Lou Schimmel http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Tuesday, August 20, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-august-20-2013 <p>The deadline to formally object to Detroit's bankruptcy filing has come and gone as yesterday was the deadline to file challenges to the city's eligibility for Chapter 9 protection. On today's show: we took a look at the objections and where things go from here.</p><p>Also, emergency manager Kevyn Orr has requested that the collection of city-owned art at the DIA be formally appraised. What does this mean for the museum, the city of Detroit, and the art world?</p><p>And, the Amish community in North America has grown 20% over the past five years. We explored what's behind the growth.</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">fter nearly 5 years, the city of Pontiac's financial emergency is officially resolved.</span></p><p>Emergency manager Lou Schimmel resigned yesterday, but the state will still have a heavy hand in the city's finances.</p><p>A Transition Advisory Board appointed by Governor Snyder will have to approve all major budget decisions.</p><p>Lou Schimmel joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:24:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 14071 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Pontiac emergency manager Lou Schimmel is out of office http://michiganradio.org/post/pontiac-emergency-manager-lou-schimmel-out-office <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After nearly five years, the city of Pontiac's financial emergency is officially resolved.</span></p><p>Emergency manager Lou Schimmel resigned yesterday, but the state will still have a heavy hand in the city's finances.</p><p>A "transition advisory board" appointed by Governor Snyder will have to approve all major budget decisions.</p><p>Lou Schimmel&nbsp;was appointed to that board. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:47:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 14068 at http://michiganradio.org Pontiac emergency manager Lou Schimmel is out of office Healthcare coverage suspended for city of Pontiac retirees http://michiganradio.org/post/healthcare-coverage-suspended-city-pontiac-retirees <p>The city's emergency manager, Lou Schimmel, said the cuts are necessary to keep the city from municipal bankruptcy.</p><p>More from Chad Livengood&nbsp;of the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130715/METRO02/307150072#ixzz2Z8nNs0Uh">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p itemprop="articleBody" style="line-height: 16px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">A state board Monday approved the Pontiac emergency manager’s plan to suspend health insurance coverage for nearly 1,000 city retirees for two years and give them $400 more a month in their pension checks in lieu of the benefit.</p><p itemprop="articleBody" style="line-height: 16px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Emergency Manager Louis Schimmel had threatened the specter of Pontiac plunging into bankruptcy if the state’s Emergency Loan Board didn’t approve the plan to cut the $6 million expense.</p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Retired firefighters and police officers will not be affected by the plan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back in April, Schimmel said cutting retiree healthcare would "<a href="http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2013/04/16/news/local_news/doc516db30abac6c798293649.txt?viewmode=fullstory">structurally fix the city financially</a>."&nbsp;</span></p><p>Schimmel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is expected to end his term as Pontiac's emergency manager at the end of this month.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:01:27 +0000 Mark Brush 13540 at http://michiganradio.org Healthcare coverage suspended for city of Pontiac retirees Pontiac emergency manager says city should be ok after he leaves http://michiganradio.org/post/pontiac-emergency-manager-says-city-should-be-ok-after-he-leaves <p>The <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130617/METRO02/306170016/1409/METRO">Detroit News</a> asked Pontiac Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel if the city could go bankrupt after he leaves.</p><p>Schimmel said that won't happen if they follow his plan:</p><blockquote><p>Pontiac is into its third emergency manager, Louis Schimmel, who is scheduled to leave his job this month but first will present a two-year plan to avoid bankruptcy to citizens at a meeting at 9 a.m. at City Hall.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:47:07 +0000 Mark Brush 13078 at http://michiganradio.org Pontiac emergency manager says city should be ok after he leaves This week in Michigan politics: No Medicaid expansion, Terri Lynn Land, Hamtramck emergency http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-no-medicaid-expansion-terri-lynn-land-hamtramck-emergency <p>This week in Michigan politics, Kyle Norris and Jack Lessenberry talk about Republican opposition to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/whats-happening-medicaid-michigan">Medicaid expansion</a>, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land’s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/terri-lynn-land-plans-run-us-senate">candidacy </a>for the U.S. Senate, and the financial emergency in the city of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/city-hamtramck-another-financial-emergency-according-state">Hamtramck.</a></p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:50:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12887 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: No Medicaid expansion, Terri Lynn Land, Hamtramck emergency Pontiac schools headed for an emergency manager? http://michiganradio.org/post/pontiac-schools-headed-emergency-manager <p>Will Michigan's next emergency manager operate the Pontiac School District?</p><p>More from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Officials plan to wrap up a review by next month of the Pontiac School District's finances that could lead to the appointment of an emergency manager or other measures.</p><p>District officials recently were notified by state Superintendent Mike Flanagan of the preliminary financial review, which is to begin Monday and end by May 24.</p><p>In a letter, Flanagan describes the public school district's situation as "critical and alarming."