SURPRISE! Flint Water Scandal

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https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/05/flint-lead-pipe-replacement/
  • Flint, Michigan, steered $22 million in water crisis aid to a firm with no experience that is using slow and expensive methods to dig holes in order to replace lead water pipes, a city council member alleged.
  • The city banned an effective method of digging holes, putting the company on an even playing field with other bidders, according to a political activist.
  • The mayor’s chief adviser demanded that the company be given more work, despite having a backlog.
The city “chose to dig up yards that they knew were copper, and they decided to hand dig instead of hydrovac,” Worthing told TheDCNF. “That was because WT Stevens didn’t have the ability, and you get more money [digging by hand]. It costs $250 [to hydrovac] versus thousands” to dig a large hole without the equipment.
On April 27, Mays said: “We’ve taken in over $647 million. This is where the money is at. We’ve received about $167 million for pipe replacement.” He added that he’s “proud” that Flint “broke records for giving black folks money” through contracts, naming WT Stevens. The company is owned by Rhonda Grayer, a black woman and wife of a former NBA player.

When asked if WT Stevens had specialization in water line work prior to the Flint contract, Grayer said to TheDCNF: “Are you asking the other contractors that? We’re one of five.”

Flint-based Goyette Mechanical, which does water main work throughout the state and has a division called “municipal utilities,” did a portion of the pipe replacement in Flint initially, but was passed over for the latest round of water contracts.

Goyette provided the lowest bid, but a city official said there was a problem with it and started the process over, according to The Flint Journal.

City council members were stunned by the unusual move. “I would like a written rationale … for this pipe rebid,” Councilwoman Kate Fields said at the time. “Unless I see something that’s really legitimate, my opinion is that this … has been corrupted once again,” she said, referring to the decision to throw out Goyette’s low bid and start over.

Goyette provided a price per linear foot of pipe as the city requested, a company official, Joe Parks, told TheDCNF, but also offered an alternative flat rate per house. The city said that offering that option made the bid improper — then took the idea and had all the other companies bid on flat rates, too.

Monk said, “They discontinued it because Goyette was the low bidder and he could have got all of it.”

Monk also bid to do the work as a primary contractor, but was not chosen.
Throwing out the map

The work consists of two parts: digging holes to find out whether a home has lead and replacing the pipes if so.

The first question is largely answered by a predictive model developed by the University of Michigan that identified locations with lead pipes with 94 percent accuracy. But the engineering firm hired by the city to oversee the water contractors, AECOM, didn’t use it, according to The Flint Journal.

Meeting minutes show that AECOM oversaw the digging of nearly 12,000 sites, but only 1,738 actually had lead pipes — a hit rate of 15 percent, The Flint Journal reported. The city paid AECOM $6.1 million.

Mays told TheDCNF the justification for paying a company to dig up yards that almost certainly had no lead pipes was an abundance of caution.

“The mayor and I want to check every house, not just the ones you predict,” he said, adding it was inefficient to do a few houses here and a few houses there rather than knocking out whole blocks.

A Flint activist and onetime mayoral candidate, Arthur Woodson, told TheDCNF that made little sense because the predictive model generally shows lead pipes on the entire block or not.

“The predictive model was a 94 percent hit. If you want 100 percent, why not go into the areas where the majority of the pipes are, and then do the extras?” he said. “But don’t go into neighborhoods where there are none at all. And they gave WT Stevens the area where there was none.”

Woodson said in one neighborhood, WT Stevens “dug up 300 homes and only found six lead lines. The predictive model probably told them about those six.”

Meeting minutes include testimony charging the contractors were more concerned with making money than with helping residents and that a top adviser to Weaver tried to steer money to WT Stevens. (RELATED: Flint Mayor Gets Raise To 7 Times Average Salary)

“Essentially, the contractors only want to focus on properties where they will make the most money and are most convenient for them to work,” AECOM official Darby Neidieg told city officials, according to an October 2018 meeting’s minutes.
 

domelogic

Registered User
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Shocked I tell ya, shocked. I thought aoc told us it was trumps fault. Well the city of flint and the state of Michigan deserve what is going on. When you have gov/city officials openly fixing the system and nothing happens, you have no one to blame but yourself. Is anyone in the state of Michigan not a crook?
 

Creasy Bear

gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
Donator
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Flint's water problem are absolutely locally-caused, and all of it was, and continues to be, a matter of local Democrat politicians and their incompetence and corruption.

Attempts by Dem politicians to make it look like a federal scandal are bullshit misdirection.
 

Ballbuster1

In The Danger Zone...
Wackbag Staff
#4
Flint's water problem are absolutely locally-caused, and all of it was, and continues to be, a matter of local Democrat politicians and their incompetence and corruption.

Attempts by Dem politicians to make it look like a federal scandal are bullshit misdirection.
And yet, Orangeman bad, Republicans racis and the news will continue to report it that way.
 
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Hmmm I wonder what the make up of the companies that employed hand diggers... :::cough:::
 

d0uche_n0zzle

**Negative_Creep**
#6
Water is racist. It kills more coloreds than any other race.
 

weeniewawa

it's a man, baby!!!
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Councilwoman Kate Fields said at the time. “Unless I see something that’s really legitimate, my opinion is that this … has been corrupted once again,” she said, referring to the decision to throw out Goyette’s low bid and start over.
Even the city council knows this is just another scam

give the contract to some rich bassaball players wife who will hire minimum wage or employees that are on some wage paid program that the tax payers are funding. Then they say black people are getting the work when all along it is not the people who need the money, just the connected ones.
 

HandPanzer

Shantih Shantih Shantih
#11
Want to know how much this corruption is going to matter? Ever hear of Happy Holly?
 

Creasy Bear

gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
Donator
#12
Want to know how much this corruption is going to matter? Ever hear of Happy Holly?
Ya mean Healthy Holly?



She's going down for those shenanigans.

Third black female mayor of Baltimore in a row to go down in corruption flames.
 
#13
Fuck off, doubters, as soon as Talcum X gets wind if this, it's allllll over. Heads will roll.
 

weeniewawa

it's a man, baby!!!
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Ya mean Healthy Holly?



She's going down for those shenanigans.

Third black female mayor of Baltimore in a row to go down in corruption flames.
Her only mistake was not cutting in the right big wigs in her party, Hillery is loffing at her rookie mistakes
 
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