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El Supremo

You are so misinformed, it's sad. The purchasing director is the lowest paid department head. He had two degrees when only one is required. He is also no crony of Hoodrow, far from it, so what if he hired in when Hoodrow was mayor, lots of employees did. The purchasing dept. has to be transparent, everything is public record. Purchasing does not make recommendations, the department who requested the service does. In this particular case, the DPW dept. made the recommendation to stick with Republic after many, many hours of evaluating the bids. The administration overrode that recommendation.

Let's finally address the big elephant in the room. Under the Weaver, Woodrow, Gilcreast Administration, Karen Weaver answers to Aonie Gilcreast & Woodrow Stanley. They're the ones that put her in office. They're the ones that plucked her from political obscurity & tapped her to be "their mayoral candidate." If they tell her to roll-over, she rolls over. It's no secret that they're publically touted as her "key advisers." Now, with this Garbage contract we already know, thanks to the author of this Journal story, Woodrow is on the Rizzo pay-roll. In fact, Rizzo has suddenly & dramatically procured the services of Flint's former head of Public Works, Arnold Brown (at a purported cost of $25k) At last week's Garbage contract vote Arnold was bouncing around wearing his new Rizzo shirt for all to see. The bottom line, if Arnold Brown is suddenly worth $25k to the Rizzo outfit, what would it cost to have Weaver's "top advisers" on their team ? A.H.

peoplestruth 10 hours agoRepublic offers many things that the other bidders do not. They do unlimited large item pickup in May for Love Your City month and often pitch in with dumpsters or special pickups for neighborhood clean ups. That is made possible in part because Republic hired lots of Flint sanitation staff when they were laid off from the city. You don't have to wonder if Republic has the capacity to do this work because they have been doing it pretty well for the last couple years. (Would Rizzo have the ability to staff up immediately?) Engineering more chaos into public services now is the last thing Flint residents need (and any shifts produce some degree of chaos, even if it is as simple as switching phone numbers of who you call to sign up for curbside recycling. The three year bids are close enough that these items can serve as considerations to go with Republic even if they are not the lowest bidder.

@peoplestruth "Republic offers many things that the other bidders do not." For example what? Do they have garbage trucks that pick up and haul trash? Do they have dumpsters that can be placed at various locations and at various times for special events or activities such as Back to the Bricks? Do they have bulk curbside pick up of items like old sofas and rolls of carpeting? Do they have curbside recycling? If the answer to any of these questions is no then I see your point? If the city requires these services or others then they must disclose them in their bid to all bidders in order to make it fair. If they did not and Republic had an unfair advantage knowing this because of their familiarity with already having had the contract then shame on Flint for putting out an unfair bid." That is made possible in part because Republic hired lots of Flint sanitation staff when they were laid off from the city" goes to this same question of unfair advantage. Do the trash collectors control what homes get their trashed picked up and which ones don't? Do they get to decide if an extra dumpster is set up for a community block party of special volunteer cleanup? I some how doubt it. Me thinks you over estimate the power of their garbage collectors in controlling the level of service they are allowed to give their customer? These things should be spelled out in a contract and if they fail to perform then you have a breech but you our implying that Ricco will fail without any proof they actually would!

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I sit back and read blistering attacks on this Mayor no matter what she does. Rizzo was low bidder. Rizzo is reputable. What's the problem? If she signed off on the contract, many would be on her for not taking the low bid. Let the lady do her job. Low bid is low bid. Keep attacking The Mayor and Rizzo and you soon may be "sleeping with the fish."

@Jiquanda Johnson | jjohns16@mlive.com @shanedr Please explain how Rizzo would not be responsible. Did they do something wrong in their preparation of the bid or fail to provide what was requested in the bid? What proof is there other than not disclosing who their employees are makes them not a "responsible bidder"? Did the bid ask the question, "Does former mayor Woodrow Stanley work for your company and if so you will be disqualified from being considered a responsible bidder"? Putting new requirements on bidders after the bid has already be opened is unfair bidding practices!

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Flint man threatened with legal action after claims about trash hauler

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FLINT, MI A Flint man could face legal action over his public claims about a company seeking to nab a $17-million contract to haul the city's trash.

