Please take a moment to review the City of Eastpointe's map Snow Removal Priorities map.
Now that the City of Eastpointe has signed a Consent Decree (which included a Memorandum of Understanding) with the Department of Justice, and that Consent Decree has been approved by a US District Court Judge, it is time to implement Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV). On June 4, 2019, the City issued a Press Release.
The City is continually working on an education plan for ranked-choice voting. A website, www.VoteEastpointe.com has been put together to share informatoin as efficiently and effectively as possible. This video is also a quick explanation of the ranked-choice voting process. Also, the City put together a succint flyer describing ranked-choice voting.
FairVote has created a new video about why ranked-choice voting is so important. Please watch it below.
The City in 2001 adopted a Living Wage ordinance. The purpose of the ordinance is to improve working people's lives by guaranteeing a better, livable wage than the minimum wage. for those that do business with the City. The Living Wage in 2019 means:
- 125% of the 2019 federal poverty level for a family of four: $32,187.50, or $16.09/hour based on a 2,000 hour work-year.
- 100% of the 2019 federal poverty level for a family or four, with healthcare benefits provided: $25,750, or $12.88/hour based on a 2,000 hour work-year.
The cities of Eastpointe, Roseville, and St. Clair Shores are beginning today a program to help prevent fatal fires. The group MI Prevention, formerly known as the Michigan Community Risk Reduction Task Force, is offering up to six smoke detectors and one carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in an applicant's home. Click here for more information about the program, and click here to apply!
There have been four fatal fires in the City in just the last few years. Let's work together and prevent fatal fires.
The City Council opened up a community discussion regarding marijuana regulations at their Tuesday, December 4, 2018, regular meeting. The State currently allows commercial medical marijuana facilities with elected municipal board approval, as well as growing at home as a caregiver. Eastpointe has not, at this point, opted-in for commercial medical marijuana facilities. With the passing of Proposal 1 on November 6 - with 55% of voters statewide voting in favor, and 67% of voters in Eastpointe voting in favor - recreational marijuana use and business will become legal in Michigan. As of today, recreational marijuan is legal, so long as the user has no more than 2.5 ounces on them, or 10 ounces stored away in a locked container. Both medical marijuana users and recreational marijuana users can only use on private property. Folks cannot smoke at the park, or while they are walking down the street.
The Arts & Cultural Diversity Commission had its inaugural meeting tonight at 7pm. All nine members were in attendance, in addition to Economic Development Director Mary Van Haaren, Interim City Manager Ryan Cotton, and Councilwoman Monique Owens. The members of the commission are Brandon Habermas, Joyce Lalonde, Christopher Charron, Deana Williams, April Brozowski, Sandy Koukoulas, Danielle Pomaville, Matthias Krezner and Alysa Diebolt.
Mary Van Haaren has previously suggested we paint murals throughout the City, especially on the masonry walls behind businesses. I have suggested we look at a contest through Eastpointe Community Schools to paint a warning by the storm drains that go to Lake St. Clair. In St. Clair Shores these drains are clearly marked so that the public is more aware and less likely to litter and pour unwanted liquids down the drain. Also, it would be neat to "wrap" transformers as has been done in downtown Detroit, or paint the garbage cans throughout the parks. A great cultural event that my fraternity Delta Sigma Phi hosted when I was an undergraduate was the Dance for Peace. We invited student organizations throughout the school to come and perform a dance, and also share their favorite cultural dishes.
In the end though it will be up to the Arts & Cultural Diversity Commission to think outside the box and suggest initiatives to the City Council!
Make your first stop the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce when trying to find a good or service. Utilize a local business and keep your money in the area. Click here to take a look at the Chamber's directory.
Our civil engineering firm AEW has recently completed a Pavement and Surface Evaluation Rating Assessment, and I would like to share the results with you.
To see a map of the ratings, click here.
To see a map of road types, click here.
To see the entire report, please click here.
Part of the Budget process each year is determining the rates that are seen on the water bill. The City has a July to June fiscal year, and typically the vote to approve the Budget and set the water bill rates is done at the second meeting in June. Having the vote at the last City Council meeting before the new year gives us the most amount of time to plan, estimate dollars coming into the City, and get everything into the Budget that we would like to see.
Last year, as usual, the City Administration (City Manager, Finance Director, etc.) proposed new rates for the water bill. Typically these rates increase by a few percent each year due to inflation or some increased costs with our water or sewer providers. These proposed rates were instead a 30%+ average increase to the typical resident's water bill. In many cases it was even higher, surpassing 36%, depending on the size of the Ready-to-Serve pipe and how many units of water were used that month. Obviously, this proposed increase immediately troubled me. Were we really under-charging for years (a suggestion from the Finance Director)? Was there some increase from the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) or Southeast Macomb Sanitary District (SMSD) that I had not heard about? Well, I began investigating, and well, setting water and sewer rates is complicated.