Thursday, November 10, 2022

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: November 10, 2022

Gentle readers, tonight is a special Thursday edition of #a2Council. Tonight's meeting is also notable in that it's the last council before the new councilmembers are sworn in. Here's the agenda

The evening kicks off with a modest, 10-item consent agenda. Of note, CA-3, elimination of parking on a portion of S. Seventh St. The elimination of parking along this section of S. Seventh will allow for the creation of a protected bike lane to help students bike safely to Lawton Elementary. 

There are two public hearings on the agenda this evening. PH-1/B-1 is on the second reading of the TC1 rezoning for the Maple-Stadium corridor.  TC1 is a really important tool in helping the city achieve its important climate, housing equity, and Vision Zero goals. I am hearing that this might have to be delayed until the new council is sworn in. 

PH-2/DB-1 is on the annexation of land (1855 North Maple Road, 1875 North Maple Road, and 1921 Calvin Street) for the North Maple Apartments PUD. 

There is one ordinance first reading on the docket tonight. C-1 makes some changes to the sidewalk code, updating the dates "during which the City and Downtown Development Authority (“DDA”) can enter into a contract that relieves the owners of taxable property within the Downtown Development District from the responsibility for sidewalk repairs for one or more fiscal years during the life of the millage if the DDA agrees to return the City an amount equal to the share of 0.125 mill of the 2.215 Streets, Bridges, and Sidewalks Millage, as adjusted, that the DDA receives."

There are 5 resolutions rounding out the agenda this evening. DC-1 is a resolution to appoint Brandon Bond to the Human Rights Commission. DC-2 amends council rules adding more time for public comment reserved time before meetings as well as giving councilmembers an additional minute of time to speak before the agenda. It also eliminates council communications at the end of the meeting. DC-3 is a resolution to explore public restrooms downtown. These are sorely needed. DC-4 is a resolution to explore food trucks at the Library Lot. DC-5 is a resolution to investigate the creation of the office of an ombudsperson. 

And that's all there is. Looks like a pretty modest agenda. What items are you most looking forward to seeing? 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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