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5:03 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

More Programmed Activities For Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Requested By Parks Advisory Commission

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Panhandling, drug use, and public safety concerns continue to plague Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza. The Parks Advisory Commission intends to study whether more programmed activities is the right solution.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports that Ann Arbor's Parks Advisory Commission is recommending a study of additional programming at Liberty Plaza.

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Community
4:18 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Mixed Reaction To Ann Arbor City Council Failing To Amend Taxicab Ordinance

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For now, you can still catch a ride in Ann Arbor from alternative providers Uber and Lyft.  Proposed regulatory changes to the city's taxicab ordinance to include those services stalled out before City Council this week and the reaction has been mixed.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the mixed reaction to Ann Arbor City Council failing to amend the taxicab ordinance to address concerns over Uber and Lyft.

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Community
5:03 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Looking To Develop Deer Management Plan

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Ann Arbor City Council is considering a $20,000 public engagement plan that will begin an effort to manage the local deer population. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor City Council is considering funding the development of a deer management plan.

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9:21 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Anti-Israel Protesters Disrupt Ann Arbor City Council Meeting

Ann Arbor Mayor John Heiftje
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Ann Arbor's mayor and council members were held in a side room while police confronted the group.  

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Community
6:26 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Member Calls For Non-Partisan Elections

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Ann Arbor's next City Council is set after this week's Democratic Primary since winners face no opposition in November. Less than 17 percent of the city's registered voters participated in Tuesday's primary. One council member thinks switching to non-partisan elections will increase the number of residents participating in selecting Ann Arbor's elected officials.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor City Council member Jane Lumm wants the city to consider non-partisan elections for council and mayor.

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Community
3:04 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Three New Faces On Ann Arbor City Council Bring Uncertain Changes

Ann Arbor Democratic Mayoral Primary winner Christopher Taylor, 2nd Ward winner Kirk Westphal, and 3rd Ward winner Julie Grand
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Ann Arbor City Council will have three new faces later this year. It's unclear how the changes will impact what has often been a divided group.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on winners in Ann Arbor's Democratic City Council Primary races.

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Community
3:58 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Ann Arbor Ballot Issue Not Expected To Impact Third Ward City Council Primary

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Washtenaw County elections officials don't expect further legal challenges from an absentee ballot snafu in Ann Arbor's third ward.  A lot of work has gone into ensuring every vote can count.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the ballot mistake that kept a candidate off some absentee ballots isn't expected to play a role in who wins Ann Arbor's third ward Democratic City Council primary race.

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Community
8:29 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Three Candidates In Ann Arbor's Confusing Third Ward Council Primary

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Voters in Ann Arbor's Third Ward will be choosing a new City Council representative in next week's Democratic Primary as Christopher Taylor is running for mayor instead of re-election.  Bob Dascola, Julie Grand, and Samuel McMullen are all on the ballot. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor's Third Ward Democratic Primary race.

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Community
5:13 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Nancy Kaplan And Kirk Westphal Seek Ann Arbor Second Ward Council Seat

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Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward Voters To Elect New City Council Member

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Community
5:44 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Sumi Kailasapathy And Don Adams Jr. Square Off In Ann Arbor's First Ward Council Race

 Ann Arbor voters will chose a new mayor this year but the changes won’t necessarily stop there.  Three of Ann Arbor’s 5 wards have contested Democratic Primaries for council seats.  The first ward race pits incumbent Sumi Kailasapathy against challenger Don Adams Junior.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the race between incumbent Sumi Kailasapathy and challenger Don Adams Jr. for Ann Arbor's first ward City Council seat.

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Community
12:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Ann Arbor Asking If Properties Are Available To Become Parkland

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A pair of properties that developers have had a challenge in using could become Ann Arbor parks.  8 acres of Woods and brush separate U-S 23 from Ann Arbor's quiet Burton Road on the city's eastside. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor is checking to see if a pair of properties might be available to become parkland.

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Community
3:26 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Ann Arbor Charter Amendments Heading To November Ballot

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Ann Arbor Voters will get the chance to once again create requirements to serve as an elected or appointed official in the city.  A pair of charter amendments will appear on the November ballot.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Charter Amendments voters will consider in November re-establishing requirements to hold elected and appointed office in the city.

