Robert Wesley, the head of the Flint Blue Ribbon Committee on Governance, spoke today about items that the committee is recommending for the November ballot.
On July 17 of this year, the committee delivered its final report to Flint's Emergency Manager, Darnell Early.
Part of the plan suggested items to put in front of the voters in November. These ballot proposals would be changes to the Flint City Charter, which, according to Wesley, hasn't been updated since 1974.
The ballot items include a reduction in the number of Mayoral appointees from ten, down to five. Additionally, a proposal would be to remove the Ombudsman office, which costs the city about $320,000 per year.
The Civil Service section is another item that would be up for removal. Wesley says that the Civil Service Department was in place before there were unions in the city. With workers represented by unions, the committee says that this department is no longer needed.
Other recommendations include voters agreeing to the formation of a City Commission that, if the proposal passed, would rewrite and adopt a new city charter. The members of the committee would be nominated and elected by residents of Flint.