Only on ABC12: Mayor Weaver discusses first week in office, goals

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FLINT (WJRT) - (11/12/15)- " It's been busy. It's been hectic, but it's been good," said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.

Weaver is adjusting to her new role. Just four days on the job, she's already getting a start on her 100 day agenda, which she plans to detail to the public next Thursday.

"One of the things I wanted to talk about was the town hall meeting that I wanted to do. I had some things I wanted to talk about with the water, so I'll be introducing some things," Weaver said.

Water is her biggest priority. Weaver says she has heard the cries of residents who are struggling with paying their high water bills and risking shut-offs.

"Some people understand, yes we need to pay for this. But it's kind of confusing when you want to know, 'Why am I paying for a product that I can't use?'" Weaver said.

Weaver also says declaring Flint a natural disaster area is a must. She believes federal funding is needed to fix Flint's infrastructure. Also, Weaver says switching back to local control is key.

"We have not had a voice in quite some time. And that's been why people are so angry and so outraged. I said I was willing to work with Ms. Henderson, I want to work with city council, but let us do our job," Weaver said.

The Mayor plans on making some new appointments in City Hall. ABC12 News asked her about the rumors circulating that she is working to find a new police chief.

"I don't have a name for a new police chief. I haven't even sat down with the police chief at this point," Weaver said.

Weaver says she would like to meet with Chief James Tolbert soon, knowing that crime is a huge concern.

"If we didn't have the water situation going on, that would be the number one issue. So yeah, I'd like to meet and talk to him because one of the things I have talked about is community policing and wanting to look at that and get that implemented city-wide," Weaver said.

Promoting our local businesses and bringing jobs to the east side community, as well as the north side community is another goal. Weaver says Flint should also take advantage of its colleges and universities, giving students who live, work and play in Flint a reason to stay after graduation.

"I don't want you to just come for school and then leave. My kids are in their 20's and I often think, 'What do we need here for you to come back or for your friends to want to be here?' That's one of things on my list. And I don't think we have engaged them enough," Weaver said.

As far as the lead problem in the city of Flint, Weaver is doing research herself. Weaver is trying to find out how much it will cost to fix it in order to make progress right away.



 
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