The city has applied a surface application of lime to kill any remaining bacteria. This lime product appears as a white, powdery substance.
Because the sewage reached the Huron River, the City of Arbor took the immediate precaution of closing canoe livery trips in the vicinity, from Argo to Gallup, on Thursday and through Friday. Any body contact is not recommended for at least 24 hours after a known release of raw sewage to waterways.
The City of Ann Arbor has completed testing and will evaluate water quality samples over the next 24 hours for presence of harmful bacteria in the Huron River. The determination whether to resume canoe livery operations between Argo and Geddes Dam will be made at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, based upon water sampling results.
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has revised language in the ballot proposal that will appear before voters in November. The school board met briefly on Monday to address concerns about the original language for renewal of the districts voter-approved sinking fund millage.
As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question voters will decide is no longer a matter of renewal, but instead, one of continuation.
The Ann Arbor School Board has approved an agreement on participating in the Washtenaw Education Operations Consortium. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board has some concerns, but unanimously approved the deal so that students will be able to participate in three programs this year.
Based on recommendations made Tuesday night, we may be getting a better picture of what new development of the old YMCA property in Ann Arbor will look like.
The Ann Arbor Planning Commission issues its recommendations last night. Should the city choose to sell the property to a private developer, the Planning commission urges it use the "Request For Proposal" process.
As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the commission also include a list of conditions any developer should have to meet in order to benefit the city in the long term.
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.
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.
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.
Two shows of great interest to WEMU listeners are coming up soon at The Ark: blues and roots singer-songwriter Seth Walker on Thursday, August 8th and Ann Arbor’s beloved roots-rock quartet Corndaddy on Friday, August 16th.
Over 1,000 people have responded to both surveys. Ingrid Ault is the Chair of the Downtown Park Subcommittee of the Park Advisory Commission. Ault says the downtown park survey has three primary questions: If the community thinks there is a need for more downtown park space, what the space should look like, and how to fund it. Ault says in September community meetings will be held to further flesh out possibilities about downtown park space.