The importance of neighborhood associations and their
relationship to city government and to other community organizations became
increasingly apparent when the Ypsilanti Police Department began to implement
the concept of community policing in our city. Under this system,
neighborhoods communicate their needs and concerns directly to police
representatives through neighborhood association liaisons.
Even as the process was in its initial stages several years
ago, the YESNA Board of Directors began to question its ability to accurately
and efficiently represent the diverse interests of the 1,200 households within
the boundaries as they existed; roughly from Michigan Avenue north to Clark
Road and from Huron Street east to the City limits.
With this in mind, the Board held a meeting in early fall of
2002 which included City Council members Sandie Schulze and Barry LaRue,
Ypsilanti police officer and CoPAC representative Captain Matt Harshberger,
the YESNA Board of Directors, and several other interested persons. The
intention was to seek out methods to more effectively represent our
constituents. One important outcome of that meeting was the group decision to
break down our large area into smaller and more distinct ‘neighborhoods’ and
encourage the formation of new neighborhood associations from within our
original boundaries. Since that meeting, two new associations have formed; the
Prospect Park Neighborhood Association and the South Depot Town Association.
In addition, discussions are taking place in two other areas.
Thus, we have made the following changes, which we think
more accurately reflect the character and unifying interests of the affected
home and business owners.
We have changed our name and redefined our boundaries. Our
new name is the Historic East Side Neighborhood Association. The new
boundaries begin at the intersection of Prospect and Forest Avenue, proceed
west on Forest to Norris, then south on Norris to the right-of-way on the
railroad tracks, then southeasterly along the RR ROW to Grove Street, then
north on Grove to East Cross Street, then east on East Cross to Prospect, then
north on Prospect to Forest Avenue, the place of beginning; inclusive of the
boundaries on both sides of the aforementioned boundaries and all properties
Bylaws of the Historic
East Side Neighborhood Association
The name of this association is: The Ypsilanti East Side
Neighborhood Association, Inc. incorporated under the Membership Corporation
laws of the State of Michigan on February 21, 1979.
The objects of this Association shall be to protect and promote the best
interests of the residents of the area herein after set forth; to promote
and strive for the improvement and betterment of all public facilities and
services within said area; to promote and encourage a better community and
civic spirit and to foster goodwill and friendship between and among all the
residents of said area; to preserve and promote the history and historical
character of said areas; to cooperate with County and City officials and
with other civic and public organizations for the general welfare of the
entire community of Ypsilanti.
The area to be covered and encompassed by the activities of this
Association shall be bounded on the north by the City limits (Holmes Avenue
and Clark Street), on the east by the City limits (Campbell, Garland, Twin
Towers, and River Streets), on the south by Michigan Avenue and the west by
Huron Street (including).
All persons living within the boundaries are eligible for
membership upon payment of dues. Every member shall be eligible to vote on
all matters affecting this Association and shall be entitled to all
membership privileges therein.
The annual dues of this Association shall be $5 per individual or
$10 per household per annum, payable in advance. In individual cases of
hardship, dues may be adjusted by the board of directors. Any Member who
shall be in arrears in the payment of dues for a period of thirty (30) days,
shall be ineligible to vote at any meeting until such arrears have been
fully paid. Dues are payable yearly at or by the annual fall meeting.
- FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of this Association shall commence on the 1st day of October
and end the 30th day of September.
- General meetings shall be held each March and
September unless changed by the board of directors for compelling reasons
and with notice to the membership.
- Special meetings shall be called by the President
whenever deemed necessary or whenever called upon to do so by two members
of the board of directors.
- Notices of all meetings and elections shall be in
writing given (or mailed) to each member not less than five (5) days nor
more than fifteen (15) days before the date set for any such meeting. All
notices of any special meeting shall state the purpose of the meeting.
- Decisions at all meetings shall be made by a
majority vote of the members present, except in the case of the bylaw
amendments where the procedure is set forth in paragraph 11 of these
- Voting thereat shall be by majority vote case in
person or by proxy. Proxies shall be in writing subscribed by the member
and shall be presented to the presiding official of the meeting to be
The affairs and business of this Association shall be managed by a
board of eight (8) directors, of which, four (4) members shall be the
officers of the Association.
- Directors shall be elected at the general meetings
by those members present. Only members in good standing can be elected to
the board of directors.
- Such Directors shall serve for the ensuing three
years or until their successors have been elected and qualified.
- Special or regular meetings of the board of
directors shall be called by the president monthly, whenever he or she
deems them necessary, or whenever he or she is called upon to do so by two
of the directors.
The officers of this Association shall be four (4) in number: a
president, a vice-president, a secretary, and a treasurer.
- The president shall be the chief executive of the
Association charged with the duty of supervising all of its functions,
subject to the orders of the board of directors. He or she shall be
ex-officio a member of all committees.
- In the president’s absence or in the event of his
or her inability to act, the vice-president shall perform the duties of
president. He or she shall also perform such other functions as the board
of directors may from time to time assign.
- The secretary shall conduct the correspondence of
the Association, issue notices of and keep minutes of the Association, be
custodian of the records, keep the roll of all members, and discharge such
duties as may be assigned to him or her by the board of directors or the
- The treasurer shall collect all membership dues and
shall have the care and custody of all the funds and property of this
Association, which shall be disbursed by him or her only upon the order of
the board of directors or of the president. He or she shall submit a
report for the preceding year at the annual meeting and shall render
special reports whenever requested to do so by the board of directors. He
or she shall deposit all funds in the name of the Association in such bank
or banks as may be designated by the board of directors.
- Should any vacancy occur in the board of directors
by death, resignation, or otherwise, the board of directors will appoint a
new Director from the membership without undue delay.
Committees shall be designated and appointed by the president as may be
The bylaws of this Association may be amended or revised by the
board of directors by unanimous vote of all Directors, or by the affirmative
vote of two-thirds of the members being present at the meeting, provided
that notice of any such meeting contains a summary of the proposed amendment