Friday, February 17, 2017

#TROXROX: Troxclair assembles #ATXCouncil coalition to kill asinine city contract!!!

"The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich."
Proverbs 13:4

We put in an appearance at yesterday's council meeting to discuss the absurd Capitol View Corridor restrictions.  We'll address it in a separate post, but the fix appears to be in on that issue as much as it's always been.  That being said, while we were at city hall yesterday we did get to observe a pretty awesome silver lining courtesy of Ellen Troxclair!!!

Check out item #29 from yesterday's agenda:

This was a contract for trash disposal services at various city owned properties (eg. City Hall).  It would have replaced a recently expired contract to provide similar services...but at more than twice the cost.  The reason why is that the new contract would have created trash collection routes only for city properties, whereas the previous contract included the city properties as one stop on preexisting residential/commercial trash collection routes.

But here's where things get interesting: In addition to the fiscal absurdity of the proposed contract, there were also legitimate environmental concerns; the short version is that several other council members were worried about toxic waste getting dumped in predominantly minority neighborhoods.

And Ellen Troxclair did the legwork to put together the fiscal/environmental coalition that led council to unanimously reject the contract.

Bottom Line: For all of the headline generating controversy yesterday, we were (once again) impressed with Ellen Troxclair's diligence that will ultimately save taxpayers somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million!!!

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