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Housing + Affordability Engagement Session Dec 10th

The City of Ann Arbor has identified the following city-owned lots for potential future affordable housing development: 121 E Catherine (4th & Catherine parking lot) 353 S Main (Main & William parking lot) 309 S Ashley (Ashley & William parking lot) 721 N Main (municipal parking lot) The City is hosting three public engagement sessions this Fall/Winter, with the final meeting scheduled for Thursday, Dec 10th. Housing + Affordability Virtual Engagement Session Thursday, Dec 10th 2020 (6-8PM) Zoom Meeting (see link below) For more information and links to the engagement meetings: https://www.community-engagement-annarbor.com/#Events Direct link to the Dec 10th meeting details: https://qiqochat.com/e/PdwoaKmwuCYfslNEqjqrPOZoJ/ImfzJWzqARescXgqSUNAlVkZb Also note there is a Housing + Affordability public survey open until Dec 14, 2020 https://www.a2elnel.com/post/city-s-housing-affordability-survey-open-until-dec-14th Direct link to the survey: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5805923/Housing-Affordability-Community-Survey-Fall-2020 I posted previously about the City's Housing + Affordability open houses hosted in late 2019 and early 2020: https://www.a2elnel.com/post/housing-affordability-public-discussions-dec-5th-9th https://www.a2elnel.com/post/housing-affordability-open-house-feb-25th

DDA Curbside Carryout Parking Meters Now Have Red Bags

The DDA released this notice about changes to curbside carryout parking spaces downtown Beginning December 1 2020, the free, 15-minute curbside carryout parking spaces in downtown Ann Arbor will be designated by a RED meter bag. (see attached photo) The current orange bag and signage will be removed and replaced with a red bag indicating “No Parking 15 Minute Loading/Unloading.” The change is necessary to preserve these spaces for the intended purpose of free, short-term parking to support the curbside carry out service many restaurants and retailers are relying on. The new bags enable Community Standards officers to enforce the 15-minute parking limit and issue tickets to those using the spaces for long term parking.

Thanksgiving 2020 Quiz

My Thanksgiving is very different this year. My sister typically visits from West Virginia and we fill the weekend with games and puzzles and general fun together. This year, my sister stayed home but I have challenged her to a trivia quiz. In case your weekend is as unusually quiet as mine this year, below are some trivia questions I came up with for my sister. (I tried to make them tricky, but some may be easier for us Michiganders!) Answers will be posted here on Friday at 5 PM. Update Friday Nov 27th 5:00pm - As promised, at the very bottom of this post are the answers to my trivia quiz! Below the answers are some links to interesting articles that inspired the questions. 1. Which one of the following is NOT a county in Michigan? (Pick one) A). Ontonagon B). Isabella C). Middlesex D). Oceana E). Gogebic F). Benzie 2. Under the Washington Treaty in 1836, the Anishinaabek collective of Native American tribes in Michigan granted __________ to the U.S. A). the whole upper peninsula of Michigan B). Mackinaw State Forest C). Copper mining rights D). 13,000,000 acres E). Lake Huron 3. Forests cover ____ of the state of Michigan. A). 19% B). 83% C). 37% D). 21% E). 53% 4. The historic blast furnaces at Fayette operated from 1867 to 1891 in the upper peninsula of Michigan, manufacturing charcoal pig iron. The process of smelting mined ore into pig iron required what two locally available resources? A). fresh water and lake sand B). hardwood and limestone C). Heavy clay and copper D). Flint and peat moss E). Skilled blacksmiths and arable land 5. Stand anywhere in Michigan and you are within 85 miles of a Great Lake. TRUE or FALSE 6. Michigan is the top producer (of any state in the U.S.) for several specific agricultural goods. Identify the one agricultural product below that Michigan does NOT lead the nation in growing. A). Asparagus B). Blueberries C). Pickling cucumbers D). Chestnuts E). Potato chip potatoes 7. Michigan is the largest producing region in the world for which kind of cherries? A). Montmorency B). Bing C). Black D). Morello E). Maraschino 8. Which two crops cover the largest number of acres in Michigan? A). Blueberries and cherries B). Celery and potatoes C). Apples and peaches D). Corn and soybeans E). Pineapples and pomegranates 9. The largest edible fruit native to the U.S. grows in Michigan. It is a(n): A) Watermelon B) Pawpaw C) Plum D) Apple E) Tomato 10. The architect Elijah E. Meyer won a national contest in 1871 to design the Michigan State capitol in Lansing. Acclaim for our capitol boosted Meyer’s career and led to his work on other state capitols. What other two state capitols are designed by Elijah E. Meyer? A). Nebraska and Iowa B). South Dakota and Wyoming C). Colorado and Texas D). Nevada and Idaho E). Montana and Oregon 11. When was the Michigan state constitution last updated and adopted? A). 1835 B). 1850 C) 1907 D). 1963 E). 1981 12. The Soo Locks were built in 1855 to connect Lake Superior to Lake Huron via the St. Mary’s River System. These locks allow boats to safely traverse a 21 foot drop. The current travel time for a freighter to move from Lake Superior to Lake Huron through the Soo Locks is:
A). 45 minutes
B). 90 minutes
C). Four hours
D). Nine hours
E). Twelve hours

