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Civic Matters: Ann Arbor "Y" Lot Back On The Council Agenda, Election-Related News And More

Ann Arbor City Council will meet in special session Monday night to continue the discussion on what to do with the vacant "Y" lot.  A local state representative will hold a town hall on the Michigan Budget and Tuesday marks the deadline for candidates to qualify for the primary election in August.  Those are just some of the topics covered in this week's edition of "Civic Matters."

Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative in Ann Arbor

Mary Morgan brings a wealth of experience to the airwaves.  While heading up the CivCity Initiative now, Mary was previously co-founder and publisher of the Ann Arbor Chronicle.  Prior to that, she served as a reporter and editor for the Ann Arbor News when it was a daily, print-edition newspaper. 




Resources for this week's topics:

• The Ann Arbor City Council has called a special meeting tonight to continue discussion of the former Y lot, which some council-members want to buy back from developer Dennis Dahlmann.  You can find the agenda materials here.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at city hall and can be watched online here.

• State Rep. Donna Lasinski is holding a town hall meeting Monday night focused on state budget issues.  The event runs from 6-7:30 at the Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main.  Click here for details.  The state's Budget Office provides general info about how the process works.

• Tuesday, April 24 is the deadline for candidates to file for the Aug. 7, 2018 primary elections.  Because voters in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti lean toward the Democratic Party, many races – though not all – are decided in the primary, even though turnout tends to be lower.  Bottom line: Pay attention!  Click here for a list of local candidates in the Aug. 7, 2018 primary election.  Click here for a list of primary candidates for state, federal and judicial offices.

• You've probably encountered folks with clipboards asking you to sign petitions to get various proposals on the ballot this year.  Twelve proposals are circulating on a wide range of issues, including voting reforms, legalizing marijuana, environmental issues and more.  Click here for a list of circulating petitions.

• Could it finally be....SPRING?  Time to think about volunteering to work on our community's public rain gardens.  You can make a one-time effort, like attending a work day on Saturday, April 28 at West Park, or make a longer-term commitment by adopting a rain garden or becoming certified as a master rain gardener.  Check out these resources from the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner and the City of Ann Arbor for more information about rain gardens in our community.

• Being Not-Rich at UM guide.

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