Monday, September 21, 2020

Ann Arbor City Council Agenda: September 21, 2020


Gentle readers, it's #a2council night in Ann Arbor. Here's the agenda

The evening kicks off with a 22 item consent agenda. Of note, CA-16, traffic calming on fernwood. Also, CA-19, a street resurfacing project. Finally there is CA-22, a resolution to approve the police contract. 

There are two public hearings on the docket tonight. PH-1 is a routine township island annexation. PH-2 is on 841 Broadway PUD. This is a development at the old DTE Gasworks along the river. I think this is a good project. 

Elsewhere on the agenda we've got C-1, the first reading off an ordinance to modify the Veridian at County Farm PUD. DC-2 is a resolution to decriminalize entheogenic plants. e.g. Psilocybin mushrooms and Peyote, maybe ayahuasca. My biggest issue with this is that Psilocybin mushrooms are emphatically not plants. DC-5 is a resolution to Conduct a 2020 Budget Priorities Citizen Survey to Inform Development of the City's FY22 Budget and FY23 Financial Plan. This is sponsored by CM Lumm and is one of her perennial interests. I think there is probably a good essay to write out there about the dangers off government by surveymonkey. Also, it's worth noting that Lumm has ignored the results of citizen surveys when she disagrees with them. Specifically she has voted against road diets, when surveys show the majority of residents would support minor delays in driving time to improve pedestrian and driver safety. 

Finally we have DC-7 a resolution to end the Healthy Streets Program outside of Downtown. CM Ramlawi is sponsoring this. I think it's a bad idea. This program is designed to give pedestrians and cyclists safe space to travel while maintaining social distance. If it weren't for this program how would you safely cross the Broadway Bridge as a pedestrian or cyclist if there is someone coming from the opposite direction?

As always, gentle reader, I am probably forgetting some very important items here. What agenda items are you most looking forward to seeing. I am guessing that tonight will be another late night around the virtual council table. Hopefully we will see you there. The CTN stream starts at 7 pm. Make sure you follow the action on the #a2council hashtag.

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