dayne walling http://michiganradio.org en Flint mayor Dayne Walling talks 'state of the city' http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-dayne-walling-talks-state-city <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px;">Today we looked at Flint Mayor Dayne Walling’s annual state of the city speech. He gave his speech yesterday and we got him on the phone today.</span></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px;">*Listen to the interview above.</span></em></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:13:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 16714 at http://michiganradio.org Flint mayor Dayne Walling talks 'state of the city' In this morning's headlines: War on blight in Flint, Great Lakes 90% ice cover, ban term 'retarded' http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-war-blight-flint-great-lakes-90-ice-cover-ban-term-retarded <p><strong>Flint mayor declares war on blight</strong></p><p>"Flint Mayor Dayne Walling is calling for a $70 million "war on blight" to help tear down nearly 6,000 buildings in the financially troubled city. Walling made the declaration Monday in his State of the City speech," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Great Lakes 90% covered with ice</strong></p><p>All of the Great Lakes combined have 90% ice cover. According to the<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140303/NEWS06/303030093/great-lakes-ice-cover-record-ontario"> Detroit Free Press</a>, "that's the most ice cover in 34 years."</p><p><strong>Lawmakers want to ban term "retard" from state law</strong></p><p>"Michigan lawmakers are looking to remove the terms 'mental retardation' and 'mentally retarded' from state law. Bipartisan bills would strike references to outdated language such as 'retarded' from various statutes and instead use terms such as 'developmentally disabled' or 'intellectually disabled'," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:48:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16700 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: War on blight in Flint, Great Lakes 90% ice cover, ban term 'retarded' Flint mayor says state lawmakers should boost revenue sharing http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-says-state-lawmakers-should-boost-revenue-sharing <p>Flint’s mayor says his and other Michigan cities need more revenue sharing dollars from the state.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Dayne Walling delivered Flint’s “State of the City” speech yesterday. Walling outlined a lot of plans for Flint's future. But he says, without more money from the state, delivering basic services will continue to be a struggle.</p><p></p><p>“Our local communities were the ones that took the longest, most permanent cuts. And we need to be first in line,” says Walling.</p><p></p><p>But revenue sharing does not appear to be high on the legislative agenda in Lansing.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16698 at http://michiganradio.org Flint mayor says state lawmakers should boost revenue sharing Flint police turning to donors to meet needs http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-police-turning-donors-meet-needs <p>The Flint Police Department is taking a new approach to solving one of its biggest problems: money.</p><p></p><p>Flint’s declining tax base has meant deep cuts to the city’s police department for well over a decade. The result has been fewer police officers working with increasingly aging equipment.</p><p></p><p>The new Flint Police Foundation is intended to help fill the gap between the department’s needs and what its budget will allow.</p><p></p><p>The foundation will search for donors who can either provide cash or equipment.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16669 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police turning to donors to meet needs Flint begins knocking down hundreds of abandoned homes http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-begins-knocking-down-hundreds-abandoned-homes <p></p><p>The first of 1,600 homes in Flint fell to a backhoe today.</p><p>The Genesee County Land Bank and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority are using a $20.1 million federal grant to pay for the largest blighted home demolition program in Flint&rsquo;s history.</p><p>The program is expected to eliminate a quarter of Flint&rsquo;s 5,600 abandoned homes.&nbsp;</p><p>Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says tearing down a derelict home has a positive effect on the surrounding neighborhood.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:07:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 14837 at http://michiganradio.org Flint begins knocking down hundreds of abandoned homes 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 Mayor Dayne Walling on financial future of Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/mayor-dayne-walling-financial-future-flint <p></p><p></p><p>Flint’s Emergency Manager, Ed Kurtz, says he will resign come June 30<sup>th</sup>, which may put Flint a step closer to returning to local control. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling talks with Jennifer White about the financial future of Flint.</p><p>Flint’s city council recently passed a resolution asking Governor Rick Snyder to remove the city’s emergency manager and appoint a transition advisory team.