December 22, 2020

A divided City Council has signed off on Flint’s part of a $641-million settlement of water crisis lawsuits filed against it by residents, ending weeks of indecision and debate.

Council members voted 6-1 with two abstentions Tuesday, Dec. 22, to accept $20 million from an insurance policy to settle more than 100 pending civil lawsuits against it in state and federal courts, signing onto an agreement initially negotiated by the state of Michigan and attorneys for thousands of Flint residents.

In addition to agreeing to use the insurance policy to pay its portion of the settlement, the council passed a second resolution that spells out the concerns of some council members who believe the state has contributed too little money to the settlement pool and who claim the proof of injury requirements for adults making claims is too burdensome.

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