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Tire Buy Back Event

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City of Flint to Hold Tire Buy Back Event


What:    Free Tire Disposal & Buy Back Event

When:   Saturday, June 10, 2017  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Environmental Rubber Recycling,  6515 N. Dort Highway


Details:
City officials and employees continuously undertake projects to help make the City of Flint look its best. A recent Michigan State University study revealed maintaining the yards of vacant properties helps to reduce crime in urban neighborhoods. As part of the ongoing efforts to make Flint safer and more desirable to live, work and play, the City is holding a tire disposal event this Saturday, June 10.

Flint residents who drop off tires to Environmental Rubber Recycling between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. will receive $1 per tire up to a maximum of 25 tires, or $25 per load of 25 tires or more. Only auto and light truck tires accepted. This tire disposal event is for residential use only, no commercial vehicles allowed. Participants must show proof of Flint residency.

For more information, contact the Blight Elimination Division at (810) 237-2090, or the Waste Services Coordinator at (810) 766-7135 ext. 2605.

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1,291 Homes Replaced So Far

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Pipes at 1,291 Homes Replaced So Far through

Mayor Weaver’s FAST Start Initiative

FLINT, Mich. — Lead-tainted service lines at 405 homes have been replaced so far in Phase 4 of Mayor Karen Weaver’s FAST Start initiative. The work is part of a plan to replace lead-tainted pipes at 6,000 Flint homes in 2017.

Crews from four area companies are replacing lead and galvanized service lines leading from the street to the water meter in residents’ homes during this fourth phase of FAST Start, extending the mayor’s efforts to restore safe, clean drinking water to Flint residents. Overall, service lines to 1,291 homes have been replaced since the launch of the FAST Start initiative in March 2016.

In addition, crews have discovered copper service lines at 357 homes which did not need to be replaced. Soon, the FAST Start initiative plans to begin checking the composition of 4,000 service lines through hydro-excavation so that pipe replacement crews can avoid digging up copper service lines and concentrate just on homes with lead and galvanized pipes.

To be eligible to have service line replacements, residents must have an active water account. They also must have signed a consent card giving permission for the work to be done. In rental homes, both the owner and the tenant must sign consent cards. Residents are urged to sign the consent cards as soon as possible so crews can replace their service lines.

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 decreased significantly since the City switched back to receiving water from Lake Huron by the Great Lakes Water Authority, residents are still urged to drink only filtered water, and to replace their filters when needed.

Mayor Weaver hopes to have all of Flint’s lead-tainted service lines — nearly 20,000 — replaced by 2020, with a goal of replacing 6,000 lines annually over the next three years.

More information about the FAST Start initiative can be found on the City of Flint FAST Start Facebook page, as well as on Instagram, Twitter and the City of Flint website www.cityofflint.com. Questions about FAST Start can be directed to the FAST Start office by emailing faststart@cityofflint.com or by calling (810) 410-1133.

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Neighborhood Business Initiative

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Media Advisory

Flint City Officials to Announce
Neighborhood Business Initiative


WHO:        Flint Mayor Karen Weaver &
Members of local business community

WHAT:       Press Briefing

WHEN:      Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:    Flint City Hall Lobby

DETAILS:     The Weaver Administration has launched a small business training program intended to help individuals ready to do business in the City of Flint reach their goal.  Research conducted for the City’s strategic plan indicates that residents want to see economic development in a variety of areas around Flint. To help meet this need, Mayor Weaver and her staff have established the Small Business Training Boot Camp.

More than ten business hopefuls from a variety of fields including food service, photography, transportation and skilled trades have signed up for the challenge with hopes of having their ventures become fully operational this calendar year. Come hear more about the Neighborhood Business Initiative and the future local business owners taking advantage of this new opportunity in the City of Flint.

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Statement from Mayor Weaver on Tax Lien Notices

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Statement from Mayor Weaver on Tax Lien Notices Issued in Flint

Flint, Mich — Mayor Weaver issued the following statement today in response to the developments regarding the City of Flint Treasury Department sending lien notices to residents for unpaid water bills:

“I must say, I agree with those who have spoken out against this process. I have met with our Interim City Attorney and Finance Director and they say the city is obligated by local ordinance to follow this procedure, and we must follow the law.  As the Mayor of Flint and as a Flint resident, I understand the concerns that have been raised and I am working to see if any changes or something can be done to help those affected by this, especially given the extraordinary circumstances we have endured due to the water crisis.”

