Midtown Alliance Third Precinct Police/Community Relations Council
Mayor Duggan's COVID-19 Update - May 20, 2020
The City of Detroit has begun its first road improvement program in the era of COVID-19, with plans to repave 93 miles of major roads and residential streets under strict work safety rules announced three weeks ago by Mayor Mike Duggan. Road construction plans were announced at the Mayor's briefing May 20.
This year, City workers and contracted work crews will resurface 44 miles of major thoroughfares and 49 miles of local roads, with one bridge being rehabilitated. Work will include construction on five separate streetscape projects designed to beautify and enhance commercial corridors.
In all cases, safe workplace protocols have been put in place to ensure that the safety of City and contracted employees and the public is maintained.
Some of the major thoroughfares slated for improvements include sections of Conner, Wyoming, E. Lafayette, Hubbell, Burt, and Joy Road. Work is already underway on some projects and, weather permitting, the construction season will continue through December.
The City also will revitalize five commercial corridors, which in most cases includes new wider sidewalks for café seating, landscaping, improved lighting, separated bike paths and new pavement. Those locations are:
Kercheval from E Grand Blvd. to Parker
McNichols from Greenlawn to Livernois
Conant from Davison to Carpenter
Rosa Parks from Clairmount to W. Grand Blvd
Grand Parklet at the intersection of Puritan/Plainview/Grand River
Funding for these projects will come from a combination of federal and state transportation funds, as well as road bond funds approved in 2017. The road construction and streetscape projects will cost $89 million.
Detroit businesses can register for the Detroit Means Business program beginning at 6 p.m. May 20, according to Charity Dean, Director of the City’s Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department. Dean provided the update at Mayor Duggan's briefing May 20.
The Detroit Means Business program is the work of a coalition of 33 government, business, nonprofit and philanthropic partners assisting Detroit small businesses with safely and successfully reopening. Support is available to Detroit small businesses, emphasizing those with under 50 employees.
Beginning May 21, the City’s business support team will take calls to answer questions regarding the new program. Business owners can call (844) 333-8249 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In addition, business owners can view the first Webinar addressing how a company can bring employees back to work without impacting employees’ unemployment benefits. A second Webinar on May 22 will focus on marketing.
On the new site, DetroitMeansBusiness.org, business owners will find: reopening guidelines developed by the Detroit Health Department; sources to obtain PPE; Webinars on how to operate a business safely; and financial and technical resources for businesses in the COVID-19 era.
The annual Ford Fireworks is set for August 31 as a television-only event, said Tony Michaels, President and CEO of The Parade Company, at the Mayor's briefing May 20. Spectators will not be allowed to view the fireworks in person because of the Coronavirus.
The theme for this year’s event is We Are One Together. In addition to the fireworks display, the three-hour show on WDIV Channel 4 will recognize frontline workers and individuals impacted by the virus.
COVID-19 Testing Now Available to All Detroiters
Beginning May 20, any Detroit resident can get a free COVID-19 test at the State Fairgrounds.
Residents will need to make an appointment and have identification when they arrive for the test. However, they won’t need a doctor’s prescription or to be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Residents should call (313) 230-0505 to schedule an appointment. For Identification, residents can use:
State or City ID
Documents showing their address in last 30 days, such as a utility bill, pay stub, lease agreement or credit card statement
Ascension Health has joined the coalition of health care organizations and governments providing tests at the Fairgrounds, helping to increase testing capacity. As many as 2000 tests are administered daily at the site.
Health Department Continues Testing at Senior Apartment Buildings
The Detroit Health Department (DHD) has tested 1600 residents at 30 senior apartment buildings, said Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair at the Mayor’s briefing May 20. The infection rate is roughly two percent.
Testing at senior buildings is expected to be completed by mid-June.
Nursing Home Residents to Get Second Test
In addition, DHD is now doing a second round of tests on seniors at Detroit nursing homes. The department has completed testing at half of the nursing homes, which began in April.
Violators of the Governor’s executive orders to stay home, practice physical distancing and avoid public gatherings could be fined up to $1000.
Health Department Hotline
Keeping Detroit residents healthy and safe is the number one priority of the Detroit Health Department. Call (313) 876-4000 for guidance 24/7 on next steps if you are:
A healthcare provider with a possible COVID-19 positive patient
An individual who suspects they have COVID-19
Meals Available for Detroit Families and Seniors For information on locations, go to detroitmi.gov/food.
