District 4 CAC 2021 Meeting with Mayor Mike Duggan

From left to right: Chairperson Scotty Boman, Vice Chairperson Karen Knox, Mayor Mike Duggan, and Senior Issues Representative Jocelyn Harris.

From left to right: Chairperson Scotty Boman, Vice Chairperson Karen Knox, Mayor Mike Duggan, and Senior Issues Representative Jocelyn Harris.

District 4 Community Advisory Council Meeting with Mayor Mike Duggan
CAYMC December 3rd 2021 at 3:30 PM

Mayor Duggan greeted us and introduced his staff: Deputy Director of Department of Neighborhoods Erinn Harris, Department of Neighborhoods Director Raymond Solomon II, and District 4 Manager Rod Liggons.

Chairperson Scotty Boman Introduced Community Advisory Council members: Vice Chairperson Karen Knox, and Senior Issues Representative Jocelyn Harris.

Mayor Duggan asked what we would like to discuss and Chairperson Boman recognized Vice Chairperson Knox first. Karen Knox described her inability to get an extension on zoning approval for a Community Center she was attempting to establish for the Community Surrounding Eden Gardens. Mayor Duggan asked VC Knox why she didn’t contact her District Manager. She had already contacted other officials who were involved in the process. The Mayor asked her to describe steps she needed to take in the process and identify the person who was denying her the extension. Mayor Duggan assured her he would speak to the official who denied the extension and see that it would be granted.

The Mayor addressed other concerns. He cited communication problems, failures to get work done, or misunderstandings by residents of what the city government can do. While there are limits to which sidewalk repairs the city has funding to do, sidewalks damaged by demolition crews should be fixed.

Other quality of life issues included residents using their front laws for parking. Mayor Duggan said Neighborhood Police Officers (NPO’s) can issue blight tickets.

The Mayor said there have been some neighborhood grants made possible using American Rescue Plan (“Biden money.”) There will be two new Recreation Centers in District 4: One in Chandler Park and another on Lenox in the Jefferson Chalmers community.

Chairperson Boman asked about the large number of people who were unable to get side-lots between Hayes and Gratiot. Mayor Duggan asked for specific addresses (which Boman didn’t have). He said we should provide addresses so they could look into the matter, but there are often liens on property that delay transfers. Some property also has Federal “holds” on them. People with side-lot issues should contact the District manager with the address and a description of the problem.

Senior Issues Representative Jocelyn Harris asked the Mayor for some advice, looking ahead to 2022. The Mayor revisited the topic of the new Recreation Center to be created on Lenox. The facility was previously a school for the disabled.

Senior Issues Representative Harris inquired about flood disaster wellness checks. The Mayor said there isn’t a Wellness-check program right now. He suggested delegating that responsibility to block clubs who would know the people involved better, and would be more likely to notice if something wasn’t right.

The Mayor said he would get us a block-club list.

We discussed seawalls, sewers, water heaters, and furnaces. The Mayor said the water Department will handle subsidized “check valves” (The City of Detroit pays 75%). The Jefferson Chalmers and Victoria Park communities.

Chairperson Boman brought up property over-taxation. Mayor Duggan conceded that it happened. He said he cut assessments by 22% when elected. He said the City could pay for some roof repairs using “Biden money” with a legacy preference, and the Community Advisory Council could facilitate programs to residents.

Chairperson Boman suggested crediting homeowners for the amount by which they were over-taxed. He said state law wouldn’t allow the city to return money to residents after the one year appeal period had passed. He said the state would view any direct compensation as a “gift” from the city that the recipient wasn’t entitled to.

Senior Issues Representative Harris asked about grants from Governor Whitmer to help people with water resources and disposal. Some residents had reported that people in the suburbs were eligible for state funds not provided to Detroit residents. The Mayor wasn’t aware of this. Department of neighborhoods director Erinn Harris stepped away for a few minutes and returned with an explanation. She said that grants were given to residents local governments who decided how to disperse money to residents. So some of the suburbs were using a different process to disperse funds.

