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Civic Matters: Women's Marches, How To Become A Poll Worker And Local Transportation Issues


The Ann Arbor Public Schools will be among those putting forth a ballot question in May.  The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority will put a question before voters in August.  There are ways to get involved beyond voting.  Those are a few of the issues WEMU's David Fair and CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan cover in this weeks edition of Civic Matters.

Women's marches:

Ann Arbor  



• The Ann Arbor Public Schools is putting a tax renewal on the May 8 ballot.  It's for a 20-year, 18-mill renewal of the AAPS operating millage.  Since we'll be having a May election, now's the time to think about applying to become a poll worker. If you live in Ann Arbor, click here for info about how to apply.  Or contact your local clerk's office to find out details about working the polls.

• Another millage renewal is in the works for public transit.  Last week, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority board decided to put a 5-year, 0.7-mill tax renewal on the Aug. 7 ballot.  Voters originally approved that amount in May 2014 with 71% support.  The tax, which paid for expanded bus services outlined in The Ride’s Transit Improvement Plan, expires in May 2019.  The renewal would sustain those expanded services.

• In other public transit news, on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 1-3 p.m., staff of the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS) will meet with the public to get feedback on a long-range transportation plan for our county.  The session is at the county administration building's lobby, 200 N. Main in Ann Arbor.  The plan looks ahead to 2045 and so far has identified deficiencies in pavement condition, non-motorized transportation, public transit, congestion and bridges/safety.

Mary Morgan's column on a recent WATS meeting she attended. 

• Monday, Jan. 22nd, today, is the deadline to register for training to become an Ann Arbor Citizen Pruner!  The training itself happens on Saturday, Jan. 27. 

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.
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