Washtenaw County needs more homeowners, and Ypsilanti Township Trustee Monica Ross-Williams wants to make sure renters are aware of the statewide and local programs available to help them purchase their first houses.
Ross-Williams, in partnership with the New West Willow Neighborhood Association and Joyful Treats Community Development, is hosting a financial wellness series to educate prospective homeowners on options for financing their purchase.
The first free “Road from Renting to Home Ownership” workshop will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. May 4, at the Ypsilanti District Library Whittaker branch, 5577 Whittaker Road.
Representatives from Habitat for Humanity’s home ownership program, Bank of Ann Arbor, University Lending Group and Prudential Financial Services will participate in a panel on home financing options, including the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s home loan and down payment assistance program.
“It’s for anyone who wants to purchase a home within the next six months, all the way up to two years,” Ross-Williams said. “Sometimes it takes a minute to get the finances and credit in place to navigate that road.”
November 9, 2019
Monica Ross-Williams Kickoffs Campaign at Ypsilanti Township's American Grille
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI - Candidate for Ypsilanti Township Treasurer in 2020, Trustee Monica Ross-Williams officially kicked off her candidacy at American Grille breakfast restaurant on Saturday, November 9, 2019. During the event, the candidate shared with over 30 attendees her goals and aspirations for the Treasurer position.
Attendees at the event included U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Washtenaw County Commissioner Chair Jason Morgan, Superior Township Treasurer Brenda McKinney, Superior Township Park Commissioner Belinda Word, Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) Vice-President Mary Hall-Thiam, WCDP Treasurer Doug Scott and a host of community, non-profit and business leaders.
January 19, 2019 | Originally Posted July 29, 2016
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI - JoAnn McCollum looked out over the busy intersection of U.S. 12 and Dorset Avenue in Ypsilanti Township on Friday, July 29.
The exchange near I-94 is main way in and out of the West Willow neighborhood where she's lived for the past 22 years.
McCollum has seen people on foot and bikes injured and killed by cars at that intersection, which doesn't have much light at night.
"I have never felt safe at that intersection. I've never walked across it," she said.
The West Willow neighborhood in Ypsilanti Township
McCollum appeared Friday with a group of West Willow and Ypsilanti Township residents to demand change at the intersection.
Monica Ross-Williams and Tyrone Bridges held a press conference asking for a high-intensity activated crosswalk signal, better lighting at dusk and moving the line for vehicles to stop farther from the crosswalk.
Ross-Williams says the Michigan Department of Transportation and Washtenaw County Road Commission are the two agencies that need to make the change.
She urged the Washtenaw County Road Commission to put pressure on MDOT to provide 50 percent of the funding.
UPDATE: The US-12/Dorset Street/Ford Blvd. intersection was addressed by public officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC), Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS) and State Representative Ronnie Peterson in 2017.