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Civic Matters: November Elections, Ann Arbor Water And Road Construction In Washtenaw County

Oct 23, 2017

Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative

Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.


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:

Just about two weeks remain until the Nov. 7 election. Orchard Hills Maplewood Homeowners Association is hosting a forum on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. for Ward 2 Ann Arbor City Council candidates Jane Lumm and Jared Hoffert. The event will be held at the Ann Arbor District Library's Traverwood Branch.  You can get more info about what's on the ballot at AnnArborVotes.org or the League of Women Voters' Vote411.org.

Related to the election, the Washtenaw County clerk's staff is holding another open house if you want to check out new voting equipment that will be deployed on Nov. 7. It's from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the county's Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw.  More info is also online.

The city of Ann Arbor is looking at upgrading its infrastructure, and as part of that, they're conducting a Cost of Service (COS) study for drinking water and wastewater rates.  A public advisory committee is meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at the water treatment plant as part of an ongoing effort to make recommendations to city council.  The city has a ton of info online, and now's the time to weigh in.

Autumn leaves aren't the only orange objects in our scenery – road construction season hasn't ended yet!  Work will start or continue in several parts of the Ann Arbor area, and there are several resources to keep you informed.  Those include the City of Ann Arbor's Road and Lane Closures website, the Washtenaw County Road Commission's weekly road work update, and Michigan Department of Transportation's MI Drive site.  Stay informed and stay safe!

Speaking of roads, Washtenaw County has developed several driving and "virtual" tours around historic themes, including food, barns, German heritage, Greek Revival architecture and the Willow Run Bomber Plant.  Your tax dollars help support heritage tourism in Washtenaw County, and autumn is a lovely time to explore.  Click here to learn more!

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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