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Politics & Government

New Flint city council sworn in today

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

At noon today, the new Flint city council is sworn in. It could signal a change in the city’s long debate over where its tap water should come from.

Last week, Flint voters elected five new people to the city council. They replace five council members who have fought, in court and out, against signing a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority.   Flint has been getting its tap water from the authority on a temporary contract since it turned off the tap to the Flint River.

Some of the new council members are more willing to sign the deal, while others are hesitant.

If the council remains an obstacle, the state is poised to ask a federal judge to give Mayor Karen Weaver the power to sign the contract.

A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 20 in federal court in Detroit.