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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Bag Jeannette policy

Jeannette's new policy requiring use of city-sold garbage bags is ill advised and poorly implemented.

My garbage sat alongside the road with no explanation as to why. At the very least, the garbage collectors should be equipped with fliers to leave with the untaken trash so that the resident is immediately informed.

A call to City Hall connected me with a rude man who said this is a usage fee to prevent a rise in garbage rates. Council expects the bags to generate about $65,000 in revenue in 2013.

Sounds to me as though this policy was designed not for the good of the residents, but to create revenue for the city.

Jeannette's deficits are not due to a shortage of funds for garbage disposal. Will the $65,000 be used to cover garbage costs and nothing else?

Misrepresenting the financial truth and attempting to make a quick buck off of residents will not solve the fiscal problems Jeannette faces. The lack of communication and the mandating of which garbage bags I may use, regardless of whether I can afford them, are infuriating. Council has shown a complete disrespect for its citizens and revealed its myopic approach to problem-solving.

Michaele Andrison


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