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Flint City Council members speak out about Flint water

Some Flint City Council members are speaking out about the ongoing process to select a primary and secondary water source for the city. (Photo Credit: Matt Corchado)

Some Flint City Council members are speaking out about the ongoing process to select a primary and secondary water source for the city.

Fourth ward council person Kate Fields led the charge against the Weaver administration.

She says the mayor and her team deliberately excluded city council from any meetings regarding discussions on reaching a long-term contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority.

“In my opinion, the state and the mayor have been dishonest in their dealings with city council. These actions are abuses of power at its best and Colonialism at its worst,” said Councilwoman Fields.

Councilman Kerry Nelson also weighed in.

“We're not rushing into anything because the people who elected us are saying "take your time, look at this." We don't feel comfortable with this,” he said.

While Councilman Eric Mays did not attend Thursday’s meeting, he said the job of council is not to negotiate a contract but to eventually vet one.

“I'm hearing they're upset saying they didn't negotiate a contract. We don't negotiate a contract in the legislative branch. That's executive branch action. They do police, fire, police contracts, fire contracts. Then when they come to us, we vet them,” said Mays.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s spokeswoman Kristen Moore released a few speaking points following the meeting. Read them below:

- The mayor says nothing "dishonest" was done regarding the efforts made to come up with a viable and beneficial plan for a primary and backup water source where protecting public health was a top priority.

- Mayor Weaver noted that two council members were initially part of the conversations held, until one of the meetings got out of hand and unproductive.

- She says the water source recommendation that has been presented is the result of several months of work and research. She noted in the email council provided, John Young was clearly stating it took him 20 minutes to write up the notes about the plan that he included in that email, not 20 minutes to determine a primary and backup water source recommendation for the City of Flint that both protects public health and is fiscally responsible.

You can also view the city's Facebook Live, too.


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