13. Of all the iron ore mined in the U.S., 100% travels through the Soo Locks.
TRUE or FALSE 14. Michigan has a total of more than ____ waterfalls, all but two of them in the Upper Peninsula.
A). 25
B). 50
C). 150
D). 400
E). 1,000

15. Michigan has been the “first” state in the nation in many situations. Find the one statement below that is NOT true about Michigan:
A). First state to abolish the death penalty
B). First public recreational canoe liveries (Ann Arbor)
C). First state to overturn prohibition, ratifying the 21st amendment
D). First outdoor pedestrian mall (Kalamazoo)
E). First zoo to feature cageless exhibits (Detroit Zoo)

16. How many representatives does Michigan have in the U.S. House of Representatives?
A). Eight
B). Twelve
C). Fourteen
D). Sixteen
E). Nineteen

17. How many U.S. states border the state of Michigan (including those that border across shared waterways)?
A). Two
B). Three
C). Four
D). Five
E). Six

18. The most extensive stand of old growth northern hardwood forest in North America west of the Adirondack Mountains is located in Michigan. This area of 31,000 acres is called the
A). Au Sable State Forest
B). Porcupine Mountains
C). Hartwick Pines State Park
D). Warren Woods National Natural Landmark
E). Mackinaw State Forest

19. Which one of these celebrities was NOT born in Michigan?
A) Christie Brinkley
B) Burt Reynolds
C) Sonny Bono
D) Aretha Franklin
E) Francis Ford Coppola

20. Michigan has one National Park: an island on Lake Superior called Isle Royale. What are the current estimated populations of wolves and moose on Isle Royale?
A). 50 wolves; 664 moose
B) 30 wolves; 540 moose
C). 24 wolves; 811 moose
D). 14 wolves; 2060 moose
E). 9 wolves; 1050 moose

21. The state of Michigan has ________ miles of shoreline on the Great Lakes
A). 1,567
B). 2,045
C). 3,288
D). 4,390
E). 5,129

22.Which of these Michigan governors was born in Canada?
A). George Romney
B). Rick Snyder
C). William G. Milliken
D). Gretchen Whitmer
E). Jennifer Granholm

23. The city of Detroit is across the Detroit River from Windsor, Canada. You can travel from Detroit to Windsor by way of
A) a tunnel going south
B) a drawbridge going north
C) a ferry boat going west
D) A train going east
E) From Detroit you can only get to Windsor directly via helicopter

24. Lake Michigan is home to many lovely rocks, including the Petoskey Stone and the Charlevoix Stone, both fossilized coral rock. Another remarkable stone can be found in Leland, Michigan. This beautiful rock is actually discarded slag, a byproduct of the iron ore smelting industry. What color is the slag rock found in Leland?
A). Reflective copper
B). Shiny yellow
C). Turquoise blue
D). Iridescent white
E). Speckled orange

25. All of Michigan is in the Eastern Standard Time zone.
TRUE or FALSE 26. This city in Michigan has the most diverse Arab population (and largest Arab population, proportionally) in the whole of the U.S.
A). Hamtramck
B). Novi
C). Dearborn
D). Monroe
E). Livonia

27. This city in Michigan elected the first Muslim-majority City Council in the United States.
A) Hamtramck
B) Novi
C). Dearborn
D) Monroe
E). Livonia

28. The Mackinaw Suspension Bridge connecting the lower peninsula to the upper peninsula is _______ long.
A). a half mile
B). One mile
C). Three miles
D). Four miles
E). Five miles

29. What is the Toledo Strip?
A) a dance to celebrate UM beating Ohio State
B) a popular cut of meat once served in Detroit restaurants
C) a narrow strip of land, the subject of a war between Michigan and Ohio
D). the Lake Erie shoreline between Toledo and Michigan
E). A street of Ohio-themed shopping in downtown Grand Rapids

30. Michigan’s shoreline is the second longest of any U.S. state. The state with the longest shoreline is:
A). California
B). Maine
C). Florida
D). Alaska
E). Hawaii ANSWERS BELOW! STOP SCROLLING IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS ;-) 1. C). Middlesex 2. D). 13,000,000 acres 3. E). 53% 4. B). hardwood and limestone 5. TRUE 6. B). Blueberries 7. A) Montmorency 8. D) Corn and soybeans 9. B) Pawpaw 10. C). Colorado and Texas 11. D).1963 12. D) Nine hours 13. TRUE 14. C) 150 15. B) First public recreational canoe liveries (Ann Arbor) 16. C). Fourteen 17. D) Five 18. B). Porcupine Mountains 19. D). Aretha Franklin 20. D). 14 wolves; 2060 moose 21. C) 3288 22. E) Jennifer Granholm 23. A) a tunnel going south 24. C) turquoise blue 25. FALSE 26. C) Dearborn 27. A) Hamtramck 28. E) Five miles 29. C) a narrow strip of land that inspired a war between Michigan and Ohio 30. D) Alaska


