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Here’s The Scoop … Playing Possum … It Was Town Manager Colon’s “CHOICE” … Updated…

THIS ONE STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN ….

Dear Readers … The possums are playing all around Silver Shores these nights…with garbage goodies galore… It’s starting to look like New York City dealing with another garbage strike!… What’s up with this?…Don’t blame Choice Environmental…Nope..this mess-up …(pun intended ) …falls squarely on Town Manager Esther Colon and her faulty Waste Co Agreement with them… along with no direction to staff  to offer the  residents a  heads- up to the new agreement and the impact they would face…It was standard practice when Waste Management took Christmas off…they came the next day …and that is what residents expected with Choice Environmental…But here we are days later and not a truck pick-up in sight…Why?… Because Town Manager Colon negotiated the contract as follows…

RFP #09-02-01 Effective July 1, 2009…page 22- 7.2 “HOLIDAY PICK-UP SCHEDULE Christmas and News (as written) Years Day shall be a Holiday. The CONTRACTOR shall not be required to provide Solid Waste, Bulk Waste, and Recycling Collection or maintain office hours on that Holiday. Solid Waste and Bulk Waste not collected on a designated Holiday SHALL BE COLLECTED ON THE CUSTOMER’S NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED PICK-UP DAY AFTER THE HOLIDAY. Recycling Materials not collected on a designated Holiday. The TOWN reserves the tight to add or delete designated holidays for the duration of this agreement.”

WOW!… This means all those residents in Silver Shores will be sitting with their garbage until the following Tues.(tomorrow) Then faced with New Years Day again on Friday…no garbage pick-up until the following Tues. …There will be no recycling  per the contract until the following Friday…which means a there is 3 week interval to recycle!… Next year if this agreement is not changed same scenario…different LBTS neighborhood….and a different group of happy possums!…

Full disclosure, this writer was all for the second holiday for the Choice pick-up crews (New Year’s Day)…but never we thought the Manager would drop the ball and not include the same day -after pickup we all received from our previous provider.

We hear calls and e-mails were sent to Town Hall today…with no response … from the top on down…

UPDATE- a valued Reader a few streets away from “Reader #1″…just informed this writer the garbage was picked up today in front of his house perhaps  due to the many calls …Was it picked up throughout the area?…The Reader did add the recycling remained!… OOPS!… In any event…the contract still needs to be redone!….

Adding insult to injury…while Silver Shore residents received no Choice service on Saturday…..what they received instead, was their Choice quarterly bill in the mail…OUCH!…

You all know the drill…add this one to the long, long, long  list of reasons why this Town Manager and her guaranteed lifeline to 4 more years Vice Mayor McIntee and Commissioner Silverstone must go …. in March 2010!

There’s no “playing possum in politics!”…

more to come…

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