washtenaw county

Rabhi to Chair New County Board

Jan 3, 2013

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.

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.

Snowstorm Snarls Travel

Dec 26, 2012

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.

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.

County Dems Blast Right to Work Legislation

Dec 7, 2012

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority board has approved filing the articles of incorporation for a new county-wide transit authority.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Climate Change
Angela Cesere | AnnArbor.com

Sizing up the effects of climate change in our area.  UofM research associate Evan Mallen is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is considering a slight in increase to the agricultural and economic development act.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

A voting rights coalition has asked a Federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting the use of check-off boxes that ask voters to confirm their U.S. citizenship on November ballots.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has that, and a look at what you can expect to find - or not find - on your local baloot.

Roughly one out of every ten students in Washtenaw County has been granted a waiver from one or more required immunizations.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

No results have changed following recounts of some  August primary elections in Washtenaw County, but some recounts could not be completed.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley. 

Red Cross volunteers from Washtenaw and Lenawee counties are answering the call for help in the wake of hurricane Isaac.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
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Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley continues to expand its offerings as the community deals with the lingering impact of the housing market downturn.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority becomes the last to approve a four-party agreement that will serve as a framework for a county-wide transit authority. The AATA Board last night joined, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County in approving an amended Articles of Incorporation. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

More Primary Election Results

Aug 8, 2012

In Dexter Township, James Drolett has won the republican primary for Supervisor, defeating Kathryn Bowring.  Drolett will face incumbent Democrat Pat Kelly in November.
    In the Dexter Township Republican primary for the Treasurer's post, Libby Brushaber has defeated Mark Wojno.  Brushaber faces no opposition in November.

    In the Republican primary for Bridgwater Township's Board of Trustees, incumbent trustee David Faust and newcomer Wes Cowden won yesterday's vote.  Both will be unopposed in November.

Primary Election Results: County Races

Aug 8, 2012

Evan Pratt has won the democratic primary to be Washtenaw County's next Water Resources Commissioner.
Pratt will face Republican Eric Sheie  in the November general election.  

In the non-incumbent 22nd circuit court race, James Fink and Carol Kuhnke were the top two vote-getters and will advance to the November ballot.

And,  in the new 7th district county commissioner democratic primary, Andy LaBarre defeated Christina Montague by a nearly two to one margin.  LaBarre will face Republican David Parker in November.

Washtenaw County officials are creating a new photo identification card to help area veterans get discounts from local businesses. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

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