washtenaw county

Environment
9:33 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Issues of the Environment: 'Fracking' part 2

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This week's Issues of the Environment presents part two of our series on hydraulic fracturing,  or fracking, in Washtenaw County.  Our guest is Jim Peters, Operations Manager for Northstar Energy, and a representative for the Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Educational Foundation. 

Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Educational Foundation

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
10:51 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Commissioners Consider County ID Card

A new task force is starting to investigate creating a Washtenaw County identification card for people who can't or don't want to get a driver's license.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Environment
10:48 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Issues of the Environment: 'Fracking' part 1

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On this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, the first of two discussions on 'fracking', or hydraulic fracturing, in Washtenaw County.  Our guest this week is John Callewaert, the Director of the Integrated Assessment Program for the University of Michigan's Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
9:41 am
Thu February 21, 2013

County Officially Opposes State's Right-to-Work Law

Right to Work Demonstrationers in the Lansing Capitol Building
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Washtenaw County's Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution opposing the state's right-to-work law.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Washtenaw County
9:59 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Property Tax Delinquencies Falling

Washtenaw County officials expect another drop in delinquent property taxes this year.  Later this week, county commissioners are expected to approve an annual resolution to establish the delinquent tax revolving fund. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Environment
9:22 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Public Transportation in Washtenaw County

The status and future of public transportation in Washtenaw County is the topic of this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.  Our guest is Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Chair Yousef Rabhi.

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Business
11:03 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Accelerating Business Start-Ups in Washtenaw County

Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK's president and CEO.

A state grant is helping Washtenaw County business accelerators team up better to provide more assistance to early-stage start-ups.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley. 

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Politics
8:47 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Commissioners Oppose Michigan's RTW Status

Washtenaw County's Board of Commissioners Ways and Means Committee has approved a resolution opposing the state's right-to-work legislation, and calling on the county to enter into early negotiations to extend union security provisions before the RTW law takes effect.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Housing market
8:46 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Home Sales and Prices Up in Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County's Treasurer Cathy McClary says increases in home sales and prices are another sign of economic recovery, but she says it won't immediately translate into more funds for local governments.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley explains why.

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Public Safety
8:42 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Ann Arbor Saving Money Through County Dispatch Services

Metro-Dispatch provides police dispatching services for the Sheriff's Office, Ann Arbor Police Department, Huron Area Metro Parks Police, Michigan State Police, Northfield Township Police and the Ypsilanti Police Department, while providing non-emergency and emergency 911 services to the citizens of Washtenaw County. On average, Metro Dispatch handles in excess of 1000 emergency and non-emergency calls every day.
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Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton says the first six months of the county providing dispatch services to the city of Ann Arbor has gone better than anticipated.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Environment
10:02 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Issues of the Environment

Evan Pratt is Washtenaw County's new Water Resources Commissioner, and he's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Tips from Washtenaw County- RiverSafe

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
9:01 am
Thu January 3, 2013

HSHV to Provide Animal Control Services to County

The Humane Society of Huron Valley will continue to provide animal control services for Washtenaw County for the next four years.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
8:55 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Rabhi to Chair New County Board

Washtenaw County commissioner Yousef Rabhi has been chosen to serve as chair of the Washtenaw County board of commissioners.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

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Washtenaw County
10:17 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Bobrin Retiring After 24 Years of Service to County

Janis Bobrin's 24 years of service to Washtenaw County as Water Resources Commissioner is coming to an end.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on what's changed during Bobrin's long tenure safeguarding a significant  part of the county's environment.

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Weather
8:41 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Snowstorm Snarls Travel

While much of southeast Michigan was spared the full punch of a widespread winter storm, at least three inches of snow had fallen in Washtenaw County as of 8pm Wednesday, causing difficult travel throughout the  region.

While county snow plows and salt trucks have been out on the roads since mid-afternoon, the snow has persisted, making for dangerous driving conditions in most areas.  Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies reported numerous accidents and spinouts throughout the day and into the evening, and continue to advise people to stay off the roads if at all possible.

Washtenaw County Commissioners
9:19 am
Mon December 24, 2012

New Compensation Package for County Board

With the start of the new year, the new Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will have a new compensation package.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Politics
9:24 am
Fri December 7, 2012

County Dems Blast Right to Work Legislation

Washtenaw County Democrats are not happy with the way right-to-work legislation was rushed through the state house Thursday.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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County Commissioners
9:17 am
Thu December 6, 2012

One-Time Pay Raises for County Employees

Washtenaw County's Board of Commissioners has voted to give most county employees a one-time give back of earlier salary reductions.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Business
9:50 am
Fri November 30, 2012

It's "Buy Local" Week in Washtenaw County

As the gift shopping season continues, "buy local" week is underway in Washtenaw County.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Washtenaw County
9:06 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Commissioners Approve Animal Control Agreement with HSHV

Washtenaw County's Board of Commissioners has approved spending up to a half-million dollars a year on animal control services.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Washtenaw County
9:03 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Commissioners Approve Compensation Changes

The Ways and Means Committee of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved changes to commissioners' compensation plan.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Washtenaw County
1:35 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Wednesday Deadline for County Board Volunteers

Wednesday is the deadline for people to apply for positions on various county boards.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Communications
2:18 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Phone Service Partially Restored

Ann Arbor officials say phone service has been restored to city offices this afternoon. 

Earlier today, phone services in Ann Arbor City and some Washtenaw County offices were cut and employees were not able to make phone calls in or out.  Outages were also reported in Oakland, St. Clair, and Midland Counties as well as in the western Michigan city of Wyoming. Several other states were also experiencing problems, and it's not clear if service has been fully restored to all areas.

According to Ann Arbor’s Infrastructure Management Director, Gregory Dill, the problem was caused by  a severed fiber optic cable in Indiana.

County Commissioners
9:46 am
Thu October 4, 2012

County Approves Tax Increase for Economic Development

The Washtenaw County board of commissioners has approved a slight increase in the tax for agriculture and economic development.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

County Commissioners
9:44 am
Thu October 4, 2012

County Details What Animal Control Services it wants from HSHV

The Washtenaw County board of commissioners has adopted policies from its animal control task force to be used as the basis for negotiations with the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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