Be a Part of the Budget Process in A2

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Each year the City of Ann Arbor presents a budget to cover services provided to the citizens of Ann Arbor. This year the City wants all of us to be active participants in shaping the budget and they've developed a great web site, the Ann Arbor City Budget Guide to explain the process and the many components of the budget.

Most importantly, they want your feedback. Once you've reviewed the site, send email to the Finance Department at klancaster@a2gov.org offering your suggestions and comments.

"We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate." — Thomas Jefferson

City Clerk's Office is on the Move

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On Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, the City of Ann Arbor Clerk’s Office will be closed to the public as it relocates to the first floor at the City Center building, which is located diagonally across the street from City Hall at 220 East Huron. The City Clerk’s Office will operate from the City Center building from Jan. 5 until March 1 while City Hall second floor renovations are completed.

The renovations will also affect public meetings of the City Council, Boards and Commissions. City Council regular meetings will be held at the County Administration Building, 220 N. Main Street, County Board of Commissioners Public Meeting Room. Work Sessions will be held at CTN, 2805 S. Industrial, Suite 200.

Check out the City's Meeting and Events page for up-to-the-minute info on locations of public meetings.

Get Those Sofas Movin'

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'Move 'em on, throw 'em out, cowhide! And every other fabric, shape and size of upholstered furniture at the city-sponsored Free Sofa Collection, Friday noon, Oct. 22 ~ Sunday, Oct. 24 . The round-up will take place at the corner of East University and Oakland. Why a sofa roundup? The City of Ann Arbor passed an ordinance banning upholstered furniture on porches that took effect Oct. 2. The free drop-off is open to all Ann Arbor residents and property managers.

Last Call for Carts

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July 30, 2010 is the deadline for ordering a compost cart at the one-time only fee of $25. But wait there's more! The carts will be home-delivered starting in September. And ordering couldn't be easier. You can order online, by phone at 734.994.7336 ext 0 or in person at 220 E. Huron -- the Customer Service Center. So quit dragging those paper yard waste bags and starting rolling with the flow -- the recycle flow.

City Hall Closed Monday, July 5th

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In observance of the Independence Day holiday, all City Hall offices will be closed on Monday, July 5th. Trash, recycling and compost service will NOT be affected so put your stuff out on your regularly-scheduled trash day. And remember, July 5th is the start of the Single-stream Recycling Program. More stuff into the recycle bin, less stuff in the landfills. Yeah!

Go Michigan! Beat Ohio!

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We're dead even with Ohio in return rate for Census 2010 forms: 75% each. We can't let the Buckeyes beat us. Get those questionnaires returned ASAP so we can win the bet and collect the white pine promised by Ohio's Governor Strickland.

City Hall Closed Thursday, April 15th

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Ann Arbor City Hall is closed today, Thursday, April 15, 2010, due to high levels of carbon monoxide, which may be a result of construction activities. City Hall is expected to reopen tomorrow, Friday, April 16. Today, City Hall is closed to all staff and customers.

Please note that while the Ann Arbor City Hall is closed today, Thursday, April 15, the City of Ann Arbor Customer Service Center located diagonally across the street from City Hall in the City Center Building at 220 E. Huron remains open and is not affected by this closure. You can contact the customer service office at 734.994.2700.

AA Lecture: Political author and journalist

Author and journalist Melinda Henneberger will speak about women and the church at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at St. Mary Student Parish, 331 Thompson St. Henneberger edits PoliticsDaily.com, wrote If They Only Listened to Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians to Hear, and writes a column for Commonweal. She lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband, Washington Post reporter Bill Turque, and their 13-year-old twins.

Public Hearing Notice: Tonight

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The Ann Arbor City Council will devote some of their meeting time tonight soliciting non-profit providers and community participation for input on the 2010-11 Annual Action Plan for the General Fund budgets for Housing and Human Services. In other words: If you have an interest in hearing about Federal Funding for affordable housing in our community or have something to say, come early and sign up to share your comment tonight.

City of A2 conducting interviews for 'library lot' proposals

The public is invited to attend and participate in development proposal presentations and interviews for the 5th Avenue parking lot immediately north of the Downtown Library. All interviews are open to the public and will be held on the fourth floor of the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Community Television Network will televise the presentations.

A public open house featuring all six proposers will also be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 6-8pm at the library. The public will have the opportunity to review each proposal at the open house. Questions from the public may be submitted in advance by e-mailing librarylotrfp@a2gov.org. More information about the project, including links to the proposals, is available here.

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