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Neighborhood Business Initiative

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Media Advisory

Flint City Officials to Announce
Neighborhood Business Initiative


WHO:        Flint Mayor Karen Weaver &
Members of local business community

WHAT:       Press Briefing

WHEN:      Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:    Flint City Hall Lobby

DETAILS:     The Weaver Administration has launched a small business training program intended to help individuals ready to do business in the City of Flint reach their goal.  Research conducted for the City’s strategic plan indicates that residents want to see economic development in a variety of areas around Flint. To help meet this need, Mayor Weaver and her staff have established the Small Business Training Boot Camp.

More than ten business hopefuls from a variety of fields including food service, photography, transportation and skilled trades have signed up for the challenge with hopes of having their ventures become fully operational this calendar year. Come hear more about the Neighborhood Business Initiative and the future local business owners taking advantage of this new opportunity in the City of Flint.

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Statement from Mayor Weaver on Tax Lien Notices

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Statement from Mayor Weaver on Tax Lien Notices Issued in Flint

Flint, Mich — Mayor Weaver issued the following statement today in response to the developments regarding the City of Flint Treasury Department sending lien notices to residents for unpaid water bills:

“I must say, I agree with those who have spoken out against this process. I have met with our Interim City Attorney and Finance Director and they say the city is obligated by local ordinance to follow this procedure, and we must follow the law.  As the Mayor of Flint and as a Flint resident, I understand the concerns that have been raised and I am working to see if any changes or something can be done to help those affected by this, especially given the extraordinary circumstances we have endured due to the water crisis.”

Background information:

Flint’s Interim Chief Financial Officer says it is important to note that the process involving the lien transfer to tax bills is routine and has been performed for years in accordance with the City ordinance adopted in 1964. This process is typically done annually. However, it was not done in Flint last July (2016) due to the water relief credits provided by the state being applied to customers’ accounts at that time.

In April 2015, the City mailed out 5,503 letters for water/sewer charges over six months in arrears that totaled $3,396,712.  The current mailing of 8,002 letters was for two years of billings totaling $5,806,448.62 of delinquent water and sewer charges. (Sewer services in Flint were not affected by the water crisis).

 

Note, the City of Flint has not put a lien on properties. In Michigan, when water is provided to a property a lien is automatically created. It is similar to what happens when you buy a car with a loan, for example. Once you sign the note, a lien is created. In Flint, once payments are missed on water/sewer accounts for longer than six months, City Ordinance requires the treasurer to transfer the lien to the property tax bill.
The letters mailed by the Treasury Dept. to current property owners provide them with notice of the balance owed on the water/sewer account for the address, and of the May 19 date when the transfer process is scheduled to begin. If payment is made on the balance, it will eliminate need for the transfer. If no payment is received, the lien would transfer to the tax bill and be combined with the property tax balance. Officials say property owners would still have until February 28, 2018, to pay the tax balance including the outstanding water and sewer charges. After February 2018, the liens are transferred to the county treasurer for collection.

The City continues to work with non-profit partners that offer assistance to help residents pay their water/sewer bills.  Agencies that regularly assist customers include MI DHHS, the Salvation Army, and GCCARD.  See the online flyer for more information: http://www.cityofflint.com/waterbillhelp.

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Mayor to Speak This Evening at Democratic National Convention

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Flint Mayor to Speak This Evening at
Democratic National Convention

 

(Flint, Mich) — Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is set to take the stage Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to address the crowd and the millions tuned in to watch the Democratic National Convention. She is scheduled to speak at around 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Weaver plans to make the most of the opportunity to keep the City of Flint in the national spotlight. While progress is being made to help the city recover from the man-made water disaster, Flint still has a long way to go and should not be forgotten. The sad fact remains, residents still can’t drink water straight from the tap. This issue must be addressed to get the city back on track and to retain and attract more people and businesses.
            During a visit to Flint earlier this year, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton said as president she would make Flint a priority. Mayor Weaver plans to speak about Secretary Clinton’s commitment to the people and the City of Flint and how that commitment could make a significant impact in moving Flint forward.

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Shea Lavelle Boutique Opening

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There comes a time in your life when you step out to do the thing that you’ve never done before. The thing that you’ve dreamed about but never attempted because you were consumed by the daily business of life.

 

For Karen Williams Weaver, the time is now. A lifelong resident, graduate of Flint Community Schools, lifelong member of Vernon Chapel, mental health professional, wife to Wrex, mother to Adrienne, Alana and Doug and friend too many, has embarked on a new journey with the opening of Shea Lavelle Boutique.

 

Shea Lavell Boutique is located at 3515 E. Court Street, between Averill and Center Road in Flint. The beautiful store space has a wide variety of pure shea products, including; shea butter, shea oil, shelow, 100% argan oil, al natural soaps, body scrubs and washes, hot oil hair treatments, natural sponge and brushes, and many more.

 

Karen’s entrepreneur spirit is inspired by her parents, Dr. Wendell and Marian Williams. Pioneers in the Flint community through medicine, education and community services. Now Karen is following in their footsteps by continuing to invest in Flint. As she is known to tell anyone “I Love Flint”. Her investment in this new small business is a statement of her belief that this is a community worth supporting and is hopeful that Shea Lavelle Boutique will support the local economy, while providing all natural and affordable products to its residents.

 

This article was originally published in the Courier of Flint, Michigan on September 23, 2012.

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