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Flint council signs off on $150K contract for analysis of city's water options

FLINT, MI - Flint City Council has signed off on a $150,000 contract to hire an expert to conduct an independent analysis of the city's potential future water sources.

Despite objections from the city attorney, at a meeting on Monday, Oct. 9, council pushed through a 7-0 vote to sign off on a professional services agreement to hire Gary C. Cline - a chief development director at a North Dakota-based environmental consulting firm, according to his LinkedIn profile.

First Ward City Councilman Eric Mays abstained from the vote, saying he did not approve of council's unprofessional behavior, while Fifth Ward Councilman Wantwaz Davis was absent from the meeting.

Before it's made official, the contract must still be OK'd by Interim City Attorney Angela Wheeler, Deputy Finance Director Dawne Steele and the Receivership Transition Advisory Board, Flint's state-appointed financial oversight board.

But both Wheeler and Steele expressed concern with the contract language indicating Cline's pay would come from a $100-million federal Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) grant.

Although the city council's intent to bring in independent analysis on Flint's water options has been publicly discussed for months, Wheeler said the contract to hire Cline was only placed on her desk Monday morning, and said that after checking with the state project manager - who oversees the distribution of the WIIN grant - the money is only "earmarked for lead service line replacement."

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During Monday's meeting, council instead then passed a resolution to take Cline's $150,000 payment from the city's general budget.

"To get this today is kind of, to me, out of order," Wheeler said, noting that it would be more appropriate for her to discuss the matter with Peter Doerr, the independent attorney who represents council in the lawsuit brought by the state against the city over the future of Flint's water source.  "There's no line item (in the budget) ... This doesn't serve much purpose other than ceremonial."

Wheeler suggested that the resolution be tabled for future meetings.

But Ninth Ward Councilman Scott Kincaid - who sits on the ad hoc council committee negotiating Flint's water deal with the state in the lawsuit, which is currently in mediation - said the resolutions are more than just ceremonial.

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"They're a plan to move forward," Kincaid said. "We've put funding available to get from the general fund ... this is showing the mediator that we want a second opinion. If the attorney's office does not want to work with us to get a second opinion, that's a different issue ...We've done what we can do to get a second opinion. It took a long time to find someone who hasn't been connected with the state or with the Detroit water system. Because I think what we all want is clean, affordable water."

Sixth Ward Councilman Herbert Winfrey, who also sits on the ad hoc committee, noted that can't "talk much about this because (the committee in mediation) under federal gag order."

"There's a lot of information we're getting that I wish we could talk about and a time will come when we can," Winfrey said.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Kate Fields seconded Winfrey's statement, saying that "city council is doing its utmost to get all the facts on the table."

"We've got Governor Snyder and Mayor Weaver teaming up to try to tie us to this Detroit contract. When we get all that information and are able to share it, we will."

The ad hoc committee says they've met in Detroit U.S. District Court with a mediator and attorneys for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Flint and city council over a proposed 30-year water contract with Great Lakes Water Authority.

Snyder and Weaver have supported the deal, but city council says they're being "bullied" into the agreement without knowing all the facts.

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But, during the council meeting, Mays said he'd been left out of the loop, and wanted to know more about Cline before approving a contract to hire him.

"Gary Cline ... someone snuck him in here," Mays said, adding that he felt that the same council members who complained about being left out of talks over water sources with the mayor and state are now leaving him out.

The meeting quickly dissolved into chaos as Kincaid talked over Mays and told him to "shut up," to which Mays began yell back across the council floor at the mayoral candidate.

"You gonna let the white man running for mayor holler across to tell this black man to shut up?" Mays shouted as Council President Kerry Nelson read the disorderly persons clause - printed atop each city council meeting agenda - to the impassioned Mays. "So when he get loud, I'll get louder. When they go low, I go lower. You gonna condone him telling me to shut up?"

However, Nelson said it was Mays, not Kincaid causing the meeting's disruption.

Tensions in the Council Chambers began to simmer down as the council voted  -- despite Mays' abstention - to sign off on Cline's hire. 

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