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Flint mayor hosts meeting to keep residents informed of progress

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One of the things Flint Mayor Karen Weaver pushed on the campaign trail was her promise to be transparent.

On Tuesday she met with residents to update them on the state of the city.

For months there has been a huge outpouring of support for the people of Flint, but two years in and residents are still begging for answers.

"The government has got to earn our trust back," said Gina Luster, Flint resident.

Weaver believes the first step to earning that trust is open and honest communication. On Tuesday she spoke to a packed church full of restless people, updating them on the water crisis.

"We need new pipes for everybody," she said.

Weaver said she won't be satisfied until every lead pipe has been removed. She said work on replacing some of those pipes will resume in the next four weeks.

She said the city has about $2 million available from state reimbursement to replace nearly 400 lines. The city has already started taking bids from local contractors for the project.

"We really want to make sure that we have some local, small business people that are able to do some of this work and get some of the money coming into the city," Weaver said.

Meanwhile, people will be forced to continue using bottled water until they get the all clear.

The residents said they appreciate Weaver keeping them up-to-date with what's going on.

"She's probably working harder than any mayor we've had in the past few years," said Nathan King, Flint resident.

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