Fresh Flint Council 'ready To Get To Work'

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Fresh Flint Council 'ready to get to work'

Updated ; Posted Newly-elected Flint City Council sworn in during mid-November ceremony

FLINT, MI - It's officially a new day for Flint City Council.

As of noon on Monday, Nov. 13, the nine newly elected council members -- including five fresh faces -- have taken the oath of office, signaling the official start to their four-year terms. Now, they say, it's time to get to work.

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Following a bitter election, a near-palpable wave of excitement buzzed through council chambers Monday as residents, government and community leaders filled the hall to hear from the newly elected council.

"I'm looking forward to working with Mayor Weaver and the council," said returning Sixth Ward Councilman Herbert Winfrey. "We've got work to do and we'll get that done."

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One by one, each of the nine council members expressed similar sentiments and their eagerness to hear from their constituents and begin work.

"I wish we had this number of people every meeting," added Fourth Ward incumbent Kate Fields, addressing the crowd. "Don't let this be the last time you come to a council meeting. We need to hear what you need and what you want."

For Flint Mayor Karen Weaver - who survived efforts to recall her in last week's election - the new council symbolizes "a new day."

"One of the things we've talked about is we've got to move past it, and to move past it, we've got to move forward," Weaver said of the new council. "I've been expecting that's what they're going to do as well ... (the new council) is expecting change, they want to see good things happen for the city. They also said that the spotlight is on us, so here's our chance to show what we can do."

The council members eager to begin work will get their wish at their first meeting on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

There, the council will vote for its president, who will oversee meetings and sign off on resolutions on behalf of the body.

Returning First Ward Councilman Eric Mays - who was consistently at odds with the other eight members on the former city council - is now publicly vying for the role.

And it sounds like Mays may now have support. Calling the embattled First Ward Councilman "one of the smartest men I've ever known," new Second Ward rep Maurice Davis voiced his appreciation for Mays. 

"It's been divided long enough," Davis said. "Now it's time to work with the mayor."

Also up for council vote on Monday are mayoral-appointees Rob Bincsik for Department of Public Works director and Hughey Newsome as city Chief Financial Officer.

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Flint has been without a DPW director since Howard Croft -- since charged with false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses for his role in the Flint water crisis -- resigned in November 2015.

Newsome - whose appointment was previously rejected by the former city council - is currently being paid by the state to serve as an adviser to Weaver.

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The council may also be called upon soon to weigh in on the city's proposed 30-year water contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority, which is now being argued in U.S. District Court. While the deal is backed by both Weaver and Gov. Rick Snyder, a majority of the former council members pushed back against the long-term agreement, citing a lack of information and a lack of trust in the state's analysis of Flint's water options.

Detroit U.S. District Judge David Lawson is scheduled to hear arguments in the case on Monday, Nov. 20.

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