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Local Agendas: Housing panel move irks Detroit council

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  • James Grant
    Commission that became a separate body hasn t paid $18 million in services. The week ahead WEDNESDAY: City Council continues a hearing with the Concerned
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 30, 2005
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      Commission that became a separate body hasn't paid $18 million in
      services.

      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
      building.

      You can reach Judy Lin at (313) 222-2072 or jlin@....
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