Following Monday night’s City Council meeting, city staff and community members are largely satisfied with the council’s commitment to thorough representation and the decision to limit city and police influence on structuring the new police review board. However, the public remains concerned about how community members will be appointed to the task force and the possibility that the task force won’t grant investigative powers to the review board.
Based on several incidents of police brutality and concerns of transparency within the Ann Arbor police department, the Human Rights Commission is assembling a task force to draw a charter for a police review board.
The City of Ann Arbor’s Solid Waste Fund reportedly decreased this year due to other Post Employment Benefits and the shutdown of the Materials Recovery Facility, which resulted in higher recycling costs. Yet, despite largely distorted fund statuses during a meeting with City Councilmembers and the Environmental Commission, the City reports the fund is currently at a healthy balance.
University of Michigan Electrical Engineering and Computer Science courses have developed extensive waitlists due to growing enrollment rates, graduate students registering for undergraduate classes, and limited numbers of faculty — giving students stress about being able to complete their requirements on time. The department’s administration is working to hire more full-time faculty and acquire larger lecture halls to meet the high demand, but have struggled to succeed.