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Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summaries

from Council Member Elizabeth Nelson

Accessible from A2COUNCIL.com and A2ELNEL.com/A2COUNCIL

For each City Council meeting, I provide links to the agenda on the City's Legistar website, CTN's YouTube video of the meeting, and to my newsletters and voting charts. I write summaries of agenda items, along with Legistar links, articles I've written (highlighted purple), and articles published on MLive. Look for highlighted text to find votes on development, affordable housing, and the City's Sustainability and Innovations department.

August 4, 2022

This 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

  • 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)

July 18, 2022

This 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.

July 5, 2022

This 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

  • 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.

June 21, 2022

This 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

  • 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: 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)

June 6, 2022

This 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

  • 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)

      • 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)

      • Tuesday, November 8 (8:00 AM - 8:00 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)

May 16, 2022

This 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 Song was absent

  • APPROVED: An employment agreement with Milton Dohoney, Jr. to serve as the City Administrator. Mr. Dohoney will receive an annual base salary of $250,000, with no compensation adjustments for the first 24 months. (Legistar)

  • Two resolutions related to the South State Street reconstruction project:

    • APPROVED: A $6,727,358.01 contract with Fonson Company, Inc for the South State Street reconstruction project. Improvements are planned for the South State Street area from Huron to North University, including water main replacement, resurfacing, bicycle improvements, and street reconstruction with a curbless design. Total project cost is estimated at $9,083,000. (Legistar)

    • APPROVED: An agreement with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to share costs of the South State Street reconstruction project. The DDA’s portion of the cost allocation is an estimated $4,218,283. (Legistar)

    • The South State Street reconstruction project is split into two stages: Stage 1 in June-August 2022 (E. Liberty St. to E. William St), Stage 2 in March-August 2023 (E Liberty St. to E. Huron St.)

    • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2022/05/ann-arbor-oks-deal-to-move-forward-with-9m-state-street-redesign.html

  • APPROVED: The City appropriates $374,738 of federal grant money toward funding “smart intersections.” A network of these intersections is part of a University of Michigan project to enable autonomous vehicles in our local community. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: By resolution, City Council reaffirms its support for women and individuals to access abortion and other reproductive rights services. The City Administrator and City Attorney’s Office will take appropriate legal action, including but not limited to, filing amicus briefs in Planned Parenthood of Michigan v. Attorney General of the State of Michigan and Governor Whitmer’s legal challenge of Act 328. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: The City Administrator will provide an opportunity for discussion between City Council members and U-M Regents to dialog about net zero energy Workforce Housing on U-M properties and elsewhere in the city, with the participation of stakeholder groups. The City Administrator will raise the issue of workforce housing at the quarterly U-M policy meetings and report progress to City Council, as appropriate, while soliciting the support of the Michigan Municipal League, the City’s lobbyist, the Chamber of Commerce, and any other local groups and leaders. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: The City’s water rates will increase by 6% on July 1, 2022. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: The City’s stormwater rates will increase by 4% on July 1, 2022. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $24.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds are appropriated to the City’s Major Grants Program Fund, following allocations previously approved by Council on April 4, 2022. (Legistar)

    • Council approved the following APRA fund allocations at the April 4, 2022 meeting (Legistar)

      • $4,500,000 Solar on City Facilities

      • $3,500,000 Property Acquisition for Affordable Housing (including $500,000 allocation to residential support services)

      • $3,500,000 Unarmed Response

      • $2,300,000 Gallup Park Bridge

      • $2,000,000 Galvanized Water Service Line Replacement

      • $2,000,000 Vision Zero Plan Implementation

      • $1,682,630 Coordinated Funding Support

      • $1,600,000 Universal Basic Income

      • $1,000,000 City Clerk Election Center

      • $1,000,000 Housing for Homeless Households

      • $500,000 Community and Law Enforcement Data Platform

      • $500,000 Funding for the Arts (including $200,000 to “arts-based trauma response programs and workforce development”)

      • $100,000 Liberty Plaza

  • APPROVED: The City’s budget for FY 2023. General Fund recurring expenses have increased by 3.4% ($3,915,640) compared to FY 2022’s adopted budget; recurring revenues have increased by 4.5% ($5,075,679). The FY 2023 budget includes a total of 16 additional full time employees (FTE) in City departments: Parks & Recreation, Building & Rental, Public Services, City Attorney, Police, Fire, and Downtown Development Authority. Ten additional FTE’s will be permitted on a temporary basis as part of the workforce planning initiative. (Legistar)

    • AMENDMENT: Allocations for $935,336 in FY23 Marijuana Excise Tax Revenue:

      • $572,000 to City Attorney’s Office for Deflection Program

      • $100,000 to Public Works department for an apprenticeship program to fund 10 commercial driver’s licenses

      • $100,000 to Washtenaw County to fund Utility Support for low income residents through Barrier Busters

      • $75,000 to Ann Arbor Housing Commission for A BIPOC small business development space at 121 E. Catherine

      • $60,000 to Office of Sustainability & Innovations for low income sustainability grants

      • $28,336 to Washtenaw County for Child Savings Accounts

      • DEFEATED: Amendment to remove $100,000 from the Public Works Apprenticeship program and re-direct it to Dawn Farms (long-term addiction treatment services).

