A2 Council http://wemu.org en Ann Arbor Mayor to Veto Changes to Crosswalk Law http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayor-veto-changes-crosswalk-law <p><a href="http://www.a2gov.org/government/publicservices/systems_planning/Transportation/Documents/Pedestrian_Ordinance_Update_122011.docx">Ann Arbor's crosswalk law </a>won't be changing despite city council approving an ordinance amendment.&nbsp;</p><p>That's because last night immediately after the 6 to 4 vote, Mayor John Hieftje announced he will veto the change.&nbsp; Ann Arbor's law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians on the curb at a crosswalk as opposed to the state traffic code which requires vehicles to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Opponents of Ann Arbor's law would prefer to u<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">se the&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21.988636016845703px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/OffenseCode_73877_7.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Michigan Traffic Code</a></strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">&nbsp;instead.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">The difference is whether motorists have to stop for pedestrians still on the sidewalk but at a crosswalk as current law requires, or only having to yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk.</p><p>City Council member Stephen Kunselman says the veto means the poorly crafted and implemented law remains in place.</p><p>However, nearly 40 people spoke in favor of keeping the law during a public hearing.&nbsp; Community members said more motorists are starting to stop for pedestrians and with better enforcement and education pedestrian safety could be further improved.&nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Hiefjte&nbsp;believes the <a href="http://media.mlive.com/annarbornews_impact/other/Pedestrian-Crash-Analysis-112713.pdf">data</a> doesn't show changing the law will help pedestrians.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:47:39 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38478 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayor to Veto Changes to Crosswalk Law Ypsilanti Township Approved to Join Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-township-approved-join-ann-arbor-area-transportation-authority <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Efforts to increase public transportation in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washtenaw</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;County's urban core took another step forward last night. &nbsp;</span>Ann Arbor City Council has approved a plan for Ypsilanti Township to join the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.&nbsp; Council voted 11 to nothing in favor of the resolution last night. &nbsp;</p><p>WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.<br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:42:43 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37952 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Township Approved to Join Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Ann Arbor City Council Takes First Measure to Repeal Crosswalk Ordinance http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-takes-first-measure-repeal-crosswalk-ordinance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor is creating a task force to look at pedestrian safety and access, but even before the group meets a change in the city's crosswalk law is expected.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="http://a2gov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1501691&amp;GUID=06D308B3-1215-43B3-A40A-4C61086E228C&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Ann Arbor City Council took a pair of actions at their meeting last night</a> with an eye towards pedestrian safety, but concerns remain about if they will do anything positive.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:</strong><br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:12:27 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37953 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Takes First Measure to Repeal Crosswalk Ordinance Ann Arbor Council Limits Downtown Development Authority Financing by 2016 http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-council-limits-downtown-development-authority-financing-2016 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting in 2016 <a href="http://www.a2dda.org/"><strong>Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority</strong></a> will have new limitations on the tax increment financing revenue they can capture.&nbsp;</span>After nearly a year of discussions Ann Arbor City Council has given final approval to an ordinance amendment that limits the tax increment financing revenue the Downtown Development Authority can collect. &nbsp;Last night, City Council voted 9 - &nbsp;2 in favor of the change.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:</strong><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:52:02 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37951 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Council Limits Downtown Development Authority Financing by 2016 Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Ordinance Change to Help Charitable Events in Parks http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-consider-ordinance-change-help-charitable-events-parks <p>Supporters of <em>Pizza in the Park </em>say an ordinance change Ann Arbor City Council will consider Monday is important in keeping the event going year round. &nbsp;</p><p>The City Council will consider second reading of the amendment that will waive the rental fee at all parks for events that are primarily designed for the charitable distribution of goods for basic human needs.&nbsp;</p><p>Seth Best is with <strong><a href="http://camptakenotice.wordpress.com/">Camp Take Notice </a></strong>and a volunteer with Vineyard Church.&nbsp; Best says the amendment is needed because they can't always hold <em>Pizza in the Park </em>at <strong>Liberty Plaza</strong> where council has already waived the fee.&nbsp;</p><p>Best says as a former homeless person, <em>Pizza in the Park </em>is an important chance for homeless people to see a smiling face and meet kind people.&nbsp; He says the <em>Pizza in the Park</em> volunteers work to clean up after the event and often leave Liberty Plaza cleaner than they find it.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:57:22 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37812 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Ordinance Change to Help Charitable Events in Parks Ann Arbor Creates Task Force for Huron River Corridor on N. Main http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-creates-task-force-huron-river-corridor-n-main <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor City Council has unanimously approved a task force report with recommendations on what to do with the city's North Main Huron River Corridor.&nbsp; </span>WEMU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Andrew </span>Cluley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has more.</span><br>&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:57:46 +0000 Andrew Cluley 35109 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Council Postpones DDA Financing Action http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-council-postpones-dda-financing-action <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor City Council has now postponed action until their second meeting in October on proposed ordinance amendments to limit the amount of tax increment financing the Downtown Development Authority can collect. &nbsp;</span></p><p>WEMU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Andrew </span>Cluley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has more.</span><br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:26:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 35108 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Council Postpones DDA Financing Action Ann Arbor Parking Rates Will Not Go Up this Year http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-parking-rates-will-not-go-year <p>Some good news for those who regularly park in downtown Ann Arbor. Parking rates are going to hold steady, for the time being. WEMU's Andrew Cluley attended last night's Ann Arbor City Council working session. At that meeting, the Downtown Development Authority&nbsp; gave its annual update on the city's parking system.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:25:57 +0000 Andrew Cluley 34773 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Parking Rates Will Not Go Up this Year Ann Arbor Council Calls for Dioxane Cleanup http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-council-calls-dioxane-cleanup <p>Ann Arbor City Council has unanimously passed a resolution asking the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to update clean-up standards for 1,4 Dioxane Plumes. &nbsp;</p><p>The issue is important to the city because of the dioxane plume that started at the Pall Gelman facility west of town.&nbsp; City Council member Sabra Briere says the resolution is important just because it gets people thinking about the issue again.<br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:03:33 +0000 Andrew Cluley 34528 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Council Calls for Dioxane Cleanup