Chairperson Boman asked about soaring water rates and whether there was a way for the Detroit Water Department to withdraw from the Great Lakes Water Authority. Mayor Duggan said the arrangement had saved the city money rather than adding to the cost. He said rate increases were only around 3% per year in recent times. In some cases new meters may be able to detect water use that was overlooked before. He said we should try to get Gary Brown to a meeting.

Boman brought up reports of the deliberate removal of catch basins on Wayburn and the Mayor said it didn’t happen. He said they had heard about this before and had it investigated. The Mayor said that sensing equipment (including metal detectors) were not able to show that remnant plumbing, that would have been around the catch basins, was under the asphalt. Boman also mentioned reckless roadwork in East English Village leaving asphalt on storm drain covers (with some falling inside). He asked for addresses.

Boman mentioned concerns, from some home-owners, that people could take over their property, by squatting. He gave the example of a woman who went out of town and returned to find there were squatters in her home that she could not quickly remove. The Mayor clearly said that there are no squatter rights in Detroit; people who move into a home without the owners permission are trespassers. If a trespassing complaint, of this kind, reaches police, the suspected trespassers must show some form of agreement between themselves and the property owner, or leave the premises. If there were prior arraignments, then eviction becomes a civil matter. A staff member mentioned that there would be some correspondence between the person acting as precinct commander, and the officer on the scene.

The Mayor indicated that ambiguities exist because many people make month-to-month verbal agreements with no documentation. Some landlords may claim an unwanted tenant is a trespasser in order to bypass the legal eviction process.

Finally, Chairperson Boman, brought up the matter of an increase in speeding on side-streets following the creation of bike-lanes that removed automobile traffic lanes. Boman suggested reopening East Warren to two lanes in each direction. The Mayor said he hosted a large meeting concerning East Warren’s road design and 95% of those attending preferred the current plan over alternatives.

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Regular CAC Meeting December 13

Agenda

Regular CAC Meeting December 13th 7:00 PM

Charity Lutheran Church. 17220 Kelly Rd, Detroit, MI 48224

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Meeting ID: 834 2856 3744
Passcode: 4
By phone:  (312) 626-6799

I. Call to Order and Roll Call. Scotty Boman – Chair.
  a. Introduction Of City Council Representative Latisha Johnson (or her Representative
  b. Introduction of guest elected officials.
II. Adoption of Agenda (Formatted to Sec. 14-9-26 of Detroit Municipal Code).
III. Approval of prior meeting minutes – Secretary.
IV. Presentations, Hearings, and Discussions
  a. Summary of the December 3rd Meeting with Mayor Mike Duggan.
  b. Discussion with the Detroit City Council (if they attend).
V. Unfinished Business
VI. New Business
VII. Reports
  a. Individual closing statements from departing members.
VIII. Public Comment
IX. Adjournment

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Regular Meeting of the District 4 CAC November 8

Link here to download the approved minutes for this meeting.

Topic: District 4 Community Advisory Council Meeting
Time:7:00 PM. November 8th

Physical location:
Bethany Lutheran Church
11475 E, Outer Dr E, Detroit, MI 48224

There will be an attempt at streaming this meeting via Zoom.
We will attempt to accommodate some remote participation, but working with mixed formats may prove problematic and anyone wishing to participate should consider appearing in person: Join Zoom Meeting online:

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Meeting ID: 834 2856 3744
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Tentative Agenda
I. Call to Order and Roll Call. Scotty Boman – Chair.
a) Introduction Of City Council President (or her Representative)
b) Introduction of guest elected officials.
II. Adoption of Agenda (Formatted to Sec. 14-9-26 of Detroit Municipal Code).
III. Approval of prior meeting minutes – Secretary.
IV. Presentations, Hearings, and Discussions
a) To be announced.
b) Members and the Council Representative are encouraged to request to have presentations
placed on the agenda in advance, and to send as much information as possible to all members.
V. Unfinished Business
a) Planning Letter or News conference on in-availability of side-lots and other apparent unfairness concerning residents living North of I-94 in District 4.
b) Current community concerns. Plans of action.
VI. New Business
a) CAC election results.
b) How redistricting will effect the future of this CAC.
C) Discussion of Youth Advisor position. Looking forward.
VII. Reports
a) Location of last 2021 regular meeting (December 13th)
VIII. Public Comment
IX. Adjournment

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Regular CAC Meeting October 11, 7PM 

Meeting location:  East Lake Baptist Church. 12400 E. Jefferson Ave Detroit MI 48215

Link here to download the approved minutes for this meeting.

