Monday, February 3, 2020

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: February 3, 2020

Gentle readers, it's time for you #a2council preview. Here's the agenda.

We start the evening off with a small, 13 item consent agenda. There are three street closings: one for the National Training Institute Opening Ceremony, July 26; one for Take Back the Night, April 2; and one for Artober fest, October 16.

There are two Public Hearings. PH-1/B-1 is for an ordinance that would create spaces for voting youth members on the Environment Commission. Here youth is defined as 16-25. I like this, but let's have youth members be 14-18 and be on all our commissions. PH-2 is for a routine township island annexation. At the Council Caucus meeting last night a CM mentioned that this was not opposed, so this will likely not have any discussion at tonight's meeting and pass easily. There has been a plan for Annex township islands for over two decades. There is really no good reason for an #a2councilmember to oppose the township island annexation plan.

C-2 is the first reading of an ordinance that would give boards and commissions a greater role in sourcing new members. DC-2 is a resolution supporting the EPA designating the Gelman Plume a superfund site. This was postponed at the last meeting. DC-3 would establish a new City Council Committee, the Mobility Committee. DC-4 is a vaguely worded rule resolving "That Council strive to improve its effectiveness by focusing on three components of excellent governmental communications:" Collaboration, INformation that is accurate, complete and timely, and Transparency.

And there you have it gentle readers. Make sure you tune into CTN tonight at 7pm to check out the action. And as always, you can follow the blow by blow action on the #a2council hashtag.

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