</p><p>“There are a number of requirements in the law that would have to be met by the appointed manager before a transition board could be put in place, such as the adoption of a two-year budget. So, city council leadership and I have been calling on for those steps to get done as soon as possible. The city of Flint does face financial challenges, let’s get addressed as soon as possible so we can move on,” says Mayor Walling.</p><p>When asked how financially healthy Flint is right now, Walling says:</p><p>“It’s marginally stable. But our position is that it’s going to take some long-term planning, some serious community partnerships to get the city to where it’s more sustainable going forward. And that work cannot be done effectively by an appointed manager.”</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 13:51:57 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 12452 at http://michiganradio.org Mayor Dayne Walling on financial future of Flint Flint opting to get its future tap water from Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-opting-get-its-future-tap-water-lake-huron <p>The Flint city council has voted to get its future water supply directly from Lake Huron.</p><p></p><p>The city council last night committed Flint to a contract to get 16 million gallons of water a day from a new pipeline.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Flint has been getting its tap water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.&nbsp;&nbsp; But that has become more and more expensive in recent years.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Supporters, like Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, say the new Lake Huron pipeline would be cheaper.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 02:33:46 +0000 Steve Carmody 11860 at http://michiganradio.org Flint opting to get its future tap water from Lake Huron Stateside: Mayor of Flint talks about the future http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-mayor-flint-talks-about-future <p>The Mayor of Flint says it's time to say goodbye to its emergency manager and make Flint the first city in Michigan to have a transition team appointed under the new emergency manager law, a team that would guide Flint back to being run by its mayor and city council<br><br>That was one of the key messages as Flint Mayor Dayne Walling delivered his State of the City message last night - his fourth State of the City address.<br><br>Mayor Dayne Walling joined us from Flint. You can listen to our interview with him above. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:16:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 11311 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Mayor of Flint talks about the future Flint mayor will use 'State of the City' address to look to a future without an emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-will-use-state-city-address-look-future-without-emergency-manager <p>Flint’s mayor delivers his State of the City address tomorrow.</p><p></p><p>He says he’ll map out a path for Flint to no longer need an emergency financial manager running his city.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Dayne Walling says now’s the time to begin preparing for life after an emergency manager.</p><p></p><p>The city has been under the direction of a state appointed manager since December of 2011.</p><p></p><p>The new emergency manager law that takes effect next month includes a provision that details how cities can get back to self-control.</p><p></p> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 19:17:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11264 at http://michiganradio.org Flint mayor will use 'State of the City' address to look to a future without an emergency manager Coming up with a master plan for Flint's future http://michiganradio.org/post/coming-master-plan-flints-future <p>The city of Flint is developing its first master plan in a half century.</p><p>The challenge is charting a future course for a city that some critics have said doesn&rsquo;t have a future.</p><p>First things first.&nbsp;&nbsp; Cities don&rsquo;t just change.</p><p>They follow a plan.&nbsp; The master plan outlines where to build homes.&nbsp; Where to encourage retail stores to open.&nbsp; Where to let businesses build factories.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7358 at http://michiganradio.org Coming up with a master plan for Flint's future U-M panel focuses on Michigan's Emergency Manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-panel-focuses-michigans-emergency-manager-law <p>Several elected officials and about a hundred others packed into a small conference room on the University of Michigan campus Monday night to talk about the state&rsquo;s controversial <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/emergency-manager">Emergency Manager</a> Law.</p><p>The Emergency Manager panel consisted of three elected Democratic officials: Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, Ann Arbor Representative Jeff Irwin and Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6117 at http://michiganradio.org Flint emergency manager gives city's elected leaders a little more to do http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-emergency-manager-gives-citys-elected-leaders-little-more-do <p>Flint&rsquo;s emergency manager is <a href="http://www.cityofflint.com/FinancialMgr/EM.asp">giving back some responsibilities</a> to the city&rsquo;s mayor&nbsp;and city council.