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A2 City News, September 2017 (PDF), Volume 11, Number 9 (originally distributed Sept. 1, 2017, via email to "resident newsletter: A2 City News" subscribers)
In this issue:
Labor Day | Hazard mitigation planning | Ann Arbor Economic Development Summit | A2 Be Safe | Dog swim | UAP grand opening | Farmers market | PARK(ing) Day | National Preparedness Month | Fall/winter parks and recreation registration | Bicycle Friendly Ann Arbor survey | Game day road closures | Good news | AAPD awards
Labor Day schedule
There will be no trash, recycling or compost collection services in the city of Ann Arbor on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. The Monday pickups will occur on Tuesday, and the rest of the collections will occur one day later throughout the week. The normal Friday routes will be serviced on Saturday, Sept. 9.
What is open in the city on the holiday weekend? It's the last chance to swim outdoors at Buhr and Veterans Memorial park pool. But your fondness for swimming doesn't have to be dampened. For the first time, Fuller Park Pool will remain open beyond the holiday, through Sunday, Sept. 17. The city's Mack Indoor Pool will also open Tuesday, Sept. 5! Learn more about swimming in the city at www.a2gov.org/pools.
Also be sure to check out the other activities in the Ann Arbor parks, such as golf or canoeing, kayaking or tubing.
Hazard mitigation planning process continues with survey and Sept. 11 meeting
The city is encouraging participation in its hazard mitigation planning process. A second public meeting will take place Monday, Sept. 11 6-7 p.m. in the Larcom City Hall basement conference room (301 E. Huron St.). This is an opportunity for the pubic to be involved in the planning process and for individuals to learn more about potential hazards that may impact the city.
Have input for the plan update process to share now? A survey is currently open until this Sunday, Sept. 3. The information provided via the survey and all outreach efforts will help the city better understand hazard concerns and help identify mitigation activities that should help lessen the impact of future hazard events.
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. Please go online for details.
Local leaders to discuss quality of life in A2
The Ann Arbor Economic Development Summit will take place 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, bringing community leaders together to discuss the future of affordability and quality of life in Ann Arbor. Representatives will attend from the private, non-profit and public sectors of our community, including the University of Michigan. The event will be held at Palmer Commons on the U-M campus and is open to the public. Seating for up to 60 will be provided on a first-come basis.
Summit topics for discussion may include:
- How does the University of Michigan enhance Ann Arbor's business community?
- What do the private and non-profit sectors need from the City of Ann Arbor?
- What are the barriers to private sector job growth?
- What elements of economic development can the City of Ann Arbor positively impact?
- What does our community at large need from the City of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan?
Please go online for more information.
A2 Be Safe … and street savvy
The streets of Ann Arbor are bustling even more with vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians now that schools are starting back and residents are returning from summer vacations. This the ideal timing for the reminder to help A2 Be Safe! Check out the tips and resources on the city website to help ensure safe travels for all, including:
- Pedestrians, cross at marked crosswalks, and make sure to give motorists enough time to see you and stop.
- Bicyclists, ride on the road when possible — and obey the traffic signals. Use bike lanes when available.
- Motorists, be extra alert at crosswalks, and stop when pedestrians are present to cross. Drivers should also give bicyclists at least 5 feet of space on the road.
In addition, go online to find information regarding specific State of Michigan laws on school buses and other safety tips. l
The city is also continuing to improve pedestrian safety on roads around town by installing rectangular rapid flashing beacons at eight additional crosswalks. RRFBs are pedestrian-activated signals that alert drivers to yield to pedestrians. These new locations include:
- Eisenhower Parkway at Plaza Road in front of Briarwood Mall.
- Ellsworth Road west of Jonathan Court.
- Fuller Road at Fuller Park, near the VA Hospital and also University of Michigan north campusd.
- Packard Road at Woodmanor Court between Cobblestone Farm and Mary Beth Doyle Park.
- Platt Road north of Williamsburg Road.
- Scio Church Road at Greenview Drive.
- West Stadium Boulevard near Greenview Drive.
- West Stadium Boulevard near Kay Parkway.
Register for the dog swim
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.
Universal Access Playground to Open with Sept. 17 Celebration
Gallup Park will soon feature a new playground that can be enjoyed by all children, regardless of ability or limitations. The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor chose to recognize their 100-year anniversary by providing funding for the Centennial Playground Project, a Universal Access Playground (UAP) which will offer all children opportunities for fun like never before, to gain self-confidence as well as greater independence. Additionally, caregivers with disabilities will have the chance for their children to play, where they, too, can engage, supervise and interact together.
Grand opening festivities begin at 3 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the playground site and guest speakers. Other activities will include live music, animals from Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum educational activities, a fishing area for kids and more! Guests can bring a picnic dinner and a blanket/chairs, or purchase refreshments from one of several food truck vendors.
Go online for further information about the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, and for a map and detailed information about the grand opening schedule of events.
New farmers market app to launch
Have you ever wondered which vendors are featured and what produce is in peak season at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market? Market hours? The best places to park? A new website and mobile app will soon make your farmers market experience better than ever. The new app/site will launch Sept. 16. Become a fan of the Ann Arbor Farmers Market on Facebook for updates.
