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El Supremo


Flint council must decide what to do with budget signed by departed emergency manager

Ron Fonger | rfonger1@mlive.com By Ron Fonger | rfonger1@mlive.com
on May 13, 2015 at 5:50 AM, updated May 13, 2015 at 5:51 AM

FLINT, MI -- If they want to change former emergency manager Jerry Ambrose's two-year financial plan for Flint, members of the City Council will have to work in reverse.

Ambrose signed a two-year budget in his final days in City Hall late last month, just one day after he, City Administrator Natasha Henderson and Mayor Dayne Walling introduced the proposed budget.

Council President Josh Freeman told his colleagues Monday, May 11, that state officials required Ambrose to sign the order adopting the budget before he could leave his position as emergency manager.

MLive-The Flint Journal could not immediately reach Freeman or Councilwoman Monica Galloway, chairwoman of the council's Finance Committee, for further comment Tuesday, May 12.

Walling said council should still hold hearings and propose any changes it wants to make to the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Changes would require approval of Flint's Receivership Transition Advisory Board, which Gov. Rick Snyder appointed April 29.

"I expect there will be (changes) because every budget can be improved when there's more feedback and input," Walling said. "When I made the budget presentation, I said I expected there would be improvements to the budget because of the council's feedback."

Council members have been waiting for that type of input since Snyder found the city was in a state of financial emergency and installed a series of four emergency managers.

Flint remains in receivership without an emergency manager but with the oversight board maintaining veto authority over local decisions.

The $51 million budget presented by Walling and Ambrose leaves water and sewer rates unchanged, includes the hiring of 10 part-time police officers and puts Flint in a positive financial position -- with no deficit -- for the first time in a decade.

Among other highlights in the budget and a five-year financial plan:
The water deposit fee for renters has been dropped by $100 to $250.
Police staffing, which includes 99 sworn officers and 15 civilians, is increased by 10 part-time officers, and a telephone response unit is included as a result of the planned 911 consolidation. Seven of the 10 part-time positions are to be paid for by, and assigned to, Hurley Medical Center.
With the receipt of a $7 million loan from the state, the general fund deficit is expected to be eliminated by June 30.
Property tax, income tax, revenue sharing and other general sources of revenue are projected to grow by an average of 1.2 percent annually while expenses are projected to grow by 2.4 percent -- potentially requiring some changes in future years.
Staffing for all city services is 523 full-time equivalents and drops to 502 in the next fiscal year and 470 in the following fiscal year.

City Councilman Eric Mays said he was frustrated to find out Ambrose signed the two-year budget as one of his final acts before leaving his position here.

"I'm appalled somebody would tell me this was a proposed budget" and sign it one day later, Mays said. "The budget is one of the most important responsibilities" of the council. "We were told we were fixing to go through a budget process."

Ron Fonger is a reporter for The Flint Journal. Contact him at rfonger1@mlive.com or 810-247-9963. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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Post Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:46 am 
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"Police staffing, which includes 99 sworn officers and 15 civilians, is increased by 10 part-time officers, and a telephone response unit is included as a result of the planned 911 consolidation. Seven of the 10 part-time positions are to be paid for by, and assigned to, Hurley Medical Center. "


With two year restricted budget, how does the City Administration and the Police Chief plan to reconcile the excessive overtime needed by the Police Department and the proposed $83,000 to $84,000 position for the telephone response team supervisor to oversee 6to 7 part time staff?

The uptick in crime, despite the deployment of additional State Police, has meant that many police have not had a day off in months. One officer left for a better paying job and other officers are waiting to retire. We are approaching the largest graduation class in Flint Police history.

And 99 officers does not mean that many are on the street. There are administrative officers, Captains, Lts., Sgts.,as well as traffic division and other specialized units. Even with higher numbers of officers, there was times there was only a less than skeleton crew o the streets. Throw in a shooting or other serious crime and you might have only 1 officer free for calls. The remaining cops are securing the scene and performing other tasks.

Where is the department saving money by using overtime in lieu of officers?
Post Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:06 am 
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El Supremo

crime on the rise

911 Center update


911 & court consolidation- does it screw City employees

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Post Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:15 am 
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El Supremo


Flint-Genesee County 911 merger pushed back to mid-August

Fonger | rfonger1@mlive.com By Ron Fonger | rfonger1@mlive.com
on June 04, 2015 at 7:00 PM, updated June 04, 2015 at 7:02 PM

FLINT, MI -- A planned merger of the Flint and Genesee County 911 systems will take a few months longer than expected to complete.

