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A2 City News​, September​ 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ (PDF), Volume 14, Number 9 (ori​ginally distributed Sept. 1, 2020, via email to "re​​​sident newsletter: A2 City News" subscribers​​)​​​​​

Next steps in the ​​city administrator search process

The city is continuing in its process to hire a new city administrator. Following are the next steps.

1. Community members can submit questions they would like the current city administrator candidates to answer. Candidates will record answers to questions, which will be available to view Wednesday, Sept. 9, via the city administrator search webpage at https://www.a2gov.org/Pages/City-Administrator-Candidate-Search.aspx.

2. Community members can sign up to meet the candidates in a small-group online Zoom meeting by submitting an online form. The schedule for the candidate small-group online meetings is:

  • Cara Pavlicek — Thursday, Sept. 3, 2–4 p.m.
  • Tom Crawford — Friday, Sept. 4, 2–4 p.m.
  • Eric Wobser — Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2–4 p.m.

To submit candidate questions or to participate in the small-group online meetings, please complete the online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-k1MSfChIc6wXkjoeAvukK57xEt1bU09MYDaJ5hMMKzoIZg/viewform?usp=send_form.

Process updates will continue to be shared, as available, on the city administrator search webpage at https://www.a2gov.org/Pages/City-Administrator-Candidate-Search.aspx.

Labor D​​ay

There will be no trash, recycling or compost collection services in the city of Ann Arbor on Labor Day, Monday, Sept.7. 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. 12.

What will be open in the city on the holiday weekend? Check out the activities in the Ann Arbor parks, such as golf (http://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/play/Pages/Golf.aspx), canoeing and kayaking (http://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/play/Pages/Canoeing.aspx) and the farmers market (https://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/parks-places/farmers-market/Pages/default.aspx).​

Quality W​​ater Matters September issue

The September issue of A2H2O: Quality Water Matters includes important updates about the passage of state PFAS regulations and August testing data. Read on at https://www.a2gov.org/departments/water-treatment/PublishingImages/Pages/default/quality_water_matters_newsletter_2020_sept.pdf.

Ordinance in effect requires masks ​​and distancing

A temporary emergency ordinance is in effect in Ann Arbor that reflects Governor Whitmer's orders requiring masks and the Washtenaw County Health Department's orders limiting social gatherings — indoors to a maximum of 10 people and outdoors a maximum of 25. The intent of the ordinance, passed by Ann Arbor City Council Aug. 24, 2020, is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by requiring the wearing of face coverings and limiting the size of gatherings in the city. This ordinance is enacted for the purpose of protecting the public health, safety and welfare, and states enactment of this ordinance is further intended to bring the city into alignment with policies expressed by the University of Michigan as students return to campus for the fall semester.

Violations of the city's ordinance are a civil infraction punishable with a fine of no less than $100 and no more than $250. Learn more at https://www.a2gov.org/news/pages/article.aspx?i=722.

Share input on food sustainabilit​​y

An online informational meeting will take place Thursday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m., for the Leslie Park Food Forest Project that is being proposed by a citizen coalition interested in advancing food security and sustainability solutions. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share thoughts on the proposed project. The webinar will be hosted online:

Join Zoom Meeting: https://a2gov.zoom.us/j/91031228690?pwd=aVlsK1E3cllHekc3aDY1dmsvMlZFQT09

Meeting ID: 910 3122 8690

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Find your local number: https://a2gov.zoom.us/u/aewRWcdtCl

For additional information on this project, visit https://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/parks-places/Pages/LesliePark.aspx.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in public meetings. Citizens requiring accommodations may contact the Ann Arbor 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. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests, but it may be difficult to accommodate requests made with less than two business days' notice.

Last chance to pl​​​ay FootGolf

Check out the end-of-season FootGolf event at Huron Hills Golf Course, Monday, Sept. 7 (https://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/play/Pages/FootGolf.aspx)! The rate to play is just $5 per player, and there is a four-person maximum per reservation. Participants must bring their own ball. Call 734.794.6246 to reserve a time. FootGolf will not be offered in 2021 due to a construction project at HHGC, so be sure to get out and play by Sept. 7.

Good ne​ws

TravelAwaits has named Leslie Park Golf Course one of the top 10 public courses in Michigan. The LPGC staff takes pride in its customer service standards and attention to detail, including maintenance of the greens to keep them in pristine playing condition for all. Learn more at https://www.travelawaits.com/2552841/best-public-golf-courses-in-michigan/; or book a tee time, and see for yourself at http://www.a2gov.org/LPGCteetimes.

