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Ann Arbor City Council: March 20, 2023

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.

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

Two items related to the removal of the Insurance Board

  • APPROVED: The Insurance Board is eliminated as the body of review for claims filed against the City. The Insurance Board – two Council Members and the City’s treasurer – previously reviewed and awarded claims against the City between $500 and $10,000. Meeting minutes for the Insurance Board were approved by City Council and Council specifically approved all claims over $10,000. The City Administrator (or his designee) is now empowered to decide all awards or denials of claims against the City, up to $75,000. According to the ordinance, Information about expenditures under $75,000 will be available to Council members “upon request.” (Legistar)
  • APPROVED: A resolution requesting that the City Administrator provide Council with a “monthly claims review report.” This resolution was amended at the table to add a request that the claims be published on a page of the City’s website. The ordinance amendment eliminating the Insurance Board does not include any requirement for publication of Risk Fund claims under $75,000. (Legistar)
  • A2ELNEL: Council Evades Responsibility: Insurance Board, Downtown Street Closures, Brownfield Review Committee
  • A2ELNEL: Eliminating The Insurance Board Reduces Council Accountability

APPROVED: An ordinance amendment permits Waste Management to directly bill customers for commercial refuse hauling in the City of Ann Arbor. Currently, the City provides billing and customer service for commercial solid waste collection. These responsibilities are delegated to Waste Management for commercial customers. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $3.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds allocated to the Ann Arbor Housing Commission toward the purchase of eight duplexes (17 bedrooms) at 1474 W. Liberty, 1484 W. Liberty, 528 Virginia Ave,1540 Siller Terrace, 1550 Siller Terrace, 1560 Siller Terrace, 1570 Siller Terrace, and 1580 Siller Terrace. These housing units will be developed as affordable housing priced at 60% of Area Median Income. The total purchase price of these properties is $4,135,000. The Ann Arbor Housing Commission anticipates borrowing an additional $2 million from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, to cover closing costs and renovations. Total development cost: $5,500,000. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $615,216.72 amendment to a contract for professional engineering services with DLZ Michigan, Inc. for a redesign of the East Medical Center Drive Bridge. Amendment to the DLZ contract includes nearly 4000 additional work hours over the course of seven months. This capital improvement was scheduled to occur during the 2023 construction season but has been delayed to 2024. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The City administrator is directed to negotiate a new or amended natural gas franchise without compromising the ability of our community to heat or cook in homes and businesses The current natural gas franchise is held by DTE and does not expire until 2027. (Legistar)

APPROVED: An expanded and amended contract with SPIN, Inc. will license 100 e-bikes and reduce the licensing fees charged and collected by the City. SPIN requested and was granted a reduction in licensing fees from $1 per day to 20 cents per day (per unit). The City estimates a $54,750 reduction in revenue. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission will develop a project plan to design a new City Flag. The project plan will include a public engagement process, schedule, and funding necessary to complete the project as a part of the bicentennial celebration. The resolution refers to the “Five Basic Principles of Flag” from the North American Vexillological Association (NAVO) (Legistar)

APPROVED (first reading): The parcel at 415 W Washington will be rezoned from Public Land (PL) to Planned Unit Development (PUD) to facilitate the development of residential and mixed uses as permitted in the D2 zoning district including residential, commercial and office uses. The PUD will require a minimum of 15 designated affordable housing units or 15% of the total units or a contribution in lieu of units, whichever number is greater. The PUD will also require 60% open space amenities such as the extension of the Treeline Trail, benches, and ambient lighting. (Legistar)

APPROVED (first reading): The City’s housing code will be amended to require carbon monoxide detectors in all current rental units, consistent with requirements for new construction and certain alterations. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council: March 6, 2023

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.

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

Three items related to “The Village” development were approved:

  • APPROVED: Multiple parcels adding up to 67.6 acres at 1680 Dhu Varren Road, 1710 Dhu Varren Road, 2670 Pontiac Trail, 2672 Pontiac Trail, 2678 Pontiac Trail, and 2682 Pontiac Trail are rezoned from Township (TWP) and R1C (Single-Family Dwelling District) to R4A (Multiple-Family Dwelling District) as part of The Village of Ann Arbor development site plan. Planned use is consistent with the adjacent zoning, land uses, and comprehensive land use plan. (Legistar)
  • APPROVED: A site plan will permit the construction of 484 dwelling units consisting of townhomes and stacked flats (apartment units) at 1680 Dhu Varren Road (“The Village”) (Legistar)
  • APPROVED: The City approves $31,369,715 in public funding for development of “The Village.” The development is eligible to receive this funding from the Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority due to its location in an “environmentally distressed” area that was used as a landfill in the mid-20th century. The developer will be reimbursed for environmental-related activities totaling $26,369,633 and for non-environmental activities totaling $5,000,082. This plan must be approved by the Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. (Legistar)
  • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2023/03/ann-arbor-oks-huge-housing-development-on-citys-north-side.html

APPROVED: Street closures scheduled for April 1, 2023 will permit the Monroe Street Fair to take place adjacent to the Hash Bash. This item was postponed from the February 21st meeting. (Legistar)

APPROVED: An agreement with Creative Washtenaw for $500,000 to design and administer an art grant program with allocated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Creative Washtenaw will receive $40,000 to provide this service and will distribute the remaining $460,000 to qualifying artists and art organizations. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The City will purchase an all-electric mini-street sweeper and trailer for $258,445.00 in order to clean two-way partitioned bikeways in the City of Ann Arbor. A reimbursement agreement is anticipated so that the expense will be shared equally between the City and the Downtown Development Authority. (Legistar)

APPROVED: An unspent balance of $305,000 in the New Human Services Partnership FY23 budget will be allocated to Ann Arbor Housing Commission to fund eviction prevention and housing stability support to families experiencing homelessness. This spending is part of a larger annual budget that supports a range of community nonprofits, called the Human Services Partnership The City contributes over $1.2 million to the Human Services Partnership. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A service contract between the City and Recycle Ann Arbor is extended for a three year and four month period. Three thousand carts (monthly tips) will be converted to dumpster service for an estimated fee reduction of $10,000 a month. Service will continue for 32, 64, or 96-gallon curb carts to customers such as multi-family homes of eleven units or greater, commercial establishments, mixed unit buildings, and civic units. The estimated total contract is $4,534,303. (Legistar)

  • Council Member Cornell recused herself from this vote, due to a conflict of interest. Recycle Ann Arbor is a wholly owned non-profit subsidiary of the Ecology Center; Cornell serves on the board for the Ecology Center.

