Ann Arbor City Council

Public Health
8:36 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Member Proposes Public Smoking Law

One Ann Arbor city council member says it's time to change the law so that the city can crack down on smoking in public areas legally designated as no-smoking zones. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story:

Bob Eccles Reports

Government
10:12 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Issues With Ann Arbor Streetlights Remain Unresolved

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The future of streetlights in downtown Ann Arbor is up in the air after City Council this week voted down a proposal to replace half of them.  

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the streetlights issue is part of ongoing funding issues between city council and the Downtown Development Authority. 

Ongoing dispute between Ann Arbor City Council and the Downtown Development Authority is now impacting the ability to replace old streetlights in need of replacement.

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Transportation
12:02 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Accepting Ypsilanti Township into the AAATA

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Ann Arbor City Council on Monday night postponed a vote on amending the articles of incorporation of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to include Ypsilanti Township.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council voted eight to three last night to delay a decision until the second meeting in November.

Ypsilanti Township seeks to join the AAATA. Ann Arbor City Council says....not so fast.

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Business
8:30 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Deadline for Ann Arbor 'Y' Lot Offers is Friday

The city of Ann Arbor hopes to sell the "Y" lot and avoid a big payment that would come due in December if it doesn't. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Community
8:28 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

City of Ann Arbor Hiring Consultant to perform Assessment

The city of Ann Arbor is hiring a consultant to assess the way it provides services to residents. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

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Politics
9:47 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 1st Ward Candidate Forum

In the November Elections, there are three city council candidates on the in Ann Arbor's 1st ward. One has  already dropped out of the race.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the remaining two candidates shared their thoughts Wednesday night at a League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area forum.

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Politics
10:41 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 5th Ward Candidate Forum

In November, voters in Ann Arbor's fifth ward will be choosing between Incumbent councilman Mike Anglin and write-in candidate Tom Partridge.   The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area had both participate in a candidate forum last night.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there.

5th Ward candidates for Ann Arbor City Council meet in a pre-election forum.

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Politics
10:33 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Ann Arbor 3rd Ward City Council Candidates Forum

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area hosted candidate forums for those running in contested races for Ann Arbor City Council. In the 3rd Ward,  Stephen Kunselman is facing a challenge from someone who helped get him elected four years ago.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Sam Devarti is challenging the Incumbent for the seat, but the forum revealed that the candidates are in agreement on many of the issues.

3rd Ward Candidate Forum for Ann Arbor City Council

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Government, Transportation
8:12 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Ypsilanti Township Moves Closer To Joining the AAATA

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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is a step closer to adding another member community.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the AAATA Board last night voted unanimously to approve Ypsilanti Township's request to join the authority.

AAATA accepts Ypsilanti Township's request to join "The Ride."

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Environment
6:25 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ann Arbor Considers Community Solar Projects

There may come a time when Ann Arbor residents team together and invest in communal solar energy projects. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor officials are calling on the state to remove the barriers that prevent such projects from being developed.

Ann Arbor residents could one day invest together to create communal solar projects

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A2 Council
8:18 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Approves Drinking Water System Plan

Ann Arbor City Council has approved the sale of bonds to help maintain a pair of pump stations key to the city's drinking water system.  

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council last night agreed to sell  up to $31. million in  bonds to pay for system upgrades.

Ann Arbor agrees to sell over three million dollars in bonds to fund improvements to pump stations that fuel the city's drinking water supply.

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Taxation
6:47 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Bond Measure

Ann Arbor City Council has a fairly light agenda for tonight's meeting.  Council will consider an ordinance authorizing the sale of up to $3.5  million  in Water Supply System Bonds.  

If approved,  the revenue generated will be used, in part, for additions and upgrades at the Barton and South Industrial pump stations.  The bonds will be paid back through Water Supply system revenues.

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Community
9:17 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Extra Security At U-M Football Games Includes Closing Part of Main Street

Proposed closure areas
Credit University Planning Office

A portion of Main Street next to Michigan Stadium will be closed before and during all U of M football games this fall. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council last night approved the closures, citing a need for security upgrades.

Ann Arbor City Council approves partial closure of Main Street next to Michigan Stadium on football Saturdays, as a security enhancement.

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City Council
8:45 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Ann Arbor Stands Up to Stand Your Ground Law

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The City of Ann Arbor has not had to deal with a case that falls under the so-called "stand your ground"  law, as was the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.

But, Michigan law certainly allows for the possibility. Ann Arbor City Council last night passed a resolution calling on state lawmakers to repeal Michigan's version of the law, and to make other changes to state gun regulations.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports:

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Local News
12:21 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Jack Eaton Wins Ann Arbor 4th Ward Democratic Primary

Jack Eaton and his campaign manager Kathy Griswold celebrate his 4th Ward Democratic Primary victory.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Jack Eaton has defeated long-time Ann Arbor City Council member Marcia Higgins in the city's Fourth Ward Democratic Primary.  Eaton claimed nearly 65 percent of the vote.