In the meantime … visit the market in person (315 Detroit St.) Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Enjoy late-summer corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, nectarines and more. Get into the fall spirit with newly arrived squash and pumpkins, apples, carrots and greens — not to mention all of the other amazing products the market has to offer.
And, as if more reasons to visit the market are needed, the Wednesday, Sept. 6 Food Truck Rally, 5–8 p.m., will feature live music from Eyes Unclouded, kids activities and 14 trucks/carts serving up good eats. The market is excited to be partnering with Zero Waste Washtenaw for this event to drastically cut down on trash. Want to help out? Ann Arbor GIVE 365 is looking for volunteers to assist with setup, take down, the GIVE 365 kid's activity area, the water station and Zero Waste stations. Two shifts are available: 4:30–6:30 p.m. and 6–9 p.m. Come with a smile and eagerness to help! Go online for further details, or call 734.794.6445.
Downtown Ann Arbor will be minus two parking spaces this month. This temporary "reduction" is for Park(ing) Day, an annual global event where metered parking spaces are transformed into public spaces. It's an initiative to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.
Designed and built by employees of SmithGroupJJR, a local planning and landscape architecture firm, Park(ing) Day will be established in two metered parking spaces in downtown Ann Arbor Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Watch the Ann Arbor Greenbelt Facebook page for details.
Do you have a plan?
When it comes to preparing for emergencies, it's important to keep in mind, "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can." September is National Preparedness Month, a time to plan and prepare for emergencies that could affect us where we live, work and also where we visit.
According to the Michigan State Police, emergency management division, all households should be self-reliant for at least three days with an emergency preparedness kit on hand supplied with food, water and medications. During an emergency or disaster, MSP/EMHSD warns critical services — such as electricity, water service or access to grocery stores — can be impacted, and response for police, fire and rescue personnel could be significantly delayed.
Does your family know how to get in touch with one another if a disaster strikes? Do you have the essentials in your emergency kit ready in case of an emergency? Learn preparedness tips at www.ready.gov/september.
Parks and recreation fun for all seasons
Participate in fall and winter classes and activities offered through City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation! Registration is underway. Browse the new activity guide online; or paper copies of the guide are available at all parks facilities, Larcom City Hall and Ann Arbor District Library locations.
Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation offers a variety of programming for all ages including ice skating lessons and hockey, swimming lessons and log rolling, music and arts events and activities and so much more. Volunteer opportunities are also available for groups or individuals.
A special event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, 1–2:30 p.m. to say thank you to all who enjoy the ice arena at Veterans Memorial Park. The Customer Appreciation Skate will provide free skating admission with every $3 skate rental and complimentary refreshments.
If you have any questions, please visit parks and recreation online or contact parks at 734.794.6230.
How bicycle friendly is Ann Arbor?
In early August, the City of Ann Arbor began working with the community to complete an application for the League of American Bicyclists "Bicycle Friendly Community Award." The process kicked off with a public meeting Aug. 3 to gather input.
Now, to further help in the application process, residents are being asked to respond to a survey from the League of American Bicyclists to gather local bicyclists' experiences with bicycling in Ann Arbor. The survey will remain open through Saturday, Sept. 30.
This survey will provide context for the review team in their award decision-making process, as well as provide valuable feedback to the city.
The 2017 Bicycle Friendly Community Awards will be announced in November. Ann Arbor earned a Silver designation by the league in 2013.
Go online for more information on this effort.
Football road closures and parking restrictions
University of Michigan football season is upon us, which will again bring about game-day Main Street closures and on-street parking restrictions in the stadium area. The first home football game is scheduled for noon Saturday, Sept. 9; and on-street parking restrictions will be in place 8 a.m. Sept. 9 to midnight on Sept. 9/10. Go online for a map and details. See also the football game schedule on the University of Michigan website.
Planning to attend a game? Keep up with road and lane closures in Ann Arbor, whether due to construction or special events, via the city website.
Ann Arbor Community Television Network has again been recognized with multiple honors in the annual Philo T. Farnsworth Video Awards. Empowerment/Inspirational: Finalist – "Experience CTN: Jim Novak"; Magazine Program: Finalist – "FYI 2017," Dana Denha; Student Division: Winner – "Camp TV Summer 2016", CTN & AAPS REC&ED; Music Video (TV OR Web): Student Division, Winner – "Summer Camp Music Video: Tear In My Heart,", CTN & Neutral Zone.
At a recent awards ceremony, the Ann Arbor Police Department recognized the best of its best over the past two years, as well as the dozens more celebrating 10 or more years of service. Congratulations, and thank you to the following.
Officer of the Year
Command Officer of the Year
Jeanette Jerore (Meritorious Award)
Jeff Robinson (2)
Ryan Scott (2)
Andrew Stephenson (2)
Dave Monroe (2)
Danielle Bye (3)
Kevin Warner (3)
Rob Schneider (2)
Shellielynn Mathis (3) (Meritorious Award)
Administrative Excellence Award
Professional Excellence Award
John Gilbee (Meritorious Award)
Roman Morrow (2)
Life Saving Award, Injury Award
Gaye Limon Award
Chief's Civilian Award
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