The city's top elected officials are getting ready to discuss Flint's future without a state-appointed emergency manager. Mayor Dayne Walling and City Council President Josh Freeman are among those scheduled to speak on the subject of returning Flint to local control during a meeting of the Flint Area Public Affairs Forum on March 31. The 5:30 p.m. meeting is scheduled at the Flint Public Library reading room, Walling said today, March 24, in a Facebook post.
The city's Water Advisory Committee might be headed for an overhaul -- or at least a tuneup --after two meetings that have been more than rough around the edges. Mayor Dayne Walling told the City Council Monday, March 23, that city officials want to talk to the committee about changes in format that might improve the meetings, which have been interrupted by residents in the audience and slow moving with dozens of committee members.
The city's Water Advisory Committee is expected to hear a comprehensive budget overview at its second meeting, which is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Formed by emergency manager Jerry Ambrose and Mayor Dayne Walling, the committee met for the first time earlier this month in a session that turned into a shouting match between some community members and city leaders over Flint's water problems. A news release from the city says the committee will be updated on thestatus of improvements to the water system, the next steps to be taken, including cost and timing estimates, responses to questions asked at the previous meeting, and a "comprehensive budget overview with clear cost breakdowns."