Eaton says his campaign was focused on having the city provide basic services like police and fire.  He says a narrow loss in the primary last year helped energize his campaign this year and increased his name recognition.

Nobody has filed to run against Eaton in the November general election.

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Local News
12:11 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Kunselman Wins Ann Arbor 3rd Ward City Council Primary

Stephen Kunselman and his wife celebrate winning Ann Arbor's 3rd Ward Democratic City Council Primary.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Incumbent City Council member Stephen Kunselman claimed about 52 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor's Third Ward Democratic City Council Primary.  Kunselman defeated challenger Julie Grand, the chair of the city's Park Advisory Commission.

Kunselman says his victory is a sign that residents want more attention paid to Ann Arbor's neighborhoods and not so much of a focus on the downtown area.

No candidates have filed to run against Kunselman in the November general election.  If he wins that race it will be his fourth term on City Council.

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Local News
9:58 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Primary Results Find One Incumbent Out

Voters in Ann Arbor's fourth City Council ward went with the challenger over the incumbent in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Un-officials results showed Jack Eaton with 60% of the vote, to incumbent Marcia Higgins' 40%.   Eaton is not expected to be challenged for the seat in November.

Third ward voters narrowly favored incumbent Stephen Kunselman over challenger Julie Grand, 52% to 48%.  Kunselman will take on independent candidate Samuel DeVarti this fall.

Elections
7:21 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ann Arbor 4th Ward Democratic Primary Preview

A long-time Ann Arbor City Council member is facing a challenge from a candidate running for a seat for a third time in Ann Arbor's 4th ward. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on tomorrow's democratic primary election between incumbent Marcia Higgins and challenger Jack Eaton.

Preview of Tuesday's 4th Ward Democratic Primary Election in Ann Arbor's 4th ward.

Elections
7:15 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 3rd Ward Primary Election Preview

Tuesday is primary election day, and while the ballot is rather light, Voters in Ann Arbor's 3rd ward  will be among those going to the polls. 

Residents there will choose between incumbent City Councilman Stephen Kunselman and challenger Julie Grand. WEMU's Andrew Cluley

Preview of Tuesday's Democratic Primary election in Ann Arbor's 3rd Ward.

Parks & Rec.
6:53 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Approves Trial Waiver Of Liberty Plaza Rental Fees

Rental fees will be waived at an Ann Arbor park in an effort to assist a program that provides food for the homeless, and help increase community activity. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council last night unanimously approved a one-year, trial waiver of rental fees at Liberty Plaza.

The "Pizza in the Park" program in Ann Arbor gets a boost from City Council, and will not have to pay fees for at least one year, as it serves food to the homeless in Liberty Plaza.

Government
9:33 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Incumbents Meet Challengers in Candidates Forum

Third ward candidates Julie Grand (l) and incumbent Stephen Kunselman.
Credit Bob Eccles

Two Democratic Ann Arbor City Council members face primary election challenges on August 6th. In the 3rd Ward, Incumbent Stephen Kunselman is being challenged by Julie Grand. In the 4th Ward, John Eaton seeks to unseat Marcia Higgins, and advance to the November General Election. The candidates met Wednesday night  in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. WEMU's Bob Eccles was there and has this report.

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A2 Council
7:44 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Delays Decision on Shortening Meetings

Ann Arbor City Council tables rule changes that would further limit public comment time in regular meetings, but add public comment to council work sessions.

  Ann Arbor City Council has put off a decision on proposed rule changes aimed at shortening the length of its meetings.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, a couple of vacationing council members forced the delay.

Ann Arbor
7:31 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council and DDA Form a New Look Committee

Ann Arbor City Council re-establieshes the "Mutually Beneficial Committee" with the DDA under the new name, "Joint DDA-Council Committee".

Ann Arbor city Council and the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority will have reformed an old committee, with a new name and different method of operation. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the move last night comes as changes are considered to the ordinance that created the DDA.

Government
6:45 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Measures To Shorten Meetings

  Ann Arbor City Council meetings famously run long. Sometimes, meetings don't end until well after midnight. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council tonight will consider some measures that may help shorten up the sessions.

Preview of the July 1st Ann Arbor City Council meeting.

Local News
2:23 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Greenway Along Western Edge Of Ann Arbor Moves Forward

Ann Arbor City Council has adopted a resolution committing to funding a project at 721 North Main.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the move means a proposed greenway along the city's western edge takes a couple of steps forward.

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