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Media again barred from water task force meetings

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Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov) Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee has met behind closed doors, discussing the solutions to the city’s water crisis.

News crews were barred from the meeting.

"They're livestreamed. You can watch the whole thing," said Gov. Rick Snyder. "You can catch people as they walk out the door and ask a question. We're just trying to keep a room that's got a reasonable number of people so we can have a dialog but I don't know how you can get more transparent than live streaming. In terms of making it accessible. If you want the mic back and ask me a question about what happened in that meeting I'll answer you right now."

That is not good enough for some, like activist Melissa Mays.

"The media, you guys, are our eyes. We need you guys in there," Mays said. "We don't want to sit here and listen to a buffering live stream if we can even get it. So that's restricting access to people without internet and that's unfair."

The Open Meetings Act provides the public and news media with full access to meetings of governmental bodies.

Someone inside the meetings, committee member and former longtime Saginaw Public Works commissioner Jim Koski said he's pleased with the progress so far.

"We're settling into our areas of expertise and talking about how we move forward," Koski said.

Koski said Snyder has been very engaged in the discussions and hopes the crisis quickly be behind us.

"I have no question it's his top priority," Koski said.

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