Some powers restored to Flint Mayor in last minute vote

A state-appointed board has decided to give powers back to Flint's mayor. Here's what it means.

Flint's mayor is one step closer to getting more control of the city after several years of state-mandated emergency management.

As the Flint water crisis drags on, the people of Flint are fighting to get Mayor Karen Wever the powers that come with the job they elected her for.

Flint has a mayor and a 9 member city council but the people sitting behind the paper nametags are the ones with the ultimate decision in the city.  Those peoplea are part of the Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB) and their boss? It's not the mayor. It's Governor Rick Snyder.

"They serve at the pleasure of the governor. Once they're appointed, there's no end date," Michigan Treasury Spokesperson Terry Stanton said.

RTAB was put in place once the emergency manager was removed. Flint's current council president says his council members are handcuffed by the boards decisions.

"We can vote it up, they vote down. We can vote it down, they can vote it up. And guess what? Whatever they say, it goes. They were not elected by the people," Kerry Nelson said.

However, those handcuffs were loosened just a bit with a unanimous decision on Friday that gives the mayor some of her power back.

"The authority will be restored to mayor and she can begin to build her own team," Stanton said

The move was made during a special session, called so swiftly that the mayor herself couldnt attend. She's stuck in Washington D.C. after her meeting with President Obama.

She was available on the phone and said she's ready to take on her duties.

"I will continue to be responsible and accountable about how I and the team move Flint forward," Weaver said.

But what about the council? That's still a work in progress. Whenever the transition team feels its ready, they'll give it back but nobody from RTAB would comment.

Finally, what does it mean for the people of Flint, waiting for water to drink? Well, nothing except shorten the line just a bit.

Tonight, the city's mayor is one step closer to taking full control of the city... after years of state-mandated emergency management.

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