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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)

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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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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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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.”

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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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Powers returned to Flint mayor, no staffing changes announced.

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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.

 

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