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Superficially, yesterday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency struck us as refreshing. The high court charged the EPA with over-reaching its authority in 2011 by issuing a new air pollution control rule. What’s alarming, however, is the strict timeframes given utility companies in deciding investments in electrical power plants. The EPA can use them as leverage, setting up unreasonable policies that force costly decisions well before the high court can strike them down. Thus the judgment may be a pyrrhic victory for those seeking “reasonableness” in government. On another subject we haven’t heard much about attempts by the most conservative members of Michigan’s state legislature to eliminate our state’s prevailing wage law. It appears to have been languishing since April, with Governor Rick Snyder repeatedly saying he has no interest in it at this time. Late last week a new report focused on what could happen if Michigan dropped its law. It wouldn’t be good. Go To Dragline

‘The Grand Castle' May Rise In Grandville

At its July 13th meeting the Grandville City Council is slated to consider a planned unit development request for “The Grand Castle,” a mixed use housing, retail, and office project inspired by the Bavarian castle of Neuschwanstein. Full Story

Skilled Trades Training Topic Of July 21 Meeting

An informational meeting on the Skilled Trades Training Fund for employers has been scheduled for July 21st at the Schoolcraft College VisTaTech Center in Livonia by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Full Story

Bidding Held Up On TBTA’s New Bus Facility


Plans for a new, $7.5 million bus facility on an Alpena Township site for the Thunder Bay Area Transit Authority (TBTA) have been delayed, awaiting word of financing from the Michigan Department of Transportation.  Full Story

Kal-Blue Marketing Coordinator Murdered

Rachel Lynn Drafta, a marketing coordinator for Kal-Blue in Kalamazoo, was mortally wounded Wednesday by a gunshot to the head apparently fired by an ex-girlfriend of a man she was dating. Full Story

Escanaba Eyes Reviving Historic Bank Building

The city of Escanaba is seeking a developer interested in repurposing an historic, downtown bank building as a mixed use structure. Full Story

MSU Slates ‘Construction Junction’ For Thursday, July 9th

The next “Construction Junction” meeting conducted by Michigan State University is scheduled for Thursday, July 9th, in Room 343 of the College of Law Building, starting at 8:30 am. Full Story

DEQ To Outline Its Replacement Database System

Responding to demand, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Resources Division has scheduled a third MIWaters 101 workshop at the West Campus of Lansing Community College. Full Story

Birmingham’s Iconic 555 Building May Be Changed

Conceptual plans for major improvements to the 14 story high 555 Building in downtown Birmingham are being discussed but it appears a change in the city’s zoning ordinance will be required. Full Story

Asti Environmental Tapped By Rochester Hills

The city of Rochester Hills has awarded a multiyear contract to Asti Environmental, Brighton, to provide wetlands and environmental services to the city. Full Story

Academy Seeks To Reopen Lincoln Middle School

An $11 million fundraising effort was announced late last week for renovating the closed Lincoln Middle School in Pontiac to serve as expansion space for the International Technology Academy (ITA.) Full Story

VA Ann Arbor To Expand Parking Deck

A pre-solicitation notice has been published by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs concerning plans for a 307 space parking deck expansion at the East Parking Structure at the VA Ann Arbor Health Care System at 2215 Fuller Road. Full Story

Wyandotte Plans Power Plant Improvements

A public comment period extending to July 17th is being conducted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on a proposal to install application filed by the city of Wyandotte for its power plant. Full Story

Durand Schools Unveil November School Bond

The Michigan Department of Treasury has announced a bond proposal for the November 3rd ballot. Durand Area Schools will be asking voters to approve $6.4 million for school building renovations, instructional technology installation, and athletic facility upgrades. Full Story

Spirit Plans Maintenance Hanger At Detroit Metro

Last Friday Spirit Airlines reported it will be constructing a new maintenance hanger at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport that’s expected to cost about $31.7 million. Full Story

Consultant To Assist Ingham County Parks Network

A design consultant was hired last week by the Ingham County Board of Commissioners to providing professional services for deriving best value in investing a parks millage recently approved by voters. Full Story