The Washtenaw County Commissioners have approve the purchase of a new case management system for the County's Trial Court. The commissioners voted eight to one last night to purchase the system for $2.3 million.
Charles Eugene Beatty is being honored by the Washtenaw County Intermediate School District for his contributions to education in Michigan. The district will renames its Head Start building in Ypsilanti after the late educator.
Ronnie Peterson is a Washtenaw County Commissioner. He says Beatty is a historic figure and worthy of praise for his contributions to education. Beatty played a role in early childhood study programs that eventually lead to the creation of Head Start, and was inducted into the Michigan Education Hall of Fame in 1985.
The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development will be hosting a community day in conjunction with the Parkridge Summer Festival this weekend.
Those who attend the festival will also be able to get information on free or low-cost services offered in the county.
Community and Economic Development Director, Mary Jo Callan says there will be around forty tables and booths with information on programs and services that range from youth services, to senior services, veteran's services, health services, eviction prevention, job training programs, and many more.
The Parkridge Summer Festival and Community Day happens Saturday, August 24th, from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm at Parkridge Park.
Washtenaw County today launches the annual "Stuff the Bus" campaign. The effort aims to collect school supplies for needy children in kindergarten through fifth grade in Washtenaw County's public schools.
A school bus will be parked in front of the Target store on Carpenter Road. Kari Dorr is heading up the campaign for the county. Shes says all types of supplies are needed, including:
Colored pencils, Crayons
Pens, Mechanical pencils
Supplies can be given to volunteers on site or donations can be placed directly into boxes on the school bus. Dorr says the amount of donated supplies has increased every year, and this year the hope is to exceed $10,000 worth. The drive is being held everyday this week from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Washtenaw County Commissioners have passed a resolution setting the priorities they want used in the development of future budgets. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, County Commissioners contend it's part of a new approach to better connect budgeting with desired outcomes.
The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners last week decided to shelve a proposal to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. the money generated for the bond sale would have been used to cover the county's long-term pension costs and retiree health care. Commissioners decided to wait until such time the state of Michigan spells out its rules for a bond sale of this kind. Still, the issue is far from dead. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Commissioners last night went forward with a public hearing on the issue, gathering more input from the community.
"The Green Room" is WEMU's monthly exploration of our environment, and efforts to live more sustainably in Washtenaw County.
Ann Arbor and Ypsilantiare increasingly becoming bicycle-friendly. As residents throughout Washtenaw County look long and hard at how to better live sustainably in the future, this form of alternative transportation will only continue to grow. In this month's installment of WEMU's "The Green Room", Barbara Lucas explores where we are locally, and how we stack up against a city like Copenhagen, Denmark where 55-percent of the population commutes by bike.
A proposal for a 345-million dollar bond sale to pay for Washtenaw County's unfunded liabilities will move forward more deliberately than originally intended. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, The Board of Commissioners Ways and Means Committee last night pulled the item from it's agenda to allow more time for public input.
Washtenaw County officials report better than expected financial results in the first quarter of the year, but still need to make millions of dollars worth of structural changes next year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, County Administrator Verna McDaniel last night gave the Board of Commissioners an update on the fiscal state of the county.
The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) are collecting public feedback on short and long term transportation plans. The proposals are billed as the "2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Plan" and the "2040 Regional Transportation Plan." The first public hearing on the comprehensive measures took place Wednesday at Washtenaw Community College. WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there.
Rattlesnakes in Washtenaw County! They're here, and they serve a purpose. Unfortunately their habitat has been threatened, but a project is underway to help. Joining WEMU's David Fair on Issues of the Environment is Steven Parrish, Steven is the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Habitat Restoration Project Manager and Natural Areas Specialist at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Together, David and Steven discuss work in Washtenaw County on the Eastern Massasauga Habitat Restoration and Education Project.
A light ballot in Washtenaw County on Tuesday day means relatively quick results. The results, keep in mind, are unofficial until certified by the Board of Canvassers.
Voters in Dexter Village have opted to continue moving forward with the process of becoming a city. The measure passed on a vote of 460-to-408. The next step will be the election of a nine-member charter commission. Once a draft charter is adopted and passed by the state, incorporation into city-hood will go before a vote of the people.
Washtenaw County agencies have received just over $4 million in federal funds for programs battling the problem of homelessness. The second round of grants from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban development was announced Thursday. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
For the first time ever, Washtenaw County officials will be preparing a four-year budget proposal. County commissioners voted 7 to 2 Wednesday night in favor of a resolution directing the county's administration to develop a quadrennial budget. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Washtenaw County's point-in-time homeless count saw a jump of 123 additional people without shelter this year compared to the count day in 2011. County officials fear the problem of homelessness may continue to grow. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Washtenaw County is considering the expansion of community support treatment services to help meet the needs of a growing number of people receiving mental illness and substance abuse services. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the plan.
Find out more about fair food systems on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU. Our guest is Oran Hesterman, who discusses fair food systems in Washtenaw County, and some of the ways in which the county is working to provide equitable access to sustainable foods for all residents.