Monday, June 5, 2023

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: June 5 2023


Gentle readers, tonight is the first #a2Council night of June. Here's the agenda

The night kicks off with a respectable 23-item consent agenda. CA-1, 2, and 3 are street closures for the YMCA Community Block Party (June 10), The Event on Main (June 22), and the Townie Street Party (July 16). 

There are no public hearings nor ordinance second readings tonight, but there are three ordinance first readings.  C-1 changes the rules around impounded bicycles. Currently if they are unclaimed after 1 month, the AAPD can sell them. This ordinance change would allow them to be donated to a non-profit in the city. C-2 repeals the portion of the city's tenants rights code that requires landlords to provide tenants with a tenants rights booklet and information about voter registration. This comes after the city of Ypsilanti was sued by five Ypsilanti landlords (Ian Greenlee, Stewart Beal, Karen Maurer, C. Hedger Breed and Robert Barnes) for a similar provision in that city's rental ordinance. C-3 is an ordinance to add a chapter on Human Pet Adoption to the city code. 

On to the resolutions! DC-1 is a resolution to reappoint non-resident electors to city boards and commissions. DC-2 is a resolution to direct planning commission to prioritize TC1 for the Plymouth and Washtenaw Corridors. You love to see it. DC-3 is a resolution to dissolve the Council of the Commons. For some background on this, check out this great opinion piece by Daniel Adams. DC-4 revises the 2023 council meeting calendar. DC-5 revises council rules. DC-6 authorizes the City Attorney to initiate and pursue legal action on behalf of the city. DC-7 directs the administrator to evaluate bonding the affordable housing millage. DC-8 is a resolution directing the city administrator to identify incentives that would support voluntary efforts to increase emissions reductions. And finally, DC-9 is a resolution to approve a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Economic Development of the City. 

And that's all there is. Looks like the meeting could be pretty short. 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 or on 

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