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City council met on December 7. Recent council meetings have been highly fractious, and Councilmembers discussed ways to tone down the toxic rhetoric, both between members and from the public. MLive
At the city’s annual budget planning session on Monday, officials debated how to address a potential budget shortfall of $2.8 million to $9 million next year. Residents struggling with the impacts of Covid-19 require assistance, and parking revenues are down and tax receipts may shrink if commercial property values fall because of the economic downturn. MLive
After initially supporting the proposed court settlement with Gelman Sciences for cleanup of the Gelman Plume, the Scio Township Board of Trustees reversed its decision and voted on December 8 to ask the EPA to declare the Gelman Plume a Superfund Site, following similar actions by Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. Gelman Sciences has already spent millions on cleanup efforts, but the contamination continues to spread. Rejecting the settlement means the circuit court case will continue; judge Tim Connors has scheduled a hearing in January.
Ann Arbor residents were recently surveyed by the City on public services, amenities, and quality of life. Ninety percent of respondents said that quality of life was good or excellent, but public transportation and overall affordability were areas of concern. Over half said that the cost of housing was a source of financial stress.
Results of U-M’s annual student sex survey are back. Among the more striking findings: 13.9 percent of respondents identified as bisexual, 5.8 percent as gay, and 8.2 percent as “other.” Business students had the highest number of sexual partners, however the majority of respondents reported being in exclusive relationships. Only 27.8 percent reported a decrease in sexual activity because of the pandemic. Respondents wished they had more information about gay sex, consent, and healthy relationships going into college. Michigan Daily
Michigan canceled its final football game. The Wolverines were scheduled to play Iowa in “Champion’s Week,” but have continued to lose players to Covid infections and quarantines. Spared what threatened to be another crushing defeat, Jim Harbaugh closed his seventh Michigan season with a 2–4 record. Click on Detroit