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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Haulers assisting own demise

  • My husband Nathan and I own Beaman Refuse Removal.  Nathan is on the Solid Waste Task Force.  A few things about this whole process have bothered me:

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  • My husband Nathan and I own Beaman Refuse Removal.  Nathan is on the Solid Waste Task Force.  A few things about this whole process have bothered me:
    1. We have yet to see the surveys that supposedly launched this process, let alone be provided a summary of them.
    2. From our first meeting until now, my gut feeling has been that this is just a scheme to centralize trash service.  It may not be the step they take now, but I see it eventually leading to mandatory bulk pick-up and mandatory recycling alongside the mandatory trash service.  Those are services the City knows the local haulers do not typically provide.  The City believes all those things are best controlled in a centralized public utility.
    3. Even with the loose estimates of citizens without service, it would seem the City sent out more than enough nuisance letters over the last year to cover those residences and more.
    4. We have yet to see actual evidence that trash trucks are tearing up the roads in the city.  Even if trash trucks are partly responsible, they are not the only large trucks (or even the largest) that travel the city roads.
    It feels like the trash haulers have been asked to assist in plotting our own demise.  Perhaps that seems a bit dramatic to you, but I don’t see the Pittsburg city government approaching any other industry and asking them to give over even a small area of their business to control.
    Tabitha Beaman
    Liberal, Mo.
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