Commentary: City Council election crucial to Flint’s future — Vote Nov. 2! Don’t put it off!
Sep29

Commentary: City Council election crucial to Flint’s future — Vote Nov. 2! Don’t put it off!

By Paul Rozycki Update: EVM has learned that Chris Del Morone is a write-in candidate in Ward 6. We have added his name below and apologize for this omission.  Recently a scheduled forum hosted by write-in candidates Tanya Rison (1st Ward), and Lakeisha Tureaud (7th Ward), presented a worrisome portent for the Nov. 2 city council election. The meeting, where voters could have a chance to meet write-in candidates for the Flint City...

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Priority Waste contracted for $19.7 million through 2024 for residential waste collection
Sep29

Priority Waste contracted for $19.7 million through 2024 for residential waste collection

By Tom Travis The City Council passed a new waste service provider contract that will begin Oct. 1, 2021 with Priority Waste that will include waste collection every week for trash, recycling and yard waste. The contract is for $19.7 million for waste pick-up through June 30, 2024. The resolution allows for the option of a two-year extension to that contract. The $19.7 million breakdown per budget year are as follows: $4.7 million for...

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Flint Repertory Theatre returns to the stage Oct.  8 with Beckett absurdist comedy
Sep29

Flint Repertory Theatre returns to the stage Oct. 8 with Beckett absurdist comedy

By Patsy Isenberg After eighteen months of no live theatre indoors in Flint, the Flint Repertory Theatre (The Rep) begins its 2021-2022 season with a production of the absurdist comedy “Happy Days.” The play opens with an 8 p.m. Oct. 8 performance, with a run of eight more performances through Oct. 17.  All audience members will be required to wear masks and present either proof of vaccination or negative results of a COVID test....

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MDOT earmarks $300 million to rebuild I-475 through Flint – Public comments invited for next 12 months
Sep27

MDOT earmarks $300 million to rebuild I-475 through Flint – Public comments invited for next 12 months

By Tom Travis The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced it will invest $300 million to rebuild I-475 from Bristol Road to Carpenter Road, estimating the work will begin in the Fall of 2023. The proposed project is an eight-mile span of road and will include bridge repairs and I-69 and I-475 interchange repairs. MDOT estimates the project will last from November 2023 to December 2027 and will provide for more than...

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Memories of Jack Minore, Michigan, Flint, and East Village
Sep25

Memories of Jack Minore, Michigan, Flint, and East Village

By Paul Rozycki There have been many official obituaries, tributes, and memorials written about Jack Minore, the offices he held, the causes he championed, and the commitment he had to the state of Michigan and the Flint community. Most political leaders in the area have spoken about his commitment to Michigan, Flint and a long list of causes—civil rights, women’s rights, labor and the environment.  But beyond those, I’d like to share...

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Education Beat: Uncertain leadership, uncertain infrastructure challenges roil Flint Community Schools board
Sep12

Education Beat: Uncertain leadership, uncertain infrastructure challenges roil Flint Community Schools board

By Harold C. Ford Flint schools superintendent Anita Steward files lawsuit against board of education Kevelin Jones appointed interim superintendent Two board of education members abruptly resign Doyle-Ryder building closed due to presence of black mold; $440,000 roof repair plan approved by board Board president signals resumption of talks with Mott Foundation “We are at a very fragile state in this district.” –Carol McIntosh,...

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