</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:47:03 +0000 Mark Brush 12317 at http://michiganradio.org Pontiac schools headed for an emergency manager? Judge rules against Pontiac emergency manager on pensions http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-rules-against-pontiac-emergency-manager-pensions <p>PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A judge says Pontiac's state-appointed emergency financial manager violated the Open Meetings Act in making changes to the city's retiree pension board.</p><p><a href="http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2013/02/14/news/local_news/doc511bb4d4ef1e3757356488.txt?viewmode=fullstory">The Oakland Press of Pontiac</a> and the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130213/NEWS03/130213060/Judge-overrules-Pontiac-emergency-manager-on-pensions?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> report Oakland County Circuit Judge Rae Lee Chabot on Wednesday ruled against Lou Schimmel, who last year cut the pension board from 11 members to five amid concerns about spending.</p><p>Chabot says the change "looks like a dictatorship."</p><p>Schimmel says he disagrees with the judge's order but he'll comply with the directive. He's working to fix the finances of the cash-strapped city.</p><p>The preliminary injunction comes in a lawsuit filed by the City of Pontiac Retired Employees Association. The board is scheduled to meet this month.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Pontiac's finances have been under state supervision since 2009. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:38:51 +0000 The Associated Press 11235 at http://michiganradio.org Judge rules against Pontiac emergency manager on pensions Pontiac's City Council challenges city's emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/pontiacs-city-council-challenges-citys-emergency-manager <p>The Pontiac City Council is trying to reclaim its authority lost to the state-appointed emergency financial manager.</p><p>Louis Schimmel became the cash-strapped city's third emergency manager in 2011.<br><br>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120813/NEWS03/120813077/Pontiac-city-council-votes-to-reclaim-power-over-emergency-manager">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that yesterday, all present council members approved a resolution demanding that authority over all city finances and financial decision-making be restored to the mayor and council.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:53:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8668 at http://michiganradio.org Pontiac's City Council challenges city's emergency manager Pontiac EM says no to Silverdome tax break http://michiganradio.org/post/pontiac-em-says-no-silverdome-tax-break <p>Lou Schimmel, Pontiac&#39;s state-appointed Emergency Manager, has denied a tax-break request from the owners of the Pontiac Silverdome.</p><p>The former home of the Detroit Lions is owned by Triple Investment Group who were seeking a special break to make improvements to the stadium, but as the Associated Press reports, the work they were planning wasn&#39;t what Schimmel had in mind:</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:27:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6788 at http://michiganradio.org Pontiac EM says no to Silverdome tax break Pontiac firefighters protest plans to shutter department http://michiganradio.org/post/pontiac-firefighters-protest-plans-shutter-department <p>First the police department, and now the fire department.</p><p>The city of Pontiac, like many cities across the U.S., is facing a future with less money.</p><p>The state-appointed emergency manager in Pontiac, Lou Schimmel, wants to close the city&#39;s fire department.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/oakland_county/pontiac-emergency-manager-louis-schimmel-plans-to-shutter-the-city%27s-fire-department">WXYZ News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Closing the fire department, Schimmel says, is one part of the solution and will save the city $3 million. Schimmel says pay and benefit cuts will come with the deal. &quot;If we do everything the same, we&#39;ll be out of business and nobody&#39;s going to get paid,&quot; Schimmel says. &quot;They&#39;ll all lose their jobs.&quot; Schimmel has given firefighters until Friday to ratify the deal.</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111206/NEWS03/111206007/Pontiac-fire-fighters-picket-over-plan-close-department?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> quotes Kenneth Estell, a trustee with Pontiac Firefighters Union Local 376 who says the union will fight the changes &quot;to the end&quot;:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We love our jobs. We love our citizens. There&rsquo;s a lot of tradition in this department. And we&rsquo;re saving the citizens money. And when it comes to the safety of the citizens, we provide a good service.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Estell says they&#39;ve offered alternatives to the proposed cuts.</p><p>Pontiac&#39;s emergency manager says their proposals don&#39;t come close to the $3 million in cuts needed. From the Detroit Free Press:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s the only option -- we save $3 million,&rdquo; Schimmel said, adding the changes would take effect in January. &ldquo;There is no way in the world we can save $3 million by keeping our own fire department. They didn&rsquo;t even come close to a million dollars, let alone $3 million. And we are running out of cash.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Pontiac firefighters have until Dec 9 to approve of a plan that would &quot;offer early retirement to 18 firefighters, bonuses to others and the opportunity to be hired by Waterford Township.&quot;</p><p>As a state-appointed emergency manager, Schimmel has the authority to dissolve existing union contracts. Tue, 06 Dec 2011 17:45:31 +0000 Mark Brush 5266 at http://michiganradio.org Pontiac firefighters protest plans to shutter department A conversation with Pontiac Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel http://michiganradio.org/post/conversation-pontiac-emergency-manager-lou-schimmel <p>Several Michigan cities are facing the possible appointment of an emergency manager.</p><p>Lou Schimmel has served as an emergency manager in Hamtramck and Ecorse and currently works as the EM in Pontiac.</p><p>He spoke with Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White about his job as the city&#39;s emergency manager and his plan for the city.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-994795.mp3 Tue, 22 Nov 2011 21:18:02 +0000 Jennifer White 5107 at http://michiganradio.org A conversation with Pontiac Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel