The Ann Arbor City Council can be a hard organization to follow, even if you prepare for the meetings up until the last minute, and even if you stay until the very end.
Council added two items to the agenda of last night's meeting at the last moment: a professional services agreement with JJR, LLC for the Fuller Intermodal Transportation System, sponsored by Council Members Leigh Greden and Marcia Higgins, and passed to the tune of $213,984 in FY 2010 city funds without competitive bids; and a resolution to place a charter amendment on the November ballot regarding the publication of official notices in newspapers.
Neither of these items were on the agenda I reviewed at 4:30 p.m., the day of the meeting. And even though the JJR proposal to the city was dated Aug. 5, it didn't make it to council's attention at caucus, which our erstwhile colleagues at the Ann Arbor Chronicle characterized asÂ pedestrian.
I arrived after the meeting started, and stayed until the end; council members went into closed session after the last round of public comment to speak on matters with their attorney and to discuss land acquisition. I was unable to get comments from Fourth Ward representatives Margie Teall and Higgins on the East Stadium Bridges project status after the meeting because curiously, council announced its intention to adjourn by having the mayor call out the adjournment vote while council was still seated in its closed office, leaving members of council to exit through a back door.
Edward Vielmetti is the blogging leader for AnnArbor.com. He plans to have a copy of "Roger & Me" reserved for him soon at the Ann Arbor District Library. Contact him at EdwardVielmetti@AnnArbor.com