LETTERS: Saving on garbage pick up

n March 21 of this year I submitted a suggestion to you regarding scheduling garbage pick up for every other week.

Editor:

Mayor Walt Cobb and council:

On March 21 of this year I submitted a suggestion to you regarding scheduling garbage pick up for every other week — i.e. reducing the service and, presumably the cost, by 50 per cent.

This would result in a potential saving in excess of $1 million over a three-year contract.

According to a Finance Committee Update report dated 2016/02/22 the curb-side contract costs $525,000 annually and expires May 2017.

Due to the large size of household garbage receptacles provided (at a fee) by the city, I believe such a reduction in garbage pick up frequency is feasible.

Following my previous submission of this suggestion to council, I received a response from a functionary at city hall advising me that my suggestion had been forwarded to a city employee at Public Works Department for evaluation.

In response to Coun. Ivan Bonnell’s recent suggestion for residents to “get their teeth into” the budget discussions, I reiterate my suggestion for garbage schedule amendment and request the result of the evaluation by city employees at Public Works Department.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

John Pickford

Williams Lake

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