Warren To Strictly Enforce Fireworks Laws; Mayor Jim Fouts Will Monitor Neighborhoods July 4 And Visit Fireworks Vendors June 30 & July 3

Warren To Strictly Enforce Fireworks Laws; Mayor Jim Fouts Will Monitor Neighborhoods July 4 And Visit Fireworks Vendors June 30 & July 3

Warren To Strictly Enforce Fireworks Laws; Mayor Jim Fouts Will Monitor Neighborhoods July 4 And Visit Fireworks Vendors June 30 & July 3

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has directed Warren police to strictly enforce city fireworks laws this weekend.

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“Violators will be prosecuted with fines up to $500.  We have zero tolerance for breaking the law,” said Warren Mayor Jim Fouts. 

For the fifth consecutive year, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts will ride-along with a Warren police officer July 4 at 8:30 p.m. to monitor city streets for fireworks violations.

Mayor Fouts said a special task force ­has been formed consisting of police, property maintenance inspectors, CERT’s (a police volunteer group), fire department personnel, and park employees, all of whom will be patrolling neighborhoods July 4.  This year, for the fifth year, police undercover officers will also be on the lookout for fireworks ordinance violators.

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Mayor Fouts is the only public official in Michigan to voice opposition to the fireworks law passed by the State Legislature in 2012.  “The new law is a money grab by state lawmakers at the expense of disrupting our neighborhoods,” says the Mayor.  “Now, fireworks are louder, longer and more lethal.”

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“The legislation legalizes fireworks on 10 holidays including Christmas and Thanksgiving, which I believe is inappropriate.  These are family holidays, hardly days to discharge loud fireworks,” said Mayor Fouts in a statement.  “When fireworks are discharged, I receive many calls from upset residents about the impact of loud fireworks on their pets, senior citizens, and their peace and tranquility.  I still believe this law should be rescinded because of the disruption, police overtime, blight, and noise caused by the law.” Added the Mayor.

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Mayor Fouts also added that he supports the proposed state legislation that gives local communities like Warren more control over fireworks.

All City of Warren Parks will be closed at 9 p.m. July 3-5.

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Provision of the new city ordinance restricting fireworks includes the following:

  • On July 4, all fireworks are prohibited between midnight – 8 a.m.; on July 3-5, midnight – 8 a.m.
  • Discharge of legal consumer and low impact fireworks is prohibited from 10:30 p.m. – 11 a.m.

Special Note

On Friday, June 30, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and Monday, July 3, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Mayor Fouts will do a random visit to commercial vendors of fireworks in the city to ensure that they understand the city’s rules on the sale of fireworks.

Below is a list of Warren’s fireworks regulations.

Fireworks Rules For A Safe 4th of July

The City of Warren is to Re-Open A Library after 53 Years. 

The City of Warren is to Re-Open A Library after 53 Years. 

The city’s first new library in Warren’s older neighborhood in 53 years to re-open.  The new Busch Library Branch is located on Ryan Road south of 9 Mile Road across from Fitzgerald High School.

“This new branch library represents our administration’s commitment to rejuvenating our older neighborhoods,” said Warren Mayor James Foutsin a statement, adding that another new library is planned for the 9 Mile-Van Dyke neighborhood.  The 9 Mile-Van Dyke Neighborhood Library will be part of the complex along with a mini-city hall, mini-police station and new fire station. 

“I believe this could be a focal area for a renaissance of the area,” Mayor Fouts stated during his State of the City Address, adding today, that “We feel it will lead to more businesses moving into the areas and new morale boosters for residents.”

The new library, a 6,640 sq. ft. facility, with LED lighting, to reduce energy costs, a 50-person multi-purpose room for classes and programs for children, teenagers and adults; an adult computer area with 24 computers; a 4-6-person conference/study room with four computer access points, and of course, Wi-Fi internet and wireless printing throughout the Library.   

Refreshments will be served at the Busch Library re-opening and the public is invited to attend the celebration of this milestone.

A Statement from Warren Mayor James Fouts on the City’s “AA” Bond Rating

A Statement from Warren Mayor Jim Fouts on the City’s “AA” Bond Rating

“Just received the Standard & Poor’s Global Bond Rating report for Warren.” said Mayor Fouts in a statement. “We have a strong “AA” (Bond) rating, which makes “Warren’s budgetary flexibility and financial health are very strong with an available fund balance in fiscal 2016 of 67% of operating expenses or $66.7 million. We expect the available fund balance to remain above 30% of expenditures for the current and next fiscal years, which we view as a positive credit factor.

