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Interagency committee focuses on long term solutions

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Focusing on the long term for Flint was a big sticking point at Friday's Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee meeting.

“We need to come out of this process better than we came in,” said Dr. Lawrence Reynolds, Mott Children’s Health Center.

A day after being on the hot seat on Capitol Hill, Gov. Rick Snyder sat next to Mayor Karen Weaver to receive updates on what's been done, and what's still on the to-do list for Flint and their water woes.

“There's a lot of things that are part of this and part of the long-term effort,” said Richard Baird, governor’s office.

From the health of the people who live here, to the local economy, the Flint water crisis is turning out to be somewhat of a reset button for the Vehicle City.

“Recognizing that the city of Flint is being negatively impacted by people not paying their water bills,” Baird said.

Reynolds said he hopes that he will reap some of those benefits when it comes to education, mentioning that there hasn't been a new school built in flint since the '70s.

“I hope that financing and building new schools will be part of this economic development, because I need it to recruit staff to the area,” Reynolds said.

For now, federal grant money has made it possible for the people of Flint to get the medical help they need without even leaving home.

“We've bought cars so we can get out in the community and get to them, because they have problems getting to the clinics and everything,” said Genesee County Commissioner Jamie Curtis.

The committee also recognized the need to talk to those impacted the most, answer their questions and make necessary resources easier to access.

“We're testing the young children, but we also need to test the older adults,” Curtis said. “They're asking how come we can't get free blood testing as well.”

Snyder said his hope is that opening the lines of communication with the people of Flint is the remedy to recovery.

“How do we get more community feedback, community engagement, and community understanding?” Snyder said. “Let's keep working. People of Flint deserve our hard work.  So, let's just keep working really hard.”

An expert from Bradford White Water Heaters was also at the meeting.

He spoke on the importance of educating people about what kind of sediment build-up could be left behind, in the water heaters of Flint homes, impacting its effectiveness.

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