Pontiac, Michigan -- The administration of Oakland County, Mich. issued the following statement in response to media inquiries about the City of Detroit’s reported draft plan of adjustment and the proposed regionalization of the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) that may be outlined in that plan of adjustment:
“Oakland County representatives have neither seen nor been briefed on the reported City of Detroit draft plan of adjustment. Therefore, we cannot comment on it at this time. We do acknowledge that confidential discussions are continuing on the proposed regionalization of the DWSD but must note that, to our knowledge, no final agreements have been reached among any of the parties involved.
“In addition, we want to assure Oakland County ratepayers that before any decision is made as to whether Oakland’s representatives in the negotiations will recommend the creation of an authority, both the administration and the Water Resources Commissioner, acting together, will perform their due diligence in an effort to make sure that the best interests of our ratepayers are adequately protected.
“Finally, it is essential that everyone understand that there can be no secret or confidential agreement as to the creation of an authority. Any legally binding decision to have Oakland County participate in the establishment of a regional water and sewer authority can be made only by resolution of the Board of Commissioners, in open session, after public debate and deliberation. Their decision is subject to review and approval by the county executive as provided by 1973 Public Act 139.”
-Bill Mullan, media and communications officer
For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048.