Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summaries

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For each City Council meeting, I have provided links to the City's Legistar website, CTN's YouTube video, and links to my newsletter and voting charts that I publish on I have listed agenda items of interest from each meeting, 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.

Mar 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 $25,000 threshold 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)

Mar 2, 2020

Feb 18, 2020

Feb 3, 2020

Jan 21, 2020

Jan 6, 2020

  • APPROVED: City Administrator will develop Ordinance Amendments to regulate short-term rentals (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $31,700 support for the Ann Arbor Housing Commission. One FTE (five months) for administration of additional housing vouchers (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $75,000 for one FTE (partial year) -Lieutenant for Audit & Review, supporting Independent Community Police Oversight Commission (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $117,465 agreement with Dawn Farms to provide drug abuse counselling and rehab services through the Fifteenth Judicial Court District (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $102,538 through Washtenaw Community Mental Health for mental health services through the Fifteenth Judicial Court District (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $29,322.59 additional funds for Confidential Victim Support Services through the Fifteenth Judicial Court District (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $38,431 for drug abuse screening program by the Sheriff’s office, through the Fifteenth Judicial Court District (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $39,772 Purchase of a Vehicle from LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge (Legistar)

    • $21,006 from the Sustainability & Innovations County Mental Health Millage Fund to subsidize the purchase of a plug-in hybrid electric minivan for use by City Administration Services and System Planning

  • APPROVED:  $114,492 Purchase of Vehicles from Berger Chevrolet (Legistar)

    • $28,026 from the Sustainability & Innovations County Mental Health Millage Fund to subsidize the purchase of two electric vehicles for use by Police Community Standards Unit

Dec 16, 2019

Dec 2, 2019

Nov 18, 2019

  • APPROVED: All recommendations from the Ann Arbor Housing Commission (AAHC). Study was directed by Resolution 19-0605 passed April 1, 2019 - written by CMs Eaton, Nelson, Bannister - cosponsored by Smith, Taylor (Legistar)

    • AAHC to Develop 121 E. Catherine as Affordable Housing (Legistar)

    • AAHC to Develop 404 N. Ashley as Affordable Housing (Legistar)

    • AAHC to Pursue Affordable Housing Development of 2000 S. Industrial (Legistar)

    • Conduct Community Engagement Around Development Options for Ashley/William and First/William Surface Parking Lots to Support Affordable Housing in the City (Legistar)

    • Conduct Community Engagement Around Development Options for 721 N Main in Support of Affordable Housing in the City (Legistar)

    • Continue Community Engagement around Development Options for the AAHC-Owned Properties at 3432 - 3440 Platt Road and 3435 - 3443 Springbrook to Support Affordable Housing in the City (Legistar)

    • AAHC to Determine Feasibility of using 1510 E. Stadium for Temporary or Permanent AAHC or Other City Office Space (Legistar)

    • Collaborate with the AAHC to Provide Coordinated Analysis on the Feasibility of the City-Owned Property at 353 S. Main as a Potential Location for Affordable Housing (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Plan to Expand Access to Voting and Registration Beyond the Minimum Required by the Michigan Constitution for Even-Year November General Elections (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Resident-Driven Sidewalk Gap-Filling Program and Appropriate $150,000 from the General Fund (Legistar

  • APPROVED: $15,000 budget amendment for plans and specifications to fill the sidewalk gap on Stimson Street (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $20,000 budget amendment for plans and specifications to fill the sidewalk gap on Scio Church Road (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: The Vic Village South Site Plan and Development Agreement, 1100 South University Avenue (Legistar)

    • 42 one bedroom, 33 two bedroom, 32 three bedroom, 24 four bedroom (14 units at 80% AMI)

Nov 4, 2019

Oct 21, 2019

Oct 7, 2019

  • APPROVED: City permits for recreational marijuana businesses (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Regulation of recreational marijuana facilities (Legistar)

  • APPROVEDPUD changes to height, parking for "The Glen" (201, 213, 215, 271 Glen Ave & 1025 E Ann St) (Legistar) + site plan approved (Legistar)

    • 162-room hotel, 24 apartments, a restaurant, and 5,181 square feet of retail

  • DEFEATEDRezone R1E to PUD 2857 Packard Road (Legistar) + site plan (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $259,086 to purchase Police Vehicles from Signature Ford (Legistar)

    • ​$18,690.00 from Sustainability & Innovations budget to subsidize the purchase of six hybrid vehicles for use by the Ann Arbor Police Department

  • APPROVED: $130,000 for proposed Fuller Court and Nixon/Traver Sidewalk Gap Project (Legistar)

