• Tuesday, October 26, 2021 12:46 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    Due to the Epidemic Health Order issued August 25, 2021, the Board voted at its Thursday, August 26, 2021 meeting to suspend in-person meetings for the rest of the year.

    The Epidemic Health Order affects public bodies starting September 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021 due to COVID-19.

    The Board will use its virtual or remote meeting schedule. All meetings start at 3 p.m. each Thursday on Zoom.us.

    Thursday, October 28, 2021 Detroit Detention Center

    On the Web:

    Use the following link and follow prompts:


    By Telephone:

    1. Call one of the these numbers:

    1(929) 436-2866              1(312) 626-6799

    1(346) 248-7799              1(301) 715-8592

    1(253) 215-8782                1(669) 900 -6833

    2. Enter the BOPC Meeting ID: 397380647  and press ## 

    The virtual or remote  meeting will use a Smartsheet form for public comments:


    * Presentations Topics are subject to change. Please review each meeting agenda for updates.

    The Board of Police Commission allows one hour from 3 -4 pm for the public to request to speak during oral communications on the Agenda.

    • For those viewing or listening by Zoom: To make a request without smartsheet, meeting participants may use "raise hand" icon on the website or press #9 on the telephone.
    • For YouTube and Facebook viewers: Due to technical limits, please enter public comments into Smartsheet.

    For meeting minutes and videos, visit www.detroitmi.gov/bopc

    With Advance Notice of Seven Calendar Days, The City of Detroit will provide interpreter Services at Public Meetings.

    To schedule: (313) 224-4950 | TTY Number 711 | email CRIO@Detroitmi.gov

    ** BOPC meetings air on City TV Channel 21 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday @  and 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. Video access also is available anytime @ detroitmi.gov/bopc.

  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021 12:43 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    Renew Detroit is a program that provides free repairs to eligible Detroit homeowners using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The program will be held in two phases, starting with the first phase of roof replacement . More than 1,500 homeowners will receive free repairs through the program. This program uses the Homeowner Property Tax Exemption (HOPE) as part of its qualification process. HOPE is a low-income homeowner's tax exemption, formerly known as HPTAP.

    Click link for additional information https://detroitmi.gov/government/mayors-office/american-rescue-plan-act/renew-detroit

  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:43 AM | Gregory Sikora

    Dear Neighbor,

    This Sunday, October 17th, The Detroit Free Press Marathon will route runners through Boston Edison as part of the new course this year.

    This is an independent event and not sanctioned by the HBEA. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding as road closures can cause inconveniences to those who live along the route. Below is some additional information regarding road closures & logistics that may impact you on race day.


    Q. When do road closures begin?

    A. Barricades will start going up as early as 4am; however, barricades do not start being secured until approximately 6:00am by DPD. If you need to move a barricade to enter/exit your home prior to it being secured by the Police, please return the barricade to its place after driving through. The event uses what is called a “Rolling Open/Closure” plan so that roads can be opened as soon as the last participant crosses the area. We expect the roads in BE to be open by approximately 10:30am.

    Q. When will runners be passing through Boston Edison?

    A. We expect runners in our neighborhood between 7:15-9:45am, with the “pack” being between 8:00-9:00am. During that time, it will be extremely difficult for vehicles to cross any section of the course safely, so please make prior arrangements with your vehicle if you need access during these times.

    Q. Can I park my car on the street along the race route?

    A. Please do not park your car on the street along the race route in order to create a clear path for the runners. There is a risk that your vehicle may be ticketed or towed if it is parked along the course. If possible, we recommend to move your vehicle by midnight Saturday night.

    Q. Where is the fluid station located?

    A. The fluid station will be located on LaSalle between Chicago & Longfellow. There will be 3 tables set up on either side of the street with Gatorade & water for the runners. Exact placement of the tables will be determined the morning of the race.

    Q. What side of W. Boston & Chicago Blvds will be closed for runners?

    A. The route will close down the south side of W. Boston Blvd. On Chicago between Woodrow Wilson & Second, the route will go against the flow of traffic and will close down the north side of the boulevard.


