Your Council District Update #2

Dear Detroiter,

Since the first update two weeks ago, there has been much progress on a number of fronts. I want to outline what has occurred. I encourage you to share this e-newsletter update with your family, friends and neighbors by forwarding this email.

Water Main Breaks and Snow Plowing

The record-breaking winter’s impact has been dramatic in many parts of our city, including water main breaks that closed streets piled with ice and some unplowed streets after snow storms. There has been an enhanced policy adopted by the Duggan Administration. As a District Council representative it is my role to disseminate this valuable information.

If you have a water main break in your neighborhood, call 313-267-7401.

Review the City’s revised snow and ice removal policy.

Improving Trash Collection and Offering Citywide Recycling

On February 18, I supported a City Council vote that approved new contracts for trash collection with two companies, Rizzo Environmental Services and Advanced Disposal Services. This agreement will improve service reliability, institute weekly curbside recycling for first time citywide, and provide biweekly bulk pick-up. In addition, trash will be picked up on vacant lots throughout the city. These contracts will dramatically improve service delivery in terms of trash collection and reduce blight in our city.
An agreement has been made by these companies to purchase/lease garbage trucks that use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) which will reduce fumes and noise in our neighborhoods.

MLK-Day-Board-Up-Project---2014-001Fighting the Blight

Even though we’ve faced frigid cold and heavy snow, my staff and I have been working to help clean up areas of District 7. This includes a board-up vacant homes project in Cody-Rouge. We will continue to partner with the community to clean up blight in District 7 and other parts of our city.


Response to the State of the City Address

We are in forward motion as a city with the new Mayor and new City Council. The work done so far this year by the Administration shows that Mayor Mike Duggan is beginning to address challenges that have plagued our city for some time, in an unprecedented cooperative effort with Detroit City Council.

SOTC---02262014---01There are identifiable improvement in city services on the way.

I will collaborate with the Duggan Administration to support a workable neighborhood revitalization plan. As we demolish structures in Detroit, I want to involve the community organically, in partnership with the City and the Future City group led by former Councilman Ken Cockrel, to craft and implement a land use plan that is intended to improve and complement our existing neighborhoods.  I promise to involve the community in this project. We need to work with businesses, entrepreneurs, schools and training institutions to establish new businesses in our neighborhoods that provide needed services that enhance our neighborhoods and bring jobs.

We need to develop a comprehensive material reuse program. Many of the abandoned and vacant homes and other structures still have quality materials that may be reused or recycled. Instead of the entire house or structure materials added to a landfill or buried on-site in a basement, we need to implement a material reuse program, known as deconstruction, for items such as brick, wood and metal. These materials can be reused for other homes and structures throughout our city and region or be recycled. This type of program will generate additional revenue for the City through material sales and put more people to work in the program.

Here are stories from FOX2 News and WDIV Local 4 that include my response to the State of the City.


Planning and Economic Development Committee

As Chair of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, I wanted additional neighborhoods to have input into the hockey arena catalyst development project. We redirected the Council’s Legislative Policy Division to expand the boundaries for the Neighborhood Advisory Council related to the arena catalyst development to include all of the Brush Park neighborhood. Last week, our Committee moved the resolution to the formal session. The City Council approved this resolution on Tuesday, February 25.

I want to ensure Council District 7′s interests are heard on the arena catalyst project as the formation of the Neighborhood Advisory Council is established. If you have an interest in possibly representing District 7 on the catalyst project’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, please forward your resume and other supporting documentation to (thank you to the citizens who have already forwarded their interest). Also, you may inquire about updates on District Community Advisory Councils and other economic development in the city of Detroit and District 7.

Please refer to my website for upcoming events, including Literacy Initiative reading dates and times.

As always, I am committed to serving you. If you have any issues or concerns, please contact me at the City Council Office at 313-224-2151, my home at 313-653-1131, or by email at

Your partner in Detroit’s resurgence,

Gabe Leland
Detroit City Council – District 7