Monday, December 7, 2020

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: December 7, 2020

Haul out the holly gentle reader, we are entering the final month of #a2council meetings. Here's the agenda

The evening kicks off with an early spicy chili, MC-1, the Mayor's nominations and appointments. In comments at the last council meeting, CM Hayner has indicated that he has some issues with some of these nominations. Then we move to a modest, 12-item, consent agenda. Of note, CA-12, $102,456.04 to purchase 4 police motorcycles. 

There are 7 public hearings on the agenda. PH-1/B-1 is an updated to the sign ordinance. PH-2/B-2 is a rezoning of 0.14 acres at 1043 N Main from AG (Agricultural) to RD1 (Single Family Residential). PH-3/DB-1 and PH-4-DB-2 are township island annexations. PH-5/DB-3 is the approval of the Brightdawn Village Rezoning Plan. This 120 unit project at 2805 Burton has received some criticism from neighbors so I would not be surprised if there is some commentary here. PH-6/D-2 confirms the Barton Drive resurfacing and special assessment.  PH-7/DC-3 is a sidewalk gap filling on Nixon and Traver. This may look like a ton of public hearings, but if I were a betting man, I'd guess there will not be a ton of people speaking during PH-1 through PH-4. 

Elsewhere in the agenda we have C-1, which initiates the next round of township island annexations. C-2 is the first reading of an ordinance to update water rates. I'd expect there to be some debate between the CMs during this agenda item. DC-2 is an update to how floodplains are treated in the Uniform Development Code. Based on last night's Council Caucus session there will probably be some discussion on this. There is also DC-3 a resolution to revise the resolution to ask the EPA to intervene in the Gelman Plume. This will probably be the spiciest chili of the night. 

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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