    The course map thru Boston Edison can be found above and online at https://www.freepmarathon.com/


    We are still seeking volunteers (35-50 in total!) to assist with the fluid station. Volunteers should arrive around 5:30am to assist with set-up and should conclude by 10:00am.

    All volunteers will receive a hooded fleece jacket (see photo below) as a thank you for their time.

    If you are interested in volunteering (including family, friends or coworkers) please fill out the form through the button below and you will be contacted directly with specific instructions on how to officially sign up with the Detroit Free Press and day-of responsibilities.


    If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Martin (hannon.becky@gmail.com) or 248-505-0964.

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021 9:23 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    The Detroit Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management will host two Public Meetings seeking residents’ input on the greatest hazard preparedness needs in Detroit.  Resident input is vital to updating the City of Detroit Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The public is invited to attend one of the following meetings:

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2021

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Stoudamire Wellness Hub

    4401 Conner St.

    Detroit, MI 48215

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2021

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Patton Community Center

    2301 Woodmere St.

    Detroit, MI 48209

    The Hazard Mitigation Plan is updated every five years.  Public input is a critical component of the process to review and update the plan as we work together to reduce or prevent loss of life and property in the event of a disaster.   

    An updated Hazard Mitigation Plan is also required in order to receive potential funding from the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  These grants can be used to help pay for the hazard mitigation efforts identified in the plan. 

  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021 8:23 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)
    Mayor's Update to Residents Header

    City of Detroit reminds residents of final major push
    to collect flood-damaged items

    Important Notice Bulk Disposal - updated (2)

    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:

    • Now through September 3, DPW will sweep through the city to remove remaining bulk debris.
    • Beginning September 4, enforcement of bulk restrictions and fines will begin.
    • Bulk items should be no more than 1,000 pounds and not exceed two cubic yards in volume.
    • All items must be placed curbside of the residence they were removed from and NOT at any other location.
    • All doors must be removed from appliances prior to setting them out for collection.
    • Construction debris, household hazardous waste, flammables, explosives, paint, batteries, fuel, oil, tires, car parts, needles, radioactive materials and chemicals are NOT considered bulk items.
    • After Sept. 3, residents must call (313) 876-0004, or use Improve Detroit App under Bulk Pickup to request curbside pickup.

    To read the full release, go here.

    Correct way to to dispose of bulk debris


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    Open Meetings Act restrictions issued
    due to rise in COVID-19 cases

    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:

    • Detroit’s community vaccination rate is currently at 42 percent, well below the 70 percent level required to achieve community immunity that is considered necessary to limit spread of the virus.
    • This remains a concern as the spread of COVID-19 is resulting in emerging and more dangerous variants, such as Delta, becoming higher proportionally through the interactions of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, all of whom can become infected with COVID-19.
    • The City of Detroit currently is experiencing a substantial rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, up from moderate.

    A copy of the order can be found here.

    City recommends indoor masks for everyone including those fully vaccinated to mitigate the spread of the Delta variant

    City Recommends Wearing Masks Indoors August 2021

    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.

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    Mayor Duggan announces James E. White as his selection
    for permanent Detroit Police Chief

    Mayor names DPD Chief White

    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.

    U-M Economic Forecast shows Detroit’s employment recovery from COVID exceeding expectations

    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:

    • Unemployment among Detroiters has already recovered to approximately 3 percent below its pre-pandemic level.
    • Detroit’s unemployment rate, which spiked to more than 38 percent in May 2020 and averaged 22 percent for a year, has declined dramatically. By contrast, Detroit’s unemployment rate so far this year has averaged 9.9 percent and registered at 8.5 percent in June.
    • Detroit’s unemployment rate is projected to average 9.5 percent this year and to decline gradually to 6.9 percent by 2026.

    Review the study here.


