LAWRENCE This west Michigan village (Van Buren County) has
reaffirmed its earlier decision to contract with a private firm to manage its entire
Department of Public Works.
After providing the lowest of two bids late last year, Facilities Management, based in
Flint, Michigan, was awarded a $195,000 one-year contract by the village council. Its
responsibilities include road maintenance and snow removal, water and wastewater
treatment, grass mowing and other local services. Its the first time that the Flint
firm has taken charge of an entire municipal DPW, though it operates water and wastewater
treatment plants throughout the state.
Either party, the village or the firm, can cancel the contract with 90 days