APPROVED: The City will pay $15,000 to Jason Kosnoski to settle a claim of personal injury caused by stepping in a hole on Brooks Street, near Sunset Road. (Legistar)

REFERRED: The City calls on the Michigan Legislature to take action toward addressing power outages, assisting rate payers and funding local resilience. It calls on the Michigan Public Service Commission to hold DTE accountable for improving the electrical systems and providing greater transparency in outage maps. The City Administrator is directed to work with the Council Policy Committee and DTE to facilitate timely installation of infrastructure. City Council asks DTE to attend meetings of the City’s Energy Commission. (Legistar)

APPROVED (First Reading): Parcels at 1815, 1855, and 1875 North Maple and 1921 Calvin Street are rezoned from TWP (Township) and R1B (Single-Family) to PUD (Planned Unit Development). A total of 3.13 acres are rezoned to allow the “North Maple Road Apartments” development of 79 dwelling units in a four-story apartment building with a single-story clubhouse with 65 off-street parking places with EV infrastructure. There will be 12 affordable units (priced permanently at 60% or less of Area Median Income). (Legistar)

APPROVED (First Reading): The Risk Fund ordinance will be repealed and replaced to eliminate the Insurance Board as the body of review for claims filed against the City. The Insurance Board – two Council Members and the City’s treasurer – reviews and awards claims against the City between $500 and $10,000. Meeting minutes for the Insurance Board are approved by City Council and Council specifically approves all claims over $10,000. The new ordinance eliminates the Insurance Board and empowers the City Administrator (or his designee) to decide all awards or denials of claims against the City, up to $75,000. Expenditures under $75,000 will no longer appear on public agendas of City Council but will be available to Council members “upon request.” (Legistar)


APPROVED: After a twenty minute closed session, the Council agenda was opened and amended to add a resolution directing the City Attorney to take legal action to enforce a 2006 settlement agreement with Gelman Sciences. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council: February 21, 2023

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.

Mayor Taylor was absent
CM Briggs was absent
CM Song was absent

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: A resolution directing a new beginning of collaboration with the University of Michigan for reconstruction of the East Medical Center Drive bridge at an added cost of $2,050,000. The City’s contribution will be $500,000. Construction will be delayed to 2024. (Legistar)

  • This resolution was added to the January 23, 2023 agenda in substitution for a construction contract that would have rehabilitated and widened the East Medical Center Drive bridge in the 2023 construction session. It was postponed twice before approval at this meeting.
  • In discussion on January 23, 2023, City Council added language to the resolution requiring physical barriers as part of the sidewalk design. At the February 21, 2023 meeting, this reference to barriers was removed by friendly amendment. City staff explained that such barriers could only be installed on one side, would not provide additional safety, and would cost over a million dollars to implement.
  • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2023/02/ann-arbor-oks-compromise-for-michigan-medicine-bridge-widening.html

APPROVED: A grant application to the U.S Department of Energy will ask for funds to support a Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) and design, installation, and testing of microgrids at Bryant, Main Street, and a not-yet-built development to be determined. The federal Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) grant program can award a maximum of $250 million with fifty percent local matching funds. The City department of Sustainability and Innovations Sustainability & Innovations plans to request $40 – $50 million, with the City providing the majority of matching funds with proceeds from a millage approved by voters in November 2022. (Legistar)

APPROVED: An agreement with University of Michigan for $450,000 will support water treatment services. As part of preparation for a new water treatment plant, the City will run a “pilot water treatment plant”: a smaller-scale production system, to test and validate the proposed treatment changes before detailed design and construction of the new facility. The approved agreement is a partnership allows faculty and students from the University of Michigan to provide operational assistance, sampling, laboratory testing, data collection, analysis and reporting services for the pilot plant. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Amendments of the City’s Non-Discrimination ordinance. This ordinance prohibits discrimination based on a number of identities/circumstances such as actual or perceived age, arrest record, color, disability, educational association, ethnicity, etc. As amended, language is to added to include use of a “government issued ID card” to this list. A government-issued ID card is defined in the ordinance: one that may be issued by a federal, state or local government, specifically Washtenaw County. The ordinance prohibits discrimination against someone for use of such cards, except where there is “reasonable grounds” for determining it is counterfeit/improper or where federal/state law or court order requires different identification. (Legistar)

APPROVED: An agreement with Elevate Energy for $300,000 will provide administration and distribution services for a Low-Income Sustainability Grant program. The grant program will support households below 80% Area Median Income (AMI) with up to $10,000 for improvements that support home comfort, safety and efficiency. (Legistar)

APPROVED: An Ordinance amendment to repeal and replace the whole of Chapter 19 (Tax Exemptions for Housing Projects). This Chapter allows property tax exemption for certain low-income housing projects, also known as a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes). Currently, the chapter allows tax exemptions for affordable housing projects priced at 60% Area Median Income (AMI). The new Chapter allows tax exemption for housing projects priced at 80% AMI. (Legistar)

APPROVED: By resolution, Council approved a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) for the Annex Group, which plans to acquire and develop 2050 Commerce Drive with 250 affordable homes, with an average household income at or below 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). This project is newly eligible for PILOT due to final approval of the ordinance change in B-1 (see above). The changes in B-1 expand tax exemptions to housing projects for persons and families earning up to 80% of Area Median Income with a project average of 60% of Area Median Income. The housing project will be exempted from all ad valorem property taxes and shall pay an annual service charge in lieu of taxes equal to one dollar ($1.00) for each eligible housing unit in the housing project. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A resolution asking the City’s lobbyist to monitor, advocate for, and support common-sense gun safety legislation, including but not limited to, safe storage laws, universal background checks, extreme risk protection orders, protection for domestic violence survivors, and restoration of local control over firearms on public property. Note: the possession of weapons or firearms in public places is governed by state law. (Legistar)

POSTPONED: Street closures scheduled for April 1, 2023 would have permitted the Monroe Street Fair to take place adjacent to the Hash Bash. For over twenty years, the Fair has traditionally been held in coordination with the Hash Bash, providing restrooms and space for attendees of the Hash Bash to congregate. Last year and this year, the U of M plans to host the Spring Game on the same day. The City’s Fire Chief and Interim Police Chief asked Council to reject the permit for the Monroe Street Fair, because the combination of all three events in close proximity were a safety concern, compromising emergency response time. Council postponed making a decision until the next meeting on March 6, 2023. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council: February 6, 2023

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 Ghazi-Edwin was absent
CM Watson was absent

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

Attached to this agenda was a communication from City Administrator Dohoney: a report on a survey conducted in 2022, regarding compliance with the City’s Prevailing Wage Ordinance. (Legistar)


APPROVED: Amendments to the UDC eliminate current exceptions and revise standards for alternative stormwater detention to allow more staff flexibility when site constraints make it infeasible to meet the full detention volume requirement. An exception for developments that do not increase total impervious surface has been eliminated; all site plans for developments over one acre in size must address the “First Flush” (first inch of runoff). Impervious areas related to ADA improvements, public sidewalk improvements, and existing areas on Historic structures are no longer exempted from stormwater management requirements. Requirements will not apply to sites less than one acre in size where there is no increase in impervious area. Amendments reorganize standards and requirements for stormwater management. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A property at 530 N. Division is rezoned from R4C (Multiple Family Dwelling District) to Planned Unit Development (PUD). As zoned R4C, the 0.19 acre parcel is permitted to have three units but it is currently nonconforming and contains four units. The rezoning to PUD will permit a three story addition on the rear of the quad-plex, each containing a six bedroom unit plus a below grade unit. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A site plan for 530 N. Division permits a three story addition on the rear of the quad-plex, each containing a six bedroom unit plus a below grade unit. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The Robert and Erma Hayden House at 1201 Gardner Avenue will be established as a historic district. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Street closure for the University of Michigan Presidential Inauguration Public Reception from 6:00 AM on Monday, March 6 until 8:00 PM on Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Washington Street between Fletcher and Thayer. (Legistar)

