The city of Ann Arbor has announced that a special session of the city council, scheduled for 4 p.m. today (Dec. 10) in the fourth floor jury room of the Justice Center, instead will take place in the regular second floor city council chambers inside city hall. The purpose of the special session is to consider a resolution asking Gov. Rick Snyder to veto recently passed regional transit legislation and send it back to the legislature for amendment – to exclude Washtenaw County from the four-county regional transit authority, which also includes the counties of Macomb, Wayne and Oakland, and the city of Detroit.
The change of location was motivated by a desire to make the meeting more accessible to the public – because the Justice Center location would have required people to undergo airport-style security checks and would have prevented people from bringing electronic devices, including cell phones, into the building. A budget planning session, originally scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Justice Center, will still take place in the Justice Center, following the conclusion of the special session.
From the text of the email sent by city staff: “The room location of the Special Session will be moved to the Council Chambers. The room location change of the Special Session will be posted in City Hall and the Justice Center. Signs will be posted. The Council Planning Session will start in the Jury Assembly Room of the Justice Center as soon as the Special Session ends. Staff will be in both buildings to help guide anyone looking for one or both of the meetings. CTN’s [Community Television Network] availability for the Special Session is being determined and we will advise as soon as we receive confirmation.”
Updated at 12:35 p.m.: CTN coverage is now indicated to be available.
City hall is located at 301 E. Huron, at the corner of Huron and North Fifth Avenue.