  • APPROVED:  $53,900 for ramp and sidewalk repair for vaulted or displaced joints in sidewalks (Legistar)

  • APPROVED Review of City Transportation Planning and Operations Management and Related Staffing (Legistar)

  • Elections Have Consequences

Sep 16, 2019

Sep 3, 2019

Aug 19, 2019

Aug 5, 2019

  • APPROVED: Review of the City's Policies on Assessing Fees for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), alternatives and recommendations to Council that promote transparency and the public interest (written by CM Eaton) (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $213,182.50 for renovation of pathways, new ADA compliant picnic tables and benches at Riverside Park (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $45,000 from Sustainability & Innovations Budget approved for legal services to intervene in a case before the Michigan Public Services Commission (Legistar)

    • Our intervention would urge DTE to make more significant investment in renewable energy to increase supply, reduce price, and reduce barriers to accessing green power.

  • DEFEATED: $75,000 Road Reconfiguration for Earhart Road (US-23 to South Waldenwood Drive) (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Road Reconfiguration Pilot for Traverwood Drive (Huron Parkway to Plymouth Rd. (Legistar)

  • DEFEATED: Road Reconfiguration Pilot for Green Road (Burbank Drive to Plymouth Rd) (Legistar)​

  • Additional Thoughts (Aug 3, 2019) - Sidewalk Gaps, Traffic Reconfigurations, Short Term Rentals

July 15, 2019

July 1, 2019

June 17, 2019

June 3, 2019

May 20, 2019

May 6, 2019

April 15, 2019

April 1, 2019

March 18, 2019

March 4, 2019

Feb 19, 2019

Feb 4, 2019

Jan 22, 2019

Jan 7, 2019

Dec 17, 2018

  • APPROVED: Direction to the city administrator to update on crosswalk design guidelines, list all improvements made in the last three years, inventory all crosswalk assets and their conditions, estimate cost and timeline to bring all into substantial compliance with standards (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: An additional full time employee (FTE) to support the Independent Community Police Oversight Commission and the Human Rights Commission (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Resolution to add the Center of the City to the list of public parks available for temporary rental and use - referred to the Parks Advisory Commission (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: In response to a request from the City Administrator and CFO for guidance, Council requests a resident survey that can generate statistically valid input on utilization of the mental health and public safety millage rebate money. A simple, straightforward survey (including explanation of background and purpose) will be closed, and inclusive of broad cross-section of residents and of sufficient size to be statistically significant. (Legistar)

  • Surveys, Studies, and Commissions

Dec 3, 2018

  • APPROVED: To improve transparency, when considering budget items that are the result of an RFP (Request for Proposal), Council will be provided with discussion of method, criteria and the number scores of all proposals received (and rank ordering), with explanation about the choice of contract. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: To improve transparency, draft minutes for all boards, commissions, task forces and committees will be made available and published on Legistar (or any future system of publication) in a timely manner, consistent with MCL 15.269(3) (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $72,000 contract with Shelter Association of Washtenaw County for 2018-19 Winter Emergency Shelter and Warming Center (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $189,500 to remove and replace the boardwalk in Riverside Park along the Border to Border Trail that connects to the Argo Cascades (Riverside Park Boardwalk Replacement Project) (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Re-location of the Fuller Road crosswalk is delayed in order to evaluate possible safety improvement options to improve the Fuller Road crosswalk at its current location. Recommendations and a report will be delivered in 180 days. (Legistar)

  • City Council Boards and Commissions Assignments

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

Nov 19, 2018

  • APPROVED: $250,000 budget amendment to the office of Sustainability and Innovations (Legistar) Approved projects:

    • $200,000 for Net Zero Affordable Housing (solar, electrification, other upgrades to property on Broadway)

    • $15,000 for additional EV stations

    • $10,000 seed funding for resilience hubs

    • $25,000 for feasibility studies, legal analysis, and other pre-work needed for large scale solar installations at city-owned properties

    • Three line items were rejected: $14,000 for professional development, $10,000 for educational and community outreach materials, and $39,000 for staffing.

  • APPROVED: A survey of residents will be conducted (using funds previously allocated) to collect input on use of the untethered rebate money from the mental health and public safety millage. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Staff recommended updates to the City’s Traffic Calming Program, including industry best practices, staff observations, past project area feedback, and peer community review (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: $32,779 additional funds to complete Scio Church Road Improvements Project (Legistar)


  • Additional Thoughts (Nov 18, 2018) - Sustainability and Innovations Funding

  • Climate Change Action Funding

Elizabeth NELSON

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