Arthur Woodson said he received a legal notice on July 21 demanding he retract his statements about Rizzo Environmental Services, a company that bid on Flint's garbage but has been told 'no' twice by Flint City Council.

Woodson said he found the letter on the door of his Flint home after statements he made at two city council meetings about the ongoing dispute over the Flint garbage contract.

"I feel that they are trying to intimidate me and it will not work," Woodson said. "I will not retract anything. I'm just quoting a newspaper article."

Woodson quoted a April 5, 2016 article published on Guelphtoday.com saying that a deal with Rizzo went wrong for residents in Guelph, a city in southwestern Ontario, Canada, costing the city money.

Rizzo attorneys say Rizzo never contracted with Guelph and they are handling the situation in Canada and asking for the newspaper to make a correction.

"I'm sending a rectification letter to Guelphtoday.com to get them to rectify the facts of the story," said Stephen Cheifetz, an attorney in Canada representing Rizzo. "The first time we heard about the article is when it came up at a city council meeting in Flint. Prior to that we did not know it was out there."

Cheifetz said he will send a letter to the news outlet on Friday morning for them to either correct the information or write a new story.

Rizzo's attorney here in Michigan says Woodson is still responsible for his statements and distributing the article to council and residents in Flint.

"He's the only one to our knowledge that took this article and disseminated it and said 'look what Rizzo did to Guelph," said Jay Schwartz who is representing Rizzo in Michigan. "Rizzo never had a contract in Guelph. This is something Rizzo cares about and whether Mr. Woodson wrote the article or not he is still responsible for disseminating false information."

Schwartz said Rizzo is asking for Woodson to acknowledge the article and his statements were wrong - A request that Woodson says he is not going to do.

"I feel that it is more going on considering the city council has voted no twice and for them to keep pushing it, it has to be more going on," said Woodson. "It doesn't matter if they sue me...I have lawyers too. They are not going to intimidate me."

The Flint City Council voted down a recommendation from Mayor Karen Weaver to award Rizzo a 5-year contract to haul the city's trash. Rizzo's bid came in $2 million cheaper than Republic Services, the company that currently provides trash removable services to Flint. Under the 5-year agreement Rizzo would haul trash and recyclables for $17,418,644.

Council members said they questioned Rizzon's transparency and integrity.

The issue is scheduled to come up again at a 9 a.m. Receivership Transition Authority Board meeting in Lansing on Friday.

The decision is ultimately up to the RTAB, according to City Attorney Stacey Erwin Oakes.

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El Supremo

I read the Guelph article and really did not see the Rizzo connection as major.

In my opinion if Guelp did not handle the recyclables correctly, that was on them.

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Linda Ford Lockhart received the same letter from the Swartz Law Firm.
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Apr 25, 2014 |
City of Guelph seeks contract to receive more Detroit recyclables
Guelph Mercury
By Rob O'Flanagan

GUELPHGuelph's material recovery facility is looking to open its doors much wider to recyclable material from Detroit. There is a proposal to potentially triple the amount of material coming into the facility in east end of Guelph from the Michigan metropolis. It could happen very soon.

A plan to process a maximum of 40,000 tonnes per year of material from Detroit through a multi-year contract with Michigan-based Rizzo Environmental Services and Ontario-based Recyclable Material Marketing (ReMM) would create a second shift of 36 new jobs at the material recovery facility at Guelph's Waste Resource Innovation Centre on Dunlop Drive.

There is a kind of do-or-die consequence attached to not doing the deal. The city currently processes 12,000 tonnes per year from Detroit-based Rizzo, but that work would end if Guelph fails to take the additional material. Rizzo is looking for a single facility to process all the recyclables it manages.

The consequence of that 12,000 tonnes loss would be significant, including an estimated negative financial impact in 2014 of $625,000, potential job losses and the scaling back of operations at the facility.

City staff has assured ReMM and Rizzo that the local facility can handle the additional material, according to a staff report that will go before city council for approval on Monday. The proposed contract is scheduled to take effect on June 2.

"I think this is a great opportunity for the city," said Dean Wyman, general manager of solid waste resources. "Certainly it gives us the ability to generate 36 new jobs, which is always good, as well as maximizing the use of an existing asset. We are generating surplus for the taxpayer, which offsets the ongoing cost of this operation."