APPROVED: (first reading): Multiple parcels adding up to 67.6 acres at 1680 Dhu Varren Road, 1710 Dhu Varren Road, 2670 Pontiac Trail, 2672 Pontiac Trail, 2678 Pontiac Trail, and 2682 Pontiac Trail will be rezoned from Township (TWP) and R1C (Single-Family Dwelling District) to R4A (Multiple-Family Dwelling District) as part of The Village of Ann Arbor development site plan. Planned use is consistent with the adjacent zoning, land uses, and comprehensive land use plan. (Legistar)

POSTPONED: A resolution directing a new beginning of collaboration with the University of Michigan for reconstruction of the East Medical Center Drive bridge at an added cost of $2,050,000. The City’s contribution will be $500,000. Construction will be delayed to 2024. Resolution is postponed to February 21, 2023. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council: January 23, 2023

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Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: $5.7 million contract with Bailey Excavating for water main replacement and resurfacing at South Main from William to Huron. (Legistar)

POSTPONED: A resolution directing a new beginning of collaboration with the University of Michigan for reconstruction of the East Medical Center Drive bridge at an added cost of $2,050,000. The City’s contribution will be $500,000. Construction will be delayed to 2024. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The City will pay $39,000 to settle litigation related to a low-speed rear-end motor vehicle accident with an unmarked police vehicle that occurred on June 14, 2019. The City denies allegations that an AAPD officer caused neck and back injuries and associated damages and the lawsuit will be settled without an admission of liability. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Ann Arbor will be listed as a supporting municipality to the brief of amici curiae filed by Public Rights Project in Biden v State of Nebraska and Dep’t of Education v Brown. This Supreme Court case is a challenge to the Biden Administration’s executive authority to cancel $10,000 in student loan debt for those under certain income thresholds and an additional $10,000 for Pell Grant recipients. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council: January 9, 2023

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Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: Brian D. Steglitz, P.E., F.ASCE, is appointed the City of Ann Arbor Public Services Area Administrator to oversee five units: engineering, public works, systems planning, water recovery and water resources. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Amendments to the “Best Value” purchasing ordinance. The original ordinance was approved in January 2022, in response to a City charter amendment approved by voters in November 2021. Before amendments to the charter, the City contracted with the “lowest responsible bidder.” (Legistar)

  • The following parts of the ordinance were amended:
    • The Best Value Purchasing (BVP) policy is not accepted by MDOT and other partnering agencies that help fund City projects. Amendments will give the City Administrator complete discretion to exempt contracts from BVP policy where third-party funding is a factor. Decisions will be made “at the sole determination of the City Administrator.”
    • Current BVP requirements are impossible to apply to simpler contracts, where only smaller firms are available to do the work but only larger firms can meet requirements such as apprenticeship programs. Amendments will apply Best Value Procurement policies only to contracts exceeding $50,000.
    • Current BVP policy refers to (and requires) a Michigan OSHA safety program certification that does not exist. Amendments will remove this reference.
    • Current BVP policy includes an evaluation of employment ratios for categories of employee – masters, journey persons, and apprentices – that are not recognized by the state of Michigan. Employment ratios for these categories are federal requirements through the Department of Labor (DOL). There is no published standard for ratios of these employees; they are determined by the DOL on a case by case basis. Amendments will remove the “completely redundant” criterion.
    • Current BVP policy does not require disclosure of non-craft employees or contract labor. Amendments will add disclosure requirements and preference to those companies that employ fewer non-craft employees.
  • The initial “Best Value” ordinance was approved by City Council at the January 3, 2022 meeting: https://a2council.com/ann-arbor-city-council-january-3-2022

APPROVED: Adoption of the 2023-2027 Parks and Recreation Open Space (PROS) Plan (Legistar)

Two Greenbelt conservation easement purchases were approved:

APPROVED: A 0.394 acre property at 2118 Victoria Circle will be annexed into the City. Council action on proposed R1A zoning will be scheduled after the annexation process is complete. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Two parcels adding up to 5.897 acres at 2520 & 2540 Pontiac Trail will be annexed into the City as part of “The Village of Ann Arbor” development site plan: 164 townhomes and 320 stacked multiple-family units. Planned use is consistent with the adjacent zoning, land uses, and master plan, Proposed zoning of R4A will be voted on by Council at a future meeting. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council: December 19, 2022

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 Akmon was absent
CM Cornell was absent
CM Disch was absent
CM Song was absent

Due to absences, items requiring 8 votes were removed from the agenda

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: A collective bargaining agreement between the City and the Ann Arbor Police Officers Association. (Legistar)

  • In addition to adjusting pay scale, wages, benefits, pension contributions, and vehicle replacement timelines, the new agreement includes the following changes:
    • When imposing discipline, a “look back” period has been extended from two years to four years. The Chief may consider written reprimands within four years and any suspensions (without any time limit).
    • The Chief is empowered to waive any progressive discipline in cases of major infractions. A prior list of major infractions – excessive use of force, mishandling of a weapon, and mishandling of evidence – has been expanded to include dishonesty, cowardice, theft, insubordination, criminal conduct, harassment, and discrimination.
    • Mutually agreed on mediation will be permitted as one more option for discussion of grievances in a neutral setting. This can happen before a formal request for potentially costly/risky arbitration.
    • An on-call system is established to provide more consistent around-the-clock coverage.
  • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2022/12/ann-arbor-police-officers-more-accountable-for-misconduct-under-new-contract.html

APPROVED: A City agreement with Recycle Ann Arbor is amended to extend the current Municipal Resource Recovery Services Contract for an additional two-month period (January 1, 2023, to February 28, 2023) to give time for negotiations of a longer extension. Estimated costs of $207,773 include an 8.5% increase to the current per cart tip fee ($11.07/cart tip). The new per cart tip fee will be $12.01/cart tip. (Legistar)

APPROVED (FIRST READING): Amendments to the City ordinance establishing “Best Value” procurement (BVP) policies for City contracts. The original ordinance was approved in January 2022, in response to a successful ballot initiative that amended the City charter. A “Best Value” policy for awarding City contracts has replaced the previous policy of “Lowest responsible Bidder.” (Legistar)

  • The Best Value Procurement (BVP) ordinance is amended to address problems identified:
    • The BVP policy is not accepted by MDOT and other partnering agencies that help fund City projects. MDOT will agree to pay a percentage of project cost based on the price of the Lowest Responsible Bidder. Amendments give the City Administrator complete discretion to exempt contracts from BVP policy where third-party funding is a factor. Decisions will be made “at the sole determination of the City Administrator.”
    • Previous BVP requirements were impossible to apply to simpler contracts, where only smaller firms are available to do the work but only larger firms can meet requirements such as apprenticeship programs. Amendments will apply Best Value Procurement policies only to contracts exceeding $50,000.
    • Previous BVP policy referred to (and required) a Michigan OSHA safety program certification that did not exist. Amendments remove this reference.
    • Previous BVP policy included an evaluation of employment ratios for categories of employee – masters, journey persons, and apprentices – that were not recognized by the state of Michigan. Employment ratios for these categories are federal requirements through the Department of Labor (DOL). There is no published standard for ratios of these employees; they are determined by the DOL on a case by case basis. Amendments remove the “completely redundant” criterion.
    • Previous BVP policy did not require disclosure of non-craft employees or contract labor. Amendments will add disclosure requirements and preference to those companies that employ fewer non-craft employees.
    • From the resolution: “Staff worked closely with Councilmembers Eyer and Councilmember Radina to finalize these amendments and bring them forward to City Council.”

