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Milwaukee Common Council terminates contracts for company following KKK sticker and guns controversy

Additional contracts may be pulled
Posted at 11:20 AM, Jan 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-17 18:12:36-05

Two contracts were terminated by the Milwaukee Common Council Wednesday after a KKK sticker was found on a worker's lunch cooler and photos surfaced of other workers brandishing guns

American Sewer Services lost contracts for a job at 25th and Wells -- where the KKK sticker was spotted -- and another bid for a project near 45th and Wells. 

American Sewer Services also agreed to waive their right to protest or appeal the decision 

The company's owner did not appear at the meeting, and the Council also approved a motion to subpoena the owner to appear. 

Council members are also investigating whether the company can be barred from doing city contracts in the future, but as of now, they will still be allowed to bid.

“Well I think this is the first step. This may not necessarily be the final action that the council takes,” said Alderman Robert Bauman.

“There’s a desire to still hear from the president of American Sewer in person before a council committee,” he added.

The DPW commissioner said the company still has up to three contracts still open with the city. 

Last month, the owner released a statement saying they're updating company policies to bar workers from carrying guns on project sites in Milwaukee.