Letter to the Editor: Get what you pay for
BY Gary R. Zarley, Tulsa
Monday, February 25, 2013
2/25/13 at 8:38 AM
I have lived in Tulsa since 1935 and we finally have a state-of-the-art trash service. I know this is true because our city leaders have told me so. Our previous service had one truck with one driver and two helpers who picked up twice per week. We provided our own trash containers. If we had extra material it was tied in bundles, or other big items were picked up later at no extra cost.
Now we have service once a week. We have three trucks with three people per truck. The city spent approximately $14 million to buy trash containers that fit the needs of the city and not the customers. I was sent instructions with a picture on how to line up my containers in a proper place and manner to make it more convenient for the trash service employees. But there was no requirement to return the containers to the pick-up spot. There are 27 homes on my winding street. After pick-up it is like a demolition derby to drive down our block - with 54 containers that are left in the street or turned over and in disarray. Now the trash board wants another $250,000 to educate us on how to use the system.
The trash board serves without compensation. You cannot argue the fact that we are getting our money's worth.
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