To The Herald-Whig:
As reported in the June 5, 2018, issue of The Quincy Herald-Whig, a call for proposals for privatizing garbage, recycling and yard waste collection has been issued by the City Council. Sealed bids were due back to City Hall by Thursday, Aug. 2. An ad hoc committee on solid waste will be reviewing the proposals.
On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Adams County, I contacted Mayor Kyle Moore to ask about this issue. In my July 9 conversation with him, the mayor said that the city is still in the process of collecting information about costs and alternatives to the city providing these services. He said that no change in what is now going on is still a possibility.
I asked if public meetings would be held so that the citizens could provide responses to what the City Council will propose.
He said that public meetings on the matter would be held, most likely in September.
As Alderman Michael Farha stated in a discussion of this matter in a previous City Council meeting, constituents need to let their aldermen know what they want. "The public has to engage. We need to know what they're willing to live with and what they're not willing to. It's their government." (as printed in the QHW 4-27)
The League of Women Voters of Adams County echoes Alderman Farha's comments.
We want to strongly encourage all Quincy residents to be attentive to this issue and to participate in the public meetings once they are scheduled.
Mary Ann Klein
League of Women Voters of Adams County