Detroit City Council will be meeting virtually using a videoconference on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. for Executive Sessions.
Please use the link below to watch the meeting on Channel 10:
Please use the link below to watch the meeting online:
Please use this link to sign up for public comment:
Alternatively, sign up for public comment by phone: 313-224-3322
To attend by phone only, call one of these numbers: +1 929 436 2866, +1 312 626 6799, +1 669 900 6833, +1 253 215 8782, +1 301 715 8592, or +1 346 248 7799 Use meeting id: 738 256 485
If interpretation or translation services are needed call The Department of Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity at 313-224-4950.
The 2020 Budget Season will take place during the months of March 2020 and April 2020. Council President Brenda Jones and the Detroit City Council wants you stay informed and engaged!. You are able to pre-register for public comment and/or leave comments for each budget hearing.
It it my pleasure to continuously serve you as the Detroit City Council President. We must work together to enhance and improve our City. I am working diligently on ordinances, resolutions, and initiatives that further works to improve your quality of life.
If you have any questions and concerns, would like to make a suggestion, or make a report, please click the link below:
Legislative Engagement Form
Council President Jones and Council Member Ayers are working with Detroit Animal Care and Control! They are helping to secure our Detroit residents with employment opportunities in becoming an Animal Care Control Technician and/or an Animal Care Control Officer. Earn between 30K - 45K yearly, caring for captured and rehabilitated animals that were strayed, abandoned and rescued. This is a great opportunity for our Returning Citizens and for those interested in working with animals. Click on the link below and complete the entire form and submit for consideration.
Public Comment Forms
In order to better administer the online public comment process, there will now be one form for all Formal Session Meetings, Evening Community Meeting Public Comment, Evening Community Meeting RSVP, and budget meetings. Residents are able to register ahead of time for all presently scheduled City Council meetings. Residents are now also able to upload documents and leave comments if they are not able to attend City Council Meetings. If there are any special meetings or session scheduled, the forms will be updated and a new link will be provided. We look forward to hearing from you!
DCC Evening Community Meeting Registration
Detroit City Council will be meeting virtually using a videoconference on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. for Executive Sessions.
Detroit City Council will be meeting virtually using a videoconference on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Detroit City Council will be meeting virtually using a videoconference on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Brenda Jones was elected to serve the citizens of Detroit in November 2005 and was re-elected to a second term in January 2010. On January 6, 2014, Ms. Jones was elected President, Detroit City Council. As a member of this legislative branch, she pledges her commitment to:
President Jones was appointed unanimously by her colleagues to represent the Detroit City Council on the Fire and Police Pension Board. She also serves as ex-officio member of all standing committees. In addition, she is the Chairperson of the Skilled Trades Task Force and Military Veterans Task Force.
President Jones is the former President of Communications Workers of America, Local 4004, where she represented over 1,000 union members and advocated tirelessly for fairness and equal rights in the workplace. She continues to work for justice for all citizens. President Jones currently serves as a Board Member for several organizations: the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights; the Detroit Metropolitan Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues; Secretary for the Communications Workers of America National Minority Caucus; Trustee of Michigan Minority Networking Women – Detroit Chapter; Trustee of Elise Bryant Educational Scholarship Foundation; and 1st Vice President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) – Detroit Chapter. She is a member of groups such as: the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU); the Trade Union Leadership Council (TULC); lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and a NEP Delegate for the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW).
President Jones has been an active and faithful member of the Wyoming Avenue Church of Christ for 43 years. She is also a Precinct Delegate for the 14th Congressional District. She is the former president of the Oak Grove Community Council and continues to be an active member. President Jones attended and graduated from Detroit Public Schools, Wayne State University, and Wayne State University Labor School. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her diligent commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of all she meets, including: Spirit of Detroit Award, 1988; Sojourner Truth Award from the National Organization for Women; S’Hero Award and the Tip of the Spear Award from the University of Michigan Labor Studies; Community Leadership Award from O.L. Trone, Sr. Scholarships, 2007; Public Servant Award from the Arc Detroit, 56th Legacy Awards, 2007; Distinguished Service Award For Outstanding Service and For Inspiring Youth to do the Best in School and Community from the Metro Detroit Youth Day and Michigan Food & Beverage Association, April 15, 2009; and the Olga M. Madar Award from the Metro Detroit Coalition of Labor Union Women, June 12, 2009.