Here are some links to interesting articles I found that inspired my questions... About Fayette townsite https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,9075,7-361-85147_87241_87244-473084--,00.html Michigan Agriculture Facts & Figures https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/MI_Ag_Facts__Figures_474011_7.pdf Michigan Counties List https://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-29701_31713_31714-97053--,00.html 9 Things You May Not Know About the Soo Locks https://www.michigan.org/article/trip-idea/things-you-may-not-know-about-soo-locks Isle Royale Wolf & Moose Populations https://www.nps.gov/isro/learn/nature/wolf-moose-populations.htm Michigan Rock Hunting is the Best on Earth https://mynorth.com/2019/07/michigan-rock-hunting-is-the-best-on-earth/ This U.S. city has become the first to elect a Muslim-majority City Council https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/11/05/this-u-s-city-has-become-the-first-to-elect-a-muslim-majority-city-council/ The story of Hamtramck, Michigan's Ellis Island, as Trump takes power https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2017/02/04/hamtramck-michigan-immigrants-trump/97450148/ Michigan's Public Land Base and Outdoor Recreation https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/Chapter_1_SCORP_224983_7.pdf Let's make a deal: 180 years ago today Michigan traded Toledo for the U.P. https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2016/12/14/lets-make-a-deal-180-years-ago-michigan-traded-toledo-for-the-up Michigan firsts: 16 times our state led the way https://www.mlive.com/entertainment/2016/07/michigan_is_the_first_best_big.html How Michigan Became a State: The Treaty of Washington, 1836 https://www.mackinacparks.com/how-michigan-became-a-state-the-treaty-of-washington-1836/ Mackinac Bridge: The Mighty Mac http://www.mightymac.org/bridge.htm The Vegetation of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/PMFOREST_446411_7.pdf The Michigan State Capitol: A National Historic Landmark http://capitol.michigan.gov/CapitolFacts/

Mershon Resurfacing Work Rescheduled Nov 19 - 23

The following notice dated Nov 18, 2020 will be circulated by the City to property owners/residents in the affected area regarding rescheduled resurfacing project work planned for Mershon Drive from Thursday Nov 19th through Monday Nov 23rd. This paving work was originally scheduled for Nov 20-23 https://www.a2elnel.com/post/mershon-winsted-resurfacing-work-nov-16-23 The conditions encountered after the cold milling/pavement removal operation on Mershon Drive are better than anticipated and will allow the City’s contractor, Cadillac Asphalt, to accelerate the leveling course paving and utility structure adjustment work planned for this week and take advantage of the positive weather forecast. Please observe the revised schedule of work shown below, which will occur between the 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., weather permitting. The final paving of the top course will remain as planned on Monday, November 23. Paving (1st/leveling course): Thursday, November 19 Utility Structure Adjustments: Friday, November 20 Paving (top course): Monday, November 23 The contractor’s goal is to perform its construction operations with the least amount of inconvenience to residents. On these days, vehicular access to and from residences will be limited as intermittent closures and related delays will be present to accomplish these activities. Based on experience, the success of this work depends upon your assistance. Please kindly observe the following: Turn off all lawn sprinklers and keep the street free of all trash and recycle receptacles and/or bags, and compost carts. If you require use of your vehicle(s) during the times of the planned paving work, it is highly recommended you park legally on an adjacent street during working hours. If you have a special circumstance that may interfere with this work, please advise the contractor’s site supervisor, Jay Wartella (269-209-4588), either of the City’s project inspectors, Gary Shivley (734-765-8154) or Carl Emmons (517-605-9342), or the City’s project manager, David Dykman (734-794-6410 ext. 43685). We will do our best to accommodate you. Weather and related scheduling conflicts may delay this work. Please visit the following website to obtain schedule updates: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/engineering/Pages/Construction-Projects.aspx Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this improvement project. The City of Ann Arbor/Public Services Area/Engineering & Cadillac Asphalt LLC

Granger Pavement Marking Construction Nov 18 - 19

The following notice dated Nov 17, 2020 will be circulated by the City to property owners/residents in the affected area regarding pavement marking work planned for Granger Avenue from Wednesday Nov 18th through Thursday Nov 19th. Weather permitting; the City’s contractor, Cadillac Asphalt, and its subcontractor, P.K. Contracting, plan to perform work on Granger Avenue between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., as shown below. Pavement Markings: Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19. The contractor’s goal is to perform its construction operations with the least amount of inconvenience to residents. On these days we are requesting residents please refrain from parking on the street in order to complete the marking of the parking spaces. To assist with this endeavor, the contractor will be placing cones to block off the parking areas. Please do not move them. Should cars be parked on the street before the work begins, we will be knocking on doors if efforts to have them moved. Based on experience, the success of this work depends upon your assistance. Please kindly observe the following: Keep the street free of all trash and recycle receptacles and/or bags, and compost carts. If you have a special circumstance that may interfere with this work, please advise the contractor’s site supervisor, Jay Wartella (269-209-4588), either of the City’s project inspectors, Gary Shivley (734-765-8154) or Carl Emmons (517-605-9342), or the City’s project manager, David Dykman (734-794-6410 ext. 43685). We will do our best to accommodate you. Weather and related scheduling conflicts may delay this work. Please visit the following website to obtain schedule updates: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/engineering/Pages/Construction-Projects.aspx Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this improvement project. The City of Ann Arbor/Public Services Area/Engineering & Cadillac Asphalt LLC