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Community
4:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Member Proposing Charter Amendment To Return Eligibility Guidelines

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A court ruling in May put Bob Dascola on the ballot in Ann Arbor's third ward primary.  It's also left the city without any eligibility requirements.  To address this concern City Council member Jane Lumm is proposing a charter amendment to go before voters in November.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a proposed Ann Arbor Charter Amendment so the city can once again have eligibility requirements for candidates running for City Council and Mayor.

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Community
8:53 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services

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The City of Ann Arbor will spend 135-thousand dollars to support animal control services in Washtenaw County. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor City Council approves funding for animal control services.

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WEMU News
3:29 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Ann Arbor Hires Firm To Help Market Library Lot

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The city of Ann Arbor is getting some help in selling the Library Lot property above the Library Lane underground parking garage.

City Administrator Steve Powers says CBRE is a real estate firm with experience in this sort of transaction.

"CBRE will be helping develop with city staff the engagement plan, that engagement with stakeholders, that will be a key part of the process," says Powers.

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Community
4:33 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Looking At Options To Register Rideshare Service Drivers

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Shortly after rideshare services Uber and Lyft came to Ann Arbor the city sent the companies cease and desist letters.  Now a proposal to amend the city's taxi cab ordinance is being considered to but some teeth behind the letters.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a possible amendment to Ann Arbor's taxi ordinance.

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5:17 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Plans To Consider Re-Design Of Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Sent To Parks Advisory Commission

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Ann Arbor City Council is unified in concerns over Liberty Plaza but differ in their thoughts on how to move forward on improving the urban park.  Council referred a resolution to start a re-design process to the Parks Advisory Commission.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the latest efforts to improve Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza.

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Community
2:37 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Etched Glass Artwork Approved For Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges

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Etched glass panels depicting images of trees in Ann Arbor will be installed above and under the Stadium Bridges.  City council has approved spending $385,000 on the final project funded by the old Percent For Art Program.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on artwork approved for Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges.

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Community
3:42 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Considering Extended Stay Hotel Plans

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Plans for an extended stay hotel in downtown Ann Arbor should clear their last hurdle tonight.  Ann Arbor City Council will consider the site plan and development agreement for a nearly 90-thousand square foot building at Huron and Ashley.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on an extended stay hotel proposal Ann Arbor City Council will consider Monday night.

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Community
9:14 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Plans To Improve Liberty Plaza

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In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the need for a downtown park above Ann Arbor's underground parking structure.  Now Ann Arbor City Council will consider a resolution to pay for a re-design of the Liberty Plaza just to the northeast of the garage.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council considering another effort to improve Liberty Plaza.

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Issues of the Environment
8:30 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Deer Management In Ann Arbor

Deer captured in an Ann Arbor yard
Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance

Deer overpopulation in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County is responsible for increasing home and vehicle property damage and is threatening the area's ecological balance.

This week, David Fair talks with Maurita Holland about the issues creating the problem and the potential solutions.

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Community
5:23 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Even With More Affordable Housing, Camp Take Notice Likely To Play Role In Fighting Homelessness

The eventual sale of Ann Arbor's Library Lot should help boost the city's stock of affordable housing. That's because City Council has promised 50 percent of the proceeds will go towards the affordable housing fund.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the role in fighting homelessness that members of MISSION and Camp Take Notice think they will still play even if affordable housing options increase.

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Community
5:39 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Looking To Increase Dog Licensing Rates

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Since January the city of Ann Arbor has been receiving invoices from the Humane Society of Huron Valley for animal control services.  City Council member Jane Lumm says the city doesn't have a dedicated funding source to cover the full cost, but made a step in the right direction with an amendment in next year's budget.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor increasing efforts for dog licensing enforcement and compliance

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Community
3:11 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Ann Arbor's 2015 Budget Includes Funds For Energy Efficiency Programs

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Ann Arbor's efforts to reduce carbon emissions through the climate action plan received a boost in next year's budget.  Council amended the $98 million general fund budget to include $125,000 for advocacy and education programs around reducing energy use.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on efforts to move forward with Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan included in the 2015 fiscal year budget.

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Community
6:03 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Set 2015 Budget Monday

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Ann Arbor City Council Monday night will approve city administrator Steve Powers proposed $98 million general fund budget for next fiscal year.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Monday night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting when the 2015 fiscal year budget should be approved.

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