Slow start to lead service line replacement - WNEM TV 5

Slow start to lead service line replacement

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver defended the deliberate pace of her initiative to replace lead service lines in the city.

"We want to make sure that the bidding process is fair. That's why we have taken our time," Weaver said.

The fast start program relates to the more than $2 million allotted by the state to the city for replacing lead service lines. The state approved the money on March 24 and now more than two months later, not a dime has been spent.

Weaver said it's all in due time.

The program had more than 33 homes done and Weaver insists she will be up and running again soon.

"We plan to get going in June. We want to make sure that every one interested in bidding on the construction of this program gets to. By June we hope to have started the process on over 400 homes," Weaver said.

The mayor said once city council gets their power back she will need their authorization and validation on how to move forward with the removal of the service lines that feed water to homes.

"This is important and we have to get their approval. However, time is not on our side and we must pick up the pace," Weaver said.

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