Up-to-the-Minute Government Documents

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In the days of yore, libraries waited months, years and sometimes forever for newsworthy documents to arrive from federal and state governments. Now, the Internet has made access almost instantaneous. Late last night, the Bush Administration released thousand of additional pages of emails regarding the firing of eight U.S. attorneys. By 9:00 a.m.today, most of those are available for public review at the U.S. House Judiciary web site. For real-time government in action, watch committee hearings and speeches live on C-Span web site.

Here We Go Round the Roundabout

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The City of Ann Arbor is hosting a public workshop on Thursday, March 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to discuss improvements to the Huron Parkway/Nixon Road intersection. The workshop will be held in the Community Room at Parkway Meadows, 2575 Sandalwood Circle. The City will provide information on the proposed roundabout and take questions and comments from the public. For more information on the meeting, call 734.994.6087.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It

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The March 2007 edition of Discovering Downtown, the City of Ann Arbor's newsletter is packed with updates from the Planning Department, the Historic Preservation folks, the DDA. If it's happening in downtown Tree Town, from paving to parking to public spaces, you'll read about it first in Discovering Downtown.

No Worker Left Behind

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Governor Granholm has launched a new website No Worker Left Behind, a one-stop shop for resources to get a new job, learn about hot jobs and career trend and find short-term training and financial help. Check out the Job Seeker Toolkit page with tips on resume writing, cover letters, job interviewing and salary negotiation.

Here Come the Sandwich Boards

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The Ann Arbor City Council has approved a pilot project to allow stand-alone sandwich boards within the DDA district beginning April 1, 2007. The Community Standards Unit monitors signs in public right of ways. To contact Community Standards with a comment or complaint you may either call (734) 994-1788, or e-mail CommunityStandards@ci.ann-arbor.mi.us.

Streetwise Sessions

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Two upcoming public meetings will give Ann Arbor residents an opportunity to learn about and provide input on city street projects. On Monday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., city officials will outline the Street Millage Projects planned for 2007. On Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m., officials and consultants will discuss the City’s Traffic Calming Program. Both meetings are in City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall.

Tree Town Trees Down

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If Emerald Ash Borer weren't enough, the heavy ice storm last weekend left a lot of storm-damaged tree branches all over town. The City of Ann Arbor is designing a schedule for collecting the tree limbs and brush and will assist residents with managing the private property storm-related disposal. They'll start by collecting tree limbs placed at the extensions that are longer than 8 feet and up to 8 inches in diameter. In the 2nd stage city trucks will collect bundled brush and tree limbs no longer than 4 feet in length and 8 inches in diameter. Details on the special clean-up will be posted beginning Wednesday, January 24 on the City web site, on CTN Channel 19 and by calling 994-2807.

Rethinking the Plaza

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The City of Ann Arbor and the Downtown Development Authority are seeking further input through Jan. 31, 2007 on plans to improve Sculpture Plaza. Plans include new lighting, landscaping and reconfiguring the seating and tables. Offer your comments to City Parks Planner Amy Kuras by phone at 734.994.1827 or via email akuras@a2gov.org.

Trash Day is Trash Day

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Ann Arbor trash collection days will be unaffected by Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday January 15th. Regular trash pickups will occur Jan. 15th - Jan. 20th. City Hall will be closed on MLK Day but the Drop-Off Station will be open.

O Christmas Tree

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The City of Ann Arbor will collect holiday evergreen trees from the curbside during a one-week period, Monday Jan. 22 - Friday, Jan 26, 2007. Remember to remove all ornaments, nails and tinsel and don't put the trees in plastic bags. You can also drop off your undecorated Christmas trees in the parking lot adjacent to the Drop-Off Station through January 31st.

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