Wednesday, September 03, 2014

detroit's thirsty negroe experiment continues....,


usatoday |  U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes was due to decide Tuesday on a request to issue a restraining order against additional shutoffs of customers with unpaid water bills.

People need water "to live, to survive, to thrive," lawyer Alice Jennings told Rhodes in a hearing Tuesday morning. "The inability to flush a toilet quite frankly, your honor, creates a health problem."

Jennings represents a number of groups opposed to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's aggressive program of going after unpaid water bills. The department has cut off water to 19,000 homes in recent months, with about 5,000 remaining without water, Jennings said. The groups fighting the shutoffs include the National Action Network, Moratorium Now, the People's Water Board and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization.

Jennings said the shutoffs endanger low-income families and particularly children and vulnerable seniors. The groups are seeking the restraining order until the city has a more comprehensive plan for helping the poorest city residents with financial help to pay for a critical service, much the way there are resources to help against electricity and heat shutoffs.

But a lawyer for the water department, Tomothy Fusco, said the department opposes the move because it would be an unprecedented effort to prevent it from following through on its duty to properly run the department, including going after customers illegally hooked into water service.
Fusco also said that under the federal bankruptcy code, judges aren't authorized to instruct local governments on how to operate.

"This is not the forum or the way to deal with this issue," Fusco said.