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City council, mayor in battle over trash pickup

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Residents facing mounting challenges from the ongoing water crisis have a new issue overtaking Flint.

A political sparring match is beginning to play out between the Flint City Council and Mayor Karen Weaver. The battle is over whether to award a new contract for trash pickup or stick with the current company.

Councilman Eric Mays was escorted out of Monday night's meeting for his verbal sparring in support of the mayor.

"This is a kangaroo court and it's not right," Mays said.

City Councilman Wantwaz Davis isn't pulling any punches in his criticism of both Mays and Weaver.

"Eric Mays has always been a puppet," Davis said.

The city council wants Republic to keep the trash contract. They believe the company will do the best job.

However, Weaver wants to give the contract to Rizzo Environmental Services, which would save the city $2 million.

Davis said how Weaver is going about the ordeal is against the rules and could be illegal.

"She should be recalled. She allowed a health hazard on her own will. When we went to court the judge was in favor of the eight city council members. He slowed a stop hole, which means you can not create this, make this an emergency. He stopped her from doing that. That was her intentions, was to create a man-made disaster, which means no garbage pickup. Put that with an emergency where it gave her all the power to make a decision on what contract she wanted without having council input," Davis said.

Davis is referring to city council's 8-1 vote for Republic to continue as Flint's trash collector. However, it was vetoed by Weaver.

Weaver believes her administration is under attack.

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