This week is part two of our annual “Year in Review.”
There was plenty of good news that happened in 2018 – the partnership between the school district and the city, coming improvements at Keyworth Stadium and the historic Hamtramck baseball stadium, and the relatively good health of finances in the city and the public schools.
But there is plenty of unfinished business.
The school district’s superintendent is retiring at the end of the school year, and the search for a replacement won’t be easy.
For the city, although there is a budget surplus, there will be a major impact if GM goes through and shuts down production at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant.
That plant produces about $800,000 a year for the city. With a budget of only $16 million, that is a large chunk of change. On top of that, we only have a year left in a federal grant that has been paying for the salaries of firefighters.
City officials have some serious work ahead of them. The choices of where to make cuts are few, which will require some politically unpopular decisions to be made.
But overall, Hamtramck is doing well. We continue to attract young business owners who are opening unique, one-of-a-kind types of services.
Our housing values are once again attracting top dollar, making Hamtramck an attractive investment opportunity.
We expect 2019 will continue to bring additional success. Happy New Year readers!