(12/13/13) - We are learning Flint's City Council will start a new training program on Saturday.
The development comes out of Emergency Manager Darnell Earley's weekly meeting with the media.
As part of Executive Order number two that went into effect during Emergency Manager Ed Kurtz's time in Flint, city council has to go through training. It's meant to make sure local leaders have the tools they need, so they don't end up in an emergency situation again.
"When the new year rolls around, we're going to be moving toward strengthening the position of the city's governance," Earley said.
That means all city councilors - veterans and the new people sworn in last month - are required to attend. It's a combination orientation-training session that will focus on strategic planning for the future.
"Engage the council more in the operations of the city," Earley said.
Earley, along with city department heads, the Michigan Municipal League and the state's Department of Treasury, will be on-hand for this first session. Training will be on-going. It's just another step toward the creation of a Transition Advisory Board, and ultimately the return of local control, down the road.
"It's important for the council and the mayor to know that if this is indeed a situation that can be transitioned to a Transition Advisory Board that it's incumbent upon them to make sure that we don't go backwards," Earley said.
We pressed Earley to find out if First Ward Councilman Eric Mays will be at Saturday's training. Earley said, "the training is for the council, and he's a part of the council," but Earley added "we'll see" when asked a second time.
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