Archived News Release: February 1, 2022 - Due to the National Weather Service Winter Storm Warning that is in effect Wednesday morning through Thursday evening, all non-emergency City of Ann Arbor government buildings, including Parks and Recreation facilities, will be closed from 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 until 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4. Safety services and utility operations will maintain 24-hour schedules throughout.
Impacts to other city operations:
15th Judicial District Court will be closed from 8 a.m. on
Wednesday, Feb. 2 until 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4. Please note that cases set on
Magistrate Tamara Garwood’s dockets on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 will be heard as
scheduled via Zoom. Additionally, cases set before Judge Miriam A. Perry on
Feb. 2 at 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. will be heard as scheduled via Zoom. All
other scheduled events for Feb. 2 and 3 will be rescheduled by the court to
later dates, and notices will be sent by mail with more information to those
affected. Please check the court’s website for further information: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/15D/Pages/default.aspx.
Trash and recycling curbside collections will not be affected.
Board and Commission meetings will be cancelled this week on Wednesday and Thursday.
Rental housing and building services inspections will be suspended on Wednesday, Feb. 2, Thursday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 4 (unless otherwise communicated on the city website and social media channels). Inspectors will be contacting homeowners and businesses who had inspections scheduled during this time and alerting them of the cancellation. Staff will be working to make other arrangements to reschedule the following week, at the customer's convenience, or conducting the inspection virtually if able.
* Warming center information is available from the Washtenaw County Health Department and Office of Community and Economic Development. For more information and updates, visit https://www.washtenaw.org/2789/Winter-Warming-Centers.
During the storm, the public is urged to limit travel on roadways whenever possible. The public is also encouraged to take advantage of the city's online services when possible, including payments for water bills, property taxes, parking tickets, applications for dog licenses, permits, etc. See the "services" webpage (https://www.a2gov.org/services/Pages/Home.aspx) for details and also the "contact" webpage (https://www.a2gov.org/contact/pages/contactus.aspx) for how to reach city departments.
Please note the following snow clearing information:
All available public works technicians are assisting in the city's 24-hour snow response effort. Until snow accumulation stops, snow clearing efforts are focused on clearing major roads, and residential streets will remain snow covered. Blowing snow could require re-plowing of major roads that would otherwise be clear.
A storm of this magnitude will slow the city's ability to meet the 24-hour removal goal. City crews will get all roadways and bike lanes clear and then work on additional clean up.
The city understands the frustration caused when plows push snow onto extensions, driveways or sidewalks, however, this is an inevitable part of plowing operations during large snow events.
Residents are being asked to move cars off the street. Vehicles left on the street greatly impact the ability to plow the street curb-to-curb and can pose a safety issues from narrow travel lanes. In addition, vehicles left on the streets could be blocked in by snow.
* Downtown Development Authority is offering free parking to all city residents at the Ann/Ashley parking structure Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 8 a.m.-end of day Saturday, Feb. 5. Residents must provide the attendant (in person or automated) with their city address upon exiting the structure.
- * If you have a fire hydrant nearby, and you're out clearing snow from your driveway and sidewalk, please also clear a 3-foot area around the hydrant, if you're able. Please also clear a path to the hydrant from the street. This is a great service to firefighters in case of emergency.
The city thanks residents for their cooperation in the collective efforts to keep roadways and sidewalks safe. Please look to the city's website, www.a2gov.org, and social media channels for any updates as needed — Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheCityOfAnnArbor), Twitter (https://twitter.com/a2gov) and NextDoor.
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