• In Support of Water: Ficano backs regional plan

    In his “State of the County” address Tuesday, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano touted the proposed regional deal for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department that’s part of the city’s bankruptcy restructuring discussions.

    Ficano’s remarks contrast with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson who has publicly criticized Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s proposal for DWSD, which provides water for 40 percent of Michigan’s population.

    As reported on MLive, Ficano said, “A regional authority solution that brings all the interested parties together and works for everyone makes the most sense.”


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  • ‘Special and Scary’: Suburban leaders deliberate Detroit water deal

    Refinancing and restructuring. Debt and deals. Suburbs and subsidies. All are topics in the current discussions regarding the future of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department as part of the bankruptcy mediation and forthcoming restructuring plan for the city.

    The Detroit Free Press reports from the Feb. 11 meeting of commissioners and other officials from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and provides a comprehensive overview of where negotiations are and what issues are in the forefront. Writer Bill Laitner characterized attendees descriptions of the session as “special – and a little scary.”

    By way of background to Laitner’s piece, Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has urged regionalizing DWSD, which provides water for 40 percent of Michigan’s population. Some suburban leaders have proposed breaking away from the city department, but in some cases, long-term contracts with the city prevent that from happening. Other concerns include the governance plans for and composition of a new regional board as well as future rates for customers. Leaders have also called for more and better audited financial statements from the city department.



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