Flint’s new Chief Financial Officer Shelbi Frayer hits the ground running as city council considers $71 million budget
Mar30

Flint’s new Chief Financial Officer Shelbi Frayer hits the ground running as city council considers $71 million budget

By Tom Travis Shelbi Frayer has joined the City of Flint Finance department as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). “Frayer comes to Flint with a wealth of experience in municipal finance, previously serving in key leadership roles with the City of Lansing, State of Michigan, and multiple school districts,” Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley explained in a press release. Frayer, 35, lives with her husband of 13 years, Chris,...

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Is it time to get back to “normal”?  Maybe, but not yet.
Mar30

Is it time to get back to “normal”?  Maybe, but not yet.

By Paul Rozycki “It ain’t over till it’s over” -Yogi Berra There is a feeling of spring in the air. The days are getting warmer. The snow is melting. More and more people are getting the COVID vaccine. The Flint water crisis seems to reaching some sort of conclusion. And the divisive, tumultuous election of 2020 is now history. So, we’re ready to move on and get back to “normal”…Right? No so fast. After a week of spring-like...

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Village Life: Pierce Preschool connected us to our “Pandemic Village”
Mar24

Village Life: Pierce Preschool connected us to our “Pandemic Village”

By Melodee Mabbitt Before the pandemic hit, I was the kind of parent who relied heavily on my village to help raise our child. Pre-pandemic, I was lucky to have a flexible schedule with the ability to work remotely. I even got away without needing a babysitter much of the time by going places where our three year old could socialize with other kids while I worked from my laptop. We had dance class on Thursdays, but the rest of the...

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Rise in child abuse, violent crimes, home repairs, and dead trees highlighted at March FNU
Mar24

Rise in child abuse, violent crimes, home repairs, and dead trees highlighted at March FNU

By Coner Segren A rise in child abuse in Genesee County, a $200,000 grant to remove dead trees, available funds for home owners’ home repairs, and a presentation addressing  violent crime were items discussed at the monthly Zoom meeting of the Flint Neighborhoods United (FNU). The zoom meeting was moderated by Theresa Roach, program director of the Crim Foundation, and FNU president Carma Lewis. Cases of child abuse in Genesee...

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City of Flint to receive $99.33 million in federal stimulus from American Rescue Plan
Mar24

City of Flint to receive $99.33 million in federal stimulus from American Rescue Plan

By Tom Travis As part of federal coronavirus stimulus bill, The American Rescue Plan, the City of Flint will receive an estimated $99.33 million. Flint households projected to get more than $125 million in direct benefits, according to Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley. In a March 1 press release,  Neeley “thanked the City of Flint’s friends in Washington D.C. for stepping up to help our community and the entire nation rebound from the...

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Education Beat: Flint students returning to school buildings as COVID rates rise, water fountains still Inoperable, water filters not yet installed
Mar24

Education Beat: Flint students returning to school buildings as COVID rates rise, water fountains still Inoperable, water filters not yet installed

By Harold C. Ford Flint Community Schools’ (FCS) K-3 students began returning to school buildings March 15. Students in grades 4-12 began returning March 22.  At its meeting on March 17, the Flint Board of Education learned that 81 hydration stations (drinking fountains) funded by billionaire Elon Musk and the C. S. Mott Foundation are not yet operable.  Additionally, only 40 of 300 PUR water filters for sink faucets ordered by the...

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