President Jones is a trailblazer, visionary, and humanitarian. She regularly attends community meetings throughout the city and feels it is important to meet with citizens in their neighborhoods. President Jones has also taken part in several student career days throughout the city and is committed to partnering with the business community to provide employment for high school and college student interns during the summer. In order to gain a greater understanding of the Detroit Police Department, President Jones attended the Citizen Police Academy and was proud to receive her Certificate of Completion on May 7, 2009. Since being elected in November 2005, President Jones has sponsored several resolutions to address everyday issues that affect the citizens of Detroit. Her greatest accomplishments, however, are feeding the hungry, providing shelter to the underprivileged, working to find job opportunities for those in need, and saying a kind word to the hopeless. She continues to be an advocate for hope, opportunity, and positive change.
The Detroit City Council P resident's Office made several achievements and accomplishments in 2018 under the leadership and guidance of Council President Brenda Jones, prior to the November 20, 2018, Council Recess!
During this year’s City Council Session, Team Jones led the charge on four important pieces of legislation approved by the Detroit City Council that will improve the quality of life for Detroiters and increase the capacity of Detroit businesses to do ethical business and secure city contracts
To properly honor Aretha Franklin’s legacy as the Queen of Soul, The Ordinance Aretha Franklin Amphitheater Ordinance ensures that the former Chene Park Amphitheater will forever be known as Aretha Franklin Amphitheater.
The Bed Bug Ordinance works to address the current Bed Bug epidemic within the City of Detroit by clearly stating responsibilities for both tenants and landlords before, during, and after a suspected bedbug infestation occurs and requiring immediate treatment of the infestation once discovered.
The Debarment Ordinance empowers residents, contractors, and elected officials to hold contractors accountable for their services and their actions by defining a process to prevent contractors from bidding on City of Detroit contracts after a thorough review by the Office of the Inspector General. Residents, contractors, and elected officials are able to initiate the process for debarment if it is believed that the contractor has acted unethically or has not performed their services. If a contractor is found to have committed illegal acts, they may be disqualified from City contracts for up to 20 years.
The Supply Schedule Ordinance allows the City of Detroit to create a Supply Schedule Program for City of Detroit reoccurring goods and services that will allow the City of Detroit to achieve costs savings on goods and services. In addition to the cost savings, 30% of the entire supply schedule will be set aside for Detroit-based, Detroit-headquartered, and Detroit-certified businesses only. There will also be at least two small business outreach events annually throughout the district to ensure that small businesses are prepared and informed for the upcoming opportunities within the City of Detroit Supply Schedule.
The Detroit City Council supported initiatives led by Team Jones that advanced the causes of hardworking Detroiters by approving several key resolutions that stand in solidarity with the residents of our communities.
In collaboration with Council Member Janee’ Ayers, a resolution to show support for the striking workers at the Westin Book Cadillac. The resolution wholeheartedly provided full support of the UNITE HERE Union in their demands for living wages and fair working conditions.
Every day, grandparents get up to complete the endless task of raising their grandchildren as their own children. To honor the time, energy, and resources that are put into this labor of love, a resolution to declare September 2018 “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Month”.
To welcome the National Black MBA Association to the City of Detroit, a resolution in support of the Association’s 40th annual conference in Detroit. We sincerely appreciate the dedication and leadership of the National Black MBA Association.
A resolution in support of this year’s 6th Annual “Hug Detroit Day.” This resolution is to stand behind the community of advocates who work to make Detroit a safer, more community-driven place. The 4th Sunday of August shall be designated as “Hug Detroit Day”, to celebrate a day of non-violence and honor the lives of those who were lost to gun violence.
A resolution to support the Detroit Police Department in its efforts to receive reimbursement for the cost of training officers who take jobs in other municipalities. Detroit taxpayers’ dollars should remain in the city, especially for crucial services such as public safety.
A resolution in support of Michigan House Bill 5532 which would expand Michigan’s personal protection order law to prohibit sex offenders from attending the same school as their minor victims.
To educate and prepare teachers to respond to warning signs of various mental illnesses in their students, a resolution in support of Michigan House Bill 5524. This bill was crafted to instruct teachers on how to provide crisis intervention during students’ time of need.
The Detroit City Council supported and approved crucial budget initiatives led by Team Jones.
