“Hey Ken,” Geoff Jenkins started off his email to me, “this trash thing is ridiculous. There’s no one besides Modern who’s willing to pick up trash at the laundromat. The five other companies we called either didn’t respond or gave us Dumpster pricing for construction sites.”
Jenkins went on to say that he is trying and will comply with the new pickup procedures, but, like other businesses in the city, will find it hard to do so.
Based upon the five vendors for trash pickup that Jenkins has called, the two that returned his call gave him similar estimates.
Jeff Williams doesn’t own a laundromat like Jenkins does, but he does hold a considerable amount of residential rentals in the city.
Williams uses his 94-unit, 22nd street townhouses between Tennessee Avenue and Lockport Street as an example, citing much of what other landlords have said. “I think that it is silly,” Williams said.
“I told [Councilman] Touma that I have seen a lot of politicians come and go. But almost everyone of them that have lost, lost over garbage; literally and figuratively.”
And Williams should know. His family had been in the garbage business for many years. He said that his Uncle Harry and father, Joe, started a garbage business as Niagara Sanitation, which became NEWCO Waste and then CECOS, before they sold the 56th Street site to another company. Williams said that he knows garbage and the garbage program for the city stinks.
I think that both Jeff and Geoff and many other businesses in the city are starting to feel the effects of a non-properly functioning council and administration. Our system of government is premised upon a committee system; one in which each councilperson chairs and confidently become competent in a different sub-committee of city operations. That is why the meeting room off the council chambers is called the Committee of the Whole Room, because each are supposed to report to the “whole” council the findings of their committee.