By Lethbridge Herald on March 3, 2015.
Debate over curbside recycling has become a focus for everyday residents as well as city council. Funds were earmarked for its introduction during council’s operating budget deliberations last fall.
But council is nowhere near making a decision on the issue — not yet. After briefly considering a number of resolutions on Monday’s agenda, council delayed discussion for a further three weeks.
“Council is taking this issue very seriously, and wants to give it full attention,” deputy mayor Jeff Carlson said after council spent more than six hours Monday debating other matters.
Instead, Carlson said, council will hold a special session March 23 for further debate.
No other business will be on the agenda.
Mayor Chris Spearman has also called for a public information session on waste diversion and recycling programs sometime this spring. On Monday, he was the only council member voting against Carlson’s motion tabling debate.
In an unusual move last week, the mayor submitted 18 questions — some of them nearly identical — he said he’s received from city residents. Council received city administration’s responses with little comment Monday.
Spearman’s questions were accompanied by his resolutions on waste diversion and on recycling facilities for residents in multi-family accommodation. Other council members submitted resolutions covering “blue cart” pick-up for recyclable items, an analysis of operating options — including contracting out service to the private sector — and a solid waste management program for the city’s industrial, commercial and institutional sectors.
All were booted to council’s next attempt on March 23.
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