flint emergency manager http://michiganradio.org en Consultant says Flint needs to charge more for water and sewer service http://michiganradio.org/post/consultant-says-flint-needs-charge-more-water-and-sewer-service <p>Flint’s water customers may need to prepare to pay more for their tap water.</p><p></p><p>A consultant is recommending the city plan on annual rate hikes for the foreseeable future.</p><p></p><p>Flint’s aging water system has endured more than a hundred water main breaks since New Year’s Day. The city is also planning on replacing water service from Detroit by tapping into the Flint River and eventually a new pipeline that would reach Lake Huron.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:41:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 17199 at http://michiganradio.org Consultant says Flint needs to charge more for water and sewer service Flint denied federal grant to pay for firefighters http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-denied-federal-grant-pay-firefighters <p></p><p>The city of Flint will not be getting a major federal grant that would have paid to keep many city firefighters on the job.</p><p></p><p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency has turned down Flint’s request for a nearly $8 million SAFER grant. The city has used two previous <a href="http://www.fema.gov/staffing-adequate-fire-emergency-response-grants">SAFER grants</a> to pay dozens of firefighters.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:53:36 +0000 Steve Carmody 17139 at http://michiganradio.org Flint denied federal grant to pay for firefighters Flint leaders to consider proposed 7-point plan to fix city's problems http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-consider-proposed-7-point-plan-fix-citys-problems <p>The Flint city council is expected to consider a plan tonight that may lead the city out from under state oversight.</p><p></p><p>Flint has had a series of state appointed Emergency Managers, dating back to 2002 under Governor Engler.</p><p></p><p>Darnell Earley is the current man in the job. He's outlined a seven- point plan to prepare the city to transition back to local control for the first time since 2011.</p><p></p><p>Earley’s plan includes addressing Flint’s deficit, legacy costs and strategic planning.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17122 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders to consider proposed 7-point plan to fix city's problems Flint EM to lay out his '7-point' plan to begin city's transition back to local control http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-em-lay-out-his-7-point-plan-begin-citys-transition-back-local-control <p>Tonight, Flint’s Emergency Manager plans to lay out what has to be accomplished before the city can begin the transition back to local control.</p><p></p><p>Flint has been under an emergency manager since 2011.</p><p></p><p>Darnell Earley is the third man to hold the post. &nbsp; At tonight’s city council meeting, he will present seven points that will have to be met to insure he will also be the last.</p><p></p><p>“When is the city going to come out of the emergency management? When is it going back into local control? It won’t until we satisfy those seven points,” says Earley.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:15:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16458 at http://michiganradio.org Flint EM to lay out his '7-point' plan to begin city's transition back to local control Flint's EM wants a consultant to look at the city's public safety department http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-em-wants-consultant-look-citys-public-safety-department <p>A consultant is being brought in to assess what can be done with the city of Flint’s public safety department.</p><p></p><p>Budget cuts and smaller workforces have strained Flint’s police and fire departments in recent years.</p><p></p><p>Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley says efforts to reorganize the city's public safety departments have "really brought into question" their effectiveness.</p><p></p><p>He says the goal of the new study is to translate the city's financial resources into the public safety services the community needs.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16453 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's EM wants a consultant to look at the city's public safety department Flint's special blue ribbon committee will continue to meet 'behind closed doors' http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-special-blue-ribbon-committee-will-continue-meet-behind-closed-doors <p>Flint’s emergency manager says a special blue ribbon committee looking at ways to better run the city should continue to meet behind closed doors.</p><p></p><p>Emergency Manager Darnell Earley appointed the 23 member committee this month. The panel will be meeting for the next several months to study how best to run the city. And those meetings are taking place behind closed doors.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:52:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 16069 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's special blue ribbon committee will continue to meet 'behind closed doors' Flint City Council to start on the path to 'self-governance' http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-start-path-self-governance <p>The Flint City Council meets tonight, and for the first time in two years, the council will actually have something to do.</p><p></p><p>Flint has been under a state-appointed emergency manager for two years.</p><p></p><p>Current emergency manager Darnell Earley says it’s time for the City Council to get more involved in decisions.</p><p></p><p>“The way to do that is for them to begin some of their meetings on some issues that we want ultimately the council to have some impact on,” says Earley.