At their June 21, 2010 meeting, members of the Ann Arbor District Library board heard about how construction of the nearby underground parking structure is affecting the downtown library building. More change is to come: The block of Fifth Avenue that runs in front of the library, between Liberty and William, will be closed for as long as 18 months, starting in August.
Washtenaw Community College President Larry Whitworth has taken full responsibility for $4,000 that the college spent on a dinner for its board of trustees annual retreat in early March. At a June 2 press briefing, Whitworth said he planned the retreat and therefore he – not the board members – should take the blame for the expense.
During its May 17 meeting, the Ann Arbor District Library board adopted a budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The board also discussed awarding a bid for the library’s HVAC equipment and maintenance contract, revised the library district’s boundaries in the Northfield Township area and approved new legal compliance and conflict of interest policies.
At their April meeting, the Ann Arbor District Library board discussed the library’s budget for the next fiscal year, and how to handle a projected $200,000 shortfall. The board also got a monthly update on the library’s finances and heard about two new proposed policies regarding conflicts of interest for administrative employees and legal compliance/whistleblowers.
Stepped-up enforcement of Ann Arbor’s sign ordinance – specifically, the use of sandwich board signs placed on sidewalks – has caused business to drop at some downtown retailers. City council is expected to consider a proposal to make the signs legal by changing the rules of the sidewalk occupancy permit system.
At its March 15 meeting, the Ann Arbor District Library board adopted a new strategic plan for the next five years, in addition to discussing finances, events and projects.
On March 5 and 6, the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees met for a retreat at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. The trustees and WCC president Larry Whitworth discussed the college’s student population, budget, facility renovations and the possibility of establishing a satellite campus in Ann Arbor, perhaps in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library.
At a Feb. 18 working session focused on strategic planning, staff and board members of the Ann Arbor District Library discussed the need to reconsider rebuilding AADL’s downtown facility, among other topics.
The Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation department is seeking public input on its five-year master plan. After public meetings on Feb. 3 and March 9, the county’s Parks & Recreation Commission is expected to approve the plan as early as April.