State of Michigan questioning Flint FAST Start program costs, contractors

File. The state of Michigan wants answers from the city of Flint about the mayor's program to replace lead service lines and questions surrounding two of the contractors hired to do the work. (Photo: Jason Lorenz/WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. – The state of Michigan wants answers from the city of Flint about the mayor's program to replace lead service lines and questions surrounding two of the contractors hired to do the work.

In a letter sent to city hall Thursday DEQ officials want to know why contractors WT Stevens and Waldorf & Sons were paid nearly $200,000 on work that didn't need to be done.

In the letter it says the two contractors charged seventeen hundred dollars for excavations at 211 homes, but the homes didn't have lead service lines.

The state saying the approved method called hydro-excavation would only cost $228 per property.

The state also saying the two contractors never should have been awarded additional work this year after not completing 404 addresses that were awarded in 2017.

We have not heard back from city hall for a comment on the letter.

The state requires an answer in writing by June 15th.

You can read the full letter below:


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