</p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 07:35:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15985 at http://michiganradio.org Flint City Council to start on the path to 'self-governance' Emergency manager slaps new restrictions on Flint city councilman being pressured to resign http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-slaps-new-restrictions-flint-city-councilman-being-pressured-resign <p>An embattled <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/12/flint_ems_executive_order_rest.html">Flint city councilman </a>plans on taking part in a special training session tomorrow, despite calls for him to resign.</p><p></p><p>Councilman Eric Mays was recently charged with drunk driving and marijuana possession. &nbsp;&nbsp;Mays has refused Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley's call for him to resign.</p><p></p><p>Mays’ attorney says Mays will take part in the governance training session.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:22:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 15687 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency manager slaps new restrictions on Flint city councilman being pressured to resign Flint city councilman says he won't resign http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-councilman-says-he-wont-resign <p>Flint’s emergency manager is calling for the resignation of a city councilman who was arrested last weekend for driving under the influence.&nbsp; The councilman says he won’t resign.</p><p>Councilman <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/12/flint_city_leaders_ask_embattl.html#incart_river_default">Eric Mays </a>was arrested and charged with DUI and marijuana possession early last Saturday along I-475 in Flint.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:56:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 15577 at http://michiganradio.org Flint city councilman says he won't resign Flint's elected leaders will get special training on how to govern their troubled city next month http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-elected-leaders-will-get-special-training-how-govern-their-troubled-city-next-month <p>Flint city council members will receive special training next month that may help pave the way for the city to emerge from state oversight.</p><p></p><p>An emergency manager, appointed by the governor, has run the city of Flint since 2011.</p><p></p><p>City leaders hope to retake control of the city, possibly as early as late next year.</p><p></p><p>Flint emergency manager Darnell Earley says before that can happen it’s important the city’s elected leaders learn how to properly govern.</p><p></p><p>That’s why he’s organizing the Dec. 14<sup>th</sup> training session.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15477 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's elected leaders will get special training on how to govern their troubled city next month Flint's top cop resigns http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-top-cop-resigns <p>Flint&rsquo;s Public Safety Director is resigning.</p><p>Alvern Lock submitted his resignation today.&nbsp;</p><p>Alvern Lock has overseen Flint&rsquo;s police and fire departments since 2009, when he was appointed to the job by then-interim mayor Mike Brown.&nbsp; He submitted his letter of resignation to Mike Brown, just days before Brown himself will step down as Flint&rsquo;s emergency manager. &nbsp;&nbsp;Flint&rsquo;s new emergency manager starts next month.&nbsp; Brown will stay at city hall through the end of October.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:28:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 14630 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's top cop resigns In this morning's headlines: internet sales tax, Flint EM resigns, right to work challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-internet-sales-tax-flint-em-resigns-right-work-challenge <p><strong>House approves internet sales tax</strong></p><p>"A state House panel has approved collecting a six-percent sales tax on all Internet purchases. The legislation would affect businesses without a brick-and-mortar store in Michigan, such as Amazon.com," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Flint emergency manager resigns </strong></p><p>"A new emergency manager has been named for Flint following <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-emergency-manager-resigning">the resignation of Mike Brown</a>. Darnell Earley will take over. He's been Saginaw's city manager for the past 8 years," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>State employee take right-to-work challenge to MI Supreme Court</strong></p><p>"Unionized state civil service workers are asking the Michigan Supreme Court to rule the new right-to-work law does not apply to them. They say they’re governed by civil service rules," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:28:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14391 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: internet sales tax, Flint EM resigns, right to work challenge Flint's Emergency Manager resigning http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-emergency-manager-resigning <p>Flint is getting its third emergency manager in less than six months.</p><p>Flint’s current Emergency Manager announced his resignation today.</p><p>Mike Brown is in his second stint as Flint’s Emergency Manager. Governor Snyder appointed Brown to the post in 2011.&nbsp; &nbsp;A change in the state law forced him to step down in 2012.&nbsp; &nbsp;Another change opened the door to Brown replacing his own replacement a few months ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mike Brown also briefly served as Flint’s interim mayor in 2009 after the resignation of former Mayor Don Williamson. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14378 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's Emergency Manager resigning If Detroit's in bankruptcy court, why isn't Flint too? http://michiganradio.org/post/if-detroits-bankruptcy-court-why-isnt-flint-too <p>With all the talk about Detroit’s path into bankruptcy court, some people have been asking why hasn’t Flint gone the same route?</p><p>Like Detroit, Flint’s city finances have been a mess for a long time.</p><p>Governor Snyder not only appointed an emergency manager to run Flint, he did so more than a year before he appointed one in Detroit.