Local Agendas: Housing panel move irks Detroit council
- Commission that became a separate body hasn't paid $18 million in
The week ahead
WEDNESDAY: City Council continues a hearing with the Concerned
Professional Firefighters of Detroit regarding the hiring of
nonresidents in the Fire Department. The hearing begins at 11 a.m. on
the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave.
City Council continues a hearing on a petition from Dorian Summerour
on a lack of diversity within firms that have contracts with the city.
The hearing begins at 1 p.m. on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young
Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave.
The city's Board of Ethics holds its regular monthly meeting at 3 p.m.
in Room 216 of the Research and Analysis Department in the Coleman A.
Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave.
Union members and community activists will demonstrate against cuts in
bus service. The demonstration will be in front of the Larned entrance
at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward, from 4-5:30 p.m.
Covenant House Michigan, a nonprofit organization in Detroit that
helps homeless and at-risk youth, holds a pre-Mardi Gras fundraiser
beginning at 7 p.m. at Double Olive, 22027 Michigan Ave.
THURSDAY: The City Council will discuss proposed water and sewer
rates. The meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on the 13th floor of the
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward.
FRIDAY: City Council will hold a public hearing to amend the city code
to establish the Hook & Ladder No. 5 Detroit Fire Department Repair
Shop Historic District. The meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. on the 13th
floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward.
It has been months since the Detroit Housing Commission parted ways
with the city of Detroit, but some elected officials are still unhappy
with the financial mess it left behind.
The City Council will meet Thursday to discuss $18.1 million in city
services the housing commission hasn't paid since it became a separate
government body. The mayor's office forgave the tab in its budget, but
many on council remain upset.
They say the city, facing deficits and shortfalls, shouldn't have to
pick up the tab.
Last summer, the commission began operating as an entity separate in
hopes of becoming more efficient. Public housing residents say poor
management continues to fail them.
The City Council will consider holding a public hearing on the $18.1
million write-off and tackle other concerns.
The council still must vote on an ordinance authorizing the housing
commission to become a public corporate body in the city code, to
discuss transferring public housing properties to the commission, and
to transfer housing employees from the city's benefit fund to the
commission's retirement system.
The meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young
You can reach Judy Lin at (313) 222-2072 or jlin@....