      • DEFEATED: Amendment to remove $60,000 from low income sustainability grants and re-direct it to Home of New Vision (substance use disorder treatment) and A Brighter Way (support for formerly incarcerated).

    • AMENDMENT: An additional $240,000 to the Office of Sustainability & Innovations for low income sustainability grants

    • AMENDMENT: Additional funding to support the City Attorney’s office:

      • $165,252 for an additional full time employee (FTE)

      • $20,000 to replace CityLaw software

      • $48,000 to fund annual maintenance for new software

    • Proposed City Budget Amendments for FY2023

    • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2022/05/ann-arbor-oks-525m-budget-after-heated-debate-over-marijuana-money.html

May 5, 2022

This 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 Radina was absent

  • There was a public hearing at this meeting related to the proposed FY23 budget, which will be voted on at the May 16, 2022 Council meeting. The proposed budget (and previously approved annual budgets) can be viewed here: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/finance-admin-services/financial-reporting/Pages/default.aspx#annualbudgets

  • APPROVED: The City’s Non-Discrimination ordinance is amended to clarify that “religion” may include hairstyles and religious head coverings. Definitions related to Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation will change in order to match language in the Conversion Therapy Ban Ordinance. Amendments also lift the requirement that complaints be filed within 180 days. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: An Industrial Facilities Exemption certificate for Sartorius BioAnalytical Instruments allows a 12-year abatement of local taxes up to $54,587,000 of real property site improvements and up to $8,943,000 of personal property. An Industrial Development District was previously established for Sartorius at 3874 Research Park Drive, making them eligible for local tax abatement. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: This resolution addresses the Michigan No-Fault Auto Insurance Reform Act of 2019 that was implemented last July. That legislation reduced the required rate of reimbursement to long-term care and post-acute rehabilitation facilities for victims of motor vehicle crashes. New reimbursement caps have made it impossible for Michigan residents with severe brain, spinal cord, and other catastrophic injuries to find necessary care. This resolution endorses the efforts of our own State Representative Yousef Rabhi (State House Bill 5931) to fully repeal the 2019 law in anticipation of further reforms that enable the continued care of auto crash survivors and would address other discriminatory aspects of the law. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A $446,858.15 contract with Doan Construction for the "2022 Sidewalk Gap Elimination Project", building sidewalks at Nixon Road and Travel Boulevard (leading to Logan Elementary), 2231 Platt Road, 1121 Saunders Crescent, 710 W. Stadium (Hutchins frontage), 2900 S. Main Street, and 1320 and 1330 Prescott Avenue. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A $1,722,742.98 contract with Bailey Excavating for utility projects in 2022.  Planned projects include: water main looping from Maple Road to Dicken Drive with a solid waste turnaround at the end of Dicken Drive, water main replacement and solid waste turnaround on Eighth Street, water main replacement on Sunrise Court, new storm sewer on Hiscock and a new sidewalk south of Summit. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A $6,930,000 contract with Cadillac Asphalt will resurface five miles on 31 local streets, improve 7000 feet of asphalt paths and sidewalks, including a location in Arbor Hills nature area. Also funded: previously approved traffic calming measures on Longman Lane/Fairview Drive and Northside Avenue. (Legistar)

April 18, 2022

This 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.

April 4, 2022

This 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.

  • APPROVED: The 0.8 acre parcel at 350 S. Fifth (the "Y Lot") is rezoned from D1 (Downtown Core) to PUD (Planned Unit Development District). This PUD allows for more height (up to 275 feet) and lifts requirements for driveway width, building frontage, and street trees along Fourth and Fifth Avenue right of ways. No parking will be required. In exchange, a minimum of 100 (40% of total) residential dwellings will be affordable dwelling units, property will be allocated for Blake Transit Center expansion, there will be no curb cut on William, and the building will be fully electrified. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Sixty-eight lots in the South State and East/West Eisenhower area, including Boardwalk Drive and Victors Way are rezoned TC-1. This new zoning district (Transit Corridor district) will permit unlimited density, create height minimums except where adjacent 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: A Brownfield Plan will reimburse the developer of 3874 Research Park Drive $145,125 for environmental-related activities (Environmental Due Diligence, Site Control and testing; excavation, transportation, and disposal of impacted soil; and related Brownfield Plan and Work Plan preparation) and $1,513,586 for non-environmental activities (Demolition; infrastructure improvements, site preparation activities, and related Brownfield Plan and Work Plan preparation). An additional $1,101,727 of TIF capture will be deposited into the City’s Affordable Housing Fund. This plan will advance to the Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners for authorization. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Allocations for $24.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Final allocations are listed below. (Legistar)

