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Flint Fire Department Putting Flint Students to the Test for Fire Prevention Week

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Did you know this is national Fire Prevention Week? 

Flint Fire Chief, Raymond Barton and members of the Flint Fire Department have planned several activities in honor of this very important time. They began with honoring their own Monday, showing appreciation for firefighters who have gone above and beyond putting their lives on the line to help save Flint residents in recent house fires. For the remainder of this week, firefighters will focus on educating students from Flint schools teaching them the dos and don’ts of fire prevention in hopes of keeping them out of similar situations.

Today, fourth and fifth graders from Doyle Ryder Elementary School were invited to Fire Station 1 to meet firefighters and learn firsthand about the important job they do. Students were taught about kitchen safety and they got to experience what many firefighters face when they have to make their way through a smoked-filled room to find someone who needs to be rescued.

Mayor Weaver stopped by just as the students were finding out how difficult it is to handle a fire hose and maneuver it just right so the water gets where it needs to be.

“Wow, this is a really great experience,” said Mayor Weaver. “To see what firefighters go through and all they do is really eye-opening. It takes a special person to do this kind of work. It makes me appreciate the firefighters serving the City of Flint even more.”

Wednesday and Thursday from Noon to 2:30 p.m. a different group of students will have a chance to learn safe practices in the event of a fire at home and get a taste of what firefighters do during search and rescue. Friday the department will hold its second annual “Firefighter for a Day” event. High school students will participate in a variety of demonstrations with fire trucks, fire hoses, extrication tools, first responder equipment, bunker gear and more.  Students will also learn the history of the Flint Fire Department and gain experience through group training and fire prevention activities. The one day camp will be lead by the department’s Training Division and assisted by firefighting personnel.

On Saturday, Flint residents are invited to visit the fire station in their ward for a “Community Open House” from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Firefighters will be on hand to answer fire safety related questions. Residents will be able to sign-up for a smoke alarm install. There will be free food and lots of fun! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Flint Fire Station Locations:

Fire Station #1:    310 E. Fifth St

Fire Station #3:    1525 M.L. King Blvd.

Fire Station #5:    3402 Western Rd.

Fire Station #6:    716 W. Pierson Rd.

Fire Station #8:    202 E. Atherton Rd.

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Mayor Weaver’s FAST Start Initiative – Pipes at 192 Homes Replaced

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Pipes at 192 Homes Replaced So Far through
Mayor Weaver’s FAST Start Initiative

Lead-tainted service lines at 192 homes have been replaced so far as part of Mayor Karen Weaver’s FAST Start initiative, with 29 homes getting new copper pipes last week. Rainy weather kept work crews from replacing even more pipes, but they’re on track to finish at least 200 homes by the end of this week, completing the second phase of the FAST Start program.

Crews from three area companies are replacing lead and galvanized steel service lines leading from the street to the water meter in residents’ homes during this second phase of the FAST Start initiative, extending the mayor’s efforts to restore safe, clean drinking water to Flint residents.

“Rain this past week slowed work, but crews won’t quit until they get lead-tainted pipes replaced at 200 homes or more in this second phase of FAST Start,” Mayor Karen Weaver said. “We’re on track to soon begin the third phase of FAST Start and replace service lines at hundreds more homes this fall.”

Crews are scheduled to continue to replace service pipes this week at homes on Dartmouth Street between Brownell Boulevard and Trumbull Avenue; Ida Street between Miller Road and Corunna Road; Boston Avenue between Miller Road and Becker Street; and Durand Street between Miller Road and Corunna 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 reduced significantly since the city switched back to water delivered from Lake Huron by the Great Lakes Water Authority a year ago, residents are still being urged to drink only filtered water, and to replace their filters when needed.

During the first phase of FAST Start earlier this year, service pipes to 33 homes were replaced.

