Good Services

City services – like snow plowing, garbage collection and street paving – form the core of what we expect from our local government. I have helped solve many problems that First Warders have encountered, including getting streets plowed, improving traffic signaling, and facilitating inspections and permits. I have also worked to improve the responsiveness and accountability of City staff.

Strong Neighborhoods

Whether it's your building, your block, or your subdivision, your neighborhood is important. I proposed, and City Council adopted, the Citizen Participation Ordinance to bring neighbors and developers together. I have worked with our neighbors on their concerns about safety, parks, new development and city services.

Healthy Businesses

Ann Arbor will benefit from sustaining, encouraging and retaining small retailers and locally-owned businesses. I have listened to local business owners and worked with them to resolve their issues. I have voted for healthy growth. I will continue to advocate for policies that will result in a vigorous local business environment.

Responsive and Responsible

 

From the City's website:

Ann Arbor has 114,000 residents, spans 27.7 square miles, and is frequently recognized as a foremost place to live, learn, work, thrive and visit (www.a2gov.org/news). To keep up with City of Ann Arbor information, subscribe for email updates (www.a2gov.org/subscribe), follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/a2gov) or become a city fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thecityofannarbor).  The city’s mission statement reads: The city of Ann Arbor is committed to providing excellent municipal services that enhance the quality of life for all through the intelligent use of resources while valuing an open environment that fosters fair, sensitive and respectful treatment of all employees and the community we serve.

Traffic calming and traffic enforcement

The City Council authorized funds for police overtime – so the police would be better able to focus on traffic enforcement.  As the weather warmed up, I heard from many people commending the police for their efforts.  I commend them, as well.  Enforcing traffic speeds and traffic laws isn’t always pleasant (the police are frequently abused by drivers angry at the ticket) but it results in a much safer community.  One of our neighbors on Pontiac Trail has been very happy with the results – and shared that happiness with me and the City.

Residents on Seventh Street and several adjacent streets have been asking for enforcement for some time.  One creative way for the request: this officer interacts with neighborhood children.  (Thanks for the link, Kevin Leeser!)

Fixing streets

The old joke about there being two seasons in Ann Arbor – winter and road construction – is certainly proving to be the case this year.  Road construction continues into the fall - and so does the difficulty getting around town.  

As a reminder, though, several of the inconvenient (and badly needed) projects are not part of the City’s reconstruction project – Carpenter Rd. is not in Ann Arbor; Ann Arbor Saline is being done by the Washtenaw County Road Commission and Jackson is being done by the State of Michigan.  Here’s a list of the Ann Arbor projects:

Sections of W. Madison will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 5 and Tuesday May 6 for crews to complete water service line repairs.

  • Monday, W. Madison will be closed between Sixth and Fourth with traffic detoured to Jefferson to Fourth and back to Madison.
  • Tuesday, W. Madison will be closed between Third and Second with traffic detoured to Third to Jefferson to Second and back to Madison.​

Temporary Traffic Control Plan for W. Washington from First Street to Fourth Avenue beginning Monday, April, 21 until June 6, 2014. 
During the daytime work hours, traffic will be maintained with the use of flaggers and/or block-by-block detours.  Traffic will be restored to two-way each evening.  Toward the end of the project, there will be two separate days of paving. During paving days, W. Washington will be closed and vehicles will be detoured using Liberty and/or Huron.

  • Parking will be restricted (with meter bags) intermittently as needed during the construction.
  • Pedestrian traffic will be maintained on at least one side of the street during this project.
  • To maintain the safety of all, please reduce speeds and drive cautiously through work zones.

Major Streets

  • Newport (Sunset to south of Bird Road). Includes sidewalk construction from Sunset to Riverwood.
  • Washington (First Avenue to Fourth Avenue)
  • Fuller (Maiden Lane to Huron River bridge)

 Local Streets

  • Vinewood (Berkshire to Avon)
  • St. Aubin (Platt to Creek)
  • Northside Grill Alley (Broadway to end)
  • Waldenwood (Penberton to Earhart– north half).  Includes Sidewalk Gap.
  • Woodbury (Stadium to Astor) 
  • Steeplechase (Wiltshire to Blaney)
  • Linwood (Doty to Wildwood)
  • Prairie Street (Briarcliff to Aurora)
  • Burlington Court (Burlington to end)

 
Visit the Street Resurfacing webpage for more information related to the projects above.

Reconstruction Projects


 

Road reconstruction and resurfacing, traffic calming and safe traffic speeds are all closely tied to pedestrian safety.  As we talk about filling sidewalk gaps, improving crosswalks, and fixing streets, we have to keep in mind that the ultimate goal is a safer and better community for us all.

 


 

Paid for by Sabra Briere for City Council, 1418 Broadway, Ann Arbor, MI 48105