Some residents fed up with waiting for new pipelines - WNEM TV 5

Some residents fed up with waiting for new pipelines

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Residents want to know when it will be their turn for new pipes. 

Some Flint families are lucky enough to have new pipes, while thousands of others are still eagerly waiting. 

A special Flint City Council meeting is planned for Monday evening to address contracts for service line replacements.

The contracts will be awarded to Goyette Mechanical and WT Stevens Construction, both operating out of Flint. The companies have been selected to do work for a test phase of Mayor Karen Weaver’s Fast Start Program.

There are 33 homes that currently have new service lines through the program but the goal is replace up to 250 more.

"Before they dug up the water was light brown...brown and you know you can look at it and visualize and see it wasn't clean,” says Ray Collins, a Flint resident.

Collins’ home once tested as one of the highest lead levels in Flint. Even though his home was one of the first in the Vehicle City to have its lead service lines replaced, Collins said he is far from out of the woods.

Now the question is whether or not he trusts the water flowing through his faucets.

“Now it’s cleaned up a little bit and still the lines have to be replaced,” Collins said.

City Council President Kerry Nelson is in agreement with Collins. He said the time is now and the digging can no longer be delayed.

“It is time to take action on pulling up these lead service lines and the infrastructure,” Nelson said. "We have to be some movement...people are now believing that nothing is going to happen. They are just going to cover this up and we gotta’ move on. This not what I want for Flint or the residents in Flint."

Even though Collins’ situation is better, just across the street another Flint resident is feeling left out. 

Yolanda Britt said six homes on her block of Welch Avenue have had their lead service lines replaced and she's fed up wondering when is the city going to get around to her home. 

"I am very annoyed. I can still smell that nasty smell. I have to use bottled water to wash my dishes. You have to use bottled water for everything," Britt said. 

Nelson said he wants all of Flint to share in the blessing of new pipelines, despite the fact this process is flooded in a political tug of war between what he believes is Lansing and the Vehicle City. 

"We can't do it on our own. We didn't cause it and so what we are asking is that help us. Stop giving us a spoon feed here, a little here and little here. Let's fix the problem," Nelson said. 

We’ll follow the details of this evening’s meeting and will bring you the results on TV 5. 

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