Water Advisory Committee to be Formed from Members of the Community to Share Updates and Concerns

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In response to the recent concerns regarding water quality in the City of Flint, a water advisory committee of 40 citizens consisting of business owners, elected officials and members of various community organizations is being formed. The committee’s formation comes after the City hired the firm Veolia to provide an analysis of Flint’s water system as well as recommendations on actions to improve water quality. The purpose of the committee will be to provide the community with ongoing information on the City’s work to maintain a safe water supply and to improve quality.

In addition to gathering information from the City to share during their interactions with the community, committee members will also be expected to share the concerns they receive from the community in order for those concerns to be addressed. Mayor Dayne Walling pointed out that the level of connection between the City and the community provided by the committee is an important step toward ensuring that the public is engaged in this ongoing issue.

“Members of our community have concerns about the quality of their water, the costs associated with delivering it and the problems facing the infrastructure that brings it to them,” said Mayor Walling. “As we worked to address each of these areas in turn, keeping our residents, businesses and visitors informed on the progress being made and keeping a dialogue open to hear any new concerns is crucial.”

All meetings by the Water Advisory Committee will be open to the public and will be held at easily accessible locations throughout the city. Meetings will be held on a regular basis as work continues at least until the City is receiving its water from the Karegnondi Water Authority, which is anticipated to be in 2016.

The first meeting is anticipated to be during the first week of March, 2015. Letters have been sent to prospective members and confirmation is expected to be received by Friday, February 20, 2015.  Any group who has not received an invitation and who would like to have a member participate can send a request to [email protected].

A second, smaller group of experts in various areas surrounding water is also being formed. The Technical Advisory Committee will consist of members from the areas of health, government, industry, education and scientific research. That group will be announced later this week.

Groups and designated individuals asked to join the Water Advisory Committee:

 

Flint City Council President

Chair Public Works Cmte.

Concerned Pastors for Social Action

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

Hurley Medical Center

McLaren Flint

Genesys Health System

The United Way

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Flint Community Schools

Genesee County Commissioner

Genesee County Medical Society

Kettering University

Mott Community College

U of M Flint

Consumers Energy

Flint River Watershed Coalition

Hamilton Community Health Network

Tenacity Brewing (owner/city resident)

Master Plan Infrastructure team

Genesee County Drain Commissioner

The Torch (owner/city resident)

Flint Area Congregations Together

Flint Neighborhoods United

State Rep. Phil Phelps

State Rep. Sheldon Neeley

State Senator Jim Ananich

Governor’s Office

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee

COGIC Alliance

Flint Downtown Small Business Assoc.

Genesee Landlords’ Assoc.

Brennan Senior Center

Hasselbring Senior Center

Valley Area Agency on Aging

The Salvation Army

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties

Genesee County Health Dept.

 

 

 

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Kristin Moore

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Kristin Moore is the Public Information/Communications Director for the City of Flint. She spent years working as a TV news reporter and anchor in and outside of Michigan. A Flint native, Kristin is excited to now be part of the team working to move Flint forward!
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