Weaver: I filed to 'protect the rights of the citizens of Flint' - WNEM TV 5

Weaver: I filed to 'protect the rights of the citizens of Flint'

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. Source: WNEM Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. Source: WNEM

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is firing back after state officials urged the city to withdraw its right to take legal action.

"I filed the letter of intent to protect the rights of the citizens of Flint," Weaver said.

This week, Weaver filed something called a Letter of Intent, which allows the city to sue the state for its role in the Flint water crisis.

City attorney Stacey Erwin Oakes said a lawsuit or intent to sue must be filed within six months of being made aware of a potential claim against the state. Weaver said time was running out.

Weaver insists if the state makes good on their promises to help Flint, she won’t follow through on the lawsuit.

"We can't look up months from now and nothing has happened," Weaver said. "We can look up and we don't have new pipes and the money coming in for the services and support that the kids and families need, here in the city of Flint, if things go as they've talked about, the intent, nothing happens with it."

And if for any reason, the state does not make good on its word to replace lead pipes throughout the city, Weaver said it only makes sense that the city have a way to hold the state accountable.

"We have to protect ourselves," Weaver said. "We have to have the option and the ability to say OK, we've worked together this amount of time, nothing's happened, we're coming after you."

The state has stated publicly, the letter of intent has no legal basis and only adds conflict to the parties working together to bring an end to the Flint water crisis.

Weaver said the state ultimately has the ability to remove any risk of being sued, by continuing to take action.

"Like I said, if they do what they say they're going to do, there's no need for it. So we'll see," Weaver said.

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