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 councilâ€™s operating budget deliberations last fall.
But council is nowhere near making a decision on the issue â€” not yet. After briefly considering a number of resolutions on Mondayâ€™s agenda, council delayed discussion for a further three weeks.
â€œCouncil is taking this issue very seriously, and wants to give it full attention,â€ 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 Carlsonâ€™s motion tabling debate.
In an unusual move last week, the mayor submitted 18 questions â€” some of them nearly identical â€” he said heâ€™s received from city residents. Council received city administrationâ€™s responses with little comment Monday.
Spearmanâ€™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 â€œblue cartâ€ pick-up for recyclable items, an analysis of operating options â€” including contracting out service to the private sector â€” and a solid waste management program for the cityâ€™s industrial, commercial and institutional sectors.
All were booted to councilâ€™s next attempt on March 23.