darnell earley http://michiganradio.org en Flint, state officials discuss return to local control http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-state-officials-discuss-return-local-control <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flint is making progress toward possibly beginning the process of emerging from state oversight next spring. But there’s still a lot to do.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flint’s been under an emergency manager since 2011. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>State officials met with Flint’s emergency manager, mayor, and city council members this week to discuss a possible plan to transition the city back to local control.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:56:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 18811 at http://michiganradio.org Flint, state officials discuss return to local control 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? 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 to pressure water customers to pay their overdue bills http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-pressure-water-customers-pay-their-overdue-bills <p>Flint officials will soon be more aggressive about getting people and businesses to pay their water bills.</p><p></p><p>Right now, the Flint water department is dealing with 30 to 40 water main breaks at any one time. That’s primarily the fault of the brutal winter weather.</p><p></p><p>But the water department has another problem and it has to do with inflow of cash.</p><p></p><p>Emergency manager Darnell Earley says the city is going to start putting more pressure on homeowners and businesses with delinquent water bills.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17013 at http://michiganradio.org Flint to pressure water customers to pay their overdue bills 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' Court ruling may affect Flint's ability to pull itself out of financial mess http://michiganradio.org/post/court-ruling-may-affect-flints-ability-pull-itself-out-financial-mess <p>Flint leaders say a federal court decision is threatening the city’s ability to recover financially.</p><p></p><p>Last week, <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2014/01/health_care_cuts_halted_again.html">a federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling</a> preventing the city from implementing cuts to retiree health care. &nbsp;The plan would make Medicare-eligible city retirees pay higher monthly premiums, co-pays and deductibles. &nbsp;</p><p>But the retirees sued.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:20:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 15963 at http://michiganradio.org Court ruling may affect Flint's ability to pull itself out of financial mess Putting a price on two of the city of Flint's biggest assets http://michiganradio.org/post/putting-price-two-city-flints-biggest-assets <p>The city of Flint is hiring a major accounting firm to put a value on two of the city’s biggest assets.</p><p>Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley says Ernst &amp; Young will assess the value of Flint’s water system and the Hurley Medical Center.&nbsp;</p><p>“This does not automatically signal anything other than we want to know what the value of those assets is,” says Earley.</p><p>Earley says he wants to have the information for any future discussion of Flint’s overall financial health.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15700 at http://michiganradio.org Putting a price on two of the city of Flint's biggest assets 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 Flint water rates to be reviewed http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-water-rates-be-reviewed <p>The rates <a href="http://www.cityofflint.com/Utilities/utilities.asp">Flint residents pay for water</a> are going to be reviewed.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:00:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 14894 at http://michiganradio.org Flint water rates to be reviewed 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