News Updates of Interest

DAVID L. CASWELL 73/passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Genesys Convalescent Center.

Every community has individuals who aren’t local government officials or celebrities or business leaders, but are well known because of the work that they d for the good of the community.  David L. Caswell was one such person. . . Bill Hammond.  Read more about David’s many contributions.

Crime Mapping in Real Time to go live with Flint data on April 1st.  Search Flint’s crime data information from this “real time” crime data information site.

Day of Serv5 A Global Service Day

Flint has 4,000 fire hydrants that are in need of rescuing.  Join us on Saturday, April 12, 2014 as we work to clear the right-of-way area around fire hydrants and bus stops on designated  streets in an area bounded by Pasedena on the north, Hamilton on the south, Dupont on the west and Saginaw on the east. Once cleared, the right-of-way areas can be more easily maintained and the fire hydrants will be accessible for painting once the weather warms.

Volunteers are needed to assist with one or more of the following:

  • Clearing hazardous materials, trash, large brush, etc. from surrounding right-of-ways with overgrown grass and weeds.
  • Weed whacking the overgrown grass and weeds from the cleared areas.
  • Raking the knocked down heavy weeds and grass so a mower can run the length of the right-of-way and keep the area around these hydrants and bus stops clear.
  • Volunteers may also be asked to help bring fallen limbs and branches from vacant lots in those areas to the curb. The City can then chip or otherwise remove the branches as volunteers and the City work to get Flint’s many vacant and abandoned lots to a point where they can be easily mowed and maintained throughout the summer.

For additional information or to register your group – contact the Flint Blight Coordinator’s Office, at or at (810) 237-2090.

Spring Cleanup Resources

With a second year of funding from Cities of Service Impact Volunteer funds, the City and its many Love Your City partners have scheduled the following city-wide events.

Love Your CityMay 5-9           Republic Services will be conducting a Special Pickup of unlimited large items (No refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers or cast iron tubs).  Items must be placed curbside by 7 am, Monday.

May 12-16       Republic Services will be conducting a Special Pickup of unlimited bagged trash during this week. All bags must be placed curbside by 7 am Monday.  All bags must weigh under 50 pounds.  No hazardous materials or chemicals. This does not affect regular garbage day pickup.

May 10th          This Saturday as been designated Graffiti Free Day - weather permitting.  Paint and supplies have been provided by Home Depot.  The rain date should the May 10th date be cancelled is May 31st.  Report graffiti locations or volunteer by contacting the Blight Coordinators Office, (810) 237-2090 or

May 17th          9am – 2pm. Find dumped tires littering our city and get paid.  Drop off a truckload (minimum of 25 tires) and receive $25.  Location:  6515 N. Dort Highway, Environmental Rubber Recycling

May 19-23       Republic Services will be conducting a Special Pickup of unlimited bundled brush/law debris during this week. All bundles must be no longer than 4 feet long and branches must be less than 4 inches thick.  No trees, trunks, stumps or logs.  Items must be placed curbside by 7 am Monday of this week. This will not affect regular garbage day and yard waste pickup.

Cities of Service Request for Resources Applications Available

With second year funding from a Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund grant to the City the Flint Blue Badge Volunteer Corps is focusing on both blight and emergency preparedness initiatives to advance public safety efforts in Flint.  $50,000 of the $100,000 grant will be allocated to the Love Your City (blight elimination) initiative. These dollars will be used to leverage additional resources from the City’s many Love Your City partners.  Any group of volunteers with a blight elimination project within the City is eligible to participate. This includes, but is not limited to neighborhood groups, block clubs and associations, community and civic groups, non-profit organizations, school groups or other interested parties.  Click here for the 2014 Cities of Service Request for Resources Application of Interest.

Flint Police Department

James Tolbert, Chief
210 E. 5th Street
(810) 237-6800

Blue Badge Service Centers

Ballenger Highway Service Center
1210 N. Ballenger Hwy
(810) 766-7149
Hurley Service Center
One Hurley Plaza
(810) 262-6988
Kearsley Park/Mott Service Center
1909 Kearsley Park Blvd., Suite 1204
(810) 235-5494
Kettering Service Center
1625 University Avenue
(810) 232-7746
Northside Service Center
4535 ML King Avenue
(810) 787-3718
Southside Service Center
3410 Fenton Road (inside Lincoln United Methodist Church)
(810)-228-3198 NOTE New Phone Number

Master Plan: Things You Can Do

15 things you can do to implement the Master Plan
1.  Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to get involved in the Master Plan.
2.  Reach out to a senior or mentor a young person in your neighborhood.
3.  Take care of the vacant property next to your house or on your block.
4.  Participate in a neighborhood cleanup in early May around Love Your City Month.
5.  Organize your neighborhood to take part in the Cities of Service Initiative.
6.  Join a neighborhood group to fight blight: apply for a mini-grant to bring resources for neighborhood improvement.
7.  Adopt a City park through Keep Genesee County Beautiful (810) 767-9696.
8.  Help make your neighborhood safer by joining a neighborhood watch, Flint Neighborhoods United, or the City of Flint Blue Badge Corps; report criminal activity to the police.
9.  Report blight and code violations to the City’s Blight Coordinator, Raul Garcia (810) 237-2090. Report street lighting outages to Consumer’s Energy  (800) 477-5050.
10. Participate in the City’s recycling program and contact Republic Waste Services (888) 872-7455 for a recycle bin; install a rain barrel or plant a rain garden to reduce storm water run-off.
11. Walk or bike whenever possible to improve health and reduce pollution.
12. Volunteer to teach basic skills to an adult; Be a literacy tutor or help an adult study for the GED.
13. Support neighborhood businesses and shop locally.
14. Hire a resident for a job opening in Flint.
15. Promote the City and its rich arts and cultural assets and attend Flint events.
16. Provide meaningful, solution oriented input (not complaints) during community meetings.

For more information contact Matthew Williams:  (810) 766-7426  Ext 3027 or

Quick Stats on Blight in Flint Today

  • There are approximately 22,000 vacant properties (lots and structures) in Flint today.
  • More than 20,000 vacant properties will need some form of blight removal in the next five years.
  • Once planned and funded demolition (through the Hardest Hit Fund and the Michigan Blight Elimination Grant) is complete, there will be more than 124,000 vacant lots in Flint.  One out of every four residential properties in Flint will be a vacant lot
  • Approximately 6,000 structures will need to be demolished over the next five years to eliminate blight (in addition to demolition already funded), at a cost of approximately $75.95 million.  71% of structures in need of demolition are privately owned.
  • Given current resources, there is a $102 million gap in removing blight over the next five years.
  • 90% of homeowners live in Traditional and Green Neighborhoods as designated with the new Master Plan.