Monday, January 9, 2012

Water Board Schedules Special Meeting - January 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

The Detroit Board of Water Commissioners has scheduled a Special Meeting for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.  There is no published Agenda yet for this meeting, but* Given the significant decisions taken at the last Special Meeting on December 21, 2011, attendance on Wednesday is highly recommended.

Comment: If I were to speculate, I think the Board might use this occasion to adopt the administrative rules to be followed in the suspension appeals. The Board's suspension resolution adopted on December 21, 2011 mentions an ad hoc committee to review appeals, but did not set forth any procedure or rules to be followed. At least one contractor has already filed a lawsuit contesting the Board's decision. If the Board plans to argue that the suspended contractors have to first exhaust their administrative remedies before contesting the matter in court, a standard defense under these circumstances, they'd better articulate those remedies soon. The Hearing on L. D'Agostini & Son's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 2:45 p.m. before the Hon. John Corbett O'Meara.  

*Update (1/10): The Agenda for the January 11, 2012 Special Meeting was published earlier today (here). 

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