Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr solicits bids to privatize parking department

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DETROIT — Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr is moving ahead with a plan to privatize the city's parking department despite the City Council's rejection of the proposal.

Orr's spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Orr will solicit bids from companies to run or buy the department. Orr sent a letter about the plan Monday to unions whose members work in the department.

The City Council last week voted to deny the proposal, 6-2. A local union president appeared before the council to argue against the plan.

Orr's letter acknowledges the vote but says bids will be accepted anyway under the state's emergency manger law. He isn't required to seek the council's approval to request the bids.

Orr's spokesman says the council will get to vote on any contract to outsource department functions.

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