Benton Harbor, Emergency Managers, Joe Harris — January 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Flint Emergency Manager decides to let City Council open and adjourn meetings


This is so damn patronizing. Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown has issued an order restoring City Council meetings which he had previously cancelled.

Here’s the agenda of the meetings (unless Brown modifies it):

  1. Call to Order by the Council President
  2. Roll Call by the City Clerk
  3. Pledge of Allegiance
  4. Presentation of Minutes
  5. Report by the Emergency Manager and/or his designee(s)
  6. Council Questions and Answers
  7. Closing Comments by the Emergency Manager
  8. Public Comment
  9. Adjournment

In other words, Brown is allowing the Council members to open the meeting, ask questions and adjourn the meeting. Not too different from what Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris did when he issued an order allowing City Commissioners to (1) call the meeting to order, (2) approve meeting minutes, and (3) adjourn the meeting. In Flint, the Council members don’t even get to approve minutes like the Benton Harbor City Commission can; minutes are just “presented”.

At least they get to ask questions and, apparently, even receive answers. So very generous of him. I wonder how long that will last. I also wonder how long he’ll put up with public comments. I’m betting not too.