“Blight elimination” top priority in Mayor’s plan to allocate $94 million ARPA funds
Jun15

“Blight elimination” top priority in Mayor’s plan to allocate $94 million ARPA funds

By Tom Travis Mayor Sheldon Neeley and his administration outlined a proposal to allocate the $94 million American Rescue Plan funds awarded to Flint in April 2021 at a special city council meeting Monday. The proposal calls for $69.5 million of the funds to be used for housing and blight elimination ($33.6 million); economic development ($11.57 million); safety and crime prevention ($10.2 million);  infrastructure ($7.475 million)...

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Education Beat Analysis: A tale of two board meetings, Part Two — Civility erodes, familiar tensions resurface
Jun14

Education Beat Analysis: A tale of two board meetings, Part Two — Civility erodes, familiar tensions resurface

June 8: Amidst uncommon civility, unanimous adoption of Strategic Plan June 9: Civility erodes, familiar tensions resurface By Harold C. Ford “It’s been going on for years and years – hostile work environment, hostile board environment.” –Joyce Ellis-McNeal, president, Flint Board of Education; June 9, 2022 [Editor’s note: East Village Magazine’s Education Beat reporter, Harold C. Ford, attended the Flint Board of Education’s (FBOE)  ...

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Education Beat Analysis: A tale of two board meetings, from “uncommon civility” to “familiar tensions” Part One
Jun10

Education Beat Analysis: A tale of two board meetings, from “uncommon civility” to “familiar tensions” Part One

June 8: Amidst uncommon civility, board unanimously adopts Strategic Plan [Click here for Part Two, June 9: Civility erodes, familiar tensions resurface] By Harold C. Ford “Sometimes, for the sake of the children, we have to put aside our personal philosophies and beliefs and do what’s right for our children.” –Eddie Thomas: principal, Eisenhower Elementary; president, Congress of Flint School Administrators, Inc.; June 8, 2022...

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City Council tosses out months’ long investigative hearing on botched waste collection bid
Jun10

City Council tosses out months’ long investigative hearing on botched waste collection bid

By Tom Travis A botched bid for the city’s waste collection contract in 2021, revealed in a June 2021 city council meeting, launched an investigative hearing that lasted nearly a year and over two different city councils. One year later, in Wednesday’s Finance Committee meeting, city council voted 5-2 “to end all legal services and investigative hearing.” How the council got to an investigative hearing In a...

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Review:  Fantastic adaptation of “The Fantasticks” celebrates a new perspective
Jun07

Review: Fantastic adaptation of “The Fantasticks” celebrates a new perspective

By Patsy Isenberg and Tom Travis A festive conclusion of The Rep’s final presentation of the season, The Fantasticks, opened to an appreciative full house  Friday, June 3. The iconic musical is the longest-running production in the history of the American stage and one of the most frequently produced musicals in the world.  The Rep’s production, while respectful of that history, also offers something different.  A pre-show...

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Flint City Council passes $64 million “balanced” budget after Winfrey-Carter’s dramatic pause during rollcall vote
Jun07

Flint City Council passes $64 million “balanced” budget after Winfrey-Carter’s dramatic pause during rollcall vote

By Tom Travis In a dramatic and unprecedented vote, the city council passed a $64 million budget in its Monday meeting. According to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Robert Widigan, the budget allocates $64 million for the city’s expenditures  and is based on $50.7 million in revenue. Widigan explains the budget will be balanced with a transfer of $14 million from the general fund balance which stands at $22 million. The resolution...

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