“What a great review for the city of Warren and particularly this administration and the council majority! Make no mistake about it we are one of, if not the best, financially stable cities in the Metro Area. What other city in this area or in the state, has that kind of fund balance? Part of Warren’s success is due to the following:

“There are many more reasons, but this helps to explain why Crain’s Business Detroit said we were worth more in industrial assessments than even Detroit. A strong fund balance allows us to bond at a lower interest rate and also allows us to take care of neighborhood roads and build the detention basin to help stop flooding.

Warren Power Outage Update – Mayor Jim Fouts

Mayor James Fouts has just concluded an emergency meeting with key staff members regarding the damaging wind storm yesterday.  This storm has adversely affected at least 10,000 Warren residents. This is a record storm for power outages in Warren and the metro area. Because of the large number of outages in the state (675,000). It is estimated that it will take at least a WEEK or more to restore power. Added to the fact that Warren will have very cold temps for at least a week, high winds, and record cold this weekend.  Mayor James Fouts will be signing an emergency purchase order for restoration of power to the police station and other areas.

Warren will also be opening up the Community Center as an emergency warming center. Those without power will be able to stay until power is restored.  The City of Warren should have this up later this afternoon. Warren will also provide transportation to and from the Warren Community Center. Warren CERT (emergency volunteers) will man the emergency heating center. CERT volunteers also helped out with downed wires and traffic control yesterday and today!

Mayor Fouts has given an order to Gus Ghanam, Director of the Department of Public Works to purchase emergency generators and space heaters for needy and high priority residents.

Mayor Fouts has also contacted some church leaders for additional assistance. Warren will have assistance for food and coffee at the Community Center later on today. Fire dept. will be available to assist in transporting disabled residents to the emergency center. The Mayor will be requesting help from the state and the federal government as this is an EMERGENCY.  With cold temperatures and high winds this could be a life or death situation!

UPDATE # 2: The City of Warren, has thus far, been unable to find places to purchase generators. If anyone knows of a place, please contact the Mayor of Warren’s office at 586-574-4520.  In addition, the Salvation Army will serve soup, chili, pizza, and sandwiches tonight. Also, hot and cold beverages. They will offer beverages and sandwiches for breakfast on Friday. Mayor Fouts will be monitoring the situation tonight as well as the weekend.

UPDATE # 3: Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has just concluded a request to Congressman Sander Levin’s office. Mayor Fouts has requested immediate help from the federal government regarding assistance for the 10,000 people in Warren who will have no power in frigid conditions for at least one WEEK. Mayor Fouts has informed has them that this is an emergency and that the City of Warren needs immediate help in the form of federal assistance for restoring power (that DTE is unable to do), providing emergency generator assistance, providing emergency space heaters and other forms of much needed help. Mayor Fouts has also indicated that Warren is the hardest hit city in Macomb County and as such, is deserving of such assistance immediately. Mayor Fouts feels that Warren could use troops to help restore the wires and especially the many that are live, since DTE is unable to take care of them.  The City of Warren needs more manpower for restoration and the 1-2 weeks cited by the companies are unacceptable. This restoration could be done with U.S. troops and/or personnel.

UPDATE # 4: The City of Warren has now secured a limited number of generators ( or will soon ) but may need many more. Also, The City of Warren is working on getting space heaters as well, and urges residents to team up two neighbors to use one generator. However, caution has to be exercised as the generators have to be properly hooked up, and they have to be refilled.  Because this is not exactly easy for a senior or disabled person to do themselves, the Warren Community Center will have cots available for a large number of people to sleep on tonight. And of course, there will be hot meals. The City of Warren will also have Warren Police on site to offer security and assistance all night and day.

UPDATE # 5: The Mayor’s Office has taken care of a number of people who have contacted The Mayor about help.  Please note, that showers are available at the Warren Community Center for those without heat. All Warren residents are welcome to come to the City of Warren Warming center tonight after 6PM for hot food, hot coffee, and a hot shower.  A full list of Warming Centers can be found by following this link.

The City of Warren has taken care of some seniors who had a plumbing problem, and offered help to move them elsewhere and will continue to monitor them for additional help. Most have preferred to go elsewhere or stay at home. The City of Warren has generators and space heaters available on a limited basis for those with great health needs.  Mayor Fouts has approved the purchase of generators and heaters for those in great need.  Mayor Fouts has arranged for several churches to be on call for additional help.

The Mayor of the City of Warren would like to give special thanks to Bishop Andre and Bishop Cast, Chaplin Donald Rice, and Pastor Youmans.  Bishop Andre, who personally visited the home of a 92 year old Warren female, and Bishop Cast and Pastor Youmans, who have generously volunteered their churches for assistance are greatly appreciated.

