Mayor Karen Weaver Bids Farewell to Communication Director, Kristin Moore, and Welcomes Candice Mushatt

Mayor Karen Weaver has announced the appointment of Candice Mushatt as the new Communications/Public Information Officer for the City of Flint.  In a statement, Mayor Weaver said she wishes Kristin Moore well as she leaves the job and advances her career. “I would like to thank Kristin Moore for her service to the City and residents of Flint and I wish her well in her new endeavors.  We are so grateful to have Candice Mushatt, formerly the Public Health Coordinator, who is well capable and prepared to step in and…

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City Opens New Blight Hearings Bureau

Mayor Karen Weaver has announced the addition of a Blight Hearings Bureau at Flint City Hall. “We have secured grant funding to create a Blight Hearings Bureau to help address the abundance of abandoned, unoccupied, and poorly maintained properties in Flint,” said Mayor Weaver. “We want our city to thrive and be a nice and safe place to live, work and play. My hope is that the addition of this Blight Hearings Bureau will be a vehicle to help us build on the progress we’ve been making in this area.”…

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Mayor Weaver Scolds City Council Over Budget Add-Ons

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer Mayor Karen Weaver said she was not happy with the Flint City Council’s budget plan for the 2018-2019 fiscal year that begins July 1. The Council’s plan calls for add-ons to the mayor’s proposed $54 million budget that include a $20,000 pay raise for the city clerk; creation of a deputy clerk and parliamentarian position; and the addition of health benefits for part-time employees.  Council members would be eligible for the health benefits. In response, Mayor Weaver issued a terse warning during a special…

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Nestle Agrees to Provide Bottled Water to Three Flint Locations

Mayor Karen Weaver recently announced that Nestle Waters has agreed to provide bottled water to Flint residents. “We have been in conversation with representatives at Nestle Waters and they have generously agreed to provide the three Help Centers in Flint with bottled water for the next several months,” said Weaver. “I want to thank Nestle for their willingness to help the people of Flint. I also want to thank everyone who had a hand in helping to make this a reality, Senator Jim Ananich and Jamie Gaskin and his team…

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Ruth Mott Foundation awards $3M in grants for north Flint programs in March

FLINT, Michigan – The Ruth Mott Foundation Board of Trustees awarded 19 grants totaling $3,036,174 in March for projects and programs designed to improve the quality of life for residents in north Flint. From a new grocery store to neighborhood hubs to jobs for youth, the most recent grants support a range of initiatives that align with the Foundation’s strategy to strengthen north Flint neighborhoods and create opportunities for residents to contribute and thrive. Six of the grants were awarded to programs that are new to the Foundation, and 13 were…

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City Officials to Explore Legal Options Following PODS Shutdown  

 Governor’s Office Responds to Mayor’s Remarks   FLINT, Mich. — Mayor Karen Weaver said city officials feel they have no other choice but to exercise legal options to get the support still needed in Flint since Gov. Rick Snyder is no longer interested in discussing the water situation.  Mayor Weaver made the remarks following a meeting with the governor in Lansing on Monday, April 16.  Earlier this month, Gov. Synder announced Flint’s drinking water is safe to drink again and that the state-funded bottled water supply would end when current supplies…

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MCC Welcomes Activist and Actress Jenifer Lewis, May 11 at The Whiting

Activist and Actress Jenifer Lewis is 2018 Ballenger Eminent Person at MCC (FLINT, Mich.) – One of Hollywood’s most familiar faces, activist, comedienne, singer and award-winning actress Jenifer Lewis will speak about her career, her activism and her new memoir “The Mother of Black Hollywood” as part of the Ballenger Eminent Persons Lecture Series of Mott Community College (MCC) on May 11. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. at The Whiting in Flint. The event is free, but reservations are required through www.rsvp.mcc.edu. Deadline to RSVP is May 9. Due…

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Flint Community Schools and the Flint Registry Announce Expanded Student Screening Program

   Flint Community Schools, the Michigan Department of Education and Genesee Intermediate School District have outlined a path forward for student screenings in the wake of the Flint Water Crisis. Under the proposal, Flint Community Schools, the Genesee Intermediate School District and the Michigan Department of Education would expand their existing partnership with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s Flint Registry and the Genesee Health System’s Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence to utilize their existing infrastructure to provide screening and medical treatment for children in Flint. The expanded partnership goes before the federal court…

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Local Activists to Take Water Fight to Lansing

Bus Caravan and Demonstration Planned for April 25th By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – A group of local activists said they plan to commemorate the four years since the start of Flint’s water crisis by taking their demands to Lansing.  Organizers with the group FlintH20Justice said they believe the city’s infrastructure was ruined by the decision to place money over the protection of human life when an emergency manager was appointed to oversee the affairs of the city.  In response, the group is coordinating a chartered bus…

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Faith Leaders, Flint Supporters Step In As State Pulls Out

  State-Funded Bottled Water Supply Has Ended By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer  Flint, Mich. – The state-funded bottled water supply has ended leaving some Flint residents to rely on water donations from outside sources. Gov. Rick Snyder announced last week that the state-funded bottled water supply would end when current supplies ran out because Flint’s drinking water is safe to drink again. In a statement issued Friday, April 6, Gov. Snyder said Flint’s water quality has tested below action levels of the federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) for…

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