The groundbreaking agreement on waste treatment services was undermined this week by the discovery that many Salinas city council members were dissatisfied.
Some apartments with 4 or more units are classified as commercial rather than residential. This means that these residents will pay a 17% increase in waste disposal instead of the 9% increase that Congress envisioned.
This issue was discussed at this week’s council. Mayor Steve Calligan said the issue caught his attention last Thursday and that both he and Republic Services agreed to address the issue.
Similarly, the council said it was surprised at the development and several members were unaware of the issue. Councilor Christie Cromeenes said her staff was responsible for “catastrophic surveillance,” and Councilor Anthony Rocha accepted that responsibility.
“Everyone knows that this is a mistake and needs to be fixed,” said Calligan.
Representatives of the Republic Services attended the meeting to answer the questions, but admitted that they were not rational to the prepared solution.
“We have to sue a bit of ignorance here,” said Colin Wallace, Area Senior Manager of Republic Services, answering a question about the coding system for labeling properties. “We just followed our kind of standard operating procedures, which are fairly standard throughout the state.”
Councilor Tony Barrera has proposed holding a public meeting with Republic Services to discuss the impact, and company representatives said they were pleased to do so.
“Today, on behalf of the Republic, I wanted to hear the promise of continuing to work together to see if any improvement could be made and what it would look like,” said Councilor Orlando Osornio. “I hope we can get something that we can agree on.”
The franchise agreement has come into effect after the last council vote. Now, it’s a matter of reviewing accounts that may have been categorized in a way that the council disagrees.
“I understand that I don’t have much time to go around, but I can’t focus on fairness and get the most vulnerable to this rate hike to pay the most,” said councilor Carla Gonzalez. We need to fix this by understanding. “
Mayor Kimberly Craig proposed adding a third middle-tier payment level, somewhere between commercial and residential.
Currently, no action has been taken.
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