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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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DETROIT TIGERS TO HOST ‘PLAY BALL’ EVENT IN FLINT

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MLB AND DETROIT TIGERS TO HOST ‘PLAY BALL’ EVENT
IN FLINT, MICHIGAN TO SUPPORT NEW “JACKSON PARK RBI” PROGRAM

Activities for Kids Will Highlight the Variety of Ways Baseball & Softball Can Be Played


WHAT
:          Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers will host a ‘PLAY BALL’ event to support and promote the creation of a new Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program in Flint, Michigan.  Jackson Park RBI will serve as a low-cost baseball and softball league for young people throughout the city of Flint.  In addition to playing opportunities, RBI programs also emphasize character development and academic success.  Kids participating in the ‘PLAY BALL’ event can have their parents or guardians register them on-site for the new Jackson Park RBI program.

The event will feature bat and ball activities that highlight the variety of fun, informal ways baseball and softball can be played. The activities will include: home run derby, running bases, bat & ball games and more. In addition, each participant will receive a bat & ball set to take home along with ‘PLAY BALL’ T-shirts and wristbands.  Nathan’s Famous, a proud sponsor of ‘PLAY BALL,’ will provide hot dogs for participants.

Registration for the event is free and open to the general public at http://bit.ly/PLAYBALL-Flint. 

WHO:              City of Flint Officials
Tony Reagins – Senior Vice President, Youth Programs, Major League Baseball

Sam Abrams – Manager, Player Relations & Youth Sports Programs, Detroit Tigers


WHERE:          Hardenbrook Park, 310 E. Jackson Ave, Flint, MI 48505

WHEN:            Saturday, April 22nd, 1:00-3:00 p.m.   (On-site registration starts at 11:45 a.m.)

About PLAY BALL

The PLAY BALL initiative is MLB’s collective effort to encourage young people and communities to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, events and casual forms of play.  PLAY BALL events have become MLB’s signature youth engagement activity during the professional and amateur baseball and softball calendar, including key dates throughout the MLB offseason and into the World Series. PlayBall.org is the PLAY BALL initiative’s online home and is accessible via MLB.com, USABaseball.com, USASoftball.com and other partner websites.  PlayBall.org features youth-oriented content, including baseball trivia and quizzes, and video highlights from MLB games, social media content, photos and a “PlayBall Near You” interactive map that locates local community leagues.  The site also features access to video podcasts and highlights from MLB Network’s youth-focused show “Play Ball,” which features interviews and on-field demonstrations with top players throughout the League.  PlayBall.org also links to USABaseball.com, which provides players, parents and coaches with the information and resources to help with proper play and instruction, including education videos featuring Hall of Famer and MLB Network analyst John Smoltz, Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon, and Kansas City Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dayton Moore, among others. Health and safety information, including through the Pitch Smart program, also is available. PLAY BALL is generously supported by Chevrolet, Scotts and Nathan’s.

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TOWN HALL MEETING

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WHAT:      TOWN HALL MEETING

WHO:         Flint Mayor Karen Weaver along with other City and State Officials

WHEN:      Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:   House of Prayer MB Church  1851 W. Carpenter Rd  Flint, MI


DETAILS:   As Flint City leaders work to recover from the water crisis, officials must determine an ultimate water source. This week Mayor Weaver announced her recommendation to stay with the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) as Flint’s primary water source, and utilize Genesee County as a secondary source of water.

It is important that Flint residents are informed and involved in the review process of the recommendation before a final decision is made. At the town hall this evening, residents will hear more about the plan and have a chance to share their thoughts. Officials will be on hand to answer questions and note feedback from residents.

* The town hall will be live streamed at www.abc12.com

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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)

Image Courtesy of MLive – www.mlive.com

 

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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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Mayor Weaver Joins with Kellogg Foundation to Proclaim Racial Healing

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Mayor Weaver Joins with Kellogg Foundation
 to Proclaim January 17 a National Day of Racial Healing


Mayor Karen Weaver has signed a proclamation on behalf of the City of Flint in partnership with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and more than 130 organizations to proclaim January 17, 2017 as a National Day of Racial Healing.

