City of Warren Mayor, Jim Fouts, is extremely pleased with the many accomplishments of his administration, the staff, employees and the residents of Warren have been able to accomplish and what is still ahead in 2017!As we usher in a New Year, Mayor James Fouts would like to take this opportunity to again thank his administration, staff, employees and the residents of The City of Warren who, together have made great accomplishments in Fire, Police, Property Maintenance, DPW, Sanitation, and Fund Balance in 2016.
The City of Warren has the best Fire Department in the state. We have won the American Heart Association top award for several years in a row. That has to do with saving lives! We also have new Fire Engines, new EMS vehicles, and lot of other new equipment.
Mayor Fouts would like to thank Skip McAdams and his fire department! A great group of dedicated guys and gals. Top notch professionals who really care!
The City of Warren has the best Police Department in the state. We have pioneered in the prevention of elder abuse scams. We have led a consortium of other cities. We are fighting a crime that most cities ignored! We have also led the state in the fight against heroin and opioid abuse. We raided several drug homes in Detroit in June and shut down some bad operations. We also helped indict 13 key leaders of the Detroit Polo Heroin Drug operation in September. Great job Jere Green and his fellow Police professionals.
The City of Warren has a strong fund balance, most likely one of the best in the area, in fact, Warren Mayor James Fouts believes Warren has “a very healthy fund balance”. Because of the Mayor’s initiatives, the City of Warren has drastically reduced over-time and other areas of waste, strengthening Warren’s fund balance in Warren, in order to continually fund much needed programs in the City.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is glad to finally be addressing the issue of chronic flooding. The City of Warren Council passed a much-needed bond to fund the development of a detention basin which finally addresses this chronic issue. This will be money well spent.
Warren City Council approved this initiative by a 5-2 vote.
Warren Mayor James Fouts’ administration is in the process of building a south Warren City Hall, which will include a new mini city hall; fire station, police station, and new library. These initiatives should help spur new development and residency in south Warren and provide a much-needed police facility.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts’ efforts have brought companies such as General Motors, who have invested $1 billion in a new GM Technical Center.
The City of Warren is currently working on a new veterans project for residency in the city. Adidtioanly, the City of Warren has a new library going up in February. Dedication ceremonies are still tentative but it should be about that time. This will be located across from Fitzgerald High School.
Mayor Fouts is happy that the City of Warren will finally have the first new first run movie theater in Warren. This dedication is tentatively scheduled for February. The City of Warren hasn’t had a first run movie theater for over 40 years!
Other New Development include the New Super Meijers at 10 and Schoenherr this year, a New Super Kroger at 13 and Schoenherr, also this year.
Mayor James Fouts is very excited about Gibbs Panning, the firm that planned the new Birmingham development, is currently working on the new Downtown Warren area. The the City of Warren is setting a goeal for a 5 star hotel and an upscale shopping store including a Whole Food, Papa Joe’s and similar venues.
Mayor James Fouts is happy that many things going on in Warren with great administrators, great employees, and a great council majority.
Warren Mayor James Fouts is most proud of the great citizens who care and want the City of Warren move forward.
Indeed the best is yet to come in 2017!
Warren Mayor James R. Fouts formally requests that the office of the Attorney General’s Office conduct a full investigation of the Freedom Hill County Park landfill illegal dumping.Dear Attorney General Schuette:
As the Mayor of Warren, Michigan’s third largest city in population, I am writing to request that your office conduct an investigation of the Freedom Hill County Park landfill illegal dumping.
Although the closed landfill is not located in the City of Warren, our city is a member of the South Macomb Disposal Authority (SMDA) that is responsible for the maintenance of this landfill. Warren’s percentage of this cost is 47 percent with the remainder of the costs going to other Macomb County cities that are SMDA members. The SMDA has spent over $3 million to remediate the landfill to meet M-DEQ requirements.
Warren Mayor James Fouts’ request centers around the decision of Mark Hackel, Macomb County Executive, to allow a contractor to illegally dump road excavation materials at the landfill without any permission to do this from the SMDA or the Michigan DEQ.
At least 200,000 yards of materials have been dumped at the closed landfill in violation of a 2005 consent decree with the M-DEQ that mandated that no action could be initiated at the Freedom Hill landfill without approval of the SMDA and the M-DEQ.
The following are excerpts from a corrective action plan for the landfill as a result of the illegal dumping prepared for the SMDA by Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc. and TRC Environmental Corporation on November 30, 2016. This corrective action was necessary because of the illegal dumping at Freedom Hill approved by County Executive Hackel:
Clearly, Mr. Hackel and the contractor had not planned or undertaken any corrective action during or after the illegal dumping.
The investigation requested by Warren Mayor James Fouts should address the following questions:
This situation could have resulted in an environmental disaster in our county. It is not enough to excuse Mr. Hackel’s actions by referring to the corrective action plan now underway. Illegal actions by public officials must have consequences to avoid actions like this in the future.
City of Warren Mayor
James R. Fouts