Flint city council divided on additional $1.1M for pipe replacement contractor

Flint city council debating whether to give an additional $1.1 million to AECOM. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - Flint city council debating whether to give an additional $1.1 million to AECOM.

That's the company that oversees the city's lead pipe replacement.

Last December, city council approved a $5 million, 13-month, contract with the engineering firm.

According to the resolution, the additional money is for extra work AECOM has done to locate lead water lines.

But some council members say they aren't convinced AECOM is living up to its original contract.

So, they shouldn't get rewarded with additional money.

"My constituents are saying 'Why are they wasting money like this? Not to mention the additional money that will be spent and wasted for the restoration for the mess they're making on the unnecessary digging," said Kate Fields.

"Some of them seem to be hung up on the predictability model as to which homes are targeted first. We still have got time to act on that. I'm confident that contractors will get paid, maybe not all of what they want," said Eric Mays.

In the last hour, the vote on the additional money was postponed until Monday night.

We'll certainly continue to follow this and let you know the results once a vote happens.

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