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Since November 2018, I’ve shared Ann Arbor City Council agenda summaries, voting records, community announcements, and in-depth analysis of issues and policy.

A Million Dollars and Counting

A Million Dollars and Counting

I scanned Legistar and quickly found multiple examples of how “Best Value” contracting policy has been implemented, at a cost to taxpayers. In just a preliminary search, I identified where this new scoring criteria – combined with Council discretion, rejecting staff recommendations – has cost the City over a million dollars.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (January 7, 2022)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (January 7, 2022)

This week, City Council will vote on eight items – conservation easements and contracts/purchases requiring budget amendments – that had to be pulled from the December 19, 2022 agenda because each required eight votes for approval. Council was unable to consider those items at their last meeting due to the absence of four Council Members: Akmon, Cornell, Disch, and Song.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (December 17, 2022)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (December 17, 2022)

This week, Council’s regular agenda is very short: final approval of appointments to boards and commissions, amendments to the Best Value Procurement policy, approval of the Council Policy and Legislative agenda, and a two month extension of the City’s contract with Recycle Ann Arbor. Among other things, the Consent Agenda includes a significant expenditure for solar installations at City facilities, and amendments to the contract for resurfacing of Scio Church Road, now scheduled for 2023.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (December 4, 2022)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (December 4, 2022)

This week, Ann Arbor City Council considers organization tasks for a new roster of members. A new Council will be appointed to boards, commissions and committees and also approve Council Rules. Also on this agenda: a motion to suspend Council Rules for reconsideration of a feasibility study. Other items on this agenda include a resolution for adjustments to the TC1 District on Stadium/Maple and the purchase of an ambulance.

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Ashley Mews PUD Public Meeting (Dec 8 2022)

Ashley Mews PUD Public Meeting (Dec 8 2022)

The owners of Ashley Mews (414 S Main Street, Ann Arbor) have requested amendments to PUD Supplemental Regulations in order to expand permitted uses on the property. Owners are interested in adding short-term-rental and hotel use, which is not currently permitted in the PUD. A public meeting for resident participation is part of the City process of considering this request. Anyone interested can attend.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (November 19, 2022)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (November 19, 2022)

My term as an elected representative from Ward 4 is ended, so I am no longer handling constituent services. However, I remain committed to highlighting the work of Ann Arbor City Council so that our community has the maximum opportunity to be informed about and engage with the work of our elected representatives.

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Unarmed Response Survey

Unarmed Response Survey

The City of Ann Arbor has opened up a survey to collect your input about the creation of an unarmed response program for public safety. From the...

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