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Mayor Weaver Responds to Latest Ruling from State Court of Appeals

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The Michigan Court of Appeals issued another ruling Monday in a case involving the City of Flint waste collection dispute. The Court overturned the temporary restraining order issued by Genesee County Judge Farah. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver released the following statement in response to the Court of Appeals’ decision:

“This is the third time the Michigan Court of Appeals has found that actions taken by me and members of my administration were indeed lawful and within the scope of our authority. I am glad to be vindicated and found on the right side of the law.
As I have stated before, my goal is to do what is in the best interest of the citizens and the City of Flint. My hope is that the Flint City Council will now join me and my administration to move forward and work together to do what is right for the City so we can resolve this matter once and for all.”

 

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Mayor Weaver Responds to Announcement of Spending Deal which Includes Funds for Flint

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Mayor Karen Weaver issued the following statement Wednesday after learning of the deal approved by Congressional leaders:

“I am encouraged that members of Congress have approved a deal designed to deliver federal aid to Flint as we continue our efforts to help the citizens and the City of Flint recover from the devastating effects of this man-made water crisis.

Residents of Flint still can’t turn on their faucets and drink the water straight from the tap, this is a problem that must be fixed. The citizens of Flint deserve new lead-free pipes and funding from our federal government would help us provide essential infrastructure needs and other resources. I thank Senators Stabenow and Peters and Representatives Kildee and Moolenaar for their hard work and commitment to help secure this much needed funding for Flint. It’s great to see so many people working together to help our city and those who live and work here. We can only hope that others will get on board, do the right thing and continue the progress being made to help the City of Flint move forward.”

Update from Mayor Weaver on Status of Garbage Collection in Flint

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Update from Mayor Weaver on Status of
Garbage Collection in Flint

 

(Flint, Mich) – As negotiations continue on a new long-term solid waste collection contract for the City of Flint, Mayor Karen Weaver has reached an interim agreement with Republic Services to ensure residents will continue receiving this critical service. City officials have asked Republic Services to resume trash pickup Tuesday, August 2, 2016 and representatives for the company have accepted the offer. The arrangement will remain in place until Friday, August 12. Residents should be mindful that trash collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of this week and should be back on schedule by the start of next week.

Members of the Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB) are scheduled to meet August 10, 2016. At that meeting the board should decide which company will be awarded the contract to collect waste in Flint on a more permanent basis.

“I want to thank Republic Services for agreeing to resume trash collection in Flint while we work to resolve this matter,” said Mayor Weaver. “My main objective is to do what’s best for the citizens and the City of Flint. Members of city council and I may have different views on what that is, but residents should not be inconvenienced because of it.”

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Mayor Karen Weaver brings Flint back into national spotlight at DNC

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Repost from: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/flint-water-crisis/mayor-karen-weaver-brings-flint-into-national-spotlight-at-dnc

Mayor Karen Weaver brings Flint back into national spotlight at DNC

By John Steckroth – Digital news editor


PHILADELPHIA – Flint Mayor Karen Weaver spoke to Democrats Wednesday night at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, bringing Flint back to the national spotlight and commanding attention to the country’s crumbling attention.

“Our infrastructure is broken, leaking and rusting away,” Weaver said. “Our local economy struggles to rebound, and there are many more Flints across the country where environmental issues are hurting our kids and families.”

Weaver took office after the April 2014 switch to the Flint River that led to water crisis. Hillary Clinton visited the city in February.

“Flint is also a city in crisis,” Weaver said. “Five years ago, our Republican state government used the Michigan law to take over control of the city. In 2014, the state switched our water source to a polluted river to save a handful of dollars causing lead contamination to leech into our drinking water poisoning a whole community and leading to health impacts our children for generations.”

