In his closing remarks, Evans said, "Iím proud of the progress we made in Wayne County. Iím proud of my team, my fellow elected County officials and the communities that are working with us to make Wayne County better. And I hope youíre proud too. Letís share our stories. Letís do it together. Letís celebrate the pride we have in our community." (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

   

 
 

HOME  I I  HI TECH NEWS  I SPORTS I CONTACT

000

 
 

 

  Wayne County Executive paints brighter picture for residents and business during annual address

By Wendell Bryant/Tell Us Detroit

DEARBORN (Tell Us Det) - Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans delivered his second 2017 State of the County address from the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn on Tuesday night March 7, 2017. Executive Evans used the annual presentation to update his constituents on efforts to improve County government and better serve all 1.8 million residents of the 43 communities within.

County Executive began his address by thanking a host of dignitaries and organizations for their help and support in making , not only the night, but the past year successful for Wayne County. Among the guest attending the event was host Dearborn Mayor OíReilly, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, County Commission Chair Gary Woronchak, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson just to name a few. Evans also thanked the other County-wide elected officials: Clerk, Cathy Garret; Sheriff, Benny Napoleon; Treasurer, Eric Sabree; Prosecutor, Kym Worthy, Register of Deeds, Bernie Youngblood, and Chief Judges Robert Colombo and Freddie Burton, asking them all to stand and be recognized.

Evans pointed out that despite the difficult decisions to regain the Countyís financial footing, finances have continued to improve. "For the second straight year, we have an operating surplus. We project this yearís surplus to be north of $44 million. This brings our two-year accumulated unassigned surplus to more than $80 million," Evans said. He also pointed out that as of September 30th unfunded health care liabilities will be reduced by $1 Billion.

One of the the focal points is that the County needs to renovate or build many facilities. None of the facility issues are more visible than the unfinished Gratiot jail. The County is negotiating with Rock Ventures for a criminal justice complex at East Forest Avenue, where the County owns land and buildings. Four years ago Dan Gilbert offered the County $50 million for the partially-built jail on Gratiot and adjacent County land. Today he offers, at least, $120 million, and the responsibility for cost overruns in the construction of 3 new facilities.

"We are in the process of finalizing the sale of 640 Temple for $11 million after relocating County departments to other owned or leased County space," Evans stated. The County is also working to finalize the sale of the Downriver Sewage Disposal System to the Downriver Utility Wastewater Authority (DUWA).

Recently Ford announced major investments that are game-changers. Ford will help maintain Wayne County as a hub of automotive innovation. Their plans to transform its Dearborn facilities into a modern, green and high-tech campus will be at the center of their transformation to a mobility company not just an auto company.

Ford is also making a $700 million investment to expand its Flat Rock Assembly plant to build high-tech autonomous and electric vehicles, along with the iconic Mustang and the Lincoln Continental. This will create 700 new jobs.

Evans spoke on the plans to sell Warren Valley Golf Course and the community issues that follow. Whether the County sells it, is important to many County residents, but discussions have been heated and visceral, to say the least, with some members of the crowd more concerned about who might move into the proposed new homes in their neighborhood.

In his closing remarks, Evans said, "Iím proud of the progress we made in Wayne County. Iím proud of my team, my fellow elected County officials and the communities that are working with us to make Wayne County better. And I hope youíre proud too. Letís share our stories. Letís do it together. Letís celebrate the pride we have in our community."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
Advertise with us

Traffic Alerts





All Rights Reserved ©  2003-2017 Tell Us Detroit
Disclaimer  Policy Statement
Site Powered By Tell Us USA News Network, LLC - Detroit, MI