Mayor Weaver’s interview with Hank Winchester from WDIV 4 about presidential candidate visits, updates on the Flint water crisis and moving Flint forward.
Mayor Weaver’s interview with Hank Winchester from WDIV 4 about presidential candidate visits, updates on the Flint water crisis and moving Flint forward.
Repost from @karenaboutflint Twitter:
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@usmayors #mayors2019 to learn from other mayors and share ideas and solutions to help improve America’s cities. Had an opportunity to speak with Rep. @TulsiGabbard“
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.
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:
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
o All of the criteria for Attractive Block are met
o There are flowers or plants visible from the curb
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
In an effort to keep public housing residents safe and secure, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $5 million in grants to 22 public housing authorities including $250,000 to the Flint Housing Commission. The Flint Housing Commission will purchase security camera systems at River Park a 180 unit family development and Howard Estates a 95 unit family development to improve security and monitoring. The Flint Police Department will have the ability to view the cameras in real time through the CATT system.
“The families we support who live in public housing deserve to feel safe in their homes,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “HUD wants to ensure the safety and security of public housing residents and these grants offer neighborhoods and communities the tools they need to help keep their residents safe.”
“This will be an added measure of safety for residents who live in housing that have had major concerns with crime,” said Mayor Weaver. “We want every resident in the City of Flint to know that their life and personal safety matter.”
HUD’s Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program supports public housing authorities as they address the safety of public housing residents. These grants may be used to install, repair, or replace capital needs items including security systems/surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks and doors.
Chief of Police, Timothy Johnson stated, “This was something we were looking at doing around the City, so we are just grateful that this measure will be put in place. The cameras will link directly to Police intelligence, so we are able to see what is happening in real time.”
(FLINT, Mich)— Members of the Trump administration have responded to Mayor Weaver’s open letter to Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Cruz, with an invitation to the White House to discuss ways to address the critical water infrastructure needs in urban communities. Mayor Weaver issued the following statement after accepting the invitation to meet with leaders Thursday in Washington, D.C.:
“I am encouraged by the invitation extended by members of the Trump Administration and look forward to discussing how these important issues can be addressed, even before a crisis occurs as it did in Flint and San Juan. We know water systems in many cities across the U.S. are old, outdated and at risk of failing at any moment. There must be guidelines, procedures, and resources in place to address these needs before the health and safety of residents is at stake, regardless of where they live. I have spoken with Mayor Cruz who expressed support and encouragement for me to take the lead on articulating the critical infrastructure needs for communities such as Flint and San Juan.
I want to thank the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for agreeing to talk about ways we can ensure the infrastructure in our communities are being properly maintained. There are many lessons to be learned from the man-made disaster that occurred here in Flint. We need to fix what happened here and prevent it from happening someplace else, as well as develop a plan to help cities in crisis rebuild and recover.
And as I said in my State of the City address last night, I will search near and far, high and low, until Flint has the resources to rebuild its infrastructure in a way that protects our health, creates economic opportunity, and helps make our water more affordable for all residents.”
(FLINT, Mich)— Mayor Karen Weaver issued the following statement today in response to an announcement from General Motors that the company is investing $79 million to construct a new trim shop at its Flint Assembly Center to enhance future product development and improve the quality of its award-winning trucks:
“It is great to know that General Motors remains committed to building quality vehicles in the City of Flint,” said Mayor Weaver. “This is a huge investment. It shows that General Motors is positioning itself to continue its long history with Flint well into the future. This is a win for current and future employees of the Flint Assembly plant, and for the City of Flint overall.”
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.
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.”
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.
WHAT: TOWN HALL MEETING
WHO: Flint Mayor Karen Weaver along with other City and State Officials
WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: House of Prayer MB Church 1851 W. Carpenter Rd Flint, MI
DETAILS: As Flint City leaders work to recover from the water crisis, officials must determine an ultimate water source. This week Mayor Weaver announced her recommendation to stay with the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) as Flint’s primary water source, and utilize Genesee County as a secondary source of water.
It is important that Flint residents are informed and involved in the review process of the recommendation before a final decision is made. At the town hall this evening, residents will hear more about the plan and have a chance to share their thoughts. Officials will be on hand to answer questions and note feedback from residents.
* The town hall will be live streamed at www.abc12.com
Mayor Weaver is excited that the C.S. Mott Foundation has awarded the City of Flint a grant of more than $400,000. Flint’s Interim Chief Financial Officer, David Sabuda attended a City Council committee meeting Wednesday evening to provide members with additional information about the grant so they could move it forward to the full council for discussion and approval. However members decided to postpone the vote, they instead sent the resolution to another committee for further discussion.
“I was disappointed,” said Mayor Weaver. “Money is something this city doesn’t have a lot of right now, but more funding is needed to ensure a successful recovery. When I was campaigning for mayor I said the city needed a grant writer to help secure more resources. I think it’s wonderful that the Mott Foundation agrees the position is needed and is willing to provide the funds that will allow us to hire an experienced professional.”
The Mott Foundation has given the City of Flint a grant for $417,199. The grant will help the city fill a number of positions by providing funding to: hire a grant writer, hire an executive search company to fill the water plant supervisor position, increase the salary offered for the Director of Public Works position which has been turned down by highly qualified candidates because the city could not meet their pay requirements.
Weaver said she will continue to reach out to local and national philanthropies in effort to secure additional funding to help the City of Flint move forward.
“It is my hope that the council will be supportive of the administration’s attempts to bring in resources to the city and help to move things along as quickly as possible,” said Weaver. “If people feel like working with the city will be difficult, or things will take longer than necessary, they won’t get involved or they’ll send the money elsewhere and we won’t have a say in how the funds are used.”
Council members are expected to discuss the Mott Foundation grant at another committee meeting Monday, January 9, which will be followed by a Council meeting. In the meantime, the administration will work to answer any remaining questions members have about the grant and hope the grant will be approved by the committee and the full board on Monday.