Ann Arbor will use general fund money to help the public art program transition to a new funding model, but over $940,000 in old percent for art funds are being returned to their original sources. That’s the result of three resolutions passed by city council Monday night to hopefully end the long debate over the program.
Ann Arbor City Council may have finally found a way to move forward with the city’s public art program. A series of three resolutions on tonight’s agenda could resolve the long-running debate over the issue.
Changes in how universities handle reports of sexual misconduct by students continue to leave questions on campus. Even as a federal investigation is ongoing, the University of Michigan Central Student Government wants to review documents around sexual assault investigations, including of a former football player.
Energy conservation is low-hanging fruit--no new technology, power plants or pipelines are required. But it can be a stubborn nut to crack if there is no financial motivation to conserve, and the question of motivation all depends on who pays the bills.
Monday Ann Arbor City Council will consider a resolution that would designate about 10-thousand square feet of the surface lot on top of the Library Lane parking garage as the site of a future park. City officials have long stated a portion of the area will become park space, but this resolution would nail down the specific location.
Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are excited to kick off their largest ever Schools of Choice effort. Monday the district will begin accepting applications to fill up to 750 slots.
Communications Director Liz Margolis says they’ve carefully looked at current and projected enrollments. After studying these projections they've made seats available for nearly every grade in all of the district's schools. The district however isn't accepting high school juniors and seniors.
Ann Arbor’s publicly maintained trees are in fair to good condition according to the city’s Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Planning Coordinator Kerry Gray. Maintenance efforts have been hurt by budget cutbacks and the need to deal with the Emerald Ash Borer.
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.
People across Michigan are closely following the trial of a lesbian couple challenging Michigan's ban on marriage and adoption by same sex couples. The trial began Tuesday with April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse seeking the ability to marry and adopt each other's children.
The University of Michigan can go ahead with plans to buy the Edwards Brothers property on State Street for nearly 13 million dollars. Ann Arbor City Council voted six to five Monday night against using the right of first refusal to match the university’s offer.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township are expected to decide in May on a proposed public transit tax to raise nearly $4.4 million in annual funding. The Ann Arbor News reports campaigns with competing messages are taking place after the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority voted last week to place a 0.7-mill transit tax on the May 6 ballot in the three Washtenaw County communities
A decision is expected Monday night as Ann Arbor officials debate whether they should buy a State Street Property or have it permanently removed from the tax rolls. City Council is holding a special meeting to consider using a right of first refusal to buy the Edwards Brothers property.
Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority officials hope to begin making service upgrades in August. That’s if voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township pass a .7 mill tax that will be on the May ballot.
Washtenaw County will be engaging neighbors of the old Juvenile Center on Platt Road in Ann Arbor and other community members to determine how to redevelop the site. The County Commissioners have given final approval to a community driven process for planning for the 13.5 acre property.
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje calls on residents to take advantage of the warmer weather and clean off their sidewalks. Hieftje admits the amount of snow, and the freezing rain a few walks ago caused a mess, but many people rely on walking to get to jobs and other important appointments.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Hundreds of University of Michigan students participated in an all-night protest over what they call low minority enrollment and inclusion. The Ann Arbor News reports students crammed into Shapiro Undergraduate Library for the 12-hour, overnight event. The "Speak Out" was hosted by the United Coalition for Racial Justice, a group comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.
Drinking tap water in Ann Arbor is common practice. It rates rather highly in terms of quality and taste, and most find it difficult to tell the difference between city water and bottled water. Many may not know that research shows pharmaceutical drugs are making it into the water supply.
In this week's "Issues of the Environment" 89.1 WEMU's David Fair explores the issue and what it may mean for you. The guest this week is Larry Sanford, the city of Ann Arbors' Assistant Manager of Water Treatment Services.
Ann Arbor City Council remains conflicted on the city’s public art program. Council Tuesday night voted ten to nothing for an ordinance amendment that allows them to return old percent for art funds to their original source. Two resolutions to actually do this however were postponed.