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, Mich., March 28, 2014 — The arrival of spring means compost season will begin once again March 31. Please note these compost collection and sales updates from the City of Ann Arbor.

The weekly curbside collection of residential compostables in the City of Ann Arbor resumes Monday, March 31, 2014, on regular curbside trash collection days. The compost program accepts yard trimmings such as leaves, plants, garden debris, twigs, and branches up to 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length. Ann Arbor residents using optional compost carts (details below) may also place grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, branches under 6 inches, leaves, and plate scrapings (including meat and bones) inside the carts for municipal collection. 

Participating residents must place their compostables at the curb before 7 a.m. on their weekly waste collection day — and allow at least 3 feet between each cart.

Composting is expanding to include plate scrapings cart owners are eligible for a free kitchen composter.Effective March 31, 2014, compost cart owners can begin placing all "plate scrapings" into the compost cart - including meat, bones and other leftovers. To help get plate scrapings from the kitchen to the cart, compost cart owners qualify for a free 1.9 gallon kitchen composter. Cart owners will receive a postcard in the mail with information on how to claim the new composter. This attractive unit — designed to fit on an average kitchen countertop —conveniently collects plate scrapings without having to take dishes to the cart. The unit is dishwasher safe, comes with an ergonomic handle, a vented lid, and has a locking lid designed to stay closed even if it falls from the counter.

If you would prefer to use a composter bag liner in your kitchen composter, only BPI-certified compostable bags may be used and are available for $2 per box at Larcom City Hall. They can also be purchased locally or online. Please do not use or place regular plastic bags in your kitchen composter or compost cart or your cart may be rejected.  

The city sells authorized, municipal 96-, 64-, and 35-gallon compost carts for a one-time price of $25 each(same price for any size). Residents may purchase compost carts from the city’s Customer Service Center & Payment Center (734.994.7336 or 99-GREEN) during weekday business hours at 301 E. Huron. An online summary of the city’s compost, recycling and trash cart collection options is posted at ​

In addition to purchasing a city-approved compost cart, residents may use paper yard waste bags (available from local retailers). Brush and tree limbs (up to 6 inches in diameter) may be tied into bundles up to 18 inches in diameter.  Each bag or bundle of compostables has a maximum weight of 50 pounds. Paper yard waste bags with food scraps or grass clippings are not allowed outside of a compost cart in order to avoid attracting wildlife, generating odors, or creating unsafe conditions from wet, overweight, or broken paper bags at the curb. The compost program does not accept plastic bags, trash, stones, dirt, sod, animal waste, or logs over 6 inches in diameter. 

Bulk municipal compost and mulch are available for sale year round from the Ann Arbor Compost Center at 4150 Platt Road, Ann Arbor 48108, 734.489.4518, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Compost Center is also open on spring Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon during April, May and June. Mechanically-loaded cured and screened municipal compost and mulch are sold for $18/cubic yard (plus tax), minimum two cubic yards per visit, while supplies are available. Customers may pay by check or credit card; no cash is accepted. Compost delivery is also available. For pricing and scheduling, please call Don Butynski with We Care Organics at 734.489.4518.

Free compost or mulch for Ann Arbor residents, only, is available on Saturdays, April 5 through June 28, 2014, from 8 a.m. to noon, while supplies last. Residents drive to the scale house at 4150 Platt Road and provide proof of Ann Arbor city residency — a recent water bill or driver’s license. The scale house operator will then direct residents to the location of the free compost and mulch. Limit is 6 bushels (or 1 cubic yard) per household of compost, mulch, or any combination thereof per year. Residents must bring their own shovel and containers.

The Drop-Off Station (DOS) for bushel and cubic yard sales: Compost, woodchip, and mulch are sold by the bushel and cubic yard at the Drop-Off Station (DOS), 2950 E. Ellsworth Road, 734.971.7400. Customers pay at the DOS gatehouse and proceed to the designated area for drop off or pick up. The DOS also provides for-fee delivery of compost, woodchip, and mulch. Compost is $20 per cubic yard plus tax. If mechanical loading is required there is a $3 loading charge, there are no additional fees for customers loading their own compost.

The Drop-Off Station (DOS) is open three days per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (non holidays). Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted at this location. The $3 DOS entry fee is waived for customers only purchasing compost, woodchips or mulch. Please call the DOS for current rates or check  

For 24-hour information on the city’s compost operations, more details on the expanded fruit and vegetable materials accepted for seasonal collection, and compost cart sales, call please 99.GREEN (734.994.7336) or visit

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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 started last week; difficulty getting around town started immediately afterward.  The Ann Arbor News is running a series of stories on the inconvenience of construction.

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