APPROVED: The Council Policy Agenda committee comprised of Mayor Taylor, Council Members Eyer, Harrison, Radina, Song, and Watson updated a list of state-level policies and legislative goals approved in July 2022. This Council Legislative and Policy Agenda is typically presented as a plain document, listing state policy preferences and priorities to be approved by the whole of Council. This agenda is formatted as a 37 page booklet with graphics and a table of contents, to be shared directly with the whole of the Michigan State Legislature. It includes an introductory greeting from Mayor Taylor. (Legistar)

  • Highlights of Legislative Proposals:
    • Local control and community self-determination related to specific policy issues
    • Community Choice Aggregation for alternative energy
    • Energy efficiency requirements in state building code
    • Legalization of Community Solar and support for on-site solar
    • Polluter Pay laws
    • Regulation of plastic containers and bags
    • Support for lower minimum speed limits
    • Local ownership of state trunklines
    • Incentivizing by-right duplexes, triplexes and quadplexes in all residential districts
    • Repealing ban on rent control
    • Codify Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
    • Repeal of Right to Work
    • Infrastructure priorities are listed in two groups – “Mega Projects” and “Priority Projects”
  • “Mega Projects” Identified
    • Water Treatment Plant Replacement ($108.1 Million)
    • New Train Station ($100+ Million)
    • The Treeline Trail ($110 Million)
  • “Priority Projects” Identified
    • Wheeler Center Solar Park ($15 million)
    • Net-Zero Fire Stations 3 and 4 ($8.3 Million each)
    • Vision Zero Project Implementation ($30 million)
    • Sustainable Energy Utility Startup (no cost estimate given)
    • Road Paving (no cost estimate given)
    • From the description of Road Paving – “The City of Ann Arbor has road resurfacing needs across the community. Any funding amount from the state to assist in these needs would be appreciated and well used.”
  • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2022/12/10-ways-michigans-shift-in-power-could-advance-ann-arbors-agenda.html

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Ann Arbor City Council: December 5, 2022

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.

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: A resolution in response to two specific concerns raised regarding the TC-1 zoning district at Stadium/Maple: the viability of ongoing commercial businesses, and narrow rights of way on Stadium Boulevard. It is proposed that some commercial outlets be permitted as a special exception use within the TC-1 district. Further, the minimal setback requirements in the TC-1 district at Stadium are problematic, given the limited distance between curbs and lot lines (~7 feet). Mayoral appointees on the Planning Commission are directed to evaluate and recommend amendments to the TC-1 zoning district in order to incorporate limited automobile-related uses (except for drive-throughs and gas stations) and address the issue of narrow existing rights of way. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Council members were appointed to Boards, Commissions, and Council committees (Legistar)

APPROVED: 2023 calendar for Council meetings, both regular sessions and work sessions. This calendar eliminates all work sessions traditionally scheduled as public meetings to discuss the annual City budget. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Council Rules and procedures, including recent amendments. Rules were amended to clarify language regarding mask requirements at in-person Council meetings: mask requirements will follow CDC guidance, consistent with local transmission rates. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A motion to suspend Council Rule 13, in order to bring a budget amendment back for reconsideration. Council rules allow that an issue previously decided can be brought back for reconsideration at the following meeting and that such a motion must come from a Council member who voted on the prevailing side in the original decision. Neither of these conditions would have been met in bringing back a budget amendment that was defeated at the September 19, 2022 Council meeting. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A budget amendment for $134,000 to fund a consultant to study the feasibility of the City taking control of major corridors at North Main, Washtenaw, Huron, and Jackson. These corridors are currently considered “state trunklines” and the Michigan Department of Transportation is wholly responsible for their maintenance and repair. (The state reimburses the City for minor repairs, e.g. filling potholes.) City control of these corridors would give the City complete responsibility for the cost of maintenance and repair (with some additional funds from Act 51 and other state funds). (Legistar)

Two resolutions related to the reallocation of ARPA funds:

APPROVED: Memorandum of understanding between the City of Ann Arbor & Washtenaw County for extension of the Border to Border Trail, connecting Bandemer Park to Huron River Dr. A plan for collaboration will create a safe, non-motorized connection between Bandemer Park and Huron River Drive part of the Bandemer-Barton Trail and Underpass Project. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $4,242,055.60 construction contract for sanitary sewer pipe lining work near downtown: Jefferson/Ashley to Miller/First and Hoover/Division to Arch/White. Work is scheduled to take place January to April 2023 as part of the High Level Trunkline Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Phase 2 Project. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A grant application for up to $1,000,000 from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for improvements to Buhr Park Ice arena. A Michigan Spark Grant program funds creation, renovation, or redevelopment of public recreation facilities. The Buhr Park project will replace the whole refrigeration system, reduce energy consumption, and improve accessibility and operations. The estimated total cost of the project is $1,665,000 – $2,350,000. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council: November 21, 2022

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.

This was the first meeting for CM Akmon, CM Cornell, CM Ghazi Edwin, CM Harrison, CM Watson

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: The appointment of a Mayor Pro Tem and an order of succession that includes newly elected Council Members. Traditionally, the role of Mayor Pro Tem is assigned to the Council Member with the most seniority. The current Council includes five newly elected members and five members who have served two years (elected in 2020). Council Member Radina (Ward 3) will serve as Mayor Pro Tem and other members are ordered in succession by seniority and numerical Ward. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A contract for $492,218 will fund tenant supportive services provided by Avalon Housing, Huron Valley PACE, SOS, Ozone House, Peace Neighborhood Center & Community Action Network. This is an amendment to the FY23 Budget. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A contract for $72,000 with the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County to provide a Winter Emergency Shelter & warming center for the 2022-23 season. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $164,903.48 funding for 1-year mini-grants to 10 nonprofits as part of the New Human Services Partnership (Formerly Washtenaw Coordinate Funding). (Legistar)

