With plenty of snow still on the ground and cold temperatures continuing longer than expected, Ann Arbor officials may be delayed in starting an ecological restoration program that has gotten great results over the last 20 years.
Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation Manager Dave Borneman says controlled burns are a powerful tool used to help enrich the soul, remove dead thatch, and allow diverse native plant and animal communities to thrive.
The city targets a low impact timeframe for these burns. Doing them in late winter or early spring means little or no people in the parks, dormant plant life and lower smoke volumes.
Crews will be executing the burns weekdays between noon and six.
Supporters of Pizza in the Park say an ordinance change Ann Arbor City Council will consider Monday is important in keeping the event going year round.
The City Council will consider second reading of the amendment that will waive the rental fee at all parks for events that are primarily designed for the charitable distribution of goods for basic human needs.
Seth Best is with Camp Take Notice and a volunteer with Vineyard Church. Best says the amendment is needed because they can't always hold Pizza in the Park at Liberty Plaza where council has already waived the fee.
Best says as a former homeless person, Pizza in the Park is an important chance for homeless people to see a smiling face and meet kind people. He says the Pizza in the Park volunteers work to clean up after the event and often leave Liberty Plaza cleaner than they find it.
WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council considering final approval of an ordinance amendment to waive park rental fees for events that are primarily designed to share goods to meet basic human needs.