Monday, May 7, 2018

#a2council Preview, May 7th, 2018

Gentle reader, today is the first regular meeting of the Ann Arbor City Council. It would be the first #a2council meeting of the month if it weren't for the special session on May first. Given the recent rash of special council sessions, this will make the fourth consecutive week with a council meeting. What a treat.

On the agenda, you will notice we're deep into street closure season. On the 19 item Consent Agenda, there are 5 street closures. Highlights include Top of the Park (June 4th through July 4th) and the Tech Trek (June 15th).

There are 6 scheduled public hearings tomorrow. The first is on modifying the definition of a fraternity or sorority in the city zoning code. I touched a bit on this on the April 2nd #a2council preview. The second public hearing concerns the rezoning of 4.52 acres of 2301 Highland Road from public land to R1A (Single-Family). This is the rezoning of the historic Ingils Estate and comes with the support of many neighbors. The third public hearing is on changing the fees for Fairview Cemetery. The fourth public hearing is on changing the fees for Quadricycle Fees (a.k.a. pedal pubs). The fifth public hearing is on the Resolution to Approve Fiscal Year 2019 Fee Adjustments for Public Services Area - Engineering and Public Works. The sixth and final pubic hearing is for a Resolution to Adopt Ann Arbor City Budget and Related Property Tax Millage Rates for Fiscal Year 2019. Dang, that's a lot of public hearings.

There are also 5 ordinance first readings on the docket. These won't get public hearings unless they pass the first reading and come back up for a vote as a second reading at a future #a2council meeting. The first (C-1) would rezone a small portion of the Briarwood Parking from parking lot to C2b (Business Service District). Gentle reader, I tried to read the whole staff report on this, but it's pretty long. I did learn that Briarwood, as we know it, is actually 5 parcels owned by 5 different legal entities. Fascinating. C-2 is on a change to water and sewer rates. Ed Vielmetti has a good writeup about this in his newsletter from a few weeks back. C-3 concerns sidewalk repair and C-4 is on noise control. Finally, C-5 concerns the Medical Marijuana Facilities.

Gentle reader, it's a pretty long agenda and I am sure I have overlooked something. Please let me know in the comments what you think the most interesting agenda items are. Make sure you tune in tonight at 7 to watch CTN's live stream and follow the blow-by-blow action on #a2council hashtag on Twitter.

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