During our March Monthly Meeting the GCDP Policy Committee presented the following resolution supporting the City of Flint’s Charter that was to be implemented on January 1, 2018 but has not been thus far. The Resolution was unanimously passed by the members.
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE FLINT CITY CHARTER
WHEREAS, on August 8, 2017, residents of the City of Flint voted nearly 2-1 in favor of adopting the revisions made to the City Charter by the elected City of Flint City Charter Commission;
AND WHEREAS, these changes to the City Charter were vetted over a period of many months in which the Charter Commission met with Flint residents and community groups on over eight separate occasions to gather concerns from the public and incorporate that feedback into the final revisions that were passed overwhelmingly by Flint voters in August;
AND WHEREAS, the adopted changes to the City Charter provide, among other changes, additional transparency and accountability in local government, including but not limited to, the improvement of public notice requirements and the creation of an Ethics and Accountability Board consisting of eleven members—two chosen by the Mayor and one chosen from each of the City’s nine wards by City Council Members;
AND WHEREAS, the revised City Charter has been in effect since January 1, 2018;
AND WHEREAS, upon information and belief, no members have been appointed to the Board and only three out of eleven have been nominated;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Genesee County Democratic Party goes on the record in its support of the full implementation of the adopted City Charter;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Genesee County Democratic Party expects that the Mayor and the City Council to do everything in their power to fully apply the revised City Charter without delay.