Local Government

Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor officials won't have to try to find a new City Administrator at this time after all. 


Homeless Advocates Launching Recall Effort

Dec 4, 2014
Vlastula / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

People upset with the recent eviction of residents of a homeless camp at the end of Burton Road in Ann Arbor are launching a campaign to recall City Council member Stephen Kunselman.

Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

As the Michigan State Police investigate Sunday night's shooting of 40-year-old Aura Rosser by an Ann Arbor Police officer, there's one piece of evidence they won't have.  That's a video recording of the incident.  A city council member says discussions about adding body cameras for police officers just became a higher priority in his mind.


John Hiefjte and Christopher Taylor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Don’t expect any major changes in Ann Arbor city government after yesterday’s election. A few names may be changing but most of the policies are expected to remain the same.


University of Michigan employee parking at Fuller Park
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Parking and transportation in Ann Arbor have long been contentious issues, and it isn't likely to change anytime soon.  The hot topic now is rail transportation versus parking for U of M Hospital employees.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor has been a leader in Michigan when it comes to the city's non-discrimination ordinance.  The law is now getting a much needed update.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Trying to live on what is legally considered a "living wage" is seriously challenging.  Flip the coin, and paying that wage can be equally challenging. That is particularly true of non-profit organizations.  The challenge before Ann Arbor City Council tonight is to try and strike a balance.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Building a new house or office always includes challenges meeting all codes and getting permits.  In Ann Arbor just figuring out how much it costs to tie into the water and sewer system can be difficult.  The city is looking at developing a fee structure that is more easily understood.


Ann Arbor Northeast Alliance / www.facebook.com/A2Alliance?ref=stream

Pennsylvania-based Toll Brothers proposes a 109-acre, 491 unit housing development on Ann Arbor's Northeast side. The scope of the planned development has area residents concerned about traffic congestion and harm to area wetlands. In this week's "Issues of the Environment" we explore those concerns with Lisa Dusseau. Ms. Dusseau is spokesperson for the group, "Ann Arbor Northeast Alliance".  


Liberty Plaza
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.


Ann Arbor
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.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.


4th and William parking structure
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.  


Deer Damaged Bush
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.  


Liberty Plaza
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.


Flickr/ CC/ Alfredo Mendez

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.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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


Courtesy Photo / http://www.a2gov.org/

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

Ann Arbor
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.  


Christopher Taylor, Kirk Westphal, and Julie Grand
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.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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. 


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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

 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.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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. 


Pages