Community in brief: 02/10/2022 | Local News

Collection of cans

TRAVERSE CITY — The National Alliance on Mental Illness is hosting a noon returnable can drive Feb. 12 at Family Fare on Eighth Street.

Distribution of masks

TRAVERSE CITY — United Way of Northwest Michigan, the Grand Traverse County Health Department and the Regional Agency on Aging are offering KN95 masks from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at 1320 Airport Access Road.

Drive-thru to receive up to 50 masks per vehicle, while supplies last. All vehicle passengers must wear a mask during pick-up.

First responder training

LANSING — The Michigan Treasury invites Michigan cities, townships, counties, villages and fire departments to apply for the First Responder Training and Recruitment Grant Program by Feb. 15.

A total of $5 million is available for the grant program. Each candidate can request up to $200,000: half for training and the other half for recruiting.

Government entities can submit requests to michigan.gov/FRG.

Detroit police shoot suspect who tried to run over officers

DETROIT — Detroit police shot and injured a man suspected of committing an armed carjacking after he allegedly tried to run over officers with the stolen vehicle, police said.

The suspect was shot twice Tuesday night on the city’s west side and was in “temporary serious condition” at a local hospital, Detroit Deputy Police Chief Charles Fitzgerald said.

After the shooting, Fitzgerald said officers placed a tourniquet on the suspect’s leg before he was taken to hospital. He said no officers were injured in the shooting.

Fitzgerald said the injured suspect had a minor with him in the stolen SUV who was not injured, and officers arrested them both.

The suspects were supposed to show up for an online transaction to buy Nike Air Jordan shoes, but the seller was the victim of a carjacking at gunpoint and he and his two young children were forced to leave their SUV.

Police responded to the man’s call and a brief chase of the stolen vehicle ensued.

“As the officers approached, the vehicle turned in the direction of the officers. Fearing for the safety of the officers, one of the officers fired multiple bullets,” Fitzgerald said.

Detroit proposes $15 minimum wage for city workers

The minimum wage could rise to $15 an hour for about 270 Detroit city workers under a plan expected to be presented to the city council in the coming weeks.

Pending Council approval, workers’ pay would increase from July 1, Mayor Mike Duggan and Councilwoman Latisha Johnson told reporters on Wednesday.

Detroit has about 9,000 city workers on its payroll. Raising the 270 employees currently earning less than $15 an hour would cost the city about $1.3 million a year.

“This amount is a small price to pay for the many benefits that will accrue to our community,” said Johnson, who chairs the city council’s internal operations committee. “This is definitely a step in the right direction for Detroit residents to earn decent wages in these various positions, with opportunities for growth that can help achieve greater financial stability.”

“They are very valuable employees,” he added. “You think of the people who work in leisure centres, they watch over our children every day to keep them safe. You look at these people who stand out in all weather moving traffic after sporting events or going out of peak hours, these people are really important.

Private sector workers and their supporters have demonstrated in Detroit and other cities across the United States in recent years for a $15 minimum wage. The coronavirus pandemic has forced some employers to raise pay rates themselves to retain and attract workers.

Michigan Minimum Wage rose 22 cents to $9.87 an hour on Jan. 1. State law requires annual wage increases until it reaches $12.05 within a decade.

last April, President Joe Biden signed an executive order raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for federal contractors. Biden administration officials then said that higher wages would lead to greater worker productivity, offsetting any additional cost to taxpayers.

Fast food giant McDonald’s said in May that it would raise the average hourly wage by 10% to $13 per hour, rising to $15 per hour by 2024. Entry-level workers now earn at least $11 per hour.

At Detroit City Hall, changes are to be made to the city’s main pay scale and collective agreements with city unions are to be amended to increase the pay scale.

Duggan’s office will propose that the $1.3 million for increases be included in the city budget. Duggan said his finance team told him “we’re doing pretty well financially that we can afford it.”

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Williams reported from West Bloomfield, Michigan.

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