Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor City Council has held off on renewing the near 100-thousand dollar consulting contract for services in aiding with departmental reorganization. D. Kerry Laycock has assisted the city in it's streamlining efforts, and may continue the work in six more city departments. Council last night voted to postpone a vote on the new contract until it's next regularly scheduled meeting. City Administrator Roger Fraser says getting the contract in place will help the city and the savings already realized through the consultants work more than cover the cost of the contract.
Ann Arbor – The expansion of Ann Arbor's Washtenaw-Hill Historic District is a step closer to reality. City Council last night voted in favor of the expansion plan last night, despite some objection from homeowners in the district. Mayor Pro-Tem Jean Carlberg says further protecting the expanded district will benefit the entire city. Councilman Mike Reid voted against the plan saying it goes against the wishes of the majority of homeowners in the district. He contends city council is trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist.
Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor officials say they will work with Pall Corporation in an effort to fully discover the extent of one-four dioxane contamination in groundwater. City Council last night gave premilinary approval to a measure requiring a permit to drill a monitoring well anywhere in the city. The former Gelman Sciences company recently drilled such a well to try and determine the extent of the contamination plume. It did so without city knowledge.