Drop­ping heavy garbage pickup a mis­take

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

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

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