[paypal_donation_button]FLINT, MI — The Flint City Council appointed community members to the advisory council that oversees  recommendations for the city’s Community Development Block Grant funds.

The council voted 8 to 1 to appoint seven residents to the City Wide Advisory Council, the group that makes recommendations to the Flint City Council regarding Community Development Block Grant funds.

Councilman Eric Mays was the sole no vote on April 24, 2017 for the seven appointees after the council moved to vote on all of the appointees in one resolution.

“These are in fact political appointments,” Mays said. “If you bunch them up I don’t know if I want to vote yes on all of them…I’m not (voting) for them grouped together.”

The City Wide Advisory Committee was eliminated under Emergency Manager Mike Brown in 2012. The council reestablished the committee as the City Wide Advisory Council in 2016.

Each councilperson gets to appoint one person to the City Wide Advisory Council while Mayor Karen Weaver’s office appoints two people to the advisory council. On April 24, 2017 Weaver’s office had not submitted appointments saying they had not had enough time to review the information.

Council members Scott Kincaid and Wantwaz Davis also had not submitted appointees.


Ward 1: Shawn Harrison

Ward 2: Arthur Woodson

Ward 3: Gary Byas

Ward 4: Aurora Sauceda

Ward 6: Billie Dantzler

Ward 7: Lee Black

Ward 8: Braun Daly

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