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Posted on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 11:46 a.m.

MDOT gives Camp Take Notice another day to move out

By John Counts


Camp Take Notice resident Craig Kelly moves soft drinks for the camp's goodbye party on Thursday.

Angela J. Cesere |

Read previous Camp Take Notice coverage here.

Despite beginning to erect an eight-foot fence near its property along Wagner Road to keep out the homeless, the Michigan Department of Transportation is giving Camp Take Notice another day to move out.

“They’re still in the process,” said Mark Sweeney, regional manager for the MDOT, which owns the land off Wagner Road in Scio Township just west of Ann Arbor. “There was no eviction last night. We’re letting them continue into (Friday).”

The offer is not open-ended. At the end of Friday, Sweeney said MDOT will re-assess the situation and decide if camp residents and the volunteer groups helping them should be given more time to haul out their gear. The original deadline was midnight Friday.

“It’s just for today,” Sweeney said. “We don’t want this to be a protracted thing. We just want the camp closed.”

As of 11 p.m. Thursday, evicted camp residents were still heading to the Delonis Center, said Julie Steiner, executive director of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance.

“As far as I can tell, it went as well as it could go,” Steiner said about the camp's final night.

Fifteen former residents of Camp Take Notice ended up staying the night at the Delonis Center, said Ellen Schulmeister, executive director of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.

"We expect that number will increase tonight," she said.

This story will continue to be updated as more information is available.



Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 3:32 p.m.

Actually, such encampments should all be called Bushville or Republican Conservativeville. Oh so conveniently, some people "forget" that such squatter settlements didn't exist before Deregulation Don Republicans left the door open for the crooks who knowingly caused the worst economic recession in 70 years. All of these "pragmatic conservative" commenters criticizing the inhabitants of Camp Take Notice ought to first consider this 4-year (jobless) recession - which is largely due to the right wing ideologic ignorance of how economics works. Just maybe, the major criticism ought to be directed at conservative deregulation policy, since that is the proven cause of this (jobless housing) recession. And that's just the start of the ideological scam job these arrogant moralists bought into and continue to promote. May you all sleep under the stars tonight and through next winter. LOL!


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 10:38 p.m.

Nice stairs and handrail....did they pull a building permit as required by law?


Sat, Jun 23, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

So true. So true. If one trips? Who do you sue?

Tom Todd

Sat, Jun 23, 2012 : 1:15 p.m.

just like Romney does for his car Elevator and parking garage.


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 8:15 p.m.

You could give them another month and they would not be ready!


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 7:21 p.m.

OMG I just do not understand after two years down in there the STATE now wants to kick them out... If was too pulic attention to the whole thing: 1) few weeks back a small propane burst in to flames... plastered all over on 2) then a death in the woods from only who knows.... plastered in Other than sanitary reasons no running water these poeple were very clean when they boarded AATA route 9. State of Michigan should keep in mind they do have a few camp sites that have no running water NO potty houses there is one not far from here. I go every year up by Harrison Michigan. Look them up in your camping books there is more than one... Bath in the lake, dig a hole for your potty.. been there and done that all on state land..

West of Main

Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 5:57 p.m.

My, my, somebody sure does like their root beer.

Homeland Conspiracy

Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 7:38 p.m.

Better than BEER!


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 5:32 p.m.

I'm highly confident that the "8 foot fence" they're building will be at least as effective as the various "fences" we've built on the U.S. - Mexico border.


Sat, Jun 23, 2012 : 1:34 p.m.

I could not agree more with this one.

Tom Todd

Sat, Jun 23, 2012 : 1:13 p.m.

We got to get the drugs in some how so the DEA Agents making a $100,000 a year have something to do.


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

Wait. What's this about? There's a homeless camp on MDOT land? First I've heard of it.


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 5:23 p.m.

Keep dragging your feet people

Top Cat

Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 5:18 p.m.

With the end of CTN and The "Occupy" Movement, how long will it be until the newest variation of Obamaville pops up to create some news?


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 8:16 p.m.

Lola BUT he sure ADDED to it!


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 6:15 p.m.

Top Cat, just because Obama inherited Bush's mess doesn't mean he made it.


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 5:48 p.m.

Gotta love those GOP trickle down flawlessly!

Elijah Shalis

Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 5:32 p.m.

I don't know since CTN is a Bushville created due to trickle down economics


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 4:50 p.m.

Maybe it was just me but I noticed a larger-than-normal number of homeless people shuffling around downtown this morning. Anybody else notice this? I might be asking the wrong crowd since this topic brings out people who don't usually go downtown...


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 4:10 p.m.

The photo caption says "goodbye party on Friday", but wasn't that party yesterday on Thursday......unless they are having another party today.

Tony Dearing

Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 4:18 p.m.

Thanks for pointing that out. It's been corrected.

Macabre Sunset

Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 4:02 p.m.

I'm beginning to suspect the blog is being published from this camp. So many stories about where a small group of people live, when the taxpayers are paying the bill regardless. I'm struggling to understand why this is the top news story of the year, with updates every few hours.


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 8:17 p.m.

M Brilliant take!


Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 4:19 p.m.

Because the liberal-leaning love a feel-good helping the less fortunate story, the right-leaning love hating on tax waste, and the moderates love watching the others bicker with each other. Pass the popcorn.

Jack Campbell

Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 3:58 p.m.

I'm glad that they are receiving ample help. This is a great opportunity for CTN residents to get their lives back on track. Hopefully they will leave the area in a good state. Noticed a bunch of junk (shopping carts, etc) on the road this morning.