flint city council http://michiganradio.org en Major changes proposed to Flint governance http://michiganradio.org/post/major-changes-proposed-flint-governance <p>Flint city government may undergo some major changes, if the recommendations from a blue ribbon committee become reality.</p><p></p><p>Before the governor appointed an emergency manager to run the city of Flint in 2011, the city’s mayor ran much of the city’s day-to-day business. &nbsp; The city council, ombudsman and civil service office also held significant control.</p><p></p><p>When Flint eventually emerges from state oversight, someone else could be calling the shots.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:36:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18508 at http://michiganradio.org Major changes proposed to Flint governance Flint's budget process: meaningless or transitional? http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-budget-process-meaningless-or-transitional <p>Some Flint city council members and residents are expressing frustration with the way the city’s emergency manager is handling the creation of next year’s budget.</p><p></p><p>“We deserve better,” said one of the dozens of Flint residents who turned out for a public hearing on the proposed two-year city budget Monday night.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The plan includes eliminating 36 police positions and 19 firefighter jobs. The budget also calls for raising Flint’s already high water and sewer rates by 6% a year for each of the next two years.</p><p></p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17978 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's budget process: meaningless or transitional? 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 In this morning's headlines: Power in Flint City Council, Detroit swap deal, MEAP tests http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-power-flint-city-council-detroit-swap-deal-meap-tests <p><strong>Flint City Council could gain power back today</strong></p><p>The Flint city council has been largely powerless in the two years since the appointment of an emergency manager. But that begins to change this evening. Emergency manager Darnell Earley says the City Council will now be asked to get<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-start-path-self-governance"> more involved</a> in city decisions.</p><p><strong>Detroit swap deal to resume today</strong></p><p>"A bankruptcy court hearing on Detroit's renegotiated deal to pay off two banks in an interest rate swaps deal is scheduled to resume today," The Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Lawmakers to discuss which standardized test students will take this year</strong></p><p>"State lawmakers will begin hearings this week to determine which standardized test Michigan students will take starting next spring. State education officials say the Smarter Balanced Assessment is the only good option to replace the Michigan Educational Assessment Program – or MEAP," Jake Neher reports.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:34:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15991 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Power in Flint City Council, Detroit swap deal, MEAP tests 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 city councilman jailed on drunken driving, drug charges http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-councilman-jailed-drunken-driving-drug-charges <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A Flint city councilman is being held in the city lockup on suspicion of drunken driving and drug possession.<br /><br />Police Chief James Tolbert tells The Flint Journal that Eric Bradford Mays was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana.<br /><br />Mays was arrested about 2:50 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 475 by police investigating a traffic accident. Police say Mays was trying to change a flat when officers arrived.<br /> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 00:07:12 +0000 The Associated Press 15492 at http://michiganradio.org Flint city councilman jailed on drunken driving, drug charges 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 Journalism failure in Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/journalism-failure-flint <p></p><p>We have a new winner in the contest for journalistic understatement of the century. And that is Marjory Raymer, the editor of the Flint Journal, who last week wrote these immortal words: “We didn’t do good enough.“ &nbsp;</p><p>Flint elected a new city council last week. Among the winners were a man who served 19 years in prison for murder, and another convicted of felonious assault. Plus two women who filed for bankruptcy. One said she didn’t pay her bills because she needed to give her mother a nice funeral, and added, “If I had to do it again, I would.” &nbsp;</p><p>Now, before you raise an eyebrow at the voters, consider this: The Flint Journal, which is supposed to be that town’s newspaper of record, never reported any of this before people went to the polls.</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:28:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15262 at http://michiganradio.org Journalism failure in Flint In this morning's headlines: Belle Isle, ex-con officially Flint councilman, cost of Detroit recount http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-belle-isle-ex-con-officially-flint-councilman-cost-detroit-recount <p><strong>Michigan board to consider Belle Isle deal</strong></p><p>"A Michigan board is planning to meet to consider proposals to lease Detroit's 985-acre Belle Isle park to the state. Gov. Rick Snyder and emergency manager Kevyn Orr signed a 30-year lease on Oct. 1 to make Belle Isle a state park, saving Detroit $6 million annually in maintenance. But the city council rejected the deal and instead voted for a 10-year lease," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Ex-convict sworn in to Flint City Council</strong></p><p>"The new Flint city council was sworn in to office yesterday, including a new councilman who served time for murder. Councilman Wantwaz Davis&nbsp; served 19 years in prison for murdering a man he claims assaulted his mother," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-controversial-new-city-councilman-sworn">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Detroit mayor's recount cost Wayne County $5,500</strong></p><p>The recount the Board of State Canvassers had to do for Detroit's mayoral primary has cost Wayne County nearly $5,500. The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-primary-finally-certified-now-recount">recount</a> came after confusion over the number of write-in votes for then candidate, Mike Duggan. The Detroit Free Press has <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131108/NEWS02/311080138/State-of-Michigan-to-bill-Wayne-County-5-493-42-for-Detroit-vote-recount">more. </a></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:32:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15231 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Belle Isle, ex-con officially Flint councilman, cost of Detroit recount Flint's controversial new city councilman sworn in http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-controversial-new-city-councilman-sworn <p>The new Flint city council was sworn in to office today, including a new councilman who served time for murder.</p><p>Wantwaz Davis served 19 years for murdering the man he claims assaulted his mother. &nbsp;&nbsp;He was paroled in 2010.</p><p>Davis says he embraces the biblical story of Paul, who changed from being a persecutor of Christians to being a Christian leader.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says it’s a path people in Flint should follow.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:55:04 +0000 Steve Carmody 15229 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's controversial new city councilman sworn in This week in Michigan politics: Common Core hearings, suburbs weigh in on DIA, Flint's master plan http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-common-core-hearings-suburbs-weigh-dia-flints-master-plan <p></p><p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss the upcoming hearings on Common Core, the suburban reaction to the possible sale of DIA art, and Flint's new Master Plan.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:02:49 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13977 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Common Core hearings, suburbs weigh in on DIA, Flint's master plan Flint city council to get a look at the city's draft master plan Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-get-look-citys-draft-master-plan-monday <p>The Flint city council will get its first official look at the city’s proposed master plan Monday.</p><p></p><p>It’s been more than a half century since Flint leaders have drawn up a master plan for their city.</p><p></p><p>Since then, the city’s population has dwindled and much of its economic base has shifted.</p><p></p><p>Two years ago, city leaders started work on a new master plan to guide the development of residential neighborhoods, new business districts and city parks. There have been dozens of meetings, involving thousands of Flint residents.</p><p></p> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 18:03:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13920 at http://michiganradio.org Flint city council to get a look at the city's draft master plan Monday