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Mayor Weaver’s Beautification Initiative 2019

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Overview

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Mayor, Dr. Karen W. Weaver, unveiled the Mayor’s Beautification Initiative (MBI). MBI has two critical components, both designed to promote community beautification and recognize Flint residents who are taking care of their property in spite of the water crisis and other financial challenges facing the City of Flint.

1. Encourage local stakeholder organizations – businesses, churches, fraternal, civic groups and others – to adopt the areas around their properties (this year the City will adopt Pierson Road from Dort Highway to Clio Road). This includes, but is not limited to, picking up litter, mowing the grass, painting benches, planting flowers, etc., to improve the overall perception of Flint for residents and visitors.

2. Recognize Flint residents for taking care of their property. Nomination forms are due to the Mayor’s Office on or before July 15, 2019 at 5 p.m., to recognize the beautification efforts of Flint residents.

Beautification Initiative:

Who can participate? Participation in the 2019 Mayor’s Beautification Awards is exclusive. Participation is limited to residents in the city of Flint. If you receive a tax bill from the City of Flint you are eligible to participate.

Judges: An anonymous group of residents will be selected to serve as judges for the 2019 Major’s Beautification Awards. Judges will include, but are not limited to, residents with beautification experience and those who understand the importance of recognizing the contribution of others.

Kickoff: The kickoff for the Mayor’s Beautification Awards will begin today, May 9, 2019. All nominations must be submitted by Friday, July 15, 2019.

Awards: Awards will be presented to participants in all nine wards of the city of Flint and multiple awards will be presented in every ward. The award categories will consist of:

Attractive Home:

o The lawn is mowed and edged

o The shrubs and trees are trimmed

o The overall presence of the home complements the neighborhood or block

Admirable Home:

o All of the criteria for Attractive Block are met

o There are flowers or plants visible from the curb

Adorable Home:

o All of the criteria for Admirable Landscape are met

o The concrete (sidewalk and/or driveway) is in good shape

o The overall yard has a clear theme

o This home represents a model home and should be highlighted

Award Presentation: Awards will be presented at the Mayor’s 2019 State of the City Address. A picture and a short description of the awardees will be presented during the Mayor’s address.

How to Nominate: You can nominate a home or block for an award by completing and submitting the Mayor’s 2019 Beautification Initiative Nomination form. Nominations must be submitted in person or emailed by July 15, 2019 for consideration. Contact Schuyler Davis atsdavis@cityofflint.com and (810) 237-2025 for more information on how to nominate and to deliver nomination forms and pictures.

Pierson Road Street Adoption

On Thursday, May 30, the City will be partnering with residents, businesses, churches, and other stakeholders to adopt Pierson Road as a cleanup site. The goal is to clean and beautify this major street on May 30, but also throughout the year so that it:

• Is free of all trash and debris

• Features grass that is mowed and edged

• Possess trees and shrubs that are trimmed

• Showcase flowers, especially perennials that will bloom year after year without replanting

• Is connected by sidewalks that are in good repair and are free of snow and ice

• Features holiday decorations, especially lights in the month of December

Volunteers are encouraged to bring own tools: mowers, rakes, shovels, hoes if you have them. Bags and gloves will be provide, as well as limited tools. Also: bring your families/neighbors, etc!

Particular details on event – register at city hall in back parking lot by dome auditorium at 8:00. Cleanup from 9-12. A community celebration from 12:30-1:30 will be held on the back (?) lawn of city hall

To commit to cleaning-up and maintaining one block along Pierson Rd and ancillary streets, please call (810) 237-2090 or e-mail lcrawford@cityofflint.com

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Flint Mayor Dr. Karen W. Weaver Writes Open Letter to Residents on the Fifth Anniversary of the Water Crisis

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Dear Residents:

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the Flint Water Crisis. I write this as not only the Mayor of this strong city but also, as a fellow resident, who was affected by this environmental injustice. We have had plenty of time to question and wonder why human life, more specifically our lives, could be held at such a low regard. We have gone through every emotion possible when something like this happens; the anger, the confusion, the devastation, the fear of the unknown, are all things we’ve felt as a collective.

