For the first time ever, Washtenaw County officials will be preparing a four-year budget proposal. County commissioners voted 7 to 2 Wednesday night in favor of a resolution directing the county's administration to develop a quadrennial budget. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Washtenaw County's point-in-time homeless count saw a jump of 123 additional people without shelter this year compared to the count day in 2011. County officials fear the problem of homelessness may continue to grow. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Washtenaw County is considering the expansion of community support treatment services to help meet the needs of a growing number of people receiving mental illness and substance abuse services. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the plan.
Find out more about fair food systems on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU. Our guest is Oran Hesterman, who discusses fair food systems in Washtenaw County, and some of the ways in which the county is working to provide equitable access to sustainable foods for all residents.
The Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail is a step closer to completion, thanks to an easement obtained by the City of Ypsilanti from Fischer Honda on Michigan Avenue.
Ypsilanti City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the easement will clear the way for a pedestrian bridge to be built from Riverside Park to a corner of the Fischer Honda property, with an improved Michigan Avenue crossing then linking the trail to the Water Street re-development area.
Gillotti says the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission is covering the $38,000 cost of the easement.
Before Michigan's right-to-work law takes effect later this month, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved new long-term contracts with nearly all of the unions representing county workers. Similar policy for non-union employees has been set as well. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.