At its Sept. 6, 2011 meeting, the Ann Arbor city council approved a $120,000 change to its fiscal year 2012 budget to include an expenditure from its major street fund to reconstruct the pedestrian bridge in the Lansdowne neighborhood, connecting Morehead and Delaware drives. The bridge is located in Ward 4.
A bid to postpone the measure by Tony Derezinski (Ward 2) failed to gain support from any other councilmember.
The bridge has been a topic of neighborhood concern dating back at least to the 2010 Ward 4 Democratic primary race between Margie Teall and Jack Eaton, a race won by the incumbent Teall. The neighborhood association owns the structures under the bridge (a “weir” or short dam-like structure), while the city owns the bridge itself. Based on remarks from a candidate forum from that year, the pedestrian bridge has now been out of service for about three years.
The resolution altering the major street fund budget was sponsored by Ward 4 councilmembers Teall and Marcia Higgins.
This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron. A more detailed report will follow: [link]