Land Bank aims to “make neighborhoods whole again,”  new director Michael Freeman says
May27

Land Bank aims to “make neighborhoods whole again,” new director Michael Freeman says

By Tom Travis The Land Bank of Genesee County owns, maintains and manages more than 15,000 properties in the City of Flint–a whopping 27 percent of the city’s land. Yet many in the community may not know what it is and how it has become a leading influence on the city’s landscape of abandonment and rehabilitation. Of those 15,000-plus properties, more than 9,000 are residential and nearly 300 are commercial....

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City Council accepts a $550,000 C.S. Mott grant addition; Mayor scolds Council President for “ageist” attack on City Clerk
May27

City Council accepts a $550,000 C.S. Mott grant addition; Mayor scolds Council President for “ageist” attack on City Clerk

By Tom Travis The City Council approved a budget amendment for a grant extension of $550,000 from the C.S. Mott Foundation and passed a resolution for a tax abatement on a commercial property on the east side of Flint at a Tuesday evening meeting.. The Council also scheduled an electronic/video Special City Council meeting for 1 pm. Thursday, May 28 to discuss the 2021/2022 city budget. After the meeting Mayor Sheldon Neeley scolded...

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City Council to discuss budget, contracts in public tele/video session tonight at 5:30 p.m.
May26

City Council to discuss budget, contracts in public tele/video session tonight at 5:30 p.m.

The City Council will meet by telephone and video conference tonight in a regular meeting. The City Council has been meeting by telephone/video conference since March when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer put in place a Stay Safe, Stay Home  order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Chief on the agenda will be a return to discussion of the proposed city budget, which is supposed to be adopted by the council by the first Monday in June. How the...

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Free COVID-19 testing for Flint draws 200 in first day at Shiloh Baptist
May24

Free COVID-19 testing for Flint draws 200 in first day at Shiloh Baptist

By Tom Travis Cars lined up in the blocks around Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Sunday for the first day of free COVID-19 drive-through testing sponsored by the Michigan National Guard, the State of Michigan, and the City of Flint. The testing continues tomorrow, Memorial Day, from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the church, at 2120 N. Saginaw St. State Representative Cynthia Neeley proudly stood in the parking lot of Shiloh,...

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Council President Monica Galloway weighs in on Kate Fields’ actions and video meeting fracas
May21

Council President Monica Galloway weighs in on Kate Fields’ actions and video meeting fracas

By Tom Travis City Council president Monica Galloway (7th Ward) expressed concern and “outrage” Thursday at how City Council Finance Committee Chair Kate Fields (4th Ward) led a Tuesday budget session. Galloway’s remarks came in a phone interview requested by EVM in follow-up to Fields’ actions during a Zoom session for council members and comments Fields made afterward to EVM.  In that followup, Fields...

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