Council Corner With Dr. Ladel Lewis, Councilwoman, 2nd Ward

The Flint City Council has been and will continue to work diligently at prioritizing the business of the City of Flint. Contrary to widespread belief, meeting agendas are almost always completed in their entirety. With the help of the new rules, the meeting times are expected to be shorter. Residents are always invited to attend City Council and Committee meetings to voice their concerns. Please reach out to the City Council’s Office for a full meeting schedule.

Recently, the City Council approved 19 resolutions during the last meeting (March 13). Accepting projects like downtown brick reconstruction, the purchasing of new fire trucks and equipment, Fenton Road bridge replacement, added additional resources to support My Brothers Keeper, new roofing for the Oak Business Center, and approving park maintenance funds are just a glimpse of your tax dollars at work. This year, like many families sitting around the kitchen table, we will be forced to make difficult decisions about how to invest your tax dollars due to several challenges. However, we will put together a budget that focuses on the immediate needs of residents. We want to hear from you during this time. Please reach out to your Councilperson and voice your spending priorities and concerns.

We appointed some amazing residents to serve on our municipal boards. Those exemplary residents include Martin J. Banks (Economic Development Committee), Moses Timlin (Building Code Board of Appeals) and Melinda “Mama Sol” Wilson (Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Mama Sol is a known national recording icon whose resume includes recording original material for the Detroit Pistons, “ We Hustle Different” campaign.

The ARPA process is underway. We were excited to have received nearly 100 applications from residents who were eager to serve on the ARPA committee and get involved in Local Government. We want to congratulate the 12 leaders (at least one from each ward) who were objectively selected to move this process forward. Their job is to make suggestions regarding money allocation. We want to thank all those who are volunteering their time. We are beyond grateful for your dedication. Please go to the city’s website for updated information.

If you would like to join the ranks of those invested in moving our city forward, please reach out to your council person regarding available board/commission positions or log into to explore paid opportunities. Together we can!

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