Officials do little to clean up trash debate - WNEM TV 5

Officials do little to clean up trash debate

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Monday morning, Flint residents awoke to the sound of garbage men picking up trash. It was maybe nothing new, except there were two different companies competing for the bags.

"When we have two companies running around, trying to provide garbage service because our city government can't get their act, there's no greater example of the mess our citizens and the taxpayers of Flint are confronted with,” Alex Harris, a Flint resident said.

Rizzo Environmental and Republic Services were both in Flint Monday as city officials battle each other over who should get the bid.

The companies both believe they have the contract. The issue has been ongoing since June when the city council voted on Republic to be the waste hauler, a decision overrode by Mayor Karen Weaver who was in favor of the cheaper Rizzo service.

The council went on to override the mayor's decision, saying Republic passed the test as the best, most affordable hauler.

On Friday, Mayor Weaver issued a temporary emergency order, cutting off ties with Republic and bringing in Rizzo to be the collector.

"A house divided will not stand. I think the council and the mayor should work together for a better future for Flint,” Carolyn Schannon, a Flint resident said.

At Monday night’s meeting, the council voted to postpone any of the mayor’s resolutions for 30 days.

"If we don't show her, she'll continue to do the actions that she's doing. It's like a young child. If you don't correct them the first time, they'll continue to do what they're doing and it'll continue to get worse,” Scott Kincaid with the Flint City Council said.

Kincaid filed for a temporary restraining order and it was signed by a judge preventing Rizzo from picking up trash for at least 10 days.

Meanwhile, the mayor’s administration filed motions with the Michigan Court of Appeals, trying to end this trash debate once and for all.

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