Friday, April 19, 2013
Activities are planned throughout the region to celebrate Earth Day.
Although Earth Day is observed April 22, there are activities before and after the date to commemorate the occasion. In Metro Detroit, here's some events aimed at environmental protection: Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality For more Earth Day events in the region, visit the DEQ's website. Tell us what you're doing in your community to protect the planet in the comment section below.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Wyandotte Municipal Services is offering free light bulbs, free home energy audits and coupons worth $15.
Wyandotte Municipal Services is holding an Earth Day Celebration from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22. Participants can enjoy freebies like light-emitting diode (LED) and compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) light bulbs, recycling coupons worth $15 and free home energy audits. The items will be given away on the first floor of the new City Hall, 3200 Biddle. Couons can be redeemed when residents bring an old dehumidifier or window airconditioner to the Wyandotte Department of Public Services, 4201 13th Street. There will also be a mobile energy lab and conservation unit at the American Legion on Van Alstyne Street open for public viewing from 4 to 7 p.m. April 24 and from 9 to 11 a.m. April 25. There will be many hands-on displays showcasing energy …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Wyandotte provides power to nearly 26,000 residents by burning a mixture of coal and tires and natural gas.
Wyandotte was recently featured in an article in the Detroit Free Press highlighting Michigan municipalities that burn tires to create electricity for residents. Residents who live in towns with tire-burning power plants have challenged municipalities because of pollution concerns, according to the Detroit Free Press. However, Wyandotte's Acting General Manager Rod Lesko told Patch he had not heard of any complaints regarding the burning of tire derived fuel (TDF). "Most of the complaints that I can recall had to do with odors that have been emitted do to the occasional coal pile fire," Lesko said. "We are actually looking to modify our process so that our coal pile is not so large to reduce the likelihood of a spontaneous combustion coal …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The 25-year employee was promoted acting general manager with a review in six months.
After 25 years on the job, Rod Lesko is ready to take the helm at Wyandotte Municipal Services. He accepted the promotion to acting general manager during Tuesday's Municipal Services Commission meeting. "I would like to thank everyone for allowing this to progress smoothly and for your confidence," he told commissioners who voted him in unanimously. "I truly do appreciate it. I know that we have a great staff here. I‘m looking forward to working with all of them." The position came open due to the retirement of Melanie McCoy, who is leaving Wyandotte to become the superintendent of the public utility in Sebewaing, which is located about 125 miles from Wyandotte in Michigan's Thumb area. Her last day is Feb. 1. She, along with the …
Friday, January 4, 2013
General Manager Melanie McCoy and Director of Power Supply James French have turned in their letters of resignation.
Two of the top people at Wyandotte Municipal Services are leaving their posts to take similar jobs elsewhere. General Manager Melanie McCoy and Director of Power Supply James French have turned in their letters of resignation. McCoy's last day is Feb. 1, while French's last day is today. McCoy is leaving to become the superintendent of the public utility in Sebewaing, which is located about 125 miles from Wyandotte in Michigan's Thumb area. French is leaving to become the general manager of the public utility in Richmond, IN. McCoy said she has mixed feelings about leaving, but is excited for the new opportunity as it's located about 40 miles from Port Austin, where she has a cottage and often visits throughout the year. "I spend a lot of…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The mayor's office, the Finance Department and the City Clerk will temporarily remain at 3131 Biddle. Wyandotte Municipal Services bills should be paid at the new City Hall building, located at 3200 Biddle.
By Tuesday morning, most Wyandotte city departments had officially cleared out of the old City Hall building at 3131 Biddle and had relocated across the street to 3200 Biddle. However, ongoing work at the four-story Chase Bank building has kept the move from being complete by Tuesday, as was planned. The mayor’s office, the Finance Department and the City Clerk will temporarily remain at the old site. At the new building, a payment collections center has opened up on the first floor for residents to pay all Wyandotte Municipal Services bills. The outdoor payment drop box has also been moved to the new property and is located at the back of the building, near the parking lot. Wyandotte City Hall operations will take up half of the first …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Closure at Pennsylvania Avenue begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Wyandotte Municipal Services announces.
Wyandotte Municipal Services has announced two street closures will take place as railroad crossings are repaired. One street closure begins Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue railroad crossing, as Canadian National Illinois Central/Grand Trunk Western Railroad makes repairs. Repairs will be to the street and railroad grade, and the expected completion date and reopening is Nov. 8. In addition, work on the Emmons Boulevard railroad track crossing will begin at 8 a.m. Nov. 4. Its expected completion and reopening is 6 p.m. Nov. 9. During the repairs, Pennsylvania and Emmons will be completely closed to traffic at the railroad crossings. Residents should plan to use different routes during these closure times.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The increase is expected to cost the average resident about $4 more a month.
Wyandotte residents will be paying more for electricity come October. City Council members voted Monday night to concur with the Wyandotte Municipal Services Commission in raising residential electric rates. The increase is expected to cost the average resident about $4 more a month. Melanie McCoy, general manager of Wyandotte Municipal Services, said the average monthly residential bill is $91, based on 600 kilowatt hours of usage. The price hike will take that bill to $95, she said, noting that the same customer would pay $96 if they had DTE Energy. Ensuring that Wyandotte's prices are in line with DTE is a priority, officials said. “Our service is far superior and our rates are lower,” Councilman Todd Browning said. Mayor Joseph …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The 'Save A Watt in Wyandotte' program is designed to conserve energy and cut utility costs.
Wyandotte residents who have yet to take advantage of the free home energy audits being offered by the city are in luck as the program has been extended through the end of September. Through the "Save a Watt in Wyandotte" program, every Wyandotte home, whether rented or owned, is eligible for free energy inspections as well as grants, discounts, and low-interest loans for energy efficient upgrades. The program, being overseen by Wyandotte Municipal Services, is designed to help Wyandotte homeowners make their homes more energy efficient and comfortable. It's being paid for through $4.3 million in state and federal grants. “We’ve performed free home energy audits to over 1,400 homes, but we’re shooting for at least 2,000," said Pamela …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Due to an equipment upgrade, users won't be notified in July if they surpass their monthly usage limit.
If you use Wyandotte Municipal Services' high speed Internet, you'll want to pay extra attention to how much you use in July. Due to an equipment upgrade, users will not be notified in July if they surpass their monthly usage limit. An email typically went out to warn users of a potential overcharge, but that email will not be going out this month. Here's the announcement posted Monday afternoon to WMS' Facebook page: As a valued customer, Wyandotte Municipal Services is committed to keeping you informed about any changes in the status of your service with us. In order to better serve you, we will be upgrading some of our infrastructure equipment. Effective July 12, 2012 you will be able to manage your email accounts and check your …