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Civic Matters: Ann Arbor Public Schools Retreat, 'Voting Is Sexy,' MDOT Input, And More

Aug 20, 2018

Voting Checklist
Credit Courtesy Photo / votingissexy2018.com

It won't be long before students of all ages start a new school year, but there's still a few things to do in the world of civic engagement.  WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan will talk about back-to-school preparations in the Ann Arbor area, as well as developments in Ann Arbor city business, in this week's "Civic Matters."


Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative in Ann Arbor

Mary Morgan brings a wealth of experience to the airwaves.  While heading up the CivCity Initiative now, Mary was previously co-founder and publisher of the Ann Arbor Chronicle.  Prior to that, she served as a reporter and editor for the Ann Arbor News when it was a daily, print edition newspaper. 

This Week's Topics:

   • It's almost back-to-school time, and the Ann Arbor Public Schools board is gearing up with a retreat on Wednesday, Aug. 22.  It starts at 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Ann Arbor, 3200 Boardwalk Dr.  The agenda isn't yet posted, but one thing they might mention: New principals for four AAPS schools.

   • Speaking of back-to-school prep, the folks at UM's Voting Is Sexy project have created a checklist for returning students to make sure they're ready to vote in November.  Check it out here – it's useful for everyone.

   • On the public meeting front, this week's Ann Arbor City Council meeting is pushed back to Thursday due to the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, which begins Monday evening.  The meeting includes a report on how to increase citizen participation in the next budget process, among other items.  Click here for the full agenda.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 301 E. Huron.  You can watch on CTN Channel 16 and online here.

John Fournier
Credit City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

   • The City of Ann Arbor is adding to its management ranks with the recent hire of John Fournier as assistant city administration, a newly created position.  Starting in early September with a salary of $150,000, Fournier will be the city's ombudsman and point person for residential groups, among other responsibilities.  His current job is as director of on-street and metered parking for the Pittsburgh Parking Authority.

MDOT Map
Credit Michigan Department of Transportation / michigan.gov
   

   • Finally, the Michigan Dept. of Transportation is seeking input on a 5-year plan that includes 5 projects in Washtenaw County.  Comments will be accepted until Tuesday, Aug. 21 and can be e-mailed to mdot-five-year-program@michigan.gov or sent to: Lina Chapman, MDOT Systems Evaluation and Program Development Unit, 425 W. Ottawa St. P.O. Box 30050 Lansing, MI 48909.  Click here for details.

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu