Pile of phone books in plastic bags, dumped outside entrance to apartment building. [photo]
Dennis McDougal and Jeanette Spencer have been appointed to the Washtenaw Community Health Organization (WCHO) board for terms ending March 31, 2016. The county board of commissioners made the appointments in a unanimous vote at their March 6, 2013 meeting.
The Washtenaw Community Health Organization (WCHO) is a partnership between Washtenaw County and the University of Michigan Health System. Each institution appoints six members to the board. The partnership focuses on providing services to children and adults with mental or emotional health disorders, substance abuse problems or developmental disabilities.
The organization is in transition following the sudden death of Patrick Barrie, the former WCHO executive director who died in late 2012. WCHO also recently relocated its offices to the county-owned 705 …
On a unanimous vote, Washtenaw County commissioners gave initial approval to setting a $75 fee for the county’s training course to certify drinking water operators. The action came at the board’s March 6, 2013 meeting. There was no discussion on this item. A final vote is expected on March 20.
Entities with drinking water supplies or places that use certain water treatment processes – like factories or schools – are required by the state to have certified operators. Until the end of 2013, the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) reimbursed local health departments that offered these training courses, paying $75 for each certified operator who attended. Those funds will no longer be provided. The Washtenaw County public health department plans …
The Washtenaw County board of commissioners unanimously gave initial approval to the county public health department’s plan of organization, as mandated by the state of Michigan. The action took place at the board’s March 6, 2013 meeting, without discussion. A final vote is expected on March 20. [.pdf plan of organization]
State law requires that the county submit a plan of organization every three years to the Michigan Department of Public Health. The 103-page document outlines the county health departments legal responsibilities and authority; the department’s organization, vision, mission and values statement; community partnerships; services, locations and hours of operation; reporting and evaluation procedures; and procedures for approving the county’s health officer and medical director. In Washtenaw County, the health …
The Ann Arbor city council has called a special session for March 11, 2013 starting at 6 p.m. in city council chambers at 301 E. Huron St.
The purpose of the special meeting is to go into closed session to discuss written attorney-client privileged communication. One possibility for the topic the council will cover in the closed session relates to a possible moratorium on site plan review for D1-zoned areas of the downtown, which the council has considered but postponed at its two most recent meetings.
The council already had a budget work session scheduled for the same time. So the budget work session will start at 7 p.m. instead.
The Ann Arbor Housing Commission’s Baker Commons building, located in downtown Ann Arbor at Packard and Main, will get an infusion of $300,000 from the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority – as a result of action by the DDA board at its March 6, 2013 meeting.
The $300,000 will be used toward a range of capital improvements to the 60-unit building: driveway and sidewalk replacement and repair; installation of energy-efficient lighting; insulation and air sealing; window replacement; adding a second entrance; door replacement; upgrade of fixtures appliances, flooring and cabinetry; replacement of heating and cooling units; generator replacement, elevator replacement, upgrade of common area furniture, and installation of additional security cameras.
This grant for $300,000 to Baker Commons comes in addition to …
Ann Arbor downtown workers who are employed by participating companies will continue to have the fare for their rides on Ann Arbor Transportation Authority buses covered by the go!pass program – as a result of a $610,662 grant from the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority. Holders of a go!pass do not themselves pay a fare to board the bus. Rides are subsidized by the DDA and to a much lesser extent by employers.
The DDA board voted to approve the grant at is March 6, 2013 meeting. The total grant to the getDowntown program breaks out as follows:
The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority’s public parking system contractor has this year been awarded the full $50,000 amount of a discretionary management incentive. Republic Parking’s contract with the Ann Arbor DDA covers just actual costs, but also includes a $200,000 management fee. Of the $200,000 management fee, $50,000 is awarded to Republic on a discretionary basis. The vote came at the board’s March 6, 2013 meeting.
For the first time in the last five years, the DDA board decided to award the full $50,000 of the incentive. Last year, at its Feb. 1, 2012 meeting, the board determined to award $45,000 of the discretionary amount. That matched the same figure awarded in 2011, 2010 and 2009.
The direct costs for …