City decides against privatizing landfill

Source: Greg Lower, Chanute Tribune, July 12, 2016

Chanute city commissioners voted 4-1 Monday evening to discontinue the process of privatizing the city landfill. An audience of more than 40 people, many of them standing, watched the vote on the motion by Commissioner Jim Chappell, seconded by Commissioner Tim Egner. Commissioner Randy Galemore cast the dissenting vote. About 15 people in the audience wore shirts representing the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the union of city employees opposing the privatization, and two residents, Sam Budreau and Don Gastineau, spoke against selling the landfill during the public comment part of the meeting. Commissioners asked companies who might have a proposal to buy the landfill to send their qualifications, but the only response came from Green Environmental Services in Erie. An anonymous internet social media site claimed the commission had already authorized the sale “under the cover of darkness without the scrutiny of Chanute’s citizens.” … Egner pointed to problems the City of Pittsburg has had with privatizing its trash service. … He said Pittsburg’s trash service is $18 per month, which would be a 33 percent increase in Chanute. Egner also said large trash companies have lowered prices to put small ones out of business, until only a few large companies remain. …