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Passcode: 4
By phone:  312 626 6799

I. Call to Order and Roll Call. Scotty Boman – Chair.
a)    Introduction of additional appointee(s) to this CAC: Youth member?
b)   Introduction of City Council Representative (or staff)
c)     Introduction of guest elected officials.
II. Adoption of Agenda (Formatted to Sec. 14-9-26 of Detroit Municipal Code).
III. Approval of prior meeting minutes – Secretary Creswell.
IV. Presentations, Hearings, and Discussions
a) Water and Flood relief updates.
b) Guest Speaker on Proposal E: Moudou Baqui of Decriminalize Nature Detroit.
c)Proposal R & S presentation?
V. Unfinished Business
a) Questionable property permitting practices.
b) Side-lot acquisition issues.
VI. New Business
a) Post-presentation Discussion.
VII. Reports
VIII. Public Comment (Includes candidates for office).
IX. Adjournment

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Regular September Meeting of the Dist. 4 CAC

Topic: District 4 Community Advisory Council Meeting
Time: September 13th, 2021 07:00 PM Detroit Time (EDT)

Link here to download the approved minutes for this meeting.

Physical location:
Bethany Lutheran Church
11475 E, Outer Dr E, Detroit, MI 48224

There will be an attempt at streaming this meeting via Zoom.
We will attempt to accommodate some remote participation, but working with mixed formats may prove problematic and anyone wishing to participate should consider appearing in person: Join Zoom Meeting online:

Join Zoom Meeting
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(312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 834 2856 3744
Passcode: 4

Tentative Agenda
I. Call to Order and Roll Call. Scotty Boman – Chair.
a) Introduction of additional appointee(s) to this CAC: Youth member?
b) Introduction Of City Council Representative Andre’ Spivey (or his Representative)
c) Introduction of guest elected officials.
II. Adoption of Agenda (Formatted to Sec. 14-9-26 of Detroit Municipal Code).
III. Approval of prior meeting minutes – Secretary.
IV. Presentations, Hearings, and Discussions
a) Coalition for Property Tax Justice (tentative).
b) Members and the Council Representative are encouraged to request to have presentations
placed on the agenda in advance, and to send as much information as possible to all members.
V. Unfinished Business
a) Planning News conference on in-availability of side-lots and other apparent unfairness concerning residents living North of I-94 in District 4.
b) Current community concerns. Plans of action.
VI. New Business
a) Youth Advisor position?
VII. Reports
a) Location of next regular meeting (October 11th)
VIII. Public Comment
IX. Adjournment

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Regular August Meeting of the Dist. 4 CAC

The District 4 Community Advisory Council held a face to face meeting on August 9th at 7:00 PM.
The event was at the Skinner Playfield (In the shelter). 12800 Kelly Rd, Detroit, MI 48224 (North-East of Denby High School).

Link here to download the approved minutes for this meeting.

Old instructions…
There will be an attempt at streaming this meeting via Zoom.
We will attempt to accommodate some remote participation, but working with mixed formats may prove problematic and anyone wishing to participate should consider appearing in person: Join Zoom Meeting online:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83745117881?pwd=NXhmT2FZRXpsY29jdmJTbGZTdnlKUT09

Agenda
I. Call to Order and Roll Call. Scotty Boman – Chair.
a) Introduction of additional appointee(s) to this CAC: Youth member?
b) Introduction Of City Council Representative Andre’ Spivey (or his Representative)
c) Introduction of guest elected officials.
II. Adoption of Agenda (Formatted to Sec. 14-9-26 of Detroit Municipal Code).
III. Approval of prior meeting minutes – Secretary.
IV. Presentations, Hearings, and Discussions
a) Coalition for Property Tax Justice (tentative).
b) Members and the Council Representative are encouraged to request to have presentations
placed on the agenda in advance, and to send as much information as possible to all members.
V. Unfinished Business
a) Planning News conference on in-availability of side-lots and other apparent unfairness concerning residents living North of I-94 in District 4.
b) Current community concerns. Plans of action.
Member has not been appointed.
VI. New Business
VII. Reports
a) Location of next regular meeting (August 9th)
VIII. Public Comment
IX. Adjournment

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All District City Update

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go to https://cityofdetroit.zoom.us/j/3631409738.

(312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 363 140 973

DON_AllDistricts_073021

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Special Meeting of the District 4 Community Advisory Council

Topic: Special Meeting of the District 4 Community Advisory Council

Time:
Jul 26, 2021 07:00 PM EDT

Link here to download the approved minutes for this meeting.

Description:
Attending District 4 Community Advisory Council Members called for this meeting at the regular July 12th meeting. The purpose is to plan a news conference surrounding a community concern. Specifically, District 4 residents, who live North of I-94 have complained about the difficulty of purchasing side-lots. Anyone who has been requesting a side lot for a year or more and lives in the affected area is highly encouraged to attend.

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Meeting ID: 830 7865 1107
Passcode: 917268
By phone:  (312) 626-6799

I. Call to Order and Roll Call. Scotty Boman – Chair.
a) Introduction of additional appointee(s) to this CAC: Youth member?
b) Introduction Of City Council Representative Andre’ Spivey (or his Representative.
c) Introduction of guest elected officials.

II. Adoption of Agenda (Formatted to Sec. 14-9-26 of Detroit Municipal Code).

III. Approval of prior meeting minutes – Secretary.

IV. Presentations, Hearings, and Discussions
a) We will focus on the disproportionate side lot issue.
b) Possible connection to response time?

V. Unfinished Business

VI. New Business

VII. Reports

VIII. Public Comment

IX. Adjournment

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Regular CAC Meeting July 12th 7PM (3 Mile-Munich Park)

July Minutes

The District 4 Community Advisory Council will be holding its first face to face meeting on July 12th at 7:00 PM.

Link here to download the approved minutes for this meeting.

The event was at Three Mile-Munich Park (named after the intersection), and the correct address is 4605 Three Mile Drive ,Detroit, Mi 48224.

obsolete instructions:

There will be an attempt at streaming this meeting via Zoom.  We will attempt to accommodate some remote participation, but working with mixed formats may prove problematic and anyone wishing to participate should appear in person: Join Zoom Meeting online:
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Agenda
I. Call to Order and Roll Call. Scotty Boman – Chair.
a) Introduction of additional appointee(s) to this CAC: Youth member?
b) Introduction Of City Council Representative Andre’ Spivey (or his Representative)
c) Introduction of guest elected officials.
II. Adoption of Agenda (Formatted to Sec. 14-9-26 of Detroit Municipal Code).
III. Approval of prior meeting minutes – Secretary.
IV. Presentations, Hearings, and Discussions
a) Coalition for Property Tax Justice.
b) Members and the Council Representative are encouraged to request to have presentations
placed on the agenda in advance, and to send as much information as possible to all members.
V. Unfinished Business
a) Current community concerns. Plans of action.
b) Internal matters Legal issues with appointments – Course of action in the event a Youth
Member has not been appointed.
VI. New Business
VII. Reports
a) Location of next regular meeting (August 9th)
VIII. Public Comment
IX. Adjournment

City Website posting: https://detroitmi.gov/events/district-4-community-advisory-council-7-12-2021

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Links: Rescue Plan, Charter Revision and City Council Election

How do you want American Rescue Plan money spent? Time is running out!

Please see this important link in regards to the American Rescue Plan Act:
https://detroitmi.gov/government/mayors-office/american-rescue-plan-act

Detroit Charter Commission Final Meetings

Charter Commission COTW Special Meeting Tuesday, January 15th 5-7pm:
https://meet.google.com/jfb-kvns-zme?hs=224

Wednesday, June 16
5:00pm

Committee of the Whole Meeting
When
Wed, June 16, 5pm – 8pm
Description
The Detroit City Charter Revision Committee of the Whole Meeting will be held on

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 5pm via Zoom.

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Eastside Community Network City Council Debates

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