A mixup over which group had reserved the council chambers on Thursday night led to the Public Market Advisory Commission holding most of its meeting off-camera. That glitch might have inadvertently foreshadowed a broader move by the city, which is considering whether to curb the cable-access broadcast of some public commissions – something that the public market commissioners hope doesn’t happen.
If you’re getting government aid to put food on the table, you know all about the Electronic Benefits Transfer, known in Michigan as the Bridge Card. You already know that this debit card – which replaced paper food stamps and other assistance – looks pretty much like any other debit or credit card. And you also know you can’t use it at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.
Molly Notarianni, the city’s market manager, has a box of 1,000 wooden tokens and a new system that will allow people to use their Bridge Cards to shop at the market. While some logistics still need to be worked out, Notarianni hopes to launch the program within a month or two.