FLINT (WJRT) (11/13/2017) - A new era Monday night for leadership in the city of Flint.
Five new faces now grace the chamber, along with a new council president and vice president. Herbert Winfrey beat out Eric Mays for president while Monica Galloway was selected as vice president.
Before the vote, Mays said he could see the writing on the wall.
"We see people we supported, the mayor supported, I supported, and we see people jumping ship," Mays said.
After the votes, Winfrey made the rules clear about conduct in council meetings.
"All of the being out of order at city council meeting is over with," said Winfrey.
One of the major issues before the new council is deciding on a long-term water source for Flint. Mayor Karen Weaver is in favor of a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority in Detroit, which previous council members declined to approve.
However, the new council must act fast, as U.S. District Judge Gregory Lawson has ordered a decision to be made by Monday.
New council members Eva Worthing and L. Allan Griggs have not made up their minds, but neither is in favor of a 30-year deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority.
"As of right now, it has to be GLWA. As far as the 30 year contract, I am not in favor of that, so I'm hoping that we can get a seat on the board, as far as Flint appoints someone - and then also have a contract for a maybe two to three year period instead of 30," Worthing said.
Griggs would prefer getting raw water from the Karegnondi Water Authority and treating it at Flint's water treatment plant.
The city council also needs to finish negotiations with police officers on a new labor contract. The police officers union is seeking 3 percent across the board raises.