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A2 City News, September 2018​​​​ (PDF), Volume 12, Number 9 (originally distributed Aug. 31, 2018, via email to "resident newsletter: A2 City News" subscribers)​

In this issue: 

Labor Day  |  New assistant city administrator  |  Downtown beat officers  |  Street safety  |  Parks & Rec registration  |  AAPD on CTN  |  Neighborhood watch meetings  |  Be prepared for emergencies  |  Permanent absent voter list  |  U-M football-related road closures and parking restrictions  |  Good news  |  Master composter class  |  Care for street trees

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Labor Day

There will be no trash, recycling or compost collection services in the city of Ann Arbor on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. 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. 8.

What is open in the city on the holiday weekend? While Labor Day weekend is the last chance to swim outdoors at Buhr and Veterans Memorial park pool, Fuller Park Pool will remain open beyond the holiday, through Sunday, Sept. 16. The city's Mack Indoor Pool will also open Tuesday, Sept. 4! Learn more about swimming in the city at

Also be sure to check out the other activities in the Ann Arbor parks, such as golf or canoeing, kayaking, tubing and so much more.

New assistant city administrator

Ann Arbor is welcoming new Assistant City Administrator John Fournier, who joins the city staff Sept. 4. Fournier, a southeast Michigan native, comes to Ann Arbor after serving as the director of on-street and metered parking for the Pittsburgh Parking Authority since 2016. He also served as the deputy chief of staff for the office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto from 2014-2016, as well as the chief of staff for Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak from 2010-2012. 

The City of Ann Arbor ACA is a new executive-level position that reports directly to the city administrator. Serving as both as the “second in command" and chief of staff for the city administrator's office, this role's focus is also on the coordination of internal functions, government relations, serving as an ombudsperson to address individual and business concerns and working with resident groups.

Officers return to downtown beat

Beginning in September, the Ann Arbor Police Department is bringing back the beat to patrol the city's downtown area. AAPD has appointed officers Murdock and Van Alstine to patrol the “downtown beat." The officers will often be on bicycle or foot and will provide a more visible, approachable police presence. They will also develop and maintain contacts with residents, business associations and community groups; involve the community in problem solving efforts; develop strategies to reduce crime and violence; and help to improve the overall quality of life on their beat.

AAPD is re-establishing the “downtown beat" in response to the public's and AAPD's desire to connect with the community it serves. The staffing for these assignments will come from a reallocation of existing resources, and no additional positions will be requested.

Visit the city's website to learn more.

A2 Be Safe … and street savvy

Schools are starting back in session, summer vacations are ending, and the streets of Ann Arbor are again bustling with more vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. This is the ideal timing to remind all who travel around the city, via any mode, of the role we all play in helping 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.
  • Residents, please be sure to keep vegetation on your property trimmed to allow for safe passage on sidewalks and proper visibility near crosswalks. If you see vegetation obstructing visibility, please report to the city via the A2 Fix It app or online.
  • Bicyclists, ride on the road when possible — and obey the traffic signals. Use bike lanes when available. To report vehicles parked in marked bike lanes, please call the police nonemergency phone number at 734.994.2911.
  • 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. (And thank you for not parking in bike lanes!)
  • Another one for motorists: Are you sharing the road with a school bus? Whether you are driving on a two-lane roadway (with or without a center turning lane) or a four-lane roadway (without a median separation), all traffic in both directions must stop when a bus stops for passengers.

In addition, go online to find information regarding specific State of Michigan laws on school buses and other safety tips

Parks and recreation fun for all seasons

Just because fall and winter are approaching doesn't mean fun with Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation comes to a close. A variety of programming and events are available 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. 

Registrat​ion 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. 

A special event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, 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.


A new video produced by CTN highlights the dedication and enthusiasm the Ann Arbor Police Department has for serving our city. Hear directly from some of Ann Arbor's finest why there's no other city they would rather protect. 

Neighborhood watch meetings with AAPD

The Ann Arbor Police Department is inviting residents and businesses in the city to attend a Neighborhood Watch Community Meeting. AAPD will share information about police department programs and changes within the department; area-specific crime statistics; prevention tips; and how to stay informed and get involved. These meetings will also provide the opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns.

