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Flint prepares to get out from under state control

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

As the city of Flint prepares to get out from under state control, a group of people are trying to make sure it never happens again.

Robert Wesley chaired Flint's Blue Ribbon Committee. It's a group made up of government, business, community leaders that looked at how to keep Flint from ever ending back under state control.

"I think if those things are put in place, it will go very far in moving Flint forward," Wesley said.

On Thursday the committee presented its findings to Emergency Manager Darnel Earley.

They include a summary of recommendations including:

  • shifting to a hybrid form of council manager
  • government with an elected mayor and an appointed city manager
  • reconsideration of the city council system by a charter commission, which means the city council would be part-time employees with no fringe benefits
  • ongoing training for all city council members
  • adoption of a multi-year budgeting, strategic planning and long-term financial forecasts

The committee feels these changes will make the city fiscally stable for the long term and Earley agrees.

"We have to be resilient enough to change with those, so we can stay current and invite new business opportunities, new focuses if you will on the strengths of the community," Earley said.

The report will be discussed at Monday's city council meeting and the committee will be there to answer questions residents might have.

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