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City of Warren
12/03/2020

City of Warren

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12/03/2020

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Warren Mayor James Fouts Urges Macomb County Road Commission to Keep Traffic Light at Mound Road and Arden Avenue : Traf...
12/01/2020

Warren Mayor James Fouts Urges Macomb County Road Commission to Keep Traffic Light at Mound Road and Arden Avenue : Traffic Signal is Vital to Protect St. Anne Neighborhood and Pedestrian Traffic Across Mound Road -

Today I informed the Macomb County Road Commission of my strong opposition to their proposal to remove the traffic light at Mound Road and Arden Avenue. I sent a letter to the Road Commission stating that the removal of this light would negatively impact the residents of the St. Anne subdivision, children attending the St. Anne School, parishioners at St. Anne Church, and people who live east of Mound Road who wish to take advantage of the Warren Community Center.

I fully understand the desire of the Macomb County Road Commission to improve traffic flow along Mound Road, but the needs and safety of residents must come first. I urge the Road Commission to abandon this plan and find other ways to improve traffic flow that doesn’t put the safety of residents at risk such as better timing of the traffic signals. The danger this poses without a traffic light would be like children crossing an expressway with speeds in excess of 50 MPH, this is a disaster waiting to happen. I will continue to fight this effort on behalf of the residents.

My letter to the Macomb County Road Commission is attached.

Sincerely,
Mayor James R. Fouts

Mayor Fouts Encourages Support for Christmas at the Warren Salvation Army: Those in Need and Those Who Would Like to Don...
11/30/2020

Mayor Fouts Encourages Support for Christmas at the Warren Salvation Army: Those in Need and Those Who Would Like to Donate

Every year my office hosts an Angel Tree Toy and Food Drive for the Salvation Army. The items collected are distributed to our residents in need here in Warren. This year it will be different because our city offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19. This year more than ever families are in greater need due to the pandemic.

The Salvation Army is trying something different this year in order to properly socially distance. They are taking applications online for families (with children aged 14 or younger) and seniors (aged 55 or older) in need. (FLYER ATTACHED) https://saangeltree.org/

Once they have applied, their application is reviewed. Once approved, the applicant will receive an email with a date and time to pick up their toys and gift card during their drive thru distribution that will be held in their parking lot mid-December. The applicants will not be allowed in the building this year due to COVID-19, so they will be pre-selecting and pre-bagging the toys for each family.

The safest and easiest way for people to give toys to this program is to shop their Warren Corps Walmart.com Gift Registry. (FLYER ATTACHED) https://tinyurl.com/walmartangeltreewarrenmi

Once the donor purchases the toys, they are automatically mailed to their Warren Corps. They will then match the gift with one of the kids waiting to be adopted on their list.

If people prefer to adopt a specific “Angel” based on age, gender or wish list item, their adoption page is: https://tinyurl.com/adoptsaangelswarrenmicorps

Once a donor fills out the online adoption form, they are emailed instructions on how to drop the gift off at The Warren Corps.

Because their distribution is mid-December, they ask that all donated toys reach them no later than December 7th so that they have time to sort and bag them appropriately.

Sincerely,
Mayor James R. Fouts

11/30/2020

WARREN MAYOR JIM FOUTS VETOES CITY COUNCIL VOTE ON MARIJUANA: Council Vote to Potentially Cost Tens of Millions of Dollars and Several Thousands of Dollars of Assessments on Warren Homeowners

Warren Mayor James Fouts issued a veto of the Warren City Council’s rejection of the settlement between the city and plaintiffs in a case regarding the issuance of marijuana dispensary licenses in Warren. The proposed settlement was a result of negotiations led by former Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Peter Maceroni and 31 plaintiffs. The Warren City Council rejected the proposed settlement at a meeting on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 on a 5-2 vote even though its acceptance was recommended by Judge Maceroni, Warren City Attorney Ethan Vinson, city of Warren outside council Andrea Pike and Jeff Schroeder who was acting as attorney for the city council. The veto delivered to city council is attached and Mayor Fouts issued the following statement following the veto:

“This accidental city council has once again taken reckless action that places the taxpayers and residents of our city at great risk,” said Mayor James Fouts. “I have consistently opposed and vetoed every action by this and the previous council that expands the marijuana dispensary business in Warren, but I also live in the real world and understand that this action is required to avoid further litigation that could cripple and bankrupt the city. The reckless action of this council cannot stand because our insurance provider has already indicated they will not cover any future judgements against the city if this settlement is not approved. That puts the residents of Warren on the hook for the cost of ongoing litigation and at risk of tens or even a hundred million dollar judgement that would empty our fund balance and force a special tax assessment of thousands of dollars each on Warren homeowner.

