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5:56 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

77 Ann Arbor Parks Recommended To Go Smoke-Free

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A trip to Ann Arbor's Farmers Market, a walk along the Huron in Gallup Park, and a trip to the pool at Veteran's Memorial Park could all become smoke-free experiences.  The Parks Advisory Commission has recommended these and other parks should go smoke-free.


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Community
4:06 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Still Working To Increase Percentage Of Dogs That Are Licensed

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor residents love their dogs, an estimated 30,000 live in the city.  Yet only about seven percent are properly tagged a despite state law and city ordinance requiring all dogs be licensed.  There's an ongoing effort to boost this percentage in the city.


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Community
10:47 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Tougher Stormwater Management Rules

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New construction projects in Ann Arbor may soon need to do more about capturing rainfall on-site. The Ann Arbor City Council Monday will consider the first reading of changes to the stormwater management ordinance.  The changes are required to remain in line with the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's rules.


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Community
5:20 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Parking Rates May Increase In Ann Arbor In January

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Starting in January you may need to dig a little deeper in your pocket to pay for parking in Ann Arbor. The Downtown Development Authority is proposing hikes to some parking rates.  


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Community
4:05 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Ann Arbor Residents Share Deer Concerns

Deer have devoured the bottom half of this bush in Bernie Banet's backyard.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Deer, they're majestic, graceful and, to some Ann Arbor residents, a major nuisance.  So much so that City Council has committed $20,000 to get public buy-in on a plan to manage the deer population.  


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Community
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.


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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.


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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. 


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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

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.  


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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
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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.  


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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. 


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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

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.  


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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.   

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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.  


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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.  


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Community
9:14 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Plans To Improve Liberty Plaza

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.   


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