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      Flint City Council appoints committees for the first time since 2011

      <p>Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley is establishing three committees within Flint City Council to better manage the city.</p>

      City council committees and functions were disbanded in 2011 by Emergency Manager Mike Brown. Now, the council is getting some responsibility back and taking what they call an essential step to regaining control of their city.

      "We are trying to put a plan together so that we will be able to go into financial solvency," said Flint City Councilman Wantwaz Davis.

      Flint's newly assembled committees are meeting for the first time since being disbanded under public act 4.

      "At some point the city council will have to be re-engaged and I think the best way to do that it to gradually do it now," said Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley.

      It's a step councilman Wantwaz Davis has been looking forward to since being elected. Davis is part of the finance committee headed by Councilman Josh Freeman.

      "Just having the knowledge of what to do is not as good as the proper application," said Davis.

      Each committee has an appointed chairperson responsible for prioritizing issues and bringing them to the full city council.

      "This is the first step obviously, not sure when that will occur but it??s never too late to get started," said Earley.

      City council will take final votes on all matters as a whole; however, the smaller groups are in place to increase productivity and eventually pass control back to flint's elected officials.

      "I??m very optimistic that we are going to come out of this situation and going into financial solvency," said Davis.

      At Monday??s city council meeting, Council President Scott Kincaid will announce a chairmen and membership for the department of public works and economic development committee's.