The three-year contract, with the possibility of two one-year contract options, would generate an annual surplus of $304,400 for the city. Taking the additional material would mean the facility's capacity would be 95 per cent utilized.

The report states that Rizzo recently landed several collection contracts in the Detroit metropolitan area and is seeking a single facility to process so-called single-stream recyclables paper, plastic and metal products mixed together.

The materials would be separated at the Guelph facility, with both ReMM and the city marketing the material.

"Right now we have the inside track because we are currently processing 12,000 tonnes per year of their material," Wyman said. He added that the city's permit allows it to bring material into the facility from Michigan, New York State and all of Ontario.

The proposed contract also includes a provision whereby Ontario-based ReMM would haul and dispose of 22,500 tonnes of residual waste from the Guelph facility at a waste-to-energy facility in Detroit.

The waste-to-energy facility generates steam heat that is fed into Detroit Thermal's underground steam loop which serves downtown and midtown Detroit. Guelph's residual waste is generated locally and is currently shipped to a landfill site.

"We will be saving money by shipping it back that way," said Wyman, explaining that it is 50 cents per ton cheaper than what the city is currently paying to haul and dispose the material. "The benefit is, rather than burying it in a landfill, it is going to a waste-to-energy facility."

Ken Spira, a local critic of Guelph's waste management practices, said in a letter to the Mercury that he doubts whether local taxpayers paid for a waste recovery facility so that it could receive material from outside of the country.

If Guelph loses the ability to import Detroit garbage by not quickly approving the deal, that will not be a big loss, he said. And it would save our roads from heavy truck traffic.

"I say too bad, so sad, let them keep their garbage, let us look after our own and our own only," he wrote.


Rob O'Flanagan is a reporter/photographer with the Guelph Mercury. Reach him at roflanagan@guelphmercury.com. Follow the Guelph Mercury on Twitter and
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Clause to protect city from failed recycling deal never made it to contract
Instead city ended up losing $2.6 million last year on stinky deal to recycle Michigan waste 120
Apr 5, 2016 3:00 PM by: Tony Saxon
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City council was told in April 2014 that staff would look into including a clause in the contract to recycle Michigan waste that would protect the city from a drop in commodity prices.

No contract was ever signed and the eventual agreement never included such a safeguard.

Commodity prices eventually plummeted and in the end the deal that was supposed to generate the city $304,000 in profit last year ended up costing Guelph taxpayers $2.6 million.

It also cost 36 people their jobs.

On April 24, 2014, over four hours into a council meeting, the following exchange took place between former councillor Ian Findlay and former General Manager of Waste Resources Dean Wyman.

Findlay: "This is a three-year contract that you're proposing. Is their any opt-out clause for either party?"

Wyman: "We haven't finalized all the terms of the deal yet, but to protect the city's interest we could include opt-out clauses, specifically if the commodity prices drop significantly where the city no longer is breaking even or making a profit. We could attempt to negotiate that."

Other members of council took strides to make it clear the deal was a money maker for the city.

"We will be ending up with more money at the end of the year? I just want you to confirm that for me," former councillor Todd Dennis asked Wyman.

"Yes, That is correct ... all the expenditures associated with processing this material will be covered by the revenues that we generate. We will be generating a surplus or an annual profit."

Then councillor Karl Wettstein: "We're going to end up with conservatively between $300,000 and $350,000 profit per year?"

Wyman replied "yes."

The recommendation from staff to okay the deal passed by an 8-2 vote, with former councillor Jim Furfaro and current councillor Andy Van Hellemond not voting in favour.

The written report to council that night also clearly states that the city would be signing a contract with Ontario-based broker Recyclable Material Marketing and Michigan-based waste management company Rizzo Environmental Services to process additional recyclable material.

But no contract has ever been signed, something that came to light only recently.

The report recommending the deal was written by Wyman and approved and recommended by Al Horsman, Executive Director, Finance and Enterprise Services and Chief Financial Officer, and Janet Laird, Executive Director Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment.

All three no longer work for the city.