One thing is for certain, we were strong, revolutionary fighters for justice and equality before this and in going through this, our resilience and grit have only gotten stronger. As a result of this, the country got to see just how far we still have to go as it relates to not only dealing with racism and classism, but our crisis placed a huge spotlight on the need for newer infrastructure and stronger environmental protections.

We came together during one of the hardest times many of us have ever faced and we spoke out as one. Our grassroots groups, Pastors, faith communities, and everyday residents did not sit silently and accept what had taken place and as a result of the collective voice of Flint residents, the world stopped and paid attention. Just as we have changed the structure of systems before by using our voices, we are doing so now. The State of Michigan has changed the way that it addresses lead and copper because of us. The country is having a long overdue conversation and push toward change as it relates to infrastructure and water because of us.

We would not wish what happened to us on anyone, we took what happened to us and turned it into an opportunity to make sure that this would not happen on this level ever again anywhere in the country, and where there are other water and infrastructure related injustices, we take them with us as we speak out.

While we may not be completely through this crisis just yet, we are recovering and we are recovering in a way that only Flintstones can. Our voices caused national attention that brought resources here to replace the lead and galvanized service lines; with 21, 298 lines excavated, we are ahead of schedule and due to complete the replacement process by the fall. Our voices caused us to have economic opportunities leading to 2,000 jobs in our city. Our voices caused the philanthropic community to come to our aid, as a result, our children now have access to technology that they may not have gotten any other way. Our voices got the attention of the federal government, as a result, we have housing being built on both the north and the south end. We will continue to use those same voices to address our in home plumbing and fixtures needs, to continue addressing the mental health needs of ALL residents who were affected by this trauma. We will use our voices to continue on the path to being made whole.

On this day, the 5th anniversary of an avoidable traumatic experience, the flags at Flint City Hall will fly at half-staff. We will not forget what happened here, nor will we allow the country to forget.

I want to remind all of the residents of this great city that we are stronger together because of what we have been through. That we are moving forward and there is a spirit of hope in this city that we have been missing for quite some time. That hope is helping us to heal.

Your Fellow Flintstone and Mayor,
Dr. Karen W. Weaver

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HUD AWARDS $250,000 TO THE FLINT HOUSING COMMISSION FOR EMERGENCY AND SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS

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In an effort to keep public housing residents safe and secure, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $5 million in grants to 22 public housing authorities including $250,000 to the Flint Housing Commission. The Flint Housing Commission will purchase security camera systems at River Park a 180 unit family development and Howard Estates a 95 unit family development to improve security and monitoring. The Flint Police Department will have the ability to view the cameras in real time through the CATT system.

“The families we support who live in public housing deserve to feel safe in their homes,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “HUD wants to ensure the safety and security of public housing residents and these grants offer neighborhoods and communities the tools they need to help keep their residents safe.”

“This will be an added measure of safety for residents who live in housing that have had major concerns with crime,” said Mayor Weaver. “We want every resident in the City of Flint to know that their life and personal safety matter.”

HUD’s Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program supports public housing authorities as they address the safety of public housing residents. These grants may be used to install, repair, or replace capital needs items including security systems/surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks and doors.

Chief of Police, Timothy Johnson stated, “This was something we were looking at doing around the City, so we are just grateful that this measure will be put in place. The cameras will link directly to Police intelligence, so we are able to see what is happening in real time.”

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Pipes Replaced at 4,924 Flint Homes To Date

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Pipes Replaced at 4,924 Flint Homes To Date
through Mayor Weaver’s FAST Start Initiative

 

FLINT, Mich. — Lead-tainted service lines at 4,025 homes have been replaced so far in Phase 4 of Mayor Karen Weaver’s FAST Start initiative. The effort is part of the mayor’s 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 4,924 homes have been replaced since FAST Start launched in March 2016.