Background information:

Flint’s Interim Chief Financial Officer says it is important to note that the process involving the lien transfer to tax bills is routine and has been performed for years in accordance with the City ordinance adopted in 1964. This process is typically done annually. However, it was not done in Flint last July (2016) due to the water relief credits provided by the state being applied to customers’ accounts at that time.

In April 2015, the City mailed out 5,503 letters for water/sewer charges over six months in arrears that totaled $3,396,712.  The current mailing of 8,002 letters was for two years of billings totaling $5,806,448.62 of delinquent water and sewer charges. (Sewer services in Flint were not affected by the water crisis).

 

Note, the City of Flint has not put a lien on properties. In Michigan, when water is provided to a property a lien is automatically created. It is similar to what happens when you buy a car with a loan, for example. Once you sign the note, a lien is created. In Flint, once payments are missed on water/sewer accounts for longer than six months, City Ordinance requires the treasurer to transfer the lien to the property tax bill.
The letters mailed by the Treasury Dept. to current property owners provide them with notice of the balance owed on the water/sewer account for the address, and of the May 19 date when the transfer process is scheduled to begin. If payment is made on the balance, it will eliminate need for the transfer. If no payment is received, the lien would transfer to the tax bill and be combined with the property tax balance. Officials say property owners would still have until February 28, 2018, to pay the tax balance including the outstanding water and sewer charges. After February 2018, the liens are transferred to the county treasurer for collection.

The City continues to work with non-profit partners that offer assistance to help residents pay their water/sewer bills.  Agencies that regularly assist customers include MI DHHS, the Salvation Army, and GCCARD.  See the online flyer for more information: http://www.cityofflint.com/waterbillhelp.

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Work to Replace 6,000 Lead-Tainted Service Lines to Begin Next Week

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Work to Replace 6,000 Lead-Tainted
Service Lines to Begin Next Week

AARP Volunteers to Bring Consent Cards to Residents’ Homes Starting Saturday

 

FLINT, Mich. ― Mayor Karen Weaver announced today that dozens of Flint residents will have their water service lines replaced next week as crews begin working to replace lead-tainted pipes leading to 6,000 homes during the 2017 phase of her FAST Start replacement initiative.

It’s estimated up to 20,000 Flint residences still have lead and galvanized service lines that need to be replaced. The pipe replacement work is expected to be completed by 2020.

To be eligible to have their service lines replaced, residents must have an active water account. They also must have signed a consent card giving permission for the work to be done. In rental homes, both the owner and the tenant must sign consent cards.

AARP volunteers have begun mailing consent forms to be signed. On Saturday, the volunteers will be going door-to-door to provide the consent cards and answer residents’ questions.

“We’ve replaced service lines at more than 850 homes since my FAST Start initiative began last year. This year our goal is 6,000 homes,” Mayor Weaver said. “With more work crews in the field starting next week, service lines to 900 homes will be replaced each month, so we’ll really start making progress.”

AARP State Director Paula Cunningham said the volunteers are eager to assist in Mayor Weaver’s efforts to get the lead out of Flint.

“Last fall, AARP volunteers visited more than 500 homes to collect consent cards,” Cunningham said. “This weekend, we’ll be picking up where we let off, with plans to knock on doors or reach residents by mail at 6,000 homes through May and June.”

State lawmakers on Thursday approved sending $100 million to Flint in federal funds allocated in December by Congress to fix the damaged water system. Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the bill. The action came after a federal judge in March signed off on a settlement that will guarantee that the City gets the state and federal funds it needs to inspect and replace the remaining lead-tainted service lines leading to residents’ homes over the next three years. The settlement also includes requirements that bottled water and filters continue to be available to help Flint address the unprecedented water crisis that allowed lead-tainted water to flow to residents’ homes.

Companies awarded city contracts to do the work are Goyette Mechanical Co., W.T. Stevens Construction Inc., Lang Constructors Inc., and Waldorf and Sons Inc. The first three are headquartered in Flint, while Waldorf is located in nearby Mt. Morris.

