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Flint City Council expected for file injunction to stop Ed Kurtz

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(08/28/12) - Members of Flint City Council are expected to file an injunction in court, trying to stop Emergency Financial Manager Ed Kurtz in his tracks. It's their latest effort to get back in control of city business.

If a judge grants city council members the injunction, the court order would stop Kurtz from making any future decisions on behalf of the city.

Council members also plan to hold investigative hearings into former Emergency Manager Mike Brown's actions. One of the actions being examined - Brown's sale of Genesee Towers for $1 to a development group.

"He did 62 directives in the last few hours while he was there. We just want to look into why he did it and the reason for it," said City Council President Scott Kincaid.

City council can't use city resources though, and will have to pay for the hearings and the lawsuit against Kurtz, or perhaps someone else will have to cover the costs.

Council members say they have multiple lawyers interested in representing them pro bono.

Kincaid argues PA-72, the law which gives Kurtz authority to conduct city business, went out of existence when the Governor signed Public Act 4 into Michigan law.

Attorney General Bill Schuette disagrees with that interpretation.

"They want control of communities and they're going to do whatever they can to get control of these communities and do what they have to do. Out source, raise water rates, cut services, that's their agenda," Kincaid said. "We don't disagree some changes need to be made in Flint, we just oppose how they're going about doing it."

In an interview yesterday with ABC12 News, Ed Kurtz expressed his frustration with council's actions.

"It's sad from my perspective that council is fighting the appointment, fighting the law versus trying to move the city forward," he said. "If they would work with us we would be out of here a lot faster then when they work against us."

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