FLINT, MI — The City of Flint has agreed to spend $67,500 on a Lansing-based public relations firm to promote the FAST Start pipe replacement program, records show.
According to a contract obtained by MLive-The Flint Journal through a Freedom of Information Act request, the city in August 2016 agreed to a $67,500 one-year contract with Martin-Waymire .
The money comes from a $500,000 contract with the state for the lead-tainted pipe replacement initiative, said city spokesperson Kristin Moore.
According to Moore, since the firm was selected to work in the initial phase of FAST Start, “officials believe it is considered a co-operative type of purchasing agreement, and the state would have initiated the agreement and completed the vetting process.”
City councilman Scott Kincaid noted that while the contract had never been presented to city council for a vote, because the bill’s total was under $75,000, the mayor was justified in approving the contract herself.