Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners

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Washtenaw County's "eco-fee" for using plastic or paper bags from retail grocery stores is scheduled to go into effect on Earth Day in 2017. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County solid waste specialist Noelle Bowman about the new ordinance and whether state lawmakers will actually allow for its implementation. 


Yousef Rabhi
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Democratic candidates for the 53rd State Congressional District will debate Saturday. 


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance that will impose a fee for customers who request bags at some local stores. 


Yousef Rabhi
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Washtenaw County is planning to regulate the use of single use, plastic bags.  However, the Michigan State Legislature has slowed the process of passing this measure.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks with Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi about the controversy surrounding the proposed ordinance.

  Editor's note: Wednesday evening, the Washtenaw County commissioners  voted 6-2 to approve a new carryout bag ordinance that would put a 10-cent "tax" on customers for every single use (paper or plastic) bag they receive at stores in Washtenaw county. Stay tuned for follow-up discussion on the issue.

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A public hearing will be held tonight at the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting regarding a plastic bag ordinance.


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners voted against placing a road and non-motorized path millage on the August 2nd ballot.  


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet on April 20th, and a millage proposal is on the agenda.


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Hiring a new county administrator could take significantly longer than expected.

 


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The search for a new Washtenaw County Administrator could be the focus of Wednesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, and mental health care will be a main topic.


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Washtenaw County will soon be a step closer to hiring a new administrator.

 


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners tonight will hold its first meeting of the year.  The board will discuss possible changes to how future commission meetings will be conducted.  


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Washtenaw County Commissioners will meet Wednesday night.

They're likely to approve a transfer of funds from the Washtenaw Community Health Initiative back into the county’s mental health department budget.

 

 


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Washtenaw County commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday night to merge local convention and visitors bureaus into one countywide department. Some arts advocates, including Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich, are critical of the proposal for not specifying how much funding the new CVB will devote to arts and culture.

 


 

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will vote Wednesday night on a proposal to merge local conventions and visitors bureaus into one county-wide entity. The merger has been a contentious issue, especially in Ypsilanti.


 

A crowd gathered at the Riverside Arts Center in downtown Ypsilanti last night to voice concerns about the proposed merger of local convention and Visitors Bureaus into one county-wide entity.

 


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved a Community Support and Treatment Services budget that will allow the county to continue to offer mental health services, but it won't stop layoffs.

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If you have some time this week, Washtenaw County would like your input on what to do with the former juvenile center property at Platt Road and Huron Parkway.

 

Suggestions have ranged from affordable housing to public gardening space to business incubation, but the county Board of Commissioners wants the public to be part of the design process. 

Bob Eccles

A fairly tight race for the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners District 5 seat being vacated by Roland Sizemore went to a familiar name.

Former Ypsilanti Township Supervisor and Treasurer and State Representative Ruth Ann Jamnick fended off three other Democrats for the right to face Republican Timothy King of Ypsilanti in the November general election. 

Jamnick picked up 36 percent of the vote Tuesday, with absentee voters helping to put her over the top. 

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Ruth Ann Jamnick beats  out three others in primary race to take seat currently held by Rolland Sizemore Jr.  

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Roland Sizemore's announcement that he would not seek re-election to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in District 5 prompted four Democrats to file to replace him.

Keith Jason, Wilma Gold-Jones, Ruth Ann Jamnick and Victor Dobrin each would like to represent Ypsilanti and Augusta Townships on the board. Listen to thee candidates' thoughts on crime and public safety in the audio above.

Washtenaw County Forms Roads Funding Committee

Jun 6, 2014
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has created a Roads Funding Committee to study the county's options for paying for road repairs.

The county Board of Commissioners had earlier rejected a point-four-mil tax for road repairs.  This week's vote to create the Roads Funding Committee was just short of unanimous.  Commissioner Conan Smith voted "no".

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Washtenaw County's bridges are falling apart, and the Road Commission can't afford to fix them.

The Commission's Managing Director Roy Townsend says around 70 of Washtenaw County's bridge are in need of repairs or other maintenance and another 30 have been labeled "structurally deficient."

Townsend says it would cost the county more than $30 million to replace them.

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is currently considering a 1 mill property tax to fund roadwork.

Bob Eccles

In Washtenaw County, the race to replace Roland Sizemore in the County Commission's fifth district now features five candidates - four Democrats and a Republican.

Among the Democrats who submitted nominating petitions before Tuesday's deadline: Ruth Ann Jamnick, a former Ypsilanti Township Supervisor and former State Representative; Wilma Gold-Jones, who serves on the board of the non-profit Mentor2Youth; Keith P. Jason, an Ypsilanti Township Park Commission member and Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority Commissioner; and Victor Dobrin. 

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One of the longest serving members of the Washtenaw County Board of commissioners will not seek re-election in 2014.

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