Washtenaw County, MI – A plan to sell certificates of participation to fully fund future retiree medical benefits for Washtenaw County employees is on hold until the markets improve. The county had hoped to sell the certificates this fall but is now waiting until next year. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Due to today's winter storm, Eastern Michigan University is closed today, Friday, December 19. All public schools and most private schools in Washtenaw County are also closed today. Hazardous driving conditions reported throughout the county.
Washtenaw County, MI – Motorists in Washtenaw County and throughout the state may notice some roads are not getting plowed as completely this year as in the past. The Michigan Department of Transportation is reducing overtime expenses for clearing state trunklines. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – Expansion of the Washtenaw County jail and construction of a new district court facility has begun. County officials held ground breaking ceremonies for the project on Wednesday. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – With snow falling outside Tuesday night, Ypsilanti's city council amended the city's snow removal ordinance to insure that sidewalks will be cleared. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council has rejected a request to create a committee to study if a neighborhood near downtown should be an historic district. Council voted eight to three Monday night against the proposed Germantown historic district study committee. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – A proposed mixed use development in Ann Arbor at the corner of First and Washington has taken another step forward. City council has approved a notice of intent to sell up to nine-million dollars in bonds, and authorized the sale of the bonds following a 45-day waiting period. Earlier this month, council approved the site plan and development agreement for what's called the Ann Arbor City Apartments. The project includes a 156 unit apartment building and four level parking garage.
Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan University officials say there's been a big decline in the number of burlaries on campus this year, and they're working to continue improving public safety on and near campus. EMU President Susan Martin, EMU's Public Safety Director, and other top administrators have been meeting with students and staff over the past two weeks to discuss public safety. Hear more about their efforts in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor public schools' superintendent Todd Roberts has been named the top superintendent in the area, and is now one of ten candidates for Michigan's superintendent of the year. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor city officials expect to have a guarenteed maximum construction price for the renovation and expansion of city hall next month. Final drawings for the project should be complete by then as well. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Listen to this month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU, featuring Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack. Our special guest this month is Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm who discusses the auto industry bailout and Michigan's energy future, and pays tribute to Lana Pollack's 12 years at the helm of the MEC.
Washtenaw County, MI – Washtenaw County's board of commissioners will vote this week on a plan to raise the hotel tax from two percent to five percent. The additional revenue the increase would generate would be used to promote tourism and convention business. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan University officials are seeing positive results from efforts to improve campus safety. Through the first ten months of this year, nearly all types of crime have decreased. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor officials hope three projects designed to control stormwater entering Allen Creek will help reduce the amount of phosphorus in the creek, and ultimately the Huron River. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Listen to this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring an update on mass transit projects in southeast Michigan from the Director of Transportation Riders United (TRU), Megan Owens.