County 911 Director Lloyd Fayling said Thursday, June 4, that he's targeted Aug. 17 for Flint to return to the countywide dispatch system after initially targeting June 31.

Members of the Flint City Council were told of the delay during a committee meeting Wednesday, June 3.

Fayling said the primary reason for the delay is the need to outfit additional Flint police vehicles with in-car computers.

Although Flint received a grant to do that work, City Administrator Natasha Henderson told the council that the project isn't yet complete.

In September, former Flint emergency manager Darnell Earley and Fayling announced plans for Flint to rejoin the county dispatch system nearly two decades after the city broke away and created its own, independent operation.

The merger is expected to save Flint about $1 million a year compared to the cost of operating its own system.
Post Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:26 am 
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10 days ago

It's not as simple as outfitting...I understand that a few Flint city dispatchers failed the Psychobiological testing requirement and now a few from the city counsel and the county board of Commissioners are crying that it's racial bias testing....."

This anonymous poster to the Flint Journal has a Planet of the Apes avatar. He usually has a race baiting comment.

There were some males (both races) on the Flint 911 that passed previous psychological testing only to be rejected by the female tester from Detroit.

It can not be a coincidence that the 911 consortium site shows black females hired in the last 4 months and no black males.

Draw your own conclusion.
Post Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:39 am 
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Actually the 911 consortium has been set back to a date in September. The primary reason is the failure of the county 911 to hire the staff.
Post Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:40 am 
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The City of Flint seeks to rejoin the Genesee County 9-1-1 operations to form one Public Safety Answering Point located at the County Consortium Headquarters on Corunna Road, Flint Township; and

This will upgrade the public access capabilities to report crimes, to reduce duplication of efforts, and to reduce costs; and
Any and all expenditures relative to the rejoining are specifically outlined in the agreement attached hereto, and shall be drawn from appropriated funding in addition to specific grant funds, that shall be identified by the Emergency Manager and the Deputy Finance Director.

IT IS RESOLVED that the Emergency Manager hereby approves the attached Flint and Genesee 9-1-1 Rejoining Plan, September 2014, updated April 2015, and authorizes City officials to expenditures and applicable grant funding as specified in the attached plan. Further, City have the authority to create budget line items necessary to accomplish the plan.

___ S Gerald Ambrose~Emergency Manager
Dawn Steele, Deputy Finance Director

Flint and Genesee County 9-1-1 Rejoining Plan
September 2014. updated April 2015
Objective: Successfully rejoin the Genesee County 9-1-1 operations to form one Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) located at the county Consortium Headquarters on Corunna Rd, Flint Twp. in order to upgrade the public access capabilities to report crimes, to reduce duplication of efforts, and to reduce

Current situation: Prior to 1997 Flint and the County operated one 9-1-1 Dispatch Center. The City of Flint ended that relationship and formed its own 9-1-1 Center located in the Flint Fire Department. The current Flint 9-1-1 operators work in crowded conditions in the lower level of Station #1. Technology upgrades have occurred on a delayed basis and more equipment upgrades are needed now.
The City receives 90% of the Flint generated, State collected, phone user assessments. As the chart below shows, this surcharge amount has declined; and is expected to decline further as the citys population continues to reduce. Also, as an 800 MHz non-member user, Flint pays $100/mic/yr. (a total of $26,000)
to the Consortium and can be billed another $200/mic/yr to the Michigan Public Safety Communication System (MPSCS). In order to operate the Flint 9-1-1 Center the General Fund supplements the dispatch operation $1.9 million per year. Additionally, the City must pay for all capital improvements for the 9-1-1
9-1-1 Surcharge Revenue
$ 80 0, 000. 00
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Additionally, there is an immediate need to make significant capital expenditures to maintain the current separate systems. This is an excellent time to evaluate where such funds for capital costs could be best deployed. After next year, the currently used- Flint dispatch consoles will no longer be supported by Motorola. The next level of text and photo reporting capability is known as Next Generation 911 (NG911) and this requires many technology upgrades including a new phone system and new consoles.

