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A2 City News, February 2018 (PDF), Volume 12, Number 2 (originally distributed Feb. 1, 2018, via email to "resident newsletter: A2 City News" subscribers)
In this issue:
2018 deer management plan completed safely | Parks
graffiti | Idle Free Ann Arbor | Parks
and recreation program registration | AAPD
perception of safety survey | Sustainable Ann Arbor forums | One
Community | A Carbon Price is Right event | AAPD
neighborhood watch meetings | Presidents Day |
Champion trees | Winter-storm ready | Good
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2018 deer management plan completed safely
On Jan. 31, the City of Ann Arbor safely completed the 2018 deer management program, including culling and sterilization activities. All designated parks and nature areas have been reopened to normal operating hours. Sterilization and culling activities were undertaken via an amended special research permit issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
2018 program activities included:
- Sterilization (non-lethal) — From Jan. 2–7, White Buffalo sterilized 18 female deer from three zones in Wards 1 and 2. All sterilized female deer were fitted with numbered ear tags, and one mature doe in each group was radio collared to facilitate future program efforts.
- Lethal — From Jan. 6–31, White Buffalo sharpshooters lethally removed 115 deer from designated parks and nature areas, University of Michigan and Concordia properties and city-selected private parcels with owner consent. All culling operations were completed safely.
The city continues to invest in the collection of data to monitor the impacts of deer management efforts and to provide accurate information for public policy discussion on local deer management activities. During the next few months, the following data collection activities will be completed:
- White Buffalo 2018 Program Results Assessment.
- Dr. Courteau's Browse Damage on Public Property Study.
- Deer Management Program Evaluation Citizen Survey by Michigan State University Research Center.
These data points will assist staff in completing a final deer management 2018 summary report, including lessons learned and potential strategies for 2019. This report is estimated to be completed by July. All final reports and data collection information will be available via the city's deer management web page.
Recently, vandalism in the form of graffiti has been occurring at numerous city parks. Gallup Park, specifically, has seen a significant increase in damage to park benches, tables and restrooms. The graffiti is written in dark-colored marker and requires replacement or repair of park facilities and equipment.
Ann Arbor Police Department detectives continue to investigate. The AAPD, in conjunction with the city parks and recreation department, is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the identity and arrest of any individual damaging park property. Those who see any suspicious activity are encouraged to report it to 911 or immediately notify a park employee.
Residents can submit information by email or by calling 734.794.6939.
Idle free A2
On July 1, 2017, a new idling ordinance (PDF) went into effect in the city of Ann Arbor. The ordinance sets the following idling parameters:
- Commercial vehicles: Five-minute idling limit citywide; and no idling while vehicles are unoccupied.
- Non-commercial vehicles: Five-minute idling limit in signed "no idling" zones; and no idling while vehicles are unoccupied.*
*The ordinance does not impact cars on residential property or in driveways.
Signs around town serve as reminders about this environmentally friendly ordinance. Learn more on the city's Idle Free Ann Arbor web page.
Sign up for spring and summer fun
Registration for spring and summer recreation programs, including summer day camps, with Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation opens Monday, Feb. 5!
The new spring/summer parks and recreation activity guide is now available online. Browse the pages to discover the variety of programming offered for all ages, including swim and golf lessons, log rolling, recreation at the senior center, FootGolf, dive-in movies, river fun at the canoe liveries and so much more. Volunteer opportunities are also available for groups or individuals.
Register online or in person at any parks facility or the parks customer service center at Cobblestone Farm. If you have any questions, please contact parks and recreation customer service via email or call 734.794.6230.
Share your thoughts on safety in the city
The Ann Arbor Police Department wants to know how safe you feel in the city, as well as your degree of concern about potential safety issues. The AAPD perception of safety online survey is anonymous and only takes minutes to complete.
Thank you in advance for sharing your feedback. Your input will help the AAPD provide the best possible service to the community.
Sustainable Ann Arbor forums
Join the conversation about sustainability as the City of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor District Library present the seventh annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. Monthly through April, a panel of local experts will engage the community in discussions about local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. The forums take place 7–8:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave., and offer information and tips for living more sustainably.
