New Haven leaders rescind vote to expand landfill

New Haven village may face legal action from contractor, but residents show support for council's decision


NEW HAVEN, Mich. – New Haven village leaders changed their minds Tuesday night on the Rizzo landfill agreement which would have expanded the landfill.

The 5-2 vote to enter the host agreement with Rizzo taken back in July is now null and void. Villagers said it was like taking on Goliath, and winning.

"I'm so happy that the council really seen the reaction of the people and that's what made them change their mind," said resident Jerry Bell.

Councilwoman Debra Hill motioned to rescind the vote.

"If they let you know that you're making a decision that they're not happy with, then you have an obligation to change that decision," said Hill.

Despite the village attorney's warning to the council that this was a signed contract, everyone voted yes to back out.

"Obviously we don't work for Rizzo. We work for the village. So, if the village wants that, it's a chance we have to take,"

Then came the curveball: the village attorney resigned.

What do Rizzo officials have to say about this 9th-inning move?

"Legally, it's an enforceable agreement. It was voted for at the previous meeting. It was signed by both parties and we have put money in reliance of that vote," said Joe Munem, spokesman for Rizzo.

The company says it is exploring all of its options on how to respond to the council's decision.

Village officials are taking suggestions on hiring a new attorney.