The Year in Review: Niles schools bond falls to stinging defeat

Published 4:44 am Saturday, December 30, 2006

By Staff
4NILES – The $105 million bond proposal was defeated Feb. 28 by a vote count of 1,305 to 4,471.
Superintendent of Niles Community Schools Doug Law said the school board was disappointed and surprised by the outcome.
The district's bond steering committee presented a new proposal during the Dec. 18 meeting of the board of education.
Law said the next step is a Jan. 30, 2007, appointment with the state treasury department to approve the request. The bond proposal will appear on the May 8 election ballot.
Niles-Buchanan YMCA
opens new building
3NILES – More than 100 people crowded into the lobby of the new 'Y' on Dec. 2 for the official opening and brief speeches by board members, Joe Wasserman of Lakeland Regional Health System and YMCA executive director Bret Hendrie.
Niles Mayor Michael McCauslin also addressed the crowd, and named Dec. 2, 2006 Niles-Buchanan YMCA Day.
"The City of Niles has been incredibly fortunate to have the YMCA … within its borders," McCauslin said.
The 56,000 square foot facility, years in the making, holds a gymnasium, swimming pools, an elevated track, a rehabilitation center and a fitness center.
Niles' Truesdell sets her sights on Michigan House
2NILES – Judy Truesdell aimed to be the first person from Niles to represent the 78th District in Lansing, but her attempt fell short on Nov. 8.
Neal Nitz, R-Baroda, earned 51.82 percent of the votes, defeating Truesdell on Election Day.
Truesdell ran on a platform that offered a job creation plan that would provide tax breaks to "companies that create good paying jobs right here at home in the 78th district and elsewhere in our state."
Truesdell ran in a campaign season that brought a host of political figures to Niles, including Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Bill Frist, R-Tenn.