Ann Arbor City Hall Building to Close Nov 18th to Dec 8th

The following was announced by the City on Nov 17, 2020 https://www.a2gov.org/news/pages/article.aspx?i=747 Ann Arbor City Hall Building to Close Nov 18–Dec 8 The public is encouraged to use online city services. ​Continuing efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and remain in compliance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' (MDHHS) most recent order (https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98455-545136--,00.html), Ann Arbor Larcom City Hall will be closed to the public Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 through Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. Per the MDHHS order, the city will conduct all non-essential operations remotely.​ City Se​rvices: These measures will not impact critical services such as drinking water, waste water, police, fire, emergency operations or waste and recycling pickup schedules. The public is encouraged to access city services via phone, email or online: To pay parking tickets, water bills, property taxes, apply for permits as well as other customer service options, residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of online services by visiting www.a2gov.org/services. Customer Service Center staff are available by calling 734.794.6320 Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Customer service questions and inquires can be emailed to the Customer Service Center at customerservice@a2gov.org. Issues reported via the report a problem website or the A2 Fix It app will continue to be addressed: https://www.a2gov.org/services/pages/report-a-problem.aspx. City building, trade and rental inspections can be scheduled via appointment by calling 734.794.6263 or emailing building@a2gov.org. Winter property taxes that are due in December can be paid online (http://www.a2gov.org/departments/finance-admin-services/treasury/Pages/TreasuryDivision.aspx), by mail, via a drop box on Ann Street or at several local banks: Level One Bank, Bank of Ann Arbor and TCF Bank. City of Ann Arbor Parks: Buhr and Veterans ice rinks are closed. The city will continue to evaluate the orders with the goal to reopen both rinks once permitted. Leslie Park Golf Course is closed. Huron Hills Golf Course is open until Thursday, Nov. 26, however, the clubhouse is closed. The Ann Arbor Farmers Market remains open. For the latest COVID-19 health information, please visit www.washtenaw.org/COVID19. In addition, the state offers a free COVID Alert tracking app for mobile phones, which can help to notify users and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-99891_102592---,00.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=alert. Individual safety reminders include: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Physical distance 6 feet apart from those outside your household. Wear a face covering over nose and mouth when in enclosed spaces. Stay home when you are sick.

City Council Voting Chart for Nov 16, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order, this Council meeting was held electronically via Zoom teleconferencing It takes a couple weeks for City Council meeting minutes to be officially approved, and I know some of you are curious to know how we vote on the issues that matter to you.  In case you are not able to invest nearly five hours in watching it live or online, below is a chart illustrating how members voted on each issue at our most recent meeting on Nov 16, 2020. To find more information about any of the ordinances/resolutions listed in this chart, you can refer to Legistar: https://a2gov.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=749423&GUID=4473596A-C57E-47F7-BDD8-537390118A25 Draft meeting minutes will be posted at that same link, generally within several days of the meeting. The official meeting minutes will also eventually be found at that same link, once approved by Council. A video recording of the City Council meeting is posted to CTN's YouTube page at https://youtu.be/iYpwXjIaGHA The video is also available on CTN's website here: https://ctnvideo.a2gov.org/CablecastPublicSite/show/3452?channel=1

Resolution Accepting The Results Of The November 2020 Elections

At the Nov 16, 2020 meeting, Ann Arbor City Council unanimously approved a resolution I wrote acknowledging the results of our November elections (most especially at the federal level). https://a2gov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4695271&GUID=DEA0E31F-5A75-441C-97E7-7626E5642181 Below is the statement I made introducing my resolution: This resolution is a response to the number of days that have passed without our soon-to-be-former President conceding defeat. It is a response to the many incendiary and frankly dangerous public remarks that have been made questioning the results of our elections. Our City Council tries not to weigh in on national issues, but there is a very real local connection here. This resolution references national leaders, president-elect Joe Biden and Vice-president- elect Kamala Harris, but this is really about all of us who participate in our democracy as constituents, voters, candidates, or elected officials. Compared to other places, Michigan is pretty lucky— we passed a ballot initiative to expand opportunities to vote by mail, we have a secretary of state who actually believes in expanded voting rights. Here in Ann Arbor, we are living in a world of privilege where we can fund extra ballot drop-boxes, extra City Clerk hours, and we arrange other conveniences to make sure everyone can vote. This is the foundation of our democracy from top to bottom: that everyone has the right to vote and that when we do it counts for something. Our whole system is threatened when our leaders refuse to accept the results of an election, or when they make excuses for why those results should not matter. These last two weeks, I’ve probably been most upset by the voices I am not hearing. I believe that every elected leader in this country — no matter what office they hold — should feel an obligation and responsibility to speak out about the significance and validity of the November elections. I am still waiting for many of the loudest voices, leaders at the national level, to speak out in defense of our democracy, no matter what side they are on. Those of us at this virtual table may have a relatively small voice, but we have skin in the game. Everyone who believes in our democracy has skin in the game. This is hopefully not a very controversial resolution, it’s simply re-iterating that the results of democratic elections determine leaders moving forward. As a council, we are simply acknowledging the same reality that has already been acknowledged by a long list of world leaders who have congratulated and recognized President elect Joe Biden and vice president elect Kamala Harris. I hope we can all support this.

