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Flint mayor urges local businesses to submit bids for pipe replacement project

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The city of Flint is moving forward with the next step of replacing lead pipes.

Mayor Karen Weaver is urging local businesses to submit a bid for the job.

"“Now that the RFP has been released local business owners have a chance to not only get additional work for their employees, but participate in getting the lead out of Flint,” Weaver said. “We hope this project also will help revive our economy by getting the people of Flint back to work in one of the most important jobs there is right now, removing lead-tainted service lines leading to homes to help Flint recover from this man-made water disaster.”

Businesses must submit their proposals by June 16 at 3 p.m. The pipe replacement is expected to begin shortly after.

The city plans to use $2 million from the money the state used to reimburse Flint.

The project is part of the FAST Start program, which replaced service lines to 33 homes earlier this year.

The number of pipes that will be replaced in the next phase will be determined by the bids that are granted, Weaver's office said.

“I asked City Council members to reduce or waive the permit fees and they chose to keep the fees in place as is,” Weaver said. “The City is in a tough situation financially and the Council felt the fees needed to stay where they are to avoid putting us in a bind in other areas. I have requested that a special Council meeting be held to explain to residents and anyone else how the streets will be repaired due to the line replacements and at what cost.”

Weaver said she will continue to call on state and federal officials to get the additional funding for the program.

“The water in Flint was poisoned by lead due to mismanagement and malfeasance of leaders put in place by state officials,” Weaver said. “I’m glad the governor says all of the lead-tainted service lines must be replaced and that funding for Flint is a priority because we need it to get all of the pipes replaced from the curb to residents’ water meters.”

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