Local Government http://wemu.org en Ann Arbor City Council Member Proposing Charter Amendment To Return Eligibility Guidelines http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-member-proposing-charter-amendment-return-eligibility-guidelines <div>A court ruling in May put Bob Dascola on the ballot in Ann Arbor's third ward primary. &nbsp;It's also left the city without any eligibility requirements. &nbsp;To address this concern City Council member Jane Lumm is proposing a charter amendment to go before voters in November. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:45:11 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48477 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Member Proposing Charter Amendment To Return Eligibility Guidelines Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-helps-fund-washtenaw-county-animal-control-services <div><h1 style="margin-bottom:15.0pt;line-height:33.75pt">The City of Ann Arbor will spend 135-thousand dollars to support animal control services in Washtenaw County.&nbsp;</h1></div><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:53:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48416 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services Ann Arbor Hires Firm To Help Market Library Lot http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-hires-firm-help-market-library-lot <p>The city of Ann Arbor is getting some help in selling the Library Lot property above the Library Lane underground parking garage.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>City Administrator Steve Powers says CBRE is a real estate firm with experience in this sort of transaction.<br /><br />"CBRE will be helping develop with city staff the engagement plan, that engagement with stakeholders, that will be a key part of the process," says Powers.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:29:24 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 48258 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Hires Firm To Help Market Library Lot Ann Arbor Officials Looking At Options To Register Rideshare Service Drivers http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-officials-looking-options-register-rideshare-service-drivers <div>Shortly after rideshare services Uber and Lyft came to Ann Arbor the city sent the companies cease and desist letters. &nbsp;Now a proposal to amend the city's taxi cab ordinance is being considered to but some teeth behind the letters. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:33:47 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48003 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Officials Looking At Options To Register Rideshare Service Drivers Plans To Consider Re-Design Of Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Sent To Parks Advisory Commission http://wemu.org/post/plans-consider-re-design-ann-arbors-liberty-plaza-sent-parks-advisory-commission <div><div>Ann Arbor City Council is unified in concerns over Liberty Plaza but differ in their thoughts on how to move forward on improving the urban park. &nbsp;Council referred a resolution to start a re-design process to the Parks Advisory Commission.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:17:57 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47475 at http://wemu.org Plans To Consider Re-Design Of Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Sent To Parks Advisory Commission Etched Glass Artwork Approved For Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges http://wemu.org/post/etched-glass-artwork-approved-ann-arbors-stadium-bridges <div>Etched glass panels depicting images of trees in Ann Arbor will be installed above and under the Stadium Bridges. &nbsp;City council has approved spending $385,000 on the final project funded by the old Percent For Art Program. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:37:26 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47461 at http://wemu.org Etched Glass Artwork Approved For Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges Ann Arbor City Council Considering Extended Stay Hotel Plans http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-considering-extended-stay-hotel-plans <p>Plans for an extended stay hotel in downtown Ann Arbor should clear their last hurdle tonight. &nbsp;Ann Arbor City Council will consider the site plan and development agreement for a nearly 90-thousand square foot building at Huron and Ashley. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:42:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47396 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Considering Extended Stay Hotel Plans Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Plans To Improve Liberty Plaza http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-consider-plans-improve-liberty-plaza <div>In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the need for a downtown park above Ann Arbor's underground parking structure. &nbsp;Now Ann Arbor City Council will consider a resolution to pay for a re-design of the Liberty Plaza just to the northeast of the garage.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:14:27 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47283 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Plans To Improve Liberty Plaza Deer Management In Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/deer-management-ann-arbor <p>Deer overpopulation in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County is responsible for increasing home and vehicle property damage and is threatening the area's ecological balance.</p><p>This week, David Fair talks with Maurita Holland about the issues creating the problem and the potential solutions.