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Mayor hosts first town hall meeting

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Flint is a city with water problems the nation knows about all too well and it has a crime rate that so often gives a city a black eye.

Problems that people living here know must be tackled.

"If we don't ever turn the city around, then we have nothing, no legacy, we have nothing to leave to the children," said resident, Pastor Allen Gilbert.

Despite those challenges, several people said they're confident with the leadership of Karen Weaver.

"All the issues that we face, I mean, it just presents for so much opportunity, so I'm excited, I'm optimistic, I'm hopeful," Weaver said.

Weaver said she's embracing the support she's so far received.

"I cannot do it myself, and I told them, I need their help, don't get me here and leave me, and I need their involvement and their input," Weaver said.

More than 150 people came to the Hasselbring Community Center for Weaver’s first town hall meeting since becoming mayor.

Weaver said she plans to meet with people each month to grasp the pulse of the city.

On Tuesday, safe drinking water once again at the forefront.

"Right now, that is still the number one issue, and we've got to get that taken care of," Weaver said.

She updated residents about what's happening downtown, which includes the city submitting grants to help replace lead pipes and getting more involved with the city's new water source, the Karegnondi Water Authority Pipeline.

"That's great. We need a leader, a good leader, and I think she's going to be a good leader for us," said resident Collin Stevens.

Weaver said safe water is the first priority, but she also wants to see better public safety and neighborhood revitalization.

"We didn't get here overnight, so there won't be any quick fixes to a lot of things, but as long as we can see we're moving forward in the right direction, that's what counts," Weaver said.

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