Retiring Congressman John Dingell headlined today's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber lunch meeting.
Dingell says organizations like chambers of commerce are an important part of the community, offering the chance for people to speak with elected officials and make sure government is running as it should.
Congressman John D. Dingell speaking after the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's lunch meeting.
Dingell has announced he won't seek re-election when his current term is up. His wife, Debbie, is running to replace him in the 12th Congressional district, as is Ypsilanti resident Terry Bowman who's running as a Republican.
When the city of Ann Arbor closes on the sale of the old Y-lot $600,000 dollars will be transferred to the Ann Arbor Housing Commission to help finance renovations at the organizations five largest properties. The projects are the first of the commission’s properties to transition from traditional public housing to a voucher based program.
The Ann Arbor Police Department is just over one-third of the way through a six month effort to increase pedestrian and motorist safety. Almost 50 officers have worked overtime in the last two months specifically for the 26 Weeks to Safer Streets Program.
Potholes line roads throughout the area, but one particularly rough stretch will be the site of major improvements. Construction starts at the end of the month on the stretch of Ann Arbor Saline Road near I-94.
The University of Michigan Men's basketball team clinched the outright regular season Big ten title with an 84-53 win at Illinois Tuesday night. Work is still to be done with the Big Ten Basketball Tournament taking place next week in Indianapolis.
Ann Arbor will use general fund money to help the public art program transition to a new funding model, but over $940,000 in old percent for art funds are being returned to their original sources. That’s the result of three resolutions passed by city council Monday night to hopefully end the long debate over the program.
Ann Arbor City Council may have finally found a way to move forward with the city’s public art program. A series of three resolutions on tonight’s agenda could resolve the long-running debate over the issue.
Changes in how universities handle reports of sexual misconduct by students continue to leave questions on campus. Even as a federal investigation is ongoing, the University of Michigan Central Student Government wants to review documents around sexual assault investigations, including of a former football player.
Energy conservation is low-hanging fruit--no new technology, power plants or pipelines are required. But it can be a stubborn nut to crack if there is no financial motivation to conserve, and the question of motivation all depends on who pays the bills.
Monday Ann Arbor City Council will consider a resolution that would designate about 10-thousand square feet of the surface lot on top of the Library Lane parking garage as the site of a future park. City officials have long stated a portion of the area will become park space, but this resolution would nail down the specific location.
Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are excited to kick off their largest ever Schools of Choice effort. Monday the district will begin accepting applications to fill up to 750 slots.
Communications Director Liz Margolis says they’ve carefully looked at current and projected enrollments. After studying these projections they've made seats available for nearly every grade in all of the district's schools. The district however isn't accepting high school juniors and seniors.
Ann Arbor’s publicly maintained trees are in fair to good condition according to the city’s Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Planning Coordinator Kerry Gray. Maintenance efforts have been hurt by budget cutbacks and the need to deal with the Emerald Ash Borer.