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Flint residents eager for new jobs

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Local companies were hired to begin the initial phase of lead pipe replacement throughout the city of Flint.

That means new jobs for many residents eager to work.

After nearly two and a half years of the water crisis, only 33 lead lines have been replaced under the initial phase of Mayor Karen Weaver's Fast Start Program.

More jobs are coming to Flint as the city begins its next phase of replacing lead service lines to more than 200 homes.

"Oh, it's fantastic. We got citizens who are doing great work and to be able to put them into these jobs that are occurring is fantastic," said Jody Kerbyson, CEO of Michigan Works.

Kerybson is thrilled with the commitment that construction and engineering companies like Goyette and W.T. Stevens have made to hire and teach some residents of the Vehicle City to replace the next 250 lead service lines in Flint.

Although she's eager to start recommending clients, she wants to know how soon it's going to happen.

"We are getting a lot of calls, but we are also working with the labor union and getting people trained for jobs that we know are coming, but yet have details on," Kerbyson said.

While the slow crawl to the fast start continues, residents like Damon Harrison aren't opposed to the possibility of making as much as $20 an hour.

"We need to get our city together. So that alone, between $20 an hour, of course I'll take it in this dead beat city," Harrison said.

Yamminka said it could be especially helpful for the men who may be more likely to apply for the construction jobs.

"The women, we can find certain little jobs. Keep us occupied or get us by, but the men really need it," Humes said.

Regardless of the sex, people in Flint want jobs and they are eager to get started.

City officials said they plan to have new details on when people can apply for the jobs next week.

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