Ann Arbor Ped Task Force Gets Consultant

A $75,000 contract with The Greenway Collaborative Inc. – to support the work of Ann Arbor’s pedestrian safety and access task force as a facilitator – has been approved by the city council. Action by the council came at its June 16, 2014 meeting.

The task force was established through a council resolution passed on Nov. 18, 2013. Confirmed as members of the task force on Jan. 21, 2014 were: Vivienne Armentrout, Neal Elyakin, Linda Diane Feldt, Jim Rees, Anthony Pinnell, Sarah Pressprich Gryniewicz, Kenneth Clark, Scott Campbell, and Owen Jansson.

The group has begun to meet and has elected Feldt to chair the task force. The resolution on the council’s June 16 meeting agenda comes after the council voted down a resolution at on April 7, 2014 that included a $77,400 contract with Project Innovations for the facilitation work. Project Innovations had been identified by staff as a contractor uniquely qualified to do the facilitation work. Project Innovations was familiar to city staff as the facilitator for a sanitary sewer wet weather evaluation study the city is currently conducting.

But subsequently the city issued an RFP (requests for proposals) for the facilitation work. [.pdf of RFP No. 893] Task force members participated in the selection process from among three respondents to the RFP. Besides Project Innovations and The Greenway Collaborative, ENP & Associates responded to the RFP. ENP is the consultant the city used for the recent review of downtown zoning.

Feldt and Armentrout both attended the council’s June 16 meeting and spoke during public commentary in support of hiring The Greenway Collaborative.

This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall located at 301 E. Huron.