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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.  

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

Tom Crawford
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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 Is Recruiting Climate Ambassadors

Oct 19, 2020
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The City of Ann Arbor is looking for residents to participate in its A2 Zero Climate Ambassador Program.  

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The City of Ann Arbor plans to align its Solid Waste Resources Management Plan with its A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan.  

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

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The Ann Arbor Independent Community Police Oversight Commission has expressed concerns over an employment agreement the City of Ann Arbor approved for the Ann Arbor Police Officers Association.  

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The Washtenaw County Department of Elections wants to assure voters that absentee ballots will be counted on Election Day.  

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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.  

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

University of Michigan

The City of Ann Arbor’s new satellite city clerk’s office at the University of Michigan has registered numerous voters since it opened inside the Museum of Art Stenn Gallery on September 22nd.  

Ann Arbor Spark Using 100% Renewable Energy

Oct 1, 2020
Ann Arbor Spark

Ann Arbor Spark is now using 100% renewable energy to power its office buildings.  

A2Y Regional Chamber

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber has formally endorsed an affordable housing millage that Ann Arbor voters will see on the November ballot.  

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The Washtenaw County Elections Department says voters will soon start to see an increase in the number of absentee ballot drop-off boxes being installed around the county.  

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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.  

Leslie Science and Nature Center

Outdoor programming at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor will resume this fall after a $535,000 soil remediation project was completed this summer.  

City Of Ann Arbor Decriminalizes Psychedelic Plants

Sep 22, 2020
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Ann Arbor’s city council approved a resolution that decriminalizes psychedelic plants.  

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

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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.  

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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.  

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The Ann Arbor Independent Community Police Oversight Commission says they’re starting to see a new type of complaint being filed. 

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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.  

Brian Steglitz
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For decades, a 1,4 dioxane plume has contaminated groundwater in Scio Township and Ann Arbor.  Legal battles have been ongoing with the original polluter, Gelman Sciences, and its subsequent owners.  Now, a new consent judgement has been reached and it is expected to improve the situation.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with the City of Ann Arbor's water treatment services manager, Brian Steglitz, about the agreement and what needs to happen next to get the settlement approved and implemented. 


Main Street Area Association

The Ann Arbor Main Street Area Association says businesses will have to get creative during the winter months to accommodate customers outdoors due to COVID-19.  

Healthy Streets Project Underway In Ann Arbor

Aug 31, 2020
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The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority is reconfiguring some city streets as part of its Healthy Streets pilot program. 

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As University of Michigan students return to Ann Arbor, the City of Ann Arbor has reinstated a local state of emergency order and implemented a new face covering and social gathering ordinance.  

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Ann Arbor’s city council will decide Monday night if they want to reinstate a local state of emergency in response to COVID-19 after lifting the original order in mid-June.  

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Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Usually, the return of thousands of University of Michigan students to the Ann Arbor area adds an exciting and anticipatory energy to the community.  But this year, because we are in a pandemic, that excitement is tempered by concerns for public health and safety.  Will students adhere to recommended restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19?  What impact will their added presence have on the Ann Arbor community during this global health crisis?  Those are some of the questions WEMU’s Lisa Barry discussed with Ann Arbor mayor Christopher Taylor and Ann Arbor police chief Michael Cox.

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