    Mayor Duggan and community celebrate

    $2-million transformation of 78-acre O’Hair Park

    • Nearly 80-acre park in dense residential area transformed from largely open land into multi-use park with new sports fields, shelters, walking path and other amenities
    • Project has been years in the making with extensive community input
    • O’Hair is largest of more than 150 neighborhood parks City has renovated since 2014
    O'Hair Park opening

    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: 

    • 8 soccer fields
    • 2 softball fields
    • 2 Detroit Pistons basketball courts
    • 1 baseball field
    • 1 Mile Walking Path
    • 2 Picnic Shelters
    • Fitness Equipment
    • 40-car parking lot
    • New comfort station
    • Playground enhancement
    • Other site amenities include benches, picnic tables and bike racks

    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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  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 6:46 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    News from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department

    Detroit Board of Water Commissioners
    Rescheduled August Meeting

    The Detroit Board of Water Commissioners will have its rescheduled August monthly meeting on Thursday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Water Board Building. View the presentations and other meeting documents here.

     Detroit Board of Water Commissioners August Meeting
    Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 2 p.m.
    735 Randolph Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

    Mask and social distancing required.


    Public Comment on August 26, 2021
    You may provide your public comment in-person at the meeting. We respectfully request that you maximize your three minutes by sharing all your comments/questions at one time. You will only be called upon once for public comment during the meeting. Once the chair closes public comment, there will be no other comments from the public for the duration of the meeting.

  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 12:44 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 12:38 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

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    Covid Vaccinations - 3rd Shot


    COVID-19 Vaccine | City of Detroit

    Scheduling Opens for 3rd Dose Pfizer & Moderna Vaccinations after CDC Approval Detroit residents with compromised immune systems may get a third dose at TCF Center drive-thru only by appointment. Examples of those eligible includes: Those with organ transplants Those with diseases affecting the immune system Those taking medications affecting the immune system Others with compromised immune ...


    Scheduling Opens for 3rd Dose Pfizer & Moderna Vaccinations after CDC Approval

    Detroit residents with compromised immune systems may get a third dose at TCF Center drive-thru only by appointment. 

    Examples of those eligible includes:

    • Those with organ transplants
    • Those with diseases affecting the immune system
    • Those taking medications affecting the immune system
    • Others with compromised immune systems

    Individuals who are unsure should call their doctor.

    Here’s how it works:
    1) Call 313-230-0505 to make an appointment
    2) Residents will get a 3rd dose of the vaccine originally received, whether Moderna or Pfizer.  Johnson and Johnson are not approved at this time.
    3) Individuals won’t need a prescription from a doctor but should let the scheduler know they’re getting the third shot for the compromised immune system
    4) $50 Good Neighbor program is still in place
    5) City plans to expand locations for third shots in the next week or two


    Please visit the link below to look for and apply for jobs with the City of Detroit.


    HPTAP Applications:

    The City of Detroit announced Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP) application approvals will be made on an on-going basis, eliminating the previous deadlines. The final 2021 deadline is December 13

    Due to COVID-19 the following changes have been applied:

    • No notary required for 2021
    • The City will accept 2020- and 2019-income tax return
    • The City will accept unemployment decision as proof of income


    Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP) | City of Detroit

    The Detroit Tax Relief Fund is a new assistance program that will completely eliminate delinquent property taxes owed to the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office for Detroit homeowners who have received the Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP) and the Pay As You Stay (PAYS) program.Call (313)244-0274 or visit the website to apply for financial assistance today!


  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021 3:09 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    As part of a broad campus redevelopment vision for land around the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, there is a community dog park proposed for the corner of Woodward and Trowbridge.

    The Cathedral is inviting community members to offer input to the church and to the Archdiocese (which owns the land.)  If you are interested in this project, please attend a stand-up, outdoor input session at the site Tuesday, Aug. 17th, 5-6 pm.  Interested neighbors will gather at the proposed site which is the NE corner of Woodward and Trowbridge for an update on the project and an informal focus group.

    Please extend this notice to other interested humans but no dogs yet until the area is properly fenced.

  • Thursday, July 01, 2021 11:25 AM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    Flood Cleanup Supplies for Detroit Residents

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