A report on the March 20, 2013 meeting of the Washtenaw County board of commissioners incorrectly quoted commissioner Dan Smith (R-District 2). His statement at the meeting was: “I do know that if we did this contract in the traditional way … we wouldn’t have a bull’s-eye on our back for that.” We note the error here, and have corrected the original article.
In a half dozen different items published since early February 2013, The Chronicle has reported incorrectly the percentage of gross parking system revenues received by the city of Ann Arbor under the terms of its contract with the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority. The correct figure is 17%. [.pdf of contract ratified on May 27, 2011 by the DDA] The erroneously reported additional half percent translates to roughly $95,000 annually. We note the errors here, and have corrected the mistake in previous reporting – most recently the city council meeting held on March 4, 2013.
A Civic News Ticker reported an incorrect vote tally on a resolution opposing the Michigan’s right-to-work law, passed by the Washtenaw County board of commissioners on Feb. 20, 2013. The vote was 6-2, with dissent from Dan Smith (R-District 2) and Alicia Ping (District 3). Felicia Brabec (D-District 4) was absent. We note the error here, and have corrected the original item.
In a news ticker item about the 721 N. Main property, we provided an inaccurate date for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant application deadline. The deadline for the grant application is April 1, 2013. The physical testing of the building at 721 N. Main is due to be completed by May 31. That deadline is driven by a task force deadline to report to the city council by July 31, 2013. We note the mistake here and have corrected the original brief.
A Civic News Ticker reported that the 413 E. Huron project received a recommendation of approval from the Ann Arbor planning commission at its Feb. 5, 2013 meeting. The vote was 5-3 in support of approval. However, six votes are needed for a formal recommendation of approval for a site plan, so the project received a technical denial. We note the error here, and have corrected the original report.
Patricia Bova’s name was misspelled in a report about the Dec. 18, 2012 meeting of the Ann Arbor park advisory commission. We note the error here, and have corrected the original article.
In a report from a recent meeting of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, we mischaracterized the $81 per service hour paid by the AATA to Michigan Flyer – to provide service between downtown Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport. We reported the $81 cost as higher than Michigan Flyer’s gross cost. In fact the $81 per service hour is lower than Michigan Flyer’s gross cost. We note the error here and have corrected the original article.
An article on the Nov. 7, 2012 meeting of the Washtenaw County board of commissioners inaccurately reported the initial vote to reaffirm the county’s 2013 budget. The vote was 7-3, with dissent from Wes Prater, Dan Smith and Rolland Sizemore Jr. We note the error here, and have corrected the original article.
In a report on a recent meeting of the Ann Arbor city council, we inaccurately described the council’s consideration of an amendment to an ordinance as considering “a resolution that would change” the ordinance. Ordinances are not changed through resolutions, but rather by voting directly on the amendments. In fact, a possible argument against adopting some resolution might be that it has the practical effect of amending an ordinance – which cannot be done through a simple council resolution. According to the city charter, ordinance amendments require two council votes of approval, taken at two separate meetings – which makes an ordinance change a different exercise from passing a resolution. We note the mistake here, and have corrected the …
A report on the Sept. 11, 2012 meeting of the Washtenaw County parks & recreation commission misstated the amount of a grant from the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources Trust Fund. The county is receiving a $2.275 million grant, which requires $975,000 in local matching funds. WCPARC approved those matching funds on Sept. 11. We note the error here, and have corrected the original article.
In a report on the Aug. 21, 2012 Ann Arbor planning commission meeting, we incorrectly reported that Food Gatherers distributed 5.75 million tons of food during the last fiscal year. The amount of food is measured in pounds, not tons. We note the error here, and have corrected the original article.
A Civic News Ticker published on July 30, 2012 incorrectly stated that Washtenaw County clerk Larry Kestenbaum would authorize the final ballot language for a $65 million bond proposal that the Ann Arbor District Library board is placing on the Nov. 6 ballot. In fact, the final language that was approved by the AADL board at its July 30 meeting does not require additional authorization by the county clerk. We note the error here, and have corrected the original Ticker.
A July 22, 2012 article about the Ann Arbor District Library board’s decision to place a $65 million bond proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot incorrectly characterized constraints on the ballot language for library bond proposals. The article stated that the requirements for the ballot language are laid out in the Michigan Home Rule City Act. While the district library is a formidable institution, it is not a city. In fact, district libraries in Michigan are governed by the District Library Financing Act (Act 265 of 1988). We note The Chronicle’s error here, and have corrected the original article to include the template that libraries must use for their ballot language.
A June 12, 2012 article about a series of Ann Arbor District Library forums – held to get input on the future of the downtown library – gave an incorrect location for the June 20 forum. It will be held in the fourth-floor conference room of the downtown building at 343 S. Fifth Ave., not in the basement level multi-purpose room. We note the correction here, and have updated the original article.
