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Green light for 3 local companies to replace service lines

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Three local companies have the green light to start replacing service lines at 250 Flint homes.

On Monday, July 19 the Flint City Council approved contracts for three Genesee County businesses, Goyette Mechanical, WT Stevens Construction and James & Woods LLC, to start replacing the lead pipes.

“We are excited about the opportunity but more importantly we know that we can complete the job and the task and we are excited about showing it and proving it,” said Jeff Grayer with WT Stevens.

Grayer’s company is one of three that will be digging up the next 250 lead service lines through the city’s Fast Start Program.

“this administration has been working hard to get these contracts before the council and approved through council for a while so we are excited. This will be a pilot and we know that there will be more contracts to come,” said Slyvester Jones, a city administrator in Flint.

So far the lines have been replaced at only 33 homes. Some said it’s a slow crawl rather than a fast start. Still, the three contractors are now ready to get to digging in a hurry.

Goyette Mechanical will be responsible for 150 homes at a rate of $4,100 per property. WT Stevens and James & Woods are known primarily for their work with Rowe Engineering and will split 100 homes at a higher rate of $6,400 per property.

Grayer sees it as an opportunity to prove his company is worthy of the contract. He also said it’s an opportunity to put some local people to work.

“We want to definitely get out here and show we are well capable, and not only that, we will identify people who reside in our community, who are cable. Whether they are plumbers, general labors, whoever the case may be. All the skilled trade people that can come and be a part of what we are attempting to do,” Grayer said.

The city hopes to start digging next week.

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