By David Gordon,  March 13, 2019

It was 10 minutes to 11pm when the Board of Trustees (BoT) finally adjourned.
They started at 7pm and this is what they got done.

  1. Hired a policeman.
  2. Approved the Community Center holding a “Medication Take Back” event.
  3. Directed the Manager to “explore” hiring a Zoning Administrator.
  4. Paid bills; dispersed checks and received department reports.

Nearly everything else on the overloaded agenda got chewed over, partially digested
and tabled for lack of information during another typical, disorganized gabfest.

“I’m so tired of this,” said Treasurer Lenore Zelenock. “I’ve been asking for
procedures to be established - summaries and recommendations attached to every
agenda item,” she said. “But it doesn’t happen. This isn’t rocket science,” she added.

There were important items on the agenda such as establishing “Goals & Objectives”
and creating a spending plan for “Capital Improvements”. Neither were resolved.

Supervisor Chockley is responsible for the agenda. She gets $12,500/year for her
service. Township Manager Steve Aynes costs taxpayers nearly $100k/year.
Together, they haven’t yet figured out how to put together an agenda.

We want competence and professionalism.

What we get is “Groundhog Day”, but without the laughs.

Reports on Michigan Roads to consider while you're waiting:

Free Press: Slingshot effect? What happens when a car hits a pothole, Eric D. Lawrence, 3-13-2019

TRIP: Modernizing Michigan’s Transportation System: Progress and Challenges, March, 2019

Free Press: Report: Michigan doesn't have money to fix deteriorating roads, Kristi Tanner, 3-12-2019

In Michigan, TRIP estimates the bad roads are costing drivers $4.6 billion a year. That's $646 per driver.

In its report, TRIP summarizes research by Cornell University that shows every $1 of deferred maintenance on roads and bridges equates to an additional $4 to $5 in future repairs. 

Free Press: As Whitmer makes case for higher gas taxes, remember what cuts did to Michigan, John Gallagher, 3-12-2019

Free Press: Does Michigan have the worst potholes? Evidence suggests yes, Eric D. Lawrence, Christina Hall, 3-11-2019

 Free Press: 7 questions about Gretchen Whitmer's Michigan gas tax increase, Paul Egan, 3-9-2019

Free Press: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to propose 45-cent hike in fuel tax to fund Michigan roads, Paul Egan, 3-4-2019  

Free Press:  Thousands seek to recuperate money for pothole repairs. Payouts are rare. But they happen, Elisha Anderson, 3-1-2019

Free Press: Fixing Michigan's crumbling roads: What about the heavy trucks?, Paul Egan, 3-1-2019 

Free Press: Republican lawmakers get real about Michigan roads, Brian DIckerson, 2-17-2019

Free Press: Contracted work at MDOT cost Michigan an extra $90M, study says, Eric D. Lawrence, 2-15-2019

Free Press: MDOT director: Agency needs $1.5 billion more to fix state roads, Paul Egan, 2-5-2019

Free Press: Ex-Michigan lawmakers have plan to fix roads. You may not like it, Brian Dickerson, 1-31-2019

Free Press: MDOT director on crumbling roads: 'We don't have the money to build it right,' Paul Egan, 1-30-2019

Free Press: For a real roads fix, Michigan must be creative, Ron Fisher

Free Press: Survey: Michigan has the crummiest roads in US, Mike Thompson, 1-14-2019

Free Press: Cheap gas prices could mean new trouble for roads, climate, John Gallagher, 1-7-2019

Free Press: Detroit's mobility options changing faster than we think, John Gallagher, 12-7-2018

Free Press: Why Detroit and Michigan must worry about global warming, John Gallagher, 9-7-2018

Free Press: Infrastructure spending: Which state is falling apart the worst?, Samuel Stebbins, 8-13-2018

USA Today: Trump ignites infrastructure debate despite concerns about funding for highways, railways and airports, Bart Jansen, 2-12-2018

 

In a 10:1 vote, the Ann Arbor City Council has approved contributing over half of the $478,867 cost of preserving the 75 acre Lepkowski farm at 7084 Spencer Road.

MLive: Ann Arbor officials have change of heart about preserving family farm - Ryan Stanton, 2-20-2019

Before Northfield Township voted to contribute $2,000 and Washtenaw County agreed to contribute $10,000, Ann Arbor had been on the hook for approximately 55.3% of the $479K cost.   Less the - according to MLive - USDA grant of $213,750, plus the township and country contributions, Ann Arbor will now pony up $253,117, 52.8% of the total.

The base price of the conservation easement was $5,700/acre.

After this allocation, over 3/4 of a million dollars in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding remains available for conserving greenbelt land outside the Ann Arbor City Limits.

 

Some backstory:

MLive: This is it for us,’ farmer tells Ann Arbor officials in emotional plea - Ryan Stanton, 1-24-2019