The following resolution was submitted by Alan Haber, on behalf of the Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club, at the January 14th General Membership Meeting. It will be voted on at the February 5th General Membership Meeting.
To: Ann Arbor City Democratic Party
From Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club.
Introduction of Resolution for Consideration January 14, and Vote February 5th, 2017
Resolution. Start Collecting Funds for Library Lot “Center of the City” Petition Legal Appeals.
The 5th Ward Democratic Party Club adopted the following resolution, the last sentence of which: “appeals to the Ann Arbor Democratic Party as a whole to initiate fundraising, to pursue legal appeal
of City Actions suppressing the “Center of the City” petition.”
Whereas the 5th Ward Democratic Club have urged public use development for the Library Lot,
and whereas the 5th Ward Democrats affirmed support for the “Center of the City” petition being circulating to put the question on the ballot
and whereas the Ann Arbor Democratic Party adopted a resolution in 2010 for keeping the Library Lot in public ownership and developing it for public use
and whereas the Ann Arbor City Democrats reconsidered the question in 2015 and reaffirmed its support for central park and commons development on the Library Lot
and whereas Ann Arbor City Council Members in majority ignored this desire
and whereas 2843 individual registered voters signed the petition, more than the 4616 required to put the question on the ballot
and whereas the City Attorney and City Clerk determined that 433 of the petitioners would not be allowed to be counted because they signed more than one petition sheet
and whereas on this basis the City Clerk determined that our petition failed to qualify by 206 signatures
and whereas a petition to amend the City Charter has one year in which to collect signatures
and whereas the City Attorney and City Clerk have refused acc ept further signatures, even though the one year period is not completed
and whereas a City Council majority declined to use its own initiative to put the question on the ballot
and whereas legal appeals of these rulings are the only course left
and whereas legal appeals require funding
and whereas it is proper to attempt to hold Elected Representatives and City staff accountable to constituent desire
Therefore, 5th Ward Democrats issues an “Appeal for Funds” to pursue legal remedies to restore the constitutionally guaranteed Right to Petition and the full one year time period in which to collect signatures,
so that the petition question can be on the ballot at the earliest possible time,
and the 5th Ward Democrats appeals to the Ann Arbor Democratic Party as a whole to initiate fundraising, to pursue legal appeal of City Actions suppressing the “Center of the City” petition.
The initiator of the “Center of the City” Petition, and (at this tlme) coordinator of the Legal Appeals, is the Ann Arbor Committee for the Community Commons, Inc.
(a Michigan Not for Profit Corporation, 531 Third Street, Ann Arbor 48103, )
Whereas The City of Ann Arbor Democratic Party stands behind its Resolutions of 2010 and 2016, supporting public use development of the Library Lot, and
Whereas The City Staff has refused to certify the Petition, or agree to add additional signatures, and
Whereas the City Council has refused its own initiative to put the question before the people
Whereas legal action to Appeal this City decisions requires funds,
Therefore be it resolved that the Ann Arbor Democratic Party appeals to all its members and friends to contribute to a Legal Appeal for Funds to pursue the democratic desire of Ann Arbor Voters to have a Vote on the future of the Library Lot.
submitted by Alan Haber in behalf of the 5th Ward Democratic Party Club and 5647 petitioners, (more that the 5% required by law)
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The Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club previously passed resolutions regarding the “Library Lot” in 2010 and 2015. They are available below in a single PDF document.
Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club – Commons Resolutions 2010-2015