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After Mayor Karen Weaver said bids to replace lead pipe in Flint, Mich., were "extremely high," several contractors defended their bids and expressed dissatisfaction with the bidding process.
"I know (our) contractors (that) have been on it are fair contractors," said Lynn Coleman, director of the Michigan Laborers' Training and Apprenticeship Institute during an unrelated press conference. "At least two of our major contractors have bid on that work...I'm sure quotes that they've submitted for bid were fair prices. This is not something that's easily done without equipment and manpower."
There are an estimated 43,000 service lines in the Flint including 3,500 lead lines, 9,000 known galvanized lines and 9,000 unknown service lines.
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