City Council Newsletter (Nov 14, 2020)

Hello neighbors! Welcome to everyone who is new to this newsletter! Before every Council meeting, I write up my own summary of each agenda item and try to pull details that I think are most relevant to understanding them. My hope is that these summaries can help residents keep track of what City Council is doing. For issues that matter to you, I encourage you to follow links (next to each agenda item) to the City's Legistar website, where you can find all the background information. This weeks’ agenda is fairly short and includes some internal Council business, assigning members responsibilities through Boards and Commissions. We welcome new members to the body and assign them responsibilities in DC-1. One item on our Consent Agenda was recently removed: CA-9 would have approved the purchase of two Tesla vehicles for the Ann Arbor Police Department but it is no longer on our agenda. There are probably other reasons for opposing this purchase, but our local Huron Valley Area Labor Federation (AFL-CIO) offered a statement of specific objection because the Tesla company creates bad health and safety conditions for workers, engages in unfair labor practices, and prevents workers from organizing a union. I raised questions about this agenda item before it was pulled. Relevant to Ward 4, agenda item CA-1 will remove on-street parking on the north side of Scio Church Road between S Maple Road and Greenview Drive for the installation of bike lanes. On January 29, 2020, I participated in a meeting - led by City Staff - to discuss this proposal with residents. I can confess a personal interest in seeing bike lanes there — in the past, I’ve opted to bike on the sidewalk in parts of this stretch that felt unsafe, simply because there were no bike lanes. I’ve asked some questions to the agenda to clarify the resident survey of support/opposition. Note: Due to the Veterans Day holiday this Wednesday, responses to our questions to the agenda will not be published until Monday afternoon. Local Officers Compensation Commission I learned this week that the City has a specific need for volunteers to serve on our Local Officers Compensation Commission. This commission meets every two years to determine salaries for the Council. Appointments are for 7 year terms but the time commitment is relatively modest. For those interested, the minutes and attachments for prior meetings can be viewed here: http://a2gov.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx Select “List View” tab and then “All Years” and “Local Officers Compensation Commission” from the dropdown menus. Videos of the 2017 and 2019 meetings are also available here: https://a2ctn.viebit.com/?folder=ALL Search “local officers” in the upper left search box. For the extremely motivated, the State statute is available here: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-117-5c Barrier Busters Residents in need of financial help during this crisis (e.g. to avoid eviction, pay utility bills, cover emergency medical expenses) can find resources at this link: https://www.washtenaw.org/2818/Barrier-Buster-Agency-Provider-List If you would like to receive this newsletter via email before it is published on my website, please click here to signup: https://eepurl.com/dGDKXf Virtual Coffee Hours Sunday Nov 15th 3:00pm I hold "virtual" coffee hours with Zoom on Sunday afternoons before scheduled City Council meetings. Please email me for a link: contact@a2elnel.com Council Caucus Sunday Nov 15th 7:00pm We have been holding Council Caucus on Sunday nights before Council meetings since March 2019. All Council Members are invited to participate. During the COVID-19 crisis, we are holding Caucus via Zoom. Please check the Legistar link below for the latest information https://a2gov.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=750114&GUID=7F4FACD2-840B-427E-9580-F770B449A076 City Council Monday Nov 16th 7:00pm Council is meeting again using the Zoom application. The video feed will be broadcast on CTN and YouTube. Public comment is audio only using dial-in numbers. Please check the Legistar link below for the latest information. https://a2gov.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=749423&GUID=4473596A-C57E-47F7-BDD8-537390118A25 A2ELNEL.com Website Updates In addition to writing this newsletter, I post updates to my website with my perspectives on how issues were resolved at City Council and details on how Council voted at each meeting. I also post information about meetings and issues that affect Ward 4 residents, along with news that affects all city residents. You can see a listing of all my posts here: https://www.a2elnel.com/blog/ I maintain a list of posts related to current/recent Ward 4 construction projects: https://www.a2elnel.com/blog/categories/construction City Council Voting Chart for Nov 5, 2020 https://www.a2elnel.com/post/city-council-voting-chart-for-nov-5-2020 Amesbury, Braeside, Worthington Resurfacing Rescheduled Nov 10 - 14 https://www.a2elnel.com/post/amesbury-braeside-worthington-resurfacing-work-nov-10-14 Mershon, Winsted Resurfacing Work Nov 16 - 23 https://www.a2elnel.com/post/mershon-winsted-resurfacing-work-nov-16-23 Yeoman Court Resurfacing Work Nov 17 - 23 https://www.a2elnel.com/post/yeoman-court-resurfacing-work-nov-17-23 Detours for W Madison, S Fifth, Hill, S Division, E Hoover (Oct 26 to Nov 30) https://www.a2elnel.com/post/detours-for-w-madison-s-fifth-hill-s-division-e-hoover-oct-26-to-nov-30 City Budget Survey open until Nov 24th The goal of the online-only community-wide survey aims to obtain meaningful and broad citizen input to assist staff and City Council members in developing the city’s fiscal years 2022 and 2023 budget and spending priorities. https://www.a2elnel.com/post/city-budget-survey-open-until-nov-24th Last compost pickup Friday Dec 11th Seasonal curbside compost/yard waste collections will end Friday, Dec 11, 2020, and will resume in early April 2021. https://www.a2elnel.com/post/last-compost-pickup-friday-dec-11th City's Housing + Affordability Survey open until Dec 14th The City is looking for public input about affordable housing and plans for re-development of four publicly owned parcels downtown. https://www.a2elnel.com/post/city-s-housing-affordability-survey-open-until-dec-14th A2COUNCIL Updates (A2COUNCIL.com) For anyone interested in understanding and analyzing the recent work of Council, I have created a resource at A2COUNCIL.com with summaries of issues and direct links to City documents. For each City Council meeting since November 2018, you can find links to the City's Legistar website, CTN's YouTube video, and links to my newsletters and voting charts. I have listed agenda items of interest from each meeting, along with articles I've written and articles published on MLive. https://www.a2elnel.com/a2council http://a2council.com Council Meeting Agenda 11/16/20 Below is my summary of some issues on the City Council Agenda this week, with links to more information about each of them. If you have comments about any of these issues, feel free to email me at my official City email: ENelson@A2gov.org The full agenda (including a link to the latest published PDF agenda) can be found on the A2Gov Legistar website: https://a2gov.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=749423&GUID=4473596A-C57E-47F7-BDD8-537390118A25 Ann Arbor City Council
Monday Nov 16 (7:00pm)
Electronic Meeting City Council meetings are broadcast live by CTN on Comcast (channel 16) and AT&T (channel 99). They are also streamed live on YouTube and Viebit:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ctnannarbor Questions to the Agenda In preparation for a Council meeting, Council members can ask questions of staff about scheduled agenda items. Questions must be submitted by noon on the Wednesday before a Council Meeting, and answers are returned the next day (Thursday) by 5pm. Agenda Response Memo and eComments - November 16, 2020 This agenda item has a PDF attachment with all questions raised by Council Members, and the answers provided by staff. Due to the Veterans Day Holiday last week, this document will not be ready until Monday, shortly before the Council meeting starts. Communications from the Mayor MC-1 (20-1733) Communication from the Mayor
This announces the appointment of Naomi Goldberg as the LGBTQ liaison to the Mayor. This post was previously held by Travis Radina, who was elected to City Council.