911. gov explains Next Generation 911 this way:
Next Generation 911 (NG91I) will enhance the 911 system to create a faster more flexible, resilient, and
scalable system that allows 911 to keep up with communication technology used by the public. Put simply, NG9I 1 is an Internet Protocol (lP)-based system that allows digital information (e.g., voice, photos, videos, text messages) to flow seamlessly from the public, through the 911 network, and on to emergency responders.

While the technology to implement NG9I 1 systems is available now, the transition to NG91 1 involves much more than just new computers. Implementing NG91 1 will include activities of many people, who will coordinate efforts to plan and deploy a continually evolving system of hardware! software, standards, policies, protocols
and training.

Studies have been done to explore the potential to rejoin these operations. In 2005 one of the biggest difficulties to overcome was the different radio systems in use by the County (800MHZ) and Flint Public Safety (wide band radios). This was resolved in 2013 when Flint joined the 800 MHz system. All public safety agencies in the county and around the State, including MSP, can now be in direct contact. Another
enhancement to the 800MHz system is the Flint addition of a simulcast tower to the Genesee County system. This tower will increase coverage for all 800 MHz radio users in Flint and also enhances the ability for a county-wide operation.
As shared services in the County expand there is also need for support services to be more closely linked.

Since July 2013, EMS calls have been answered through the Sheriffs Department. Those city generated calls must be answered at Flint 9-1-1 and then forwarded to the Consortium 9-1-1 for dispatch. Also, as is often noted: Crime knows no boundaries and ever increasing incidents involve multiple police agencies.An integrated dispatching system is a benefit in these situations.

Emergency Managers Brown, Kurtz and Earley have each included a goal of pursuing rejoining the 9-1-1 Consortium in their EVIP Shared services reporting and their Financial and Operating Plans. Benefits to the City: The Flint 9-1-1 operators have successfully handled tremendous volumes of calls under difficult physical conditions. Now, the City is facing significant capital expenses just to keep its
system functioning, and along with these upgrades will come additional operating expenses. City residents expect to see the most current capabilities for calls for service. New functions for 9-1-1 through Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) are now on the horizon. A cell phone user will soon be able to send text and pictures to 9-1-1. In order to provide this service, Flint needs a new phone system and new consoles to handle this required upgrade. A consolidated dispatching center would provide Flint residents and businesses with this capability, and would deduce not increase - costs.

As a member of the Consortium, Flint would participate in the NG911 capability, no further charges would be payable for the mobile or handheld radios; new radios would be supplied by the Consortium when needed. Mobile (in vehicle) computers would be supplied by the Consortium for both police and tire vehicles which Flint Fire does not have at this time.

The biggest impact to the City would be the improvement of services to Flint residents and visitors, and a significant reduction in costs to the Citys General Fund budget. It is projected that the savings to the General Fund could be over $1 million annually (see attached Budget Report). This reduction in costs
would allow funds to be reallocated to other areas of the General Fund, including Police and Fire, which currently consumes approximately 60% of all General Fund expenditures.

Costs to Rejoin: The Consortium has conducted a study on the needed building, equipment and network revisions which would be required to implement this move. They estimated the onetime costs to be $1.2 million. The City has received a C-GAP grant amendment to pay $386,000 for the building expansion and associated improvements at the Consortiums dispatch center. This expansion was necessary in order to accommodate the added dispatchers. The City currently receives $1.19 million from the 911 surcharge, and with a single system, these funds would be retained by the County system. Also, the new simulcast tower, which was built with C-GAP funds, will be transferred to the Consortium and will become part of
the county-wide simulcast system. A lease for the City property on which the tower sits will be developed between the Consortium and the City. The Consortium will then take over the yearly maintenance costs of the tower.
Timing: The 9-1-1 Consortium Director has a schedule for facility expansion which shows completion in March of 2015. While there is no final timeline for completing the physical relocation, the expectation is that the joining will be completed before the end of the FY15 fiscal year.

Steps for the Consortium and for the City of Flint: The City of Flint formally sought to pursue rejoining of the Flint and Genesee County 9-1-1 operations through Darnell Earleys response to the Consortiums general topics letter in June 2014. Since then the Consortium has investigated the costs and other adjustments necessary to implement this project.

On September 9, 2014, 2pm, in the County Commissioners Harris Auditorium, the Consortium membership will discuss this request, and the Genesee County 9-1-1 Consortium membership voted 93% yes to accept Flint into the Consortium.
On February 19, 2015, the simulcast tower transfer, tower lease and dispatch services proposal were sent to Flint City Council per MCL 141.1559(2). Following 10 days of consideration, there was no disapproval from City Council.

