Waiting until the last minute to decide on Flint's water source

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FLINT (WJRT) (10/20/2017) The Flint City Council will wait until the last minute to decide who the city's long term water provider will be.

Some members are willing to risk jail by defying the orders of a federal judge.

The council met in executive session Friday afternoon with a lawyer who went over a 29-page opinion from U.S. District Judge David Lawson. The judge says the city must decide on a long term provider by Monday.

All nine council members were there at the start of the meeting but throughout the afternoon four of them left. They began an open meeting about 4:45 p.m.

For the past two years, Flint has been getting its water from the Great Lakes Water Authority, which is based in Detroit. That's the source Mayor Karen Weaver wants to use.

But some members of the council are of the opinion that would not be a good choice for the people of Flint. The fear is water rates would climb through the years.

But the council is also not convinced the Karegnondi Water Authority would be the best choice. Several members want more time to think about the choice.

However, Lawson is threatening to send the council to jail if a decision isn't made by Monday. Council President Kerry Nelson says he's willing to go to jail.

"I've never been to jail before," Nelson said.

The council plans to meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, which is taking the judge's order right down to the deadline.

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