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Civic Matters: Ann Arbor Police Survey, Gelman's 1,4 Dioxane Plume, Home Toxics, And More

Nov 13, 2017

Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative

Catch a brief wrap-up of the November 7th elections, a look ahead to the release of a public survey on policing and community relations in Ann Arbor and important information on how to safely dispose of your home toxics.   It's all a part of the conversation between WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan on this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 


Mary Morgan brings a wealth of experience to the airwaves.  While heading up the CivCity Initiative now, Mary was previously co-founder and publisher of the Ann Arbor Chronicle.  Prior to that, she served as a reporter and editor for the Ann Arbor News when it was a daily, print-edition newspaper. 

Resources for this week's topics:

 November 7th election re-cap 

Consultants hired by the city to survey relations between the Ann Arbor Police Department and residents have submitted their report.  It will be discussed at a special joint working session on Thursday, Nov. 16 with the City Council and Human Rights Commission.  

• The city is looking for feedback before making changes to the rules that govern ground-mounted solar panels in front yards of residential neighborhoods. Public forums are planned for Nov. 16, 28 and 30.  Click here for details.  City council is expected to vote on the new rules in early 2018. 

• The Ann Arbor Art Center is managing a project for creating art on "infrastructure hole covers" – or covers for what most people call manholes.  They're hosting a town hall on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Art Center, 117 W. Liberty.  Click here for more info

• Concerned about cleanup efforts for the 1,4 dioxane plume?  You can get an update at this week's meeting of the Washtenw County Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane (CARD).  The Nov. 14 session – 10 a.m. til noon at 705 N. Zeeb– is a quarterly meeting with the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality.  Click here for more info.  

• This Saturday, Nov. 18 is the last day of the year to drop off waste at the Washtenaw County Home Toxics Collection Center without an appointment.  The center accepts items like batteries of all types, paint, household cleaners and much more. The center at 705 N. Zeeb is open from 9 a.m. until noon on the 1st three Saturdays of each month from April through November.  It's free!

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu