Detroit City Council Formal Session, 10 a.m.

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Edited and summarized by the Detroit - MI Documenters Team

Note-taking by Elyas Khan

Public commenters request locks be removed from gas station stores after a recent shooting when customers were locked in.

Live reporting by Sherrie Smith

Public commenters request locks be removed from gas station stores after a recent shooting when customers were locked in.

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08:51 AM May 16, 2023 CDT

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Meeting called to order at 10:03am
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Roll was called and quorum was present
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Invocation provided by Rev. Curtis Grant
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ASL interpretation is being provided via zoom
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Presentation of Spirit of Detroit Award by Councilmember Scott Benson celebrating Mr. L. Newby on turning 100 years old
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All Councilmembers took a photo with Mr. Newby and family
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Acceptance of requests for public comment cut off at 10:20am
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Jefferson Chalmers Water Project Presentation by Jay C. Juergensen including a 100+ slide show
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Water presentation stated over 200 million dollars of damage. Stated that Grosse Pointe was removed from the flood plain and the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood was put in it
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Some residents have seen flood insurance increase over 600%
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More info on the Jefferson Chalmers Water Project can be found on their website here: www.jeffersonchalmerswaterproject
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CORRECTION: More info on the Jefferson Chalmers Water Project can be found on their website here:
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Proposed use of funds for Jefferson Chalmers Water Project
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Councilmember Johnson thanked the presenter and asked where the numbers that are requested came from
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Councilmember Young asked where the Army Corps of Engineers and the state’s EGLE are included in the project
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Councilmember Santiago-Romero thanked the presenter for his hard work on this project
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Presenting on Jefferson Chalmers Water Project concluded
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Reports moved to committees
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🗣️ PUBLIC COMMENTS will be 1 minute and 30 seconds. 3 in-person commenters
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In-Person: Health Management Systems of America expressed disappointment that their contract was being given to a company out of Bloomfield Hills
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In-Person: M. Shelton asked that an investigation of the way bonds are issued in the city
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In-Person: Mr. H wants Inspectors to go out to gas stations and stores to have locks removed from the doors after the shooting last week. He also has a house next door that land bank is not taking care of
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In-Person: ZW off New Era Detroit echoed concern over gas stations and liquor stores being able to lock patrons inside. Stated that if they find out that businesses are locking patrons inside they will have than the city to contend with
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President Pro-Tem Tate stated that the city has put forth a memo looking into businesses that are not licensed
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Council Member Calloway read a statement re: the gas station shooting in District 2 of 3 patrons over a $3-$4 dispute, where one resident died. Also started that she is asking that criminal charges be brought against the clerk
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Council Member Young asked LPD if Stand Your Ground laws in Michigan are coming into play in these cases and if the city tracks these types of shootings
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Motion for resolution to be drafted was approved
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In-Person: JH of Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood in District 4. States the damage from the storm is ongoing, visiting a senior neighbor in the hospital with lung cancer due to the mold after the storm and asks that the court think of the people not just property
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In-Person: MT of Feedom Freedom growers asked that Council diligently review the Jefferson Chalmers Water Project
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In-Person: RF discussed the city’s motto “We hope for better things, it shall rise from the ashes“ and thanked Council for listening to citizens and hopes community members can join together
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In-person: KM stated that he wrote down requirements about jobs needed in the city. Plant your seeds early in life. Don’t be a butterfly that doesn’t know how to use its wings.
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In-person: MS of St Patrick Senior Center advocated for approval of event this Sunday, and Resolution 25.3
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Council President Sheffield stated that there are changes being made to the events process
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In-Person: RC started 1741 Ferry Park should not be on the demolition list
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Moving to Virtual Public Comments. 17 hands raised
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Virtual: Mr. C encouraged residents to ride city coaches. Saddened by gas station shooting
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Virtual: Mr. W stated Metro Detroit Petroleum dealers need to be held accountable. Also asked if track marks from drag racing and donuts be cleaned up. Also asked for police leadership to step down after license plate reader presentation
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Virtual: SH is upset about the video recorded meetings not being uploaded. Also started there should be gun-free zones. Is in support of cashless business ordinance
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Virtual: TA thanks Council Member Calloway for getting dumpling cleaned up and thankful of the Cashless Business Ordinance. Also thankful for Property Tax reform and urged all members to support
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Virtual: WD asked that Council and mayor set up task force to investigate GLWA.
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Virtual: RJ of CDAD thanking Council members for providing ARPA information. Questioned who decides what contracts get ARPA funding or not, and asked about more info regarding housing
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Virtual: CH believes ARPA funds are being misused, addressed 25.8 and cited Environmental Racism in the case of Chrysler with their passing fumes. Does not want the land bank to receive any more land