Retired National Guard Brigadier General Michael C.H. McDaniel, who’s coordinating the FAST Start initiative, said he’ll continue to concentrate pipe replacement work in areas of the city that are most likely to have lead service lines, and where a significant number of young children or seniors live. Two crews will work in each of 10 zones around the city to replace the service lines in 2017.

“The pace of service line replacements will be much faster,” he said. “Residents in affected neighborhoods will see FAST Start yard signs going up when crews are coming to their neighborhoods, and can get more information on the City of Flint FAST Start Facebook page, and FAST Start’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.”

Flint residents also can expect to see Hydrovac trucks in some neighborhoods starting in mid-May. The hydro-excavation trucks use pressurized water and an industrial-strength vacuum to dig two small holes near the water curb box down to the service line, allowing crews to identify what the service line is made of and whether it needs to be replaced. The holes are backfilled and the sod is restored once the service line is checked. Service lines at around 2,000 homes will be checked this way in coming months so crews will know which homes already have copper service lines. Crews will leave a door hanger at homes whose lines have been checked.

Residents whose homes are getting new service lines must flush their water for 15 minutes before the pipe replacement takes place and for at least 15 minutes after the pipes are replaced to remove sediment from their lines. Filters should be turned off and aerators removed while the pipe flushing takes place, and all water lines in the home should be flushed, McDaniel said.

Areas where the street has not been fixed after pipe replacements are now being restored by City of Flint crews and private contractors, he added.

Mayor Weaver launched her 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 significantly reduced since the city switched back to water delivered from Lake Huron by the Great Lakes Water Authority, residents still are being urged to drink only filtered water, and to replace their filters when needed.

For more information and updates on the work, visit the City of Flint FAST Start Facebook page, as well as on Instagram and Twitter. Questions about FAST Start can be directed to the FAST Start office by emailing faststart@cityofflint.com or by calling (810) 410-1133.

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DETROIT TIGERS TO HOST ‘PLAY BALL’ EVENT IN FLINT

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MLB AND DETROIT TIGERS TO HOST ‘PLAY BALL’ EVENT
IN FLINT, MICHIGAN TO SUPPORT NEW “JACKSON PARK RBI” PROGRAM

Activities for Kids Will Highlight the Variety of Ways Baseball & Softball Can Be Played


WHAT
:          Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers will host a ‘PLAY BALL’ event to support and promote the creation of a new Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program in Flint, Michigan.  Jackson Park RBI will serve as a low-cost baseball and softball league for young people throughout the city of Flint.  In addition to playing opportunities, RBI programs also emphasize character development and academic success.  Kids participating in the ‘PLAY BALL’ event can have their parents or guardians register them on-site for the new Jackson Park RBI program.

The event will feature bat and ball activities that highlight the variety of fun, informal ways baseball and softball can be played. The activities will include: home run derby, running bases, bat & ball games and more. In addition, each participant will receive a bat & ball set to take home along with ‘PLAY BALL’ T-shirts and wristbands.  Nathan’s Famous, a proud sponsor of ‘PLAY BALL,’ will provide hot dogs for participants.

Registration for the event is free and open to the general public at http://bit.ly/PLAYBALL-Flint. 

WHO:              City of Flint Officials
Tony Reagins – Senior Vice President, Youth Programs, Major League Baseball

Sam Abrams – Manager, Player Relations & Youth Sports Programs, Detroit Tigers


WHERE:          Hardenbrook Park, 310 E. Jackson Ave, Flint, MI 48505

WHEN:            Saturday, April 22nd, 1:00-3:00 p.m.   (On-site registration starts at 11:45 a.m.)

About PLAY BALL

The PLAY BALL initiative is MLB’s collective effort to encourage young people and communities to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, events and casual forms of play.  PLAY BALL events have become MLB’s signature youth engagement activity during the professional and amateur baseball and softball calendar, including key dates throughout the MLB offseason and into the World Series. PlayBall.org is the PLAY BALL initiative’s online home and is accessible via MLB.com, USABaseball.com, USASoftball.com and other partner websites.  PlayBall.org features youth-oriented content, including baseball trivia and quizzes, and video highlights from MLB games, social media content, photos and a “PlayBall Near You” interactive map that locates local community leagues.  The site also features access to video podcasts and highlights from MLB Network’s youth-focused show “Play Ball,” which features interviews and on-field demonstrations with top players throughout the League.  PlayBall.org also links to USABaseball.com, which provides players, parents and coaches with the information and resources to help with proper play and instruction, including education videos featuring Hall of Famer and MLB Network analyst John Smoltz, Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon, and Kansas City Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dayton Moore, among others. Health and safety information, including through the Pitch Smart program, also is available. PLAY BALL is generously supported by Chevrolet, Scotts and Nathan’s.

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TOWN HALL MEETING

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WHAT:      TOWN HALL MEETING

WHO:         Flint Mayor Karen Weaver along with other City and State Officials

WHEN:      Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:   House of Prayer MB Church  1851 W. Carpenter Rd  Flint, MI


DETAILS:   As Flint City leaders work to recover from the water crisis, officials must determine an ultimate water source. This week Mayor Weaver announced her recommendation to stay with the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) as Flint’s primary water source, and utilize Genesee County as a secondary source of water.

It is important that Flint residents are informed and involved in the review process of the recommendation before a final decision is made. At the town hall this evening, residents will hear more about the plan and have a chance to share their thoughts. Officials will be on hand to answer questions and note feedback from residents.

* The town hall will be live streamed at www.abc12.com

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Mayor Weaver to hold Press Briefing

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Mayor Karen Weaver has requested a meeting with Governor Rick Snyder to discuss the decisions made by state officials to end the water relief credits being applied to the accounts of Flint water customers and the funding for the source water from the Great Lakes Water Authority. Mayor Weaver wants the public to know she and her administration have been working hard to secure the support and services the people of Flint deserve after being impacted by the ongoing effects of the water crisis through no fault of their own.  

“I want the people of Flint to know we are still fighting for what is right,” said Mayor Weaver. “I am disappointed by the announcement from the governor’s office especially after we were told the credits would last at least until March 31st. The lack of consideration there seems to be for the residents is also concerning because we know people need time to prepare for changes like the credits no longer being provided.”

Press Briefing by Flint Mayor Weaver & Interim Chief Financial Officer David Sabuda  

WHEN:        Monday, February 13, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:      Flint City Hall (lobby)

Image Courtesy of MLive – www.mlive.com

 

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Statement from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver on Gov. Snyder’s State of the State Address

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The following is a statement from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver in response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address, which she attended:

“I was happy to hear Governor Rick Snyder pledge to continue to help Flint recover from the water crisis affecting the city and its citizens through no fault of their own. While we’re grateful for the ways the state has stepped up in the past year to help Flint and its residents, so much more remains to be done.

“Replacing the lead and galvanized steel service lines at thousands more homes is imperative because residents still can’t drink the water unless it first goes through a filter. Although we’ve replaced pipes leading to nearly 800 homes, we still don’t have enough money from the state and federal governments to fulfill my pledge to replace all the lead-tainted service lines leading to nearly 20,000 homes over the next three years through my FAST Start program. That needs to change.

“As we continue to deal with this unprecedented health crisis, it’s imperative that the state continue to provide access to health care for all of Flint’s children, youth and pregnant women; early childhood education for preschoolers; access to healthier food that can help mitigate some of the effects of lead poisoning; and more jobs. We also need to know that the money won’t run out for the bottled water and filters so many people depend on. Only then can Flint, and its residents, gain a brighter future.”

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Mayor Weaver Joins with Kellogg Foundation to Proclaim Racial Healing

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Mayor Weaver Joins with Kellogg Foundation
 to Proclaim January 17 a National Day of Racial Healing


Mayor Karen Weaver has signed a proclamation on behalf of the City of Flint in partnership with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and more than 130 organizations to proclaim January 17, 2017 as a National Day of Racial Healing.

“I encourage residents of Flint to join me in being part of the conversation and working towards healing the wounds created by the man-made Flint Water Crisis stemming from racial bias,” said Mayor Weaver. “Scientific reports now tell us the quality of the water has improved, but that’s not enough. We deserve better and we must demand better.”  

Over the next few weeks, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort and collaborating organizations will carry out a number of events in support of the National Day of Racial Healing. The TRHT community is made up of corporate and non-profit partners that collectively represent a network of nearly 300 million Americans.

 

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