    • $4,500,000 Solar on City Facilities

    • $3,500,000 Property Acquisition for Affordable Housing (AMENDED to permit $500,000 allocation to residential support services)

    • $3,500,000 Unarmed Response

    • $2,300,000 Gallup Park Bridge

    • $2,000,000 Galvanized Water Service Line Replacement

    • $2,000,000 Vision Zero Plan Implementation

    • $1,682,630 Coordinated Funding Support

    • $1,600,000 Universal Basic Income

    • $1,000,000 City Clerk Election Center

    • $1,000,000 Housing for Homeless Households

    • $500,000 Community and Law Enforcement Data Platform

    • $500,000 Funding for the Arts (AMENDED to direct $200,000 to “arts-based trauma response programs and workforce development”)

    • $100,000 Liberty Plaza

    • ARPA Funding Update: Proposed Amendments

    • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2022/04/big-share-of-ann-arbor-stimulus-goes-to-solar-panels-unarmed-responders.html

  • APPROVED: City Council declares “No Mow May” and encourages residents to refrain from mowing open green space during the month in order to preserve floral spaces for bees and other pollinators. At Council, language was added by friendly amendment to clarify: City ordinances will be enforced if plant growth impacts sight lines and safety for pedestrians. (Legistar)

March 21, 2022

This 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.

March 7, 2022

This 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.

February 22, 2022

This 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.

February 7, 2022

This 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.

January 18, 2022

This 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.

January 3, 2022

This was the first City Council meeting held in person at City Hall since March 2020. Members of the public can participate in public hearings and public comment either in person or via phone.

December 20, 2021

This was the forty second regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

  • CM Disch called in from Chicago, IL

  • CM Song called in from Honolulu, Hawaii

  • APPROVED: Masks will be required for those attending in-person City Council meetings, starting in January 2022. Free masks will be provided. Remote public comment will be available outside of City Hall. An area at City Hall will be established for unmasked members of the public to watch meetings live and provide comment. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Council approves an employment contract with Atleen Kaur, who will serve as the Ann Arbor City Attorney, starting April 11, 2022. (Legistar)

  • Two items related to the proposed Mill Creek Townhomes development:

    • APPROVED: Rezoning of 32.6 acres at 3002 Chelsea Circle from R3 (Townhouse Dwelling) to R4B (Multiple Family Dwelling) to allow for infill development of apartment buildings (Mill Creek Townhomes). Current zoning allows for the development of ten housing units per acre and the new zoning permits up to fifteen housing units per acre. (Legistar)

    • APPROVED: A site plan for Mill Creek Townhomes that includes 383 dwelling units and 669 parking spaces with a 5,000-square foot community center at 3002 Chelsea Circle. This development will not fully comply with Electric Vehicle (EV) parking requirements but this site plan was granted a variance by the Zoning Board of Appeals. (Legistar)

    • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2021/12/15m-apartment-development-gets-ann-arbor-councils-final-ok.html

  • APPROVED: The PUD zoning of Monroe and Tappan (“Casa Dominicks”) is modified to delay closure of a curb cut that is recommended in the Supplemental Regulations. Supplemental Regulations were written in 2010, as requirements to be implemented with a site plan for expansion. That expansion never took place, but a site plan was required as part of licensing for a provisioning center on the property. The curb cut currently provides access for a residential tenant. At first reading (11/15/21), the PUD was amended to require the removal of all impervious surface currently used as parking. At second reading, the PUD was further amended to remove two parking spots that have existed since the 1960s. (Legistar)

  • Two items related to allowing customers to opt out of automatic water reading:

    • APPROVED: An ordinance amendment creates an “Opt out” provision for properties that are not equipped with a device that allows automatic or remote reading of a water meter. Where the public services area is not able to install, repair or replace a meter, water may be cut off or property owners may be assessed a surcharge under an “opt out” provision. (Legistar)

    • APPROVED: A set of new fees and regulations is established for utility customers who wish to opt-out of the city's current automatic remote meter reading equipment. Two options for opt-out are proposed. Customers may relocate the meter transmitter unit to an outside location and will be charged $115 as a one time fee (homeowners would be required to install an exterior wire to accomplish this). Alternatively, customers who wish to remove the meter transmitter unit will be charged $399 as a set up fee for installation of reading display equipment outside of the home, plus a $58 quarterly meter reading fee. (Legistar)

    • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2021/12/ann-arbor-homeowners-who-dont-want-smart-meters-must-pay-extra-fees-city-decides.html

  • APPROVED: An ordinance amendment updates the list of substances considered intoxicating agents, clarifies that operating a motor vehicle while under their influence is a violation whether or not they were ingested legally, and updates pronouns for gender neutral language. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: An ordinance is repealed and replaced to add Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples Day to the list of referenced national holidays, add forfeiture of a firearm to penalties, incorporate state law and International Fire Code (IFC) definitions, and update pronouns for gender neutral language. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: The City of Ann Arbor will participate in a settlement of national prescription opiate litigation. Per the settlement, three pharmaceutical distributors and one manufacturer will pay up to $26 billion over 18 years, which will be distributed to state and local governments. The state of Michigan expects to receive up to $800 million. Ann Arbor’s participation means that the City would receive funds for abatement of the opioids epidemic, e.g. treatment and prevention. (Legistar)

December 6, 2021

This was the forty first regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

December 1, 2021

This was a special session to waive privilege and release an Investigative Report in response to a complaint filed by the HR Director against the Assistant (then Acting) City Administrator. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

November 15, 2021

This was the fortieth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

  • At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Taylor announced plans to put a 20 year Climate Millage on the ballot next May, in order to support the A2Zero plan for carbon neutrality. According to the Mayor's statement, the millage will fund year round compost and expanded recycling, weatherization of homes and businesses, miles of new bikeways and pedestrian infrastructure, neighborhood resiliency hubs, EV support and tree plantings because “in Ann Arbor we believe in science.” The ballot proposal is expected to be on the Dec 6th Council meeting agenda.

  • APPROVED: After December 31, 2021, certain City Boards and Commissions (including City Council meetings) must meet in person, in compliance with Michigan Open Meetings Act. Other City bodies will continue to meet online. (Legistar)

    • City bodies meeting in person will be: Boards of Review I and II, Building Authority, Building Board of Appeals, City Council, Caucus, and all City Council Committees, City Planning Commission, Downtown Development Authority, Economic Development Corporation Board, Election Commission, Local Development Finance Authority, Local Officers Compensation Commission, Historic District Commission, Housing Board of Appeals, Housing Commission, Human Rights Commission, Independent Community Police Oversight Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, VEBA and Employee Retirement System Boards, Water System Advisory Council.

    • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2021/11/ann-arbor-mayor-calls-forced-return-to-in-person-meetings-deeply-unwise.html

  • APPROVED: A new ordinance requires all toilet facilities that are open to customers, patrons, visitors, employees, licensees, invitees, students, or other members of the public to provide soap, toilet paper and menstrual products (both pads and tampons) at no cost, within the restroom, and openly accessible to users of the restroom. Violation of this ordinance will be a civil infraction, subject to a fine of no more than $100. Community Standards officers shall be responsible for enforcement. (Note: religious communities are exempted from providing supplies that are in conflict with religious beliefs) (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A site plan for expansion of Grace Bible Church (1300 S. Maple Rd.) includes approximately 34,045 square feet and 107 parking spaces. The sanctuary will be expanded into existing courtyards and an addition to the south will contain a gymnasium, youth ministry, child ministry, and office space. It will comply with City requirements for electric vehicle parking, as calculated based on the total required number of parking spaces. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A 1.24 acre property at 201 Scio Church Road will be re-zoned from township to R2A (two-family) district. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A two year contract costing $2,026,223.30 will pay for the replacement of residential galvanized water lines. This work is necessary in order to comply with the State of Michigan’s Lead and Copper Rule, which requires water suppliers to replace both the publicly owned and privately owned portions of galvanized service lines that are or were connected to lead. The task of replacing these lines is expected to take about twenty years; the state mandates replacement at the rate of 5% a year. This contract includes an option to renew for one year. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Council supports a state grant application that will partially fund the resurfacing of Research Center Drive. The state of Michigan’s Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) grants money to local communities in order to meet immediate economic development demands placed on highways, roads, and streets; this Ann Arbor location is eligible for those funds due to a planned Sartorius BioAnalytical Laboratories, Inc. facility at 3874 Research Park Drive. State grant money will provide $1,619,000 and the City’s Street, Bridge and Sidewalk Millage funds will cover the remaining cost of $911,000 in order to resurface Research Park Drive. (Legistar)

November 1, 2021

This was the thirty ninth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

October 18, 2021

This was the thirty eighth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

October 12, 2021

This was a special session to authorize a contract for Interim City Administrator. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

October 4, 2021

This was the thirty seventh regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

