City Council Beat:  Water shutoff fee removed, city administrator and EAB appointees approved
Nov27

City Council Beat: Water shutoff fee removed, city administrator and EAB appointees approved

By Tom Travis and Luther Houle A $75 fee for water shutoffs in Flint has been eliminated by unanimous vote of the Flint City Council. After the vote on ending the fee,  proposed by Councilperson Eva Worthing (9th Ward) the  audience of about 50 applauded. Worthing explained, “I’m a single mom… I have my parents, though, and they help me when I struggle. If I didn’t have them and I needed to pay $75 for a shut-off fee and another...

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“The weight of an entire community” — Mott Foundation execs describe what they’ve learned in “Focus on Flint,” what they worry about, and how they hope a targeted $1 million might help
Nov25

“The weight of an entire community” — Mott Foundation execs describe what they’ve learned in “Focus on Flint,” what they worry about, and how they hope a targeted $1 million might help

By Harold C. Ford Editor’s note: The following is an interview with the C.S. Mott Foundation’s Ridgway White, CEO and president, and Kimberly Roberson, Flint area program director. Also present at the interview was Kathryn Thomas, vice president for communications.  After release of a 24-page Focus on Flint report, available here, the Mott Foundation announced availability of $1 million in grants for projects to improve Flint...

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Lead line replacement opt-in alerts,  census urgency top items at Neeley’s first press conference
Nov24

Lead line replacement opt-in alerts, census urgency top items at Neeley’s first press conference

By Melodee Mabbitt  There was more than talk of a “bug” at newly-elected Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s first press conference Saturday, when local media were hauled in at 10:30 a.m. to an otherwise closed City Hall. The first item was a presentation by Neeley’s Interim Police Chief Phil Hart, who donned a suit on Saturday morning to try to close out coverage of an “electronic surveillance device” found in the mayor’s...

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Education Beat: School closures put on hold as Flint School officials search for deficit solutions
Nov21

Education Beat: School closures put on hold as Flint School officials search for deficit solutions

By Harold C. Ford “We have to get to a number that will allow us to be a viable district…We have too much infrastructure for the number of students we’re trying to educate.”  …Derrick Lopez, superintendent, Flint Community Schools The elected and appointed leaders of Flint Community Schools (FCS) have decided to keep looking for possible solutions to eliminate the district’s massive debt and, for the time being, postpone final...

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Neeley alleges, and city press release asserts, “electronic surveillance device” found in mayor’s office
Nov19

Neeley alleges, and city press release asserts, “electronic surveillance device” found in mayor’s office

By Melodee Mabbitt  Newly elected Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley insinuated Nov. 16 that someone in the outgoing administration of former Mayor Karen Weaver left a bug in the mayor’s office, and the mayor’s office today gave East Village Magazine a press release on letterhead marked “Flint Police Department” stating a device had been found. Neeley appeared on a WFLT 1420 AM radio show at 10 a.m. Nov. 16, where he stated...

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School board to meet on deficit elimination plan, school closings Tuesday, Nov. 19
Nov16

School board to meet on deficit elimination plan, school closings Tuesday, Nov. 19

By Harold C. Ford The Board of Education of the Flint Community Schools (FCS) will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Southwestern Classical Academy, 1420 W. 12th St., to consider a controversial deficit elimination plan.  The plan is expected to result in the closure of several buildings in the financially besieged district. Four schools—Eisenhower Elementary, Pierce Elementary, Scott School (now Accelerated...

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