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>One of the first things Michael Brown did after the governor appointed him was to eliminate the pay and benefits for Mayor Dayne Walling and the entire Flint city council. He also canceled future city council meetings.&nbsp;</p><p>This week,&nbsp;Brown reinstated 60 percent of the mayor&rsquo;s salary,&nbsp;as well as his full benefits. Mayor Walling will also get some of his powers restored, including his role in economic development, master planning, intergovernmental affairs, and community engagement. Walling is also a member of an advisory panel for the emergency manager.&nbsp;</p><p>In a written statement,&nbsp;Walling says &quot;Manager Brown has followed through on his commitment to make this a collaborative process that involves elected leadership and engages residents.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>The emergency manager also is letting each member of the city council collect seven thousand dollars a year in pay, or about half of their former annual pay, but with no benefits.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Flint city council will have a little less to do than the mayor. The emergency manager will only permit the council members to attend public meetings in their respective wards,&nbsp;as directed by him. The Flint city&nbsp;council will meet once a month, but only to address items on the emergency manager&rsquo;s agenda.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The emergency manger was appointed to fix Flint&rsquo;s &lsquo;financial emergency&rsquo; that has the city mired in debt. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 02:12:43 +0000 Steve Carmody 5492 at http://michiganradio.org Flint emergency manager gives city's elected leaders a little more to do Flint's emergency manager fires seven city staffers, cuts pay for mayor, city council http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-emergency-manager-fires-seven-city-staffers-cuts-pay-mayor-city-council <p>Flint&nbsp;emergency manager Mike Brown&nbsp;started the&nbsp;job on&nbsp;Thursday. Friday,&nbsp;he dropped the hammer.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2011/12/manager_ousts_seven_from_city.html">Flint Journal</a> reports&nbsp;Brown fired seven total level city employees. He also&nbsp;cut the pay of the mayor and city council and canceled&nbsp;future city&nbsp;council&nbsp;meetings.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Brown was&nbsp;appointed&nbsp;Flint&#39;s emergency&nbsp;manager earlier this week&nbsp;by&nbsp;Governor Snyder. A state review of Flint&#39;s&nbsp;finances&nbsp;determined that&nbsp;the city&nbsp;faced a &#39;financial emergency&#39;.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Flint is&nbsp;millions of&nbsp;dollars in debt.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Late&nbsp;Friday,&nbsp;Flint mayor&nbsp;Dayne Walling issued&nbsp;a&nbsp;statement&nbsp;praising his four appointees removed by Brown: &quot;It was an honor for them to choose to serve&nbsp;with me through very difficult times and, on behalf of the Flint community, I thank them for their service.&quot; Sat, 03 Dec 2011 17:19:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 5239 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's emergency manager fires seven city staffers, cuts pay for mayor, city council A conversation with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling http://michiganradio.org/post/conversation-flint-mayor-dayne-walling <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-993890.mp3</p><p>Dayne Walling was elected to a second term as Flint&rsquo;s mayor last week, and since then was told his city is facing a financial emergency.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White spoke with Walling about the situation.</p><p>Walling said he has a lot of questions about how things will unfold, and added, <em>&quot;the Governor and Treasurer have pledged for this to be a collaborative process, but I know that can mean a lot of different things to different individuals.&quot;</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m prepared to play any positive role that I can in this position,&quot; </em>said Walling.</p><p>Mayor Walling also gave suggestions on how to work with city leaders and residents. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:57:00 +0000 Jennifer White 5005 at http://michiganradio.org A conversation with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling Flint, Michigan gets ready for a state takevoer http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-michigan-gets-ready-state-takevoer <p>The city of Flint is getting ready for a state takeover. The city&#39;s re-elected mayor, Dayne Walling and Flint City Council may have no power once a state-appointed emergency manager is in place.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2011/11/deadline_approaching_for_flint_1.html">Flint Journal</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Today is the deadline for Flint Mayor Dayne Walling to request a hearing on the state&#39;s <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2011/11/emergency_financial_manager_re.html">recommendation</a> that an emergency manager take over the city&#39;s finances.