"Solid Waste Resources and Finance Services staff support the proposed contract which will generate an annual estimated surplus, will fully utilize a City asset (Material Recovery Facility) and will generate 36 new local jobs," the report to council stated.

It estimated the city would profit $148,000 for the remainder of 2014 and $304,000 annual thereafter.

The report also told council if they didn't agree to the extended deal with the broker providing 28,000 tonnes of Michigan waste, there was the possibility the city could lose an already existing contract with them for 12,000 tonnes of waste that would cost the city up to $625,000 in revenue in 2014.

Mayor Cam Guthrie stated earlier this week that he understands how the losses happened, but wanted to know about the oversight that led to the losses being as high as they were.

Council was told as late as last December those losses were $500,000.

Guthrie said he wants council support for disciplinary measures when the matter comes before the full meeting of city council on April 25.

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Post Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:37 am 
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Apr 29, 2014 | Vote0 0
Guelph will soon be trading trash with Detroit
Guelph Mercury
By Mercury staff
GUELPHThe city will soon be hiring 36 workers to operate a second shift at Guelph's Material Recovery Facility.

At Monday's city council meeting, councillors approved a contract with Recyclable Material Marketing (ReMM) and Rizzo Environmental Services to take up to 28,000 tonnes of recyclables from Detroit, Mich.

To process the extra load, a second shift will be added to the work flow in Guelph. The second shift will operate from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

A city statement issued Tuesday asserts this is compliant with the environmental compliance agreement issued by the Ministry of the Environment.

City staff has calculated the contract will more than cover the additional operating and maintenance costs, generating a surplus of $300,000 annually.

The extra tonnage will also allow the recycling facility to operate more efficiently as its processing capacity will rise to 95 per cent.

Council also approved a second contract between the city and ReMM, in which 22,500 tonnes of Guelph's 'residual waste' (read landfill waste) will be shipped to Detroit's energy-from-waste facility for incineration.

"This contract offers a lower per tonne cost than the city is currently paying to dispose of residual waste at landfill," according to the city's statement.

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Citys new recycling contract creates Guelph jobs
Detroits recyclables become Guelphs $300,000 treasure

GUELPH, ON, April 29, 2014 Last night Council approved a contract with Recyclable Material Marketing (ReMM) and Rizzo Environmental Services to process up to 28,000 additional tonnes of recyclables from Detroit, Michigan at Guelphs Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

To process the additional recyclables, the City will operate a second work shift at the MRF and hire up to an additional 36 employees. This shift will run Monday to Friday from 3:30 to 11:30 p.m. in compliance with the facilitys Environmental Compliance Agreement issued by the Ministry of the Environment.

The annual revenue generated from the contract will cover the facilitys operating and maintenance costs, compensation for the new employees, and provide an annual surplus of about $300,000.

The operational efficiency of the MRF will also increase with the addition of up to 28,000 tonnes, as it will allow the facility to use 95 per cent of its processing capacity.

A separate contract between the City and ReMM, also approved, will have ReMM haul and dispose of up to 22,500 tonnes of residual waste at an energy-from-waste facility in Detroit. This contract offers a lower per tonne cost than the City is currently paying to dispose of residual waste at landfill. In addition to the cost savings, an energy-from-waste disposal option supports the Citys Community Energy Initiative and is preferred by residentsas identified in the Citys recent Solid Waste Management Master Plan Review surveyas an alternative to landfill.

Read more in the report to Council.

About Guelphs Material Recovery Facility (MRF)
Built in 1995, the MRF and its 48 employees process approximately 15,000 tonnes of Guelphs recyclables annuallykeeping it out of the landfill.

The MRF has recently undergone energy efficiency upgrades, which has reduced the facilitys overall energy consumption and is saving the City approximately $120,000 dollars annually.

For more information
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Post Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:49 am 
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Initially, this appeared to be a mutually beneficial contract for both the City of Guelph and the Rizzo Environmental Services.

Guelph laid off 36 employees when the price of commodities decreased and Guelph began to experience a loss. A clause was never inserted into the contract which would have protected Guelph from such a decrease. It appears the plant was operating at a low level of capacity and eagerly sought the increased workload and revenue,

Once the loss was incurred and fewer employees were on duty to process the recyclables, it would be inevitable that problems would occur. Guelph should have worked out a compromise.Guelph was benefiting from the lower costs of transporting their residual waste.

