Recently a lady in her 80s wrote a letter to the editor lamenting the fact that she had been fined $100 for putting her garbage out too early (The Daily News, Oct. 22).
Her husband was in the hospital and she hadn’t thought it necessary to get up at 6:30 a.m. to put her garbage out; the truck came by for a 7 a.m. pick-up. The fine itself was also onerous for the old couple.
I hope somebody at City Hall had enough empathy to cancel the fine.
This incident raises a couple of points for me that I would like answered by the City. I, too, live on a street with early garbage pickup.
I am 72 years old and don’t appreciate having to arise at 6:30 a.m. to set out my cans. Why does pick-up start so early? Do the drivers have afternoon jobs to attend to or are they just avid golfers?
If I phone City Hall at 7 a.m., will I get an answer? Can I pay my taxes at 7:30 a.m.?
Since we should be looking at ways to reduce taxes, has there been any thought of privatizing garbage services? Are any other communities doing so?