Monday, May 17, 2021

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: May 17, 2021


Gentle readers, tonight is budget night. Per city charter, #a2council must approve thee FY 22 at their meeting this evening. Here's the agenda. If you want a deep dive into the agenda, make sure you check out the latest episode of the A2AF Podcast

Let's dive in. The evening kicks off with a merciful, 9-item consent agenda. There were murmurs that CA-5, the Lockwood payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) might get pulled, because there is more PILOT stuff on the agenda. 

There are two public hearings on the docket this evening. PH-1/B-1 is on the new emergency ordinance that would cap third party delivery fees (e.g. Doordash, Grubhub) at 15%. PH-2/DB-1 is a township island annexation on South Main. 

DC-1 through DC-4 are appointments to various commissions. DC-5 is the big item of the night: approval of the FY22 budget. This will probably be the longest item of the night. DC-6 is a resolution to make Juneteenth a City holiday. And finally, DC-7 is a resolution to study PILOTs. 

Of course, there is also the elephant in the room: Jeff Hayner's latest controversy. I don't really have time to go into this, but rest assured, this will come up at tonight's 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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