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Civic Matters: Students Take Aim At Gun Laws, Ann Arbor City Council, Orange Cone Season Beginning

Mar 5, 2018

Ann Arbor-area students are preparing for a national, school walkout and protest march in the weeks ahead.  Ann Arbor City Council is meeting tonight in both special and regular session and road construction season is about to begin in earnest.  Those topics and more are covered in this week's edition of "Civic Matters" 

Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative in Ann Arbor

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:

Saturday's "Die-In" protest in Ann Arbor served as a precursor to the national, March For Our Lives event on March 24th. 

• Last week we talked about potholes.  Now you can check out this list of Ann Arbor roads that are scheduled for resurfacing, reconstruction or preventative maintenance in 2018. It includes stretches of Jackson, South State, Ann Arbor-Saline, Platt and more than a dozen others.  Click here to view a map of the upcoming projects.  And for real-time info about road closings and construction, check out this city website.  Orange cone season is nearly here!

• The Ann Arbor Police Department is going through an accreditation process.  As part of that, they're asking for feedback from the public today from 1-3 p.m.  You can call 734-794-6900 ext. 49077 to give input on the department's operations.  Click here for details.  Interested in AAPD community engagement efforts – including Coffee with a Cop? Click here.

• In addition to its usual meeting, the Ann Arbor City Council is holding a special session on Monday specifically to amend the contract of city attorney Stephen Postema.  He'll be getting a raise and a one-time lump sum payment, though the amounts haven't yet been disclosed.

• Washtenaw County is seeking volunteers to serve on three advisory groups: 1) Community Corrections Advisory Board; 2) Local Emergency Planning Committee; and 3) Emergency Medical Services Commission. The deadline to apply for these positions is Friday, March 9.  Click here for details.

• What can we do to strengthen local democracy?  How can our community make it easier to get involved in civic life?  We'll explore these issues and more at a March 8 discussion that's part of the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums.  The event starts at 7 p.m. at the downtown library.  The event will be moderated by Mary Morgan and will feature several community leaders – including WEMU's Patrick Campion!  Click here for details


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