Be connecte​d

Find out about emergencies and incidents as they happen. The City of Ann Arbor has discontinued CodeRED and now uses a new emergency notification system to make sure you know about issues that may affect your safety. Powered by Everbridge, and joining Washtenaw County, this system allows the city to contact thousands of residents in seconds via phone, email or text. Please sign up for emergency notifications from the City of Ann Arbor at www.washtenaw.org/alerts (https://member.everbridge.net/454514914099298/login). It only takes minutes to enroll! 

Be pre​pared

Being prepared before the unexpected happens can make a dramatic difference in the ability to cope with and recover from a disaster. The Michigan State Police MIREADY site, https://www.michigan.gov/miready, covers a wide range of emergencies, from weather related to pandemic, and everything in between.

The MIREADY Family preparedness guide, https://www.michigan.gov/documents/familypreparedness_color_62898_7.pdf, provides practical, vital information to know before, during and to recover from emergencies and also includes worksheets for emergency planning, contacts, a home hazard hunt activity and a preparedness checklist. The guide also shares internet safety information, which is particularly important as many students begin the school year online.

In addition, September is National Preparedness Month, and ready.gov is putting a special focus on readiness with the 2020 theme: Disasters don't wait. Make your plan today, https://www.ready.gov/september

As the coronavirus could present additional challenges to readiness, ready.gov, https://www.ready.gov/september, provides some practical ways individuals and families can be organized in advance of unforeseen disasters. Some things to consider:

  • Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control coronavirus recommendations. For instance, include cloth face coverings (for everyone over 2 years old) and disinfectants in your emergency kit; and check local shelter availability, as changes may have occurred over the last six months.
  • Check your insurance coverage.
  • Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards.

Visit ready.gov for more information: https://www.ready.gov/september.

These resources can help you be in charge and in control should an emergency occur.

Be counted: It's​​ your last chance for 10 years!

Ann Arbor's self-response to the 2020 Census is currently at 74.1%. That percentage may be beating the Buckeyes and Spartans (Columbus, Ohio, and East Lansing both at 61.6%), but it's just behind the Badgers (Madison, Wisconsin, at 74.6%). Do you know who else has the city's 2020 self-response rate beat so far? 2010 Ann Arborites! Ann Arbor achieved a 75.8% response rate during the 2010 Census, so there's still some ground to cover.

While coronavirus has undoubtedly played a role in the 2020 rate, the census is easier to fill out this time around than it has ever been before since now the form's nine questions can be answered at https://2020census.gov. Responses can also be received by phone 7 a.m.–2 a.m. Eastern Time every day in English (844.330.2020) and in 12 other languages (https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html); or on paper by mailing back the form that was sent to homes in April.

The 2020 Census will conclude Wednesday, Sept. 30. Please respond today at https://2020census.gov, and don't let our community miss out on much-needed funding for roads, healthcare, food assistance and education as well as political representation. Our community depends on you.

What to wa​​​tch on CTN

Ann Arbor Inclusive — Sarah Duyck and Keith McGregor of the Deaf Blind Program at Leader Dogs for the Blind discuss the history of the program, the training process, how to apply and how clients and dogs are matched. Learn more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0Qg5KU9ac4.

Adventures in Parenthood — Local children's author and retired school teacher, Rosemary Schimmel, discusses her life and what led her to write The Way To Be From A To Z. Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18d0RiL367U&t=159s.

FYI — Loretta Tobolske-Horn, early intervention supervisor with Washtenaw Intermediate School District, and Michelle Pogliano, supervisor of the preschool program at Ann Arbor Public Schools, explain the online learning advantages of the Build Up Michigan program, Thrive From Home for preschool-aged children; and get fresh food straight from local farmers by joining a community supported agriculture program through the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Tune in for more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuOP1kYAkhs&t=114s.

Ann Arbor Fire Department Station Tour and Gear — Tour the Ann Arbor Fire Department Station No. 1 and learn about the gear they use to keep our community safe at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmP37hC-qcI&t=4s.

Green Room — Rebecca Esselman, executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council, discusses microplastic pollution in our waterways. Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5clOaMxbYg&t=347s.​​

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Special ​​​Accommodati​​​​ons

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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