Creation of the Skilled Trades Readiness Fund. The objectives of this fund included enrolling 60 residents into a basic education course that will better prepare them for a career in the skilled trades. The funding accompanied what was already provided in the budget to allow the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation to provide training to 120 individuals. The skilled trades funding also provides funding for child care for individuals enrolled in a skilled trades prep or training program in addition to providing transportation assistance for individuals enrolled in one of the prep or training programs!
Additional Funding for the development and distribution of a Guide Book for historical properties, to better inform owners about the rules and responsibilities related to owning a historic home.
Additional Funding for the creation of a legislative management database for the Office of the Detroit City Clerk to provide greater access to legislative documents for the residents of the City of Detroit.
Teams Jones has made great strides in engaging the city’s youth, seniors, labor force, and the business community through various events and outreach strategies.
In collaboration with Council Member Janee’ Ayers, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and the Office of Procurement, the Small Business Empowerment Fairs have been a tremendous success in providing information and resources to Detroit’s small business community. Current and prospective business owners who attended these events were met with an incredible series of workshops, as well as department officials from various city departments to clarify any questions or concerns that business owners had regarding doing business with and within the City of Detroit.
At the 2018 Senior Summit, hundreds of seniors were shuttled in by senior buildings, PACE Southeast Michigan and several churches, for a day of dancing, food, and giveaways at Erma Henderson Park! For almost a decade, seniors have had an exciting event full of great opportunities to educate them with a variety of resources enjoy great food, dance to music, play games and win raffle prizes.
During October’s Skilled Trades Taskforce Meeting, representatives from Ford were present to announce their hiring plan for Detroit skilled tradesmen in the restoration of the Central Station. This opportunity will be monumental for Detroiters and Ford will need tradespeople from a vast array of specializations to make their project happen!
Hundreds of Detroit-area students showed up for the Annual Infinite Scholars Scholarship Fair. Students applied to dozens of schools and over $11 million dollars was awarded to our hardworking high school seniors on-site to contribute to their future success in college!
Team Jones made sure that over 500 families across the city had a balanced meal.
The reorganization of our 2018 City Council Evening Community Meetings has contributed to their greater success! This year, the meetings included a number of City departments that have set up tables, inviting our residents to gather departmental handouts, and talk directly to assigned customer service representatives that are equipped to assist with concerns on issues such as blight, water, public lighting, employment opportunities, and so much more.
Historic Preservation Town Hall Meetings were organized by Team Jones and Preservation Detroit in early spring. They assisted in enlightening property owners of affordable solutions to rehab their historic homes and to become more familiar with the building permit processes.
Any City employee who has died as the direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty shall have a funeral benefit not to exceed $12,000, to be coordinated with Worker’s Compensation benefits provided through the City of Detroit, to be paid directly to the funeral home; and cemetery.
A list of doctors for COVID-19 assessments
Detroit EDC Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Fund Guidelines.
Contracts Held by the Office of Council President Brenda Jones during the Week of March 30, 2020
The City of Detroit amendment to the current Economic Development Corporation and City of Detroit Agreement to allow for Casino Development Funds to be utilized
Proposed Amendment to the Casino Development Fund Agreement
Concerns submitted to the Administration on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
On Tuesday, February 24, 2009, I voted against the resolution to reject the transfer of Cobo Hall to a Regional Authority. I do not believe this is the best deal for the City of Detroit and I certainly do not agree with the process of negotiations that took place in reaching this legislation.
On May 13, 2008, the Detroit City Council took unprecedented action in our city’s history, voting to censure Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick and to initiate proceedings to remove the Mayor from public office.
Brenda Jones Statement on “No” Vote to Wayne County Sheriff Officers on DDOT Busses
On Friday, June 30, 2006, I voted against the $300.00 annual fee for trash collection because the citizens of Detroit are already over taxed. With the outrageous amount we as Detroiters’ pay in property taxes, automobile insurance, coupled with the tremendous unemployment rate and stagnant economy, the people of our city cannot afford to be burdened with more costs.
Council President Jones statement of the closing 2019 -2020 Budget Approval Cycle
Council President Jones Statement on the FCA Vote
Statement from Council President Jones about remembering Memorial Day and its history in Michigan
CPBJ Statement on NO Vote on $250M Blight Elimination Bonds
CPBJ Budget Priorities Statement