Mayor Karen Weaver brings Flint back into national spotlight at DNC

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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.


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



Mayor and Project Manager of FAST Start Address Inaccurate Information

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July 14, 2016


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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.”



Mayor Weaver addresses Clinton’s Flint visit.

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Hillary Clinton made a quick stop this weekend in Flint, Michigan to address the city’s water crisis. Her rivals have called the visit a ploy to shore up the African American vote. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, who met Clinton yesterday and has endorsed her for president, weighs in on the issue.

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Rapper Snoop Dogg meets with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver

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Rap star Snoop Dogg talks with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Ivy House. (Kristin Moore)

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on January 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM, updated January 30, 2016 at 7:34 PM

FLINT, MI – Rap star Snoop Dogg has a concert scheduled at Detroit’s Masonic Temple tonight.

But before he hit the stage in the Motor City, he made a surprise trip to Flint.

Snoop Dogg met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver for over an hour at the Ivy House, during a water drive, to discuss ways he can assist with the water crisis.

“What I appreciated is he wanted to get a thorough understanding about how long this has been going on and what’s been happening,” Weaver said. “He came and just wanted to sit down and talk about what’s been going on in Flint.”

Instead of just distributing water, Weaver said Snoop Dogg talked about things he wanted to do to support the people of Flint.

Over the next week, she plans to stay in contact with Snoop Dogg to put some things in motion for the city but wouldn’t go into detail about what exactly will happen. They’re planning both immediate and long-term action, according to Weaver.

“Somebody said, ‘Well, you don’t have any ties to Flint, what made you come here?'” Weaver said. “He said, ‘We do have ties, we’re people.'”

Weaver said she’s always been a Snoop Dogg fan since he burst on the music scene with hip-hop producer Dr. Dre to release his “Doggystyle” album in 1993.

Dr. Dre protégé and Flint native Jon Connor was also on site with the legendary rapper as he wore a “Flint Lives Matter” t-shirt. R&B singer Keyshia Cole also visited Flint on Friday.

“What is really nice is that he signed on for the long haul,” Weaver said. “We don’t want attention just now. We’ve needed it for a long time. We have it. The impact is going to follow some of our kids and families for the rest of their lives. We can’t let the attention go away.”

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Powers returned to Flint mayor, no staffing changes announced.

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on January 22, 2016 at 4:12 PM, updated January 22, 2016 at 4:13 PM

FLINT, MI – In a unanimous vote, the state oversight board has returned power to Flint’s mayor.

The governor-appointed Receivership Transition Advisory Board is voted 5-0 during a Friday, Jan. 22, special meeting to return some powers, including appointment authority, to the mayor.

“I’m pleased about it,” Weaver said after the vote. “It’s another good day to help bring Flint back.”

A proposed resolution would authorize the mayor to appoint a city administrator and the head of each executive department of the city government. The appointees would serve at the pleasure of the mayor.

Positions impacted by the change could include police and fire chiefs, finance and public works directors, city attorney, chief personnel officer and planning and development director.

Weaver declined to comment on any potential changes to staffing at the city.

The board has served as a state-appointed overseer of the city since the city’s last emergency manager, Jerry Ambrose, was removed in April 2015. Current City Administrator Natasha Henderson, who was appointed by Ambrose, was initially given appointment powers following the emergency manager’s departure.

The approved proposal requires Weaver to submit, in writing, the minimum qualifications the mayor would use to select a new appointment and the salary range for the position. The state’s oversite board will have to approve the submission prior to the appointment.

Prior to the vote, Weaver, who is stuck in Washington, D.C., because of a snow storm, addressed the board via cellphone. She thanked the board for holding the special meeting, but said efforts to move the city forward need to continue.

“We have a lot of work yet to do,” Weaver told the board.

City council President Kerry Nelson called on the board to reinstate the council’s power to serve as a check on the mayor. Councilwoman Monica Galloway told the oversight board that it has to hold the mayor accountable for decisions, and ensure the city’s leadership doesn’t work like prior administrations that left the city in financial trouble.

Galloway also told Weaver to look at the leadership already in place at the city.

“You don’t always need to reappoint somebody,” Galloway said.


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