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Regional Utility Talks Appear Dead in the Water

Unless a federal bankruptcy judge appoints a mediator, a plan for a regional water authority between Detroit, Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties appears dead.

The city of Detroit has asked a federal bankruptcy judge not to appoint a federal mediator to help settle talks surrounding a regional water authority.
The city of Detroit has asked a federal bankruptcy judge not to appoint a federal mediator to help settle talks surrounding a regional water authority.

A regional water authority between Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties is dead, unless a federal judge steps in and orders mediation.

The city of Detroit has called off further talks with the three counties and has asked federal bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to reject a request for mediation, the Detroit Free Press reports.

In a court filing, Detroit representatives said talks with the three counties “have run their course.”

There’s still an outside chance that negotiations could resume, a spokesman for Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr said.

But there has increasingly been distrust among the parties. Leaders in both Oakland and Macomb county balked at the prospect of entering into a deal that would require them to pay $47 million a year for 40 years in lease payments to Detroit a part of a plan to lift the city out of bankruptcy. Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano said his county would be open to joining with Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in the formation of a regional authority.

Oakland and Macomb counties are considering working together to provide water and sewer services, although experts say that would be an expensive proposition.

Harold Leese April 14, 2014 at 09:54 PM
Another regional tax increase See http://savethefueltax.org
gregg phillips April 15, 2014 at 06:47 AM
we are done with additional taxes. sorry but the city and its residents have stolen, lied, beat, killed, cheated and so on; it is their responsibility to get their acts together....I feel sorry, but they did this to themselves....
Joseph Borrajo April 15, 2014 at 08:12 AM
The lack of trust is tied to the lack of "Transparency". "Due Diligence" cannot be properly applied without the entire knowledge of the subject matter being weighed. P3
Diana Jackson April 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Why aren't the neighboring city's checking into the water dept in Wyandotte? This has been a pet peeve of mine for years???? Bet it is cheper/better and I KNOW that Wyandotte does a better job on everything than Detroit could possible ever do.

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