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Fridley Council Meets Monday

Read the Fridley Council agenda, including a request for proposals on garbage and recycling.

The Fridley City Council will start a search for a company to provide trash and recycling pickups if it approves a request-for-proposals (RFP) .

The city's current contract with Allied Waste Services expires on March 31, 2012. The RFP allows for Allied and other companies to compete for residential service.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at the council chambers at . It also includes a public meeting on the 2012 City of Fridley budget.

Other items on the agenda (see short version here or full agenda above) are:

  • Second reading (final vote) on repealing the city's . 
  • Special-use Permit for , 7600 University Ave. NE. 
  • One-year extension for .
  • Changes to how the city would fill mayoral or city council vacancies. 
  • Replatting of property lines at 100 and 110 Mississippi Pl. NE.
  • Approval of minutes from the city council meetings on and 14.
  • Open forum, claims, licenses, estimates and informal status reports.
Jeff Thompson December 05, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Ahhh, the Monday symphony of 4 or 5 trash haulers accelerating, braking, dumping in and out of the hood coming and going passing each other like there is no tomorrow. No, it is Monday let me remind you. When companies flow in and out burning gas, wearing down our roads not 1 not 2 not 3 but 4 or 5 companies going from driveway to driveway and hauling off the waste. Efficiency versus competition for better pricing seems to cost more when air pollution, sound pollution, wear on our streets isn't brought into the discussion. Mayor Lund once said that he would hate to decide who we would have to use as our hauler and I totally disagree. Having the haulers compete for our neighborhood or city would make Mondays seem like any other day except for the one color garbage cans lining the streets. Not to mention the yard waste cans; however, then there are nearly twice as many haulers weaving through our streets. Can you imagine if Ice Cream trucks fought for our business like this? Well, at least the hood would sound like a quadraphonic carnival ride and not like a semi-truck demolition derby.
Pam Reynolds December 07, 2011 at 02:44 AM
This agenda item was not about garbage. It is for recycling. The city has not moved forward with organized hauling and quite frankly I hope they never do. Modern day garbage trucks are required to meet strict emissions standards just like cars. Consider the average age of roads in Fridley before making a blanket statement regarding wear. It is only in the last few years that the city has begun replacing them. Winter freeze and thaw takes a heavier toll than garbage trucks. Choosing my own garbage hauler is to me no different than choosing my own cell phone provider, my own cable TV provider, my insurance providers and doctors. The government has no business destroying the competitive market by getting into the business as a revenue source. Do you really think government can supply this service cheaper---think again?
Jeff Thompson December 07, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Do we choose our Gas Company, water/sewer, electric company? No. Why? Because they are a necessity and whether it is pipes, lines or wires it just works better for the community as a whole. Cell phones, cable TV/satellite, are choices we all can make for ourselves. Good luck choosing a cable company. It is Comcast or...satellite dishes. Yes, winter is a nemesis for roads and garbage trucks; however, ranking second to worse is not really something that should get the thumbs up. Four to six garbage trucks versus one garbage truck, you do the math. I am not necessarily speaking for just me, I am thinking about the entire city. They bid out the road repairs in a competitive manner why not trust them to bid out the waste management?
Chris Steller (Editor) December 07, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Thank you for the correction, Pam. I'll try to get it straight in the next post.
Sarah Keisha October 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Thank you for posting this. We we'll see what happen with garbage disposal and management after the meeting. After all we know that private ones do the job better than public sewer contractors

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