City of Ann Arbor

Brian Steglitz
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

There a number of threats to the health and safety of drinking water in Ann Arbor, and there are some major decisions to be made in the near future. The discussions center on whether to keep the city’s water autonomous and invest in local facilities or create the infrastructure needed to get water from the Detroit system. Either way, there will be a hefty price tag. WEMU’s David Fair looked at where it is stands and where it’s headed with Brian Steglitz, the manager of Water Treatment Services in Ann Arbor.  


Ann Arbor
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Life is always busy in Ann Arbor, and the city's mayor, Christopher Taylor, talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about some of the many issues city officials are currently addressing.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

For this week's "On The Ground Ypsi," WEMU's Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg from Concentrate Media talk with Peter Sanderson from the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation division about recently completed improvements to Ypsilanti area parks and trails and what else is in the works.


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

The City of Ann Arbor has set an ambitious goal of achieving communtiy-wide carbon neutrality by 2030. The steps are set forth in the city's A2Zero plan. It is likely, however, that, to meet the target, taxpayers will have to help. Mayor Christopher Taylor recently presented a one-mill, 20-year, property tax plan to make it possible. He joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the proposal and more. 


Missy Stults
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

In 2020, the City of Ann Arbor adopted its ambitious "A2Zero" plan that would make the city completely carbon neutral by the year 2030. Now, one year later, progress on the plan continues. WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak checked in with Ann Arbor sustainability and innovations manager Missy Stults. Listen and get the updates on progress so far and the work still needed to meet the 2030 target. 


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There will be no deer cull in Ann Arbor this year.

Tom Crawford
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

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.


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

The Gelman 1,4 dioxane plume continues to spread in groundwater in the Ann Arbor area and could threaten the health of the Huron River and the city's municipal water supply. Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor joined WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters director Lisa Wozniak to discuss the latest on efforts to remediate the toxic pollution and where we go from here.


Cicada
Thomas O'Dell / Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Tom O'Dell, a collections and natural areas specialist at the University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, is excited for the 17-year return of the" "Noisy Brood X Periodical Cicadas." He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about what he considers to be "a natural wonder that occurs only in the United States, on Planet Earth every 17 years, which means it happens only four to five times in a person's lifetime!"


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. 


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The City of Ann Arbor is preparing for a massive swarm of cicadas this spring.

State of Michigan / michigan.gov

It was just over a year ago that residents of Michigan were told to “stay home...stay safe” by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, otherwise referred to as “lockdown” by some people due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor city administrator Tom Crawford to find out what impact that has had on the city and what else has been going on in City Hall as work continues, despite the global health crisis.


New PFAS Chemical Detected In Ann Arbor's Water Supply

Mar 24, 2021
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Monthly test show a unique PFAS chemical is in the city's water.  WEMU's Heather Irvine has more.


Solar
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Ann Arbor is receiving a silver designation from the national SolSmart program.  WEMU's Heather Irvine has more about what that means.


Shamrock
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.

Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer touched on numerous topics in her third State of the State address, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, repairing Michigan's economy, and promoting racial diversity.  In a conversation with WEMU's David Fair, Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor discusses how the governor's speech connects with the City of Ann Arbor and its goals.


getDowntown

The annual winter commuter challenge known as "Conquer the Cold" will be a bit different this year because of the pandemic.  


City of Ann Arbor

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.  


Ann Arbor
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

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

Ann Arbor residents currently have four drop-off sites available to them to discard their Christmas trees.  


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.  


City of Ann Arbor

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.  


City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is encouraging residents to become more environmentally friendly during the pandemic. 


City of Ann Arbor

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


Ann Arbor District Library Closes Due To COVID-19

Nov 16, 2020
Wikipedia

The Ann Arbor District Library will be closed during the next two weeks after library staff and family members of library employees tested positive for COVID-19.  

City of Ann Arbor

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

City of Ann Arbor

The weekend street closures in Ann Arbor that provided additional outdoor space for businesses during COVID-19 have ended.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor says the satellite voter registration office they opened at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art Stenn Gallery was a success.  

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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