Neely Calls For Return to Local Control


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The following is an article by state Representative Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint). Rep. Neeley can be reached by phone at (517) 373-8808 or by email at [email protected].

Since this past April, the city of Flint has been under control of a Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB) after the community had been working diligently to move away from state control. Under the RTAB, the city has continued to make exceptional progress, even in the face of a water crisis that has harmed our most vulnerable citizens. Because of this, I have recently sent a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder requesting that he turn control of the city of Flint back over to local officials from the RTAB over a period of six months.

I served as a city councilman during a troubling period in the city’s history, with emergency manager after emergency manager coming into our community with no knowledge of the people or the problems. I saw how our city was resilient in the face of these hardships, and I did everything I could to bring local control back to Flint.

Now, we are connected back to the Detroit water system, and we have a new mayor for a new future in Flint. It’s time for the city to look forward with its own leaders making the decisions.

This move to restore local authority in Flint is backed by a resolution from the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, which was detailed in the letter to the governor. The MLBC wants to make sure, as I do, that the community is being governed by the people who live there and know its needs.

We must look to a brighter future for the city of Flint, and Michigan as a whole. Mayor Karen Weaver and the city council must be allowed to lead, as they were elected to do.