Dropping heavy garbage pickup a mistake
The CBRM operating budget that council recently approved leaves a lot to be desired.
The biggest disappointment was the decision not to have a heavy garbage pickup this year. Out of all the services CBRM offers, this is the one that probably 98 per cent of taxpayers actually use.
I see that we are able to budget Welcome signs and Beautiful Foliage, which I admit I do enjoy. But what is the sense of adding all that beauty if we are living in a dump?
We have been dealing with illegal dumping for decades in CBRM and have seen a decrease in dumping since the heavy garbage pickup was implemented.
Not only does heavy garbage pickup help clean up CBRM but it also provides jobs to contractors in the local area and there is no question that these local jobs are needed here.
If there is no heavy garbage pickup, illegal dumping will result and overtime pay will be needed for city workers to clean up this mess. Is it not just easier to continue with the heavy garbage pickup in the orderly fashion we are accustomed rather than try to clean up the mess it will leave all throughout the year?
I am not sure why it is stated that the Thanksgiving Day flood had an effect on the budget. I would have assumed that expense would have come under some sort of disaster relief fund. What it all comes down to is that the cost of this service has been implemented in the budget year after year and should be continued.
We have to remember that there are a high percentage of our residents who do not have access to a truck or have the money to pay someone to take their unwanted belongings to the dump. This is a necessary service to help keep our communities clean.
I would also like to remind Mayor Cecil Clarke that the Four-Year-Plan he sent to residents of CBRM prior to the October election states the following on page 14: Section 11: Clean
91. Heavy garbage removal program will be continued.
Keeping your election promise and the heavy garbage pickup is the right thing to do! Kim Sheppard Sydney