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Flint city council votes to approve transition management plan

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(04/07/14) - Flint is working to get out from under emergency manager control.

Monday, city council decided to say 'yes' to the emergency manager's transition plan. Council's vote was 5 yes, 4 no.

City council had the chance to vote on this transition management plan last month, but they postponed their vote until Monday. Some members wanted more time to look it over.

"It's setting us on a path to ensure we don't fall backwards again," said city council member Josh Freeman.

Emergency Manager Darnell Earley wanted council to approve his seven-point transition management plan. He doesn't need their vote, but he still wanted to know that they're on board.

"It's a reasonable plan," Freeman said.

The plan is like a blueprint to moving away from state control. It focuses on the deficit elimination plan, a five year financial forecast, governance, organization development, legacy costs, a strategic plan and sustainability.

Council member Jackie Poplar planned to approve the plan, but does have a few issues with it. She doesn't think they should be looking at any charter provisions while under state control.

"I think that should be left up to the people," she said. "It's their city."

She also has one big issue with Gov. Snyder.

"My point to him, the governor - 'give us back our revenue sharing,'" she said.

Freeman planned to vote "yes" Monday evening, and sees the plan as a good start.

"Had we been doing these things, we probably wouldn't be in the situation that we are now," he said.

Something new at Monday night's meeting - public comment was limited from five minutes down to three minutes to try to give more people a chance to speak at these - sometimes very long - meetings.

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