Friday, May 05, 2017

Governor Snyder is on the Board of the water authority. He should be able to write an executive order that will end this nonsense.

Median household income in Flint, Michigan is $24,862. (click here) It is impossible for homeowners to keep up with water needs and pay for lead tainted water at the same time. There needs to be an executive order placing all tax liens on hold and an investigation to the hardship being caused by this aspect of this ongoing saga. 

May 5, 2017
By Oona Goodin-Smith

Flint, MI - A notice warning roughly 8,000 Flint residents (click here) of losing their homes if they do not make good on their water bills has sparked anger among residents and politicians alike.

They say they are being threatened to pay bills for water they cannot drink.

"I'm really flabbergasted," said Flint resident Timothy Abdul-Matin, who received the notice from the city's treasury department on Wednesday, May 3. "We have people who have made a conscious decision to switch over to this water source without proper treatment, and now they're threatening to kick us to the streets if we don't pay for it."

According to the letter Abdul-Matin received, the father and husband has until May 9 to pay nearly $200 in order to avoid a water shutoff and a tax lien placed on his home. He said he stopped paying his water bill in February.

"Of course I'm going to pay it, man, I've got a wife and kids," said Abdul-Matin. "But it really infuriated me. The mental agony that my kids have to go through, my kids knowing they have to drink bottled water, and now this. How could you threaten to make me pay for the water that's not consumable?"

In a statement, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said she agreed with those "who have spoken out against this process."...

The weather has been unpredictable in Michigan, as the rest of the country. It is my plan to handle all personal business and know the extent I am in demand otherwise to prior commitments; and then dedicate attention to the Flint River. 

The first estimation about the river will be very unrefined and basically an assessment to know the equipment I'll need to succeed. That will probably be within the month. It is an interesting river from what I have gathered to date. 

I appreciate your interest and I support the City of Flint in it's needs and demands. It is my strong opinion the Flint River is incapable of being a water source today and in the past. Rivers have to be able to handle the 'hole in the water' created by intake pipes for residents needs in any city. 

Until later...