  • APPROVED: In response to a formal complaint against Acting City Administrator John Fournier that alleged blatant discrimination, retaliation, harassment, a hostile work environment, and illegal directives, the City attorney’s office is directed to facilitate policies and procedures to ensure the integrity of an investigation and prevent any harm to the complainant. This resolution was amended at the table to remove terms that included paid administrative leave during the period of investigation. A compromise - proposing paid administrative leave for as short a time as two days, to ensure safeguards to all parties - was rejected by a majority of Council. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: An agreement between the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County allocates responsibility and cost for the design and engineering of the Bandemer-Barton Trail Connection, a pedestrian tunnel beneath the railroad tracks between Barton Nature Area and Bandemer Park. A cost sharing agreement with the County for design services will assign 45% of cost to the City and 55% of cost to the County. Construction costs would be assigned: 29% to the City, 71% to the County. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A newly established Main Street Social District will include sections of Ashley, Main, Fourth, Washington and Liberty. A total of forty-three establishments with liquor licenses qualify as applicants to participate in the district. The social district will permit the service of alcohol in a shared, common space. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: As recommended by the Council Administration Committee: Council Rule 7 (Public Speaking) is amended to reference and include public commenters attending “remotely.” (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Council acknowledges and commends the work of Roger Rayle and the Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane (CARD) for their longstanding public service of professional activism with respect to addressing 1,4-dioxane cleanup processes. This commendation is sent to the leadership of Washtenaw County, the Washtenaw County delegation to the Michigan Legislature, the Director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the Region Administrator - United States Environmental Protection Agency - Region V, Attorney General Dana Nessel, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. (Legistar)

September 27, 2021

This was a special session to determine next steps in the search for an Interim City Administrator and a new head City Attorney. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

September 20, 2021

This was the thirty sixth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

September 13, 2021

This was a Special Session to consider one resolution: moving forward with a process for evaluating two candidates for the position of Interim City Administrator for a time period of up to a year. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

  • CM Disch was absent

  • APPROVED: Candidates Peter T. Burchard and Milton Dohoney, Jr will be evaluated in public interviews by City Council and interviews by the City Executive team before September 23, 2021, in order for Council to meet and reach a decision by September 27, 2021. The resolution was amended at the table to include staff input and (after recommendation from City Attorney Stephen Postema) clarify that the evaluation process will be overseen by the Council Administration Committee, the Acting City Administrator, and the City’s Director of Human Resources. (Legistar)

September 7, 2021

This was the thirty fifth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

August 16, 2021

This was the thirty fourth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

  • CM Briggs was absent
  • CM Disch called in from Evanston, IL
  • A Special Session was held before the regular Council meeting in order to approve the performance evaluation and employment agreement for Stephen Postema, City Attorney. That agreement included a lump sum payment, salary increase, and cashing out of 100 hours of vacation time. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: The current Assistant City Administrator, John Fournier, is named Acting City Administrator through September 20, 2021 with salary adjusted (increased) to that of the City Administrator. The City will search for an external candidate to act as interim for a period of approximately one year. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A new ordinance bans sales, offers for sale, and displays for sale or trade of fur products in the City of Ann Arbor. A person may not distribute a fur product for monetary or nonmonetary consideration in the City. Exemptions include re-sale of used items (pawn or vintage), traditional tribal, cultural or religious practice, and sales permitted by state or federal law. Effective date of this ordinance is in one year, to allow time for businesses to sell off existing inventory. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A new ordinance will ban “conversion therapy” on minors within the City of Ann Arbor. It will be unlawful for any person who is licensed by the State of Michigan to engage in counseling, practice, or treatment that seeks to change, reduce, or eliminate an individual’s Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, or Gender Expression. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Downtown street closures will be extended to November 1, 2021. Main, W. Liberty, and E. Liberty will continue to be closed from Thursday afternoon to Monday morning. West Washington will continue to be closed 24/7. On football game days, Main Street will not be closed. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A “Social District” would be established downtown, allowing for shared outdoor dining space (and service of alcohol by licensed establishments). The social district will permit use of the right-of-way on Main, 4th, Washington, Liberty, and Ashley to promote social distancing on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 4 PM to 11 PM. (Legistar)

  • Three event related street closures were approved:

    • APPROVED: Street Closures for UM Go Blue Mix on September 4, 2021 (4 PM to midnight). Washington will be closed from Fletcher to Thayer. (Legistar)

    • APPROVED: Street Closures for the Mayor’s Green Fair on October 1, 2021 (3-11 PM). S. Main, Liberty and Washington will be closed. (Legistar)

    • APPROVED: Street Closures for the A2 Artober Fest the weekend of October 8-10, 2021. Fourth Avenue and Ann Street will be closed. (Legistar