City of Warren – Power Outage Update – Mayor Jim Fouts

City of Warren – Power Outage Update – Mayor Jim Fouts

Mayor James Fouts has just concluded an emergency meeting with key staff members regarding the damaging wind storm yesterday.  This storm has adversely affected at least 10,000 Warren residents. This is a record storm for power outages in Warren and the metro area. Because of the large number of outages in the state (675,000). It is estimated that it will take at least a WEEK or more to restore power. Added to the fact that Warren will have very cold temps for at least a week, high winds, and record cold this weekend.  Mayor James Fouts will be signing an emergency purchase order for restoration of power to the police station and other areas.

Warren will also be opening up the Community Center as an emergency warming center. Those without power will be able to stay until power is restored.  The City of Warren should have this up later this afternoon. Warren will also provide transportation to and from the Warren Community Center. Warren CERT (emergency volunteers) will man the emergency heating center. CERT volunteers also helped out with downed wires and traffic control yesterday and today!

Mayor Fouts has given an order to Gus Ghanam, Director of the Department of Public Works to purchase emergency generators and space heaters for needy and high priority residents.

Mayor Fouts has also contacted some church leaders for additional assistance. Warren will have assistance for food and coffee at the Community Center later on today. Fire dept. will be available to assist in transporting disabled residents to the emergency center. The Mayor will be requesting help from the state and the federal government as this is an EMERGENCY.  With cold temperatures and high winds this could be a life or death situation!

UPDATE # 2: The City of Warren, has thus far, been unable to find places to purchase generators. If anyone knows of a place, please contact the Mayor of Warren’s office at 586-574-4520.  In addition, the Salvation Army will serve soup, chili, pizza, and sandwiches tonight. Also, hot and cold beverages. They will offer beverages and sandwiches for breakfast on Friday. Mayor Fouts will be monitoring the situation tonight as well as the weekend.

UPDATE # 3: Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has just concluded a request to Congressman Sander Levin’s office. Mayor Fouts has requested immediate help from the federal government regarding assistance for the 10,000 people in Warren who will have no power in frigid conditions for at least one WEEK. Mayor Fouts has informed has them that this is an emergency and that the City of Warren needs immediate help in the form of federal assistance for restoring power (that DTE is unable to do), providing emergency generator assistance, providing emergency space heaters and other forms of much needed help. Mayor Fouts has also indicated that Warren is the hardest hit city in Macomb County and as such, is deserving of such assistance immediately. Mayor Fouts feels that Warren could use troops to help restore the wires and especially the many that are live, since DTE is unable to take care of them.  The City of Warren needs more manpower for restoration and the 1-2 weeks cited by the companies are unacceptable. This restoration could be done with U.S. troops and/or personnel.

UPDATE # 4: Happy to note that The City of Warren has now secured a limited number of generators ( or will soon ) but may need many more. Also, The City of Warren is working on getting space heaters as well. Warren hopes to be able to team up two neighbors to use one generator. However, caution has to be exercised as the generators have to be properly hooked up, and they have to be refilled.  Because this is not exactly easy for a senior or disabled person to do themselves, the Warren Community Center will have cots available for a large number of people to sleep on tonight. And of course, there will be hot meals. The City of Warren will also have Warren Police on site to offer security and assistance all night and day.

UPDATE # 5: The Mayor’s Office has taken care of a number of people who have contacted The Mayor about help.  Please note, that showers are available at the Warren Community Center for those without heat. All Warren residents are welcome to come to the City of Warren Warming center tonight after 6PM for hot food, hot coffee, and a hot shower.  A full list of Warming Centers can be found by following this link.

The City of Warren has taken care of some seniors who had a plumbing problem, and offered help to move them elsewhere and will continue to monitor them for additional help. Most have preferred to go elsewhere or stay at home. The City of Warren has generators and space heaters available on a limited basis for those with great health needs.  Mayor Fouts has approved the purchase of generators and heaters for those in great need.  Mayor Fouts has arranged for several churches to be on call for additional help.

The Mayor would like to give special thanks to Bishop Andre and Bishop Cast, Chaplin Donald Rice, and Pastor Youmans.  Bishop Andre, who personally visited the home of a 92 year old Warren female, and Bishop Cast and Pastor Youmans, who have generously volunteered their churches for assistance are greatly appreciated.

 

It appears that President Trump is receiving very positive reviews for his Supreme Court pick of Neil Gorsuch.

 

Neil Gorsuch appears to have the intellect and temperament to be highly qualified!

