Former Flint Mayor Karen Weaver calls proposed water crisis settlement a ‘step'

Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 7:32 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Former Flint Mayor Karen Weaver calls the proposed $600 million settlement for the water crisis a “step in the right direction.”

“It’s what I was fighting for, it’s what a lot of people were fighting for,” she said.

Weaver was elected mayor of Flint in 2015 -- a critical time for the city devastated by the water crisis. She pledged to lead Flint forward from crisis to recovery.

“I do believe more should be coming from the state and I’m still waiting to see what the EPA is going to do, because there was a role that they played in this, along with the engineering companies,” Weaver said.

During her tenure as mayor, one big accomplishment was the FAST Start Initiative, which involves replacing all lead and galvanized water service lines at every home in Flint. That project is expected to wrap up come the end of this year.

But Weaver knows the real work and justice is far from over.

“When you look at how the special education rates went up, we know that there are services and supports that will need to be put in place for that,” she said. “We talk about food desert and the need for grocery stores in the city of Flint and the money that’s coming is not going to be enough to cover those costs.”

Weaver believes the settlement is a step forward with restoring trust in state government, but that work also is far from over.

“You can’t buy trust. You can’t buy lives lost. You can’t buy kids that have been damaged,” she said. “You can’t buy a lot of things but the money’s important, because it’s going to help compensate people for things that they deserve  and deserve to be compensated for.”

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