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City's decision on alley trash collection ignores some

Jun 5, 2014 - Judy A. Woolery, Riverton


To the City of Riverton, mayor and council members:

Your decision, effective July 1, to eliminate alley trash containers and use only rollout curbside containers was done without any consideration of those of us that it affects. I PROTEST.

l am one of the 25 percent of the residents who use alley containers for trash pickup. I

have been paying the city for more than 40 years for this service. There are a lot of senior citizens in my area who are physically unable to roll out a container to the curb, but they can get a sack of garbage to the alley container.

I've been in your recycle program for over three years, and I can barely get the five-gallon containers to the curb on recycle day. Now you want me to struggle with a rollout that I can't get out my gate, especially in the winter?

Since you opened up 16th street from Park to Webbwood Road, and the new elementary school was built, the traffic has increased tremendously. In the old part of 16th, the road is already narrow. Residents must use the curbside for parking because they have nowhere else to park. Under these circumstances, on curb side you would have to drive down each side of the street of each block to pick up trash -- twice the distance and time -- and all resident vehicles would have to be moved to accommodate the truck, which is impractical. Or should we park in the middle of the street to give the truck room to drive by the curbs and stop traf@257;c?

You think that spending $75,000 for new rollouts and eliminating two full-time jobs in the sanitation department would be efficient? Right now you have a truck that has arms to pick up the trash in the alley. On 16th and 15th streets the alleys are continuous and straight, with three to four containers per block for both sides of the alley and a one-way direction of travel down the alley. You will continue to use the alleys for yard waste collection and commercial accounts. Right? So, it costs to repair the older trucks -- you will still use them, and you will still have to repair them.

Both the City and the County receive bene@257;t from my property tax every year (which is high).

At least, both entities could come to a better conclusion for trash disposal for our residents.

I strongly suggest you KEEP the alley garbage pickup for the 25 percent of the residents. To save money, quit making impractical decisions like this one, and quit buying land for resale that can't be sold. Eliminate jobs in the administration, which is top heavy and inefficient, with too many employees, and keep the service workers to save money.

Further, the city allocates many dollars to many small programs throughout the community. I believe city sanitation services for all residents should come first.

Election time is near.

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