Since Mayor James Fouts took office, the City of Warren has seen major progress and reached some incredible milestones under his leadership. Mayor Fouts has followed through on many of his key campaign promises and has focused on multiple key areas including economic development, education, civic innovation, reduction in crime and sustainability.
Neighborhood cleanup sweeps – street by street, house by house, by city inspectors, including mobile home parks.
The Department of Property Maintenance Inspection personnel will check residential homes.
Zoning inspectors will check apartments, commercial businesses and industrial properties.
The Department of Public Works will sweep the streets.
The City of Warren police will ticket vehicles that are abandoned or improperly tagged.
The Mayor established an anti-blight telephone hotline seven days a week, 24 hours each day to record anonymous complaints about blight. The complaints are forwarded to property maintenance inspectors.
The hotline also records non blight-related complaints that are forwarded to the respective departments via a new system called QAlert; no phone calls need to be made. The complaints are forwarded by QAlert and checked for follow
up on the system.
New innovative crime-fighting programs including a police academy
Dismissal of employees who were accused of possession or illegal drug dealing and initiation of a random alcohol and drug-testing for all mayoral appointees
Saved thousands on Christmas tree lighting and fireworks
Special ceremonies to honor World War II, Korean War & Vietnam Veterans and 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II
Saved the city $30,000 by not using a personal driver and eliminating leased vehicle for Mayor.
Reduced Number of city employees by 27% without layoffs.
Urban gardening in Warren and conservation of monarch waystations.
Reduced maximum heights for uncut grass from 9” to 6”
Created Code of Ethics for all appointees
Efficient Complaint Tracking System – The hotline also records non blight-related complaints that are forwarded to the respective departments via a new
system called QAlert; no phone calls need to be made. The complaints are forwarded by QAlert and checked for follow up on the system.
“Welcome to Warren” signs
New TV Warren programs
Arbor Day Foundation – Tree City USA Community
Purple Heart City
After School Anti-Violence Program – Van Dyke Schools Initiative/corridor
School Safety Program implemented after the Sandy Hook tragedy