New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu made the announcement at the annual Chamber of Commerce luncheon. He says the city must streamline, and that includes reopening contracts signed by the previous administration.
"We have accomplished a number of things that are important. Number one, making sure that minority- and women-owned businesses have an opportunity to compete. Number two, make sure that the citizens get a great value and a great service for the amount that they pay. And number three, that we're able to negotiate in good faith and come to a resolution that makes sense for everybody."
Metro Disposal, which agreed to a new deal, and Richard's Disposal are both minority-owned companies. Metro service will drop just over $2 per household while including curbside recycling. SDT Waste and Debris Service has already agreed to a 25 percent cut. The mayor says new deals must be reached before the end of the year to avoid an interruption in service.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming