Detroit City Council Formal Session

Detroit City Council
Politics

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Edited and summarized by the Detroit - MI Documenters Team

Note-taking by Karen Lemmons

City officials gave updates on solar farms. Ordinance prohibiting patrons from being locked inside stores was approved. Council President Mary Sheffield issued an apology to Detroiters acknowledging the city’s role in systemic racism and generational harm to Black families.

Live reporting by Sherrie Smith

City officials gave updates on solar farms. Ordinance prohibiting patrons from being locked inside stores was approved. Council President Mary Sheffield issued an apology to Detroiters acknowledging the city’s role in systemic racism and generational harm to Black families.

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08:12 AM Jun 25, 2024 CDT

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Here is the agenda for today’s meeting. It’s also available online at:
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For info on how to attend today’s meeting check out the Detroit City Council webpage page:
detroitmi.gov/government/cit…
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While you wait for today’s meeting to start, check out the thread from last week’s meeting here:
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Meeting called to order at 10:07am
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🏆 SPIRIT OF DETROIT AWARD PRESENTATIONS 🏆 Councilmember Benson presented to Mr. Byron Tim’s for 32 years of service to Detroit Public Schools
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🏆 SPIRIT OF DETROIT AWARD PRESENTATIONS 🏆 Councilmember Whitfield-Calloway presented Mr. C. Williams founder of Motown Portrait Photography
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Public Comment is cut off
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NEIGHBORHOOD SOLAR INITIATIVE UPDATE, members of the Office of Sustainability
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Councilmember Calloway asked “What was learned from O’Shea Park Solar Park?” The team responded that O’Shea Park was a DTE project and there were no Community Benefits
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Councilmember Durhal spoke passionately in response to Member Calloway’s objections to putting solar parks in the city when they are not put in expensive neighborhoods outside the city
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Council President Pro Tem Tate voiced that he is not fully supportive and mentioned the unattractiveness of O’Shea Park
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Councilmember Young listed percentages of utility and housing burden in the city of Detroit and stated that the taxes are “too damn high”
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Office of Sustainability Director, Tepfirah Rushdan, responded to Council questions
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Council President Mary Sheffield asked of the 3 chosen neighborhoods, what the percentage of approval was for each neighborhood. Response: The owner occupied homes approved the plans 100%.
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⏩ STANDING COMMITTEE REFERRALS ⏩
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🗣️ PUBLIC COMMENT 🗣️ Each speaker will have 1.5 minutes to speak
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Online Commenter: City of Detroit needs to cancel the contract with Plante Moran, and elections issues in Detroit go back 20 years
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In-person Commenter: Corktown residents cannot park and have no power to make decisions
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Online Commenter: stated that there were fraudulent absentee ballots and most of the City Council members’ elections were fraudulent as well
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Council President Sheffield stated that on July 9th there will be a discussion on the integrity of Detroit elections during the City Council Formal Session
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Multiple callers speaking about the solar farms; some concerns were waste creation, neighborhood stabilization and cutting utility costs for residents
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🗣️ END OF PUBLIC COMMENT 🗣️
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📑 STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS 📑
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PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
Item 16.14 garnered A LOT of discussion re: Extension of time for Brodhead Armory Project
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PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
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Demolition Director, LaJuan Counts joined today to answer questions from Council about the Trial Demolition Program, which allows contractors who have not done demo in Detroit to be able to do emergency demolitions
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UNFINISHED BUSINESS
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Others moved to New Business for a vote and APPROVED
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⏪ REWIND ⏪
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS-
PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
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⏪ REWIND ⏪
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS-
PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
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⏪ REWIND ⏪ PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDING COMMITTEE (Click to expand photos)
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NEW BUSINESS (Click to expand photos)
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NEW BUSINESS Continued (Click to expand photos)
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Line item 18.25 here is the apology resolution to black residents from City Council President
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Items Referred to Committees and the Weekly Schedule of when committees meet (Click to expand)
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MEMBER REPORTS - Councilmember Latisha Johnson, District 4, upcoming events
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MEMBER REPORTS - Councilmember Fred Durham, District 7, upcoming events
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Meeting adjourned at 2:26pm
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This concludes my live-tweeting of the Detroit City Council Formal Session for 6/25/24. For more meeting coverage, check out:
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Agency Information

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The Detroit City Council is the legislative body of Detroit, Michigan, United States. The Council is responsible for the creation of local laws—called ordinances. Additionally they pass resolutions, motions, and the proposed city budget. The full-time council is required to meet every business day for at least 10 months of the year, with at least eight of these meetings occurring at a location besides city hall. The council may convene for special meetings at the call of the mayor or at least four members of council. Areas of responsibility for the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee include, Budget, Finance and the Auditor General.

City Council members are elected on the same cycle as the Mayor and will be elected in 2021. Seven members represent the seven council districts, while two members are elected at-large.

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