The political pages continue to turn in The Vehicle City.
Itâ??s day two of Mike Brown's second tenure as emergency financial manager of Flint. He's vowing to work with the city council as the city transitions back to a council-mayor format. But some council members aren't sticking around to see it.
The third time is a charm for Mike Brown.
â??I hope so,â?? says Brown.
Heâ??s served as temporary mayor and emergency financial manager before but he says, it's different this time around.
â??We believe we're on a path towards solvency and so how do you sustain that path and how do you think about the transition back to mayor and council?,â?? says Brown.
Some city council members aren't waiting for the transition.
â??It's just frustrating that council doesn't have more influence at the moment,â?? says Dale Weighill, who represents Flintâ??s 7th ward. Heâ??s not running for re-election.
Weighill is umping ship just as Brown's tenure sets sail. He says council has no say.
â??I would appreciate more transparency. That's one thing that he pledged when he (Mike Brown) came in December of 2011 and Iâ??d like to see him work on that,â?? says Weighill.
A.C. Dumas agrees with Weighill.
â??They (city council) have no say. They're saying everything, but really they have no say,â?? says Dumas. Heâ??s just one of 27 contenders vying for a city council seat.
Mayor Dayne Walling says the long roster proves Flint neighbors want their power back...
â??We want our elected officials back in control. The city council election highlights that citizens want to elect their representatives and be a part of this democracy,â?? says Walling.
But Brown says there's still work to do to keep the ship from sinking back into a sea of debt.
â??There are a lot of things that we can point to that are positive and we have to keep building on that,â?? says Brown.
Brown says he wants to continue to build partnerships with the county. Right now, the county runs the city jail. Brown points to that venture as way to keep the city afloat. Some council hopefuls say that's not enough.