Ann Arbor City Council

Tom Crawford
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Ann Arbor city administrator Tom Crawford says as they wrap up the next proposed city budget, they have a lot to consider. The cancellation of the Ann Arbor Art Fair means a loss of at least $15 million to the city, but they also got double the amount of federal stimulus funds than expected.

He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about that and shares his thoughts about when Ann Arbor's city hall may reopen to employees and residents.


Lisa Denys

Spring is in the air, and it's tempting to clean up the yard.  Yet, starting too early, or cleaning too thoroughly, can be devastating to our pollinators, including bees, birds and butterfiles.  On this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair spoke with Lisa Denys, a seasonal environmental program assistant for Washtenaw County, about some tips for maintaining a clean and environmentally friendly yard. 


Katie Scott
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As an elected official and a cardiovascular ICU nurse at Michigan Medicine, Katie Scott, who represents District 9 as a Washtenaw County commissioner, has experienced quite a bit over this past year in a pandemic.

She talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about that and her decision to write a public letter addressing recent comments shared by an Ann Arbor city council member, which contained a quote attacking journalists and included a homophobic slur.


Mary Thiefels

The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission is an advisory body to City Council with the goal of creating public art in Ann Arbor that improves the aesthetic quality of public spaces and structures and provides cultural and recreational opportunities.  Lisa Barry and Omari Rush talk to commission chair Allison Buck about public art in the city and the revival of the Golden Paintbrush Award.


Shamrock
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Saint Patrick’s Day is approaching, but from the perspective of the City of Ann Arbor, it’s going to be just another Wednesday.  WEMU’s Heather Irvine reports.

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During Monday night's January 4th Ann Arbor city council meeting, council will vote on a resolution that, if approved, will distribute a draft plan of the Ann Arbor Moving Together Towards Vision Zero plan to nearby municipalities and other stakeholders.  


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Due to the pandemic, the City of Ann Arbor is wrapping up the year with some serious budget challenges and community concerns.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Mayor Christopher Taylor for their annual "year-in-review" interview about the year coming to a close and what lies ahead for 2021.


Ann Arbor Residents To See An Increase In Water Rates

Dec 22, 2020
City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council has approved two rounds of water rate increases. 


City Of Ann Arbor Discusses Goals For 2021 And Beyond

Dec 15, 2020
City of Ann Arbor

On Monday night, Ann Arbor’s city council discussed goals the city has set for 2021 and beyond.  


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During Monday's December 7th Ann Arbor city council meeting, council will discuss a resolution that, if approved, will lead to the installation of fast-charging electric vehicle stations.  


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THRIVE Colloborative founder Matt Grocoff imagined a community built around affordable housing and sustainable energy, and he called the project "Veridian at County Farm."  Ann Arbor City Council, in October, gave final approval to the project.  Grocoff joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss where the project is, when it will be ready for move-in, and the broader and more grand vision for the future of sustainable development. 


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The City of Ann Arbor is moving forward with plans to increase housing density along transit corridors.  


City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s City Council will discuss Monday night the possibility of increasing the housing density along transit corridors.  

Ann Arbor Healthy Streets Project Has Concluded

Nov 5, 2020
City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor's Healthy Streets pilot project has ended.


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Both the City of Ann Arbor and the City of Ypsilanti have extended permits to continue allowing businesses to operate outdoors during the pandemic.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council was considering changing the city’s water rate structure but, ultimately, decided against it.  

Tom Crawford
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

With contract details finalized by Ann Arbor city council members and approved, Tom Crawford is now officially the city administrator for Ann Arbor...a position he has held on an interim basis for the past several months. 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the city administrator about his perspective and plans moving forward in the position.


City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor City Council has decided to end part of its Healthy Streets Project early over safety concerns.  

City of Ann Arbor

After a controversial discussion Monday night, Ann Arbor City Council approved a resolution that directs the city attorney to make public a 2019 city memo on whether city council has the authority to dissolve the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.  

City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority was caught by surprise when they learned that Ann Arbor’s city council will discuss two resolutions tonight to consider dissolving the DDA.  

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Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

When the Ann Arbor city council meets tonight, there will be two recently added resolutions on the agenda concerning the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.

Kathy Griswold, along with councilwoman Anne Bannister, are the council members who are sponsoring the resolutions.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Kathy Griswold about her intentions concerning the DDA and what she hopes the resolutions will bring about.


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Ann Arbor’s city council will continue discussing the city’s Solid Waste Resources Management Plan tonight.  

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Maura Thomson / Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

Between a declaration from the governor and an extension of street closures, downtown Ann Arbor is expected to remain busy despite the continuing pandemic.

WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with the executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, Susan Pollay, about the latest efforts to keep the downtown area safely active during our current global health crisis.


Washtenaw County

A virtual public question-and-answer Zoom meeting will be held Thursday, September 24th at 6:30 pm to discuss a proposed consent judgement between Gelman Sciences and other parties involved, regarding the 1,4 dioxane plume clean-up in our area.  

City Of Ann Arbor Decriminalizes Psychedelic Plants

Sep 22, 2020
City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council approved a resolution that decriminalizes psychedelic plants.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s current interim city administrator, Tom Crawford, has been offered the job permanently.  

City of Ann Arbor

Pedestrian and bicyclist safety, as well as what steps the City of Ann Arbor will take next in hiring a new city administrator, will be among the issues discussed Monday night during a special and work session held by city council.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council will hold a special session Monday night September 14th to discuss the next steps to take in hiring a new city administrator.  

City of Ann Arbor

Contract negotiations between the City of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor Police Officers Association continue.  It was a main topic of discussion during Monday night’s city council meeting.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor will host virtual meetings to allow members of the public to meet the three candidates being considered for the city administrator job.  

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