</p><p>And all signs point to an <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2011/11/what_happens_now_next_steps_in.html">impending state takeover</a>.<br /><br />Walling said today that he will not request a hearing, and city council members say they&#39;re bracing for a takeover.</p></blockquote><p>The Journal reports that the Flint City Council voted against appealing an impending appointment of an emergency manager takeover to the Ingham County Circuit Court.</p><p>Mayor Walling told reporters after he was sworn in that he plans on sticking around.</p><p>From <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-calls-city-pull-together">Steve Carmody&#39;s report</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Walling insists Flint city government can move forward with his agenda, despite the looming reality that the governor will soon choose an emergency manager to take over running city government.&nbsp;</p><p><em>&ldquo;If this emergency manager is here for a few months&hellip;if they are here for a year or two&hellip;I look forward to serving my full four year term that I was sworn into today,&quot;</em> Walling told reporters after the ceremony.</p></blockquote><p>Walling will be interviewed by Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White today. We&#39;ll post that interview later. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:11:49 +0000 Mark Brush 4998 at http://michiganradio.org Flint, Michigan gets ready for a state takevoer Flint mayor calls for city to 'pull together' http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-calls-city-pull-together <p>Flint mayor Dayne Walling said at his swearing in ceremony that the city should not wait for the appointment of an emergency manager to tackle its crime and economic problems.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>&ldquo;Now is the time for us to pull forward together,&quot;</em> Walling told the city hall audience that had come to see him sworn in for his first full four year term as mayor. Walling has been Flint&#39;s mayor for the past two years after winning a special election.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:33:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 4981 at http://michiganradio.org Flint mayor calls for city to 'pull together' Flint mayor sworn into office today http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-sworn-office-today <p>Flint&rsquo;s mayor takes his oath of office today. What happens next is up to Governor Snyder. Incumbent <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-wins-reelection-may-end-losing-power">Dayne Walling won a four year term </a>as Flint&rsquo;s mayor last week. He&rsquo;s already been serving as Flint&rsquo;s mayor for the past two years, since winning a special election.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The challenge then was to reduce Flint&rsquo;s massive budget deficit. The challenge now will probably be to work under a state appointed emergency manager.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On the same day Walling won reelection, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-financial-emergency-exists-flint">Governor Snyder agreed with a state review team that Flint is in a &lsquo;financial emergency&rsquo;. </a>The governor is expected to name an emergency manager to run the city.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Walling has indicated he would work with an emergency manager. Though the mayor is not waiting for an emergency manager to be appointed before he makes any changes.</p><p>On Friday, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/it-time-city-pursue-new-direction">Mayor Walling fired </a>or accepted the resignations of Flint&rsquo;s top city finance and economic development officials. Mon, 14 Nov 2011 06:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4971 at http://michiganradio.org Flint mayor sworn into office today "It is time for the city to pursue a new direction" http://michiganradio.org/post/it-time-city-pursue-new-direction <p>Flint mayor Dayne Walling won re-election on Tuesday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Friday, he started cleaning house.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On Friday, Walling issued a statement saying he had accepted the resignation of the director of the city&rsquo;s Department of Community and Economic Development. He also announced two other DCED employees had been fired. Walling also fired city Finance Director Michael Townsend.&nbsp;</p><p>In a written statement, Walling said <em>&ldquo;it is time for the city to pursue a new direction with respect to the operations of the Finance Department and the Department of Community and Economic Development&rdquo; </em></p><p>Walling will be sworn in for his new term as mayor on Monday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But also in the coming days, Governor Snyder is expected to formally announce his intention to appoint an emergency manager to run the city of Flint.&nbsp;</p><p>Last week, the governor agreed with a state review team that Flint&rsquo;s finances require outside management to fix. Sat, 12 Nov 2011 15:44:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 4961 at http://michiganradio.org "It is time for the city to pursue a new direction"