Andrew Cluley

Reporter

 

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.

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While working for WEMU I’ve covered the Ann Arbor City Council and School Board beats, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti City Council and School Boards and the Washtenaw County Commissioners. Not to mention pretty much everything else in the area. I really enjoy covering local news, partly because it’s so overlooked by other media outlets. In many ways what happens at city hall or in your community school has a bigger impact on your life than what’s going on in Lansing or Washington D-C. I get the chance to track down these important stories and bring them to you every day.

When I’m not at work I love to follow sports, particularly U of M, and Detroit’s professional teams. Saturdays in the fall you can count on me watching Michigan football…and Sundays I’m probably suffering through another Lions debacle.

I also enjoy running and am proud of finishing the 2006 Detroit Marathon. Would love to run another, but I’m holding off until I think I have a realistic chance to complete one in under four hours.

Thanks for listening to WEMU and finding out a little bit more about me.

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Community
2:54 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Washtenaw County to Develop Dental Clinic for Medicaid Patients

Washtenaw County’s approximately 60,000 residents on Medicaid or without any dental insurance will have a source for dental work starting next year.  The Washtenaw County Commissioners Wednesday night approved plans for a Public Health Department owned dental clinic. 

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Community
2:41 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Platt Road Site to be Springboard for Larger Affordable Housing Talks

Washtenaw County will be engaging neighbors of the old Juvenile Center on Platt Road in Ann Arbor and other community members to determine how to redevelop the site.  The County Commissioners have given final approval to a community driven process for planning for the 13.5 acre property. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on planning for redevelopment of Washtenaw County's old Juvenile Center site on Platt Road in Ann Arbor, and a larger discussion on affordable housing issues in general.

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Community
4:56 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Asking Residents to Clear Sidewalks, Drains During Warmer Weather

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje calls on residents to take advantage of the warmer weather and clean off their sidewalks.  Hieftje admits the amount of snow, and the freezing rain a few walks ago caused a mess, but many people rely on walking to get to jobs and other important appointments.

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Community
3:08 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Debate Continues Over Ann Arbor's Public Art Program

Ann Arbor City Council remains conflicted on the city’s public art program.  Council Tuesday night voted ten to nothing for an ordinance amendment that allows them to return old percent for art funds to their original source.  Two resolutions to actually do this however were postponed.  

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Community
2:50 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Likely to Decide Fate of Edwards Brothers Property Monday

With the deadline to use a right of first refusal to buy the Edwards Brothers Property on State Street about a week away, Ann Arbor City Council will hold a special meeting on the issue Monday.  

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Education
3:03 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Shares Budget, Strategic Plan Update With Campus

Eastern Michigan University officials hope to avoid using reserves to balance the budget this school year despite student credit hours dipping slightly.  E-M-U officials gave the campus community an update on the budget and strategic plan Tuesday. 

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Community
3:18 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Debate Over Proposed Gravel and Sand Mining In Lyndon Township to Continue Next Month

Lyndon Township’s Planning Commission will continue discussions on a proposed gravel pit and sand mining operation northwest of Chelsea next month.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the debate over a proposed gravel and sand mining operation in Lyndon Township.

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Community
2:59 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council to Discuss Public Art, Edwards Brothers Property

Public art and the future of the Edwards Brothers property on State Street again take center stage at Tuesday night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting.  

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Community
5:00 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Ann Arbor Likely Buying More Road Salt to Get Through This Winter

Communities across the nation are facing shortages of road salt thanks to this year's harsh winter weather.  Ann Arbor isn't in as bad a situation as many communities but the city is looking at buying more salt.

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Community
9:53 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Proposed Gravel Pit in Lyndon Township Subject of Meeting Monday Night

Many Lyndon Township residents are afraid a large gravel pit and mining operation will hurt the recreation areas that bring people to western Washtenaw County.  The Lyndon Township Planning Commission is holding a meeting Monday night to receive comments on a special land use permit for property on M-52 just south of North Territorial.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a proposed gravel pit and mining operation in Lyndon Township in western Washtenaw County.

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Education
2:16 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Welcomes New Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations

Marios Demetriou

Ann Arbor Public Schools new Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations is excited to work closer to students in a k-12 district again.  The district Wednesday night hosted a reception for Marios Demetriou  who comes to Ann Arbor from the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.  

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Education
2:09 am
Thu February 13, 2014

School Districts Following Up After Count Day

School Districts across Michigan including Washtenaw County are working to find and verify all students that missed school Wednesday.  That's because the February count day is the basis for ten percent of per-pupil funding.  The bulk of state aid is based on the fall count day.  

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Community
2:42 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Education Achievement Authority Slammed at Community Forum in Ann Arbor

Critics of the Education Achievement Authority want to not only stop the spread of the reform effort but also want it out of Detroit, that was the message Tuesday night at a community forum on the issue hosted by the Ann Arbor Education Authority.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a forum in Ann Arbor on the Education Achievement Authority.

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Community
7:42 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Board to Vote Next Week on Putting Tax Hike on May Ballot

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority board will vote next week on a proposal to place a point-seven mill tax question on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township. 

