At last night’s City Council Study, Session Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton brought forward a solution to the problem senior citizens and disabled are having in our City with the New Trash Cans. If you don’t know the administration did not survey the residents before they bought these new cans. The Mayor placed the burden on the resident who couldn’t handle the large 96-gallon can. The solution the Mayor came up with was to have an elderly or disabled resident get a doctor’s note and pay $40.00 for a smaller can or pay $65.00 without a note from the doctor.
There is talk that by making the disabled pay for a smaller can would be against ADA rules. For months this has been an on going issue, but last night was different at the CDBG budget study session Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton had this common sense solution to the problem.
I proposed a City department or organization apply for CDBG funds for the purchase of the smaller 64-gallon canister for disabled and senior citizen residents. This meets the club clientele under HUD-CDBG requirements. The proposal needs to be properly vetted. CDBG budget can be amended and add an approved project anytime. I stressed that yes, our residents should have been surveyed. However, we must move forward and find a solution that works in the best interest of our disabled and senior citizen residents.
Common sense solution that puts the residents first a solution that works around the problem that this Mayor created. Thank you, Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton for listening to the residents and doing something about it.