Resumption of water closures for commercial properties in Flint


FLINT, Michigan (WJRT) – “We’re talking over $ 70,000 for this particular category,” said Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley.

Pay or get cordoned off – that’s what the City of Flint questions business owners when they pay their water bills. Following the suspension of bans due to the coronavirus pandemic, Flint has resumed bans on extremely overdue accounts.

“Now we are in a position where the city cannot keep payments to our provider without people taking part in the payments, so we are chasing the more outrageous ones in the commercial sector,” Neeley said.

Mayor Sheldon Neeley said the city recently sent letters to more than 130 commercial property owners with extremely overdue balances.

“So we’re looking around in this particular category, but the good thing we contacted after our first more aggressive contact from the city in the form of water closures. Some of these habitual non-payers have redeemed their accounts and are now starting to make some payments, ”he said.

Our ABC 12 research took a closer look at who owes Flint money on unpaid water bills and how much.

According to the Flint Property Portal, the city-owned property at 5306 North Street owes more than $ 65,000 in outstanding water bills, the highest amount on the list provided.

The location is an old school near the Bonn park on the north side. No payments have been made on this massive outstanding invoice since July 2019.

Neeley said the property was in decline and the previous owner, 2nd Chance Ministry, was responsible for the unpaid water bill.

“So it may be a legal process, much like we do with Sunset and Richfield Apartments, but we will definitely get what is owed to this community from the company that incurred that debt,” Neeley said.

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