Calling All Bicyclists


Your City needs you! To provide feedback, comments, suggestions, and support in the City of Ann Arbor's effort to earn Bicycle Friendly City status from the League of American Bicyclists. Bike, hike or otherwise transport yourself to City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6 - 8 p.m. and review plans for improving bicycle safety and convenience in Tree Town. If you wanna share the road, you gotta share the load, so be there and be heard.

Follow the Money


There's a new tool for finding out where your tax dollars go and it's easy and fun (really) to use. covers where federal contracting dollars and grant awards go. The Transparency Act of 2006 required the government to create this online access tool. There are great search options, pre-configured lists and tables of all kinds and comparability tools. One of the sponsors of this legislation? Your next president.

Weather Cancellation


Due to the Winter Storm Warning issued for Washtenaw County starting this evening, the City of Ann Arbor is cancelling the MRF - Materials Recovery Facility Open House for tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 10.

Meetings on the Move


Some of your favorite Tree Town boards and commissions will be meeting in new locations this year due to the construction at City Hall. The Energy Commission, Greenbelt Advisory Board and Parks Advisory Commission will now meet in the public meeting room of the County Administration Building, 220 N. Main. The Building Board of Appeals, the Housing Board of Appeals, the Public Market Advisory Commission and the Sign Board of Appeals will now meet at the 200 N. Main County Building, lower level conference room.

Farewell to a Good Man


He authored legislation that allowed hundreds of thousands of us to attend college through the Pell Grant, that established the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read the complete New York Times obituary on Senator Claiborne Pell. The Thom McAn story alone is worth the read.

Hold that Holiday Trash for One More Day

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There will be no trash or recycling pickup on Christmas Day or New Year's Day so normally-scheduled Thursday pickups will be on Friday, 12/26 and 1/2 and Friday pickups will be on Saturday 12/27 and 1/3. City Hall offices will close at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and re-open on Friday, Dec. 26. Same drill for the New Year's holiday, closing at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 31 and re-opening on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.

Tree Town in Top Ten Again


Add Tree Town to another Top Ten list ... the Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities ranked the City of Ann Arbor the 7th Best Digital City in the country. The City's website was honored for the Citizen Request System, GIS resources, MyProperty, and TRAKiT, a new online service offering 24/7 lookup of permits, registrations and inspections.

Get To Know Them


There are four new faces on the Ann Arbor City Council and they'll be at City Hall on Monday, Nov. 17th from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. to meet & greet you. Come to the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor to meet Sandi Smith, Ward 1; Tony Derezinski, Ward 2; Chris Taylor, Ward 3; and Carsten Hohnke, Ward 5. Per the City Charter new council members are sworn in "on the Monday next following the regular City election at which such officers are elected."

Thomas A. La Veist will speak at the University of Michigan

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Research Scientist, Author and Public Speaker Thomas A. La Veist will be in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health on Tuesday, November 18th 3:30 - 5:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health and co sponsored by the Program for Research on Black Americans and the MICHR(Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research)/Health Disparities Research Program at the University of Michigan. Mr. La Veist will be speaking on Disentangling Race and Socioeconomic Status: Advancing Understanding of Race Disparities in Health.

Which Way Does Ann Go?


Attention Tree Town drivers: Ann Street between N. Fifth Avenue and Division is going one way. And for a change of pace, they DO want you to back in to the new angle parking on the south side of the street. The conversion, weather depending, is slated to take effect November 9, 2008. Questions? Call 734.994.6095 or email

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