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July 15, 2020, Budget, Finance & Audit Standing Committee
Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-42) went into effect on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Therefore, Detroit City Council will be meeting virtually using videoconferencing until further notice. This action is being taken in accordance with Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-48, which allows electronic meetings for legislative bodies.
City Council Sessions may be viewed in the following manner.
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
To participate at the time of Public Comment, please raise your hand within the zoom application.
1. Telephone participants: Raise your hand by pressing *9
2. Web participants: Raise your hand by clicking raise hand in the application or pressing
a. Windows computer = [ALT] + [Y]
b. Apple computers = [OPTION] + [Y]
To be consistent with how Public Comment has been handled for in-person meetings:
You will be called on in the order in which your hand is raised
All time limits set by the meeting Chair will still be enforced
Any hands raised after the Chair ends submission of public comments, will not be able to speak at the meeting
All interested persons are invited to be present and be heard as to their views. Persons making oral presentations are encouraged to submit written copies to the City Clerk’s Office [email protected] via e-mail, for the record.
If interpretation or translation services are needed call The Department of Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity at 313-224-4950.
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!
City Council Referrals:
July 14, 2020 Voting Action Items:
DCC Evening Community Meeting Registration
July 15, 2020, Budget, Finance & Audit Standing Committee
July 15, 2020, Internal Operations Standing Committee, 10:00am
7/16/2020, Planning & Economic Development Standing Committee, 11:00am
Brenda Jones was elected to the Detroit City Council in November 2005 and began her third term in January 2018. Ms. Jones was selected as City Council President by her colleagues in January 2014 and 2018. As a member of the City of Detroit’s legislative branch, she serves the citizens by working daily and diligently for:
Ms. 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. She is the Chairperson of the Skilled Trades Task Force and Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force. As of April 1, 2020, Council President Jones has successfully sponsored 9 ordinances and 40 resolutions. Her legislative efforts have positively impacted the quality of life for residents, public safety personnel, government employees, unions and others. Additionally, Jones continues to be at the forefront in advocating for small businesses, especially Detroit-based businesses, to receive City of Detroit contracts to increase their revenues, hire Detroiters, and, thus, increase Detroit’s tax base.
In 2018, Ms. Jones was elected to complete John Conyers, Jr.'s term. Despite a brief five-week tenure, Congresswoman Jones voted 77 times and sponsored two pieces of legislation while representing Michigan's 13th Congressional District.
Ms. Jones serves in a leadership capacity or general member on numerous Boards of Directors including, but not limited to: First Vice Chair of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG); the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation; the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights; the Michigan Municipal League (MML); Trustee of Michigan Minority Networking Women – Detroit Chapter; and 1st Vice President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) – Detroit Chapter. Ms. Jones sits on the Boards of Detroit Authority Health, the Detroit Transportation Corporation (The People Mover), and is a member of the Detroit Election Commission. She is a member of groups such as the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU) and the Trade Union Leadership Council (TULC). Before being elected to the Detroit City Council, Ms. Jones was the President of the 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. As Detroit City Council President, she continues to work for justice for all citizens.
Ms. Jones has been an active and faithful member of the Wyoming Avenue Church of Christ since 1967. President Jones attended and graduated from Detroit Public Schools, Wayne State University, and Wayne State University Labor School. Ms. Jones also successfully completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her diligent commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of all she meets.
Brenda 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. Jones also has 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, Ms. 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, 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. Brenda Jones continues to be an advocate for hope, opportunity, and positive change.
City Council Calendar 2020
Low Income Rehabilitation Cost Assistance
DPSCD July 7, 2020 Formal Session Detroit City Council Update
5G Health Impact Facts: Detroit Health Department
June 23 Evening Community Meeting Agenda
5G Tower Report
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
COUNCIL PRESIDENT BRENDA JONES STATEMENT ON THE CITY OF DETROIT FISCAL YEAR 2020/2021 BUDGET AS APPROVED BY THE DETROIT CITY COUNCIL