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A2 City News, August 2017​ (PDF), Volume 11, Number 8 (originally distributed Aug. 1, 2017, via email to "resident newsletter: A2 City News" subscribers)​

In this issue: 

Hazard mitigation planning process |  Aug. 8 election  | Safety improvements |  Dog swim  |  Fall/winter parks and recreation registration  |  Good news

Participate in the hazard mitigation planning process 

The City of Ann Arbor wants to hear from you! A public meeting is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 2 to kick off the updating process for the city's Hazard Mitigation Plan. The meeting takes place 6:30–8 p.m. in the second floor Council chambers of Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St.

A hazard mitigation plan identifies current and projected natural, man-made and technological hazard risks that may impact our city and works to develop a strategy to reduce their risks. The city is required to update the plan every five years. 

In addition to this initial public kickoff meeting, input will also be sought through a survey as well as a draft plan-review opportunity. Go online for details.

Election reminder

Polls will be open in Ann Arbor 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8 for the Primary Election. Note, there will be no Primary Election in Ward 2. 

For those planning to vote absentee, the Ann Arbor city clerk's office will be open special hours on Saturday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. for voters to pick up or turn in Primary Election absentee ballots. The city clerk's office is located on the second floor of Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St. On-street or lot parking is available off of Ann Street, east of Fifth Avenue.

For ballot and candidate information, to check the status of your voter registration in the city or to locate your polling place, contact the city clerk's office at 734.794.6140 or go online.  

Want to learn more about the candidates before you head to the polls? Turn to CTN. On July 10, the League of Women Voters moderated forums for the wards 1, 3, 4 and 5 candidates running in the Aug. 8 Primary Election. These forums are available to watch online at https://a2ctn.viebit.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/user/ctnannarbor.

Recent and planned improvements help A2 Be Safe

Pedestrian safety continues to be the central focus in the area adjacent to Huron High School. The City of Ann Arbor has received funding from Safe Kids Huron Valley, via a Safe School Zone grant, which will enable the installation of digital speed limit signs on Fuller Road and Huron Parkway. The new signs will be programmed to display the 25 miles per hour reduced speed limit during school start and end times, which were implemented at the beginning of 2017.

This area has also received new street lighting; a set of pedestrian-activated flashing crosswalk signals, known as rectangular rapid flashing beacons, or RRFBs; and upgraded signage and pavement markings at the crosswalk. 

Improvements in other areas of the city that are planned for the near future include new sidewalks along the north and south sides of Miller, in the Maple Road area; and RRFBs at the Maple Cove Apartments and Kuehnle Avenue crosswalks.

For more information on pedestrian, cyclist and motorist safety, visit www.a2gov.org/A2BeSafe.

Bring your pooch to the pool

Once Buhr Park Pool closes to the public for the season, it's time for our four-legged friends to make a splash. Celebrate the dog days of summer at the annual Dog Swim Wednesday, Sept. 6 and Thursday, Sept. 7, 3–8 p.m. Swim times in half-hour increments must be registered for in advance. Spaces are limited for this popular event. To register, call 734.794.6234. Buhr Park is located at 2751 Packard Road.

The cost for the first dog is $6 for residents/$7.50 for non residents, and for the second dog, $3 residents/$3.75 non residents. The rain dates are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8.

Discover A2 parks and recreation

Registration for fall and winter classes and activities offered through City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation begins Monday, Aug. 21, when you can sign up online or in person at any parks facility. See what's in store for the season ahead of time in the new Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation activity guide, which will be available online Aug. 17, and beginning Aug. 19, at all parks facilities and Larcom City Hall. 

Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of programming for all ages including ice skating lessons and hockey, swimming lessons and log rolling at Mack Indoor pool, activities at the senior center, special events and so much more. Volunteer opportunities are also available for groups or individuals.

If you have any questions, please visit parks and recreation online or parks customer service at 734.794.6230.

Good news

  • Happy anniversary to Leslie Park Golf Course, which celebrated 50 years July 19. In other good news, Current Magazine's 2017 Readers' Choice Awards has named LPGC Washtenaw County's Best Golf Course! This is the ninth time in 10 years that LPGC has received this honor. This year LPGC, narrowly edged out the University of Michigan Golf Course. 

  • Ann Arbor has been named 2017's Most Educated City in America in a recent study from the personal finance outlet, WalletHub.com. Among the data sets analyzed were the share of adults ages 25 and older with a bachelor's degree or higher, racial education gap, quality of the public school system, etc. 

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If you know a city resident who requires this newsletter in an alternative format, please email the city communications office or call 734.794.6110, extension 41105.

All persons are encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the City Clerk's office at 734.794.6140; via email to: cityclerk@a2gov.org; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to: City Clerk's Office  |  301 E. Huron St.  |  Ann Arbor, MI 48104 

Requests made with less than two business days notice may not be able to be accommodated.

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