APPROVED: A grant application to receive $400,000 from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy High Water Infrastructure Grant Program. The City will provide $100,000 in local matching funds from the Stormwater Sewer System Fund. A total of $500,000 will be spent to update and align the City’s Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan with resiliency and climate adaptation strategies. This project will evaluate and quantify the effectiveness of the City’s street trees, the community’s urban forest, and other green infrastructure and best management practices on stormwater management. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Three fiber optic networks constructed by the City of Ann Arbor (and administered and maintained by the City’s IT department) will be made available through user agreements, to be executed by the City Administrator. Non-active fiber (“dark fiber”) will be accessible for use by commercial enterprises, private business purposes, and community telecommunication services (e.g., internet service providers, or ISPs). The fee structure recommended by City staff includes the cost for the city to replace a pair of fiber optics strands in 25 years plus an annual usage and maintenance fee of $12,000.00. Staff project increased annual revenue of $100,000 for the next three years. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The City Administrator is directed to engage with federal officials to determine their interest in future changes to the property at 200 E. Liberty Street. This property is currently owned and operated by the federal government and houses the U.S. post office as well as offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). It is recommended that the property could be redeveloped with a greater density of office space and/or housing in order to promote a “pedestrian activated retail corridor” and add to the City’s tax base. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A 20-year lease agreement (with a 10-year renewal option) between the City of Ann Arbor and Great Lakes Air Repair (doing business as Beacon Aviation) will establish a corporate hangar and redevelop the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport. Beacon Aviation will be responsible for building and ramp improvements, insurance, utilities, maintenance work (mowing, snowplowing, etc.) and any taxes/assessments on the structure. They will make nearly $200,000.00 worth of required improvements based on a City assessment of building condition. As part of the lease agreement, Beacon Aviation will have a right of first refusal to develop vacant land immediately to the west of the building if their business grows. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council: November 10, 2022

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.

This was the final Council meeting for CM Grand, CM Griswold, CM Hayner, CM Nelson, CM Ramlawi.

CM Griswold left the meeting early


In the November 8, 2022 general election, Ann Arbor voters approved the Community Climate Action millage. This is a 20 year property tax at the rate of 1.0 mills, effective from 2023 through 2043, estimated to raise $6.8 million per year.


Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: Amendments to the Council Rules will wholly eliminate open public comment from City Council meetings, except in cases where state law requires a public hearing.  Public comment would only be permitted by sign up in advance, by 5 p.m before a 7 p.m. meeting.  Fifteen pre-registered commenters are now allowed to participate at the beginning of the meeting.  Any additional pre-registered commenters will be allowed to participate at the end of the meeting.  Council comment minutes at the beginning of the meeting which were reduced in 2021 are restored. End of meeting Council comment minutes are removed. (Legistar)

APPROVED: One hundred ninety parcels along West Stadium Boulevard/Maple Road and additional parcels along Pauline Boulevard and Dexter Avenue are rezoned TC-1.  This zoning district (Transit Corridor district) will permit unlimited density, create height minimums except in close proximity to pre-existing residential areas, establish maximum (rather than minimum) parking requirements, require mixed use, eliminate any open space requirements, and eliminate side and rear setback requirements except where adjacent to pre-existing residential areas. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Annexation of parcels at 1855 N Maple Road, 1875 N Maple Road, and 1921 Calvin Street and zoning of a PUD for construction of a 79-unit apartment community with a single-story clubhouse. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A resolution directing the City Administrator to revisit a planned capital improvement project at Greenview and S. Seventh (south of Scio Church Road). Water main and resurfacing work will be delayed one year in order to re-design and repeat public engagement. Re-design and more feedback will be sent to the Transportation Commission. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The City Administrator is directed to add the development of public restroom infrastructure to the City’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and look for creative ways to accelerate the development of public restrooms in downtown Ann Arbor. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The City Administrator is directed to investigate the costs, operational needs, sustainability, and feasibility of utilizing the Library Lane surface parking lot for regular and recurring use by food trucks/carts and other similar and complementary programming no later than April 1, 2023. A final report from the City Administrator will examine the challenges and benefits of partnering with an external or non-profit entity to manage the program if City operation is too difficult. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The City Administrator is directed to investigate the formation of an Office of Ombudsperson and report on it prior to development of the 2023-24 budget. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for November 10, 2022 Part 1
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Ann Arbor City Council: October 17, 2022

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 Ramlawi was absent

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: A resolution calling on corporations to align their publicly stated values with their corporate political spending. This is in response to the hypocrisy of corporate entities that profess support for democracy and racial justice while funding legislators who work against those values. The City Administrator is directed to report on the feasibility of including an evaluation of a potential vendor’s political activities in the City’s procurement policies. By friendly amendment, this resolution asked that the report be provided to Council on or before the second meeting in January 2023. (Legistar)

  • DEFEATED: Referral to the Human Rights Commission
  • DEFEATED: Amendment to remove and refer evaluation of procurement policies to the Human Rights Commission

APPROVED: A $8,964,668 agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield for pharmacy benefit management services. (Legistar)

APPROVED: City purchase of vacant property at 302 Mulholland Drive for $128,300. The property is in the Murray-Washington drain and will be used for stormwater improvement in the floodway. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A Provider Participation Agreement will allow Ann Arbor to participate in a Low Income Household Water Assistance Program through September 2023. This federal program offers up to $650 for income-eligible households that have fallen behind on water and sewer bills or are facing shutoffs. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council: October 3, 2022

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.

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: An ordinance grants tenants a Right to Renew a lease, subject to specific exceptions (“just cause” for eviction). Landlords would adhere to a timeline for communicating terms of renewal (or explanation of non-renewal) consistent with the Early Leasing Ordinance: tenants will receive a good faith offer to renew (or notice of non-renewal with explanation) no later than 180 days before the end of the current lease period. A tenant will have thirty days (up to 150 days before the end of the current lease) to accept/reject terms of renewal. A landlord’s failure to comply will result in payment of relocation assistance to the tenant equal to two months rent, based on the current lease. (Legistar)

APPROVED (first reading): One hundred ninety parcels along West Stadium Boulevard/Maple Road and additional parcels along Pauline Boulevard and Dexter Avenue will be rezoned TC-1. This zoning district (Transit Corridor district) will permit unlimited density, create height minimums except in close proximity to pre-existing residential areas, establish maximum (rather than minimum) parking requirements, require mixed use, eliminate any open space requirements, and eliminate side and rear setback requirements except where adjacent to pre-existing residential areas. (Legistar)

APPROVED: An affordable housing agreement for The Standard (South Main Street and East William Street) includes two affordable housing units (one bedroom each) to be administered by the County’s Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) and offered at a rent level affordable to households earning up to 80% of AMI which will be available for 99 years. The site plan for The Standard includes 218 dwelling units and 421 bedrooms. (Legistar)

  • The site plan for The Standard was approved by Council on March 2, 2020. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The local state of emergency is terminated, effective immediately to be consistent with the lifting of state of emergency at the state and county level. City vaccination and electronic meeting policies would continue. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The City Administrator will prohibit right turns on red on streets under City control, in the downtown and near-downtown area as bordered by Kingsley St., State St., Hoover Ave., and First St. and coordinate with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to provide an exemption from these turn restrictions for AAATA buses at intersections that serve multiple or frequent bus routes. (Legistar)

APPROVED: City Council urges the DDA (Downtown Development Authority) to pursue installation of improved safety barriers at City parking decks, where people have been known to fall or jump intentionally or unintentionally. (Legistar)

DEFEATED: A charter amendment would be placed on the ballot 11/7/23 for voter approval, establishing non-partisan nomination and elections to the city offices for Mayor and members of Council. This removes party affiliation from the ballot and also ensures a contested election in November if more than one candidate files to run for the offices of Mayor or City Council. If there are two or fewer candidates, there is no primary election in August and the candidates appear on the ballot in November, without party affiliation. If more than two candidates petition to run for Mayor or City Council, all candidates would appear on a primary ballot in August, without party affiliation. The two primary candidates receiving the highest number of votes in August would then appear on the November ballot, again without party affiliation. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council: September 19, 2022

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.