An article about the May 16, 2012 meeting of the Washtenaw County board of commissioners included a mention of the coordinated funding model – a partnership of the county, city of Ann Arbor, United Way of Washtenaw County, Washtenaw Urban County, and Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. We clarify here that the funds are not “pooled” together in a way that makes it impossible to associate funding from a particular agency with a particular nonprofit. Rather, the coordinated funding model allows for each of the funding partners to make specific allocations to specific nonprofits, at the discretion of the funding partner. We note the clarification here, and have changed the wording of the original article.
In a brief filed on finalists for the Ypsilanti city manager position, we incorrectly reported the first name of one of the finalists. While there were two other Brians in the brief – Robb (who is an Ypsilanti city councilmember, and Vick (who is the other finalist for city manager) – Lange’s first name is Ralph. So the two finalists for the position are: Ralph A. Lange and Brian P. Vick. We note the mistake here and have corrected the original item.
In a Civic News Ticker item about Carsten Hohnke’s recent decision not to seek reelection to his Ward 5 Ann Arbor city council seat, we mischaracterized the Ward 5 2008 general election history. It featured the Democrat Hohnke running against Republican John Floyd. Hohnke won with 79% of the vote. We note the mistake here and have corrected the original item.
In a news brief filed from the April 19, 2012 University of Michigan regents meeting, we misreported the size of the parking structure to be built on Wall Street by the university. It’s planned for 700 spaces, which increases the capacity of the University of Michigan parking system by 500 spaces, given the 200 spaces currently on the site. We acknowledge the error here and have corrected the original article.
Councilmember Sabra Briere’s remarks to the effect that UM was planning a 700-space structure, made during the Ann Arbor city council’s April 16 meeting and reported in The Chronicle’s account of that meeting, were accurate.
In an article that reviewed a range of Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority issues, we erroneously characterized a current proposal from Dan Ketelaar for support from the DDA for his 618 S. Main project – because our description was based on an earlier version of the proposal, not the more recent version that was discussed at some meetings the article covered.
The current proposal totals just the $1.3 million that is mentioned in the article as coming after the project’s completion – from part of the taxes the DDA would ordinarily capture on the additional value of the built project. The initial, upfront grant request described in the article is no longer a part of the proposal.
We acknowledge the mistake here …
In an article about a meeting of the Ann Arbor medical marijuana licensing board, we misspelled the name of the president of OM of Medicine throughout the article. The correct spelling is: Mark Passerini. We acknowledge the mistake here and have corrected the original article.
An article about the Dec. 20, 2011 Ann Arbor planning commission meeting incorrectly stated that the site plan approval for Traver Village would be forwarded to city council for consideration. The site plan, which was unanimously approved by planning commissioners, does not require city council action. We note the error here, and have corrected the original article.
A report on the Nov. 15, 2011 meeting on the Ann Arbor park advisory commission incorrectly described a sediment removal project at Ruthven Nature Area as wetland mitigation. No wetland mitigation is required there. We note the error here, and have corrected the original article.
In the meeting reports for the first three Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority board meetings since his appointment, The Chronicle has consistently misspelled the name of the newest DDA board member in the record of attendance. The correct spelling is Nader Nassif. We acknowledge the mistake here and have corrected the spelling in the meeting reports.
In a city council meeting report from Oct. 17, 2011, we misidentified Scott Munzel, thus allowing an inaccurate inference to be made. Munzel is an attorney who represented the former owner of properties on South Fifth Avenue where the City Place and Heritage Row projects were proposed to be built. We acknowledge the mistake here and have corrected the original article.
In a report on the city planning commission, as well as subsequent reporting, we misidentified Dori Edwards. She is an employee who does public relations work for Treecity Health Collective. We acknowledge the mistake and have corrected the error in the original article and subsequent reporting.
An article published on June 30, 2011 about recommendations from an R4c/R2a zoning advisory committee incorrectly stated that Golden Avenue was rezoned in 2008 to R2A. That section of Lower Burns Park was downzoned to R1D (single-family residential). We note the error here, and have corrected the original article.
In a brief filed from the June 20, 2011 Ann Arbor city council meeting, The Chronicle mis-characterized the nature of the initial approval given to changes to the city’s pension ordinance. While the city is contemplating the changes described in the brief, those that were actually given initial approval at the council’s meeting involved technical revisions. For example, the phrase “three years” was revised to read “36 consecutive months.”
The Chronicle acknowledges the mistake and has corrected the original brief.
In a May 13, 2011 article about the Washtenaw County apportionment commission’s redistricting decision, we incorrectly spelled the name of Eric Scheie, who spoke during public commentary. We note the error here, and have corrected the original article.
In an article about the May 11, 2011 meeting of the Washtenaw County apportionment commission, we inaccurately characterized the length of time that county treasurer Catherine McClary has been active in politics. She has been politically active since 1972. We note the error here, and have corrected the original article.