Report Prepared by: Elizabeth 5. Murphy, Assistant to the Emergency Manager
Post Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:07 am 
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El Supremo

The last EM report was 4-15-15 and it detailed the continuing financial challenges for the City of Flint.

*stagnant revenues and growth in property taxes and income taxes revenue
*significant increases in legacy costs, and retiree health care costs
* resulting significant gaps between revenues and expenditures
**Requires increases in other revenue and decreases in city staffing and services, including the possibility of public safety services

*The financial forecast for the next several years beyond FY 16 show a continuing financial challenge facing the City of flint

*The City will be extremely challenged to provide even the most basic of ciy services
Post Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:36 pm 
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Shayne Hodges shared City of Flint Police Department's post.
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City of Flint Police Department
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Over the course of the last few weeks, the Crime Area Target Team has executed seven search warrants which has led to the confiscation of eight illegally possessed guns, along with a large amount of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Several of these warrants began as investigations into ongoing neighborhood complaints from proud, hard working residents that are tired of the nonsense. If you have any illegal activity in your neighborhood that you would like the CATT Squad to address, please contact Lieutenant Mark Boudreau at 810-237-6883 or at mboudreau@cityofflint.com
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Post Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:43 pm 
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I am sure the CATT Team, detectives,and our patrol officers have contributed greatly to the lower crime numbers and solved rates.
Post Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:20 pm 
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Order No. 23 - City of Flint
Agreement between the City of Flint and the Flint Police Officers Association Union; and ..... In arbitration matters, in which the arbitrator reduces the discipline, ...

This was a EM Darnell Earley imposed contract between the dates of July 16, 2014 to June 16, 2016. The new contract is now in arbitration.
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Flint police and firefighters in talks after state-imposed contract ends

Print Email Dominic Adams | dadams5@mlive.com By Dominic Adams | dadams5@mlive.com

on September 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM, updated September 19, 2016 at 4:01 PM
FLINT, MI - Firefighters and police officers are in the midst of negotiating a new contract with city officials for the first time after an emergency manager-imposed contract expired in June.

Flint Police Officer Association President Kevin Smith said he hopes to have a new contract ironed out by the end of the month.

"We've had great talks and I'd have to say from talking with Mayor (Karen) Weaver, the city administrator and the chief of police - they're very open and we're trying to work something out," Smith said. "It's been very promising where it hasn't in the past."

Former Emergency Manager Darnell Earley imposed the current contract on police officers in July 2014 that ran through June 30.

The contract continues on a month-to-month basis until a new contract is mutually agreed on.

Under terms of the current deal, new officers earn $34,860 during their first six months, $36,444 over the next six months and earn $38,112 when officers start their second year of employment.

An officer in Flint makes $42,345 at the start of their third year on the force, $46,575 in year four and $53,535 in an officer's fifth year, according to the contract.

Police officers in Flint earn $55,000 at the start their 10th year, the contract says.

"There's no arguing, no fighting - I want the police officers to get what they deserve," said Chief Tim Johnson. "I'm on the officers' side. I'm not on the city's side. I want them compensated. Everything (the emergency manager-imposed contract) took from our officers - I want it back."

Johnson said Weaver also is standing in support of both the police and fire departments.

He said he will meet with Weaver and other city officials to discuss the contract later this week.

The Flint Journal could not reach Weaver for comment on Monday, Sept. 19.

There were no compensation rates for firefighters in the contract posted to the city's website.

Firefighters have been working under a contract imposed by Earley in January 2015. That contract continues on a month-to-month basis after expiring June 30.

The Flint Journal could not reach fire Chief Ray Barton or Jeremy Gilbert, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 352, for comment on the talks.
Post Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:25 am 
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El Supremo

The new "traveling Mayor" needs to work with issues that are not water related, and stop acting like a "one trick pony". Every time she is criticized she holds a press conference on water and lead.

If what citizens are telling me is true, she needs to sweep her office of outside influences. She needs to either answer constituents calls or provide for someone to answer them in coordination with the appropriate council person. I can't believe an elected official allows a person who doesn't even reside in Flint run her office in her absence.

Has she really left Aonie Gilcreast to deal with city business in her absence? And why are some people stating he should get paid for all of the work he performs for the city? He is not elected and not a Mayoral appointee, therefore he has no right to be conducting the business of the city.
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