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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Noelle Bowman, Solid Waste Program Specialist for Washtenaw County, about the magnitude of food waste, especially during the holidays.  She addresses some of the causes and offers tips for prevention and local resources for wasting less. 


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The need to consider a voluntary water use restriction in the City of Ann Arbor has passed.


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Ann Arbor has always championed public transportation, due to its benefits for the environment.  But certain standards still must be met.   In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Eli Cooper, Transportation Manager for the City of Ann Arbor, about an environmental assessment report on a proposed train depot for Ann Arbor.


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About fifteen swastikas and racial slurs were spray painted at the Veterans Memorial Skate Park in Ann Arbor. 


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It's still unknown if voters in Ann Arbor will see a Library Lot proposal on the November ballot.

 


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The city of Ann Arbor could soon get more Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons for pedestrian crossings.  City Council has it as part of its agenda for Monday night's meeting


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Just how long should the mayor and city council members serve in Ann Arbor?  That question will be addressed at Thursday night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting


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The city of Ann Arbor is letting residents get a first hand look at where their water comes from.

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In the past, the city of Ann Arbor has actively tried to regulate Uber and similar transportation companies.  That may be the case again after the suspect in the Kalamazoo shootings was identified as an Uber driver.


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City Council member requests tweaking Ann Arbor's crosswalk ordinance.

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February first sees the implementation of a new smoking ban.

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City vows to help combat a new threat to its urban forest.

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City of Ann Arbor plans to issue 86 body-worn cameras to the Ann Arbor Police Department.

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources cautions against knee-jerk solutions to curbing wildlife populations.

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The west side of downtown Ann Arbor may see a new trail, thanks to a group of University of Michigan graduate students.

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Residents will no longer need to face flooding and frequent repairs.

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Three of Ann Arbor's fire stations will be temporarily closed over the next two months.

Stations 3, 4 and 5 will each be closed for renovations, although only one will be closed at a time.

Assistant Fire Chief Ellen Taylor says each station should only be closed for a few days.

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Ann Arbor voters will be choosing from among four Democratic candidates for mayor in next week's primary election, and a new poll finds city council member Christopher Taylor with a big lead.

The Ann Arbor Chronicle published results of the poll by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, which shows Taylor the favorite among 39 percent of voters polled.  Council member Sabra Brier is closest, with 19 percent. 

Chronicle Editor Dave Askins says he wasn't surprised by the results, but the clustering seen in the polling was unexpected.

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Ann Arbor officials are trying to make it easier for  people to communicate with them.

The city's website has been redesigned for improved social media integration and includes a new "A2 Fix It" app that allows people to report potholes, graffitti and other issues from their smart phone or other connected device.

Ann Arbor spokesperson Lisa Wondrash says residents will have an easier time navigating the new website and finding the information they need.

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Things could soon look a lot different on Ann Arbor's Research Park Drive near State Street.

City Council has approved a zoning change that will allow the currently vacant land to be developed for mixed-use purposes.

Developers have already submitted a plan for the area that includes an 8-court indoor/outdoor tennis facility as well as two five-story buildings for research, office or limited industrial uses. City Planner Jeff Kahan says the developer's plan for the other lots in the area is less detailed, but will be used for office and research buildings.

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The city of Ann Arbor is getting some help in selling the Library Lot property above the Library Lane underground parking garage.

City Administrator Steve Powers says CBRE is a real estate firm with experience in this sort of transaction.

"CBRE will be helping develop with city staff the engagement plan, that engagement with stakeholders, that will be a key part of the process," says Powers.

Ann Arbor Eyeing Backlog Of Tree Maintenance

Apr 24, 2014
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Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers is suggesting city council approve $1 million to attack a backlog of tree pruning and maintenance in his 2014-15 fiscal year budget.

Powers says high-priority tree pruning would be done with the funding, along with dead tree and stump removal.

Powers says the funding will help "to maintain Ann Arbor Tree City's urban forest, and to reduce risks to public safety."

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The city of Ann Arbor is moving ahead with plans for a 12-thousand square foot park on the Library Lot, and one city council member wants to know what the community's envisions there.

Sabra Briere is conducting an online survey.  She says those who get her regular email updates will find the link in her message going out the first weekend in May.

"I'll also post the survey results, and the raw data, on my website," Briere says, "which is www.SabraBriere.org."

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The Ypsilanti Mayoral race has become a little more crowded.  

New Bike Share Program Coming To Ann Arbor

Apr 2, 2014
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Ann Arbor bike riders will have a new option for getting around the downtown and University of Michigan campus areas starting this summer. 

The Clean Energy Coalition plans to install 14 bike sharing stations this spring, with the operation up and running in June. 

Nick Helmholdt is ArborBike operations manager.

"We're working closely with the city of Ann Arbor and with our vendor, who is B-Cycle, to make sure everything comes into place to fit that timeline," said Helmholdt.

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