Additional $2 million in state aid coming to Flint - WNEM TV 5

Additional $2 million in state aid coming to Flint

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Gov. Rick Snyder announced today that Flint will receive an additional $2 million from the state to help with water infrastructure replacement costs.

Snyder said that means the city will be able to start removing priority lead service lines within the next 30 days, although Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s Fast Start plan calls for some lines to be replaced starting next week.

The money will cover the replacement of lead service lines for hundreds of homes, based on Weaver’s estimates from the Lansing Board of Water and Light.

The financing will come in the form of grant funding, intended to reimburse the city for the $2 million it paid as part of the state-local agreement to reconnect with the Detroit water system last October.

“This funding continues Michigan’s substantial and coordinated response to the Flint water crisis,” Snyder said. “We continue to ensure every possible resource is being utilized so that Flint families have safe and reliable drinking water in their homes and schools.”

The Financially Distressed Cities, Villages and Townships Grant is designed to ensure that funding can be used to ensure the safety, reliability and sustainability of the city’s water system. Municipalities are eligible for a grant if they are experiencing one or more conditions indicative of “probable financial stress”. The city of Flint also received a $2 million dollar grant from this program in Feb. 2015 to finance water system infrastructure improvements.

Since Oct. 2, 2015, the state has assisted the city of Flint in the amount of $39.3 million.  A supplemental funding bill, pending final legislative approval, will allocate an additional $30 million to aid the city of Flint in crediting a portion of residents’ water bills going back to April 2014 for water that was unsuitable for consumption.

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