News & Info from The CivCity Initiative
What form of governance do leprechauns use? Who cares? We DO care about real o'civics stuff! Take a look at this week's action items:
1. Attend (or watch) the Ann Arbor city council's special work session on Thursday, March 16 focused on a proposal to develop the downtown Library Lot.
2. Report your favorite potholes by calling 99-HOLES or using the city's A2 Fix It system. Washtenaw County Road Commission has a similar system at WCRC Fix It.
3. Get to know the University of Michigan Regents. Four of them have homes in the Ann Arbor area. The board holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 16.
Read on for info about these items and more, then go forth and be civic! (And if you missed previous Civic To-Do Lists, catch up on the "Get Involved" section of CivCity's website.)
BONUS: Take the "Do You Live in a Bubble?" quiz!
REMINDER: Monday, April 3 is the deadline to register to vote in the May 2 special election. Click here for details on how to register. And check out CivCity's AnnArborVotes.org for info about the ballot proposal to fund school infrastructure.
Library Lot Site: Building or Park?
On Thursday, March 16, the Ann Arbor City Council is holding a special working session focused on what's called the Library Lot. Specifically, it's a look at the Core Spaces development proposal for that site, and a chance for the public to weigh in with their views.
An image from the firm Core Spaces for a Library Lot development.
The site is owned by the city, where a surface and underground parking lot are now located. It's between Fifth and Division, just north of the downtown library.
Some residents oppose any development there, and want the city to create a community commons instead. They've formed the Library Green Conservancy and the Ann Arbor Committee for the Community Commons, and would like to put a proposal on the ballot for voters to decide the future of that site.
Read the city staff memo about the Core Spaces proposal. Or check out the presentation that Core Spaces will make on March 16.
Thursday's working session starts at 7 p.m. at city hall's 2nd floor council chambers, 301 E. Huron. Go in person or watch CTN Channel 16, or online here.
It's Pothole Season!
Unless you're the type of person who plants flowers in potholes, you probably want them filled in more traditional ways.
In Ann Arbor, you can report potholes by calling 99-HOLES (heh!) or using the A2 Fix It system, with online and mobile app options.
The Washtenaw County Road Commission uses a similar system called WCRC Fix It
Want to know more? Check out this Pothole Page
on the city's website.
UM Regents: Close to Home
The University of Michigan is governed by an eight-member Board of Regents, which holds monthly public meetings. Each regent is elected to an eight-year term in statewide elections.
At this point, four regents have homes in the Ann Arbor area: Mark Bernstein, Andrea Fischer Newman, Ron Weiser and Kathy White.
These four UM regents have homes in the Ann Arbor area. Clockwise from top right: Mark Bernstein, Andrea Fischer Newman, Kathy White and Ron Weiser.
Read bios of all the regents here.
Usually, the board's monthly meetings, which are open to the public, are held at the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor. This month, the board meets on Thursday, March 16 at the UM Dearborn campus. Click here to view the agenda.
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