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Michigan News
12:54 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Governor Rick Snyder Talks With University of Michigan Students at Ross Business School

Governor Rick Snyder says he's not focusing on questions about Michigan's minimum wage, because he's working to bring more high-paying jobs to the state as he  discussed a wide range of topics last night with University of Michigan students at the Ross School of Business.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Governor Rick Snyder's talk at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

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Community
12:45 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Kicks-off 2015 Budget Talks

Ann Arbor service area leaders have shared their requests for budget changes with City Council.  Changes discussed Monday night include adding three police officers, two additional fire-fighters, and $80,000 for transitioning the public art program to a new model.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council starting fiscal year 2015 budget talks.

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Community
1:46 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Survey Says Voters Approve Tax Hike for More Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Service

Credit Facebook/TheRide

A recent survey finds area voters would support a tax hike to help fund the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's five year transit plan.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a recent survey that indicates the community would support a tax hike to pay for more public transit.
63 percent of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township voters polled would probably or definitely vote for a new tax of less than one mill for additional service.  The survey was conducted in October through December for the AAATA.

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Community
1:33 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Ann Arbor Greenbelt Program Working on Registry of Potential Properties

A portion of Ann Arbor's Greenbelt
Credit A2gov.org / The City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's Greenbelt Commission is developing a registry of potential properties to be preserved.  The goal is to give property owners interested in finding out more about the program a chance to let the city know.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on some of the work Ann Arbor's Greenbelt Commission hopes to accomplish this year.

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Community
3:44 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Ann Arbor's Suspended Footing Drain Disconnect Program Gets Mixed Reviews

Tweet from @JeffHoover during a July 2013 flood in A2
Credit Twitter user @JeffHoover

Ann Arbor officials are reviewing the city’s footing drain disconnection program and trying to determine what if anything is needed to avoid future sewer back-ups during heavy rains.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a mixed community reaction to Ann Arbor's footing drain disconnection program.

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Community
2:55 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Commissioners Act to Reduce Number of Unlicensed Dogs

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on efforts to decrease the number of unlicensed dogs in Washtenaw County.

Washtenaw County officials hope an ordinance approved last night will decrease the number of unlicensed dogs in the county.  The changes will go into place later this year after an outreach effort.

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Community
2:41 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Likely to Include Affordable Housing in Redevelopment Plans for Platt Property

Affordable housing will likely be included in the redevelopment of Washtenaw County's old Juvenile Center on Platt Road.  

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Community
2:30 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Commissioners Chair Thinks Snyder's Budget Proposal Based on Election Year

The chair of the Washtenaw County Commissioners Yousef Rabhi believes Governor Rick Snyder's budget proposal is a reflection that this is an election year.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley shares Washtenaw County Commissioners Chair Yousef Rabhi's thoughts on Governor Rick Snyder's proposed budget.

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Transportation
2:32 am
Wed February 5, 2014

New Blake Transit Center Still A Month From Opening

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the current timeline for the opening of the new Blake Transit Center in Ann Arbor.

The new Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor is likely a month from opening.  

 Even when the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority opens the building buses will continue to load passengers in temporary locations until spring.  That's because the driveway for the buses won't be completed until then. 

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Community
4:28 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Art Funding Clawback Closes In, Administrator Contract Rejected

The battle over the future of public art in Ann Arbor continues, with City Council approving the first reading of an ordinance amendment to allow them to return up to $840,000 to other departments.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on cuts to Ann Arbor's Public Art program.

A six month extension of Public Art Administrator Aaron Seagraves contract was then rejected.

Council member Jack Eaton expects to bring the contract back up for a vote after final approval of the amendment to the public art ordinance to allow old "Percent for Art" funds to be returned.  Eaton says he's sorry for Seagraves but democracy is sometimes messy.

Council member Jane Lumm wants proposed Art Projects at Argo Cascades, the Stadium Bridges, and the Kingsley Rain Garden completed.  However she thinks a clean break needs to be made between the old program and one where the city partners with a non-profit organization.

Chair of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission Bob Miller says a change would be good but it appears city council is holding public art administrator Aaron Seagraves hostage over the funding debate.

Mayor John Hieftje is disappointed with council's vote on the administrator, and fears they may lose him even if the contract extension is approved in two weeks.

Earlier WEMU coverage of the Public Art Funding issues can be found here:

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Community
4:19 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Delays Decision on Buying Edwards Brothers Property

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WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on City Council opting to wait to decide if they will buy the Edwards Brothers property.

Ann Arbor City Council will take another two weeks before deciding if they want to purchase the Edwards Brothers property on State Street. 

The city is considering exercising a right of first refusal to stop the University of Michigan from buying the land. 

Mayor John Hieftje doesn't think the recent experience with the former YMCA property will have much influence on this State Street parcel.  He says that's because downtown property is in great demand while Edwards Brothers is well south of downtown.
  
Ann Arbor would have to match U-M's $12.8 million purchase price for the property. 

Map of the Edwards Brothers property is here:

City Council last night also postponed action on a first reading of a proposed smoking ban for city parks, bus stops, and entrances to city buildings.   The delay is so council members can get feedback from some of the organizations that would be impacted by the proposal.

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