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State’s helping hand is welcomed, but it’s up to us

Gov. Rick Snyder and some of his top administrators came to town last Friday and offered a helping hand. Hamtramck has been chosen to be a part of the Project…

City still has to face financial challenges ahead

Last week we reported that despite getting a clean bill of fiscal health from the state, Hamtramck still has financial challenges ahead. Several weeks ago the state ended its oversight…

City needs to fast track medical marijuana dispensaries

One of the reasons some city officials wanted to replace former City Attorney John Clark with James Allen was his expertise in the state’s medical marijuana dispensary law. For several…

Did the city miss a chance to bring in a new perspective?

In Hamtramck, some things are too easily predictable. For the past 18 years or so the city has ping-ponged between two legal firms. When the state steps in and appoints…

Now that the state has pulled out, time to roll up our sleeves

We’re not surprised that state officials abruptly returned local control to the city. We speculated earlier in the year that this would be the year the state ends Hamtramck’s receivership.…

City officials have to agree to disagree and then move on

Did Hamtramck blow a chance to hire a highly-qualified city manager? That’s been a matter of debate in city hall during the past few weeks, and it’s an issue that…

Paczki Day is a success but there is room to improve

It’s probably safe to assume that Paczki Day in Hamtramck will continue to attract thousands of visitors each year. Our local bakeries are the preferred place to get these seasonal…

City reaches a fair deal for water bill snafu

Recently, city officials agreed on a deal to settle up on water bills with a few hundred property owners. What happened was that the city’s meter equipment underreported actual consumption…

By teaming up, city and schools can tap into resources

The public school district and the city administration agreed to join forces in December to pursue funding for Veterans Park. It’s a partnership we would like to see continued past…

City manager search reveals a weakness in city charter

The search for a new city manager is about to wrap up. The private company that was hired to conduct the search will reveal its findings at the Feb. 12…

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