DETROIT (AP) – Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is moving ahead with a plan to privatize the city’s parking department despite the City Council’s rejection of the proposal.
Orr’s spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Orr will solicit bids from companies to run or buy the department. Orr sent a letter about the plan Monday to unions whose members work in the department.READ MORE: State Fears Confusion After Michigan Restaurant Wins In Dining Ban Case
The City Council last week voted to deny the proposal, 6-2. A local union president appeared before the council to argue against the plan.READ MORE: MSU Police Find Body That Is Believed To Be Brendan Santo In Red Cedar River
Orr’s letter acknowledges the vote but says bids will be accepted anyway under the state’s emergency manger law. He isn’t required to seek the council’s approval to request the bids.
Orr’s spokesman says the council will get to vote on any contract to outsource department functions.MORE NEWS: Michigan Prisons Follows CDC, Allows COVID-Positive Staff To Work After 5 Days With Mild Symptoms
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