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Topic: Flint City council and "due diligence"

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untanglingwebs
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One of the most important functions of the Flint City Council is to review and adopt the budget for the City of Flint. City Council is vested with legislative powers and all duties as assigned by state law or city charter.

Council is also vested by charter with the authority to make investigations into the affairs of the City and the conduct of any city agency. All records of Council business and copies of law and official documents regulating the conduct of the City business are available, at cost, to the public.
Post Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:26 pm 
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untanglingwebs
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Being elected th the Office of Mayor is not a Coronation. I listened to the three talk shows on WFNT and was appalled that people who have attended council for years, and some who ran for that office, have very little understanding of how municipal government works or they are distorting that knowledge to their own purposes.

Past practices, the charter,ordinances and state law count. Except for when the city was under an Emergency Manager, council has responsibility for all things financial and budgetary. The leadership designates meet with the administration because more council members would violate the "Open Meetings Act." Previous Mayors established regular meetings in order to keep council abreast of what is happening in the city.

There are more considerations to receiving grant funds than Wow we got free money.

Council is required to take a risk based approach to any grant in order to determine if there are any potential problem areas in either the financing or administration of the grant.
Post Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:50 pm 
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untanglingwebs
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I have seen how in the past, prior approval of the council was sought before a grant was even applied for. Then staff from the department administering the grant reported on the specifics of the grant application. Any financial implications were discussed, as well as staffing requirements, and potential compliance issues.

Weaver is hardly the first mayor to suffer having a resolution postponed for lack of discussion. Council must do their due diligence and they are not any mayor's rubber stamp.

Council needs to know the department has the ability to complete the project and that there is a system in place to monitor grant expenditures and to ensure they are consistent with the terms of the grant.
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Post Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:33 pm 
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untanglingwebs
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The current issue arose over the Cit obtaining a grant from the Skillman Foundation, the first grant issued outside of Detroit.

It appears a representative of the Skillman Foundation met with council president and Sylvester Jones sometime in December. However, that does not mean the administration does not have to maintain communication with the council. The mayor's staff could have provided the information early and provided a staff member to answer questions. Council has consistently turned down proposals sprung on them in haste. Mayors of both races have had to regroup to get hastily put together resolutions passed.

For a respected pastor to go on the radio and announce the council is racist because the are doing their due diligence is reprehensible. It is obvious this pastor has an investment in Mayor Weaver because both he and his wife contributed thousands to her campaign.
Post Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:59 pm 
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This pastor cited problems existing every since former Mayor Woodrow stanley was recalled. Must be the "stench of racism" cited by Stanley. Many pastors and one judge openly fought against the recall and failed. '

Since the Stanley recall, there has been one interim Mayor, Darnell Earley, three white mayors and Weaver. There were no recall efforts against Rutherford, but he was mostly under the control of an EM. Recalls were attempted of both Walling and Williamson. That means recalls were not along racial lines.

Comments about council asking if the grant was another backdoor hiring for Gilcreast demonstrates the line of communication between the two branches of municipal government is shaky at best. The pastor then indicated the council needed to approve the hiring of Weaver's advisor because he steered her governance in the right way..
Post Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:24 pm 
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It appears some pastors are no longer pleased to be a form of "shadow government" for the City and are "preaching to the choir" of their base of public opinion. Comments that the Mayor has a tough time with the "Republican Council" and stating council is aiding and abetting the recall against Weaver is not productive,And blaming council for st"standing in the way of progress" and demanding it stop takes away the responsibility of the Mayor to communicate. Both sides need to watch their language and not fan the flames.

Citizens complain to council that the mayor's office does not answer the phones and answering devices are full. I have heard the same complaints and have been told that Steve Branch is the only person in the administration that returns call. On the radio show, there was the comment that City hall did not have enough staff to take calls. Weaver has created at least one new position and that position could have paid for at least 2 support staff. The public isn't buying the explanation that they are unable to reach city hall.
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