MC-2 (20-1711) Nominations and Appointments for November 16, 2020
These nominations from the Mayor are being introduced at this meeting, and will therefore be voted on at the next Council meeting. William Brogan - Board of Review Alice Owings - Board of Review 2 Curt Zell - Board of Review 2 Sadira Clarke - City Planning Commission Wonwoo Lee - City Planning Commission Dana Thompson - Economic Development Corporation Anna Epperson - Historic District Commission Robert White - Historic District Commission Naomi Goldberg - LGBTQ Liaison to the Mayor Areli Balderrama - Transportation Commission Consent Agenda Below is the list of items included on the Consent Agenda. If no one on Council specifically requests that an item be pulled for discussion, the whole of this list will be approved in a single vote. I encourage you to look at this list and offer suggestions to me about anything you would like to see pulled for discussion. CA-1 (20-1547) Resolution to Prohibit On-Street Parking on the North Side of Scio Church Road between South Maple Road and Greenview Drive CA-2 (20-1578) Resolution to Approve a Purchase Order to Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) for the Annual Geographic Information System Software Maintenance and License Agreement ($51,600.00) CA-3 (20-1610) Resolution to Accept and Appropriate Michigan Supreme Court State Court Administrative Office Drug Court Grant Funds and Approve Grant Contract ($117,000.00) (8 Votes Required) CA-4 (20-1612) Resolution to Accept and Allocate Michigan Supreme Court State Court Administrative Office Michigan Veterans Treatment Court Grant Award and Approve Grant Contract ($35,313.00) (8 Votes Required) CA-5 (20-1615) Resolution to Accept and Appropriate Michigan Supreme Court State Court Administrative Office Mental Health Court Grant Award and Approve Grant Contract ($167,000.00) (8 Votes Required) CA-6 (20-1621) Resolution to Approve the Purchase of Police Vehicles from Signature Ford (Macomb County Cooperative Purchasing - $293,552.00) CA-7 (20-1622) Resolution to Approve a Grant Contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation for Work Related to the Environmental Assessment Study for the Safety Extension of Runway 6/24 at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport ($109,517.00) CA-8 (20-1623) Resolution to Approve the First Amendment to a Professional Services Agreement between the City and Mead & Hunt Inc. for Work Related to the Environmental Assessment Study for the Safety Extension of Runway 6/24 at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport ($109,516.88) CA-9 (20-1628) Resolution to Approve the Purchase of Two Vehicles from Tesla Inc. (Sole Source - $93,470.00) (This item was deleted from the agenda on 11/13/20) CA-10 (20-1662) Resolution to Approve Amendment No. 1 to the Personal Services Agreement with Julie Roth, for Support Related to Administering the Ann Arbor Solarize Program ($30,000). CA-11 (20-1673) Resolution to Re-Authorize the City Administrator to Direct Purchase Natural Gas and Choice Electric for all Relevant City Facilities Public Hearings Anyone wanting to comment on these issues may speak for 3 minutes, without having specifically reserved time. Issues subject to public hearing will also be up for a vote by Council later in the meeting. There are no public hearings at this Council meeting. Ordinances - Second Reading In order to amend the city code, Council must vote to approve the change, via ordinance, at two Council meetings. The following proposed ordinances were approved at a previous Council meeting, and are also subject to a public hearing as listed above. There are no ordinance second readings at this Council meeting. Ordinances - First Reading In order to amend the city code, Council must vote to approve the change, via ordinance, at two Council meetings. The following proposed ordinances are being introduced for approval. If approved, the ordinance will be voted on at a subsequent Council meeting, where it will also be subject to a public hearing. C-1 (20-1309) An Ordinance to Amend Sections 5.16.6 and 5.18.4 of Chapter 55 (Unified Development Code) of Title V of the Code of the City of Ann Arbor (Solar Energy Systems; Exceptions to Height Limits) Two amendments to City Code will change policies around Solar Energy Systems. Currently, freestanding solar panel installations are considered accessory structures, subject to the requirement for a site plan review if larger than 240 square feet. The proposed amendment will permit solar panel installation in Multi-family, Mixed Use, Non-residential and Special Purpose districts (up to 10,000 square feet) under certain conditions without a Site Plan Review. (This amendment is prompted by a specific development proposal to expand a parking cover and create a larger surface for solar collection.) A second amendment will allow up to a 12-foot exception to district height maximums for the purpose of mounting rooftop solar panels. Motions and Resolutions The following agenda items are motions and resolutions, which are approved or rejected in a single meeting. Agenda items marked "DC" are proposed by Council members, items marked "DB" are proposed by City boards and commissions, items marked "DS" are proposed by City staff. DC-1 (20-1675) Resolution to Approve 2021 Council Committee Appointments A long list of assignments will designate new Council Members as representatives to (and sometimes voting members of) Boards and Commissions, internal Council committees, and other inter-governmental agencies. See the Legistar link for the whole list. DC-2 (20-1676) Resolution Directing the Planning Commission to Create a Transit Supported Development District Planning Commission would be directed to consider designation of transit-supported zoning districts to increase housing density and