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Refuse rate surcharge on private streets discriminatory

Original post made by natalie fisher, Midtown, on Sep 8, 2010

The proposed refuse rate increases in Palo Alto include a $14.42/month surcharge for residents who live on private streets (so-called "hard to serve" areas). This is in addition to the rate increases everyone will get.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 9, 2010 at 5:58 am

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What does the contract call for? Did our Hamilton Avenue Hotshots grant an exclusive franchise without restrictions on their rates?
The obvious solution is to release them from their obligation to serve those streets because of the hardship, and rebid the franchise for those streets. Or just allow competitive service where it is too difficult for GreenWaste to service. Of course, if those neighborhoods intentionally narrowed their streets after the contract was let...
In construction, a contractor who wins a bid eats his mistakes.


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