Legislative Leaders Hope To End Standoff On Money For Flint, Macomb Sinkhole
State lawmakers are back at the Capitol following their spring break. One job facing them is ending a standoff over money to help Macomb County deal with a giant sinkhole.
The sinkhole is as big as a football field and displaced two dozen families after an underground pipe collapsed on Christmas Eve in Fraser. Now, the disaster threatens to rupture sewer lines that could send a giant mess intoLake Saint Clair, which is part of the Great Lakes system.
The state House approved a $3 million dollar grantbefore the spring break. But the Senate wants the money to be a loan.
“Lots of discussions, but no decisions yet,” said Meekhof. “Had a good meeting with the speaker, the governor over the past couple of days and working toward some solution, but we don’t have one yet.”
The standoff is also holding up $100 million to upgrade Flint’s water infrastructure, including replacing lead pipes and improvements to the water treatment plant. That money from the federal government is part of the same budget bill as the money for the Macomb sinkhole.
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