The snow has started to arrive. In this week's edition of "Civic Matters," get a reminder on snow policy and how to keep track of Ann Arbor snow plows. Additionally, WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan will discuss a financial strategy meeting of the Ann Arbor City Council and whether City Administrator Howard Lazarus will be leaving for Texas.
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.
Resources for this week's topics:
• With our first substantive snowfall of the season, it's a good time to review the rules for shoveling sidewalks and moving your car off the street in a snow emergency, find out where to get free sand/salt, and see how to track city snow plows.
• The deadline is approaching to apply for the Ann Arbor Community Emergency Response Team training program. The CERT program trains participants in basic disaster response skills, with a focus on potential hazards for Washtenaw County. Training takes place over three Saturdays in January and February. The deadline to apply is noon on Monday, Dec. 18. Click here for details.
• A group of University of Michigan students are organizing a "consensus conference" about the impact of autonomous vehicles – and they're looking for community members to participate. It requires a commitment to meet over three Saturdays in February, March and April. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 20, and they're looking for a diverse set of perspectives. Click here for details.
• The Ann Arbor City Council is holding an off-site financial planning session on Monday – 4 p.m. at the downtown library. It's both a prep for the next fiscal year's budget and a look at at longer-term issues/goals. Issues on the horizon include projects like the Treeline greenway, a possible new train station, and potential development of city-owned properties. Related to that last item, at its Dec. 18 meeting the council is expected to vote on reconvening an economic development task force, which would make recommendations on the use of city-owned properties.
• Will city administrator Howard Lazarus be around to implement any of this? He's one of two finalists for the city manager job in Austin, Texas. He's expected to have another round of interviews there this week.
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