Neighborhood Fights To Keep Their Alley Dumpsters 9/24/13
September 24, 2013
Midland - The debate continues for one residential area in Midland to keep their alley dumpsters. The Midland Solid Waste Department made the decision to change to roll-out carts for efficiency purposes. The city of Midland held a “town hall” style meeting Tuesday night where many spoke out against this decision.
There was certainly some heated discussion amongst the Legends Park residents. Some individuals were seen shouting from their seats and others applauded those who challenged the city.
“I know for sure one lady decided not to buy because she knew we were going to have to dispose of the garbage in the front yard,” said one resident.
It was an issue that did not sit well for these midland residents this afternoon. “I feel like we’re being discriminated against because of where we live.”
The Solid Waste Department announced they would be changing to roll out garbage cans after new development began to pop up around the neighborhood. Every conversation Monday night, ended with one question, how is this really going to be more efficient for the neighborhood?
“Explain efficiency!” shouted many residents.
These homes are not being built with alleyways, so it only makes since to all conform to one trash removal method. “We have a new subdivision coming in that doesn’t have alleys and we’ve got to address that situation,” said Midland Solid Waste Director Morris Williams.
For those at the meeting it was more than the possibility of making the area trashy, it was how the city addressed the situation. “One of the main issues is that the city says this is what’s gong to happen and there’s no option presented,” said one Legends Park resident.
Williams did say that this one change in the area could eventually spread throughout the city, and forcing all Midland residents to take their trash out to the curb.