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It appears the Flint City Council is relying on one alternative news source and did not completely research the legitimate news outlets. I had people urge me to go with the muck racking story, but I have consistently felt there was a deeper story and read between the lines.

I have been reading a lot about "urban democracy", but I get upset when people rail on about issues with no basis in fact. And it is not just about this garbage contract, it was the Detroit versus KWA and a wide number of issues.

I have looked at the garbage issue for years and I am aware that cities like New York and other large cities are trying to get rid of mob related influences. The media has not produced any mob links with either company, but I am dismayed at the council's apparent favoritism with Republic.

I was at meetings where the citizen's demanded more community services from Republic. I am like other readers in the belief that if that is what the city wanted they should have included it in the bid. It is wrong of council to demand services not bid for.

What is the current cost of recycling. If the Canadian debacle is a guideline, perhaps the contract sould be revised.
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UPDATED: Republic Services to appeal trash bid decision by city of Joplin
By DEBBY WOODIN dwoodin@joplinglobe.com Jan 26, 2016
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Joplin's residential trash hauler will appeal directly to the City Council after learning that city administrators will not overturn a decision that narrowly favored a competitor.

City Manager Sam Anselm on Monday notified Republic Services that the city will proceed with a bid award to WCA, also known as the Waste Corporation of Missouri, for franchised trash and recycling service to residents and city operations. Anselm's letter said a new contract for service by WCA will be presented to the City Council next month for approval.

Republic Services, which had provided residential trash pickup for 10 years under the current contract, disputes the bid scores that resulted in WCA edging it out. The total bid score was 9.650 for WCA and 9.580 for Republic. The company filed a bid protest that the city had been reviewing since late December.

"We have carefully evaluated and discussed the items contained in your letters, and it is determined that WCA submitted the best bid in response to the city's request for proposals," the city manager wrote to Republic on Monday.

"We are surprised by that decision given Republics long history of first quality service to Joplin residents, and because WCA submitted a higher price than did Republic," said W.T. Eggleston Jr., vice president and deputy counsel for Republic, said in an email response to Globe questions about the decision.

There was a 6-cent difference in the price the two companies quoted for trash pickup. Republics bid was $11.18 per household. WCAs bid was $11.24. Republics bid for trash disposal with the option of recycling was $15.93, but WCAs bid for that was 69 cents lower, at $15.24. Republics bid for yearly trash pickup and recycling at city buildings and operations was $80,369.16; WCAs was $84,815.76.

"WCAs higher price for trash removal will apply to all Joplin residents. Although WCA did submit a slightly lower price for recycling, that service applies only to those who sign up for it and the voters rejected recycling when it was presented to them before," Eggleston said. "Republic is concerned for Joplins residents who will now face increased costs for trash removal and will have to deal with the risk and uncertainty of transitioning to a new service provider for the first time in 10 years."

The city in late October issued a call for trash and recycling proposals that attracted three offers. A five-member committee evaluated and scored the bids and recommended WCA. Republic, also known locally as Allied Waste, filed a protest Dec. 23.

In his letter, the city manager told Republic that steps were taken to review the process and the decision in view of the company's dispute. There was a Jan. 20 meeting between City Attorney Peter Edwards, Finance Director Leslie Haase, and company officials with their attorney. Another meeting was held Friday. Edwards and Haase reviewed the issues with the city's public works director, Nick Heatherly. They also reconvened the bid review committee to hear Republic's concerns.

Republic had contended that the selection committee should have been able to add to a score based on a company's record of satisfactory service with the city. City officials responded that the request for proposals was clear in detailing the criteria for points awarded for a company's experience in residential trash hauling and that there was not any preference award for past service.

"The selection committee did rate Republic higher in the area of experience than either of the other two proponents," the letter states.

The committee awarded Republic an extra point for cost even though its recycling price was higher than WCA's. Anselm said that was because of the closeness in bids, with Republic the lower bidder for the other two services. "The committee felt that WCA's pricing was better based on their discussion and the anticipated number of citizens who would recycle," the city manager's letter states.

