Flint reopens bidding process to replace pipes - WNEM TV 5

Flint reopens bidding process to replace pipes

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

After initial bids to replace lead service lines in Flint came in too high, the city reopened the bidding process with the hopes of reaching a more reasonable agreement.

"We hope to be able to release something to the public in about another week," said Sylvester Jones, Flint city administrator.

Jones said they hope to make a few recommendations to city council on July 11.

"There are a couple of contractors that we believe have done a fine job of demonstrating that they want to work with the city to replace these service lines," Jones said. "After that goes to city council Monday they will go to the RTAB on Wednesday and we are hoping to have some work begin starting shortly after that."

For more than three months Flint has been sitting on $2 millions and another $25 million from the state is on its way.

"Everybody has been taking advantage of our situation and that's a shame," said Wade Garvins, Flint resident.

Garvins said enough with the excuses. He wants to see some digging, not overpriced contractors holding the city hostage.

"Some are concerned, but some just see the dollar signs to get what they can get," Garvins said.

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