The January forum focused on electric vehicles; and the next forum, Thursday, Feb. 8, will examine ways to measure and track the success of sustainability programs. John Mirsky, executive policy advisor for sustainability for the Ann Arbor city administrator, will moderate this forum; and panelists will be:
- Emily Drennen, Sustainability Associate for the City of Ann Arbor.
- Jessica Slomka, Manager of National Center for Sustainability Standards for NSF.
- Andrew Berki, Director of the University of Michigan Office of Campus Sustainability.
The Thursday, March 8 forum will explore what it means to be an engaged citizen in a sustainable community; and the final forum of the 2018 series, Thursday, April 12, will focus on the lifecycle of water in Ann Arbor, complete with a Jeopardy-style water trivia game (with prizes).
The forums are free to attend. Visit the city website for more information.
"One Community: Advancing Racial Equity in Ann Arbor & Washtenaw County" is the new City of Ann Arbor–Washtenaw County initiative launched recently to create a just and equitable community for all county residents. Learn more on the initiative's website, and watch the overview video.
A Carbon Price is Right event
Last August, Ann Arbor City Council adopted a resolution to support carbon fee and dividend (Resolution 17-314). Now, a free event, a Carbon Price is Right: Harnessing the Market to Drive Down Carbon Emissions, will bring together a panel of experts to explore carbon pricing, methods to reduce carbon emissions and how they might affect our economy. The event takes place Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7–8:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, and is being presented by the Citizens' Climate Lobby, together with the City of Ann Arbor, AADL, University of Michigan Energy Institute and the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability.
The event's moderator Dr. will be Knute Nadelhoffer, U-M school of ecology and evolutionary biology; and panelists will include Dr. Barry Rabe, U-M school of public policy; Dr. Sam Stopler, U-M school of environment and sustainability; and Dr. Lisa DelBuono of the Citizens' Climate Lobby. All are welcome to attend.
Attend a neighborhood watch meeting with the 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.
Meetings will be held throughout the city; and residents and businesses are encouraged to attend the meeting closest to them for information specific to their neighborhoods (PDF).
- Westside Area Meeting — Forsythe Middle School Media Center, 1655 Newport Road, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.
- Northeast Area Meeting — Logan Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 2685 Traver Road, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.
- Downtown and Southeast area meetings will be scheduled later in the year.
Future meeting information for other areas of the city will be shared on the city's social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) as well as online calendar, www.a2gov.org/calendar.
Municipal offices, including the customer service center at Larcom City Hall, will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19. Trash/recycling collection will continue as regularly scheduled, with no delays.
Locate and learn about Ann Arbor's Champion Trees
In a city known for its urban forest, and which has been designated a Tree City USA since 1981, it makes sense that Ann Arbor also recognizes and celebrates its trees. The city's Champion Tree program was created in 1995 to identify and catalog the largest tree of each species within the city. Champion Tree status is determined based on a point system calculated using measurements of the tree's circumference, height and one-quarter crown spread. The tree with the highest point total becomes the champion for that species.
The Champion Tree list was recently reviewed, and trees were verified, re-measured and photographed. The updated list of 55 unique species can be found at www.a2gov.org/champtrees. Visit the site, and explore the interactive map which provides the species, size and location as well as the environmental, social and economic benefits of each tree.
Be winter-storm ready
When a winter storm is in the forecast (it's safe to expect A2 will get at least one more), will you be ready? Check out these tips from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency, and be prepared for storms, and the extremely cold temperatures and power outages that can accompany.
Assemble or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, water, food, prescription medication, cash, first aid supplies and extra clothing, blankets or sleeping bags to stay warm. Your kit should have enough supplies to last for at least three days.
Make sure to have alternative charging methods for your phone and any device that requires power. For more information and tips, visit Get Tech Ready.
If you rely on power-dependent medical devices, determine a back-up plan. For more planning information tips, visit the ready.gov "individuals with disabilities" page.
Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
Keep your car's gas tank full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
If you use your car to recharge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, or close to your home; this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide. If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh-air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
Only use generators outside, away from your home, and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage or connect it to your home's electrical system. For more information about generators visit, the Department of Energy "generator safety" web page.
Visit Ready.gov for more tips on how to prepare for a winter power outage.
Ann Arbor has been named 2018's seventh Best Midsize City for Football Fans by WalletHub.com. Read more online.
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