In addition, crews have identified copper service lines at a total of 1,012 homes which did not need to be replaced. Workers have begun checking the composition of 4,000 service lines using hydro-excavation. The process will allow pipe replacement crews to avoid digging up copper service lines and concentrate just on homes with lead and galvanized pipes. So far, lines at 3,840 homes have been checked.

To be eligible for 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 (consent cards are being delivered to residents). 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 working in their neighborhood can replace their service line.

FAST Start crews will continue work in the following areas this and next week:

  • Goyette Mechanical Co.: Dickenson Street, Forest Hill Avenue, Frank Street, Mackin    Road, Milbourne Avenue, Mt. Elliott Avenue, Nolen Drive, Prospect Street, St. Clair Avenue, and Wolcott Street
  • W.T. Stevens Construction: Alexander Street, Avon Street, Cassius Street, Crapo Street, East Street, Edwin Avenue, Green Street, Iroquois Avenue, Mason Street, Marvin Street, McKeighan Avenue, McKinley Street, Menton Street, North Street, Pierson Road, Red Arrow Road, Robin Street, Second Street, Shawnee Avenue, Third Street, Thomson Street, Tilden Street, W. Van Wagoner Avenue, and Young Street
  • Lang Construction: Avenue A., Bonbright Street, Buick Street, Chippewa Street, Mildred Street, and Warren Street
  • Waldorf and Sons: Burns Street, Minnesota Avenue, and N. Lynch Avenue

The goal is to have all of Flint’s lead-tainted service lines — nearly 20,000 — replaced by 2020, with 6,000 pipes replaced annually over the next three years.

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

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Announce New Plan to Continue Water Distribution

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Officials Announce New Plan to Continue
Water Distribution in Flint

Community Partners Step Forward to Continue Water Deliveries
to Homebound Residents 
 

FLINT, Mich. —City officials are pleased to announce a plan is in place to continue home delivery of bottled water to residents with access and functional needs (AFN), and provide bottled water at four water distribution sites, as well as 10 pick-up locations across the City of Flint.  The plan is the result of a partnership between the City, State, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, United Way of Genesee County, and several community groups.

As Mayor Weaver announced in late July, due to the settlement agreement reached in the Concerned Pastors for Social Action case, if Flint’s water quality met federal testing requirements for two consecutive 6-month monitoring periods, the state could begin gradually closing the PODs (points of distribution), with all the sites possibly closed by September.  Water quality tests show Flint’s water has met federal requirements for over a year.

“We are glad the water quality in Flint is improving,” said Weaver. “However, residents have made it clear that they are still concerned about the health and well-being of our community, should bottled water and filters stop being provided. I relayed those concerns to the governor and we negotiated a plan to have four PODs remain open indefinitely, one on each side of town. And with help from many of our community leaders the home deliveries of bottled water will continue as well.”

Under the new structure, oversight of water distribution will transition from the State of Michigan to the City of Flint’s leadership, with support from community groups and organizations. The new plan includes the existing four PODs located at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church (1st Ward), Franklin Ave. Lot (4th Ward), West Court Street Church of God (6th Ward), and Eastown Bowling Alley (9th Ward). It also includes the continuation of home deliveries to more than 2,100 residents with either access or functional needs (AFN).

Several community partners have committed to continue AFN deliveries as many of the groups have previously been conducting home deliveries in an unofficial capacity.  Community partners include: Asbury United Methodist Church, Calvary United Methodist Church, Greater Holy Temple, Now Ministries, Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist, Salem Lutheran Church, Second Chance Church, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and Veterans of Now.  Residents will receive up to 16 cases of water per month.

Residents with questions about AFN water deliveries can call the new Home Delivery Hotline at 810-410-1138.

Additionally, mini-POD water pick up stations have been established.  Locations include: Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, El Shaddai Ministries, Joy Tabernacle, Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist, Salem Lutheran Church and Vernon Chapel.  Several locations serving the senior population will also receive bottled water, including: Slidell Senior Apartments, Rosehaven Manor and Court Street Village.


