The City of Detroit Department of Public Works (DPW) is making a last call and final push to clean up neighborhoods of storm and flood-related debris. Now through September 3, residents should place flood-damaged items only at the curb of their residence. On September 4, bi-weekly pickup resumes, along with enforcement for putting bulk out more than 24 hours in advance of regular bulk collection day.
So far, more than 60-million pounds of bulk storm and flood related debris have been removed from neighborhoods.
If citizens have flood-damaged items they can't get to the curb by September 3, they may call (313) 876-0004 or use the Improve Detroit app under Bulk Pickup to request curbside pickup.
Quick facts residents should know:
To read the full release, go here.
Detroit Chief Public Health Officer reinstates OMA order through December 31, 2021,
in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19
In response to the growing risk to public health posed by a rise in cases linked to the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, Detroit's Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair issued an emergency public health order reinstating restrictions to the Open Meetings Act. This order, in effect beginning September 1, 2021, is aimed at reducing transmission of COVID-19 and all variants. The order states public meetings of governmental bodies subject to the Open Meetings Act will be held remotely until December 31, 2021.
The order states that action is necessary to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and to protect the public’s health in Detroit, citing the following facts and findings:
A copy of the order can be found here.
The city of Detroit's level of community transmission for COVID-19 has increased to substantial from moderate. Therefore, the Detroit Health Department is recommending that everyone - - including those who are fully vaccinated - - wear a mask indoors in order to maximize protection from the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.
Detroit is experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The new guidance on mask-wearing from the Detroit Health Department follows similar guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Free COVID-19 Testing Still Available
Free drive-through COVID-19 tests are available at the Joseph Walker Williams Community Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd., Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for Detroiters and residents of Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland. No appointment is necessary.
Online Appointments Now Available
Residents also may schedule vaccination appointments using their mobile device directly from the Detroit Health Department website: www.detroitmi.gov/health.
Mayor Mike Duggan announced James E. White as his selection for permanent Chief of Police for the Detroit Police Department, pending a final decision by the City Council. Chief White has served as Interim Chief since June 1, 2021.
“Anyone in the city who has watched the way James White has handled himself in the last two months feels very good about where the Detroit police department is headed,” said Mayor Duggan.
Chief White said he is extremely honored and humbled to have been nominated, and thanked the community for its continued support. White, born and raised in Detroit, is a 24-year veteran at the Detroit Police Department. He served as Assistant Chief since 2012 and in leadership positions for most of his tenure.
“Our community deserves excellence in policing,” said White. “We’re experiencing a 20-percent overall crime reduction and are on the right path to eradicating some of the violence we’re seeing.”
Follow the link to watch the press conference: Mayor Duggan's Chief of Police press conference.
The City of Detroit, in partnership with the University of Michigan, released its Economic Outlook for Detroit through 2026, which looks at employment, unemployment and wage trends and projections. The forecast predicts a stronger recovery in Detroit than statewide, supported by several large development projects.
According to the study, which looks at data through June 2021:
Review the study here.
One of Detroit’s largest neighborhood-based parks has been completely renovated thanks to a $2-million investment by the City that was driven by several years of community input and engagement. Residents in the O’Hair Park community are rejoicing after a multi-year plan took their 78-acre neighborhood park from desolate to developed, with an array of sports fields and courts, new shelters and equipment, as well as new site amenities.
The park, which was largely underutilized open land, now boasts the following amenities for residents in the surrounding community to take advantage of:
See more of the efforts that went into the renovation of O'Hair Park at: The Community Driven Transformation of O'Hair Park
Read the news release about O'Hair Park improvements here.
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