  • APPROVED: September 2021 is proclaimed Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Awareness month to increase the awareness and understanding of mental ailments, the need for appropriate and accessible treatment options, and the transformative power of psychedelic-assisted therapy for all those suffering or looking to improve their mental health. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A total of $59,000 will be distributed to twelve local entities, to cover city costs related to various community events: Art fairs (2021), Monarch Migration Festival, Taste of Ann Arbor (2021 and 2022), Veterans Day Memorial, Earth Day Celebration (2022), Fool Moon (2022), Festifool (2022), Standing Tough Against Rape Society (2022), Top of the Park and Summer Festival (2022). (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Acceptance of four sidewalk connectors as public rights-of-way (off of Delaware & Morehead in Lawton neighborhood) (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $87,450 to renovate and resurface tennis and basketball courts at Burns Park, adding a pickleball court. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Evergreen Downtown restaurant at 208 W. Liberty Street will be issued a downtown development district liquor license. This license will permit them to serve beer and wine. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: The City will purchase a property at 519 Eighth Street for $180,000 plus costs (not to exceed $20,000) out of the Solid Waste Fund balance. The purchase of this property will ensure city access to a sanitary sewer main and also provide space for city vehicles (e.g. solid waste trucks) to turn around after servicing residents on Eighth Street. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: The City Administrator is directed to evaluate interim measures that can be implemented to address reported flooding issues in the Narrow Gauge area and communicate a report to Council by September 16, 2021. (Legistar)

August 4, 2021

This was a special hearing for a complaint filed by CM Grand against CM Hayner regarding an MLive story. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

August 2, 2021

This was the thirty third regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

July 20, 2021

This was the thirty second regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

July 6, 2021

This was the thirty first regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

June 21, 2021

This was the thirtieth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

June 7, 2021

This was the twenty ninth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

May 17, 2021

This was the twentieth eighth Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

  • APPROVED: Juneteenth will be recognized and commemorated on the third Saturday in June, starting on June 19, 2021. The City of Ann Arbor will observe it the Friday before the holiday, with City Hall buildings closed in observance. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A Temporary Emergency Ordinance will regulate Third Party Delivery Service for so long as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services orders restrict indoor dining establishments. Regulations will limit a commission or delivery charge to no more than 15% of purchase price (unless a higher rate is agreed upon in exchange for additional service). Third party delivery services will be in violation of the ordinance if they post inaccurate or misleading information about an Ann Arbor restaurant or such restaurant’s menu. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: The City Council Legislative Policy Agenda for FY22 articulates the values and goals driving advocacy at the state level in the interests of Ann Arbor. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Ann Arbor City Budget and Related Property Tax Millage Rates for Fiscal Year 2022. The budget proposed by the City Administrator was amended by Council to redirect funds in the following ways: (Legistar)

    • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2021/05/ann-arbor-cuts-deer-cull-adds-funding-for-center-of-the-city-healthy-streets.html

    • AMENDMENT: Add $75,000 to City Attorney Office for succession planning for Stephen Postema.

    • AMENDMENT: Add $320,830 to fund Healthy Streets at S. Main and Packard, also add $33,143 to fund Healthy Streets on 34 local neighborhood streets.

    • AMENDMENT: Remove $120,000 funding for the deer cull and add to General Fund balance. Note that all of this money was distributed in amendments below.

    • AMENDMENT: Add $145,929 for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion officer. Funded from $20,000 General Fund balance (deer cull), $52,964 from Sustainability & Innovations (reductions in professional development, materials & supplies), $72,965 contributions from other city departments.

    • AMENDMENT: Add $40,000 for planning to support the Center of the City. Funded from General Fund balance (deer cull).

    • AMENDMENT: $200,000 for City Attorney Office for expert witnesses and public services litigation. Funded from $74,000 Water Supply System, $76,000 Sewage Disposal System, $50,000 Stormwater Sewer System.

    • AMENDMENT: Add $250,000 to fund traffic calming on major streets and other road treatments (curb extensions, centerline hardening, and slow turn wedges). Funded by removing $132,000 budgeted for street light replacements, removing $58,000 budgeted for pedestrian safety education, and using $60,000 from General Fund balance (deer cull).

    • AMENDMENT: Add $300,000 for “quick build” safety projects on major streets at focus corridors and intersections.

    • AMENDMENT: Remove $158,000 funding for Chief Strategy Executive in the Ann Arbor Police Department.

    • AMENDMENT: Add $76,690 to Parks and Recreation as part of the "Parks Fairness Resolution", which increases the General Fund Parks & Recreation budget at the same percentage as the average General Fund overall budget percentage increase.

