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Monday could decide where Flint's tap water will come from

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Flint officials will try again tomorrow to decide whether to approve a new water contract.

But a federal judge may take that decision away from them.

The Flint city council met for three long days last week, examining the proposed 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority. They will gather again at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

The contract has been on the table since April. Flint city council members balked at signing the contract out of concern that it could result in higher water rates.  

Butfive of nine council members lost their seats this month’s election.

The new council members needed to be brought up to speed on the deal. However, after three marathon sessions last week, the council was still not ready to vote.

Time may be running out for the council to decide whether to vote on the contract.

U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson is holding a hearing tomorrow afternoon ona state request to give Flint’s mayor the authority to sign the contract without the council’s approval.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver supports the GLWA contract.   

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.