Nearly half of the city’s $24 million in ARPA funds will be used for renewable energy, unarmed responders, and affordable housing, MLive reports (subscriber exclusive). City council also voted Monday to allocate federal stimulus money to replacing a bridge at Gallup Park, removing galvanized water lines, safer streets, support for the arts, and a universal basic income pilot program.
Marijuana legalization has proven to be a windfall for the city’s coffers, MLive reports (subscriber exclusive). Washtenaw County and Ann Arbor will see $1.8 million and $1.4 million, respectively, in marijuana tax revenue this year, topping the statewide list of counties and cities benefiting financially from legalization.
Pittsfield Township is returning a $1 million grant for a non-motorized trail alongside State south of Ellsworth after engineers identified obstacles that threatened to delay the project and raise its cost, MLive reports. The township may apply for a new grant to build a trail further south on State.
Ann Arbor’s weekly curbside compost collection resumed Monday, as did the city’s annual fire hydrant flushing. Tap water in the areas near hydrants being flushed may occasionally turn reddish/orange from dislodged iron sediments: for a map of areas being flushed, check the city website.
The Detroit Observatory reopens tomorrow. During the day it will host a variety of virtual panels exploring the observatory’s history and impact on astronomy, and in the evening astrophysicist Brian Nord, PhD ’10 will be the keynote speaker before the building reopens to the public.
Michigan hockey faces off with Denver in the Frozen Four at 5 p.m today. After Covid shut the Wolverines out of tournament play last year, seven first-round NHL draft picks chose to return this season for one more chance–an emotional decision recounted on the front page of the New York Times on Wednesday. Despite the star-studded roster they stumbled several times during the regular season, and in Denver they face the tournament’s No. 1 seed. A victory would give the Wolverines a shot at their first NCAA title in the 21st century.