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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.  

City of Ann Arbor

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.  

Washtenaw County
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If trends hold true, it is likely there will be an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases as students return to the University of Michigan and other schools in Washtenaw County.  Still, there are so many variables, it is hard to determine short and longer-term outcomes.  WEMU's David Fair discussed the latest information with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia. 


City of Ann Arbor

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.  

City of Ann Arbor

On Thursday night, Ann Arbor City Council interviewed the four finalists being considered for the city administrator position.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor continues to move forward with the process of hiring a new city administrator.  

Bryan Weinert
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Recycling operations will soon become more localized in the Ann Arbor area.  The Materials Recovery facility, or the MRF, has been closed for processing for about four years.  It will be overhauled, and processing functions are expected to be operational in summer of 2021.  Recycle Ann Arbor has a 10-year contract to run the MRF.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Recycle Ann Arbor’s director of strategy, Bryan Weinert, about localizing recycling once again. 


City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is one step closer to hiring a new city administrator.  


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Ann Arbor's city council will discuss a proposed ordinance Thursday night that would place restrictions on short-term rentals, like Airbnb, in residential neighborhoods.

Winning more than 60 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary race for Ann Arbor City Council, Jen Eyer beat incumbent Jack Eaton and will face no opposition on the ballot in November.  She talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about what she hopes will happen when she joins several other new city council members early next year.


Linh Song won the Democratic primary election for the Ann Arbor 2nd ward city council seat and faces no opposition on the November ballot.  She talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about the election and says she is grateful for the opportunity to represent Ann Arbor.


City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council will discuss Monday night placing an affordable housing millage proposal on the November general election ballot.  


A new survey reveals that 77% of voters in Ann Arbor would support an affordable housing millage if it appeared on a local ballot.  

City Of Ann Arbor Wants To Improve Pedestrian Safety

Jul 13, 2020
City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor hopes to improve pedestrian safety by hiring a Vision Zero engineer.  

Christopher Taylor
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Despite this year's focus on the coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest, climate change remains a great threat to the world.  This past June, Ann Arbor city officials took a major step in fighting this crisis by approving the "A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan."  The overall goal is for the city of Ann Arbor to completely eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.  Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor details the plan further in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair for this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Weber's

Ann Arbor’s city council will consider a resolution tonight to allow Weber’s Hotel to temporarily use its property for a drive-in theater.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor may close more streets in the downtown area to allow businesses to expand their operations outdoors during the pandemic for social distancing.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is moving forward with its Safe Social Distancing Outdoors project as a result of COVID-19.  

Christopher Taylor
Christopher Taylor

Local law enforcement is top of mind in many communities around the country, including in Ann Arbor.  The city council recently introduced a resolution asking for a review of the city's police department, which raised some questions and concerns from the Independent Community Police Oversight Commission tasked with overseeing the investigation.

After talking with the commission chair, WEMU's Lisa Barry checks in with Ann Arbor mayor Christopher Taylor for his hopes and intentions for the police department review.


Lisa Jackson

Like many communities across the country, police reform is an important topic being discussed by local government officials including in Ann Arbor.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Lisa Jackson, chair of the Independent Community Police Oversight Commission in Ann Arbor, which is looking into its own ideas for how that should be done. 

 

 

Ann Arbor City Council To Discuss COVID-19 Tonight

Jun 15, 2020
City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council will continue discussing tonight actions they can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

City of Ann Arbor

Various streets in downtown Ann Arbor have closed to vehicle traffic to allow restaurants, bars, and retail businesses to offer patio services because of COVID-19.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is moving forward with its process of hiring a permanent city administrator.  

Micah Bartelme
Micah Bartelme

As Ann Arbor bars and restaurants prepare to reopen after being closed by the pandemic since mid-March, things will definitely be different.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Micah Bartelme, principal and CEO of BarStar Group, which owns and operates several Ann Arbor area bars and restaurants, including Nightcap, LoFi, and Babs Underground in the downtown area.  Also a board member of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, he talks about the far-reaching effects the global health crisis has had on the Ann Arbor restaurant scene.


City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council has approved the city’s “A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan” after making an amendment to the project.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council will continue discussing the “A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan” Monday night.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council approved a $466 million city budget Monday night.  

City of Ann Arbor

Despite having a COVID-19 financial recovery plan, Ann Arbor’s city council is expected to adopt a pre-pandemic city budget Monday night.  


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