Governor Whitmer’s announcement has prompted the City of Warren to take immediate action to help reverse the record number of cases and deaths in Michigan. Effective this Wednesday, all departments in the city will reactivate the remote work plans beginning on Wednesday. Mayor Fouts had ordered these plans into effect earlier this year. Most employees* will be working from home and those that work inside will be required to wear a mask, social distance, and sanitize while at city hall. City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. Warren has been at the forefront of successfully combating COVID-19 and Mayor Fouts intends to keep us in a leadership position to protect our employees and the community while continuing to deliver effective city services to our residents. All hands-on deck meaning that all of us need to follow the simple protocol of masks, sanitizing and social distancing. Masks are to protect others and yourself with a recent study indicating it’s the single most important factor to stop the spread of this virus.
*We are requiring most employees to work from home unless they are absolutely needed at city hall.
City Council Puts Needs of Plunkett Cooney Law Firm Ahead of Critical Needs of Community
At its meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 the administration presented the Warren City Council with a list of bills to be paid to vendors that have provided essential and legally secured services to the city. This is a routine responsibility exercised at every meeting of the city council to ensure that vendors are paid for services rendered to the community. The only reason given by the council for not paying the city’s bills was the fact that the administration has refused to pay the Plunkett Cooney Law firm for a contract that the administration believes was entered into in violation of the Warren City Charter and Warren purchasing ordinance. (Attached is a letter the Warren City Attorney sent to Plunkett Cooney on May 28, 2020 outlining the illegal hiring and non-payment for any services by Plunkett Cooney)
I released the following statement on my personal Facebook page immediately after the Council refused to pay the city bills of nearly $5 million:
As Warren resident Jason stated at the council meeting:
“Merry Christmas, small-business owners, because this city council cares more about their hand-picked lawyer than they do about you.”
I agree with Jason that this is a hell of a gift to Warren residents in the midst of a pandemic and the holidays.
Video of the City Council unanimously approving to not pay the bills of the city of Warren until Plunkett Cooney, their illegally hired and handpicked Oakland County marijuana lawyer, is paid:
5:48 – 6:12:
Council Secretary Melinda Moore: “Next item is approval of bills, 8A General Revenue Funds. Umm, Mr. President, ummm, We, ahhh, approved payment to Plunkett and Cooney, the administration is refusing to issue the check, so I make a motion to table the, ahhh, ahhh, General Revenue Funds bills, ahhh, at this time until that bill is paid.”
Motion seconded by Ron Papandrea and approved unanimously.
The net result is contracts that have been legally entered into for services needed by the community will not be paid during this holiday season.
Mayor James R. Fouts
City of Warren
One City Square- Suite 215
Warren, MI 48093-6726