options along major corridors. In such districts, the commission is asked to consider increasing allowable Floor Area Ratio (FAR) density, decreasing and/or eliminating parking requirements for new development along transit corridors, requiring mixed use, decrease height and increasing setbacks near pre-existing residential areas, and evaluating development aspects, such as sustainability measures, affordable housing, and public open space - as either requirements or incentives. DC-3 (20-1730) Resolution Accepting the Results of the 2020 November Elections and Recognizing President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris I wrote and proposed this resolution for Ann Arbor City Council to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We assert our belief that the election results of November 2020 are known, our elections have determined our representation at all levels (local, state, and federal) and our democracy requires a peaceful transfer of power without delay or obstruction. I am pleased that Mayor Taylor, CM Grand, and CM Griswold have already agreed to co-sponsor. DC-4 (20-1754) Resolution Directing the Planning Commission to Study and Update the South State Street Corridor Plan (adopted by City Council July 15, 2013) Including Examining the Feasibility to Accommodate a Future Transit Supported Development Zoning District Planning Commission would be directed to review and update the South State Street Corridor plan to accommodate a transit-supported zoning district and increase housing density and options. In the South State Street Corridor district, the commission is asked to consider increasing allowable Floor Area Ratio (FAR) density, decreasing and/or eliminating parking requirements for new development, requiring mixed use, decrease height and increasing setbacks near pre-existing residential areas, and evaluating development aspects, such as sustainability measures, affordable housing, and public open space - as either requirements or incentives. Additional thoughts… This week, I have been part of many conversations about the local COVID infection rates and how we respond to stay safe. The preschool where I teach has received multiple updates from state licensing agencies, including new policies and clearer recommendations to reduce the risk of infection. In anticipation of the holiday season, the Michigan Health and Human Services Department issued an update (10/29/20) with the following “strong recommendations for indoor social gatherings, including at Thanksgiving”: “Because no one measure confers complete protection in a gathering, the guidance recommends that individuals take multiple steps together: Get together outside whenever possible. You have up to 20 times higher risk of getting sick inside. If you do get together inside, include no more than two households and 10 people. Limit time inside together—greater duration is greater risk. Wear a mask – take it off when you eat or drink, then put it back on. Keep six feet apart as much as you can. When possible, keep voices down; high volume can increase COVID transmission by 30 times Wash hands regularly and try to not to share utensils.” https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98158-543721--,00.html This year, my family is celebrating Thanksgiving differently — this would have been the tenth year we hosted my sister’s family for the holiday weekend. Traditionally, we have celebrated together in Ann Arbor, but my sister and I have decided that this year it isn’t safe for her family to travel here from out-of-state. At a meeting this week, I heard a presentation from Jimena Loveluck (Washtenaw County’s Health Officer) which included some very sobering statistics. For the purpose of contact-tracing, the County aims to reach every person who tests positive for COVID within 24 hours. This timeline has become more difficult due to the current numbers: an average of 100 positive tests per day. The percentage of positive tests (among all tests given) is steadily climbing. The day after our last Council meeting, the University announced a plan to promote an online winter semester for students to take classes remotely. See this statement from the University of Michigan: https://president.umich.edu/news-communications/letters-to-the-community/more-testing-and-remote-learning-options-for-our-winter-semester/ Like so many others in our community, I anticipated that the University was likely to take this step. On September 21, 2020, I brought a resolution to Council, asking for a meeting with University Regents to anticipate and discuss the use of empty University housing for shelter. You can find it here: https://a2gov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4641011&GUID=052B71ED-44BB-4A32-8BB9-942665492B39 On this week’s agenda, we have a communication/update in response to that Resolution: https://a2gov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4695303&GUID=37DE7247-A248-44DB-B9E0-262994E294E2 Student groups at the University of Michigan are now discussing this issue and I look forward to seeing their advocacy. This week, the Solidarity and Political Action Committee (SPAC) of the Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO) voted in support of the 9/21/20 resolution and issued a statement, which you can find here: https://www.geo3550.org/2020/11/11/statement-on-city-council-resolution-dc-4-20-1417/ I am told that our City Council has very little influence on issues related to the University, but perhaps students can push for more serious discussion about the best use of housing that might otherwise be left empty. Thank you for helping me represent Ward 4! Elizabeth Nelson ENelson@A2gov.org If you would like to receive this newsletter via email before it is published on my website, please click here to signup: https://eepurl.com/dGDKXf