“I am acting to protect Warren residents, and the members of the city council need to think long and hard about the potential impact of their reckless actions. The residents of our city also need to know the potential conflicts that exist with their illegally hired lawyer, Jeff Schroeder, whose law firm may well represent other plaintiffs in this action. Neither the Warren City Attorney Ethan Vinson, my administration, or our insurance carrier have signed off on these potential conflicts and the risk they represent to our city. This is why we cannot have attorneys being paid by both sides of an issue who benefit solely from ongoing litigation. City Council must see the error of their ways and sustain this veto so we can work together to protect Warren residents,” Fouts concluded.

Additional information:
A hearing will be held at 9:00 am on Monday morning, November 30, 2020 in the courtroom of Judge Carl Marlinga who is presiding over this case. In that hearing the City of Warren will be making motions to compel further information on potential conflicts of interest and other related issues.

Members of the public or the media who wish to monitor this case can watch on Judge Marlinga’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVuTH9P0gPwm_lIXjUISMNw.

The veto of this item can be viewed at:https://www.cityofwarren.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/2020_11_27_Veto-of-Council-Action-of-11-24-2020-Agenda-Item-12a.pdf

Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.
11/26/2020

Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

A Message from Mayor Fouts: Saturday is "Small Business Saturday" so why not make plans to support a small business this...
11/25/2020

A Message from Mayor Fouts:
Saturday is "Small Business Saturday" so why not make plans to support a small business this Saturday and next Saturday. I would also like all to consider helping out our local restaurants in the area by ordering a takeout. Because of the shut down by the state all restaurants must only do business by takeout. I have already started doing takeouts and it has worked out great. You can dine in your own comfort and safety while helping to keep a small business or in this case a restaurant open. Even consider big and small restaurants because the big ones employ a lot of hard working waitresses and waiters. They need your help too! This will save jobs and save a business that pays taxes too! Let's also do takeout other days as well.

11/20/2020

A Message from Mayor Fouts:

Current Warren COVID-19 Actions -

Currently city hall is closed to the public. Both the fitness center and pool are still open by appointment only at the Warren Community Center. The library is closed to the public, but is still allowing curbside service. Data seems to indicate that Michigan and our immediate area are hot spots for COVID-19.

That being the case we have instituted updated guidelines to protect our employees, residents and visitors. These include the following:

A) Employees should not report to work if they have any of the following symptoms: Fever, shortness of breath, uncontrolled cough.

B) Two or more of the following symptoms not explained by a known medical or physical condition they must also not report to work and these symptoms are: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, Muscle aches, severe headache, sore throat, vomiting.

C) Employees at work must practice good hygiene and infection control practices: mask, disinfecting, and social distancing.

D) If employees become sick during the day, they should immediately be sent home and a COVID test must be scheduled. Disinfecting and cleaning the workplace must immediately follow.

There are also procedures and guidelines dealing with COVID-19 sick leave policy. The city is empowered to conduct these rules and procedures based upon the HB 6032 Public Act 238 passed by the legislature on October 2, 2020.

*I have received more notifications about employees and residents who have tested positive for COVID 19. It seems that in many cases they been exposed to COVID at after work social events involving groups of people. Many have attended various places with some degree of distancing and disinfecting, but still became a victim. Any place in which a number of people congregate will expose any of us to this horrible disease. To be safe it is best not to attend gatherings of more than a few close friends or family. Bars and other similar places seem to be especially risky at the present time.

The less people you associate with the safer you are. Likewise, Thanksgiving should include only a few family members and less people is much safer than more people.

I know of too many people who thought they were safe only to contract the disease.

Please practice safety this Thanksgiving so that the Christmas holiday will be more enjoyable for you.

Sincerely,

Mayor James R. Fouts

Warren Public Library
11/19/2020
Warren Public Library

Warren Public Library

All Warren Public Library locations will be closing to the public beginning Friday, November 20 through at least Friday, December 4 due to the recent spike in COVID-19.

Curbside pickup will be resuming at all locations on November 20.
Staff will be available to answer reference questions and phone calls.

For curbside pickup information, visit https://www.warrenlibrary.net/curbside-pickup/

FREE COVID-19 TESTING AT WARREN CITY HALL EVERY THURSDAY AND EVERY SATURDAY:FREE COVID-19 drive-thru/walk-up nasal testi...
11/17/2020

FREE COVID-19 TESTING AT WARREN CITY HALL EVERY THURSDAY AND EVERY SATURDAY:

FREE COVID-19 drive-thru/walk-up nasal testing at Warren City Hall.

EVERY Thursday AND Saturday

THURSDAY FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM

SATURDAY FROM 9AM TO 2PM

You can RSVP for the test here: https://www.cityofwarren.org/covid-19-testing-at-city-hall/

11/16/2020

CITY OF WARREN - REMOTE WORK TO REACTIVATE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020:

Governor Whitmer's announcement Sunday has prompted the City of Warren to take immediate action to help reverse the record number of cases and deaths in Michigan. Effective this Wednesday, all departments in the city will reactivate the remote work plans beginning on Wednesday. I had ordered these plans into effect earlier this year. Most employees* will be working from home and those that work inside will be required to wear a mask, social distance, and sanitize while at city hall. City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. Warren has been at the forefront of successfully combating COVID-19 and I intend to keep us in a leadership position to protect our employees and the community while continuing to deliver effective city services to our residents. All hands-on deck meaning that all of us need to follow the simple protocol of masks, sanitizing and social distancing. Masks are to protect others and yourself with a recent study indicating it's the single most important factor to stop the spread of this virus.

