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Mayor Weaver Very Appreciative to Mott Foundation for Grant

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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.

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Flint Fire Department Putting Flint Students to the Test for Fire Prevention Week

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Did you know this is national Fire Prevention Week? 

Flint Fire Chief, Raymond Barton and members of the Flint Fire Department have planned several activities in honor of this very important time. They began with honoring their own Monday, showing appreciation for firefighters who have gone above and beyond putting their lives on the line to help save Flint residents in recent house fires. For the remainder of this week, firefighters will focus on educating students from Flint schools teaching them the dos and don’ts of fire prevention in hopes of keeping them out of similar situations.

Today, fourth and fifth graders from Doyle Ryder Elementary School were invited to Fire Station 1 to meet firefighters and learn firsthand about the important job they do. Students were taught about kitchen safety and they got to experience what many firefighters face when they have to make their way through a smoked-filled room to find someone who needs to be rescued.

Mayor Weaver stopped by just as the students were finding out how difficult it is to handle a fire hose and maneuver it just right so the water gets where it needs to be.

“Wow, this is a really great experience,” said Mayor Weaver. “To see what firefighters go through and all they do is really eye-opening. It takes a special person to do this kind of work. It makes me appreciate the firefighters serving the City of Flint even more.”

Wednesday and Thursday from Noon to 2:30 p.m. a different group of students will have a chance to learn safe practices in the event of a fire at home and get a taste of what firefighters do during search and rescue. Friday the department will hold its second annual “Firefighter for a Day” event. High school students will participate in a variety of demonstrations with fire trucks, fire hoses, extrication tools, first responder equipment, bunker gear and more.  Students will also learn the history of the Flint Fire Department and gain experience through group training and fire prevention activities. The one day camp will be lead by the department’s Training Division and assisted by firefighting personnel.

On Saturday, Flint residents are invited to visit the fire station in their ward for a “Community Open House” from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Firefighters will be on hand to answer fire safety related questions. Residents will be able to sign-up for a smoke alarm install. There will be free food and lots of fun! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Flint Fire Station Locations:

Fire Station #1:    310 E. Fifth St

Fire Station #3:    1525 M.L. King Blvd.

Fire Station #5:    3402 Western Rd.

Fire Station #6:    716 W. Pierson Rd.

Fire Station #8:    202 E. Atherton Rd.

Scholarship Established in Memory of Tendaji Ganges

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A scholarship has recently been established at the University of Michigan-Flint in honor of former executive director of Educational Opportunity Initiatives, Tendaji Ganges, which will begin in 2015.

Ganges served as the university’s key leader in diversity initiatives and had numerous accomplishments.

Karen Williams Weaver is in total support of the scholarship in Tendaji Ganges’ honor. “It is a great loss to the campaign, because he was a vital part,” she says. “The community mourns his loss. He was working with me to become mayor. He will be greatly missed.”

Donations for the scholarship will be accepted at the memorial service, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 23rd, from 3-6 p.m. Donations will also be accepted through the University.

 

 

Renovations for Kettering

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Kettering University bought Atwood Stadium over a year ago and promised to make improvements. That time for improvements is now. When Kettering University purchased Atwood Stadium, they were hoping to expand the use of the field.

Karen Williams Weaver is in full support and is excited about the new addition. “This will be great for the area.”

Kettering is trying to raise more than $2 million for the turf and other improvements. This project will not finish quickly, but with everyone’s support, it can get done.

Student Shines at Flint Northwestern

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Education is the most important part of a young person’s life. When a student strives to excel in education and really take it seriously, great things can happen. For Zackir Metcalf, he made it a reality. Finishing near the top of one’s class shows both dedication and motivation. We are all proud of Zackir for his perseverance and commitment to education.

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