Fighting for the Citizens of Flint! Doing the RIGHT THING for You!

My first order of business at Flint City Hall was to declare a “State of Emergency” for Flint residents because of lead levels in the water.  I recognized that this was the RIGHT THING to do for Flint residents, so I did it.

While members of the Flint City Council recognized that something was wrong with the water, many of them lacked the courage and political will to do the RIGHT THING for the residents of Flint.  Why would you trust your public health and safety to someone who lacks the courage to do the RIGHT THING for Flint?

I recognize that more than 5,000 Flint residents shared their vision for the City of Flint through the Imagine Flint Master Plan.  As a result of that loud vote for the future of Flint, my administration continues to work closely with the Genesee County Land Bank and the City of Flint Planning Department to implement that plan because it’s the RIGHT THING to do for the residents of Flint.

I appointed a Fire Chief who is committed to doing the RIGHT THING for Flint.  Upon being sworn in to his new role, he immediately started to write a SAFER Grant that would allow Flint to hire 33 new Fire Fighters.  In July of this year, 41 new Fire Fighters graduated from the Academy with 24 of them being Flint residents.  The Fire Chief moved on these items because he understood that it was the RIGHT THING to do for Flint.

My Police Chief re-established the Crime Area Target Team (CATT) because we were not taking a pro-active approach to public safety.  Since that time, Flint is no longer one of America’s most dangerous cities.  My Police Chief re-established and empowered CATT because it was the RIGHT THING to do to reduce crime.

My track record is clear, I’ve done and will continue to do the RIGHT THING for Flint.  I am fighting for clean, safe drinking water; I am making public safety a priority; and I am stimulating economic development.  My administration worked closely with the Flint Genesee County Chamber of Commerce to attract the LEAR Corporation to Flint and that means more than 600 jobs in the City of Flint.  Our economic development efforts are grounded in coordination, collaboration, and cooperation because it’s the RIGHT THING to do.

As you prepare to go to the polls on Tuesday, August 6th, remember the candidate that has done the RIGHT THING for you and the City of Flint.

Dr. Karen W. Weaver, Mayor of the City of Flint

As the City of Flint Mayor, Karen Weaver has:

  • Declared a State of Emergency due to the Flint Water Crisis
  • She carried the voice of Flint residents to the National Spotlight
  • Represented Flint at Congressional hearings on Water Crisis
  • Fought the State to get our water switched to the Great Lakes Water Authority
  • Met with President Barack Obama in the White House on behalf of Flint residents
  • $41.7 million dollars and water credits 65% for residents and 20% for businesses
  • Open dialogue with President Trump to discuss needs of Flint residents
  • Work to keep National and International awareness on the needs of Flint residents
  • Regained Flint city leadership from State of Michigan
  • Restored “Home Rule” for Flint Mayor and Flint city council
  • Received $30 Million grant from HUD for Flint neighborhood improvements

Public Safety Upgrades in the City of Flint under Karen Weaver

  • Worked with Fire Chief to secure safer grant funding:
    • 41 firefighters were added and reopening the Atherton Road Fire Station
    • Sustained from laying off Police Officers while creating the Flint Police Reserve Unit
      with 25 reserve officers and another recruitment scheduled
    • Reestablished crime-fighting, Crime Area Target Team (C.A.T.T.) squad
    • Crime is down, Flint is now off the top 10 list for crime rate per-capita

Job Creation under Karen Weaver

  • 650 jobs projected with Lear Corporation and Chamber of Commerce Deal
  • 200 jobs projected with C3 Ventures Deal
  • 300 jobs preserved with General Motors Flint Assembly Investment
  • Over 180 New jobs created for Flint:
    • The Pipe Replacement Fast Start Program
    • Workers hired (CORE Teams) to educate residents on Water Crisis/Maintenance
    • Workers hired to distribute water at point of distribution sites (PODS)
  • Through Foundation Grants, new positions were created:
    •  Chief Recovery Officer, Fast Start Coordinator, Chief Public Health Advisor

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MAYOR KAREN WEAVER APPOINTED to U.S. CONFERENCE of MAYORS ADVISORY BOARD

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Flint, MI- The United States Conference of Mayors announced Monday that Flint Mayor Dr. Karen W. Weaver has been named among 10 Mayors added to their Advisory Board. Mayor Weaver has been a member of the USCM since 2016.

“The United States Conference of Mayors has truly had Flints back during our crisis. Mayors from around the country and right here in Michigan stepped up and helped us when we did not have the capacity nor control to run the city. My colleagues, across the country, and I have a great respect for one another and we are all committed to making sure that the residents are given the best opportunities to lead full, impactful lives. It is an honor for me to step into the role as a member of the Advisory Board, one that I do not take lightly and will fulfill to the best of my ability,” said Mayor Weaver.

The policy positions adopted at the annual meeting collectively represent the views of the nation’s mayors and are distributed to the President of the United States and Congress.

In addition to the ongoing work of the Conference’s standing committees, mayors are organized into task forces to examine and act on issues that demand special attention such as civic innovation, exports, hunger and homelessness, and brownfields.

“We are pleased to have Mayor Weaver join the organization’s Advisory Board. We are confident that her depth of experience will be a valuable asset in leading the policy and programs of the organization,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the United States Conference of Mayors.

*For the full release, please visit the city of Flint’s website: www.cityofflint.com

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Flint Jackson Park Youth Baseball League Kick-Off

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Flint Eagles Nest Academy will host Jackson Park Youth Baseball League, Play Ball Event. This event is a kick-off to the youth baseball program and will take place June 1, 2019, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at 5005 Cloverlawn Drive, Flint, MI 48504.

