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City decides against privatizing public works department

GAUTIER — Gautier has halted plans to privatize its public works department. The city council recently voted to stop the process.

WLOX TV reports the move comes as the city began accepting several professional service proposals for the month of May.

Some public workers feared privatizing would mean a loss of jobs. But Mayor Tommy Fortenberry said the change could have helped the city repair critical infrastructure problems faster and save on labor cost.

The mayor wants city council members to re-examines the issue.

The process was stopped in a 4-2 vote by the council.

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