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Detroit Seeing Upgrades Ahead of Bankruptcy Trial

Detroit Seeing Upgrades Ahead of Bankruptcy Trial



DETROIT (AP) — Detroit neighborhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts.
In the little more than a year since state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr made Detroit the largest U.S. city to seek bankruptcy protection, it has experienced a wide range of improvements that will factor into Judge Steven Rhodes’ decisions during next month’s bankruptcy trial.
When Orr filed for bankruptcy, Detroit’s debt then was estimated at $18 billion, and its revenue streams were too small to keep up with basic city services.
Since then, the city has installed at least 10,000 new streetlights. It’s also going after absentee landlords — threatening to take and sell or demolish vacant houses that violate city codes. Eight houses awarded to the city’s Land Bank are being put up for auction. Belle Isle, the city’s most popular public park has been put under state control and received a much-needed cleaning.
“Things are being done now that weren’t being done,” said Detroit barber DeAngelo Smith. “I wouldn’t say it would have been as fast if the bankruptcy hadn’t been filed.”
Some of the most dramatic changes were designed to save the city money and didn’t need to wait for the August bankruptcy confirmation trial.
Orr has frozen some benefits for participants in the city’s two pension systems and ended the city’s defined contribution plan. Additionally, the city no longer provides health insurance to retirees.
Deals were reached with unions and retirees on a hybrid pension plan in which current, non-uniformed workers will contribute 4 percent of their salary toward benefits. Current police and firefighters will contribute 6 percent. New police and fire hires will chip in 8 percent of their base salary.
A coalition of 33 municipal unions, representing about 5,500 workers, also has banged out a 5-year contract after nine months of negotiations with the city. It calls for wage increases of 5 percent this year and 2.5 percent hikes later.
“We’re going to show what we’ve done to date, but also show more of what we need to do,” Orr spokesman Bill Nowling said, referring to the bankruptcy trial before Rhodes.
The bankruptcy and fear of what could happen during the trial has steered many of the decisions, according to bankruptcy expert Doug Bernstein.
“Some people will ask, ‘what are my options? If I don’t get it resolved, then my option is I get to fight everything and maybe I win and maybe I don’t,’” Bernstein said.
It has helped Detroit that Orr and his small army of lawyers and consultants are overseeing the bankruptcy, which allows Mayor Mike Duggan to figure out what needs to be improved on the street level, Bernstein added.
What’s going on now are improvements and right-sizing services to fit a population of about 700,000, rather than the 1.8 million Detroit was built to hold.
“For so long ... nobody wanted to change it. They just wanted to kick the can down the road,” Bernstein said. “Now, we’ve tackled it head-on.”
Still, Ed McNeil, an official with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said things are not so rosy in Detroit because city jobs are being outsourced in the name of savings.
He points to job cuts in the water department, the hiring of outside contractors by the Public Lighting Authority and the use of private companies to haul away trash.
“It’s a smoke screen,” McNeil said. “The only people who got better are the profiteers and the privateers.”



Detroit Seeing Upgrades Ahead of Bankruptcy Trial, July 22, 2014, LegalNews.com

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