May 3, 2021

This was the twenty seventh regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

April 19, 2021

This was the twenty sixth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location

April 5, 2021

This was the twenty fifth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location.

March 15, 2021

This was the twenty fourth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

March 1, 2021

This was the twenty third regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

February 16, 2021

This was the twenty second regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

February 1, 2021

This was the twenty first regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

January 19, 2021

This was the twentieth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

January 4, 2021

This was the nineteenth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

December 21, 2020

This was the eighteenth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

December 7, 2020

This was the seventeenth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

November 16, 2020

This was the sixteenth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

November 5, 2020

In the Nov 3, 2020 election, there were three city millages on the ballot, all of which passed:

 

This was the fifteenth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

October 19, 2020

This was the fourteenth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

October 5, 2020

This was the thirteenth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

  • APPROVED: Traffic reconfigurations ("Healthy Streets Initiative") at three locations - South Main, Broadway/Swift, and Packard - will end early, ahead of the planned end date of November 29th. Lane closures will end October 15th. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Revised Solid Waste Resources Management Plan. This plan was on the Jan 6, 2020 agenda and tabled for review by staff. The plan includes year-round compost pickup, curbside textile collection, limited bulky item collection (on a monthly schedule or at request and for a fee), and possible consolidation of waste, recycling, and compost collection services. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $8,022.25 and $106,859 contracts with the Ecology Center for Recycling Plant Tours of the Material Recovery Facilities Education Center and School Recycling Education programs on recycling, composting, zero waste, stormwater and waste reduction for Ann Arbor and Dexter (2nd Grade stormwater only) schools. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A legal memo that was shared internally as "privileged and confidential" will be made public. It answers the questions: Does City Council have the ability to dissolve the Downtown Development Authority (DDA)? What is the procedure for dissolving the DDA? What are the effects of dissolving the DDA? (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: "Community Commons Initiating Committee" is recognized as a Community Partner in the process of developing the Center of the City Community Commons (approved by ballot initiative in 2018). (Legistar)

    • For the purpose of writing bylaws, membership of the "Council Commons" will include City Administrator (a non-voting member) and voting members comprised of two City Council members appointed and approved by City Council, a citizen member of the City Planning Commission nominated by Planning Commission and affirmed by City Council, a citizen member of the Parks Advisory Commission nominated by PAC and affirmed by City Council, two members of the Community Commons Initiating Committee, two members of the Library Green Conservancy, and 3 citizens-at-large to be nominated by the City Council representatives Commons Council members, and affirmed by City Council. The Initiating Committee will work to implement repurposing of the Library Lane lot location as called for in the approved Task Force recommendations.

    • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2020/10/ann-arbor-accelerates-plans-for-downtown-central-park-as-some-argue-its-designed-to-fail.html

September 21, 2020

This was the twelfth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

September 14, 2020

This was a Special Session to decide next steps in the search for a City administrator. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

September 8, 2020

This was the eleventh regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

  • APPROVED: Short term rentals will be licensed and regulated by the City, effective March 1, 2021. (Legistar)

    • Licensing will require payment of a fee and application that includes: address, type of property, number of bedrooms for rent, maximum permitted occupancy, and names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of two contact persons responsible for the Short-Term Rental Unit.

    • A principal residence may be licensed as a short term rental, either host-stays or whole house rental.

    • A non-principal residence short-term rental will only be permitted in Mixed Use Zoning districts.

    • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2020/09/ann-arbor-bans-dedicated-airbnb-short-term-rental-properties.html

  • APPROVED: Site plan for four story hotel (115 rooms) at 361 W. Eisenhower, with access off of Signature Blvd. (Legistar

  • APPROVED: Annexation of Valhalla property (9.8 acres on the east side of South Main Street near the intersection of Scio Church Road, north of Ann Arbor Saline Road and adjacent to University of Michigan’s golf course). (Legistar)

    • Six houses currently exist in this area. Staff recommended zoning of R1D - consistent with the Master Plan Future Land Use - would permit the development of 84 dwelling units, maximum. The City Planning Commission recommends future zoning of conditional R4E, which would permit the development of 454 dwelling units. Zoning changes have not yet been presented to Council for a vote.

August 24, 2020

This was a Special Session to implement a temporary emergency ordinance on masks/gatherings, and to decide next steps in the search for a City administrator. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

August 17, 2020

This was the tenth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

August 10, 2020

This was a Special Session to discuss a Charter Amendment for Nonpartisan Local Elections. If approved, the question would be put to voters on the November 2020 ballot.

  • APPROVED: A charter amendment would be placed on the 11/3/20 ballot 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)

August 6, 2020

This was the ninth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

July 27, 2020

This was a Special Session to discuss the Affordable Housing Millage ballot language. This item was postponed from the previous Council Meeting (7/20/20) because it was added to the agenda too late for Council Members to ask questions of staff.

