DPW building nearly finished
Photo by Renee LanduytCrews work to complete construction at the new Grosse Pointe Park DPW building. GROSSE POINTE PARK — Construction of the public works building on Mack, which got off to a slow start due to a nationwide shortage of construction materials, has shifted into high gear. “The DPW project on Mack is goinggrossepointenews.com
Detroit contractors report plowing mission has completed
Detroit contractors have plowed 1,884 miles of residential streets, and the city met its 6 p.m. Friday goal to clear the roads. Expectations of that effort from the DPW were to have passable streets, not necessarily cleared down to the pavement. In addition, because the city got less snow than was initially forecast, it decided to do a single plow pass.
DTE, other agencies investigate apparent underground explosion in southwest Detroit
“It felt like an explosion or earthquake honestly. The doors in the building were shifting. We were trying to fix them and then we noticed that it was actually a foundation issue. Cracks were appearing inside as well as outside."
‘He’s going to help us’ -- Detroit mayor Mike Duggan meets with President Biden regarding disaster assistance
“He told his staff that he wanted the Emergency Order done for Detroit as fast as legally possible so we can get money into the hands of our residents for reimbursements as quickly as possible,” Duggan said.
Grand Rapids tags dirty recycling bins again after uptick in plastic bags, other unacceptable items
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Residents might start noticing tags on their recycling carts again showing them what was improperly recycled as gains made by a curbside inspection program last fall have started slipping. Grand Rapids stopped tagging carts for about four months after the program because people were recycling far better than they had before. For example, the tonnage of recyclables incinerated during that time due to unacceptable materials fell roughly 73%, compared to before the program. “Our current recycling initiatives would be to continue to sustain the improvements that we did see from the Feet on the Street program,” said Robert Swain, acting director of the Grand Rapids Public Works Department. Read more:2 dozen more Grand Rapids blocks could soon see sidewalk, on-street drinking zonesComedian from Michigan in ‘Jeopardy’ Tournament of Champions quarterfinals tonightPolls are closing, it’s your last chance to vote for Michigan’s Best Inland Lakemlive.com
Thwarting the new DPW building
Upon its completion, the current DPW building on Jefferson will be torn down. The construction cost of the new DPW building is $4 million, as agreed to in writing by the builder. Not surprisingly, some irate social activists have determined that if they can stop the new DPW building, they can probably stop the art center. Apparently, it’s more of an affront than the unsightly blight that the new DPW building will replace. Greg Theokas is a past mayor and councilman in Grosse Pointe Park and a regular contributor to the Grosse Pointe News.grossepointenews.com
Wailing about a wall
GROSSE POINTE PARK — Some walls at public works facilities are less equal than others. “We see the wall of the relocated DPW facility as yet another barrier between Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit,” said Frank Joyce, alluding to some fellow Park residents. “A wall is a wall.”Yet, the wall at the forthcoming DPW structure and storage yard faces a Park residential neighborhood, not Detroit, according to renderings attached to minutes of the Sept. 24 meeting of the Park planning commission, posted on the municipal website, grossepointepark.org. In Grosse Pointe Farms at the intersection of Kerby and Chalfonte? Park DPW operations represent more than 15 percent of the $24.6 million municipal annual budget.grossepointenews.com
Dearborn DPW Yard opens for household bulk materials
The city of Dearborn is opening its DPW yard on Saturday, Feb. 20 for free drop off of household bulk materialsDEARBORN – The city of Dearborn is opening its DPW yard on Saturday, Feb. 20 for free drop off of household bulk materials. The city cannot accept bulk debris from businesses, apartments or commercial operations and commercial trucks, rental trucks, utility or landscape trailers are prohibited from dropped off materials at the yard. Also prohibited are materials transported on pickup trucks temporarily modified with wood planks to carry more bulk waste. Hazardous materials are not acceptable for disposal either at the curbside or at the DPW yard and tires would only be accepted if a tire collection day were to be announced. The DPW yard is at 2951 Greenfield Road, south of Rotunda.arabamericannews.com
Mayor praises DPW work during snow emergency; Councilman goes on a ride-along
Councilman Mo Baydoun went for a ride-along with DPW employee Wesley Zain to help clear the streets on Tuesday's snow day. Recently appointed Councilman Mo Baydoun had recently spoken with Department of Public Works Director John Selmi and had mentioned wanting to go on a ride-along for the next snow day, not realizing it was going to be the very next day. — Mayor Bill BazziOn Tuesday, Baydoun joined DPW workers for nearly three hours, getting to know the employees while also watching the plows in action. They worked tirelessly and they did a great job.”On Sunday, Baydoun posted on social media advising residents to prepare for snow and when some residents reached out regarding their snow, Baydoun stepped up. — Councilman Mo BaydounBaydoun said that he enjoyed the experience so much, he wants to do more.arabamericannews.com
Audit shows Bay City broke even in 2020, officials expect a boost in revenue in 2021
Bay City nearly broke even for 2020, with the city’s revenue exceeding its expenditures by $27,912, said Rivette. However, with an expected higher general fund balance and large projects like the DPW move on the table, the commissioners discussed exploring how they could utilize more of the fund balance. Those fund balance have grown in the past year due to the pandemic and a lot of expenditures not happening. “I don’t like this idea of increasing expenses on residents, so going into the fund balance is kind of what the fund balance is for- things kind of like where we are right now,” Docket said. Diving into the numbers for the 2020 audit, the largest contribution to Bay City’s fiscal year 2020 revenue came from taxes, which accounted for 57% of the city’s total revenue.mlive.com