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Letter to the editor: City Council needs to move forward on trash

Posted 5/28/20

 

In community surveys in 2017 and 2019, more than 60% of Arvadans supported changing to an organized waste hauling system. After extensive research by City Staff, City Council, and the …

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opinion

Letter to the editor: City Council needs to move forward on trash

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In community surveys in 2017 and 2019, more than 60% of Arvadans supported changing to an organized waste hauling system. After extensive research by City Staff, City Council, and the Sustainability Advisory Committee, multiple city council meetings, workshops and hearings, and a months-long process among city staff, consultants, lawyers, and a prospective hauler in negotiating a deal, we are at the final step: A vote from City Council on whether to adopt an organized waste hauling system. This ordinance would bring low-cost, bundled trash and recycling pick-up to Arvadans (single-family homes) who don’t live in HOAs.
City Council has watched this process unfold from the beginning. They are privy to the details of the contract, which was put out to haulers through a well-known, fair, and transparent RFP process. They have heard and responded to feedback from scores of residents, and they have discussed and deliberated at length the program’s pros and cons. Therefore it is City Council who should make the final decision. We elected them to be our leaders and represent the interests of the entire city.
Putting this to a vote is not the answer: It is not fair for HOA-dwelling residents who already have these benefits to potentially sway the vote for a decision that impacts Arvadans who would see its biggest financial gains. 
City Council needs to move forward and vote. Let’s not let this money-saving program for residents be delayed any longer.”
Iris Horowitz,
Arvada

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