The next meeting is scheduled for Ann Arbor's downtown neighborhood Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m. at Tappan Middle School media center (2251 E. Stadium). Next month, AAPD will meet with southeast area neighbors, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m. at Bryant School multipurpose room (2150 Santa Rosa Drive).

Questions about the neighborhood watch meetings? Contact AAPD's Jamie Giordano via email or at 734.794.6900 ext. 49528.

Are you ready?

September is National Preparedness Month, and is urging all to take this opportunity to focus on readiness. With this year's theme — Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. — some practical, but crucial, ways individuals and families can be prepared are being shared, should disaster strike. These tips include:

  • Take time to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid.
  • Review your insurance policies and coverage for hazards that could occur, such as floods and tornados. 
  • Be aware of costs that may be associated with disaster recovery, and start saving for an emergency. 
  • Know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off your water and gas services. 
  • Sign up to get notified about dangerous weather hazards like flooding and other emergencies with the city's emergency notification system, CodeRED™. 

Learn more preparedness tips at

Permanent absent voter list

Registered voters who qualify and regularly vote by absentee ballot, including residents over age 60, can sign up to automatically receive absentee ballot applications by mail for each election. Applications will be sent to those on this permanent list six to eight weeks prior to each election. 

In order to receive a ballot, voters on the permanent list must still complete and sign the application each election. The next Election Day in the city is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Call 734.794.6140 or email the Ann Arbor City Clerk's Office for more information or to sign up.

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. 8; and on-street parking restrictions will be in place 8 a.m. Sept. 8 to midnight on Sept. 8/9. 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.

Good news

  • The online apartment search website Apartment List's recent survey of 45,000 of their renters has yielded positive results for Ann Arbor. Renters gave A2 an A+ rating overall, with the highest-rated categories being safety and low crime, quality of local schools, public transit, pet-friendliness, social life and recreational activities. Learn more
  • Ann Arbor tops the list of the 101 Best College Towns in America for 2018, according to online research site HomeSnacks. Rea​d ​all about it

  • Seeking calm surroundings? Apparently, Ann Arbor is the place to be. The city checks in at No. 9 on SmartAsset's list of the Top 10 Least Stressed Cities Nationwide. Sit back, relax, and read on​ … 

Michigan Master Composter Certification class

Do you want to transform yard debris and kitchen scraps into a nutrient-rich, natural soil amendment? Identify your own soil profile? Learn hot composting techniques? Create low-maintenance, low-waste yards? Visit large- and small-scale compost operations? Know how to compost with red worms? Make compost teas? Use cover crops, green manures and living mulch? These topics — and more — are being covered by a range of presenters at the Michigan Master Composter Certification class. 

Michigan Master Composter certification is available for students who attend classes, pass the take-home exam and complete at least 10 volunteer hours. The details:

Seven-week workshop: Thursdays, Sept. 27 to Nov. 8 | Cost $59 | 6–8:30 p.m. | Pioneer High School, 1515 S. 7th St., Ann Arbor 48103, with two off-site tours. See full class details on the Project Grow Community Gardens website.

The Michigan Master Composter class is offered by Project Grow Community Gardens and Washtenaw County Public Works through the Ann Arbor Public Schools Rec & Ed program. Class registration is posted online; search on “Master Composter."  

 For more information on composting in the city of Ann Arbor, visit

Caring for street trees

New street trees are particularly susceptible to drought conditions. Please help them thrive with these tree-care tips.  


  • Water once a week during the first two summers, then water once a month the next two summers. If it has rained at least 1 inch during the week, watering is not necessary. 
  • Water deeply so the water can soak down to the root system (12–18 inches). The soil should be moist but not soggy. 
  • A good watering is 15 gallons applied slowly with a soaker hose or a hose on a slow trickle for approximately 30 minutes, within the mulched area around tree. 


  • Maintain a 3-inch thick mulch/wood chip ring around the base of the tree, not touching the trunk. “Mulch volcanos" can kill a tree. 
  • The mulch ring will help retain soil moisture, improve soil quality, impede weeds and protect the tree from weed whip and mower damage. 
  • Avoid spraying any broad-leaf weed killers near the base of the tree.  
  • Keep weed whips and lawn mowers away from the trunk. 
  • New street trees, planted by Margolis Nursery in fall 2017 and spring 2018, are watered every other week by Margolis. Please assist by supplementing their watering during hot and dry weather.

For more information on street-tree care, visit the city's website.

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