Need Your Water Turned On? During the COVID-19 outbreak, Detroiters living in households with no water service can sign up for the Water Restart Plan to restore service and keep their water flowing for only $25 per month. Thousands are already participating: sign up here!
Income Tax Deadline now July 15 The City of Detroit has pushed back the deadline for residents and non residents who must file City income taxes to July 15.
We are making every attempt to make it easier for the community to have access to Detroit City Council Formal Session Referrals and Voting Action links. The Referrals link will not change, however, the Voting Actions link will change weekly.
The Link Below is for the City Council Referrals Link (once you are in the document if there is a paperclip, click on the paperclip to view additional documents)
This Thursday at 7 p.m. on May 21, we will focus on Census 2020 and how getting an accurate count in Michigan's most diverse County is being affected by COVID-19.
Wayne County will need all the resources we are entitled to - and then some - to get ourselves back on the right track. But to do this, we need everyone to participate in the Census. If you think this doesn't matter to you, please listen in on Thursday so we can explain to you just how wrong you are. This is about you, your friends, your family and your community. This is about all of us. Please tune in.
Vehicle Operator I - Seasonal Position - General Services Department
HIRING 14 SEASONAL VEHICLE OPERATORS
START DATE MAY 18, 2020 - OCTOBER 1, 2020* *Dates subject to change
VALID CLASS A OR B COMMERCIAL DRIVERS LICENSE WITH AIR BRAKE ENDORSEMENT REQUIRED
APPLY Salary $15.16 Hourly Location MI 48226, MI Job Type Certified-Regular Civil Service Department General Services Job Number64-20193721523
APPLY Salary $10.60 - $10.87 Hourly Location MI 48226, MI Job Type Certified-Regular Civil Service Department General Services Job Number 64- 2019420209Season
Under immediate supervision, performs a variety of routine grounds/landscape maintenance work in an assigned small park or landscaped area.
Examples of Duties
MAJOR JOB DUTIES:
Performs routine maintenance work in parks, parkways, play fields, or other landscaped areas.
Mows lawns, trims hedges and prunes shrubbery.
Assists in the care of trees, shrubs, and shrub beds, including fertilizing and spraying.
Drains, cleans, and refills wading pools and display fountains.
Waters lawns, trees, and plants using sprinkler systems, water hoses, or watering cans.
Fills holes and low spots with dirt or cold pack and levels off rough ground.
Cleans assigned areas and equipment, including, but not limited to, drinking fountains, above ground catch basins, lagoons, sewers, benches, tables, bandstands, tennis courts, comfort stations/restrooms, park fixtures, park furniture and walkways.
Removes debris from paths, lawns, ball diamonds and playground areas.
Moves and arranges benches, chairs, and tables.
Lays out and marks parking lots and athletic fields for various games.
Inspects athletic and playground equipment, including, but not limited to, swings, slides, sand boxes and goal posts to ensure that they are in a safe and orderly condition.
Assists with erecting and repairing fences and in setting-up equipment for recreational activities.
Utilizes common hand tools, including, but not limited to, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, and hoes perform ground/landscape maintenance activities.
Loads and unloads supplies and equipment.
Operates a pick up truck or similar equipment utilized for moving equipment and personnel to locations (Park Maintenance Helper only)
Cleans one or more comfort stations as a part-time assignment; and/or, as a lead worker, with a small crew performs any of a variety of the less skilled maintenance work.
Ability to read and write English and to understand and follow oral instructions; high school graduation or G.E.D. preferred.
Some grounds and landscape work experience preferred.
Tools and materials commonly associated with landscaping/ground maintenance work.
Utilizing common gardening hand tools and equipment.
Understand and follow oral and written directions.
Work effectively as part of a work group/team.
LICENSE, CERTIFICATION AND OTHER SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Candidates considered for placement in this classification may be subject to a Criminal Background Investigation based on the requirements of the position.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Work assignments are typically performed outdoors with exposure to all seasonal weather conditions. The duties of this class include frequent bending, lifting, operating a variety of heavy, landscaping/grounds maintenance equipment, and reading and comprehending signs, labels and written instructions. Employees in this class are required to wear appropriate safety attire in accordance with departmental and OSHA safety regulations.