by Curt Guyette
The GDDRA board is a quasi-governmental body, with the mayor appointing its members. While campaigning to win the job, Dave Bing said he was opposed to continuing to use the facility. Opponents — a list that includes every major environmental group in the city and the state — hope that Bing will be true to his word, and push board members to follow the landfill route.
“Mayor Bing promised a new way of doing business and this is a great opportunity for change,” Margaret Weber, of the Coalition for a New Business Model for Detroit Solid Waste, said in a press release Friday. “Mayor Bing is a businessman and can show the country that Detroit is moving to a greener, more sustainable way of doing business.”
But nothing concerning the incinerator is simple or clear-cut. For one thing, if the incinerator operator can meet or beat landfill prices in a recent set of contract bids, the city is contractually obligated to keep burning trash. And there is a fear that, behind closed doors, forces are at work trying to keep the incinerator going.
The GDRRA meeting is scheduled to be held in the Finance Center Conference Room at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. A time for the meeting has not yet been set.
However, there is a time set for a rally planned for Tuesday, June 16. The purpose of that is to ramp up pressure on Bing to carry through with his campaign promise to move away from incineration. That event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue outside city hall.