On September 30th Canadian based Toronto company GFL Environmental and Waste removing company, as Reported By Crain's Detroit Business purchased Rizzo Environment Services for a reported 300 million dollars.
If that is news to you. It is because you were left in the dark by those you trusted to inform you. That would be your City Commissioners, City official such as Former City Manager Jay Cravens who resigned his position in early September to take an expanded opportunity in a Tennessee community of 80,000.
It is hard to believe however none of our elected or appointed officials knew anything of the sale of a company they brought to our City two years ago, for a sum of money that is astronomical even for Bloomfield Hills.
One can however take solace in the fact we were not alone is this regard.
Crain's Detroit Business says Patrick Dovigi President of GFL claims that neither Rizzo nor it's New York private equity firm Kinderhook Industries, the largest previous Rizzo stock holder ever mentioned a pending federal investigation. GFN says they learned of it only after seeing a local Chanel 4 news broadcast and says there is a high probability that GFN not have completed the purchase if it had if it had known of the investigation in advance.
What is being investigated is an alleged bribery of officials in three northern Macomb county communities in which money was allegedly given to procure long term waste hauling contracts.
Of note is the money and the economy of scale,
Two weeks ago in a detailed article The Birmingham Bloomfield Hills Eagle quoted Township Supervisor Leo Savoie said his township selected Rizzo in 2007 because of a price savings of less than five dollars per household per month. Of course multiply $5 times the number dwellings and the number becomes monster sized.The amount of money allegedly offered to those who allegedly took them were reported to be a little than the cost of a compact car. There ae approximately 150 dwellings in the City of Bloomfield Hills and 90,000 in Clinton Township. Unless they won Power Ball nobody in the City of Bloomfield Hills has thirty million dollars.
In the Eagle Article the paper quoted Supervisor Savoie as saying he and his staff are reading the newspapers and watching the news casts to see what the Township's options are. The article also quoted our acting City Manager and Police Chief David Hendrickson saying the Our City Commission no interest in reviewing options or contracts which figures. Our citizens it seems are small potatoes in the scheme of things. Maybe the commissioners are waiting for Leo Savoie to lead the charge as he did in The Kensington tree cutting episode. It was our Mayor at the time Michael Dull who e-mailed the media stating that there was the nothing the City could do. Many promises were made to City Residents in waste hauling election of 2014 and not all of them were kept. Starting there would be a good idea.