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Appeals court sides again with Flint's mayor in trash dispute

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

A new garbage hauler will once again be picking up trash in Flint.

On Thursday, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed a lower court order blocking Mayor Karen Weaver from hiring her pick to empty Flint’s trash cans.

Rizzo was picking up Flint trash on Monday. But a judge issued an injunction blocking the mayor from hiring Rizzo without the Flint city council’s approval.

Weaver’s choice of Rizzo Environmental Services has been opposed by a majority of the Flint city council.   The council voted to keep the old contractor on the job.

The mayor and the council leaders have been negotiating to resolve the impasse. The two sides disagree which company submitted the lowest bid.

The mayor says those talks will continue.

“We are working to ensure Flint residents receive uninterrupted service as this transition takes place,” Weaver says in a written statement. “I want to thank the residents of Flint for their patience as we continue negotiations to reach a more permanent agreement on waste collection in the city.”

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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