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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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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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Mayor and Project Manager of FAST Start Address Inaccurate Information

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.”

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Flint Civilians Help Protect Each Other from Violent Crime

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For years, crime has been running rampant on the streets of Flint. It all started when the auto industry moved out of the city and left many people jobless and struggling to get by. The city of Flint has not been able to provide ample police support to take the city back from the criminals so many citizens are taking matters into their own hands. A group in Flint has begun to post information on social media networks including when and where crime is happening so innocent citizens and bystanders can keep themselves safe and out of the mix. Check out the video below to learn more about this group.

 

 

To learn more about crime in Flint and what mayoral candidate Karen Weaver plans to do about it, visit www.karenaboutflint.com.

Other Crimes Down, Murder Up in Flint for 2015

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Although last year’s murder count in Flint indicated things may finally be looking up for the city, this year, the situation got worse. As of this past May, the city was on pace for averaging one murder a week for the year 2015.

While this year has brought a decrease in other violent crimes in Flint such as larceny and arson, it is hard to argue for a bright side with a murder rate this high. Police officers in Flint attribute the decrease in certain crimes to community vigilance and claim that if more community members speak up and cooperate with police, it is likely that the city can get the murder count down as well. Click here to read the article below for more information on Flint crime in 2015.

To learn more about 2015 Flint crime or what mayoral candidate Karen Weaver plans to do about it, visit www.karenaboutflint.com.

Less Cops Means More Violence in Flint

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One of the biggest problems in Flint today is violent crime. The recent increase in violent crimes such as rape, homicide and arson can be attributed to poverty, unemployment and several other factors. However, the lack of adequate police enforcement is what allows the violence to continue. Government officials laid off many law enforcement officers in Flint, resulting in the city having one of the highest civilian-to-cop ratios in the country. Check out this video to see what the people of Flint are saying about the decrease in police officers.

 

To learn more about Flint crime and what mayoral candidate Karen Weaver plans to do about it, visit www.karenaboutflint.com.

Researchers Suggest Flint Go Back to Detroit for Water

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According to Virginia Tech University researchers, a large part of the problem with Flint’s drinking water is the corrosiveness of the water in the Flint River. The researchers have determined that the water is 19 times more corrosive to lead solder used in pipes than Detroit’s water which was Flint’s previous supply.

To lessen the corrosiveness, cities use a common chemical called orthophosphate. However, researchers say, that even after adding orthophosphate, Flint’s water would still be 16 times more corrosive than Detroit’s.

Virginia Tech researchers have been testing samples collected from hundreds of Flint homes. They have found “serious” levels of lead in almost one in five. The researchers have urged some homeowners to stop drinking their tap water entirely.

They say their test results show the city should resume the practice of getting drinking water from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department. Flint shut off its water pipeline to Detroit last year. The Flint River is a temporary water source until a new pipeline from Lake Huron is completed sometime next year.

City and state officials have taken issue with the Virginia Tech findings. They insist their own testing has not shown similar results.

 

Erin Brokovich Weighs in on Flint Water Issue

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The water issue in Flint have made national headlines.  Even environmental activist Erin Brockovich has weighed in on the issue.

Brockovish took to Facebook and responded to a photo of brown water gushing from a hydrant in Flint.  In her comment, she noted how serious a part environmental issues play in our lives.  She said that this is an example of “how bad it can get.”  The water discoloration was caused when maintenance crews replaced two valves in the area, according to Howard Croft, Director of Flint Department of Public Works.

The work required crews to shut off the water, which caused a backup of dirty water, and a need for extensive hydrant flushing.  The dirty water came from sediment buildup that occurred due to the broken valves.  Crews have been working for four months to identify and replace the broken valves, a number of which had been broken for quite some time.  Brockovich took a moment to point out that hours of brown running water is more than simple hydrant flushing, but that it is an indication of the poor water quality in Flint.

Brokovich also stated that “This highly corrosive water is causing serious (lead) and copper leaching throughout the community and is in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.”  Flint recently resolved other violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, but now potentially faces new violations.

Brokovich met with U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) to discuss concerns about the city’s drinking water issues.

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