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A2 City News, January 2017​ (PDF), Volume 11, Number 1 (originally distributed Dec. 30, 2016, via email to "resident newsletter: A2 City News" subscribers)​

In this issue:  Deer management plan  |  Winter warming centers  |  Christmas tree free dropoff sites  |  Post-holiday cleanup  |  Canned food drive |  Winter recreation fun  |  Snow and ice reminders  |  CERT program  |  CTN on U-verse

2017 deer management program details 

In November, City Council approved the City of Ann Arbor's 2017 deer management program, which has three primary components: 

Sterilization (non-lethal) plan — Pneumatically darting deer in two areas, temporarily removing and surgically sterilizing deer and returning deer to area where they were found.

Lethal plan — Sharpshooting and lethally removing up to 100 deer on public lands and a small number of large, city-selected, private parcels with appropriate consent.

Educational program and public rights-of-way improvements — Providing educational materials to the community in late spring 2017 on how to live with deer, evaluating the city's fencing ordinance, and recommending improvements that can be made in the city's rights-of-way, such as signage.

Deer management program goals

The overall programs are being implemented as part of an initial four-year effort. While each method (lethal and non-lethal) has measures of success, the overall program's measures are: 

  • Number of firearm-related injuries associated with the deer management program: 0.
  • Number of deer in Ann Arbor with chronic wasting disease: 0. 
  • Total number of deer/vehicle crashes and percent of vehicle crashes involving deer reported in the legal boundaries of the city of Ann Arbor does not increase.  
  • MDNR permit approval. 
  • Establish a baseline for measuring the vegetative impact of deer in the city's natural areas and establish ecological goal.  
  • Implement an education program that increases the community awareness of the role of deer in the local ecology and offers residents options to manage potential deer impacts on their private property. 
  • Community acceptance of herd impact — when 75 percent of surveyed residents in a Ward respond that damage to their landscape or garden plants is at an acceptable level on private lands. Recognizing there will be variability of this measure over time, a trend toward 75 percent is desired. 
  • Community acceptance of deer management program — when 75 percent of surveyed residents in a Ward respond that the city's strategy of managing the deer population is acceptable. Recognizing there will be variability of this measure over time, a trend toward 75 percent is desired. 
  • Investigate where deer signage is appropriate, and implement where possible. 

The city will release specific plan details, including lethal and nonlethal locations and program dates, in the coming weeks. Please check the deer management project site or sign up for email notifications.

Winter warming centers

Safe, warm spaces for individuals experiencing homelessness during severe winter weather are offered by Washtenaw County. A list of daytime and overnight warming centers for winter 2016/2017, as well as information on emergency transportation to get to an overnight warming center, are available on the county website.   

Assistance information for eligible Washtenaw County residents facing utility shutoff is also available on the county website.

Christmas tree free drop-off sites 

Did you know Christmas trees cannot be discarded in front of the house or at the street? Instead, the City of Ann Arbor provides four free drop-off locations for undecorated Christmas trees through Jan. 31, 2017.

  • 24/7 drop offs at the parking lot adjacent to the Drop-off Station at 2950 E. Ellsworth near Platt Road.
  • 6 a.m.–10 p.m. at West Park parking lot off Chapin near West Huron Street. 
  • 6 a.m.–10 p.m. at Gallup boat launch parking lot, use entrance on the southeast side of Geddes Road, east of Huron Parkway. 
  • 6 a.m.–10 p.m. at Olson Park parking lot, 1515 Dhu Varren Road, near Pontiac Trail.

Another disposal option: cut and tie the tree into bundles and reserve for the return of the weekly curbside compost-collection season in April.

Post-holiday cleanup

The holidays have come and gone ... but the debris that results is likely still lingering. Read on if you have holiday wrapping paper, packaging, etc. to dispose of, and find out how to do so in a safe and "green" way. 

For safety's sake:

  • Wait a couple of weeks before putting packaging at the curb, especially for big-ticket items, e.g., a TV, game system, etc. 
  • Cut up boxes/packaging to help conceal what they once contained.
  • Add any new items of value to your complete inventory of household goods and valuables, ideally with a photo or videotape of the items. If you don't have an inventory list, make a New Year's resolution to create one.
  • More, general, safety tips can be found on the Ann Arbor Police web page

Stay green!

 CTN and Recycle Ann Arbor present the Holiday Recycle Guide video, packed with holiday environmentally friendly tips, for this year's celebrations and holidays to come.

