FLINT (WJRT) - (11/09/15) - For the first time, Dr. Karen Weaver entered Flint's City Council meeting as the first female Mayor of Flint, vowing to establish a great working relationship with the city leaders.
"We have a lot of challenges and issues that are facing us and they shouldn't be more important than we as individuals and personalities. And we should have bigger goals that we can all agree to work on," Weaver said.
One thing the mayor and council both agree is the first priority is getting Flint back to total local control as soon as possible.
"We want our democracy back. We want to have a voice and we deserve to have a voice. So that's very important to me," Weaver said.
Right now, any major decisions also require the approval of the transitional advisory board and City Administrator Natasha Henderson. Both leaders will need to work together to move forward.
"I also look forward to hearing your vision and listening to that and hearing that," Henderson said.
"I said I wasn't going to be satisfied with the status quo and so we're going to have to sit down together and work some things out," Weaver said.
The council knows tough times are ahead, but are also optimistic about the next few years.
"We need to find a common ground so that we can agree to disagree. And when we disagree, we just need to move on, because the next day will be another challenge that we're going to have to overcome," said Ward 9 Councilman Scott Kincaid.