A summary sheet of the bid scoring provided to the Globe by Republic shows that WCA's total score was higher because of points given by one committee member on the factor of understanding of the city's intentions and by two committee members for the plan and implementation details provided by the companies.

"Republic is the city's longtime, successful service provider that clearly has the best experience, understanding of the city's needs, and plan of implementation," Eggleston said. "We believe the administration is simply wrong in recommending that the contract be awarded to WCA."

He added that Republic has not ruled out the possibility of filing a lawsuit over the dispute.

WCA did not respond to the Globe's email request for comment.
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Terry Bankert @terrybankert #flint My salute to Flint Mayor Karen Weaver! Her job is to protect taxpayers by contracting for quality Garbage service at a lowest cost. She did that .A apurchasing department request for bids went out and the lowest bid submitted to her. The politics is being played by Republic and the friends of Republic. Another way to look at this concludes the Flint City Council is trying to rip off the Flint Taxpayers for two million dollars. $2,000,000.00. By Terry Bankert
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Home > The Business > Mergers and Acquisitions > Emterra Buys Bankrupt Michigan Waste and Recycling Firm Assets
Emterra Buys Bankrupt Michigan Waste and Recycling Firm Assets
Dec 13, 2012 Allan Gerlat

Emterra Environmental USA has bought a significant portion of the assets of the bankrupt Michigan waste and recycling company, Richfield Management, and affiliated firms.

The unit of the Burlington, Ontario-based Emterra Group Inc. said in a news release that the assets acquired for an undisclosed amount of the Flint, Mich.-based company include recycling and trash collection contracts for about 50 mid-Michigan communities plus the former Port Huron transfer station. Emterra will continue to provide residential, commercial and municipal service to all previous service areas except Oakland County. Those include the counties of Genesee, Tuscola, St. Clair, Huron, Lapeer and Sanilac.

An Emterra affiliated company purchased the Cove Landfill in Bad Axe, Huron County and renamed it Huron Landfill.

The purchase includes waste and recycling trucks, and more than 135 employees will continue with Emterra, said CEO Emmie Leung.
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Robocall critical of Flint City Council over trash dispute with Mayor Weaver
Updated: Wed 7:03 PM, Aug 03, 2016
By: Damon Maloney - Email

(08/03/16) - Flint's trash dispute has entered a new phase.

Some people are getting robocalls- criticizing city council's decision to the stay with current trash hauler Republic Services. The mayor supports Rizzo Environmental Services.

Citizens for Accountable Government paid for the robocall. They're a nonprofit registered with the state.

A Flint resident captured the robocall on her answering machine and gave it to ABC12.

"While Flint residents need every bit of help we can get to fix our water crisis- city council has turned around and started a garbage crisis," the recorded message said. "Mayor Karen Weaver asked for bids for trash hauler. By doing so she obtained pricing $4 million less than what we are currently being charged. But council members Scott Kincaid and Kate Fields decided to fight Mayor Weaver and block the huge saving."

Council President Kerry Nelson said people in his ward are calling him upset.

"It (robocall) was a low blow, and it's time to quite playing the games and giving out false information," Nelson said. "You know we went from two million dollars savings- now to a four million dollars savings. Where is it? Prove it."

Deborah Whyman is with Citizens for Accountable Government. She emailed a statement to ABC12's Damon Maloney.

It read in part, "We are shocked by the scandalous actions of eight members of the Flint City Council to prevent the taxpayers of Flint from realizing a $2 million savings in this bid process, which also amounts to a $4 million savings from what the current contractor is now charging the city."

Mayor Weaver supports Rizzo which offered a five-year/$17.5 million contract. It was $2 million less than Republic's offer for the same time period.

Council voted to give Republic a three-year/$11.5 million deal which the mayor vetoed. Council fought with with a successful override vote.

A court room show down led to a temporary trash agreement with Republic.

"RTAB's going to have their meeting on the 10th, and we'll see what happens after that," Mayor Weaver said. "But you know the one thing I want people to know is with putting a bid process in place it saved the taxpayers $2 million dollars."

This isn't the first time Citizens for Accountable Government has been involved with a trash dispute.

They reportedly sent robocalls when a contract was being discussed in Rochester Hills a few years ago. Republic and Rizzo were involved in that situation as well.
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