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For some councilmembers, they need to focus on job at hand, not higher office

Between 2005, when the new city charter was implemented, and 2009, the City Council and the mayor, working with the city manager, adopted four balanced budgets. Those budgets realistically spent…

Elected leaders would rather see Hamtramck die than dare raise taxes

Elected leaders would rather see Hamtramck die than dare raise taxes

No one likes to hear about raising taxes. But not all tax increases are equal. Take the case of Hamtramck where the City Council has the option of raising property…

Let’s keep shining a light on local government

Recently, we had a chat with Hamtramck City Manager Bill Cooper who gave us an interesting tip. There is pending legislation in the Michigan House in which local governments would…

Hamtramck students well represented in essay contest

In an essay contest open to all students and all schools in Metropolitan Detroit for grades 4-8, HPS had two of the five winners out of approximately 5000 entries. The…

City needs to put the pedal to the metal in setting speed limits

City needs to put the pedal to the metal in setting speed limits

Hamtramck may want to rethink its aggressive traffic enforcement program. Michigan’s Public Act 85, which requires municipalities to study traffic patterns in order to assess appropriate speed limits, poses an…

From the publisher … A cup of coffee a week

By John Ulaj It’s no secret that Hamtramck is facing tough economic times. During the past few weeks, the City Council has met to discuss the deficit Hamtramck is facing…

Did taxpayers get soaked in splash pad project?

Did taxpayers get soaked in splash pad project?

What in the world is going on in the Hamtramck Recreation Department? Recreation Director Craig Daniels acts awfully squirrelly when he is asked about how taxpayers’ money was spent on…

School tax is needed to shore up state budget

School tax is needed to shore up state budget

It’s quite the rage these days to be anti-tax. But not all taxes are equal. Take, for example, a recent Wayne County Public School-sponsored tax to raise an extra 1.9…

Labor Day Festival is too valuable to lose

Labor Day Festival is too valuable to lose

At the time we went to print on Thursday, city officials were working to find a way out of a financial hole. Hamtramck officials have known the city is facing…

For the sake of our future, please be counted

For the sake of our future, please be counted

The deadline for returning Census forms has come and gone – but the Census count is far from over. If you did not get a form, lost it or didn’t…