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City Council: Chicken Redux

5. May 2008 • Juliew
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Monday, May 5 at 7:00 pm.
Ann Arbor City HallCity Council Agenda


  • Amendment to City Code giving pedestrians the right of way in marked crosswalks
  • Proposed 2008-2009 budget and property tax millage rates
  • Reconsideration of backyard chicken ordinances
  • Allocation of HOME funds for several projects
  • Approval of contract and agreement for upgrades to the Ann Arbor Airport
  • Liquor license transfers (from Romanoff’s Hall & Catering Service Inc. to Ann Arbor Lodging, L.L.C. and from escrow to Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burgers & Fries)

  1. Don’t forget approval of the contract for the Farmers Market solar project! 10 kilowatts of photovoltaics for the Farmers Market, courtesy of the DDA.

       —brix    May. 5 '08 - 06:36PM    #
  2. The chicken ordinance passed on first reading. Several council members indicated they might have some reservations but wanted to hear the public at the public hearing. Steven Rapundalo and Leigh Greden were vociferous in their rejection. Greden said that he heard council was spending too much time on this, for which John Hieftje mildly rebuked him. The mayor said that since they stay until they are finished, it isn’t taking away from the people’s business. He also revealed that he is receiving information from another mayor who actually raises chickens and is studying the matter.

    The second reading will not occur until June, after the main budget business is done.

       —Vivienne Armentrout    May. 6 '08 - 07:33AM    #
  3. The urban chickens weblog has been following what’s going on in Ann Arbor, as well as providing coverage of urban chicken issues across the country.

       —Edward Vielmetti    May. 20 '08 - 02:04AM    #
  4. if liquor licenses can be transferred, awarding a liquor license is equivalent to awarding money — like a cap-and-trade system. wouldnt it be better to auction liquor licenses so that the city gets the money rather than the awardee? — dick

       —richard porter    May. 21 '08 - 06:16PM    #
  5. The city doesn’t own the liquor licenses, the Liquor Control Commission does. The city doesn’t have the right to sell them because they are not the city’s to sell.

       —John Q.    May. 22 '08 - 12:59AM    #