A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Sept. 8 in Macomb Township for the new Joseph E. Koss Public Safety Building. The nearly 38,000-square-foot building is utilized by the Macomb Township Fire Department and Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Sept. 8 in Macomb Township for the new Joseph E. Koss Public Safety Building. The nearly 38,000-square-foot building is utilized by the Macomb Township Fire Department and Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

File photo by Alex Szwarc

A look back at Macomb Township’s top headlines of 2021

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 21, 2021


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — This year in Macomb Township, residents saw the opening of new places, topped by the Public Safety Building and a new library.

With 2021 nearly in the books, take a trip with the Chronicle as we look back at the good and the bad of what the year offered. For more on these stories, check out our archives at candgnews.com.


In mid-January, a federal court order stated that ex-Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci has provided assistance to the government’s investigation, including the agreement to testify in the case. Bucci was a Macomb Township trustee from 2000 until the Board approved his resignation letter in November 2018. Bucci’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 11.

Also this month, ex-Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, of Macomb Township, pled guilty in federal court to one felony count of obstruction of justice.


The Macomb Township Board of Trustees agreed that the positions of human resources director and legal counsel in the township should no longer be held by one person.

Since then, the township has had a human resources director and is contracted with two law firms — Aloia & Associates, and York, Dolan & Tomlinson — to provide legal services.

On Feb. 24, four women working at the Macomb Township business Relax Spa Massage were taken into custody, with a pair facing prostitution-related charges. It is alleged that the business was operating as a house of prostitution.


Just before 6 a.m. March 23, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Ascension St. John Hospital Health Center at 23 Mile in Macomb Township. Police said a deceased man was found outside the hospital, near 23 Mile and Romeo Plank roads. A few days later, police revealed the death was being investigated as a suicide.


On Easter, April 4, units from the Macomb Township Fire Department responded to a fire at a home in the 55500 block of Frost Drive, near 25 Mile and Broughton roads. Fire officials believed an air compressor shorted out, causing a fire and explosions. All occupants of the home and a couple of dogs escaped.

In mid-April, the Macomb Township Board accepted a property donation for over 14 acres of land. It is located west of Romeo Plank Road, north of 22 Mile Road. It was donated by Joyce and Bill Pitchford as a charitable gift. It’s intended that the area will be utilized as a park.


In May, it was reported that Apollon Nimo, of Macomb Township, was federally charged in a wire fraud scheme involving the trafficking of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Employee Purchase Control Numbers, or EPCNs. It is alleged that Nimo, a salesman at Parkway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Clinton Township, improperly trafficked in, used and sold FCA EPCNs to provide discounts to non-qualified car buyers from 2014 through the present. His next court appearance is scheduled for January.


In his June 18 State of Macomb Township address, Supervisor Frank Viviano said when he ran for office, he knew it was going to be a big job restoring credibility to town hall. He noted that if something was going to change, it had to happen internally first.

Also at the address, a new township logo was unveiled. The logo depicts a capital M and T on the left, with the words Macomb Township on the right, underlined in red.


Speaking from Ojibwa Elementary July 7, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill that appropriated $4.4 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funding to support schools across the state. House Bill 4421 distributes over $4 billion from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief to power schools’ efforts to get students back on track.

At a July Macomb Township Planning Commission meeting, special land uses and site plans were approved for a proposed Meijer. The development is proposed at the northeast corner of 24 Mile and Hayes roads, east of Comerica Bank, west of Bayberry Drive. The store would be roughly 90,000 square feet.


A man accused in a 2011 murder case was sentenced. Joseph Reiner was sentenced Aug. 5 to 15-20 years in prison. Reiner allegedly stabbed 69-year-old JoAnn Eisenhardt.

The Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch on 24 Mile Road permanently closed Aug. 21. The library had operated from that location for 20 years. About 80,000 items moved to the site of the new North Branch, which opened in September.


On Sept. 9, Macomb Township firefighter Joe Warne began his third, 140-mile walk. The Walk for the Red ended Sept. 12, east of Grand Rapids. Money raised from the walk, a minimum of $87,000, went to benefit firefighters with cancer.

A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the Joseph E. Koss Public Safety Building took place Sept. 8. The roughly 37,700-square-foot building is designed to accommodate 25 firefighters and up to 60 law enforcement officers.


On Oct. 22, Immanuel Lutheran School eighth grader Jonathan Gargaro was struck by a car as he and friends were crossing 24 Mile Road on foot around 9:15 p.m. to go to a nearby 7-Eleven. He survived the crash and was responsive. He suffered a fractured skull and has fractured neck bones, fractured ribs and a broken arm. A GoFundMe page was created a few days later. As of mid-December, nearly $41,000 was raised, with almost 400 people donating.


The first week of the month, Macomb Township’s Richard Silva received a 2021 Ford Escape Titanium at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, thanks to Citizens Bank and the Military Warriors Support Foundation. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps corporal and a combat wounded veteran. He was in the Marines from 2000 to 2008. Since he moved to Michigan last year, Silva has driven fellow veterans to the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System for appointments.


Chippewa Valley Schools bus drivers organized an effort to show support to Oxford Community Schools. On Dec. 8, a caravan of buses traveled, with a police escort, to Oxford High School. Messages like “Oxford strong” were inscribed on the buses prior to departure.