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: Current City Hall mask requirements were rescinded. The City Administrator is directed to place signage at City Hall regarding mask requirements, consistent with revised guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on current CDC guidelines, in-person attendees at City Council meetings will only be required to wear a mask when community transmission rates are HIGH. The City administrator would be directed to follow any future changes to CDC guidelines regarding mask recommendations.  (Legistar)

APPROVED: $332,695 construction contract for two sentinel monitoring wells to detect 1,4-Dioxane contamination. One well will be located near Miller/Maple, another at a location to be determined. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Rezoning and site plan for a parcel of 0.15 acres at 340 Depot Street. The property is rezoned from C1B (Community Convenience Center District) to a PUD (Planned Unit Development). The PUD will allow a 7,830 square foot residential building with 4 residential units, 2,530 square feel of office/retail use, and 6 vehicle parking spaces at ground level underneath part of the proposed building. The site plan is primarily two stories and requires a minimum of 1,300 square feet of office or retail use on the first floor. This plan is approved with the condition that 4 feet of “Easement for Public Right-of-Way” will be vacated by City Council. (Legistar) (Legistar)

APPROVED: A development agreement for a 4 story residential building at 2424 E. Stadium (currently the site of the University Inn) to include 185 dwelling units with a $115,625 contribution to the City Parks department. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $938,000 construction contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation for pavement preservation – intermittent cold milling and asphalt patching, cape seal surface treatment (one course chip seal and one course micro-surface applications) – and new pavement markings. Existing bike lanes along the north and south sides of Glazier Way (between Green Rd and Earhart Rd) will be converted to buffered bike lanes. Traffic lanes on Huron Parkway (between Fuller/Geddes Rd and Hubbard Rd) would be narrowed to slow traffic. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Resolution directing the City Administrator to issue a traffic control order prohibiting on-street parking on the west side of Division Street from Hoover Street to Hill Street and on the east side of Division Street from Hill Street to Packard Street. Existing pavement markings on Division Street will be removed and replaced with markings, vertical elements and signage that will establish a two-way cycle track (separated from vehicle traffic lanes) to extend the existing cycle track to the Division Street terminus at Hoover Street. (Legistar)

DEFEATED: $134,271 budget amendment for a State Trunkline Jurisdiction Transfer Study. A study would have assessed the feasibility of the City assuming responsibility for maintenance and improvement of trunklines – Jackson Road, Huron Street, Washtenaw Avenue, North Main Street – which are currently under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Transportation. Assessment would include the condition of the roadways, costs to bring the roadways up to an acceptable state of good repair, costs to operate and maintain the roadway in perpetuity, anticipated increases to gas tax revenues, as well as other positive and negative externalities. (Legistar)

POSTPONED: The City Administrator is directed to prohibit right turns on red in the downtown and near-downtown area as bordered by Kingsley St., State St., Hoover Ave., and First St. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for September 19, 2022 Part 1
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Ann Arbor City Council: September 6, 2022

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.

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: A $458,797 professional services contract (plus $45,879 contingency) with 5 Lakes Energy, LLC to complete a feasibility study for a traditional municipal electric utility, other pathways, and next steps for initiation of a Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU). The Office of Sustainability & Innovation had already allocated $250,000 to this task, but an additional $208,797 was required for the contract. (Legistar)

POSTPONED: An ordinance to grant tenants a Right to Renew a lease, subject to specific exceptions (“just cause” for eviction). Landlords would adhere to a timeline for communicating terms of renewal (or explanation of non-renewal) consistent with the Early Leasing Ordinance: tenants will receive a good faith offer to renew (or notice of non-renewal with explanation) no later than 180 days before the end of the current lease period. A tenant will have thirty days (up to 150 days before the end of the current lease) to accept/reject terms of renewal. A landlord’s failure to comply will result in payment of relocation assistance to the tenant. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A grant application to the US Department of Transportation Safe Streets for All. This grant could result in $22,220,000 of investment over three years, with $5,520,000 (25%) local contribution. (Legistar)

  • The City’s grant application proposes these Transportation Safety Improvements:

    • Sidewalks
    • Accessible pedestrian signals
    • Crosswalk upgrades, including streetlights
    • Eisenhower Park path connector
    • Pedestrian signal performance measures
    • Bike parking
    • Protected bike lanes, bicycle boulevards, and other bike network safety improvements
    • Citywide speed reduction
    • Education campaign
    • Signal upgrades and near miss analytics
    • Traffic calming
    • Quick build projects
    • Micro-mobility enhancements
    • Program support and management
  • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2022/09/22m-ann-arbor-proposal-calls-for-more-protected-bike-lanes-traffic-calming.html

APPROVED: A resolution expressing support for Michigan Senate Bill 58 and House Bill 4314, which would hold polluters accountable. These bills would require polluters to clean up contamination they cause to residential standards and restore affected aquifers to drinking water standards, unless meeting those standards would be technically infeasible. Council’s support for these bills would be communicated to any relevant party. (Legistar)

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Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for September 6, 2022 Part 1
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Ann Arbor City Council: August 15, 2022

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.

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: Three amendments to the Uniform Development Code (UDC): (Legistar)

  • A limitation on the number of State marijuana licenses per lot is removed, so that several licenses can be ‘stacked’ on the same parcel. Other restrictions – zoning district permitted use regulations, physical separation distances, and the maximum cap for provisioning center/retailers and designated consumption facilities – remain in effect. Added at the 7/18/22 Council meeting: an amendment to the requirement that all activities occur indoors will allow curbside service at marijuana provisioning centers, retailers, and microbusinesses.
  • New site plans include requirements and procedures for installing street trees in the right-of-way. Changes to linear frontage calculation will prevent overcrowding of trees. Escrow deposit and refund related to these tree plantings are eliminated.
  • For site plans, modification to landscape requirements is permitted under certain conditions. This amendment adds an eligibility requirement and re-organizes modification conditions, standards of approval, and approval procedures.
  • The Planning Commission approved these changes at the March 15, 2022 meeting: https://a2council.com/ann-arbor-city-planning-commission-march-15-2022

