Plans for more cops and firefighters, vehicles for them, additional money for park upgrades and blight removal, city employee training and several technology upgrades. That’s what the city proposes if a $120 million loan is approved, according to a court filing Friday.
The city listed $179 million in near-term investment needs for its beleaguered public safety, antiquated record-keeping systems and blight removal in response to creditor complaints that Detroit wasn’t detailing how it would spend the fresh debt from London-based Barclays, which must be approved by Judge Steven Rhodes.
In the court filing (see below for document), the city proposed how it would use the loan proceeds, including:
- $36.2 million for the police department, specifically for fleet vehicles, construction of new precincts and a training facility, IT upgrades, hiring and equipment purchases;
- $35.6 million for residential blight removal;
- $28.5 million for the fire department including vehicle purchase and maintenance, facility repairs and maintenance, IT upgrades and hiring;
- $25.4 million to the finance department for hiring and IT upgrades;
- $24.8 million for the general services department to be used for park upgrades and ground maintenance fleet replacement, citywide facility improvements, and repairs and increased staffing;
- $5.1 million to demolish the Herman Kiefer building;
- $4.5 million for facility consolidation and hiring in the planning and development department;
- $3.4 million for city employee training;
- $2.7 million for transportation facility improvements and service costs;
- $3.2 million for recreation facilities repair and maintenance, and parks and recreation facility improvements;
- $1.6 million for more legal staff;
- $800,000 for the elections department to cover deferred maintenance and improvements;
- $600,000 for human resources staff.