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City Hall Says Flow Control Will Bring In Millions. Attorneys Will Also Be Paid Quite Well.

I know -- this whole tussle over "flow control" probably doesn't do much for some of you. So long as your trash goes away, it doesn't matter where it goes or who takes it there. Let the waste-haulers and City Hallers duke it out in the courtroom. Just make sure they pick up the garbage on their way out.

But perhaps this gets your attention? Tomorrow the city council will vote to pay the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher a landfill's worth of green to represent the city in the federal lawsuit brought by the National Solid Wastes Management Association about a month back. There was supposed to be a hearing concerning the NSWMA's request for a temporary injunction on Thursday, you may recall, but it's been pushed back to January 12 while the city and the waste-haulers prep their docs due in coming days. Implementation of the ordinance, which was supposed to take effect January 2, has been paused till at least early February. Meanwhile: Gibson Dunn's attorneys will take home $175,000 (out of "current funds") for their work on the city's behalf, and we aren't even at the starting line.

You can read the council's heads-up on the other side. Guess you gotta spend money to make money, right? (The city says forcing all the waste-haulers to dump at city sites will increase revenue by $15 million to $18 million annually.) After the jump you'll also find a video posted this week by the students of Paul Quinn College who are vehemently opposed to more trash headed their way.



Council Vote on Flow Control Legal Bill

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Robert Wilonsky
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