Randy Moorman of the Arvada Sustainability Advisory Committee (ASAC) objects to a vote by Arvada citizens on the single-hauler plan because he believes that those who live in HOAs that …
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Randy Moorman of the Arvada Sustainability Advisory Committee (ASAC) objects to a vote by Arvada citizens on the single-hauler plan because he believes that those who live in HOAs that provide waste hauling (HPWH) would be “voting on an outcome that never directly affects them.” This is not true. Those folks already are affected because their tax dollars have helped finance the work done to date by the city on this project. And, like the rest of Arvada’s tax-paying residents, they will continue to pay for the city to manage the single-hauler system in perpetuity, should it be approved. They deserve to vote, as we all do.
Of course, the real issue is that ASAC, some city councilmembers, and Republic Services fear that a public vote would scuttle the single-hauler plan. Republic apparently is trying to influence Council into denying a public vote; why else would they threaten to rescind their bid should it be put to a public vote? They haven’t provided a reason why a public-approved contract would be less desirable than a council-approved one. Hopefully, City Council will not be bullied.
Councilmember Nancy Ford is quoted in the article as saying “To me, this (waste hauling) is another utility”, apparently to justify a council decision, rather than a public vote. Shouldn’t the citizens of Arvada decide if waste hauling truly is another utility like water, sewer, and stormwater?
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