President Donald Trump behaved in a very dignified Reagan like demeanor during the announcement.  The youngest court nominee in 25 years, Neil Gorsuch’s mother worked for President Reagan.  From his policies, Neil Gorsuch appears to be a mainstream conservative, who holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University, pretty impressive credentials.

While Neil Gorsuch should be fairly easily confirmed, the Democrats will not forget the fact that another highly-qualified nominee, Merrick Garland, was not even allowed to have a hearing.

Nominated by President Obama almost a year ago, Merrick Garland not allowed to have a hearing will mean Democrats are likely to want to do the same thing to Gorsuch.  Moreover, the Democrats are still upset about the ban issued earlier, so it will be a spirited confirmation process to say the least.  Further, while President Trump has chosen a nominee that will not be easily dismissed, that will not likely change the balance on the court as Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Reagan nominee, remains the swing vote between liberals and conservatives.  However, if Justice Kennedy can be persuaded to retire, than the balance will certainly change. Whether Justice Kennedy will choose to retire remains to be seen, however, one thing is certain, the real fight will take place when and IF Justice Kennedy chooses to retire.

Media Frenzy 2.0

Ever since County Executive Mark Hackel released phony audio files in December 2016 in attempt to silence Warren Mayor James Fouts from pursuing the Freedom Hill Illegal Dumping Issue, The media has been relentlessly pursuing the Mayor of the third largest City in Michigan at all hours, including weekends, and incessantly phoning him at his home.

The less obnoxious Television stations have been parked outside the Mayor’s residence shining bright TV lights into his home until late at night. The more obnoxious ones are knocking at the Mayor’s door hoping for an “exclusive interview”, a “gotcha interview”, or endless questions about the engineered recordings.

Mayor Fouts has even encountered death threats. A voicemail that was left for the Mayor described how someone “would like to put a noose around (the Mayor’s) neck and watch (him) choking until all the life was out of (him).”  Another suggested that “(the Mayor) need to do everyone a favor and commit suicide.”  These are unacceptable obscenities and vial threats based on unfounded and unverified information that are threatening the life of an elected public official who has dedicated his life to improving the quality of life for Warren residents.

While the City of Warren police continue to offer the Mayor around the clock security and police patrols, the Mayor felt that he was a low priority and felt these people only did this after being incited by the repeated airing of the phony tapes on every station.

Prior to this incident, The Mayor anticipated watching the local Television News Stations, which now he dreads because of the incessant reporting about the phony audio files.

During the city-sponsored January 16 annual Dr. Martin Luther King Ceremony, the media was obsessed with the latest release of these engineered recordings. This media’s unquenchable thirst for sensationalism ruined the solemn ceremony and turned it into a media circus trampling on the musical instruments of the Renaissance High School Quintet’s band instruments.

The media does have some responsibility to show restraint and a balanced story, but clearly this is NOT the case with regards to the Mayor of the third largest city in Michigan. Sadly, it would appear that the media’s view of the Mayor is dark. They have no room for considering all of the good the Mayor has done for the city of Warren, nor any room for the real culprit, and no room for respecting the Mayor’s right to privacy or his right to confront his accuser.

The media, in effect, has become an echo chamber for an electronic lynch mob. It’s a sensational story, so why stop the drumbeat?

What is most hurtful to the Mayor however is that his- so-called political “friends” who called for his resignation-a rush to judgment. These “fair weather” friends were more than eager in their elections to use the Mayor’s personal endorsement in their successful campaigns. This confirms that adage of President Harry S. Truman: “If you want a friend in politics, get yourself a dog.”

This public “every politician for himself or herself” desertion has caused the Mayor much personal anguish. While the Mayor had anticipated that life has its ups-and-downs, this has been downright disheartening to him, especially after helping those candidates with personal help and endorsements.

Much of this criticism aimed at the Mayor has come from outside of the City of Warren from individuals who are spreading viscous lies about the Mayor.  To fuel the flames, anyone who had a past grievance with the Mayor are  now competing with each other to get media attention by lying and conjuring up ridiculous stories.  The more outlandish the lie, the bigger the news story.

The silver lining throughout this experience has been the outpouring show of support in solidarity of the Mayor from the residents of Warren who have stood and continue to stand behind their elected official.

Mayor Fouts is grateful to these these loyal supporters from the bottom of his heart. It is this confidence in him that keeps the Mayor working hard on the behalf of his constituency creating a safe, clean, and forward thinking city.

In a statetemtn, Mayor Fouts said “…that God gives him the strength to withstand the unfounded criticism that he’s had to endure.” and that “with the help and faith of many he will continue to work hard for the deserving Warren taxpayer, undeterred from his mission to serve and protect the residents of Warren.”