flint firefighters http://michiganradio.org en Flint's budget process: meaningless or transitional? http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-budget-process-meaningless-or-transitional <p>Some Flint city council members and residents are expressing frustration with the way the city’s emergency manager is handling the creation of next year’s budget.</p><p></p><p>“We deserve better,” said one of the dozens of Flint residents who turned out for a public hearing on the proposed two-year city budget Monday night.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The plan includes eliminating 36 police positions and 19 firefighter jobs. The budget also calls for raising Flint’s already high water and sewer rates by 6% a year for each of the next two years.</p><p></p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17978 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's budget process: meaningless or transitional? Flint City Council members don't like budget plan which cuts police officers and firefighters http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-members-dont-budget-plan-which-cuts-police-officers-and-firefighters <p>“Insanity” – that’s how one Flint City Council member described plans to slash staffing in the city’s police and fire departments.</p><p></p><p>Flint’s emergency manager has proposed a budget that would cut 36 police and 19 fire department positions. The firefighter jobs are currently funded by a federal grant that expires next month, and the city doesn't have the money to keep them. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city is also dealing with rising retiree health insurance costs.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 03:51:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 17593 at http://michiganradio.org Flint City Council members don't like budget plan which cuts police officers and firefighters Flint's emergency manager proposes cuts to police, firefighters http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-emergency-manager-proposes-cuts-police-firefighters <p></p><p></p><p>Flint's state-appointed emergency manager is proposing a $55 million budget that would cut 36 police officer positions and 19 firefighter jobs.&nbsp;</p><p>Darnell Earley's two-year budget plan also includes higher fees for property owners for street lighting, garbage pickup and water and sewer service.&nbsp;</p><p>Dayne Walling, the mayor of Flint, joined us today.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:29:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 17564 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's emergency manager proposes cuts to police, firefighters Flint denied federal grant to pay for firefighters http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-denied-federal-grant-pay-firefighters <p></p><p>The city of Flint will not be getting a major federal grant that would have paid to keep many city firefighters on the job.</p><p></p><p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency has turned down Flint’s request for a nearly $8 million SAFER grant. The city has used two previous <a href="http://www.fema.gov/staffing-adequate-fire-emergency-response-grants">SAFER grants</a> to pay dozens of firefighters.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:53:36 +0000 Steve Carmody 17139 at http://michiganradio.org Flint denied federal grant to pay for firefighters Flint's EM wants a consultant to look at the city's public safety department http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-em-wants-consultant-look-citys-public-safety-department <p>A consultant is being brought in to assess what can be done with the city of Flint’s public safety department.</p><p></p><p>Budget cuts and smaller workforces have strained Flint’s police and fire departments in recent years.</p><p></p><p>Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley says efforts to reorganize the city's public safety departments have "really brought into question" their effectiveness.</p><p></p><p>He says the goal of the new study is to translate the city's financial resources into the public safety services the community needs.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16453 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's EM wants a consultant to look at the city's public safety department Flint ties record for murders in the city http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-ties-record-murders-city <p>66 people were murdered in Flint in 2012. That ties a record homicide rate set two years ago.</p><p></p><p>Flint’s political, religious and civic leaders have been trying to do something about the city’s high violent crime rate. But gun violence has claimed more than 60 lives for the second time in three years.</p><p></p><p>Flint Mayor Dayne Walling issued a statement, saying “it is clear that the problem of illegal and military-style guns is widespread and is a major contributing factor to” the city’s homicide rate.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:28:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 10573 at http://michiganradio.org Flint ties record for murders in the city Flint protestors gather to oppose emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-protestors-gather-oppose-emergency-manager <p>Protesters gathered in Flint to voice their opposition to the emergency manager in their city.</p><p>Since last December, Michael Brown, Flint&#39;s emergency manager, has been making decisions normally reserved for city council and the mayor. He&#39;s expected to present his budget plan for the city during a public meeting with Flint City Council tonight.</p><p>Kristin Longley of the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/04/group_protests_flint_emergency.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+flint_journal_news+%28Flint+Journal+News+-+MLive.com%29">Flint Journal</a> reports the protestors gathered outside Flint City Hall before moving inside.</p><blockquote><p>The group of more than 25 Flint residents and community members braved the rain to protest what they consider &quot;taxation without representation&quot; under the emergency manager in Flint.<br /><br />Brown adopted a budget plan last week that<a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/04/flint_fee_increases_hit_workin.html"> includes fee increases </a>for Flint residents as well as a possible reduction of 19 police officers and 31 firefighters through layoffs and attrition. Overall, city personnel would be reduced by about 150 positions.</p></blockquote><p>Longley reports lifelong Flint resident Ralph Arellano would be willing to pay more taxes for better public safety in Flint - Arello said the emergency manager system &quot;is undemocratic and undermines voters.&quot;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It&#39;s all about public safety. There&#39;s not one person who lives in Flint who doesn&#39;t have some story about public safety,&quot; said Arellano, who said his home has been broken into twice. &quot;The decisions they&#39;re making are short-term and they&#39;re short-sighted.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Protestors put up garage sale signs with the names of some of Flint&#39;s assets (ex. Brennan Park and Hurley Hospital) that could be sold off by Michael Brown should he decide to do so. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:03:25 +0000 Mark Brush 7254 at http://michiganradio.org Flint protestors gather to oppose emergency manager Flint's firefighters union and emergency manager reach agreement http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-firefighters-union-and-emergency-manager-reach-agreement <p>Flint&#39;s emergency manager, Michael Brown, and the city&#39;s firefighters union have worked out an agreement over concessions, Kristin Longley of the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/04/flint_fire_union_reaches_tenta.html">Flint Journal</a> reports:</p><blockquote><p>Brown said today that, as of this morning, it&#39;s the only signed agreement reached so far. The city has been talking with each of the six employee bargaining units, Brown has said.<br /><br />He declined to comment on the details of the proposal, saying that the fire union members are expected to review the agreement and vote on it in about 10 days.</p></blockquote><p>Brown hopes to have plan for the city&#39;s other unions in place by Friday. He&#39;s working to wipe out a budget deficit in Flint of around $11 million. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 15:06:59 +0000 Mark Brush 6902 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's firefighters union and emergency manager reach agreement Firefighters reject contract concessions, police sent layoff notices http://michiganradio.org/post/firefighters-reject-contract-concessions-police-sent-layoff-notices <p>A contract dispute between Flint's mayor and the city's public safety unions escalated Tuesday.<br> <br> Tuesday, the city of Flint sent layoff notices to 20 police officers. The city and the police unions have not been able to agree on major contract concessions to help reduce a projected budget deficit.<br> <br> Also on Tuesday, Flint firefighters rejected a proposal to slash their current contract by nearly 10 percent. Union president Raul Garcia says Flint firefighters were upset that agreeing the concessions would not protect them from future layoffs.<br> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 16:17:35 +0000 411 at http://michiganradio.org Firefighters reject contract concessions, police sent layoff notices Flint firefighters voting on new contract, chances of passage "50-50" http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-firefighters-voting-new-contract-chances-passage-50-50 <P>Flint firefighters are voting on a new contract and the outcome is far from certain. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 17:55:41 +0000 394 at http://michiganradio.org Flint firefighters voting on new contract, chances of passage "50-50"