Local 4’s Devin Scillian caught up with Weaver after her speech and talked about the convention

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Mayor to Speak This Evening at Democratic National Convention

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Flint Mayor to Speak This Evening at
Democratic National Convention

 

(Flint, Mich) — Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is set to take the stage Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to address the crowd and the millions tuned in to watch the Democratic National Convention. She is scheduled to speak at around 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Weaver plans to make the most of the opportunity to keep the City of Flint in the national spotlight. While progress is being made to help the city recover from the man-made water disaster, Flint still has a long way to go and should not be forgotten. The sad fact remains, residents still can’t drink water straight from the tap. This issue must be addressed to get the city back on track and to retain and attract more people and businesses.
            During a visit to Flint earlier this year, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton said as president she would make Flint a priority. Mayor Weaver plans to speak about Secretary Clinton’s commitment to the people and the City of Flint and how that commitment could make a significant impact in moving Flint forward.

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Mayor Karen Weaver to Deliver Her First State of the City Address

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will give her first State of the City address before residents, community leaders and government officials Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at Flint City Hall. Mayor Weaver and her team have been meeting with top officials, stakeholders, and City employees to better understand the work being done by many dedicated individuals and what more needs to be accomplished to move Flint forward on the road to recovery. Mayor Weaver will present the goals of her administration to the resilient Flint community and her plan to rebuild Flint the right way.

When:     Thursday, August 4, 2016  5:30 p.m. 

Where:    Flint City Hall (Council Chambers)
1101 S. Saginaw St. Flint, MI  48502

 

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Mayor and Project Manager of FAST Start Address Inaccurate Information

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2016

 

Contact:
Kristin Moore
kmoore@cityofflint.com

Mayor and Project Manager of FAST Start Address Inaccurate Information Published about First Round of Pipes Replaced

 

(Flint, Mich) – Brigadier General Michael McDaniel, manager of Mayor Karen Weaver’s FAST Start initiative, spent Thursday afternoon in meetings regarding the next round of pipes replacements in the City of Flint. City officials are focused on the progress being made and want the public to be informed with the correct information on the work that’s being done.

After getting several requests for comment regarding an online media report stating more than a third of pipes replaced in the city earlier this year by Rowe Engineering as part of the state’s pilot study on the FAST Start plan were to homes that did not have high lead levels, McDaniel wanted to set the record straight.

“There is a lot of false and misleading information in the article,” stated General McDaniel. “First of all, the resident quoted in the article lives at an address that was not part of the FAST Start pilot study. The pipes at her house on Church Street were replaced by, and at the request of, Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards.”

City officials also take issue with the amount of 15 parts per billion used in the article to define a “high lead” level. It’s important to note that 15 parts per billion is the federal action level, but Mayor Weaver, other officials and experts say action should be taken before the level of lead in citizens’ water reaches that point.

“The City of Flint has not and never will agree that 15 parts per billion is an acceptable level of lead in the water our residents drink,” said Mayor Weaver.

“As an example, the house on Church Street, which the article claims never submitted a water test, had a lead level of 13 parts per billion on March 16, prior to the pipe being replaced on April 6,” added McDaniel.

The article also implies the majority of the homes selected for the pipe replacements in the pilot study were not in the “high risk” categories set forth by Mayor Weaver which are homes with high lead levels, seniors, pregnant women, and/or children under the age of six. Selection of the homes was a collaborative effort between the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Rowe Engineering, U of M-Flint and the City.

“Some privacy laws prevented us from accessing data to confirm areas with pregnant mothers, so we relied on 2014 census records for information on neighborhoods with young children and senior citizens,” stated McDaniel.

Overall, McDaniel feels the state’s pilot study with Rowe Engineering, which cost around $250,000, was productive and will provide useful information that will be applied as the effort continues to replace lead tainted pipes in the City of Flint.

“This was truly a pilot study to find out what pipes were around the city and what the construction of the pipes were,” said McDaniel. “Homes were selected in every area in Flint. If we couldn’t get permission from a homeowner to do the work, we went to the next house on the list. According to our test results, an overwhelming majority of the homes where pipes were replaced showed a significant decrease in lead levels in the water, that is what’s important.”

“We have no intention of responding to every media report we disagree with,” Mayor Weaver added. “But, it would be doing the public a disservice to know they are getting bad information and we not take time to address it.”

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