2016 November

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Tree Lighting/Holiday Kick Off

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WHAT:         Tree Lighting/Holiday Kick Off Event  


WHERE:      Flint City Hall

WHEN:        Friday, December 2, 2016 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.


Details:
         The holiday season is upon us! The Weaver Administration would like to invite the entire community to Flint City Hall Friday, December 2, 2016 for a Tree Lighting Ceremony/Holiday Kick Off event. We recognize that this has been a challenging year for the citizens and the city, but this is an ideal time to come together, be thankful for the progress that has been made, and celebrate the holiday season.

In addition to honoring our local police and firefighters with trees lit with blue and red lights we will also have a tree lit with white lights to represent unity and peace. We’ve called on many community partners and retailers to help make this year’s event a little more special than recent years, and we are pleased to report they have answered the call!

Flint’s own community choir “Cho’Zen” will lead the crowd in singing a medley of carols. Once the tree lighting ceremony is complete, everyone will be invited into the lobby of City Hall for free refreshments including hot chocolate provided by Walli’s Family Restaurant, coffee and juice provided by McDonald’s and Timbits provided by Tim Hortons. There will also be other treats and surprises thanks to a monetary donation from Pasty Lou Automotive and gift cards from Meijer, Sam’s Club, Kroger and Wal-Mart. We hear Santa plans to stop by the event, so with help from the ReCAST Grant which is geared toward children’s outreach, we’ve secured Making Memories Photography Studio to come take pictures. Kids from the Flint community will be able to have their picture taken with Santa and Mayor Weaver.

Home Depot has donated hundreds of toy building kits for the children who attend. There will be other fun things for the entire family to enjoy including music from the Flint Institute of Music’s Dort Honors String Quartet.  We hope everyone will come out this Friday, December 2nd as we kick off the holiday season in the City of Flint and spread some holiday cheer!

 

Photo Credit: Joseph Dennis, Flint Foto Factory

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Mayor Weaver’s FAST Start Initiative: Pipes at 460 Homes Replaced

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Pipes at 460 Homes Replaced So Far through
Mayor Weaver’s FAST Start Initiative

FLINT, Mich. —Lead-tainted service lines at 460 homes have been replaced so far as part of Mayor Karen Weaver’s FAST Start initiative, with 55 homes getting new copper pipes last week.

Crews from two area companies are replacing lead and galvanized steel service lines leading from the street to the water meter in residents’ homes during this third phase of the FAST Start initiative, extending the mayor’s efforts to restore safe, clean drinking water to Flint residents. A total of 788 homes are set to get new pipes this fall.

Work crews plan to replace service pipes this week at homes on Copeman Boulevard and Begole Street between Forest Hill Avenue and Ballenger Highway; on Cumings Avenue between Pershing and Downey Street; and on Leland and Crawford streets and Alvord Avenue between South Grand Traverse Street and Fenton Road.

Mayor Weaver launched the FAST Start initiative to help resolve a number of problems created after a state-appointed emergency manager switched the City’s water source to the Flint River in 2014 without the necessary corrosion control chemicals being added. The corrosive water removed a protective coating on the inside of the pipes, causing lead to leach into the water flowing to homes and businesses in the City of Flint.

While the level of lead in Flint’s water supply has been substantially reduced since the city switched back a year ago to water delivered from Lake Huron by the Great Lakes Water Authority, residents are still being urged to drink only filtered water, and to replace their filters when needed.

So far, crews have installed new service lines at a total of 460 residences in Flint and capped the lines at three abandoned homes. Mayor Weaver’s goal is to have residents in 1,000 homes receive new pipes by the end of the year, and for thousands more to get new service lines in 2017.

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Flint Officials Granted Extension of Water Relief Credits

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Mayor Karen Weaver has received a letter from State Treasurer Nick Khouri stating the Water Relief program in the City of Flint has officially been extended through December 31, 2016. The program has provided residential customers with a 65% credit on the water charges of their utility account and commercial customers with a 20% credit dating back to April 2014 when the City’s water source was switched to the Flint River.

The $12.75 million in relief provided in the current State of Michigan budget includes a stipulation requiring the City to have a 70% collection rate on water/sewer bills. In order for the credits to stay in place, the City must show that customers are paying their bills as required by the state. Though the collection rate has not been achieved, state treasury officials acknowledged the recent progress made through the collection program for commercial customers and the upcoming start of the collection program for residential accounts. In a successful and ongoing effort to meet state guidelines, City officials have worked with customers and increased the collection rate of commercial utility accounts to 76%. 

“The City of Flint welcomes the extension and acknowledgment that good progress is being made in our collections,” said David Sabuda Flint’s Chief Financial Officer.   “We thank the commercial customers who have complied with the program and now we are asking residents to do the same and help the City cover the cost of water and sewer services being provided. Doing so will benefit all our customers as our community works to move past the worst days of the man-made water disaster.”

Starting next week, along with their utility bills, residential customers with past due balances will receive a letter informing them they must pay the current balance on their utility account plus 10% of past due balances.  The letter will also explain what is at stake if the balance on their water/sewer account remains past due. Customers who do not make the required payment will not receive the 65% relief credits in December, a late penalty will be added to their account, and shut offs will be scheduled.  This plan is necessary to help the City increase its collection rate and preserve the credit program for all utility customers as the City of Flint continues to recover from the effects of the water crisis.

Earlier this year, the state provided $30 million in water relief credits. The funds were used to apply credits to customers’ utility accounts for the period of April 2014 through April 2016. Subsequent water relief credits of $8.1 million have also been applied to accounts of residential and commercial customers.  

Again, residential customers should expect a letter with their next utility bill informing them of the program, its benefits, and what they can do to help make sure the credits continue for as long as possible. Those not current on their water bills will not receive the relief credit on their next bill, and their accounts will once again be subject to the late interest on past due balances. Furthermore, commercial customers who do not pay their monthly payment plus 10% of the previous balance will be placed on a shut off list.

“We are willing to work with residents unable to meet the full terms of the payment requirement, but we City officials must also show the state that our customers are paying for the services we provide,” stated Sabuda.

Customers with financial hardships who want to ensure that their credits stay in place and that they are not placed on the shut off list, should come to City Hall to discuss payment options with a representative in the Customer Service Center. Customers with questions can also call the Customer Service Center at (810) 766-7015.     

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Statement from Flint Mayor Weaver on Order from Federal Judge Regarding Water Deliveries

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Statement from Flint Mayor Weaver on Order from Federal Judge Regarding Water Deliveries: 

“I have always been a proponent for clean safe drinking water, the people of Flint deserve nothing less. We appreciate the judge’s order and agree that clean water should be easily accessible to everyone in the City of Flint and more needs to be done to make that happen. We will do everything we can to abide by the order including reaching out to leaders at the state level for help.

We also know that making sure everyone has access to bottled water is just an immediate and temporary fix. We can’t rely on bottled water forever. The people of Flint should be able to turn on their faucets and get safe clean water without a filter, and that is our ultimate goal.

We continue to make progress with the FAST Start pipe replacement initiative and are working to gain additional resources to be able to replace even more lead-tainted pipes in Flint and eliminate the ongoing effects of this man-made water disaster for good.”

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