Ann Arbor

In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair explores the importance of prescribed ecological burns in our area parks. The guest this week is David Borneman. David is Natural Areas Preservation Manager for the City of Ann Arbor. 

Ann Arbor officials are looking to improve economic development efforts in the city. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, City Council is creating a new task force to better coordinate development strategies.

woodleywonderworks / / CC BY

Ann Arbor City Council will dip into fund balance a bit further next fiscal year to give a boost to affordable housing and human services. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  early this morning the City Council,  passed an 83.1 million dollar general fund budget for the 2014 fiscal year. 

Motorists in the Ann Arbor/Pittsfield Township should prepare for some new traffic delays as a new road construction project gets underway. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, work on a new roundabout at the intersection of State Street and Ellsworth Road will get underway in June.

The new performing arts group Ann Arbor in Concert holds its inaugural performance Saturday night at 8 at the Michigan Theater.  WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with a couple of the folks involved.

The "Ride of Silence" takes place tonight, locally and around the country. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, cyclists from Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor will take part in the event honoring riders who have been hurt and killed.

For more info:

Patrick Holubik

A formal dedication ceremony was held Tuesday for the Stadium Bridges in Ann Arbor. WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there and provides all the details.

A proposed 14-story development at Huron and Division in Ann Arbor is moving forward, despite the fact no one on Ann Arbor City Council truly likes the plan. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Council voted 6-5 to five in favor of approving the site plan and development agreement.

There will be three occasions next fiscal year for which the Ann Arbor Public schools will have to borrow money to cover payroll costs. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Education last night passed as resolution authorizing establishment of a line of credit of up to 10-million dollars.

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) are collecting public feedback on short and long term transportation plans. The proposals are billed as the "2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Plan" and the "2040 Regional Transportation Plan." The first public hearing on the comprehensive measures took place Wednesday at Washtenaw Community College. WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there.

There has been no shortage of input from the community at public forums on the Ann Arbor School District's budget proposal. The latest hearing was held Tuesday night at Pioneer High school. The budget proposal calls for eight-point-seven million dollars in cuts for the upcoming academic year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, attendees are also suggesting ways to enhance district revenue.

Lengthy public hearings on a proposed apartment complex development at 413 East Huron have prevented Ann Arbor City Council from taking action on the matter. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, for a second meeting in a row, council last night halted its session prior to finishing up the nights agenda.

A decision on ordinances effecting the way the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority operates has been postponed until September. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council last night voted unanimously to delay consideration of the issues.

The Michigan Theater

Film festivals galore, including Cinetopia, Jewish Film Festival; Iron Man 3, new openings downtown, and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Ann Arbor's Commuter Challenge is underway, encouraging  the use of alternative transportation methods to get to work in Ann Arbor.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

From a half-dozen college students with a beat up truck to a major business, Barbara Lucas traces the 35 year history of Recycle Ann Arbor on The Green Room from WEMU.

Ann Arbor public schools superintendent Pat Green's proposed budget cuts of $8.7 million for next school year include a reduction of 75 employees.  It's the starting point for budget discussions, as we hear from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

The Ann Arbor school board has approved the timeline, salary range, profile, and advertising strategy it will use in finding the district's next superintendent.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Less than a week after Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Pat Green announced her retirement, the school board has begun planning how it will find the next superintendent.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the board's developing search strategy.

After a pair of lengthy public hearings, Ann Arbor's city council postponed votes on a majority of action items at Monday night's meeting.  Council made the unusual move  after it was unable to get a six vote majority on several votes relating to ordinance amendments impacting the Downtown Development Authority.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers has given city council a preview of his proposed budgets for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.  Hear more on the spending plans from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

The Ann Arbor school district will once more be looking for a new superintendent.  After less than two years on the job, Superintendent Pat Green has announced she will retire after the end of the school year.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

The budget situation for next year is not quite as bad as first projected for the Ann Arbor school district.  School administrators released the latest revenue projections Wednesday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

The Ann Arbor school board has approved a series of policy changes designed to make the board more efficient and meetings shorter.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

A lack of clarity is one of many concerns Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority board members have over a proposed ordinance amendment that would limit the amount of tax revenue the DDA can collect.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.