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Message from Mayor Weaver Regarding Garbage Collection in Flint

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Message from Mayor Weaver Regarding Garbage Collection in Flint

(Flint, Mich) – Flint city leaders are still working to secure a waste collection contract now that the previous service agreement with Republic Services has expired.  Due to the circumstances, there will be no trash pick up in the city starting this Monday, August 1, 2016Until a new agreement is officially in place, we ask that residents not set their trash out at the curb to prevent animals from disturbing it and making the situation worse. 

“We hope to have a new agreement in place that will allow crews to resume trash collection by the middle of the week,” said Mayor Weaver. “We realize this is an inconvenience and we’re working to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, we appreciate and thank the citizens of Flint for their cooperation.

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Statement from Mayor Weaver on New Charges Filed in Flint Water Crisis Investigation

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Statement from Mayor Weaver on New Charges Filed in Flint Water Crisis Investigation: 
(Flint, Mich) — Flint Mayor Karen Weaver issued the following statement in response to news that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed criminal charges against six state employees for their alleged actions surrounding the Flint water crisis:

“We appreciate the work the state Attorney General is doing with his team to bring justice to the citizens and the City of Flint as we deal with the ongoing effects of this devastating water crisis. We want any and everyone who had a hand in creating this man-made water disaster to be held accountable. The decision to file more criminal charges today is hopefully another step toward justice for the City of Flint. Still, it’s sad to think people hired to make sure standards are met, may have known there was a problem with the water in Flint. And according to the allegations, some may have even tried to cover it up while innocent children and adults were consuming water poisoned with lead.”

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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 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.

Repost from MSNBC.

http://www.msnbc.com/tamron-hall/watch/mayor-weaver-addresses-clinton-s-flint-visit-618667587568

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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)

Eric Woodyard | ewoodyar@mlive.com By Eric Woodyard | ewoodyar@mlive.com
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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.”

See the full article here: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/01/rapper_snoop_dogg_meets_with_f.html
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Powers returned to Flint mayor, no staffing changes announced.

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Repost from Mlive.com

 

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Gary Ridley | gridley@mlive.com By Gary Ridley | gridley@mlive.com
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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.

 

See the full article here: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/01/powers_returned_to_flint_mayor.html#comments

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