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:29:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13898 at http://michiganradio.org If Detroit's in bankruptcy court, why isn't Flint too? Flint's emergency manager wants to get mayor and city council more involved in budget and transition http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-emergency-manager-wants-get-mayor-and-city-council-more-involved-budget-and-transition <p></p><p>Flint’s emergency manager says it’s time to begin the transition back to local, elected control.</p><p>Flint’s been under a state-appointed manager since December 2011.</p><p>Mike Brown is starting his second stint as Flint’s emergency manager. He says the tough decisions have been made, and Flint is on a path to solvency. Brown says now it's time to involve the mayor and city council more in budget decisions.</p><p>“I have been sitting down with council and the mayor since I came back on to really talk about that process,” says Brown.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:53:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 13584 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's emergency manager wants to get mayor and city council more involved in budget and transition Judge dismisses lawsuit over Flint's city water rates http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-dismisses-lawsuit-over-flints-city-water-rates <p>An effort to roll back Flint’s recent spike in water and sewer rates has failed.</p><p></p><p>On Friday, a Genesee County Circuit Court judge dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Flint.</p><p></p><p>Flint's city council president sued, after the mayor, then later the state appointed emergency manger, increased city water and sewer rates. The increases effectively doubled the rate for city water customers</p><p></p><p>City leaders claim the rate increase was needed to pay for rising water system expenses.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 15:52:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13198 at http://michiganradio.org Judge dismisses lawsuit over Flint's city water rates In this morning's news: Affirmative action, Flint wants to remove EM, balancing Lansing's budget http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-affirmative-action-flint-wants-remove-em-balancing-lansings-budget <p><strong>U.S. Supreme Court looks at affirmative action case in Michigan</strong></p><p>"The U.S. Supreme Court will <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-michigan-affirmative-action-case-supreme-court">review Michigan’s ban</a> on race- and gender-based affirmative action in university admissions. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is defending the amendment to the state constitution. It was adopted by voters in 2006," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Flint City Council takes steps to remove EM</strong></p><p>"The Flint City Council is asking Governor Rick Snyder to remove the city’s emergency manager and phase out state control of its finances. The council unanimously approved a measure last night to request a state-appointed transition board to oversee the city’s finances," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-asks-governor-begin-process-away-emergency-manager">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Lansing Mayor wants residents to pay more for utilities to help with city budget </strong></p><p>"Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero wants to close the city’s looming budget deficit by asking city utility customers to pay another $46 a year. Bernero delivered his $112 million proposed budget to the city council last night," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-wants-city-utility-customers-help-close-citys-projected-budget-deficit">reports.</a></p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:45:40 +0000 Emily Fox 11863 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Affirmative action, Flint wants to remove EM, balancing Lansing's budget Now showing in Flint...Emergency managers: the play! http://michiganradio.org/post/now-showing-flintemergency-managers-play <p>Artists are often idealists, but in Flint this weekend, a new theater company is trying something really optimistic.</p><p>They’ve written a play about…emergency managers.</p><p>Sure, it may not be the sexiest topic, but it’s got people talking.</p><p><strong>"There's this overwhelming sense of apathy."</strong></p><p>Like us, for example. I sat in with an auditorium full of ninth graders from Beecher High School as they got a sneak peak.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Kate Wells 11577 at http://michiganradio.org Now showing in Flint...Emergency managers: the play! Flint's mayor talks about violent crime, budget deficit and 'reconstruction' http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-mayor-talks-about-violent-crime-budget-deficit-and-reconstruction <p>Flint mayor Dayne Walling says his city must now make a transition to an era of 'reconstruction' after a 'generation of decline.'</p><p></p><p>Walling told the audience at his ‘State of the City’ address Monday that in order to begin that transition Flint must deal with its crime problem.</p><p></p><p>Flint had the worst violent crime rate in the nation last year.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“We have lost too many lives. Too many of our promising youth who were confined to environments that were always dangerous and all too often became deadly,” Walling told his audience.</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 01:17:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 11288 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's mayor talks about violent crime, budget deficit and 'reconstruction' Flint officials are considering tapping the Flint River as a source for drinking water http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-officials-are-considering-tapping-flint-river-source-drinking-water <p>Rising water costs have Flint officials looking at the Flint River as a source of drinking water.&nbsp; Fri, 01 Jun 2012 01:39:35 +0000 Steve Carmody 7708 at http://michiganradio.org Flint officials are considering tapping the Flint River as a source for drinking water