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 David Fair 47086 at http://wemu.org Deer Management In Ann Arbor Even With More Affordable Housing, Camp Take Notice Likely To Play Role In Fighting Homelessness http://wemu.org/post/even-more-affordable-housing-camp-take-notice-likely-play-role-fighting-homelessness <div>The eventual sale of Ann Arbor's Library Lot should help boost the city's stock of affordable housing. That's because City Council has promised 50 percent of the proceeds will go towards the affordable housing fund. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:23:38 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47117 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Looking To Increase Dog Licensing Rates http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-looking-increase-dog-licensing-rates <div>Since January the city of Ann Arbor has been receiving invoices from the <strong><a href="http://www.hshv.org/site/PageServer?pagename=index" target="_blank">Humane Society of Huron Valley</a></strong> for animal control services. &nbsp;City Council member Jane Lumm says the city doesn't have a dedicated funding source to cover the full cost, but made a step in the right direction with an amendment in next year's budget. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:39:16 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46158 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Looking To Increase Dog Licensing Rates Ann Arbor's 2015 Budget Includes Funds For Energy Efficiency Programs http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbors-2015-budget-includes-funds-energy-efficiency-programs <div>Ann Arbor's efforts to reduce carbon emissions through the <strong><a href="http://www.a2gov.org/government/publicservices/systems_planning/energy/Documents/ExecutiveSummary12_17_12.pdf" target="_blank">climate action plan</a></strong> received a boost in next year's budget. &nbsp;Council amended the $98 million general fund budget to include $125,000 for advocacy and education programs around reducing energy use.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:11:56 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46142 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor's 2015 Budget Includes Funds For Energy Efficiency Programs Ann Arbor City Council To Set 2015 Budget Monday http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-set-2015-budget-monday <div>Ann Arbor City Council Monday night will approve city administrator Steve Powers proposed $98 million general fund budget for next fiscal year. &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:03:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45979 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council To Set 2015 Budget Monday Ann Arbor Job Applications Won't Ask About Crime Convictions http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-job-applications-wont-ask-about-crime-convictions <meta name="standout" content="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/05/felons_no_longer_required_to_d.html/><p>Ann Arbor City Council has approved a new hiring policy removing references to past felony convictions from most employment applications for city jobs.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/05/felons_no_longer_required_to_d.html">Ann Arbor News reports </a>exceptions to the change approved unanimously Monday night are for police and fire department applicants.<br /> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:09:30 +0000 Associated Press 45442 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Job Applications Won't Ask About Crime Convictions Ann Arbor To Consider Killing Some Deer In City http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-consider-killing-some-deer-city <div>Ann Arbor plans to consider efforts to control the city's deer population that could include killing some of the animals or sterilization. &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Ann Arbor News reports </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">City Council voted Monday night to direct the city administrator to evaluate Ann Arbor's options and report back by the end of July.</span></div><div> Tue, 06 May 2014 11:24:08 +0000 Associated Press 45432 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor To Consider Killing Some Deer In City Ann Arbor May Remove Felony Question From Job Applications http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-may-remove-felony-question-job-applications <div>Convicted felons applying for a job with the City of Ann Arbor will have a little less to worry about. Ann Arbor City Council Monday night considers a resolution eliminating the Felony check-off box from municipal job applications.&nbsp;</div><div></div><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 20:54:43 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45402 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor May Remove Felony Question From Job Applications Ann Arbor Looking At Deer Population Concerns http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-looking-deer-population-concerns <div>Northeast Ann Arbor residents have raised concerns about the deer population for some time, but council member Jane Lumm says the issue seems to have really spiked in the last couple of years. &nbsp;City Council Monday night will consider a resolution to have the city partner with a variety of other organizations to develop a deer management plan. &nbsp;</div><div></div><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 20:50:50 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45401 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Looking At Deer Population Concerns Ann Arbor Eyeing Backlog Of Tree Maintenance http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-eyeing-backlog-tree-maintenance <p>Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers is suggesting city council approve $1 million to attack a backlog of tree pruning and maintenance in his 2014-15 fiscal year budget.