APPROVED: Amendments to the UDC changing parking requirements. Parking requirements are eliminated for residential dwellings, adult day care centers, child care centers, and outdoor residential recreation facilities. Eliminated: requirements for off-street parking spaces for residential units located more than 300 feet from a bus stop and in areas with limited street parking. Also eliminated: any requirements for a “Parking Plan” of proposed off-street parking and an analysis of public parking and transit facilities in the vicinity. Parking maximums are established for the Transit Corridor (TC-1) zoning district. Requirements for Electric Vehicle (EV) ready and installed parking are amended to only apply to newly constructed parking. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $4,577,354.95 contract for application of cape sealing pavement preservation treatment on 10 major streets and 38 minor/local streets. citywide crack sealing of approximately 10 miles of major streets and 25 miles of minor/local streets. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $639,726 construction contract (with $64,000 contingency) for filling sidewalk gaps on Ellsworth Road between State and Stone School. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A total of $2,045,700 in construction contracts for the resurfacing Scio Church Road between South Maple Road and South Seventh Street, filling sidewalk gaps on the north side of the road, installing three (3) new crosswalks, converting on-street parking into bike lanes, and adding stormwater infiltration. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $698,808.92 construction contract for pavement marking maintenance and A2 Vision Zero Quick Build Projects. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $121,978 contract for redesign of the City’s website. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $853,211 contract with the Ecology Center to provide Resource Recovery Education, Outreach, Engagement, and Marketing for five years. (Legistar)

APPROVED: For the purpose of running a gas line, the City will grant two easements to DTE Gas Company: 1) across the north end of Siller Terrace (south of Virginia Park) and 2) on the south side of Dexter Avenue near the intersection at N. Maple (northwest corner of Veterans Park). (Legistar)

APPROVED: The City Administrator is authorized to execute a letter to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in support of noise abatement and an environmental impact study of noise on M-14 from Maple Road to Main Street. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The annual meeting between the City Council and members of the Downtown Development Authority will be cancelled for 2022. Cancellation of this meeting is a deviation from the parking agreement that requires these annual meetings. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The City will pay $24,500 to Deborah Gordon-Gurfinkel and Elihau Gurfinkel. This payment will settle a claim related to injuries caused by a trip and fall on a pothole on Sunset Road. The injury occurred in August 2020 when Sunset Road was designated as a “Healthy Street.” (Legistar)

TABLED: A resolution from the Renters Commission urges City Council to adopt an ordinance creating a Right to Renew for renters in Ann Arbor. This resolution was tabled at the request of the City Attorney’s office. A draft ordinance (attached to the resolution) grants tenants a Right to Renew a lease, subject to specific exceptions (“just cause” for eviction). Landlords would adhere to a timeline for communicating terms of renewal (or explanation of non-renewal) consistent with the Early Leasing Ordinance: tenants will receive a good faith offer to renew (or notice of non-renewal with explanation) no later than 180 days before the end of the current lease period. A tenant will have thirty days (up to 150 days before the end of the current lease) to accept/reject terms of renewal. A landlord’s failure to comply will result in payment of relocation assistance to the tenant. (Legistar)

A2ELNEL Voting Chart

Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for August 15, 2022 Part 1
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Ann Arbor City Council: August 4, 2022

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 Hayner was absent

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: An amendment to the Uniform Development Code (UDC) adds “religious assembly” as a primary use in the M1 (Limited Industrial) district. This amendment was requested by Oxford Properties. A second amendment to the UDC reduces minimum lot sizes, areas, and setbacks in the R2A zoning district. The minimum lot size in the R2A zoning district was previously 8,500 square feet and is now 5,000 square feet. The previous minimum lot area per dwelling was 4,250 square feet and is now 2,500 square feet. The rear setback requirement is reduced from 30 to 20 feet. These amendments to R2A were initiated by the Planning Commission. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The 1.15 acre City-owned property at 1146 South Maple sold to Avalon Housing for $260,000. In 2019, the City exercised a right of first refusal in order to buy this property for $260,000. Avalon plans to develop 14 units of affordable housing on this site. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $285,524.06 contract for engineering and design services related to the repair/replacement of the vehicle and pedestrian bridge at Gallup Park. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $59,000 in allocations from the FY23 Community Event Fund budget. The Ann Arbor Community Events Committee recommends funding to sixteen different community organizations and events in amounts ranging between $125 (Veterans Day Memorial) and $32,000 (Ann Arbor Summer Festival). (Legistar)

APPROVED: A resolution authorizes the City Attorney to investigate all legal courses of action to protect health, welfare, and safety concerns relative to the Hexavalent chromium spill. (Legistar)

A2ELNEL Voting Chart

Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for August 4, 2022 Part 1
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Ann Arbor City Council: July 18, 2022

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 Eyer was absent

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: On-street parking will be removed on both sides of Barton Drive between Northside Avenue and Pontiac Trail to make room for bike lanes. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The City Administrator would be directed to develop a policy in the next 60 days for periodic, on-site spot checks of contractor compliance with prevailing wage requirements. He will provide an annual report on this topic for the next five years, including the results of these on-site spot-checks. (Legistar)

APPROVED: This resolution will convene a joint meeting of representatives from the Environmental Commission, Transportation Commission, Energy Commission, Commission on Disability Issues, A2ZERO Ambassadors, plus other community stakeholders in order to identify opportunities for greater coordination between the City’s transportation, safety, and sustainability initiatives as it relates to sidewalk expansion and maintenance. (Legistar)

A2ELNEL Voting Chart

Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for July 18, 2022 Part 1
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Ann Arbor City Council: July 5, 2022

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 Grand was absent

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

REMOVED: A Mayoral nomination to the Energy Commission – Knox Cameron – was removed from the agenda a few hours before the Council meeting. This nomination would have required seven votes for approval, because Mr. Cameron is not a registered elector in the City of Ann Arbor. This nomination was introduced by the Mayor at the 6/5/22 meeting. Final confirmation of this appointment was previously included and removed from the 6/21/22 agenda, when three Council Members (CM Grand, CM Hayner and CM Song) were absent.

APPROVED: A Redevelopment Brownfield Plan for 303 North Fifth and 312-314 Detroit will advance to the County for authorization. The plan will reimburse the developer for environmental-related activities totaling $2,674,011. The site is eligible for brownfield remediation due to the presence of Arsenic, barium, lead, mercury, selenium, and zinc at levels greater than State-established criteria. (Legistar)

Two agenda items for funding and establishment of a Regional Drop-Off Station at Wheeler Service Facility

  • APPROVED: A grant agreement will provide $850,000 from Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy in order to build a Regional Drop-Off Station (DOS) located at the Wheeler Service Facility. The DOS will be part of a complex that includes the City’s compost facility, the Materials Recovery Facility, and waste transfer station. The new full-service DOS will have an enclosed barn, a tip wall area, equipment storage, material processing areas, and household hazardous waste processing, among other features. Total cost for the DOS is estimated at $4,426,900, which will come from the Solid Waste Capital budget. Additionally, Washtenaw County Board of Public Works has committed $1,000,000 to this project (subject to approval by the County Board of Commissioners). (Legistar)
  • APPROVED: $255,490 professional services agreement with Resource Recycling Systems, Inc. for the design of the new Drop Off Station project. (Legistar)

APPROVED: The FY2023 City Council Legislative Policy Agenda includes “high” and “medium” priority policy goals as decided by the Council Policy Agenda Committee (CMs Briggs, Eyer, Griswold, Radina, Song). These goals will be given to the City’s lobbying firm. (Legistar)

  • “High” priority goals:

    • Elimination of racially restrictive property covenants
    • Restoration of State revenue sharing to a level commensurate with the needs of municipalities across the state
    • HB 4117, a change in state law that would give municipalities increased flexibility to set speed limits lower than the 85th percentile in corridors and also lower than 25 MPH
    • Inclusionary zoning practices and affordability incentives added to land development codes
  • “Medium” priority goals

    • Improved voter enfranchisement through the modification or elimination of term limits for state legislators
    • Federal and state funding for affordable housing
    • MDOT requirements to further define and consistently adhere to the Complete Streets and Vision Zero policies
    • Maximum funding level under the Michigan Fire Protection Grant Program and a similar program for Public Safety for the costs associated with police and emergency medical services
    • Funding to protect, develop, and upgrade water, wastewater, drainage, and natural area resources and systems
    • Federal, state, county, and private funds to advance infrastructure projects for transportation, transit, active transportation, and advanced mobility systems.

