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Federal judge blasts Flint City Council, won't give more time

A federal judge says Flint city council has once again failed to come up with a long-term water source and may be pushing the city toward bankruptcy. (Photo Credit: Joel Feick)

FLINT, Mich. --A federal judge says Flint city council has once again failed to come up with a long-term water source and may be pushing the city toward bankruptcy.

At the same time, the city council approved a short extension with Great Lakes Water Authority.

In an 18-page ruling, federal Judge David Lawson is coming down hard on both Flint City Council, and Councilman Scott Kincaid.

The judge says city council's actions or inactions since his earlier judgment, likely has made Flint's situation worse.

In a sweeping decision, Judge Lawson says the council's proposed two-year extension with GLWA is not the long-term plan that he had ordered.

The state sued Flint, saying residents would be much more secure with a 30-year deal.

The mayor is endorsing a long-term agreement with GLWA, but the council won't sign on.

The judge says Kincaid's proposes a solution that "has no basis in actual city finances".

Separate from all of this, council approved a 30-day extension with GLWA since the contract runs out next week.

Kincaid, who's running for mayor says despite the judge's ruling he will press on.

Scott Kincaid says, "I want to make sure we have an evaluation of what's the best long-term and affordable water source is for the residents of the city of Flint. I will do everything I can do to ensure we have a reliable long-term, clean water source."

Mayor Weaver says, "I remember listening to the people and what they said was they didn't want the KWA, they didn't have a backup source, we didn't have an assistance program, our pipe had been taken from us we got all of those things back we negotiated a deal with all of those things back."

Watch the interview with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver after the judges decision:



The mayor says the status of the 30-year contract with GLWA is unclear.

The judge says he won't take the next step on his own.

He invited the state to make a request to enforce his previous order.

Tonight the ball is in the state's court.

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