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Civic Matters: Opioids Forum, Compensation For Ann Arbor Mayor And Council And More

Oct 9, 2017

Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initaitive

Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.

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. 


Community forum on Opioids and Mental Health 

• A reminder that Tuesday, Oct. 10 is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 election. Check your registration status and get details about how to register on Michigan.gov/vote. More info about candidates and ballot proposals is on AnnArborVotes.org.

• Also on Tuesday, Oct. 10, members of the Saline High Debate Team will present pros & cons on the countywide tax proposal for public safety and mental health services, which will be on the Nov. 7ballot. The event is organized by the League of Women Voters and will be held at Community Television Network Studios, 2805 S. Industrial. You can watch CTN Channel 19 or online here.

• The Ann Arbor Local Officers Compensation Commission meets on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Their main agenda item? Recommending raises for the mayor and city council. If approved, the mayor would earn $44,236 in FY2019 and $45,210 in FY2020. Council members would earn $16,588 in FY2019 and $16,953 in FY2020. 

• Now that you've read the the 212-page report on the proposed train station, you're ready for a public forum, right? No worries – the Ann Arbor city staff will give you the Cliff's Notes version at a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at city hall. The forum starts at 6:30 p.m. at city hall's 2nd floor council chambers, 301 E. Huron. It focuses on a new environmental assessment of two sites – different design options at the train station's current location on Depot Street, and at a site on Fuller Road closer to the UM medical complex. The deadline for giving feedback on this stage is 5 p.m. on Nov. 2. Get more info on the city's Ann Arbor Station website.

• There are vacancies on 18 Washtenaw County advisory boards/commissions in a wide range of categories – including food policy, historic preservation, parks & recreation and many more! Click here for the full list and more info on how to apply. The deadline to submit your resume is Monday, Nov. 13. If you're interested in serving on the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council, you have a bit more time – applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 29.

• As autumn leaves drop, it's a good time to remember our civic infrastructure – and all those clogged stormdrains on our city streets. Check out the Adopt-A-Stormdrain program operated by the Huron River Watershed Council. Or just take on the task for clearing the stormdrain on your street and be an #H2OHero!