“This was a big undertaking,” said Jameca Patrick-Singleton, Chief Recovery Officer for the City of Flint. “We knew we had to secure help from community groups to continue to provide this service to Flint residents. We reached out to several groups that had been providing water to residents, and we also contacted some new organizations. Once we knew who was on board, we held a series of meetings and came up with a plan we believe will work well.”


Under the direction of the City, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan will now serve as the commodities distribution leader.  Operation of the four PODs will transition from the State to the Food Bank. Effective September 18, 2017, the Food Bank will provide logistical support to ensure bottled water is supplied to the various distribution sites in Flint.

“When the water crisis hit, the Food Bank was uniquely positioned to handle the influx of water shipments arriving daily in Flint, as well as the additional distribution needed within the city,” said William E. Kerr, President of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.  “Our role has continued to be providing the logistics for warehousing, transporting, and distributing water throughout Flint.  Now, as a contracted partner with the State of Michigan and the City of Flint, the Food Bank will continue to serve as the distribution hub for water as well as filters and cartridges.  The Food Bank remains dedicated to the mission of fighting hunger and helping build community solutions to community problems.  Our involvement in the water recovery efforts reflects our commitment to our mission and the health and well-being of all.”


The State of Michigan will continue to supply bottled water for all of the water distribution sites, AFN home deliveries, as well as the water filters distributed.  Additionally, the State will cover the cost of the contract with the Food Bank. 

“Flint’s water quality has been restored and the delivery system has stabilized,” said Richard Baird, Senior Advisor to Governor Snyder. “However, we also understand and want to be sensitive and responsive to residents’ concerns.  We are grateful to the community partners for their leadership and for stepping forward to allow residents additional time to prepare for the ultimate transition to using only filtered water while pipe replacement is underway.”
Workers hired and trained by GST Michigan Works! through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will remain in place through March 2018, so many of the delivery drivers and workers will remain the same.


The United Way of Genesee County has provided a $40,000 grant to assist the community partners serving as mini-pod locations and providing AFN home deliveries.  The United Way will also serve as the fiduciary for funding to support the new distribution plan.

“The continued distribution of bottled water in Flint won’t be exactly the same as before,” said Patrick-Singleton. “Some deliveries will occur once a month, instead of once a week for example. But, the important thing is that bottled water will continue being provided, which is what residents wanted. We want to thank the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, the United Way, and all the local groups and organizations that have partnered with us to make this happen.”


The “Call for CORE” (Community Outreach and Resident Education) Program will continue to serve as a resource for residents.  CORE teams have knocked on nearly 370,000 doors and had nearly 114,000 conversations with residents to ensure they are installing, using and maintaining their water filters properly and are aware of other available resources.  Residents can call 810-238-6700 with questions about filter usage or to schedule a home visit by a CORE member.


The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan will also continue to operate the three existing Help Centers in Flint located at Asbury United Methodist Church, Bethel United Methodist United Church, and Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ. Residents can visit the centers to obtain food, bottled water, and other health outreach services.

More information, maps and updates on the new water distribution plan is available on the City of Flint website at https://www.cityofflint.com/water-sites/.

 

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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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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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Mayor Weaver on MSF’s Vote to Fund Flint Grocer Improvement Program

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The following is a statement from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver on the Michigan Strategic Fund’s vote today to fund the Flint Grocer Improvement Program. The four stores on the north end of Flint that will benefit from today’s vote are Mr. B’s Foodland on Dupont Street, Hutchinson Food and Drug on Saginaw Street, Landmark Food Center on Pierson Road and the Local Grocer on Martin Luther King Avenue.

“Today’s vote by the Michigan Strategic Fund is an important step toward making groceries more accessible to residents on the north side of Flint,” said Mayor Weaver. “These grocers have stood by Flint and its residents, and we’re thrilled that they will be supported in their efforts to improve their offerings in the year ahead.

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