Additional Thoughts (Dec 2, 2018) – Deer Cull, Millage Rebate, Sidewalks

Dec 3, 2018 | City Council

The following was originally published in my Dec 2, 2018 Newsletter in the “Additional Thoughts” section

Additional thoughts…

Since the last Council meeting, the bulk of my emails have been on three topics:

  • Deer cull
  • Use of the millage rebate funds
  • Proposed sidewalk installation on Traver

I appreciate hearing your concerns and I am committed to understanding all of these issues to the best of my ability.

This past Wednesday night, I spent hours with veterinarians and other volunteers who were working on the most recent round of deer sterilization. I had a lot of preconceived notions about this process before I saw it for myself. I learned a lot. Around the issue of deer, generally, I am most interested in seeing data re: the impact of our recent efforts (both in sterilization and culling). This year’s cull is the final year of a plan, put in place by a previous Council. I hear your concerns and I strive to be thoughtful in considering next steps once this four-year plan is concluded. I know that residents are passionate about this issue— please continue to reach out to me with your thoughts.

On the issue of millage rebate funds, I have mostly heard from residents advocating that it be used to address affordable housing needs. I share your concern that these needs are under-funded. It is my expectation and hope that affordable housing needs are prioritized in our ongoing conversation about the use of these funds. I was sorry to miss a meeting this weekend on the topic of affordable housing— thank you to those who invited me (I was too ill to attend).

Last Thursday, I met with a resident on Traver so that I could see this location for myself and better understand the concerns of property owners. It is clear to me that installing these sidewalks will have a significant impact. However, as balanced against the loss of federal money (both now and in the near future) and the expressed needs of the school community, I am hopeful about finding a creative solution or compromise. Again, I appreciate everyone reaching out with their thoughts.