McCloud citizens want their alley garbage service

Charlie Unkefer

McCloud citizens made it clear at the May 11 Community Services District board meeting that they are not ready to relinquish their alley garbage service.

Many citizens spoke of their opposition to the district’s plan to discontinue alley service as it makes the switch from a district managed service to a privately  contracted service. 

Board President Al Schoenstein characterized the meeting as civil and noted that many citizens questioned why there were not more garbage options presented initially.

Action was taken to seek an agreement with the waste contractor to collect refuse cans at their historical locations and to make available a limited  number of smaller 32 gallon cans for those requesting them in order to avoid unnecessary hardship.

Schoenstein acknowledged that the board’s focus had originally been on the financial advantages of the initial private contract. However, “We heard the citizens’ concerns and took action to fix it.”

“It was great to see the public response,” said director Brian Stewart.

Special garbage meeting

To follow up on the issue, the board scheduled a special meeting for May 14.

Working with Clemens Waste Removal representatives, District staff members investigated all of the alleys in question in their efforts to begin revising the three year garbage service contract.

Their initial investigations were the subject of the special meeting.

The board reached a consensus directing district officials and Clemens Waste Removal to continue their efforts towards a contract that will allow McCloud to retain its alley service.

Water Committee

Another key agenda item surfacing at the May 11  regular meeting was the issue of creating a Water Advisory Committee designed to gather and validate information regarding water bottling.

 In March, an informal exploratory group, consisting of April Gray, Ron Berryman and John Butler, was formed to look into the issue. Gray returned to  the May 11  meeting with their initial findings, including an outline of suggestions for how that committee could be formed and a tentative application form.

The question of what it would cost to implement such a committee and where the funds would come from were discussed at the meeting.  

April Gray Consulting offered to explore the matter in more detail, but no arrangement for that was made.

In a phone conversation, Schoenstein stressed that no motion was passed on the issue and many questions remain.