Flint City Council gets 10-day extension to decide on 30-year water agreement

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FLINT (WJRT) (11/10/2017) - The Flint City Council got a 10-day extension to decide on a long-term agreement for who will supply the city's drinking water.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson is giving the council until Nov. 20 to ratify a contract with either the Great Lakes Water Authority in Detroit or the Karegnondi Water Authority, which will supply several Genesee County communities around Flint.

The new deadline is one week after five new members take their seats on the council. All nine members who won election Tuesday are scheduled to be sworn in on Nov. 13 at City Hall.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality already have approved a 30-year agreement with the Great Lakes Water Authority. The state filed a lawsuit against the city earlier this year to force the council to ratify the deal, which would prevent a repeat of the Flint water emergency from happening.

The current city council has delayed action on approving a 30-year contract because most members want more time to exhaustively study both proposals to decide which is best. Some incoming and outgoing council members have expressed concern about the Great Lakes Water Authority raising rates too high.

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