Tempers flared as west-end residents voiced their concerns loud and clear at the Ward 2 meeting Wednesday night.
Officials said it was the liveliest city ward meeting to date.
Residents like Debby Robert vented a number of complaints to city officials.
"My concerns are the students, the housing, the landlords, the garbage, my taxes," said Robert. "I pay high taxes, all the boarded up homes, Forster closing, Grace Hospital. They should twin the west end with Flint, Michigan, because that's what it looks like."
The former Grace Hospital site was mentioned by many of the people at the meeting as an ongoing concern.
Coun. Ron Jones, who chaired the meeting, said the site's developer is in negotiations to begin work. Jones expects to know more about his plans in about a month.
In the meantime, city building official Al Peach is working to board up the building to contain the asbestos inside.
"There's some wrinkle with legal right now on the quote that we would like to move forward with and I think that will be rectified very very shortly," said Peach. "In fact I think there's a meeting on that Thursday."
Jones said he and city administration will handle the concerns brought forward at the meeting.
He also said there's been some movement on the boarded-up homes owned by the Ambassador bridge.
"I will say to you the manager representing the bridge company has met with the mayor," said Jones. "We as members of council have not been told when they're going to meet again."
The next ward meeting is scheduled Tuesday night for Ward 10. Coun. Al Maghnieh will host the meeting at the Nikola Budimir Library on Grand Marais Road West.