FLINT, MI (WLNS) – It has been an active time for the residents of Flint. People picking up usable water in are the ones most affected by the water crisis in Flint. The question is do they trust the city?
“No, not even close,” said Flint resident Cecil Neighbarger.
In the predicament the city finds itself in, what do people believe needs to happen to regain trust?
According to multiple Flint citizens, there are multiple fixes.
“Fixing the pipes would be the best thing they could do,” said Greg Stevens
Tom Boxell believes, “oh my gosh, they gotta start from the beginning from the lead piping and everything else, it’s going to take years to fix this situation.”
Flint pastor George E. Jones, Jr says, “I think the leader needs to resign. He needs to resign. As leaders do when you make a mistake you gotta go down. It’s not your people, it’s you that made the decision.”
Businesses are finding empty seats because of the crisis. Famous owner of Flint Original Coney Island Atanas “Tom” Zelevarovski says business is suffering. “Am I afraid to lock the doors? Yeah, I’m afraid. You got it. They’re afraid too. My employees, they’re scared. They don’t make any tips. They don’t make money, I don’t make money. I even call my mortgage company and I say, ‘listen, I don’t know how to make mortgage now.”
The apprehension surrounding the city as a whole leaves the Chamber of Commerce searching for answers.
“I just want to encourage people and thank people for their support. We really encourage them…this is a great time to rally around this strong community,” according to Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce Director of Convention and Visitors Bureau DeAndra McCain.
Overall, the city desperately wants to put this in its rear-view mirror.