Ann Arbor City Council: February 5, 2024

Feb 5, 2024 | City Council

This Ann Arbor City Council meeting was held in person at City Hall. Members of the public can participate in public hearings and public comment either in person or via phone.

CM Briggs was absent
CM Eyer was absent
CM Ghazi Edwin was absent

A2Council Update Video

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: A $8,528,195.50 construction contract with Major Contracting Group for the Huron and West Park Sanitary Sewer Replacement project. (Legistar)

  • As listed on the agenda, City staff recommended awarding a $8,483,440 contract to Pamar Enterprises for this project. Council Member Travis Radina spoke on behalf of Council Member Jen Eyer in offering an amendment in order to award the contract to Major Contracting Group, due to their affiliation with unions and participation in union apprenticeship programs.

APPROVED: A construction contract for $7,691,341.70 with DiPonio for water main replacement and resurfacing at the Crescents (Creal Crescent, Argyle Crescent, Helen Street, Creal Court, Hatcher Crescent, Cooley Avenue, Saunders Crescent) (Legistar)

  • Seven bids were assessed under a “Best Value” standard, which has replaced the previous standard of “Lowest Responsible Bidder.” Staff scoring of proposals under the “Best Value” standard resulted in a winning bid (DiPonio) that was over a million dollars higher than two lower bids. (As discussed at the meeting, one of the seven bids was over a million dollars higher than DiPonio.)
  • A2ELNEL: Another Million Dollars And Counting

APPROVED: The City will accept a $5,000,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to be used by the Sustainability and Innovations Unit toward a future contract with DTE for the installation of solar panels at Wheeler Park. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The City will contribute $250,000 toward construction of a nature playscape at Leslie Science & Nature Center. The LSNS has already secured $602,490 in funding; the total cost of the playscape is anticipated to be $1,497,690.00. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $80,000 The Sustainability & Innovations Unit will spend $80,000 on professional services for public engagement on the topic of the “circular economy.” (Legistar)

POSTPONED: New proposed fees would be charged by the Ann Arbor Fire Department: $470.00 for basic life support transport (ambulance) and $225.00 for lift assist. The fee schedule for ambulance service contemplates various levels of insurance and for those lacking insurance, the fee is waived. The fee schedule for lift assist is different across defined categories of customers. For businesses and medical facilities (e.g. assisted living facility, group home, skilled nursing facility, etc.) the first lift assist service is free. In providing services to people living in private residences, the Fire Department will provide up to six lift assists over 12 months for free (fees would apply to the seventh and all subsequent lift assists). With this new policy, the Fire Department anticipates the collection of $7,500 in fees for FY2024. (Legistar)

  • This item was postponed to the March 4, 2024 City Council meeting. The resolution will be reviewed by the Commission on Disabilities Issues at their February 21, 2024 meeting.

A2ELNEL Voting Chart

Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for February 5, 2024 Part 1
Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for February 5, 2024 Part 2

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