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 Earlier this month, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees approved a three-year contract extension with GFL Environmental Inc. for waste hauling services. GFL has been servicing Macomb Township since October 2016.

Earlier this month, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees approved a three-year contract extension with GFL Environmental Inc. for waste hauling services. GFL has been servicing Macomb Township since October 2016.

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Political campaign signs can go up early

Trash contract extended

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 23, 2020


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Signs, signs, everywhere there’s political signs.

As the Aug. 4 primary election inches closer, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees recently unanimously approved for political campaign signs to be placed earlier than usual.

At the June 10 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, Treasurer Karen Goodhue brought up discussion on the township’s sign ordinance. The motion was to not enforce a sign ordinance in regard to temporary signs.  

A memo to the board states that with the COVID-19 crisis, many communities are allowing those running for political office to place signs earlier than ordinances allow.

“In Mount Clemens, I noticed a lot of signs were already up,” Goodhue said. “I understand they allowed signs to go up earlier because of the pandemic, trying to dissuade people from going door-to-door.”

She argued that allowing signs to go up earlier than usual gives candidates “half a chance of being elected.”

Macomb Township’s ordinance states that signs should not be installed earlier than 30 days before the election.

Goodhue’s letter to the board asked whether the township wants to amend the ordinance to allow early placement of signs or keep it at 30 days. By passing it, she said, it’s only three weeks earlier than normal.

“The way it is now, absentee ballots would go out before signs go up,” Goodhue said.

The motion was for political signs to immediately go up.

Township General Counsel and Human Resources Director Tom Esordi, who called the township’s sign ordinance “comprehensive,” said the resolution on sign placement wouldn’t change the ordinance. Rather, the resolution would be that the township will not enforce certain timing restrictions within the sign ordinance.

He recommended the board adopt the resolution not to enforce current timing restrictions on temporary signs in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of the community.

In the Macomb Township primary election, 28 individuals are running to be on the board, including 21 candidates vying for four trustee spots.

The meeting agenda also included a request to extend the waste hauling contract with GFL Environmental Inc. for three years. The current contract expires Sept. 30.

GFL has provided Macomb Township’s single hauler waste collection service since October 2016, upon its acquisition of Rizzo Environmental. GFL services about 22,000 homes in Macomb Township.  

The board approved the extension in a 4-3 vote. Trustees Nancy Nevers, Tim Bussineau and Goodhue and Supervisor Janet Dunn were in favor. Trustees Charlie Oliver and Kathy Smith, as well as Clerk Kristi Pozzi, voted against it.

Smith indicated she wasn’t comfortable voting on a contract without a bid.

Macomb Township Purchasing Specialist Janet Solomon said there have been talks about sending it out for bid.

If the extension wasn’t approved, Solomon said the township would’ve needed to quickly move to find a new provider.

The board meeting packet stated that a one- or two-year extension was considered; however, GFL was not in favor of a one-year extension and the prices to residents are lower on a three-year period.

Solomon said the township’s waste hauler committee reviewed bid packages received in 2015. At that time, four companies responded to be the township’s waste hauler. She added that GFL was the most competitive vendor.

As part of the contract, GFL agreed to dedicate a customer service representative for the township to address any resident’s issues.

The township’s waste hauler committee, chaired by Nevers, consists of Dunn, Bussineau, Solomon and recently appointed Deputy Supervisor Terri Kowal.

The new contract ends on Sept. 30, 2023.