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Posted: November 12, 2015

Mayor didn't have time to hear citizens' concerns, rushed to pizza party

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            Mayor didn't have time to hear citizens' concerns, rushed to pizza party
Cheese Pizza. (File photo)

By Melissa Carter

B98.5 - Atlanta

A Michigan mayor said residents who wanted to plead with the City Council to save their homes couldn't speak because officials had a pizza party planned after the meeting.

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Randy Walker, the mayor of Garden City, and City Council members walked out of a session without listening to the concerns of at least seven former homeowners facing eviction.

Walker said the meeting’s main purpose was to swear in new officials.

“It’s a happy occasion,” Walker said. “We had food waiting. We had pizza coming out of the oven at 7:45 (p.m.)”

“That’s a (poor) excuse,” Nicholis P. Dunsky told The Detroit News. “We felt like we didn’t matter.”

Dunsky's home was foreclosed because of back taxes, and he faces eviction. He brought his family to the council meeting.

According to The News, Walker said those meetings generally don't allow public comment.

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