Letter to the editor: Opportunity to improve life in Arvada

Posted 6/11/20

City Council has an opportunity to improve the quality of life in Arvada by making our waste and recycling system more affordable and efficient while providing more choice and recycling options …

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Letter to the editor: Opportunity to improve life in Arvada

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City Council has an opportunity to improve the quality of life in Arvada by making our waste and recycling system more affordable and efficient while providing more choice and recycling options to Arvada residents.

City Council should decide on the organized waste program because putting it onto the ballot in November would set a bad precedent. City Council has never put a potential contract for services for a public vote before. Should we expect this for every arrangement the City makes with a service provider? Nobody can summarize a two-year process onto a ballot question. Last year we had an election for Mayor and City Council. They all decided that putting this program on a ballot would force residents to vote blindly because the language could not capture all the program's details.  What has changed since then? We will not know prices until there is a new RFP, and then the costs may go up.

The City's method has been thorough, and above reproach and continued delay in the City's implementation of the program will postpone the program by six months. By the time the vote occurs, it will have been over two years since the City initially requested bids. How can we expect the preferred hauler to hold costs for four and a half years? A ballot question would be a bad precedent, and I don't think its good business practice to treat potential contractors in this manner.

I encourage City Council to vote yes on June 15. 

Keegan Conley,

Arvada

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