Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners

Washtenaw County
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If you ever wanted to serve on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, now may be your chance to get on the board quickly. 


Conan Smith
Metro Matters

Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith is stepping down from the board to seek another job with the county.

I spoke with Smith to about his decision to leave and his plans to pursue a new job as Washtenaw County's Director of Community and Economic Development.


Conan Smith
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

There is a hole to be filled on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.     

Landfill
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Washtenaw County has decided that its Solid Waste Management Plan is ready for revision.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Washtenaw County environmental services supervisor Jeff Krcmarik about how the plan will change.


Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, and a millage is expected to be a main topic of discussion.

 


Plastic Bags
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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. 


Plastic Bags
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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.

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


Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
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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.  


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


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

 


Washtenaw County

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

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

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


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

 


Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

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.  


Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
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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.

 

 


Visit Ypsi
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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.

 


 

City of Ypsilanti

 

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.

 


Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

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.

eWashtenaw.org

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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