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Flint mayor addresses $750K owed to contractor for pipe replacement

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver talked Tuesday about the controversy over a Flint contractor not being paid for extra work the city required.{ }(Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - Flint Mayor Karen Weaver talked Tuesday about the controversy over a Flint contractor not being paid for extra work the city required.

At issue: the use of hydro-vac trucks.

The mayor banned them in June, citing public health concerns.

But the alternative way involves men digging with shovels, something that costs more.

So far, Goyette Mechanical is owed at least $750,000.

The mayor responded to the controversy this way:

"They're having those conversations. I'm not going to be part of those conversations, but I've seen satisfied with what I've been told. But we have the money. The only money we don't have right now is what the state is trying to withhold from us for work that we've done."

Goyette spoksman Joe Parks says no one from the administration is talking with them about when or if they'll be paid for the extra work the city is requiring.