“I encourage residents of Flint to join me in being part of the conversation and working towards healing the wounds created by the man-made Flint Water Crisis stemming from racial bias,” said Mayor Weaver. “Scientific reports now tell us the quality of the water has improved, but that’s not enough. We deserve better and we must demand better.”  

Over the next few weeks, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort and collaborating organizations will carry out a number of events in support of the National Day of Racial Healing. The TRHT community is made up of corporate and non-profit partners that collectively represent a network of nearly 300 million Americans.

 

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Mayor Weaver Very Appreciative to Mott Foundation for Grant

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Mayor Weaver is excited that the C.S. Mott Foundation has awarded the City of Flint a grant of more than $400,000. Flint’s Interim Chief Financial Officer, David Sabuda attended a City Council committee meeting Wednesday evening to provide members with additional information about the grant so they could move it forward to the full council for discussion and approval. However members decided to postpone the vote, they instead sent the resolution to another committee for further discussion.

“I was disappointed,” said Mayor Weaver. “Money is something this city doesn’t have a lot of right now, but more funding is needed to ensure a successful recovery. When I was campaigning for mayor I said the city needed a grant writer to help secure more resources. I think it’s wonderful that the Mott Foundation agrees the position is needed and is willing to provide the funds that will allow us to hire an experienced professional.”

The Mott Foundation has given the City of Flint a grant for $417,199. The grant will help the city fill a number of positions by providing funding to: hire a grant writer, hire an executive search company to fill the water plant supervisor position, increase the salary offered for the Director of Public Works position which has been turned down by highly qualified candidates because the city could not meet their pay requirements.

Weaver said she will continue to reach out to local and national philanthropies in effort to secure additional funding to help the City of Flint move forward.
“It is my hope that the council will be supportive of the administration’s attempts to bring in resources to the city and help to move things along as quickly as possible,” said Weaver. “If people feel like working with the city will be difficult, or things will take longer than necessary, they won’t get involved or they’ll send the money elsewhere and we won’t have a say in how the funds are used.”

Council members are expected to discuss the Mott Foundation grant at another committee meeting Monday, January 9, which will be followed by a Council meeting. In the meantime, the administration will work to answer any remaining questions members have about the grant and hope the grant will be approved by the committee and the full board on Monday.

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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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Statement from Mayor Karen Weaver on Grant Awarded to Improve Area Parks

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Statement from Mayor Karen Weaver

on Grant Awarded to Improve Area Parks

 

FLINT, Mich. — The following is a statement from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver regarding news that the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has awarded a grant to fund park improvements in Genesee County.

“We are excited to learn of the grant that has been awarded by the state which could be used to support the Flint Riverfront Restoration Project. There are some details that still need to be worked out. We look forward to discussing ways we can redevelop Chevy Commons and the Riverfront, help boost the local economy, and improve the overall quality of life in the City of Flint.”

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U.S. House Passage of Flint Aid Package

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Statement from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver

on U.S. House Passage of Flint Aid Package

 

FLINT, Mich. — The following is a statement from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver in response to the U.S. House passage of a $170 million Flint aid package.

“Today the U.S. House did something we’ve long been waiting for, by voting for a $170 million package that would help the City of Flint recover from the water crisis that has affected our city for two and a half years. I want to thank Congressman Dan Kildee for his tireless work to obtain this money, which we’ll be able to use to remove even more lead-tainted pipes through my FAST Start initiative.

“I strongly urge the same approval be given Friday in the U.S. Senate, where Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have been pushing hard to pass this aid for Flint. We need this funding to help replace the city’s damaged and aging water infrastructure and to provide resources to our children who have suffered from ingesting lead-tainted water through no fault of their own. I am hopeful the Senate will see how critical this funding is for the people of Flint and pass the bills to help our community move forward on the road to recovery.”