*We are requiring most employees to work from home unless they are absolutely needed at city hall.

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98455-545136--,00.html

Sincerely,
Mayor James R. Fouts

The City of Warren will now offer free COVID-19 testing on Saturdays, as well as Thursdays. Please RSVP to reserve your ...
11/13/2020

The City of Warren will now offer free COVID-19 testing on Saturdays, as well as Thursdays. Please RSVP to reserve your spot here: https://www.cityofwarren.org/covid-19-testing-at-city-hall/

FREE COVID-19 TESTING AT WARREN CITY HALL EVERY THURSDAY AND NOW EVERY SATURDAY TOO:

FREE COVID-19 drive-thru/walk-up nasal testing at Warren City Hall.

EVERY Thursday AND Saturday!

THURSDAY FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM (flyer attached - Holiday Dates are subject to change, advance notice will be given)

SATURDAY FROM 10AM TO 2PM (flyer attached - Holiday Dates are subject to change, advance notice will be given)

You can RSVP for the test here: https://www.cityofwarren.org/covid-19-testing-at-city-hall/

The City of Warren has again teamed up with WSU, WSUPG, and the Macomb County Health Department.

Thank you for your sacrifice, bravery, and the example you set for us all. To all those who have served, and those who c...
11/11/2020

Thank you for your sacrifice, bravery, and the example you set for us all. To all those who have served, and those who continue to serve, Happy Veterans Day!

FREE COVID-19 TESTING AT WARREN CITY HALL EVERY THURSDAY AND NOW EVERY SATURDAY TOO:FREE COVID-19 drive-thru/walk-up nas...
11/11/2020

FREE COVID-19 TESTING AT WARREN CITY HALL EVERY THURSDAY AND NOW EVERY SATURDAY TOO:

FREE COVID-19 drive-thru/walk-up nasal testing at Warren City Hall.

EVERY Thursday AND Saturday!

THURSDAY FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM (flyer attached - Holiday Dates are subject to change, advance notice will be given)

SATURDAY FROM 10AM TO 2PM (flyer attached - Holiday Dates are subject to change, advance notice will be given)

You can RSVP for the test here: https://www.cityofwarren.org/covid-19-testing-at-city-hall/

The City of Warren has again teamed up with WSU, WSUPG, and the Macomb County Health Department.

City of Warren to Light Up in Purple Tonight to Recognize National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month:In recognition of...
11/09/2020

City of Warren to Light Up in Purple Tonight to Recognize National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month:

In recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month (NADAM) and National Caregivers Month, the City of Warren, Mich., will light its City Hall in purple at dusk today Monday, November 9 until dawn tomorrow, Tuesday, November 10.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s — nearly 200,000 in Michigan alone. It’s the sixth leading cause of death, killing more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

“We understand that, unfortunately, dementia is a growing epidemic in our city, state and nation,” said Warren Mayor James Fouts. “By lighting up our City Hall in purple, we want to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as let area residents know that we are thinking about them, support them and stand by them in their fight against this terrible disease.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more people are living with Alzheimer’s, more family and friends are serving as caregivers, death rates continue to climb, and the costs are unsustainable. In Michigan, 518,000 caregivers provided a total of 590 million hours of unpaid care, valued at a total of $7.7 billion.

Additionally, Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer’s in Michigan is $1.487 billion and diagnoses are expected to increase by about 16 percent by 2025.

“The Alzheimer’s burden in Michigan continues to grow,” said Jennifer Lepard, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter. “We’re grateful to Mayor Fouts and the City of Warren for raising awareness of this devastating disease.”

For more information or support, visit alz.org/gmc or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 today.

11/09/2020

Message from Mayor Fouts: Warren City Hall will be closed to the public this week due to a significant spike in COVID-19 cases amongst city employees involving several departments. One key department administrator is now on a ventilator at a nearby hospital. He is sedated until his oxygen levels will significantly go up. Our Police Department and District Court also has significant spikes. The Warren Community Center and Libraries will be open at this time. I urge everyone to continue wearing masks, keeping a distance from others and only go out if absolutely necessary.
The predicted spike in COVID-19 cases has now hit Michigan and Warren. We have more employees positive than at any other time since this pandemic began in March. Hence the closure of city hall to the public. I am taking steps to make sure all employees are tested. We are currently disinfecting the court, city hall, and the police department. The court also has a significant number out with COVID-19 so they too will be closed except for important cases!
For more information, call
Office (586) 574-4520.

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