Local Government

Ann Arbor Expecting Losses Due To COVID-19

May 12, 2020
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

The City of Ann Arbor has a better idea on what a COVID-19 financial recovery plan will look like. 


Ann Arbor Solarize Program Underway

May 12, 2020

Ann Arbor’s city council hasn’t officially adopted the city’s community-wide carbon neutrality plan, but part of that plan is already in motion.  


Ann Arbor Putting Together Financial Recovery Plan

May 11, 2020
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Ann Arbor’s city council will host a work session tonight to discuss a financial recovery plan as a result of the economic impact caused by COVID-19.  


Ann Arbor Votes To Allow Property Tax Relief

May 5, 2020
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Ann Arbor businesses and residents who are struggling to pay their property taxes on time because of COVID-19 will get a break this summer. 


Ann Arbor Council Considering Property Tax Relief

May 4, 2020
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Ann Arbor’s city council will consider a resolution tonight that would help businesses and homeowners who are struggling to pay their property taxes because of COVID-19.


Ann Arbor City Council Looking At COVID-19 Impact

Apr 21, 2020

Ann Arbor’s city council discussed its budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 last night and how COVID-19 will impact it.


Ann Arbor City Council Discussing 2021 Budget

Apr 20, 2020
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Ann Arbor’s city council will meet tonight and discuss its budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 and how COVID-19 will play a role in it.


Ann Arbor Moves Forward With Carbon Neutrality Plan

Apr 13, 2020
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

The City of Ann Arbor continues to move forward with its “A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan,” despite facing some challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis.

    

Ann Arbor Council Votes To Help Some Renters

Apr 7, 2020

Ann Arbor's city council approved a resolution Monday night that will protect some residents from being evicted during the COVID-19 crisis. 


Ann Arbor's city council will consider a resolution tonight that calls to protect some residents from being evicted during the coronavirus crisis. 


Ann Arbor City Council To Meet Online

Apr 2, 2020

As a result of COVID-19, Ann Arbor City Council will host an electronic meeting next week, instead of meeting in person.  


City of Ann Arbor

With a new executive order from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to "stay home and stay safe," Ann Arbor's top elected official says he echoes that sentiment.

WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor to see what the "new normal" is looking like in that city.


89.1 WEMU

Next week’s Ann Arbor City Council meeting will take place as planned, although some precautionary measures are being taken amidst concerns over the coronavirus.  


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

During a work session Monday night, Ann Arbor's city council briefly mentioned what their next steps are after they decided to end their employment agreement with City Administrator Howard Lazarus last week without cause.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was at the meeting and has the details.


Michael Cox
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's City Council held a closed session Monday night to learn more as to why Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox was placed on administrative paid leave earlier this month by the city administrator.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the details.


City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor City Council member Jane Lumm says the decision to remove Howard Lazarus as the city administrator came after they thought "very carefully" before voting to remove him from the job.

Lumm talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about the decision and says it boils down to "having a positive, healthy relationship between elected officials and the administrator necessary for city government to work effectively."


Jorge Avellan

With fewer than ten days left on the job, Ann Arbor city administrator Howard Lazarus looks back at his experience with the city philosophically.

Lazarus, who City Council voted to remove from office on February 18, spoke to WEMU's Lisa Barry about his approach to a public service position saying he "worked as hard as he could, as long as he could in good faith and good spirits."


Lisa Barry

Saying the residents of Ann Arbor and the reputation of the city will suffer for "years to come," Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor calls the City Council firing of city administrator Howard Lazarus a political termination.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the mayor following the move that now leaves the city without several key leaders.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

In a 7 to 4 vote, Ann Arbor’s City Council voted last night to terminate City Administrator Howard Lazarus’ employment.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan was at the meeting and has the details.


Missy Stults
Planet Blue-University of Michigan / sustainability.umich.edu

Last year, the City of Ann Arbor declared a "climate emergency."  Now, the city aims to be carbon neutral by the year 2030.  Missy Stults, City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability and Innovations Manager, provides further details on the plan with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Veridian
THRIVE Collaborative / thrive-collaborative.com

THRIVE Collaborative says site plans have been submitted to the City of Ann Arbor for the self-sustaining, eco-sensitive development.  THRIVE Collaborative founder Matt Grocoff discusses the future of the development with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Julie Grand
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Back in 2003, the City of Ann Arbor initiated its "greenbelt program," which was designed to preserve and expand local farmland and nature areas.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks about the program's current status and future plans with Ann Arbor city council member Julie Grand.


Michigan Court of Appeals
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Michigan Court of Appeals has cleared up some uncertainty about the state’s spending requirements for local governments.  Cheyna Roth has more.


Greg Dill
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week in our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to Washtenaw County administrator Greg Dill, as we begin a series of conversations about what happens and who's involved in Washtenaw County government.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

After being a staple in the City of Ann Arbor for over eight decades, the Fingerle Lumber Company will close its doors this weekend.  The closure will be bittersweet for many.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan spoke with one of the owners of the company and customers when he stopped by the store earlier this week. 


Anne Bannister
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

The Fermi 2 nuclear power plant is about 30 miles from Ann Arbor.  A radiation leak could have dramatic impacts on public health.  Ann Arbor City Council has passed a resolution to begin the process of arming residents with tablets that can protect the human thyroid system.  Ann Arbor City Councilwoman Anne Bannister discussses the plan with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."

Climate Assessment
Ron Mader / flickr.com

The federal government released its National Climate Assessment in November of 2018, and it has revealed some very troubling facts about the state of climate change.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," Kris Olsson from the Ann Arbor chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby shares her thoughts on the report and some possible solutions with WEMU's Patrick Campion.


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

As 2018 comes to a close, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor mayor Christopher Taylor, who was recently re-elected to another term.  They reflect on what happened in the past year and look ahead to what's coming up for what the mayor calls "a university city" in 2019.


Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Central Park Ballot Committee / a2centralpark.org

Earlier this month, Ann Arbor voters approved Proposal A, which would convert the old "Library Lot" in a new park and civic center.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Will Hathaway, one of the leaders of the Ann Arbor Central Park Ballot Committee, about the potential, environmental impacts the new park grounds may have on the city.


Elizabeth Nelson
Elizabeth Nelson

With a Tuesday night election win, Elizabeth Nelson will now represent the 4th Ward on Ann Arbor City Council.  She discusses with WEMU's David Fair how she wants to work with  with her colleagues in the term ahead. 


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