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Powers says high-priority tree pruning would be done with the funding, along with dead tree and stump removal.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:15:27 +0000 Bob Eccles 44879 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Eyeing Backlog Of Tree Maintenance Ann Arbor Council Member Surveying Community On Park Options http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-council-member-surveying-community-park-options <p>The city of Ann Arbor is moving ahead with plans for a 12-thousand square foot park on the Library Lot, and one city council member wants to know what the community's envisions there.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:14:57 +0000 Bob Eccles 44828 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Council Member Surveying Community On Park Options Three Candidates Seeking To Be Ypsilanti's Next Mayor http://wemu.org/post/three-candidates-seeking-be-ypsilantis-next-mayor <p>The Ypsilanti Mayoral race has become a little more crowded. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:46:54 +0000 Bob Eccles 44780 at http://wemu.org Three Candidates Seeking To Be Ypsilanti's Next Mayor University Of Michigan Class Led By Ann Arbor Mayor Hosting Forum Of Candidates To Be Next Mayor http://wemu.org/post/university-michigan-class-led-ann-arbor-mayor-hosting-forum-candidates-be-next-mayor <div>The 4 Ann Arbor City Council members seeking Mayor John Hieftje's job will participate in a forum in his <strong><a href="http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/" target="_blank">Ford School of Public Policy</a></strong> class Wednesday. &nbsp;The forum set to begin at 1 in the afternoon in Weill Hall will be open to the public. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hieftje says he doesn't know exactly what the students will be asking <strong><a href="http://www.sabrabriere.org/Sabra%20Briere%20for%20Mayor.php" target="_blank">Sabra Briere</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/SallyHartPetersen" target="_blank">Sally Hart Petersen</a></strong>, <strong><a href="http://www.kunselmanforcouncil.com/" target="_blank">Stephen Kunselman</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="http://www.taylorforannarbor.com/" target="_blank">Christopher Taylor</a></strong>.</div><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:14:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44430 at http://wemu.org University Of Michigan Class Led By Ann Arbor Mayor Hosting Forum Of Candidates To Be Next Mayor Library Green Supporters Hope For Progress On Park After City Council Sets Size http://wemu.org/post/library-green-supporters-hope-progress-park-after-city-council-sets-size <p>Members of the <em><strong><a href="http://a2centralpark.org/" target="_blank">Library Green Conservancy</a></strong></em> are hopeful Ann Arbor City Council actions will help people work together to develop a park above the city’s underground parking structure.&nbsp; Last month council approved 65-hundred to 12-thousand square feet to be used as a park, but that’s now been revised to approximately 12-thousand square feet.</p><p>Library Green Conservancy member Will Hathaway thinks everyone wants the same goal, a quality park above the underground parking structure.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:47:41 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44103 at http://wemu.org Library Green Supporters Hope For Progress On Park After City Council Sets Size Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Resolution Urging State Drop Appeals To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-consider-resolution-urging-state-drop-appeals-same-sex-marriage-ruling <p>Ann Arbor City Council is set to ask state officials to drop appeals to the court ruling that briefly allowed same-sex marriages to take place.&nbsp; Council tonight will consider a resolution urging Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to suspend efforts to contest Judge Bernard Friedman’s ruling. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:07:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43989 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Resolution Urging State Drop Appeals To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Ann Arbor Y Lot Sale Closes http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-y-lot-sale-closes <p>While most attention was being paid to President Barack Obama visiting Ann Arbor Wednesday, an important sale was completed.&nbsp; Dennis Dahlmann the owner of the Campus Inn and the Bell Tower Hotel completed the purchase of the former Y-M-C-A lot on South Fifth Avenue.&nbsp;</p><p>City Administrator Steve Powers thinks the sale is a positive in two ways.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:46:21 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43830 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Y Lot Sale Closes Ann Arbor City Council Races Starting To Take Shape http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-races-starting-take-shape <p>The potential number of contested Ann Arbor City Council primaries continues to grow.&nbsp; While only incumbent first ward city council member Sumi Kailasapathy is officially set to appear on the August Democratic Primary ballot now, eight other people have pulled petitions.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:32:04 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43636 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Races Starting To Take Shape