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Flint working to move ahead with plans to replace lead pipes

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is working to move ahead with plans to replace lead service lines in Flint.

Weaver’s office reports that she will be asking Flint City Council members to approve two awards for contracts for work over the next week.

The contacts will be awarded to Goyette Mechanical and WT Stevens Construction, Inc., both out of Flint.

That will pave the way for the city’s pilot study on replacing the lead tainted lines.

The goal of the City’s pilot study is to basically do an analysis of the cost to replace the water service lines,” said Brigadier General Michael McDaniel, manager of the FAST Start project. “The plan is to do up to 250 homes. We know what our estimated cost is per home, but with other groups reporting different numbers and after receiving higher bids than expected to do the job, we feel this is an important step to help determine the most logical and efficient way to proceed.”

Weaver's office also said that officials are working on a new Request for Proposals (RFP) so work on replacing more lines can get underway after the study is complete.

“We anticipate there will be another RFP soon using the $25 million the City of Flint recently received from the state,” said Mayor Weaver. “The City has also received a $2 million grant from the state slated for service line replacement. The grant includes a provision stating the cost per address must be no more than $5,000, so that’s another reason why this next pilot study is necessary and will provide valuable information as we work to get the lead out of Flint. We are making progress, it may not be happening as fast as many would like including myself, but it is happening. This is a very important process and we want to get it right.” 

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