GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
MAY 14, 2019 6:30
CITY HALL-PINE STREET
What's the difference between garbage and recyclables?
Nothing, not any more, at least not in Globe, it was revealed
at Tuesday night's Regular Meeting of the City of Globe
Mayor and Council. Residents are talking trash-and trashing
trash collector Right Away Disposal, RAD, for very good
Imagine being a senior citizen who has dutifully taken their
trash out each week, placing it in the alleyway behind their
home, only to discover that it's no longer being picked up
there. Yes, RAD no longer does alleys. They don't do
recycling either, but I'll get back to that.
The problem with alley trash is many of these homes are
located in a way that it is virtually impossible for all but the
young or athletic to get the stuff to the street in front of their
house. So what happens now?
Who knows? The city manager said the contract calls for
RAD to accommodate the disabled-but is an otherwise
healthy but frail elderly resident disabled? For some of them
it might be easier to climb Mount Everest than to navigate
the imperiled route they'd have to take to get the trash to the
front of their house.
Jeremy Takas from RAD, Right Away Disposal, was there
to explain himself about the alleys, the lack of recycling and
in some cases the lack of any collection at all. In Call to the
Public, Michelle Johnson said she had no trash pickup in
April, and none in the first two weeks of May. She said she
called RAD and left messages, but no one returned her call.
She wasn't alone.
Ellen Kretsch from the Chamber of Commerce spoke of the
erratic service and customer service problems, noting it's to
the point that you have to call the city to complain because
RAD doesn't respond.
Linda Gross concurred, saying RAD was not responsive.
She was also concerned about resolving the alley issue and
the lack of recycling.
Takas admitted to the customer service problems, as well as
RAD no longer recycling the recyclables. According to
Takas, the money he made from recycling dropped so much
it's no longer worth it. But is that a good enough reason?
Former Councilmember Thea Wilshire, in Call to the
Public, noted Globe is paying extra for the recycling. And
one of the reasons RAD was chosen was they agreed
contractually to do it. To Thea, it's open and shut. RAD
committed itself to doing it, and their money problems are
So what's happening to recyclables? They're being dumped
here along with the garbage. Now, you can use that
recycling can for whatever you want. Place two cans by the
road and they'll both be picked up by the same truck and
taken to the Russell Gulch landfill.
But, as Wilshire commented, using the landfill for
recyclables cuts down on the lifecycle of the dump.
Former Councilmember Lerry Alderman also spoke in Call
to the Public, saying it was the first he heard of the cessation
of recycling. He recommended finding another company,
but cautioned against the city doing it themselves, citing the
large capital expenditures involved.
Most residents who spoke didn't particularly care who
picked up their garbage- as long as someone did.
Lisa Bittner, in Call to the Public, said she never got a
notice about no alley pickup. All she's heard about why her
trash goes uncollected are excuses. She lives on 2nd Street,
and to get the trash to the street she'd have to haul it up steps,
which she is unable to do. And for larger items, like a
mattress, for instance, she says leaving it in the street isn't an
option in any case.
John Rickett, who lives nearby 2nd Street concurred with
Bittner that getting the trash up to the street is difficult.
Alley collection could always be done before. Why not now,
and why are we playing for recycling if RAD is not doing it,
Takas candidly replied to that last query, ' So we can break
even.' As for the alley change, Takas chalks it up to new
equipment that can't navigate the small alleys, low hanging
wires they encounter, and drivers who aren't willing to put
themselves at risk.
Speaking of drivers, or lack thereof, Takas blamed part of
the reason trash has been going uncollected on the lack of
local drivers. Everyone comes from the Valley. That
admission was of great concern to Mayor Al Gameros who
said he'd like to see people in Globe becoming drivers.
Exactly how hard RAD has tried to find local workers was
not mentioned, but KQSS stepped up to the plate when Jon
Cornell offered to run free help wanted ads for RAD every
day until the workforce was fully local. If it takes three
years, we'll do it, he promised. (We'll reach out to them for
details on how to apply. Hopefully, we'll get a reply.)
Takas used the alley issue as another reason drivers were
hard to hire, saying candidates were reluctant to take a job
they viewed as challenging and unsafe. But it's not the
alleys that have changed, noted several folks in attendance,
virtually all of who said it would be impossible for them to
comply with moving the trash to the street.
Sue Gatewood in Call to the Public said she was 77 years
old and sick. 'I can't push that can uphill even when it's
empty. Getting out to the street is impossible. I live alone.
What can I do?'
Takas didn't know, but he did say that RAD wasn't
responsible to help her. But maybe they are, if the definition
of the disabled that RAD is contractually required to
accommodate is expanded. That's a legal question, and
those kinds of things are handled in Executive Session. And
there was a long one.
There's no doubt that RAD is not living up to its contractual
obligations. Most likely the contract could be broken. And
it's highly probable that it would suit Takas just fine. Though
he didn't come out and say that, he did admit that the
company is losing money on the deal.
When the meeting reconvened after the lengthy Executive
Session, Mayor Gameros said that the issues have largely
arisen in the last six months. Prior to that, since 2010 when
RAD was hired, it's gone smoothly. He's hoping there's a
way to get RAD back on track, and he wants to give that his
best efforts. But if it doesn't work? That question remains
unanswered. But maybe a clue is in one of the solutions
employed for alley pickup. The city has used Copper States
Sanitation, which apparently has trucks and drivers who can
get down those allegedly treacherous paths and live to tell
Joe & Evo
On a happier note, Globe Fire Canine Evo, and her handler
Fire Marshall Joe Bracamonte received a citation from the
FBi for assisting in the finding of an old gravesite.
And two new officers were sworn into the Globe Police
force by Judge John Perlman. One is fresh out the of the
academy: Patrick Martinez. The other is veteran officer
Trenton R. Clatterbuck.
Trenton Clatterbuck, Chief Dale Waters, Patrick Martinez
High School graduation ceremonies are just around the
corner. Globe on May 23rd and Miami on the 24th. The
Summer Concert series downtown at the historic train depot
starts in June. And perhaps best news of all: the city council
meetings are now live online! You'll see a link to the live
stream under meetings on the right hand side of this page.
The IT department promises to archive them as well. We'll
pass along those links here as soon as we get them.