Monday, January 7, 2019

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: January 7th, 2019

Gentle reader, tonight is the first #a2council meeting of 2019. It's all very exciting. The meeting agenda doesn't look too long. There are only 4 items on the consent agenda, 2 of which are road closures for races.

The item I am most excited about is C-2, which updates the city's heinous Flag and Seal Ordinance. It essentially strikes all the previous text and replaces it with:

The city seal or city flag may be used in any other way that is constitutionally- or otherwise legally-protected. ...

Except as otherwise expressly allowed in this chapter, no person may knowingly:

(1) Display the city flag or city seal in, or in connection with, any advertisement, poster, circular, book, pamphlet, website, web application, or other publication, public meeting, play, motion picture, telecast, or other production, or on any building, monument, or stationery, for the purpose of obtaining anything of value by confusing, deceiving or misleading anyone into a false impression of city action, support, approval, official sanction, sponsorship, or endorsement; or
(2) Sell, or purchase for resale, any article that displays the city seal or city flag in a manner that gives the false impression of city action, support, approval, official sanction, sponsorship, or endorsement.

I think this is good. Under the previous iteration of this ordinance, I would have had to ask Mayor Taylor for permission to use the image of the flag and seal on this article.

Other interesting items include DC-2, which would settle the Library Lot lawsuit. Also, by the look of DC-1, Argus Farm Stop may be getting a liquor license.

Gentle reader, what are you most looking forward to at tonight's #a2council meeting? 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.