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Council Frustration Over Meetings That Accomplish Nothing

DETROIT (WWJ) – A Detroit City Councilmen is ranting about a weekly city ritual that’s all for nothing.

Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown Chairs the Public Health and Safety Standing Committee so each week he and two other Council members are charged with hearing appeals from property owners and determining which houses should be torn down reports WWJ Newsradio 950’s Florence Walton.

“Week after week after week I’m going to read off 120 houses, knowing that there is no money to tear them down,” said Brown.

Brown, who has also expressed frustration with the Mayor Bing’s administration over the failure to use $20 million in Fire Insurance Escrow funds to demolish fire damage homes and another $20 million in Block Grant funds for demolition.

Brown looked to suspend the weekly ‘dangerous buildings review process’ until the money is found, but that attempt failed.

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