Canned food drive = discounts  

Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation is collecting nonperishable food items through Jan. 8, 2017, for our neighbors in need. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate and receive $1 off admission for general swim or a Dive-in Movie at Mack Indoor Pool. Prefer gliding over diving? Bring a donation to Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena or Veterans Memorial Park indoor ice arena, and receive $1 off admission to public skating. One discount per person, please.

Winter recreation fun 

With spring on the horizon, be sure to mark your calendar for the start of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation spring/summer 2017 registration Wednesday, Feb. 1! The new parks guides will be available at all parks facilities the week of Jan. 23.

But even in the winter months, there is plenty to do with Ann Arbor parks and recreation ... 

Swim indoors and enjoy poolside events at Mack Indoor Pool (715 Brooks St.). Mack offers lap swimming, tot splash and family swim times, as well as monthly Splash Days (2–4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7) and Dive-in Movie Jan. 14 (featuring Star Wars – The Force Awakens).

Have fun on the ice indoors — at Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena (2150 Jackson Road) — or outside at Buhr Park Ice Arena (2751 Packard Road). Open skating, special events, lessons, hockey and rentals are some of the cool offerings.   

Also, a variety of wellness, cultural and programs for families and all ages are offered through the Ann Arbor Senior Center. While the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St., welcomes visitors to shop local year round, open Saturdays, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. January through April. 

Go online to the parks website for full details.

Snow + ice reminders 

With just one significant snow event under our belts so far, winter in Ann Arbor isn't over yet. Here are some important points to remember for when the flakes fly again. 

Snow/ice removal by residents and property owners

Residents and property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from adjacent sidewalks, crosswalk ramps and bus stops. Only one warning per season will be issued before fines are incurred for residents and businesses in violation. Go online to learn more. 

Residential properties — Within 24 hours, any accumulation of snow greater than 1 inch must be cleared from adjacent sidewalks, concrete bus stop walks and crosswalk ramps. Ice accumulations must be treated immediately, to prevent surfaces from being slippery, and then the slush removed within 24 hours. The city is not responsible for clearing mailboxes from snow and/or ice. 

Nonresidential properties — Any snow and/or ice that has accumulated by 6 a.m. must be removed from adjacent sidewalks, bus stop walks and crosswalk ramps before noon.

The city provides residents with up to 5 gallons of a sand/salt mixture per visit to 721 N. Main St. to or one of the following park locations (PDFs): AllmendingerBuhrBurnsLeslie and Veterans Memorial. Residents should bring their own shovel and bucket and load material themselves from the marked pile. This material is not for contractors. And please remember, moving snow and ice from private property onto a public street, sidewalk or bridge can pose a significant safety hazard and is against the law.

For details on the ordinance, reporting and enforcement, please visit the city website

When the snow does begin to accumulate again, please also clear off fire hydrants and storm drains near/adjacent to your property. Doing so helps rid water from the roadways when the snow melts. And, firefighters can more quickly locate and access fire hydrants in the event of a fire when hydrants are free of snow.

Participate in CERT training

If your New Year's resolutions include getting involved in your community, check out the Washtenaw County Community Emergency Response Team training program, presented by the Ann Arbor Police Department and the Ann Arbor Fire Department's Office of Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Washtenaw County Emergency Management Division. The application deadline to participate in the CERT program is Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. The training, which is free, will be held at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence building on Saturdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendance at all three sessions is required for a certificate of completion.

CERT participants will learn about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact Washtenaw County. The training format combines classroom sessions and hands-on exercises in scene assessment, fire safety, emergency medical response, team organization, disaster medical operations and light search and rescue. Participants are also trained in basic disaster-response skills and will be equipped to assist others following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Program graduates are also encouraged to take a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Find details and an application on the City of Ann Arbor website. If you have questions, please contact Police Service Specialist Susan Casey with the Ann Arbor Police Department via email or call 734.794.6900, ext. 49526. 

A background investigation will be conducted on all applicants; applicants will then be notified if accepted into the program.

Looking ahead, applications are also being accepted for the Ann Arbor Citizens' Police, Fire and Courts Academy, which provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about the public safety system. This 10-week program begins in March; the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Go online to learn more and for the application.

Find CTN on AT&T U-verse

In an effort to reach a wider audience, CTN's government channel is now available on AT&T U-verse cable.

AT&T U-verse subscribers can find CTN by going to Channel 99 and selecting "local government education and public access," and choosing "Ann Arbor CTN" from the scrolling alphabetical list. Then select "Ann Arbor Government," and press "OK" for the full-screen option.

U-verse customers who experience technical problems accessing these channels should contact AT&T U-verse residential customer technical support at 1.800.288.2020, and indicate "technical support" when asked the reason for the call. Please note: the DVR recording function is not available at this time for Ann Arbor CTN.

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