With Sterling Heights-based Rizzo Environmental Services trying to beat back tacit FBI claims that the company has engaged in corruption, Flint officials have agreed to maintain their trash hauling contract with Republic Services.
City officials this morning extended a 1-year contract to Republic with the provision that the company match Rizzo’s offered price and level of garbage collection services.
This move comes as federal authorities have indicted a Macomb County official, Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds, for allegedly accepting tens of thousands of dollars of bribes to steer the township trash contract to Rizzo. The company has denied any wrongdoing but Flint Mayor Karen Weaver publicly expressed concerns about the accusations in Clinton Township.
In August, the Flint City Council became embroiled in a political tussle over the awarding of a new garbage collection contract even as Rizzo’s offer beat the Republic price by more than $2 million.
As the dispute lingered and with court actions pending, the city faced an embarrassing situation as Rizzo and Republic garbage trucks on Sept. 26 simultaneously collected trash in Flint neighborhoods.
Because of the ongoing Internet outages in southeast Michigan, Politics Central is unable to provide a more complete report at this time. Here is the announcement in a press release that Flint officials sent out minutes ago:
A tentative agreement has been officially reached in the dispute over waste collection services in the city of Flint. As of Friday morning the matter has been amicably resolved and upon approval by the Receivership Transition Advisory Board, the mayor, city council and Genesee County Court agree that the case (#16-107434 ) will be dismissed with prejuduce.
“This agreement will give Flint residents what I’ve been fighting for all along and that’s the best service possible, at the lowest cost possible,” said Mayor Weaver.
City officials have extended a 1-year contract to Republic Services. During this period, Republic will agree to collect waste in Flint for the same price as offered by Rizzo Environmental Services. Furthermore, Republic will agree to provide solid waste collection services equal to those specified in the bid proposal submitted by Rizzo.
“This has been a long process and I’m glad it’s just about over,” said Weaver. “But most of all, I’m glad we are going to be saving the citizens and the city of Flint money without compromising the quality of service provided.”