The Ann Arbor City Council met for a retreat this past Saturday. The event was covered by the Ann Arbor News and the Ann Arbor Chronicle.
Based on those articles, here is a brief summary of the main items discussed at the meeting:
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- Priorities: The City Council set three priorities for the coming year: land use policy, economic sustainability, and improved communication and service delivery.
- Communication: City is looking to use social networking tools such as Twitter and Facebook to help publicize and communicate about Community Services activities.
- Conference Center and New Blake Transit Center: There was talk of both building a Conference Center on top of the proposed underground parking structure on Fifth Ave and replacing the AATA Blake Transit Center with a new structure that would have a roof that would stretch over Fourth Ave.
- City Income Tax: In light of the current economic situation, there was some interest among some City Council members of exploring a City income tax (and issue that has been discussed at length here). It appears the Mayor is not supportive of this idea.
- Zoning: There was interest in finishing the master planning of the City, which includes the rezoning and other changes that are involved with the City’s A2D2 efforts.
- Regional Cooperation: City managers also outlined the many ways the City is looking at regional cooperation, such as creating a joint data center with Washtenaw County and coordinating fire services.
- Other Issues: Other issues on the horizon included engaging the public in a question of the future of Argo Dam.