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11:56 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayor Believes Big Projects During His Tenure Making Positive Impact

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Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje thinks investments made during his tenure are already paying results and will continue to do so.  The issue of spending priorities however is one voters will be looking at as the city chooses a new mayor for the first time in 14 years.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on some of the spending priorities during John Hieftje's 14 years as Mayor of Ann Arbor.
Hieftje points to the underground parking structure as helping grow the local economy.  That's because he doesn't think the city's growing tech sector would have been possible without additional parking downtown.  He says these jobs have helped keep the area more active, boosting restuarants and other businesses.
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2:37 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Etched Glass Artwork Approved For Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges

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Etched glass panels depicting images of trees in Ann Arbor will be installed above and under the Stadium Bridges.  City council has approved spending $385,000 on the final project funded by the old Percent For Art Program.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on artwork approved for Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges.

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6:36 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Public Art, Edwards Brothers Property Monday

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Ann Arbor may spend nearly $13 million in the hopes of ultimately keeping a State Street property on the tax rolls.  City Council Monday will consider a resolution to use their right of first refusal to purchase the Edwards Brothers property instead of it being sold to the University of Michigan. 

Another pair of items on the agenda will have a big impact on the future of public art in the city.  Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance amendment to allow uncommitted percent for art funds return to their source.    Several council members have pushed for this move in the past, but others say the money is needed as the Public Art Commission looks to move to a new funding model relying on donations.

A six month contract extension for Public Art Administrator Aaron Seagraves was postponed two weeks ago and will be considered again.  The delay was designed to have his contract considered at the same time the funding issue would be debated.

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Public Art
11:50 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Council Suspends Art Funding

Ann Arbor's city council has suspended most percent-for-art funding until April, and has established a task force to review the program.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:27 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Council Postpones Decision on Arts Funding

Ann Arbor's city council has tabled proposals to eliminate or amend the percent for art program until next year.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
8:02 am
Tue August 21, 2012

A2 Arts Millage Headed to November Ballot

Ann Arbor voters will decide proposed new arts millage in November.

City Government
10:12 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Council Approves "Radius" for Justice Center

Ann Arbor's city council has approved the installation of a percent-for-art project in the city's Justice Center Lobby.