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Flint lockup, master plan focus of weekly briefing

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(10/03/12) - Flint's lockup is already being called a success after re-opening Monday.

The lockup, and the long-term future of Flint, were two of the topics discussed at the city's weekly press briefing.

According to Flint Public Safety Administrator Barnett Jones, Wednesday morning 18 prisoners woke up behind bars.

The most the lockup has held since Monday is 29.

Jones says most of those arrests were for misdemeanor crimes.

He adds that Flint officers have not been able to arrest people for those less-serious crimes in  four years.

Instead, they were given an appearance ticket for court at a later date. But Jones says most of those people never show up. "I believe that, that is something that we need in the community, because we have people that have not paid consequences for their actions. Those actions can lead to other actions."

Public safety is a key element in the long-term planning for the city.

At the same meeting where the lockup was discussed, Emergency Financial Manager Ed Kurtz asked Chief Planning Officer Megan Hunter to talk about 'Imagine Flint'.

It's the master planning process.

Flint last had a long-term plan in 1960.

Other main components of the plan include housing, jobs, health, education and transportation.

The process is made possible by a HUD grant and funding from the C.S. Mott Foundation.

"The master plan is actually the city's blueprint for the future. It's a 20 year plan. I think what is really important to focus on is that the plan is a community-driven document," Hunter explained.

The city is asking you to attend community workshops in November and December. You can find more information about how to get involved, by clicking HERE.

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