As University of Michigan students prepare to leave town for the summer one common place to stop is the intersection of Oakland, East University, and Tappan. The city of Ann Arbor has once more set up dumpsters for bulk recycling and trash in the area.
Michigan Chamber of Commerce Senior Director of Tax & Regulatory Reform Tricia Kinley, Michigan Manufacturers Association Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Johnston, and State Senator Rebekah Warren spoke at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Headline Lunch.
For years Republicans and Democrats across Michigan have raised concerns about the state’s personal property tax. Voters in August will decide if a solution to phase-out the tax and reimburse local governments can go forward.
Several hundred people learned more about oil exploration and mineral rights leases at Scio Township Thursday night. Township officials held an informational meeting at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District facility on Wagner with a variety of experts because West Bay Exploration has leases to explore about one-thousand acres in the township.
An area runner will return to the Boston Marathon this year partly to show he will do what he wants to do and isn't letting fear stop him. Police stopped John Farah just blocks from the finish line last year when the first bomb went off.
Farah is one of about 30 area runners that train with PR Fitness and will be running the Boston Marathon Monday. Farah thinks the race will be safe this year as he runs Boston for the 19th time.
The Presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have thrown their support behind a transit millage that'll be decided by voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township next month.
Ann Arbor officials expect to have the construction schedule for the rest of the new skatepark set within the next week. Park Planner Amy Kuras thinks the facility will be completed by the scheduled June 21st grand opening unless there are a lot of weather issues.
Kuras says most of the remaining work is in two areas.
It's still a little over two months before the opening day for the new skatepark in Ann Arbor, but interest in skating already seems to be growing. The skatepark's grand opening is set for June 21st, which is International Go Skating Day.
Washtenaw County communities that contract with the Sheriff’s department for policing will likely see one percent increases in their bills in 2016 and 2017. The County Commissioners vote on that proposal this week, but Sheriff Jerry Clayton is calling for a larger conversation on how law enforcement is funded.
Clayton doesn’t believe the current model is sustainable. He thinks a county-wide model could be designed to work for communities that contract with his department and those that have their own police departments.
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton discusses how a county-wide funding model for policing could work for both communities with their own police department and those that contract for policing from his department.
Despite all of the snow this winter, the sidewalks along Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor remained easily passable for pedestrians. That’s thanks in large part to the Main Street Business Improvement Zone, an effort where property owners have voluntarily agreed to pay more taxes for a variety of services.
Ed Shaffran is President of The Shaffran Companies and chairman of the Main Street BIZ. He says next month property owners on some neighboring streets will vote to see if the BIZ will expand.
Ann Arbor Public Schools officials say they are pleased with the number of schools of choice and young fives applications the district received. The exact number of applicants won’t be released until next week after all of the applications have been processed and seats are filled.
Director of Communications Liz Margolis says they have to let parents know by Tuesday or Wednesday the status of applications.
Ann Arbor Public Schools Director of Communications Liz Margolis discusses why further credit rating downgrades aren't anticipated.
In a statement Superintendent Jeanice Swift says they have in place a solid financial plan to improve fiscal stability. Swift highlights efforts to increase revenue through attracting more students while also taking steps to decrease expenditures without reducing services for students. She believes these moves will help the district begin to rebuild fund balance within a reasonable time.
According to Margolis efforts to increase enrollment appear to be working and the district should be able to increase fund equity next year. She believes this combined with contract concessions the district is working on should lead to higher credit ratings. Margolis adds since the district has no plans to sell bonds now she doesn't anticipate an immediate financial impact from the credit downgrade.
On May 6th, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township will weigh in on a ballot proposal for new 0.7 mill property tax to pay for expanded public transportation services, primarily AAATA busing.
Plate scrapings are now being accepted in Ann Arbor composting carts. The city added the food scraps this year after a study of residential trash found about half of it was food that could be composted.
Members of the Library Green Conservancy are hopeful Ann Arbor City Council actions will help people work together to develop a park above the city’s underground parking structure. Last month council approved 65-hundred to 12-thousand square feet to be used as a park, but that’s now been revised to approximately 12-thousand square feet.
Library Green Conservancy member Will Hathaway thinks everyone wants the same goal, a quality park above the underground parking structure.