Mayor Neeley to deliver live-streamed State of the City address Dec 8
Dec04

Mayor Neeley to deliver live-streamed State of the City address Dec 8

Mayor Sheldon Neeley will deliver his first State of the City address at 7 p.m. Dec. 8.  The Mayor’s address will be broadcast on NBC 25 and livestreamed on the City’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, according to a press release. “This year’s State of the City is much different than we have seen in the past, but through all obstacles there is a path,” Neeley stated in the press release. Neeley will...

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Flint residents can apply to receive up to $225 to help pay water bills
Dec03

Flint residents can apply to receive up to $225 to help pay water bills

Community Development Block Grant funds totaling $50,000 are being made available to assist moderate and low-income residents pay their water bills, according to a press release from the Mayor’s office. In addition, residents relying on unemployment because of job losses from coronavirus can benefit. Residents are eligible to receive a credit of up to $75 on their City of Flint water bill, and can reapply to receive the credit...

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Eight-hour Flint City Council meeting, recessed for second time, covers COVID effects on trash pickup, accounting costs.
Dec01

Eight-hour Flint City Council meeting, recessed for second time, covers COVID effects on trash pickup, accounting costs.

By Tom Travis At an eight-hour long meeting Monday night, the Flint City Council was updated by the city’s accounting firm requesting a greater reimbursement, heard from the city’s trash collector about COVID effects on yard waste pick-up, and received a follow-up about the September fire which destroyed the Pierce Park community center. City’s accounting firm requests a change order and says “year end...

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Meet Cassandra Washington, Flint Schools’ HR director, who settled contracts with all three employee unions in first year on job
Nov29

Meet Cassandra Washington, Flint Schools’ HR director, who settled contracts with all three employee unions in first year on job

By Harold Ford Editor’s Note: East Village Magazine’s Education Beat writer, Harold C. Ford, submitted a list of 20 questions to Cassandra Washington, Flint Community Schools’ executive director of human relations. Washington responded to about half of the questions in her online reply. Her responses are provided below in a Q & A format.   Cassandra Washington, a resident of Detroit, was hired as the Flint Community Schools’ (FCS)...

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Land Bank reprioritizing demolitions as federal funds dry up, FNU members told
Nov27

Land Bank reprioritizing demolitions as federal funds dry up, FNU members told

By Coner Segren Federal “Hardest Hit Fund” dollars appropriated to Flint expired this year, leaving the Genesee County Land Bank without a large source of funds. These funds were key to demolitions in Flint, the Land Bank’s Christina Kelly told participants in a November Zoom meeting of Flint Neighborhoods United (FNU).   Kelly, the Land Bank’s director of planning and neighborhood revitalization, reported that...

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After $36.5 million renovation of century-old downtown landmark, Hilton Garden Inn opens with two new restaurants, COVID-19 protocols
Nov09

After $36.5 million renovation of century-old downtown landmark, Hilton Garden Inn opens with two new restaurants, COVID-19 protocols

By Tom Travis The first guests have checked into their rooms and reservations have been made for the weeks and months to come, according to the new Hilton Garden Inn staff. A historic century-old building that sat vacant for two decades has been renovated into a new 101-guest room hotel in the heart of Flint’s downtown and is launching with several levels of COVID-19 protections. Towering over downtown Flint, the 11-story...

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