By: Diane Benjamin
Tonight the Bloomington City Council will hold more discussions on the Solid Waste program. Renner and Hales are not going to be happy until the fees are raised – they need the money for stuff they want, not stuff you want!
David Hales can’t make a decision on anything. The consults hired to fix the out-of-balance fund were ignored. Ideas floated like charging by how many people live in your house were immediately declared “stupid beyond belief” by citizens. (Did the guy who came up with that one get fired? NOPE!)
When we last left the discussion, Alderman Fruin was upset that people just pile the smallest container above its ability to close. Another DUH for everybody but some of the Council. Also floated was a $50 per bucket charge – another faulty idea that I think was imagined by the same guy with the “charge per person idea”.
Common sense is missing from any proposals made by City personnel. The intent is to force fee increases because it can’t be solved any other way.
It’s really pretty simple. Pick up Refrigerators, stoves etc only 1 day a month. Junk can be put out 24 hours in advance of that day. Issue fines if they are on the curb earlier $25. It may take some time to acclimate the citizens to the change, so don’t gouge them initially. If citizens can’t wait for the specified day, they can drop it off at the dump or a recycler themselves. Maybe a new business picking up the stuff will sprout and drastically reduce the need for that City service.
Curb shoppers can have a great time grabbing junk before the City – that solves part of the landfill problem too.
Save more money by taking the Coliseum upgrades off the budget. CIAM’s contract expires in 1 year and they have proven themselves untrustworthy. Citizens have no confidence in their ability to be truthful in what needs replaced and what doesn’t. Fire them when the contract expires and either (gasp) CLOSE IT DOWN, or get competent management and reassess the needs, making sure they aren’t just wants.
Magically $2,510,000 appears, the solid waste fund is closer to balanced, and for once the Council will have made a decision not forced down their throats by Renner and Hales.
If Stearns or Lower suggest anything close to this, it will fail. The potted plants hate common sense – the vote will be 2-7. Kissing Hales and Renner’s feet is much more important than working FOR the citizens. It makes for good theater though, watch it on-line tonight. It’s a little like watching fish flop on dry land – 7 of them!
Stay tuned for the $10,000 a year App to report potholes. Fixing them would be easier, but not possible under the current leadership. I wonder if citizens are supposed to snap a pic while driving?