Questions and concerns
Feb 20, 2013 | 854 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Many of us have been volunteering for the city’s annual spring clean for the last two or three years and many of us find that most of the citizens (not all) discard appliances, furniture and other bulky items, are the same people every year who take no pride in our city. Other citizens who call the volunteers during the city’s annual cleaning are elderly or disabled individuals on a fixed income. What happens to those residents on fixed incomes with an additional increase in garbage pickup?

Michael Reeves from Republic Services states that most communities charge around $4 a month for the collection of two large items. Our question to the city council: “Did you go out for bids or did you do a comparison from other communities to acquire the information stated by Republic Services?

The bulk pickup a month is $2.95 per customer; the brush pickup is another $6.45 a month per customer. So what happens to the money the residents are already paying to pick up the brush once a month?

If both options are approved by the city council for pickup of bulk and brush for $9.40 per month per customer, and the customers who live in apartments will not have the benefit of the services since apartment complexes already use Republic dumpsters, what happens to their tax money? And if money is generated by apartment customers and not being used, why is Republic Services charging additional fees to pick up debris on vacant lots?

Is everyone in or around Beeville that uses city water going to be charged this additional tax?

Why doesn’t Republic Services offer to hire our city employees who are already picking up brush and doing an outstanding job?

Where is the brush and bulk trash going to be disposed? In Beeville or the Republic Services laydown yard?

The contract proposed by Republic Services is for five years; after five years, how much will this proposal increase in price since everything is going up, such as wages, fuel and new equipment?

How much more will our taxes go up? Many businesses here in Beeville would like the opportunity to have a chance to see some other proposals on this issue and to have a say on this matter. Many of us know for a fact that there are other companies just as competitive or more reasonable in prices. When Michael Reeves came to show the pictures of the bulk items around our community, was Republic Services’ concern about the well-being of our city or the stockholders for Republic Services?

Carlos Perez
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