A2ELNEL Voting Chart

Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for July 5, 2022 Part 1
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Ann Arbor City Council: June 21, 2022

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 Grand was absent
CM Hayner was absent
CM Song was absent

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: $7,496,424 Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Enerlogics Networks, Inc. will fund the installation, operation, and maintenance of solar infrastructure at seven locations at City facilities. The installations are predicted to provide over 3 megawatts of power. (Legistar)

  • A PPA was chosen as the preferred contracting vehicle because the City did not have the capital to directly purchase the solar installations at all sites outright. The PPA allows the City to use the power generated from the solar installations at each site, with additional energy usage purchased from DTE. At any point, the City can purchase the solar systems at fair market value; otherwise, the City will continue to pay the PPA for 20 years, with the option of extending the contract beyond that.
  • City Council previously approved $4.5 million in ARPA funds for this project. Under this agreement, the City will make an upfront payment of $3,419,000 using $3,100,00 from ARPA funding and $319,000 from the Public Safety Rebate associated with the Community Mental Health and Public Safety millage.
  • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2022/06/ann-arbor-oks-8m-plan-to-go-solar-at-city-water-plant-other-locations.html

APPROVED: $520,172 contract with Enerlogics Networks, Inc will purchase and install solar energy storage and battery systems at the Water Treatment Plant and the Wastewater Treatment plant. This is funded from the Public Safety Rebate associated with the Community Mental Health and Public Safety millage. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $98,306 purchase of 13 electric vehicle charging stations at City facilities: Burns Park Senior Center, Fuller Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Huron Hills Golf Course, and Leslie Park Golf Course. This is funded from the Public Safety Rebate associated with the Community Mental Health and Public Safety millage. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $505,567 construction contract for repairs and renovations of the Bandemer Park Bridge.  Steel stringers will be replaced and floor beams painted, among other essential repairs to this pedestrian bridge. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $2,329,200 construction contract for work on a water main, curb ramps, crosswalks, and resurfacing of Platt Road from Packard to Huron Parkway. An amendment was approved directing the City Administrator to incorporate bike facilities into the final plan, in accordance with the City’s transportation plan, which identifies this corridor as an All Ages and Abilities Bicycle Route. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $4,230,895.60 construction contract for the replacement of asphalt pavement and installation of sidewalks, bike lanes, and stormwater upgrades at Geddes Avenue (Observatory to Highland Road) and Huron Parkway and Tuebingen. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Annexation of 5.71-acres at 2600 Pontiac Trail from Ann Arbor Township to the City of Ann Arbor. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Due to ongoing renovation and construction work by Ann Arbor Public Schools, eight polling places for the August 2, 2022 primary will be relocated. It is expected that all affected voters will be able to return to their usual polling place on November 8, 2022. (Legistar)

  • Ward 1 Precincts 2 & 3: Community High to Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (220 E. Ann St)
  • Ward 2 Precinct 18: Clague Middle School to Thurston Elementary (2300 Prairie St)
  • Ward 3 Precinct 24: Tappan Middle School to Burns Park Elementary (1414 Wells St)
  • Ward 3 Precincts 27, 29, 30: Scarlett Middle School and Pittsfield Elementary to Mitchell Elementary (3550 Pittsview Dr)
  • Ward 5 Precinct 43: Bach Elementary to Pioneer High School (601 W. Stadium Blvd)
  • Ward 5 Precinct 47: Eberwhite Elementary to Slauson Middle School (1019 W. Washington)
  • Ward 5 Precincts 52, 53: Forsythe Middle School to Ann Arbor Open (920 Miller Ave)

A2ELNEL Voting Chart

Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for June 21, 2022 Part 1
Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for June 21, 2022 Part 2
Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for June 21, 2022 Part 3
Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for June 21, 2022 Part 4

Ann Arbor City Council: June 6, 2022

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 Disch was absent
CM Radina was absent

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: Location and hours of Ann Arbor City Clerk satellite offices on the University of Michigan campus to issue and receive absent voter ballots for the November 8, 2022 General Election. (Legistar)

  • University of Michigan Art Museum (525 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)
    • September 27 – November 4: Monday through Thursday (12:00 PM – 6:00 PM) and Fridays (12:00 PM to 4:00 PM)
    • Saturday, November 5 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
    • Monday, November 7 (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
    • Tuesday, November 8 (8:00 AM – 8:00 PM)
  • University of Michigan Duderstadt Center (2281 Bonisteel, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)
    • Tuesday, November 8 (8:00 AM – 8:00 PM)
    • October 12 – November 4: Wednesdays and Thursdays (12:00 PM – 6:00 PM) and Fridays (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
    • Monday, October 24 (12:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
  • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2022/06/ann-arbors-2022-election-plan-includes-early-voting-at-university-of-michigan.html

APPROVED: A $932,365 contract for cost-sharing with MDOT to construct 1,010 feet of new sidewalk on the east side of Newport Road from Down Up Circle to Sunset Road, leading to Bird Hills Nature Area. The City’s share in the cost of the project will be $490,259. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $98,000 change order with CLI Concrete Leveling Inc. for the 2022 Sidewalk Repair Project, for a total of $191,600. Detailed inspections revealed more sidewalks slabs requiring sidewalk leveling than initially estimated, although City staff expects this this will likely result in a significant reduction in the number of slabs that require replacement. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $139,399.27 change order with Doan Construction Co. for the 2021 Annual Sidewalk and Ramp Repair Project, for a total of $720,962.42. The number of repairs needed in the planned 2021 areas was greater than the estimated quantity, requiring this change order which exceeds the $60,000 contingency originally approved by Council. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $3,050,000 to be spent on the purchase and installation of nine (9) solar energy systems on city sites at Veteran’s Park, Buhr Park, the Farmer’s Market, Gallup Canoe Livery, Cobblestone, Fuller Park, Leslie Golf Course, Burns Park Senior Center, and Huron Hills Golf Course. Energy storage and battery systems will be installed at Veterans Park and Burns Park Senior Center. Electric vehicle charging infrastructure will be installed at Veterans Park, Fuller Park, Leslie Park Golf Course, Huron Hills Golf Course and Burns Park Senior Center. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Eight (8) new on-premises Class C liquor licenses are recommended by the City, under the State of Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s quota system. (Legistar)

A2ELNEL Voting Chart

Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for June 6, 2022 Part 1
Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for June 6, 2022 Part 2
Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for June 6, 2022 Part 3
Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for June 6, 2022 Part 4

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