City of Ann Arbor

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.


Christopher Taylor
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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
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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.

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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.


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


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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.

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.


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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.  


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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

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
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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.


City of Ann Arbor

Six environmental and climate organizations in Washtenaw County have endorsed the City of Ann Arbor’s affordable housing proposal that voters will see on the November ballot.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor voters will consider three city proposals for next week’s November 3rd general election.  


EMU Police To Host COVID-19 Friendly Event This Friday

Oct 27, 2020
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To make it easier for parents to help their kids celebrate Halloween this year during the pandemic, Eastern Michigan University’s Police Department will hold a drive-thru candy event on Friday, October 30th.  

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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.


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