By: Diane Benjamin
In June of 2018 the City Council approved buying two Knuckleboom trucks: PDF page 300 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=18156
I was told they were delivered late last fall.
The total cost was $308,819.96
This note is included on PDF page 317:
These two vehicles were not used for the May bulk pickup and they haven’t been used for brush pickups either.
The biggest problem, as sources tell me, is on-street parking. The arm can’t reach over vehicles. The drivers need special training and I believe they are paid more.
I asked Jim Karch this:
His response verifies they aren’t being used:
Meanwhile, the 5 year warranty is down to 4 1/2 years.
Was this purchase great in theory and really bad in execution?
The stories about brush not being picked up are easily the most read this week. People expect better service when rates have been raised, bulk is only twice a year now, and brush isn’t picked up.
The City could authorize two or three garbage haulers to compete for your business. You would be paying less because that’s what competition does. They wouldn’t miss pickup because they know you can cancel their service and pick someone else.
Bloomington is locked into government controlled hell. Service doesn’t matter because you have no choices. You now have Coliseum garbage/brush/bulk service and there is nothing you can do about it. Every six months the crews have to spend weeks picking up bulk. That means regular routes don’t get done.
In 5 months it starts over again.