Flint Mayor Karen Weaver frustrated after meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder
(4/16/2018) - Flint Mayor Karen Weaver met with Gov. Rick Snyder to discuss the city's recovery from the water crisis, including his recent decision to stop distributing bottled water.
She left frustrated and considering a lawsuit.
The 35-minute meeting took place in Lansing Monday morning. Weaver requested the meeting to plead with Snyder to continue providing bottled water for residents until all lead and galvanized water service lines are replaced.
She said Snyder flatly declined to reopen PODs sites and continue providing bottled water. She also didn't appreciate the governor's tone during the meeting, which seemed more callous to her than previous interactions.
"They want to talk about, legally they can do this. We understand the law. Don't talk to us like we're stupid. We understand the law," Weaver said during a press conference Monday. "This is a moral issue, an ethical issue. The people deserve to be comfortable and have that kind of peace of mind and have bottled and filtered water while we get through the process."
Snyder wanted to talk about how the state could partner with Flint on economic development, Weaver said. When she tried to steer the conversation back to bottled water, he indicated it's done for good and the city would have to get over it.
Anna Heaton, a spokeswoman for Snyder, denied that he told Weaver to "get over it."
"He did not say that," she said.
Snyder's statement about the meeting didn't mention the bottled water issue.
"The Mayor was appreciative of the continued partnership between the city and state and thanked the Governor for returning the city to full local control," Snyder's statement says. "They had a candid and open discussion about continuing to move Flint forward now that the water quality has been fully restored and that fact has been confirmed by independent testing."
Weaver met with Flint's legal team to consider suing the state to force continued funding of bottled water for residents.
Snyder announced on April 6 that he was ending bottled water when current supplies ran out, based on two years of testing that shows Flint's water is safe to drink.
The supply ran out on April 10 and all four remaining PODs sites closed.
Weaver's office is coordinating a three-year project to replace 22,000 lead and galvanized service lines. Crews will get started soon on the second year.