Last compost pickup Friday Dec 11th

Seasonal curbside compost/yard waste collections will end Friday, Dec 11, 2020, and will resume in early April 2021. https://www.a2gov.org/departments/trash-recycling/Pages/Compost.aspx

Amesbury, Braeside, Worthington Resurfacing Rescheduled Nov 10 - 14

The following notices dated Nov 9, 2020 and Nov 12, 2020 will be circulated by the City to property owners/residents in the affected area regarding resurfacing project work planned for Amesbury Drive, Braeside Place, and Worthington Place from Tuesday Nov 10th through Saturday Nov 14th. Note that this work was originally scheduled to begin Nov 6th. https://www.a2elnel.com/post/amesbury-braeside-worthington-final-paving-nov-6-11 Due to mechanical issues with equipment and related scheduling conflicts the cold milling, pavement and base repair, and paving operations planned on Amesbury Drive, Braeside Place, and Worthington Place have been delayed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please note that Chaucer Drive now will also be included in this work. Weather permitting; the City’s contractor, Cadillac Asphalt, now plans to perform this work on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 through Thursday, November 12, 2020, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., as shown below. Cold Milling (partial pavement removal): Tuesday, November 10 Successive work on all streets beginning with Chaucer Drive then Worthington Place and lastly Braeside Place. (Note: Amesbury cold milling was completed on Friday, November 6) Pavement and Base Repairs: Tuesday, November 10 & Wednesday, November 11 Intermittent work on potentially all streets. Paving (top course): Thursday, November 12 Successive work on all streets beginning with Chaucer Drive then Worthington Place then Braeside Place and lastly Amesbury Drive. Note that the revised notice dated 11/12/2020 shows the Paving (top course) work for Amesbury Drive and Braeside Place was delayed until Saturday, Nov 14th. The contractor’s goal is to perform its construction operations with the least amount of inconvenience to residents. On these days, vehicular access to and from residences will be limited as intermittent closures and related delays will be present to accomplish these activities. Based on experience, the success of this work depends upon your assistance. Please kindly observe the following: Turn off all lawn sprinklers and keep the street free of all trash and recycle receptacles and/or bags, and compost carts. If you require use of your vehicle(s) during the times of the planned paving work, it is highly recommended you park legally on an adjacent street during working hours. If you have a special circumstance that may interfere with this work, please advise the contractor’s site supervisor, Jay Wartella (269-209-4588), either of the City’s project inspectors, Gary Shivley (734-765-8154) or Carl Emmons (517-605-9342), or the City’s project manager, David Dykman (734-794-6410 ext. 43685). We will do our best to accommodate you. As noted above, weather and related scheduling conflicts may delay this work. Please visit the following website to obtain schedule updates: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/engineering/Pages/Construction-Projects.aspx Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this improvement project. The City of Ann Arbor/Public Services Area/Engineering & Cadillac Asphalt LLC

Yeoman Court Resurfacing Work Nov 17 - 23

The following notice dated Nov 13, 2020 will be circulated by the City to property owners/residents in the affected area regarding resurfacing project work planned for Yeoman Court from Tuesday Nov 17th through Monday Nov 23rd. Note that this work was originally scheduled to begin Nov 11th. Due to unexpected circumstances the work on Yeoman Court has been delayed. Weather permitting; beginning Tuesday, November 17 through Monday, November 23, 2020, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. the City’s contractor, Cadillac Asphalt, will be performing cold milling to remove pavement and base material, and paving operations as shown below on Yeoman Court as a continuation of the current phase work on the local street portion of the citywide 2020 Street Resurfacing Project. Cold Milling (pavement/base material removal): Tuesday, November 17 Paving (1st/base course): Tuesday, November 17 Paving (2nd/intermediate course): Wednesday, November 18 Paving (final/top course): Monday, November 23 The contractor’s goal is to perform its construction operations with the least amount of inconvenience to residents. On these days, vehicular access to and from residences will be limited as intermittent closures and related delays will be present to accomplish these activities. Based on experience, the success of this work depends upon your assistance. Please kindly observe the following: Turn off all lawn sprinklers and keep the street free of all trash and recycle receptacles and/or bags, and compost carts. If you require use of your vehicle(s) during the times of the planned paving work, it is highly recommended you park legally on an adjacent street during working hours. If you have a special circumstance that may interfere with this work, please advise the contractor’s site supervisor, Jay Wartella (269-209-4588), either of the City’s project inspectors, Gary Shivley (734-765-8154) or Carl Emmons (517-605-9342), or the City’s project manager, David Dykman (734-794-6410 ext. 43685). We will do our best to accommodate you. As noted above, weather and related scheduling conflicts may delay this work. Please visit the following website to obtain schedule updates: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/engineering/Pages/Construction-Projects.aspx Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this improvement project. The City of Ann Arbor/Public Services Area/Engineering & Cadillac Asphalt LLC

Elizabeth NELSON

DEMOCRAT for Ann Arbor City Council Ward 4

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