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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: November 5, 2020

Tonight, gentle reader, is the final #a2council meeting of the current council. The end of an era and the final meeting with CMs Bannister, Lumm, Ackerman, Eaton, and Smith. Here's the agenda

The meeting kicks off with a tiny, 4 item consent agenda. There are also no public hearings. Will it be a quick meeting? Who knows? 

C-1 is the first reading of an ordinance to convert 1043 North Main from Agricultural to R1D. DC-1 is resolution to appoint two members to the Council of the Commons. As of writing, they are yet unnamed.

DC-2 is a resolution modifying the rules around traffic calming projects sponsored by CM Lumm. Currently residences that are within 100 ft of a potential traffic calming project get to weigh in on thee project. DC-2 would up that distance 1000 ft, potentially giving more people a chance to weigh in. I'm a little skeptical of this as it seems like a way to make it so more people have chances to block traffic calming projects. 

DC-4 is a motion to reconsider getting the EPA involved in the Gelman Site. DC-5 is a resolution to waive attorney client privilege regarding a bunch of legal memos ranging from 2008 to 2019. Not really sure what this is about. Finally DC-6 is a resolution to waive late fees for winter taxes. 

And there you have it folks, a pretty short meeting agenda. Will the meeting actually be short thought? Who knows. The last meeting went super late because there was a last minute addition to the agenda and things got pretty acrimonious. I imagine some of those hurt feelings may rear their heads at this meeting. 

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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