Action at the July board meeting allocated in total nearly $570,000 toward three infrastructure projects, mostly related to the downtown library. A special meeting on July 29 added $75,000 to that amount. The project include renovations to the downtown entrance, elevator repair, and carpet replacement. Public commentary was dominated by fans of AADL’s summer game – in part because they could earn points by speaking to the board.
Twenty candidates attended a forum hosted by the Arts Alliance on July 23, held at the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor and focused on the creative sector. The event included presentations by each candidate as well as opportunities for questions from the audience, and drew out policy positions related to the arts.
An increase in violent crime committed by teens in Washtenaw County has spurred the need for additional funding from the county’s Child Care Fund. At their July 9, 2014 meeting, county commissioners have authorized using $642,707 to pay for a range of services overseen by the county’s dept. of human services. The county board also made mid-year budget adjustments, created a new board of health, and authorized putting a 10-year parks & recreation millage renewal on the Nov. 4 ballot.
A 22-unit condo project called 121 Kingsley West will be headed to city council, following a vote at the July 15, 2014 meeting of the Ann Arbor planning commission. The five commissioners who were present all supported the project, but it takes six votes for a recommendation of approval – so it will be forwarded to council with a recommendation of denial. Also on July 15, commissioners elected new officers. Wendy Woods replaced Kirk Westphal as chair.