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Commercial criticizes council member for trash controversy

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A 30 second commercial that recently started airing on local TV is criticizing Flint City Council member Scott Kincaid.

The commercial criticizes Kincaid's backing of Republic Services as the city's waste collector in the stand-off between city council and Mayor Karen Weaver over which company the city should hire for trash pick-up.

"These commercials don't affect me. In fact, they probably help me," Kincaid said.

Weaver wants Rizzo Environmental Services, which said it would do the work for $2 million cheaper.

The council, as a whole, hasn't budged. They said Republic offers local employment and has a proven track record.

Council President Kerry Nelson said the ad that attacks Kincaid is a sham.

"To discredit him and to try to bring him down, I don't stand for it. And I think it's just childish and a hidden agenda is just somewhere," Nelson said.

Kincaid and the city council are suing the administration over the trash contract.

This unfolds as the Receivership Transition Advisory Board considers restoring full power to local leaders. On Wednesday, the state oversight committee showed their doubts and extended the council's probationary period through the end of the year.

That gives them power to put an emergency manager back in place if local leaders aren't capable of running the city.

"I think what they're saying is, 'Look, we may take back the council's power.' But that doesn't leave the administration untouched either," Kincaid said.

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