Proposed Resolution from Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club

Posted on: January 21st, 2017 by Jaime Magiera No Comments

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, February 5, 2017
From: Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club.
Subject:  Resolution.  Start Collecting Funds for Library Lot  “Center of the City” Petition Legal Appeals.

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Whereas in 2016, the Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club adopted  a Resolution, the last sentence of which:  “appeals to the Ann Arbor City Democratic Party as a whole to initiate fundraising, to pursue legal appeals of City Actions suppressing the “Center of the City” petition.”   (copied below PDF), 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 (copied below PDF), and

Whereas the Ann Arbor City Democratic Party reconsidered the question in 2015  and reaffirmed its support for central  park and commons development on the Library Lot (copied below PDF), and

Whereas Ann Arbor City Council Members, Democrats in majority, ignored this desire, and determined rather to sell the Public Land for Private development, and

Whereas many Ann Arbor voters were grieved that the City Council seemed intent to sell our Center of the City Public Land, and

Whereas voters in Ann Arbor initiated a “Center of the City” Petition to seek redress of this grievance, by amending the City Charter to designate this Public Land for Park and Commons development, and

Whereas 4843 individual registered voters signed the Petition, more than the 4616 then required (5% of all registered voters) to put the question on the ballot, 

Whereas the City Attorney and City Clerk determined that 433 of the petitioners would not be allowed to be certified because of local rules, and

Whereas on this basis the City Clerk determined that our petition failed to qualify by 206 signatures, for the November 2016 election, 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 accept for certification 804 further signatures, to be aggregated with the 4410 already certified, even though the one year period had not completed, and

Whereas a City Council majority, all Democrats, again declined to use its own initiative to put the question on the ballot, and

Whereas it is proper to attempt to hold Elected Representatives and City staff accountable to constituent desires, and

Whereas The City of Ann Arbor  Democratic Party stands behind its Resolutions of 2010 and 2015, supporting public use development of the Library Lot, and 

Whereas Legal Appeals of these rulings are directed as the proper recourse if a petitioner or petitioners are not satisfied with  decisions by election staff , and .

Whereas Legal actions to Appeal these City decisions require funds, 

Therefore be it resolved that the Ann Arbor Democratic Party appeals to all its members and friends to contribute to a “Legal Appeal  Fund” to pursue legal remedies to restore the Constitutionally guaranteed Right of 5647 registered Ann Arbor voter Petitioners  to Petition the Government for a redress of Grievances, and to achieve the democratic desire of Ann Arbor Voters to have a Vote on the future of the Library Lot, at the earliest possible time.
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The initiator of the “Center of the City” Petition, and  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, )

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submitted by Alan Haber in behalf of the 5th Ward Democratic Party Club, the Ann Arbor Committee for the Community Commons, and 5647 petitioners, (more that the 5% required by law) 734 657 8083, megiddo@umich.edu



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

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