The Play Ball Event will start with an open pitch from the City of Flint’s Mayor, Dr. Karen Weaver. Players in the league will be a mixture of boys and girls, ages 4-12 years of age.

This event is open to the public and is of no cost to attendees.

For more information, contact Sean Croudy at (810) 449-6380 or Ronnie Russell, at (810) 877-9911.

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Mayor Weaver’s Beautification Initiative 2019

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Overview

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Mayor, Dr. Karen W. Weaver, unveiled the Mayor’s Beautification Initiative (MBI). MBI has two critical components, both designed to promote community beautification and recognize Flint residents who are taking care of their property in spite of the water crisis and other financial challenges facing the City of Flint.

1. Encourage local stakeholder organizations – businesses, churches, fraternal, civic groups and others – to adopt the areas around their properties (this year the City will adopt Pierson Road from Dort Highway to Clio Road). This includes, but is not limited to, picking up litter, mowing the grass, painting benches, planting flowers, etc., to improve the overall perception of Flint for residents and visitors.

2. Recognize Flint residents for taking care of their property. Nomination forms are due to the Mayor’s Office on or before July 15, 2019 at 5 p.m., to recognize the beautification efforts of Flint residents.

Beautification Initiative:

Who can participate? Participation in the 2019 Mayor’s Beautification Awards is exclusive. Participation is limited to residents in the city of Flint. If you receive a tax bill from the City of Flint you are eligible to participate.

Judges: An anonymous group of residents will be selected to serve as judges for the 2019 Major’s Beautification Awards. Judges will include, but are not limited to, residents with beautification experience and those who understand the importance of recognizing the contribution of others.

Kickoff: The kickoff for the Mayor’s Beautification Awards will begin today, May 9, 2019. All nominations must be submitted by Friday, July 15, 2019.

Awards: Awards will be presented to participants in all nine wards of the city of Flint and multiple awards will be presented in every ward. The award categories will consist of:

Attractive Home:

o The lawn is mowed and edged

o The shrubs and trees are trimmed

o The overall presence of the home complements the neighborhood or block

Admirable Home:

o All of the criteria for Attractive Block are met

o There are flowers or plants visible from the curb

Adorable Home:

o All of the criteria for Admirable Landscape are met

o The concrete (sidewalk and/or driveway) is in good shape

o The overall yard has a clear theme

o This home represents a model home and should be highlighted

Award Presentation: Awards will be presented at the Mayor’s 2019 State of the City Address. A picture and a short description of the awardees will be presented during the Mayor’s address.

How to Nominate: You can nominate a home or block for an award by completing and submitting the Mayor’s 2019 Beautification Initiative Nomination form. Nominations must be submitted in person or emailed by July 15, 2019 for consideration. Contact Schuyler Davis atsdavis@cityofflint.com and (810) 237-2025 for more information on how to nominate and to deliver nomination forms and pictures.

Pierson Road Street Adoption

On Thursday, May 30, the City will be partnering with residents, businesses, churches, and other stakeholders to adopt Pierson Road as a cleanup site. The goal is to clean and beautify this major street on May 30, but also throughout the year so that it:

• Is free of all trash and debris

• Features grass that is mowed and edged

• Possess trees and shrubs that are trimmed

• Showcase flowers, especially perennials that will bloom year after year without replanting

• Is connected by sidewalks that are in good repair and are free of snow and ice

• Features holiday decorations, especially lights in the month of December

Volunteers are encouraged to bring own tools: mowers, rakes, shovels, hoes if you have them. Bags and gloves will be provide, as well as limited tools. Also: bring your families/neighbors, etc!

Particular details on event – register at city hall in back parking lot by dome auditorium at 8:00. Cleanup from 9-12. A community celebration from 12:30-1:30 will be held on the back (?) lawn of city hall

To commit to cleaning-up and maintaining one block along Pierson Rd and ancillary streets, please call (810) 237-2090 or e-mail lcrawford@cityofflint.com

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Flint Fire Department to Offer Summer Camp for Youth

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Starting in June, the City of Flint Fire Department will offer the first ever “Camp Fire” Summer Youth Camp for girls and boys ages 12-17 years old that reside in Flint and surrounding communities.

“My goal this summer, for all youth, all over the city of Flint, is to make sure that they are involved in an activity that is both fun and educational,” said Flint Mayor, Dr. Karen Weaver. “It is never too early to introduce a child to a possible career pathway for them to consider and if nothing else, teach them at an early age to respect the heroic work that firefighters do.”

“Camp Fire” a two week program aimed at providing girls and boys with a comprehensive, intensive overview of the firefighting profession. The program is very physical, hands-on and intense. Girls and boys will have the opportunity to do things that they may never have done before. Cadets will gain a confidence and inner strength that comes through accomplishment and success, free of charge to participants.

“Our mission is to provide young girls and boys a safe environment to gain strength and knowledge while building confidence and leadership skills,” said Fire Chief Raymond Barton. “We will accomplish our mission by bringing in the best instructors and staff that we can, and by continuously evaluating and updating the program to meet the needs of the cadets and to reflect current NFPA safety and training standards.”

Another goal of the summer camp is to improve academic performance, school attendance, and address behavioral concerns.

“It is our hope that the long-term effect of the program will improve academic performance, school attendance, graduation rates and attitudes,” said Deputy Fire Chief, Carrie Edwards. “We believe that showing youth what they are capable of helps them recognize and unleash their potential, which can change the trajectory of their life.”

Participants can sign up for the program by visiting the city of Flint website and downloading an application.

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