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Virtual: Wanted to thank Member Young for attempting to stop Retaliation Evictions
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Member Young listed his phone number for caller to reach him 313-224-4248
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Virtual: BV wanted to wish members a good day and echoes that businesses locking patrons in need to be addressed
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Virtual: RM wanted to inform every third Thursday DDOT Community input meetings are happening. In support of ordinance banning cashless businesses
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Virtual: R of Justice for Beniteau states we need to stop the divide re: air quality on Beniteau
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Virtual: KW started the need for back up power to perfect the city water shed Plan. Power if needed to run sump pumps
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Virtual: SR thankful for new ordinance to protect renters in Detroit
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Discussion of Line Item 15.1 Emerald Media Contract No. 6005209. Motion for Approval. Objections by Members Calloway and Johnson. Motion APPROVED
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Line Item 15.2. Member Durhal moved for approval, waiver requested. Approved
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Office of Contracting and Procurement - Member Johnson requested to discuss Line Item 16.1 Contract No. 6005166 to AllOne Health Resources Inc. Member Calloway voiced opposition and stated the city should remain with legacy Detroit Contractor the city has used for 25 years.
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Office of Contracting and Procurement - Member Waters stated that line item 16.1 Contract No. 6005166 was sent from Committee with the recommendation to deny based on bell being dropped by CRIO. Would like to vote today.
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Director Stahls stated the legacy Contractor would not have had enough points, even if they had been CRIO certified and the company certification was lapsed for over a year
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Council President Calloway asked if the contract was voted down what would be the process for choosing the next contractor.
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Motion to Approve Line Item 16.1. 2 Yeas, 7 Nays. The resolution failed. Previous contract will be extended
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Line Item 16.2 Approved and waiver granted with no objections
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Law Department - Member Santiago-Romero corrected Line Item 16.3 to add Indigenous Peoples Day to the city’s observed holidays. Approved
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Law Department - Line Item 16.4 to set public hearing APPROVED
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Law Department - Member Johnson six line items APPROVED: 16.5-16.10
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Office of Contracting and Procurement - President Pro Tem Tate moved to approve Line Items 17.1-17.3. All APPROVED
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Office of City Clerk/City Planning Commission - President Pro Tem Tate moved to approve Line Item 17.4. No objections, APPROVED
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City Planning Commission - President Pro Tem Tate moved for approval Line Item 17.5. APPROVED
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Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority - President Pro Tem Tate moved for discussion Line Items 17.6 & 17.7. Members Calloway and President Sheffield voiced their opposition to Line Item 17.6. Question arose regarding accommodating handicapped residents
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Member Young motioned to postpone Line Item 17.6 by one week. Motion FAILED
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Member Young reconsidered the motion to postpone for one week. Member Calloway objected. Motion APPROVED
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President Pro Tem motioned to approve Line Item 17.7. APPROVED
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Housing and Revitalization Department- Line Item 17.8 APPROVED
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Planning and Development Department - Line Item 17.15 moved for discussion
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Planning and Development Department - President Pro Tem motioned to approve Line Items 17.9-17.15. Objections to 17.15 by Members Waters and Calloway. APPROVED
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Office of Contracting and Procurement - Member Santiago-Romero motioned to Approve Line Items 18.1-18.11. No objections. APPROVED
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Office of the CFO/Office of Development and Grants - Member Santiago-Romero motioned to approve Line Items 18.12-18.13. No objections. APPROVED
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Mayor’s Office- Member Young motioned to approve Line Items 19.1-19.7 with discussion. Member Benson provided clarity. APPROVED
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Office of Contracting and Procurement - Line Item 19.8 re: Contact No. 3065672 for BSEED Air Monitoring near Stellantis plant. Member Santiago-Romero motioned to approve with discussion. Member Johnson questioned effectiveness of monitoring methods and procedures
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Office of Contracting and Procurement - Line Item 19.8 re: Contact No. 3065672 for BSEED Air Monitoring near Stellantis plant. 4 Objections. APPROVED
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Office of Contracting and Procurement - Member Young motioned to approve Line Items 19.9-19.11. APPROVED
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Office of CFO/Office of Development and Grants - Member Young motioned to approve Line Item 19.12. APPROVED
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Member Waters submitted for approval with discussion Line Items 19.13-19.14. Motion to end debate, 5 objections. FAILED to end debate. Member Durhal submitted a point of order
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Motion to Walk-On amended resolution for Line Item 19.14.
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Line Item 19.13 APPROVED
Line Item 19.14 APPROVED as amended. Member Johnson asked that the specific amended section be highlighted. Motioned to Call to Question.
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LINE Item 19.15 to recognize May as Nurses Month APPROVED
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All reports from City Departments referred to Committee
One Walk-on item to New Business by Member Santiago-Romero
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Member Durhal Announced District 7 Mandatory Charter Meeting Tonight 5/16 at 7pm at New Providence Baptist Church
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No Other Business
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Meeting Adjourned at 2:24pm
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This concludes my coverage of the Detroit City Council Formal Session on Tuesday May 16, 2023. For more meeting coverage, check out:
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Motion to Suspend Member Reports


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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.

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