July 20, 2020

This was the eighth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

  • POSTPONED TO SPECIAL SESSION: An Affordable Housing Millage (1.0 mills) would be added to the ballot in November 2020 to support the construction, maintenance, and acquisition of new affordable housing units for low-income individuals and families making less than 60% Ann Arbor Area Median Income, and for providing social services for the residents of such housing for 2021 through 2041. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Renewal of 2016 millage (1.0 mills) will be put on the November ballot in support of Street, Bridge, and Sidewalk repair. It may be used for resurfacing or reconstruction of existing paved City streets and bridges, pedestrian crosswalks, street crossings and corner ramps, and repair and/or replacement of sidewalks. The Downtown Development Authority will continue to fund sidewalk repairs in the DDA district. (Legistar) (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: A new millage (0.2 mills) will be put on the November 2020 ballot to cover the cost of constructing new sidewalks starting in 2021. Sidewalk assessments for individual property owners will be eliminated. This millage will not displace requirements for new developments to construct and pay for new sidewalks. (Legistar) (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: The City of Ann Arbor commits to a 10-year services agreement (with two potential 3-year extensions) with Recycle Ann Arbor to rebuild our Material Recovery Facility and process recyclable materials locally (Legistar)

  • APPROVED (BACK TO FIRST READING): The hotel property at 3611-3621 Plymouth Road will be re-zoned to permit rebuilding of a hotel and the addition of a drive-through restaurant. This agenda item would have been approved at this meeting (“Second Reading”) but the zoning plan was changed to include a $75,000 contribution to the City’s Affordable Housing Fund, which moved it back to “First Reading.” The new "Second Reading" will be Aug 17th (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: The City's definition of “responsible bidder” on construction projects will include new requirements for reporting and documentation. Bids on projects in excess of $25,000 must now verify appropriate licensing for all contractors and sub-contractors, include information about what percentage of their workforce is local (Ann Arbor/Washtenaw), and documentation of pay rates/benefits, insurance coverage, references from the last five years as well as completed projects from the last five years. Additional requirements attach to bids on contracts in excess of $100,000 and $250,000. (Legistar)

July 6, 2020

This was the seventh regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

June 29, 2020

This was a special session originally planned as a closed session for City legal staff to advise Council on issues relating to the Gelman Plume consent judgement. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

  • CM Ackerman absent

  • CM Smith absent

  • APPROVED: Resolution to Approve City Administrator Search (Legistar)

    • The Council Administrative committee has approved a job description to be posted, a rubric for assessment of candidates, a timeline and interviewers for the position of City Administrator. The job will be posted and promoted June 30 through July 26. The Council Administrative committee would select finalists on August 10, whose information would be publicized on August 11. Council, staff, and community members would participate in scheduled interviews so that feedback could be provided by August 21. Council would determine next steps (including negotiation with a preferred candidate) as soon as August 24.

June 15, 2020

This was the sixth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

June 1, 2020

This was the fifth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

May 18, 2020

This was the fourth regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

May 4, 2020

This was the third regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

April 20, 2020

This was the second regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

April 6, 2020

This was the first regular Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online, via the ZOOM application.

March 16, 2020

  • The following 5 Council Members were absent due to COVID-19 self-isolation

    • CM Bannister

    • CM Eaton

    • CM Griswold

    • CM Nelson

    • CM Smith

  • 5 CMs + the Mayor were present, giving the required 6 members needed for a quorum. All items requiring 8 votes for approval were removed from the agenda at the start of the meeting.

  • APPROVED: $2,334,383 agreement with Downtown Development Authority for First and Ashley Street Improvement project: road resurfacing, watermain upsizing and consolidation, stormwater improvements, crosswalk, streetscape, sidewalk enhancements, and restoration of two-way traffic on First and Ashley Streets (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $20,347 for electric vehicle chargers for the City building department (to support 10 electric City vehicles) paid from FY20 Construction Fund budget (Legistar)

    • This will be the second purchase of chargers from Chargepoint this fiscal year and the total of these combined purchases will exceed the $25,000threshold for City Council action. The first purchase was also in the amount of $20,347 for a combined total of $40,694.

  • APPROVED: $23,290.08 for lease of Solar Compacting Trash and Recycling Containers for use on sidewalks in certain high pedestrian areas (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Proposed Fuller Court and Nixon/Traver Sidewalk Gap Project - Special Assessment (Districts #57 & 56). Estimated project cost ($650,000) will be covered by federal funds, local millage finds, and special assessment to property owners. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Matthew Horning appointed Interim Controller and Chief Financial Officer (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Local Emergency Declaration (Legistar)

March 2, 2020