Vandal looks to fix dumb garbage policy

- September 26th, 2012

Looks like Public Works Chairman Coun. Dan Vandal (St. Boniface) is stepping up to the plate to fix the ridiculous city policy which states that some single-family dwellings are forced to have two sets of garbage bins and pay two garbage taxes. The Winnipeg Sun told you the story last week about North End homeowner John Triggs who says the city is forcing him to pay for two sets of garbage bins, even though he lives in a modest, 1,000 sq. ft home with his wife.
The complication is due to an inflexible and wrong-headed city policy that uses home assessments only, including outdated ones — as opposed to some injection of common sense – to decide which dwellings should get one or more sets of garbage bins. If a home gets two sets, for example, they have to pay two $50-a-year-garbage taxes.

Vandal, using some common sense, is seeking to overturn that. Good job Dan. He plans to table the following motion at city council on Thursday:

Whereas, the implementation of the Garbage and Recycling Master plan is sometimes impractical for addresses and lots with multiple dwelling units
Whereas, the implementation of the Garbage and Recycling Master plan is sometimes impractical for addresses and lots with multiple dwelling units.

Whereas, there is sometimes an incongruity between the number of living units on the assessment roll and the actual situation.

Whereas, there is currently no flexibility in the administrative responses to these situations.

Whereas, the lack of administrative flexibility has led to citizens being told they would continue to be charged for services which would not be provided.

Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Public Service develop a “reasonable accommodation” policy for addresses with multiple dwelling units at the same address or for addresses where there is an incongruity between the number of living units on the assessment roll and the actual situation.

Be it Further Resolved, that under no circumstance will billing occur for a dwelling unit where services are not being delivered to that dwelling unit.

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