Public Hearings to be held throughout April on Flint’s $71 million budget
Apr06

Public Hearings to be held throughout April on Flint’s $71 million budget

By Tom Travis The City of Flint’s $71 million budget will be discussed in public hearings held by the city council on four days in April. The city council will hold departmental budget hearings for both the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 city budgets. According to a press release from the city council and finance committee chair Santino Guerra (3rd Ward) the public hearings will be held on Monday, April 5 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and...

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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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City of Flint yard waste collection begins April 5, 2021
Mar30

City of Flint yard waste collection begins April 5, 2021

Yard waste collection in Flint begins the week of April 5, 2021. Yard waste is picked up weekly on residents’ regularly scheduled  trash collection day through Thanksgiving week. According to a City of Flint press release, compost is limited to 50 pounds in each brown paper lawn and leaf bag. Bags should be placed at the curb at least 10 feet from regular trash no later than 7 a.m. on pickup day. Acceptable materials include grass...

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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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