Why is the city considering making changes to its public works program?
  • The current sanitation fee does not cover the costs of the current sanitation program. (The sanitation fee covers operating costs but not the total capital costs, including replacing equipment and vehicles.)
  • To cover the current sanitation services and other public works tasks, including pruning, planting, roadwork, sidewalk work, tree work, stormwater work, event support, facilities management and odd jobs, four to five new positions would need to be added to Public Works. 
  • The sanitation fleet and equipment have aged out or are approaching the end of their useful life.  (At least two garbage vehicles would need to be replaced at the estimated cost of $400,000.) 
  • If the city were to continue performing the sanitation services, the fees to individual households would need to increase by $115 per household to support the services and equipment replacement.

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1. Why is the city considering making changes to its public works program?
2. Why did the city issue a request for proposals (RFP) for solid waste management?
3. Will employees lose their jobs if the city moves to outsourced sanitation services?
4. How do the proposed changes fit within the 2024 adopted budget?
5. How will the changes in the public works program affect the sanitation and yard waste fees for residents?
6. How will the sanitation and recycling services change?
7. Who will manage bulk pickup requests?
8. Will residents who receive special assistance for backdoor sanitation pickup still receive this service?
9. That’s a great savings on sanitation fees. Did the city evaluate moving yard waste services to a contractor as well?
10. Why do we need to outsource landscaping services? Now that the Public Works team won’t be responsible for solid waste pickup, won’t they be able to handle landscaping?
11. What will Public Works staff focus on now that they don’t have to handle sanitation and recycling?
12. How will the changes in the public works program affect the sanitation fees for businesses?
13. What is the timeline for the change?
14. Will residents need to buy new trash or recycling bins if the sanitation and recycling services move to an outside vendor?
15. What is a tipping fee?
16. Why would it cost the city more than the contractor to provide the city's sanitation and recycling services?